March 23, I interviewed Wilkes County native Aimee Call via FaceTime for an article for the newspaper. Aimee had just returned to North Carolina from Florence, Italy, after spending six months as dean of students at Instituto Lorenzo de’ Medicii.

On National Census Day, which was April 1, there was no better time to remind households that responding to the 2020 Census is convenient, confidential and critical.

Frohn and Marcia Krause of the Cranberry section of Roaring River are extremely puzzled by something they’ve been seeing flying in the sky on clear nights for about three months.

Stay at home orders. Social distancing. MerleFest cancelled. Social gatherings banned. Schools and businesses closed. Church meetings cancelled.

If someone were a follower of astrology, I suppose they could argue that we are all now under the sign of the “black swan.”

The line outside Costco last Saturday morning wrapped from the front entrance down the entire length of the building. Only a few people at a time were allowed inside to keep the store from being overcrowded. This seemed ridiculous. Why would so many stand in a drizzling rain for so long? Was…

As of Monday morning, Wilkes County still had no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

In the past few weeks, since the onset of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the new buzz words are “social distancing” and “self-isolation.”

On Sunday, we watched our church worship service on YouTube, after Methodist bishops in North Carolina told churches not to hold services for at least two weeks. I admit being surprised that watching from my favorite chair could be so meaningful. Gov. Cooper and health officials have made it…

This past week (actually half a week) in total surpassed anything ever experienced in Wilkes County during a pandemic or epidemic.

RALEIGH — I am a conservative who seeks to expand freedom and limit government. In most circumstances, there is an inverse relationship between the two. When government grows in size and scope, it must either collect more taxes or issue more regulations. Both restrict the freedom of individu…

My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend our honeymoon in beautiful Rome, Italy, which is definitely one of Europe’s jewels.

My dad was 4 years old when his mom died from the Spanish Flu. She was one of a reported 13,000 North Carolinians who died as a result of the H1N1 virus that started in 1918.

The Wilkes County response to the global coronavirus pandemic is shaping up to be a lesson in preparedness instead of fear and panic.

The city of Baltimore, Md., conjures up images of two things—a world-class hospital in Johns Hopkins and crime. After all, Baltimore is ranked one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in the United States and had 358 homicides in 2019, second only to the number in 1993.  And Johns Hopkins is …

When South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn announced he was endorsing Joe Biden in that state’s primary on Saturday, Biden’s 30-point victory demonstrated how quickly political fortunes can change. North Carolina was evidence of those changes, as were most Super Tuesday states.

A Purlear resident known for her demonstrations of Colonial period campfire and hearth cooking has documented some of that knowledge for others in a new book.

In the mountains and foothills of North Carolina, March is an exhausting month for N.C. Wildlife Commission personnel, just as it is for workers at the state’s trout hatcheries. It is during this month that every hatchery-supported trout stream and pond in the state is closed for stocking.

I learned a little more about the 1974 murderer of a Catholic priest in North Wilkesboro after talking to the killer’s half-sister earlier this month.

RALEIGH — Walt Disney was no stranger to adversity. He grew up in a large, itinerant family of modest means. His first film studio went bankrupt. Disney never gave up and he never stopped learning from his mistakes.

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is binge-watching TV shows. I really enjoy watching shows one after another, because you can easily keep up with the plot.

The John Bolton I experienced at Duke University’s Dave and Kay Phillips lecture series Monday wasn’t what I expected. My impressions of the former National Security Advisor were that he was highly opinionated, sometimes blunt and caustic, a highly intelligent policy wonk who was equally art…

Gravestones sometimes say a lot about perspectives on life and death.

The “American dream,” at least since World War II, has been the term used to loosely define the nature of our nation’s ideals.

Thanks in large part to the efforts of local tourism promoters, Wilkes County and Wilkesboro continue to find themselves in the spotlight of UNC-TV, the state’s public broadcasting network.

For over 25 years, the Wilkes County Cruisers have used their enthusiasm for restored cars to help others.

John Andretti, who died Thursday from colon cancer at age 56, was a successful driver in numerous motorsports racing genres and had strong ties to Wilkes County.

I grew up listening to the voice of Woody Durham, the University of North Carolina’s iconic radio announcer.

 RALEIGH — Everyone knows that North Carolina is a closely divided purple state. Everyone knows that in 2020, many statewide races and control of the state legislature will be hotly contested. And everyone knows that with Democrats increasingly dominant in urban areas and Republicans in rura…

As I write this, on a cold, rainy winter morning, I hope you’ll forgive me if I daydream about the upcoming summer concert series in the Wilkesboros.

Three former governors who led our state for a total of 28 years took center stage at Memorial Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill earlier this month. Sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics, the 80 minutes was historical, insightful and time well spent.

When legendary NASCAR driver and team-owner Robert Glenn “Junior” Johnson Jr. died Dec. 20, memories of North Wilkesboro Speedway and of my father, the late John W. Hubbard, and his experiences covering racing for the newspaper, came flooding back.

Over the last two years, the biggest issue for the Town of Ronda has been ensuring water quality in the years to come. Nothing else comes close to being as important.

A recently-released coming-of-age novel about a family’s legacy of making moonshine is set in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County.

In the days following New Year’s Day 2020, Facebook was full of people dressed in 1920s attire. Women wore “flapper” costumes to New Year’s Eve parties, with long necklaces, sparkly headbands, fish-net stockings and  knee-length dresses with dangles, and of course, sporting long cigarette ho…

The 1920s were known as the “Roaring Twenties,” a decade when electricity, telephones and radios became commonplace and automobiles were not just for the rich. Aside from the unfortunate (for some) introduction of prohibition and the disastrous (for most) Great Depression that closed the dec…

With the dawn of a new decade, “The Great State of Wilkes” stands at a crossroads with a decision to make. Will we continue to carry on with business as usual and hope things get better? Or, will we be bold, realize the old way wasn’t working and change for a better future?