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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.

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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.

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

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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…

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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…

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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?

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Over the past two years, Wilkes Community College has developed and begun implementing a strategic plan designed to improve the manner in which students are recruited, engaged in productive studies and offered a roadmap for employment after graduation.

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In what seemed to me was the blink of an eye—never mind that experts say we blink about 50 million times in a decade—the 2010s have come and gone. Tonight, at the stroke of midnight, we say hello to the 2020s.

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You know a movie is a good one when you hurry to “google” more information about the plot and main characters as soon as the movie ends. That was the case when I went to see  “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood,” recently, the movie about Fred Rogers, and his television show, “Mister Roger’…

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How would you describe the year 2019? I’ve pondered the just-right descriptive adjective and finally settled on the seldom used but highly appropriate word quarrelsome.

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Many of Wilkes County’s oldest residents recall that a little fruit and candy and in some instances a pair of shoes or other needed clothes were all they typically received for Christmas while growing up.

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On the Saturday following Thanksgiving, my wife, Shari, and I always go to Ashe County with her family to get ourselves some choose-and-cut Christmas trees.

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Located only a few minutes’ drive from Statesville is Fort Dobbs — North Carolina’s only frontier fort during the French and Indian War (also known as the Seven Years War).

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A Wilkesboro musician played guitar and sang on an obscure 45-year-old record album that is trending because of an online article published Wednesday.

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You can be sure Christmas is right around the corner by looking at the Wilkes Journal-Patriot’s community events calendar. Churches all over the county are performing  plays and Christmas cantatas this weekend and next.

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Preliminary results of a survey conducted as part of a grant-funded study of public transportation limitations in Wilkes County indicate good opportunities for this service here if provided the right way.

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I have a memory dating back to early childhood, probably around age 4. It was summertime, and I was standing in the driveway of my family’s home on Emory Street in North Wilkesboro’s Highland Park neighborhood.

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 RALEIGH — While the health care debate has usually focused on questions of insurance coverage and finance, the composition and delivery of medical services have been changing significantly. Some of these changes are worrisome. Others are promising.

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A major historic trail that winds through Wilkes County might just get a shot in the arm if a major motion picture gets filmed in the area next year as planned.

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In the past few years, large public universities have garnered headlines by freezing tuition. Purdue University, Pennsylvania State System and every public four-year university in Virginia all froze tuition and fees. Three University of North Carolina schools—UNC Pembroke, Western Carolina U…

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According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), over 55 million people will hit the road during the Thanksgiving weekend.

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A new documentary produced by Appalachian State University faculty, staff and alumni tells the most unusual story of Dulatown, a predominantly African American community in Lenoir.

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In six short days, people from across our great nation will gather to give thanks for our many blessings. It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving and the holiday season are upon us.

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The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data from its 2018 American Community Survey (ACS), revealing some interesting trends about people who live in North Carolina and here also in Wilkes County.

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During the Civil War, America was divided, a gaping, horrible, violent separation between the states of the North and those of the South.

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“Insanity,” said Albert Einstein, “is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” What we are doing in public education isn’t working for many of North Carolina’s children. Our leaders and educators obviously didn’t get Einstein’s message.

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Dams that appear to be in questionable condition are becoming more of a safety concern as heavy rain events increase in intensity and frequency.

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A few years ago on our wedding anniversary, my husband, Drew, gave me a cooking gadget he thought I needed to have, a Cuisinart pressure cooker. This was before the Instant Pot pressure cooker became all the rage. A pressure cooker uses steam for the cooking process.

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It won’t be long until the first commercial beer brewed right here in Wilkes County will be poured into a frosty mug and served to a thirsty patron. It’ll be liquid history paired with a pretzel or two.

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In June, I wrote a column about the Northwest Visitor’s Center on U.S. 421, just past exit 282, a tourist stop in our county that is largely forgotten.  Local people pass by every day, but don’t think about stopping in.

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In the early 1980s, students at C.C. Wright Elementary School produced “Ghost Stories from the Bottom of the Brushies and Beyond,” largely from their families or based on interviews with adults in the community.

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RALEIGH — So far this decade, North Carolina’s economy — as measured by inflation-adjusted gross domestic product — has expanded by an average of 1.7% a year. That’s a bit faster than the Southeastern average but slower than the national one.  

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When it comes to catching up on the classic horror movies I loved as a child, Halloween is a bountiful season. Particularly with the online “streaming” version of television my wife and I use, these obscure scary flicks are available at just about the touch of a button.

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“Are we going to see a ghost tonight?” whispered a precocious child just before setting off on a lantern-lit ghost tour of historic downtown Wilkesboro on Friday.