• Updated

A singer, guitarist and songwriter who performed at MerleFest for the first time Saturday and Sunday represents the deeply-rooted connectedness and influence of Americana (or roots) music.

The effort to study the potential consolidation of the towns of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro went online recently.

  • Updated

The mournful cooing of doves and early morning moisture in a river bottom field this time of year always remind me of high school football.

If you follow national politics, you’ve likely seen or heard references lately to the “Byrd Rule” as it pertains to how federal budgets are debated—and eventually passed—in the legislature.

  • Updated

Out of the blue, a few tears fell down my face. The stress and worry that I had tried to suppress finally bubbled up about COVID-19 and “What ifs.”

  • Updated

Most students attend colleges or universities primarily to acquire the knowledge, skills, and credentials required to get a rewarding job.

Wilkes County native Zachary Sheets was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his costume work on the HBO series “Lovecraft Country.”

  • Updated

What North Carolinians would you most like to be subject to a new biography? People whose lives are lessons or inspirations?

As a lifelong Wilkes County resident, taxpayer, library user and Wilkes County Library Research Committee member, I wanted to give my take on the committee’s first meeting on June 14. The county commissioners appointed the committee after pulling the Wilkes County Library out of the Appalach…

Two Wilkes County all-star softball teams won district titles this past weekend in Wilkesboro, and a baseball team came within two runs of making it a clean sweep for our local squads.

  • Updated

The good news is that three wonderful books about North Carolina will be published soon. The bad news is we must wait a few months to buy them.

  • Updated

If the primary purpose of public education was to prepare young people for jobs, its entitlement to taxpayer support would be far weaker.

  • Updated

Wilkes County’s mother county is observing her 250th birthday next month.

In a high school sports year filled with pandemic protocols, the wearing of face masks, fan limitations and fearful uncertainty, Wilkes County prep athletes rose to the occasion in 2020-21.

  • Updated

This year’s bumper crop of blackberries would have been a big deal for the many Wilkes Countians who relied on the wild fruit for supplemental income decades ago.

  • Updated

No offense to admirers of the red leaves and berries of nandina shrubs and the way butterfly bushes attract pollinators, but these foreign invaders are prime examples of why planting native species is a much better option for the ecosystem.

Traditionally, obituaries told the history and reflected the personality of a place more than any other part of a community newspaper.

  • Updated

I reached out recently to Joe Mickey of State Road, retired state fisheries biologist, for photos of old moonshine still sites in Stone Mountain State Park for an article.

  • Updated

When I think about climate change, I think about my brother-in-law Tillman, who spent his career with Big Oil. He traveled the world finding places to drill, baby, drill. He’s now comfortably retired in Dallas, Texas. And he’s a Republican

The Town of Wilkesboro announced a return of its free summer concert series a couple weeks ago, with a stellar five-event lineup that kicks off on May 8.

  • Updated

The National Park Service’s recent announcement that a woman would be the new superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a reminder of the important role Josephus Daniels played in the Parkway’s location.

Our March 31 article on Pond Mountain in northwestern Ashe County mentioned Wilkes County native Wilburn Waters, for whom Wilburn Ridge in Virginia’s nearby Grayson Highlands State Park is named.

As a Black conservative Republican, Mark Robinson isn’t North Carolina’s traditional lieutenant governor. But he’s squarely in the tradition of lieutenant governors bedeviling governors. 

Social studies education is important because it helps young people make sense of the world around them, become responsible citizens and participate civilly in our democratic society.

Presley Barker, who got his start in music nine years ago as a flatpicking guitar prodigy from Wilkes County, is about to get national exposure under the bright spotlight of an iconic reality-singing competition series.

  • Updated

Last week, according to Bloomberg News, China’s top military leaders were using a North Carolina native’s concept to justify their commitment to increasing China’s military budget.

There’s a 16-year cycle in modern politics. If it holds, the 2022 and 2024 elections will be good for Democrats — nationally and in North Carolina. But that’s a big if.

True to its title, much of a new history of the Blowing Rock area focuses on notable visitors, waves of settlement and important routes of travel with maps through that part of northwestern North Carolina.

It certainly has been a strange transition for high school football practice this year, going from heat advisories in August to winter storm warnings in February.

My insides have been in knots since I heard Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, on Jan. 6, say that today is the day “we kick ass and take names.” His audience included a significant number of hate groups, and not long after, these groups assaulted the U.S. Capitol. (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/1…