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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.

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The recent skirmish between the State Board of Education and superintendent for public instruction is yet another reminder of the longstanding debate about just who is in charge of public education in our state.

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What makes a community “livable?” Partners For Livable Communities, livable.org, defines livability this way, “The sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational oppor…

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Judge Julius A. Rousseau Jr., nearly 89 when he died Oct. 3, will long be remembered through stories and his good reputation.

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For those really into North Carolina trout fishing, October is usually the best time of the year.

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To whomever flipped the autumnal weather switch on Saturday, just in time for the annual Brushy Mountain Apple Festival and my 30-year class reunion, I offer my sincere thanks. Timing, as they say, is everything.

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RALEIGH — What does it mean to be free? Many seemingly intractable disputes about specific issues — ranging from welfare spending and school choice to abortion and alcohol policy — originate from the fact that people don’t answer this question the same way. It’s hard to have a useful politic…

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International Peacemaker the Rev. Arlington Trotman visited North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church Sept. 21 as part of the 2019 Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) International Peacemaking Program.

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Excellent articles in the September issue of “Wildlife in North Carolina” include a piece about the loss of a longleaf pine in Montgomery County listed by the American Forestry Association as the national champion of its species in 2004.

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I don’t like chaos and discord. I can’t always avoid it, but you could say I’m not a fan.

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The foremost documentarian in the history of the medium hit another home run with “Country Music,” the first six parts of which have been broadcast on PBS and UNC-TV since Sept. 15.

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In covering events and meetings for the newspaper, one of the difficulties I’ve found is in reducing my many notes into a story. Because of space limitations, I just can’t include everything in the story I’m writing.

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At almost the same moment our state was boasting of a $900 million cash surplus, one important sector of state government was encountering serious shortfalls.

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The Yadkin River is many things in the upper Yadkin Valley: drinking water, wildlife habitat, recreation and simultaneously a symbol of division and unity between Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro.

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On one particular night in early September a number of years ago, I saw the most amazing thing.

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Saturday was a day this Carolina blue-tinted Tar Heel won’t forget for a long, long time.

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In this time of political rancor and hate, it is nice to find something that old time politicos agree on regardless of political affiliation, when they answer this question: Who is North Carolina’s most colorful political figure?

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Throughout the summer, my husband, Drew, and I tried something new...a cooking class through the North Carolina Extension Service at the Wilkes County Agricultural Center. The six-week class, “Med Instead of Meds,” was taught by Courtney Parker Tevepaugh, Wilkes County Family and Consumer Sc…

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High-speed broadband Internet service is no longer a luxury. It’s a necessity for students to research and do homework, for businesses to conduct commerce, for telemedicine in underserved areas and for citizens to enjoy the amenities so commonplace in today’s culture. Too many North Carolini…

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Tompkins Knob, subject of an article in the Aug. 23 issue, is where Wilkes, Ashe and Watauga counties corner, but Wilkes is a sprawling county and is part of seven other “tripoints.”

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Autumn: “The season between summer and winter comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of September, October and November or, as reckoned astronomically, extending from the September equinox to the December solstice.”

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Nothing is more important in education than children learning to read. It is the foundation upon which all learning is built; however, North Carolina’s success rate in helping children master reading proficiency isn’t stellar.

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A Woodstock 50th anniversary concert was cancelled this month in upstate New York, but another two-weekend event in nearby Ashe County still celebrated the legendary festival’s birthday.

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If you come to the end of the year and you’ve got surplus money in the bank what do you do? This seldom happens in most homes, but would you spend it? Save it? Or, with a government,  would you return some of it to the people who sent it? That’s the option Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berge…

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper insists that Medicaid expansion be part of a state  budget deal for 2019-20. GOP legislative leaders disagree. That’s the main reason state government has been operating at last year’s spending levels since July 1. It’s the main reason the legislature is still in session.

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“It takes a village to raise a child” is a truism used in our society today which has African roots. The quote suggests it takes an entire community of people for children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.

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Democrats are seeing how far and fast they can run to the left. Trumplicans – they don’t act like most Republicans we’ve known – are march-stepping to the right before falling off the edge of the earth. You have to wonder whatever happened to moderates. Did they die off or are just hiding?

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RALEIGH — In the context of American politics, North Carolina is a middle state — which is not the same thing as saying North Carolinians are especially moderate. It means that our Democratic and Republican coalitions are roughly the same size, making our elections highly competitive and dif…