On this week of giving thanks, one family in Wilkes County is sure grateful for the support they’ve received in recent months after life threw them a curveball this summer.
With the passing of Lowell Hendren of the Brushy Mountain community on Nov. 4, Wilkes lost another individual who helped build the foundation for the quality of life often taken for granted in our rural communities today.
Shirley Nichols of Purlear hasn’t given up trying to help her father, the late Roy C. Russell, receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism during World War II.
It’s election season again and while the thermometer is dropping, it feels like the temperature is rising. It is truly a blessing to live in a country where people are passionate about their government. As with the past several elections, emotions will run high.
While writing the story on Wilkes Central High School’s Keith Miller (“voice of the Eagles), I came across records of the Western North Carolina High School Activities Association (WNCHSAA), which Wilkes Central was in before it was dissolved in 1977 and its members joined the N.C. High Scho…
As a 5-year-old child living in College Park, Md., one of my “big lifetime memories” is when Queen Elizabeth came to a University of Maryland football game in 1957.
A year after North Carolina joined other states in declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776, the newly-established N.C. General Assembly passed legislation authorizing the state to assume ownership of all “vacant” land.
We watched the great and solemn events in Britain over the last few days. But we heard not a mention of North Carolina’s important connections to the royal family, to Elizabeth and Charles.
RALEIGH — In what had once been a land of opportunity and progress, the state had grown large and oppressive. Its leaders lost their way. Its people nearly lost their freedom.
It’s often said that tourism is the “first date” in a long-term relationship with economic development. On Aug. 2, the Wilkes County commissioners will take a big step toward economic development by holding a public hearing whether to impose a 6% occupancy tax.
An Appalachian State University professor I spoke with recently about physical changes in the landscape over long periods said it generally is believed that centuries ago, major streams in North Carolina cut much less deeply into the land.
The portion of this year’s Wilkes County high school seniors planning to directly enter the workforce after graduating appears to be higher than the pre-pandemic norm, as was true for the local classes of 2020 and 2021.
One of the more interesting tidbits about Gov. Roy Cooper’s visit to North Wilkesboro Speedway on May 17 concerned the building of a moonshine and motorsports historic trail.
A statewide initiative called “Portrait of a Graduate” is nearing completion to help define the mindsets and durable skills North Carolina students should possess when they graduate from high school to ensure their readiness for civic life, career or college.
Some still haven’t put the 2020 elections to bed even as early voting has started for the 2022 primary elections. No doubt you’ve seen mailers, TV ads and phone calls from candidates, but we don’t hear much buzz among voters. Are they worn out with politics and politicians or just keeping th…