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After last year’s lockdown, it’s great to once again gather with family for the holidays. Some will be traveling “over the river and thru the woods to grandmother’s house.” During the holidays our already crowded and inadequately maintained roads will be strained, especially since speeding h…

I was struck by what a Vietnam War veteran said he has sometimes done when life got tough for him, as reported by Margaret Martine in her “Ferguson News” column in last week’s issue of this newspaper.

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Maybe you remember the classic 1975 film, Network, where the anchor Howard Beale, throws open a window and shouts, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

The unofficial start to the Christmas season in the Wilkesboros is Friday, in my unofficial opinion.

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I’ve been following the analysis by pundits, partisans and pollsters about the recent November elections, especially the gubernatorial races in neighboring Virginia and New Jersey. Opinions and suggestions are all over the board, but one column started me thinking.

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You’ve had your eye on a new car and have made logical arguments for why you need it and how it would benefit your life. Problem is, you can’t afford it.

Imagine this scenario: your high school sports team has just finished fifth out of seven teams in the league standings, several games short of a winning record.

Accounts of harassment and intimidation tied to race, ethnicity or sexual orientation in Wilkes County public schools are told in a new site called “Stop Wilkes Hate” on the social media platform, Instagram.

Not since women flooded the workplace in support of the war effort during World War II have we seen a worker revolution such as we are experiencing now.

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My walk to and from school in first grade was past the house of the neighborhood bully. Day after day I came home crying. Finally, my mother told me, “I don’t like fighting, but I am sick and tired of you coming home every day crying because of that bully. The next time he starts in on you, …

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There is considerable interest in the North Wilkesboro mayoral election this year, seen in the fact that four people (including the incumbent) are running for that office.

Now that we’ve flipped the calendar to October, brace yourself for weeks of spooky chills and thrills as Halloween lurks ahead on the 31st.

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The last Sunday afternoon in September was perfect for sitting outside, enjoying nature in the balmy weather. It reminded me of my younger days.

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Indian pipes are among our most unusual native flowering plants, visually and botanically.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.