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.

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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.

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It’s been a good year—the best in five seasons, to be exact—for high school football in Wilkes County.

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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.

With Halloween just a few days away, what better time to remember a spooky tale set in the mountains of western Wilkes County.

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.

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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…

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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. 

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The fire that destroyed the Smithey’s Goodwill store building on 10th Street understandably prompted recollections of other large fires in North Wilkesboro.

A mystery, shrouded in matrimony and over 22 years in the making, landed on my desk last week.

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The photo we had on the farm page in the Aug. 17 issue of Rex Yates of Purlear with a giant corn plant should have been accompanied by a short story.

The next time you walk into your local Walmart, check out the DVDs—there’s a good chance you’ll find a movie shot mostly in Wilkes County on the shelves.

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Was “Where the Crawdads Sing” set in North Carolina--as both the book and movie assert--and where, according to her publisher, the author Delia Owens now lives?

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Fifty years ago, two of Wilkes County’s four high school football teams were preparing for what would be outstanding seasons for both.

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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.

After being the victim of two road rage incidents in less than two months, I’ve learned a few things and have some advice to pass on to our readers.

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When the North Carolina General Assembly enacted its budget revision for the 2022-23 fiscal year, it contained a major change in how the state funds roads.

It may be old news, but it was new to me when my daughter, Sarah, sent me a little piece about roller coasters being a cure for kidney stones.

One of the best things about summer is the taste of fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables. It doesn’t get much better than from farm to table this time of year.

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North Carolina is blessed with great writers. And I am looking over some of my favorites from my 20-plus years hosting PBS-NC’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.”

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Wilkes County’s weather this month was generally more comfortable than normal in June, especially on days when the dew point temperature was especially low.

It’s been said that reading a book can take you to the ends of the world and back, and all you have to do is turn one page to start the journey.

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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 personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its best and worst cities for “staycations,” which are vacations spent close to home without breaking the bank.

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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.

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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.

While their numbers are slight compared to their male counterparts, girls who wrestle on the high school level are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

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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…

For the benefit of those who reside beneath stones, racing is returning (again) to North Wilkesboro Speedway.