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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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United Way of Wilkes County collected school supplies for our students in need through the Stuff the Bus school supply drive from July 9 through Aug. 8. The response was great.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.