North Carolina is at a critical point in the war against the coronavirus, according to information presented Monday by a team of epidemiologists and data scientists from some of the state’s top universities and research institutions.

If someone in your famiy becomes sick wih COVID-19, a good way to prevent other loved ones from catching it is to have a “sick room” prepared in advance for the two-week period the person is quarantined if hospitalization isn’t necessary.

The Villages of Wilkes in North Wilkesboro is participating in a program called #WorldOfHearts Project to help address the emotional consequences of COVID-19 experienced by its residents.

Lives have been lost in the U.S. and many more will die because of the nation’s lack of readiness for a pandemic on the scale of the coronavirus.

Wilkes County residents, like other North Carolinians, have sacrificed much in recent weeks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

It’s still early in the coronavirus pandemic, but already there are indications of this event causing long-term changes in the ways we live and work.

During World War II and other times of great threat, Americans have demonstrated a willingness to rise above ardent individualism and dislike of government control and do what is best for the greater public.

We’re in the midst of times unlike any we’ve seen before.

The coronavirus crisis is hardest on older adults, from the standpoint of physical health and emotional well-being.

Local retailers and restaurants are feeling the effects of the coronavirus crisis because of consumers heeding advice to stay away from public places.

It’s likely that many people will mistakenly think they have COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

The following definitions are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and/or the World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled an overabundance of information — some accurate and some not – on the coronavirus as an “infodemic.”

Valuable insight into Wilkes County’s chronic problem with unusually large numbers of children in foster care was shared during the Wilkes State of Addiction Community Forum on Feb. 28.

Kudos to the Town of North Wilkesboro for clearing off the badly overgrown portion of the town-owned Elks Lodge property at the top of Second Street Hill, near where N.C. 268 East intersects with Second Street (N.C. 18 North).

A few questions voters most often ask are addressed below. Most of the information came from the N.C. Board of Elections.

Candidates for all 10 N.C. Council of State positions are on the ballots this year: governor, lieutenant governor, superintendent of public instruction, auditor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and commissioner of agriculture, insurance and labor.

Questions remain unanswered regarding the closure of Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies (SAFE) Inc. and its emergency shelter last week.

Emergency medical personnel are dispatched in response to people 65 or older falling in Wilkes County nearly every day and often more than a dozen times per week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an older adult (65 and older) suffers a fall in the United States ev…

Wilkes County’s weather so far in 2020 has been ideal for ticks – warmer than normal and wet.

A nonprofit in Wilkes County that provides victims of domestic and sexual violence with safe shelter while helping them build a better future for themselves and their families ceased operations today.

North Wilkesboro has a chance to gain economically by becoming more of a destination, increase healthy recreational opportunities and respond to an expressed need by renovating and expanding the skate park at Smoot Park.

Hearing impaired people don’t have to give up the right to hear what is being said in open government meetings or open court sessions.

A project undertaken by a team from The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer and their owner, the McClatchy Company, resulted in 100 videos – one on each North Carolina county – focused on this year’s election issues.

The need for more jobs – especially better paying jobs - is the dominant issue in this year’s race for three Wilkes County commissioner seats, even though Wilkes had a 3.5% unemployment rate and only 1,029 people unemployed in the November (most recent) N.C. Department of Commerce report.

The Better Business Bureau is warning people to look out for customer survey scams carried out via email or text message.

If Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro elected officials decide to look into any sort of consolidation, they need to give serious consideration to first combining certain services and collaborating in other ways before expecting to make one town out of two.

The Mountain View/Hays area is getting a much-needed Wilkes Emergency Medical Services substation staffed 24/7, thanks to the cooperative efforts of Wilkes County government, the Wilkes County Schools and the Mountain View Ruritan Club.

The recent addition of the Overmountain Victory Trail (OVT) in Wilkes County and elsewhere in western North Carolina to the state trail system should provide an extra push for expanding this asset along the Yadkin River from North Wilkesboro to Elkin.

The 2010s was a time of challenge and change for the Boy Scouts of America, but the organization’s Wilkes District finished the decade with two years of strong growth.

Outdoor recreation is a growing economic driver in western North Carolina and holds potential for Wilkes, especially considering the county’s close proximity to Charlotte, Winston-Salem and other urban areas.

Wilkes Vision 20/20, an initiative launched in 1999 to help influence quality of life in Wilkes County in 2020, had a positive impact even though its four benchmark goals weren’t met.

The annual “Appalachian Christmas” this Sunday afternoon at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement on Oakwoods Road in Wilkesboro is understandably a popular local holiday season event.

NASCAR lost its most innovative and arguably best driver ever with the passing of Junior Johnson last week – and Wilkes County lost its most well known native son and a source of local pride.

Similar to 2019, the times were tumultuous politically and revolutionary socially in the United States 50 years ago. There were protests in the streets and sharp division over the nation’s continued involvement in the lengthy Vietnam War. The year 1969 also saw race riots, concerns about the…

The U.S. Census Bureau is working to address growing security concerns about the once-a-decade head count in 2020.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is accepting comments on federal legislation that could have a severe impact on mentally and physically disabled clients of Wilkes Vocational Services (WVS), a nonprofit “sheltered workshop” in North Wilkesboro that has provided invaluable services for decades.

A recent forensic audit of Wilkes Transportation Authority led to two of its former executive directors (Michael Norwood and Robin Kipp) being charged with embezzling a combined total of over $130,000 from the agency, but another audit on WTA was recently completed.

Mindful that this is the season for holiday scams, the Better Business Bureau compiled a list of the “12 scams of Christmas.”

Wilkes County’s placement among the state’s 40 most economically distressed counties in an N.C. Department of Commerce report released last week should give the county commissioners added incentive for helping with the purchase of a large tract in Wilkesboro for economic development.

The holidays can bring opportunities for shared memories, laughter and close times, often with those we care about the most.

We venture to say Wilkes County is among the few communities of any size nationwide fortunate enough to have a music festival that raises over $450,000 annually for dozens of local non-profit organizations.

Limits on the density of development on over 13,000 acres as a result of North Wilkesboro establishing a raw water intake on the Yadkin River are another reason the North Wilkesboro commissioners should seriously consider buying water from Wilkesboro instead.

The inability of Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work together for the public is grossly obvious in their failure to repair a glitch in the 2017 federal tax law that heavily increased taxation on survivor benefits for children of military personnel who died during wartime.

Some of the struggles of early childhood development in Wilkes County are reflected in data released this week by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Among the many high school extra-curricular opportunities, none can offer as much to as many students – and as cost-effectively – as a strong marching band program.

Veterans Day is a time for mindfulness and taking the time to show gratitude to all who served our country in the armed forces during war and peace.

The open enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) began Friday and continues through Dec. 15.

Sometimes seen as an overlooked aspect of poverty, lack of reliable and affordable transportation often is a major reason people - especially older adults – don’t get the health care, food and other basics they need.