Fifteen of North Carolina’s 100 county governments don’t impose an occupancy tax on places of lodging and Wilkes is one of them.
The North Wilkesboro commissioners are justified in being cautious about a landowner’s recent request for adding 33 non-contiguous acres adjoining N.C. 268 East and River Road/Liberty Grove Road to the town through satellite annexation.
The American Red Cross has had a strong presence in Wilkes County for well over 50 years and Red Cross volunteers have helped Wilkes people get through some of their most trying times.
The Boone-based Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) announced last week that completion of two conservation easements in Wilkes County allowed it to reach a benchmark of 22,000 acres of protected land in northwestern North Carolina in the final days of 2020.
Protecting individuals — especially those most vulnerable — obviously is important, but the larger goal of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign is to achieve herd immunity.
Details about the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine expected in North Carolina next week are a bright light at the end of one of the darkest tunnels this state has experienced in generations.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s orders requiring face masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible and limits on the number of people in indoor settings need to be enforced in Wilkes County.
Not surprisingly, there has been an unprecedented rise in reports of adults pressuring minors to produce sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves during the COVD-19 pandemic.
The recent COVID-19-related death of a sophomore at Appalachian State University, followed by a spike in virus cases in Boone, has many people in that college community calling for stronger safety measures.
A report released last week documents the tremendous pent up demand for rental and for-sale housing in Wilkes County and should prompt action by county and town elected officials.
The reasons to vote before Election Day (Nov. 3) are more compelling than ever this year and North Carolinians have two choices for doing so: by absentee ballot or during the early, one-stop voting period.
Despite the importance of students being in their classrooms, Wilkes County school officials appropriately decided to join at least half of the state’s school districts by starting the 2020-21 academic year with everyone engaged in remote learning.
The State Board of Elections office addressed misconceptions about the security of absentee voting by mail by releasing a statement Thursday, July 30, listing 12 reasons why absentee by-mail voting is safe and secure in North Carolina.
Anyone who doubts the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic should read Marty McGee’s recent article in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot or watch the companion video on the newspaper’s website about a Wilkes County family’s nightmarish experience with the virus in May.
If you receive a phone call about a problem with a computer from someone purporting to be from a familiar tech firm like Apple or Microsoft, security experts say the best thing to do is immediately hang up.
Considering that COVID-19 is spread primarily by infected people expelling virus-laden respiratory droplets when they talk, cough or sneeze, wearing a face covering in public is common sense.
Although public access to government records and meetings is protected – with limitations - under North Carolina law, a bill in the legislature sponsored by Catawba County Rep. Mitchell Setzer would make that a right under the N.C. Constitution.
The Millers Creek Fire Department board responded appropriately to concerns of citizens when it asked the Wilkes County commissioners to raise the Millers Creek Fire District tax rate by 1 cent instead of the original 3-cent hike it requested.
Comments of Gov. Roy Cooper in a press conference Thursday indicated the likelihood of face coverings becoming mandatory in North Carolina to help turn the tide against the coronavirus pandemic.
The expanding breadth of public reaction to a video showing a white Minneapolis, Minn., police officer with his knee on George Floyd’s neck before he died on Memorial Day is unprecedented.
Adjustments made in North Carolina’s legal system to help keep people out of courthouses and reduce jail populations during the COVID-19 pandemic may well show the way to changes that should be permanent instead of going back to doing things like they’ve always been done.
Mosquito-and tick-borne diseases are most commonly acquired from June to September, but Wilkes County residents can take proactive steps to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and prevent the likelihood of both mosquito and tick bites.