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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
A new report on a National Audubon Society study says climate change threatens the survival of about two thirds of bird species in North America, including over 200 species in North Carolina.
When he was about to retire from the bench in December 1998, Judge Julius A. Rousseau Jr. of Wilkesboro said in a newspaper interview that all he wanted professionally was to be remembered as fair.
The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in downtown North Wilkesboro on Saturday celebrates the heritage of western North Carolina and one of many great things about living here - proximity to tree-ripened apples available directly from the families that grow them.
Due to baby boomers retiring and recent economic growth, many local employers are more interested in young people knowing there are good career opportunities right here in their home county of Wilkes.
Just before the 2019-20 school year started, the Wilkes County Board of Education decided to replace a program that has been praised for what it accomplished for students with serious mental health needs.
Kudos to Wilkes County school officials for a soon-to-be implemented school threat assessment system that provides a way for school staff, students and parents to anonymously report safety-related concerns.
It’s past time for representatives of the five local rural water associations to have seats at the table when important discussions are held concerning public drinking water in Wilkes County.
With K-12 students across the state returning to classes, the N.C. Department of Transportation issued some timely reminders about looking out for school buses and students on foot.
Generations from now, or even sooner, the Wilkes County commissioners’ approval of a new agreement that retains the county’s rights to water in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir could prove to be an investment of vital importance.
Well before most people seriously imagined the Russians might attempt to interfere with U.S. elections, the N.C. General Assembly passed a law requiring that all voting machines used in the 2020 election and beyond generate a paper record showing how votes were cast.