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With the death of R. Tracy Walker on Monday, Wilkes County lost a native son who truly was a public servant.

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Despite improvements in the local economy, thousands of Wilkes Countians still live day to day with uncertainty about their next meals.

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Two aspects of the case in which Wilkes Correctional Center employee Michael Todd Holloway has been arrested on federal felony firearm offenses are especially disturbing.

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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.

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Kudos to the Wilkes Solid Waste Department for implementing an initiative that pays nonprofit organizations $3 per bag of trash picked up from secondary roads in the county.

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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.

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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.

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The good news is that the Catherine Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter board has found a new temporary shelter location, plus it has opportunities for a new permanent site.

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New technology and carelessness may be driving factors behind a nationwide rise in motor vehicle thefts.

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Questions sometimes arise about what we do at the Wilkes Journal-Patriot and why.

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E-cigarettes are the suspected cause of at least six deaths and nearly 500 more people becoming ill nationwide in recent months, giving even more reason to avoid these products.

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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.

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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.

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According to the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of the homeless and people involved in addressing homelessness, this issue is worse than ever in Wilkes County.

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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.

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In various forms, an onslaught of evil exists through social media and smartphone messaging.

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These days, few phrases are as politically charged as “climate change” and “global warming.”

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Strong schools make strong communities and the best schools are those with good community support.

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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.  

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The terror was real when a man chased and pointed a pellet gun at customers and employees at the Dunham’s Sports and Walmart stores on U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro Saturday night.

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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.

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Growing interest in privatizing liquor sales in North Carolina justifiably raises concern about an otherwise reasonable plan for building a new ABC store in Wilkesboro.

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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.

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Mention “zoning board of adjustment” and you might get a clueless response, but this appointed local government body brings a limited but important level of flexibility to zoning.

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Congratulations to all involved for pulling off a great Brushy Mountain Peach and Heritage Festival at the Carolina West Wireless Commons and North Bridge Street in downtown Wilkesboro Saturday.

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When the North Wilkesboro commissioners hired Ed Evans as interim manager in early March, he said he hoped to leave the town in better shape than he found it. As he leaves North Wilkesboro this week, Evans can take pride in knowing he did just that.

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Honey beehive losses are continuing at an alarming rate nationwide and locally, but the situation is far from hopeless.

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The South Carolina coastal city where many in Wilkes County and the area spend summer vacations is a better place because of Wilkes native Herbert Riley Jr., who died there July 10 at age 68.

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The Wilkesboro Police Department’s recent underage drinking and driving cases reflect an ongoing serious problem.

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Although limited to a small area of Wilkes County, heavy rain late Monday night and before dawn Tuesday caused unprecedented flooding.

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The News and Observer in Raleigh has a good idea for breaking the stalemate over the new state budget: put expansion of Medicaid eligibility up to a vote of the people in 2020.

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The 2020 Census is less than a year away, and there are concerns about preparedness for this Constitutionally-required decennial enumeration and accuracy of the results.

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Considering concerns about a proposed new site of the Catherine H. Barber Homeless Shelter on Sparta Road in North Wilkesboro and the worsening problem of homelessness in Wilkes County, here’s an idea.

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The long-discussed expansion of Medicaid eligibility in North Carolina is perhaps simultaneously closer to occurring and more contentious than ever.

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Thumbs up for the Town of Wilkesboro’s Heritage Square Splash Pad, a big hit of the summer of 2019.

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The Asheville-based Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has come up with a great idea for encouraging low-income families to make healthy food purchases from the Asheville City (Farmers’) Market and also for increasing support of mountain farmers.

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The Wilkes Economic Development Corp.’s mission statement is to “facilitate the creation of new jobs and capital investment in Wilkes County through the recruitment of new businesses and the retention and expansion of existing businesses.”

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The flooding in western Wilkes County Saturday night and Sunday were sharp reminders of W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir’s great importance and primary purpose: flood control.

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Due to improvements in warning systems and extreme weather occurring more frequently, it’s understandable if some people take hazardous weather announcements less seriously these days.

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 Plenty was said about the ways young people can be exposed to potential careers, especially skilled trades, during the Working in Wilkes expo for educators and employers at the Stone Center this past Friday.

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Wilkes County Relay for Life, among the most important annual public events in Wilkes County, is this Friday at the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club’s Worth Tomlinson Park near West Park.

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The Town of North Wilkesboro’s Wilkes County Farmers’ Market is up and running – since late April as a matter of fact - at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace on the CBD Loop in downtown.

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Thursday is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the start of the invasion  in which the Allies defeated Germany and ended Nazi tyranny across Europe.

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When two assessments of patient safety at hospitals nationwide were released this month, Wilkes Medical Center received a “D” letter grade in one and was recognized for being among the best in the other.

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The tragic death of a 9-month-old boy in Wilkes County on May 2 is being cited in a statewide campaign intended to raise awareness of the risks of leaving small children in motor vehicles on hot days.

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Only about half of Americans know that Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces, according to nationwide surveys conducted in recent years.

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Wilkes County has a tradition of quality emergency medical services, which is especially important in a county of largely mountainous terrain stretching over 40 miles east to west and over 30 miles north to south.

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Jodi Tonsic’s resignation as Wilkesboro Tourism Development Authority (TDA) president in early May provides a logical opportunity for the Wilkes County commissioners to approve an occupancy tax for areas outside the municipalities.

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Students in the Wilkes County schools are left at a disadvantage by not having foreign language classes in elementary and middle school grades.

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A new report showing a decline in the number of businesses with less than 10 employees in rural North Carolina counties like Wilkes is another example of the divide between have and have-not areas of the state.