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