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.
The Wilkes Health Department announced this week that the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, N.C. Hospitality Education Foundation, Visit NC and N.C. State University are working together to make online training courses available to help the restaurant industry recover from the CO…
As Gov. Roy Cooper prepares to remove the stay at home order he implemented on March 27 by initiating the second of three-phases of easing of COVID-19-related restrictions, there is good cause to consider opening some parts of the state faster than others.
As if one of the worst pandemics in modern history wasn’t enough, the eastern half of the United States just finished dealing with the effects of a strong polar vortex.
The strong turnout of shoppers in Wilkes County on Saturday, the first full day of Gov. Roy Cooper’s first phase of easing COVID-19-related restrictions, was a good sign for the local economy.
Under pressure from several media outlets and other entities, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services began releasing names of nursing homes and other special care group residential facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks and the number of confirmed cases at each in late April.
We’ve seen many organizations and institutions in Wilkes County respond well to challenges presented by the coronavirus, but none more impressive than the response of the Wilkes County Schools.
The Wilkes Heritage Museum has been closed to the public since March 18 and will remain closed until sometime in May due to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the museum is using the internet and imagination to continue serving the public during this time.
As pressure mounts for easing restrictions imposed on public interaction to prevent spread of the coronavirus, the big question looms even larger: What are the real COVID-19 case counts in Wilkes County, North Carolina and the nation.
Vegetable gardening was already on the upswing in the U.S., but even more Americans are getting their hands in the soil now due to the coronavirus and stay at home orders enacted to help prevent its spread.
Pressure is mounting on Gov. Roy Cooper as he considers whether to extend his statewide stay at home order beyond April 29 and the closure of North Carolina’s public schools beyond May 15.
Claude Billings, who died Tuesday, was an old-style politician and the sort we need more of these days - the kind able to work with members of the other political party for the good of all.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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…
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.
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.