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Wilkes School Superintendent Mark Byrd brought attention to the challenges teens have faced recently during last month’s Wilkes Economic Development Corp. board meeting.

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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.

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Veterans Day should be a time of national unity as we honor the men and women in uniform who have served and defended the United States.

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A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in rural North Carolina has raised concern about the possibility of small town hospitals becoming overwhelmed this winter.

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Except perhaps immediately before and during the Civil War, it’s hard to think of a time when Americans have been more polarized than now.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The good news is that retail sales tax revenue rose in May and June in Wilkes County, despite expectations of a drop due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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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.

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With this year’s MerleFest, Brushy Mountain Apple Festival and other fundraising events canceled due to COVID-19, local nonprofits are facing big financial challenges.

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The North Wilkesboro Board of Adjustment botched a good opportunity to provide the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter a long-term home last week.

It becomes harder to maintain diligence in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the pandemic drags on.

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The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking the public’s input for developing a plan for connecting existing greenways and other trails across the state.

Rainwater runs downhill when it hits the ground and can’t evaporate or soak into the soil, particularly in towns like North Wilkesboro built largely on slopes rising from a floodplain.

“Why Wilkes,” a marketing campaign on social media launched by the Wilkes Economic Development Corp., makes a strong case for visiting or living in this county.

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The governments of Wilkes County, Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro should do more to meet certain outdoor recreation needs.

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.

Many more Americans than normal are expected to vote absentee by mail this fall due to the pandemic.

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.

Public health officials have repeatedly said more COVID-19 testing is essential to preventing the virus from spreading, but challenges to accomplishing this persist.

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.

Numerous times over the years, board and committee appointments have become controversial for the Wilkes County commissioners.

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.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the hardest of hard times for most nonprofit organizations, so much so that many are expected to go out of business nationwide.

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.

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It’s always important to get the annual flu shot, but public health officials are saying it might be essential this year.

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.

Shortcomings of North Carolina’s communicable disease reporting requirements are among many lessons learned so far during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A device that steals credit card information was found on a gas pump at the Marathon Gas convenience store on U.S. 421 West on Wednesday, according to a Wilkesboro police report.

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.

This past weekend should have been filled with pomp and circumstance in Wilkes County, congratulatory and reminiscent speeches and photos galore.

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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.

Many people had never heard of “contact tracing” before the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has rapidly become recognized as a key to halting the spread of the disease.

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.

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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.

Ready or not, North Carolina and Wilkes County are entering phase one of Gov. Roy Cooper’s three-phase plan for easing restrictions that have slowed the spread of the coronavirus.

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.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made the challenges homeless people face - and the shelter facilities that serve them - even more extreme.