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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Lives have been lost in the U.S. and many more will die because of the nation’s lack of readiness for a pandemic on the scale of the coronavirus.

Wilkes County residents, like other North Carolinians, have sacrificed much in recent weeks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

It’s still early in the coronavirus pandemic, but already there are indications of this event causing long-term changes in the ways we live and work.

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.

We’re in the midst of times unlike any we’ve seen before.

The coronavirus crisis is hardest on older adults, from the standpoint of physical health and emotional well-being.

Local retailers and restaurants are feeling the effects of the coronavirus crisis because of consumers heeding advice to stay away from public places.

It’s likely that many people will mistakenly think they have COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

The following definitions are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and/or the World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled an overabundance of information — some accurate and some not – on the coronavirus as an “infodemic.”

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).

A few questions voters most often ask are addressed below. Most of the information came from the N.C. Board of Elections.

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.

Questions remain unanswered regarding the closure of Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies (SAFE) Inc. and its emergency shelter last week.

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…

Wilkes County’s weather so far in 2020 has been ideal for ticks – warmer than normal and wet.

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.

Hearing impaired people don’t have to give up the right to hear what is being said in open government meetings or open court sessions.

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.

The Better Business Bureau is warning people to look out for customer survey scams carried out via email or text message.