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Eating N.C. — Call family distillery survives seven generations

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — Wilkes County earned the title of “Moonshine Capital of the World” back in the 1950s for a reason. The county was home to dozens of illegal distilleries run by people who said they could make more in one week running moonshine than they could in a month working in a factory.
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Wilkesboro, NCWilkes Journal Patriot

Arrest made in hit and run with 2 deaths

The Wilkesboro Police Department has arrested a woman in the hit and run deaths of two people whose bodies were found Sunday near the Curtis Bridge Road bridge over the Yadkin River. Arrested Tuesday evening was Kelly Diane Snapp, 43, of Wilkesboro, said Wilkesboro Police Chief Craig Garris. Garris said...
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Crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway kills Wilkes County motorcyclist

A Wilkes County man died Thursday from the injuries he suffered when his motorcycle crashed June 5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, authorities said Friday. William Clegg Scroggs III, 65, of Moravian Falls died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the National Park Service said in a news release. Scroggs...
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Hospital visitation policies revised

Visitation policies at Wake Forest Baptist Health, Wilkes Medical Center and all other Wake Baptist locations have been updated, effective June 9. Patients who recently tested positive for COVID-19 or are considered a patient under investigation (patients with COVID-19 test results pending) are still not allowed as visitors. One healthy...
North Wilkesboro, NCWilkes Journal Patriot

Advocates for small businesses in N.C. organized

Small business needs in North Carolina and efforts of the N.C. Rural Center to address them were discussed in a Wilkes Chamber of Commerce event June 2 at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace in North Wilkesboro. “Small and very small businesses is the big business of North Carolina,” said Rural Center...
Wilkes Journal Patriot

West grapplers on verge of MVAC title

The West Wilkes wrestling team moved closer to a fourth-straight Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference championship with a 53-18 dismantling of Alleghany in Millers Creek on Friday. “I thought Riley Shaw, Carter Minton, Gary Call and Alex Roland all had big wins,” Friday against Alleghany and Bishop McGuinness, said West’s...
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Watauga, Ashe counties put under flood advisory

WATAUGA — The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., issued a flood advisory at 1:27 p.m. that includes parts of Watauga County. Th advisory, which is set to last until 3:15 p.m., was issued for the eastern parts of Watauga along with Alleghany County, the northwest section of Wilkes County, Ashe County, Galax, Va., and Grayson County in Virginia.
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East Wilkes clinches MVAC championship

RONDA — Last week, the East Wilkes Lady Cardinals’ tennis team continued its impressive 2021 season. The Lady Cardinals clinched the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference regular season championship as they earned a 13-0 record. East Wilkes took wins over Ashe County, Alleghany, and Starmount to end their season undefeated. East...
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Hamilton named Central boys basketball coach

Wilkes Central High School announced Tuesday the hiring of John Hamilton as the new boys varsity basketball coach. “I’m excited about getting back into coaching,” said Hamilton on Tuesday. “I’m all in. I’ve got good relationships with the Wilkes Central staff and I know the area. It was fortunate this job was open. I’ll do my best.”
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$10M for North Wilkesboro Speedway? Supporters of track say, 'yes, please.'

Without question, state Rep. Jeffrey Elmore didn’t intend to direct a firehose of cold water at the boiling cauldron of excitement building in Wilkes County over the prospect of new spending to refurbish an old racetrack. It just seemed that way. “It is very exciting,” Elmore said during a legislative...
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Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center observes 25th

The Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center celebrated 25 years of serving Wilkes County on Friday. The center opened in April 1996 in an 800 square-foot basement apartment on Brushy Mountain Road under leadership of Maria Pinkerton and a board of directors. It provided free pregnancy testing, pregnancy options information, many items...
Crime & SafetyWilkes Journal Patriot

Wilkes man critically injured in motorcycle wreck

A Wilkes County man was in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Monday as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck Saturday on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County. Parkway spokesman Leesa Brandon said William Clegg Scroggs, 65, of Moravian Falls was ejected...
Crime & SafetyWilkes Journal Patriot

First-degree rape of child, other charges filed

A man is in the Wilkes County Jail with a $1 million bond after being arrested for sex crimes involving two juvenile female victims. Joe David Foster, 64, of Old 60, Roaring River, is charged with multiple counts of first-degree rape of a child, first-degree sex offense, attempted first-degree sex offense and indecent liberties. He was arrested June 4.
Crime & SafetyWilkes Journal Patriot

Variety of items taken in theft cases

The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office is investigating a variety of recent theft cases. The theft of catalytic converters from two vehicles at Car Dealz on N.C. 16 North was reported Friday. They were valued at $700. Katherine Bierstedt reported that a boat dock ladder worth $600 was stolen from her property...
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Fire truck, salary costs cited in rate hike request

The Millers Creek Fire Department board’s request for including a 2-cent increase in its fire district tax rate in the fiscal 2021-22 county budget was explained in a June 1 public hearing. No one spoke against the request for a fire district tax rate of 10 cents per $100 of...
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Rescue squad only topic raised in budget hearing

Wilkes Rescue Squad Chief Cole Wyatt presented the squad’s request for additional funding in the Wilkes County government’s fiscal 2021-22 budget during a June 1 public hearing on the spending plan. No one else commented on the budget during the hearing. The commissioners are expected to approve the 2021-22 budget...
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Wayne Morris Johnson

Wayne Morris Johnson, 70, North Wilkesboro, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021, at his home. Mr. Johnson was born Aug. 13, 1950, in Wilkes County to Warren G. and Pauline Holbrook Johnson. Wayne worked and retired at Lowe’s Companies for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR and coin collecting. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pamela Jolly; and nephew, Shawn Billings.
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Martin and Prevette/Blevins win MVAC titles

The East Wilkes tennis team faced some familiar foes Monday in the 1A finals of the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference tournament at Elkin High School. It was an all-Cardinal championship battle as Brianna Martin defeated Kristie Brown in the 1A singles final and the duo of Sylvia Prevette and Tristen Blevins dropped Jordan Schubart and Kaleigh Couch in a tight doubles final.
ObituariesWilkes Journal Patriot

Owen Michael Demeny

A true light of the Demeny family left us far too early on May 31, 2021. Owen Michael Demeny left this earth after a brief period of declining health, surrounded by his family. Owen was born on July 22, 1967, in Green Bay, Wisc. He was a graduate of Wilkes...