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Bringing you the good news during hard times.

Jul 31

Bring on the Chicken-Ques!

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 4:03 PM by Crystal Keener

If you haven't already heard (or smelled) the delicious news, the famous Chicken-Ques are back! Memorial Park’s barbecue pits finally opened on Wednesday, July 15, after being closed since mid-March due to COVID-19. North Wilkesboro pushed to (safely) reopen the barbecue pits on Fridays to allow our local nonprofits to continue the tradition of selling tasty chicken plates to fundraise for community projects.  On schedule for next week: Friday, August 7th North Wilkes High School Marching Band Boosters will be on site and ready to serve starting around 10:30 and then on Saturday, August 8th Harvest Time Fellowship Church will be at the pit. BBQ Chicken Plate Come support our small Town’s tradition and give back to our local nonprofits, civic clubs, schools, and other public services. Join us in Memorial Park most Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11 am, and grab a mouthwatering chicken or BBQ plate! Proceeds from the Chicken-Ques make a HUGE difference in our strong community, so support, shop, and eat local!  Mr-Eds-Heavenly-BBQ-Chicken-Ribs-and-Sides Please be sure and to practice social distancing and wear masks at all times. Organizations are taking extra precautions to keep you safe (and full).



Jul 28

5 Creative Local Activities to Keep You Sane During the Pandemic

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 4:20 PM by Crystal Keener

"When it rains, play in the rain." There are ways of making the best out of any situation,
this one included. Wilkes Art Gallery has a few unique opportunities to get you out of the
house, and finally socialize (safely) with people other than your dog.

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Jul 23

Rolling on the Yadkin River!

Posted on July 23, 2020 at 11:40 AM by Crystal Keener

It’s heatin’ up here in North Wilkesboro with this weekend’s forecast calling for sunshine and a high of 89! So, what better way to soak up the sun than roll on down the River as Tina Turner would say (maybe not her intentions, but I’m sure she would agree with me!). 

The Yadkin River Blueway is a water trail with launch points, camping locations and areas of interest for fisherman, canoeists, paddle boarders, tubers and kayakers. Right now, it exists as a collection of disparate trails across Wilkes County and stretches all the way to Montgomery County! 

Paddling the Yadkin 4

Currently, the Town of North Wilkesboro is working on a special project to map out a clear Blueway trail in collaboration with various agencies, including the Yadkin Valley Heritage Corridor, Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, the Health Foundation, and other area representatives. 

Though you’re able to float on down Yadkin now, the new and improved Blueway trail will feature maps and other signage along the River that will allow you to ditch your Google Maps and enjoy the scenery (this might save you a few bucks too when you drop that iPhone). 

When the Yadkin River Blueway Trail is fully built out, it will feature miles of interconnected public trails that will transform Wilkes County into a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. There are no cost or time estimates for what it would take to complete the system. But for the people putting it together, the future is beginning to come into focus.

Though the River is mostly flat, there are Class I ripples and a few Class II spots, so please remember to enjoy the Yadkin with a lifejacket and PLENTY of sunscreen! 

Pictures are taken from the Kerr Scott spillway to Smoot Park. Stay tuned for more updates!