The Wilkes-Journal Patriot is sponsoring a “ghost story” writing competition to help preserve the rich folktales and colorful mountain lore of Wilkes County. Now through Oct. 27, readers are asked to submit their most “spooktacular” tales for judging and the chance to win a ghoulishly delightful prize. The winning story will be published in the Nov. 1 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot. Three runner-up stories will also be published online. Ghost stories are welcome and encouraged, but submissions may involve any paranormal, supernatural or spooky theme as long as it happened in Wilkes County. Stories can be funny or downright bone-chilling, but no more 800 words. Don’t use the real name(s) of any person(s) in the stories without permission of those mentioned. All stories are subject to editing. The long tradition of passing down ghost stories and folktales, no matter what time of year it may be, is part and parcel of the Southern Appalachian reverence for history and good tall-tales. “The reason why we teach Bible stories to children is because they are more likely to remember a powerful story; whereas, if you simply teach written history, it can sometimes go in one ear and out the other,” […]