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  • Blowing Rock Art and Antiques Show Set for July 29-31 with Preview Party on July 28

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    July 19, 2016. Over 5,000 square feet of gallery space at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will be transformed into a show-floor filled with furnishings, porcelain, jewelry, silver, art and more on display from antique dealers along the east coast, from New York City to Atlanta and everywhere in between. Additionally, the three-day event begin with a Preview Party on the evening of Thursday, July 28. There, attendees will have the first opportunity to acquire that “must have” antique. / Read more…



  • Delegates From WNC at DNC in Philly

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    July 27, 2016. The Democratic National Convention is taking place in Philadelphia through Friday, July 28. According to a listing on the N.C. Democratic Party website, the delegates representing Western North Carolina include Howard Larsen of Spruce Pine, Cliff Moone of Hickory, and Anne Hamilton and Jeffrey Rose of Asheville. / Read more…



  • Mauzy Melds Appalachian and Ancient Cultures, Shows Thursday and Friday Night

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    July 27, 2016. Explore a fusion of Appalachian culture, storytelling traditions and ancient Japanese tales at In/Visible Theatre’s latest world premiere, Mauzy, which will show beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights, July 28-29. Actor performances and live renditions of traditional Appalachian music intertwine in Mauzy to tell the tale of a traveling minister and two mysterious young sisters who offer him refuge in their secluded home. Story and Photos by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Inmate Leaves Highway Work Crew in Wilkes County, From Burke County

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    July 27, 2016. Corrections and law enforcement officers are seeking inmate Jason Strickland, who escaped this morning by leaving a Department of Transportation highway crew working on Old Salisbury Rd. in Wilkes County. He is believed to have been picked up by a female driving a dark colored GMC Jimmy SUV, who then headed south on NC Highway 115. / Read more…



  • NCDOT Tells BRCA that U.S. 321 Project Will Finish in the Fall of Next Year

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    July 27, 2016. At a Blowing Rock Civic Association community meeting on July 20, NCDOT High Country Transportation Board Member Jim Palermo and NCDOT High Country Division Engineer Mike Pettyjohn said the lengthy project to widen Highway 321 in Blowing Rock to four lanes will be finished in the fall of next year. / Read more…



  • Travelers Have Spoken: Wahoo’s Adventures Makes TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

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    July 27, 2016. Wahoo’s Adventures, the High Country’s original Whitewater Outfitter, has garnered another industry accolade. After earning a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016, TripAdvisor simultaneously bestowed Hall of Fame status upon Wahoo’s for earning its fifth consecutive Certificate of Excellence. / Read more…



  • With Mid-80 Temps and Little-to-No Rain, the High Country’s Felt a Little Warm

    July 26, 2016. Well, it’s certainly not the record heat facing the Middle East, which is experiencing temperatures that look more like a high-scoring basketball game recently, but we’ve been sweating here in the High Country for a minute. Boone has had high temps in the mid-80s for the past four days and RayWeather.com expects that to continue until at least through Wednesday. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • The Rev. Billy Warren: A Lifetime of Service to His King, His Family and His Country

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    July 26, 2016. Relentless prayer and obedience led this decorated military hero to the altar after more than two decades of service with the United States Army. It was an adventure that he didn’t see coming, but his unwavering faith and teachable spirit have allowed him to win souls for the Lord for more than a quarter-century since his last tour overseas. By Jessica Isaacs. Photo by Peter W. Morris. / Read more…



  • Bikers, Boarders and Walkers: Enjoy Human-Powered Fun at Boone Cyclo.Via on Sunday


    July 26, 2016. Portions of Howard, Depot and Rivers streets will be closed to drivers on Sunday, July 31 for the sixth annual Cyclo.via festival. Bikers, boarders and walkers will take the streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the event, which will be hosted by the nonprofit We Can So You Can. The festivities aim to celebrate health and wellness in a motorized vehicle- and carbon-free way. By Jessica Lyons / Read more…



  • Deputy Mast Died Four Years Ago, Sheriff Asks for Prayers For Mast Family, All Officers

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    July 26, 2016. Four years ago today, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Deputy William Mast Jr. died in the line of duty. In light of the anniversary of Mast’s death and the troubling times in communities across the country, Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman is asking for prayers. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Symphony by the Lake: Photos from This Year’s Event, ‘Music to Your ARTS Desire”

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    July 25, 2016. “I think we had a great event. So far, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful comments from folks who attended. We probably had about 4,000 people there,” said Charles Hardin. “Everything went according to plan and the weather was great. We always have a possibility of rain, you know, but in 29 years of having the event it’s never been rained out. It was a little warmer than normal out there, but I think everybody had a great time.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie and Lonnie Webster. / Read more…



  • A Sign of the Times: Shannon’s Curtain to Close After 31 Years of Business in Boone

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    July 25, 2016. Family owned and operated under the same roof since 1985, Shannon’s Curtain, Bed and Bath has offered its clientele long-lasting, high quality, moderately priced home textiles and décor from day one. Limited access to merchandise due to overseas manufacturing is one of several reasons the shop isn’t making enough sales to stay in business. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • Revitalization of Downtown Banner Elk Continues, ‘Team of 83’ Fundraiser Created

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    July 25, 2016. Whenever the Woolly Worm Festival rolls around in the fall, returning visitors will see a downtown Banner Elk that has undergone a revitalization and beautification this summer. Currently, two projects are underway in the downtown area and more possibilities for the historic Banner Elk Elementary School, which the town took over less than two years ago from Avery County, are still being explored. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Town Issues Special Meeting Notice, About Bid Negotiations With Intake Project

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    July 25, 2016. The Town of Boone issued a required notice to advertise a special meeting to be held Wednesday, July 27 in the Council Chambers. The meeting pertains to the town’s raw water intake project near Todd. / Read more…



  • Three Months Since Disappearance, Boone Police Continues Search for CCC&TI Student

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    July 25, 2016. On April 21, 2016, the Boone Police Department began an investigation in search of James “Martin” Roberts. Martin, a college student, was last seen in Boone, near the Appalachian State University Campus. A letter was found in his room indicating that he was leaving everyone behind, but made no specific mention of harming himself. / Read more…



  • Forest Service Reminds Visitors of Waterfall Dangers After Recent Fatalities

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    July 25, 2016. Two fatalities related to waterfalls occurred on the Pisgah National Forest during this past week. On Thursday, an Atlanta-area woman was wading in the stream that flows over Rainbow Falls on the Pisgah Ranger District when she lost her footing and was swept over the falls by the current. On Saturday, a local-area man jumped off the top of Elk River Falls on the Appalachian Ranger District. His body was recovered from the deep pool at the base of the waterfall on Monday. / Read more…



  • Jochl’s The Aviatrix Available for Purchase Following a Successful Launch Party

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    July 22, 2016. The Aviatrix is a self-published, nonfiction narrative based on Jochl’s adventure to tackle her fear of flying and obtain her pilot’s license. This wife and mother, also vice president of Sugar Mountain Resort, tells us through the story why it’s important to face our fears head on, and reminds us that there’s nothing we can’t accomplish with a little motivation and a whole lot of courage. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • F.N.B. to Acquire Yadkin Financial, Creating Premier Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regional Bank

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    F.N.B. Corporation (“FNB”) (NYSE: FNB) and Yadkin Financial Corporation (“Yadkin”) (NYSE: YDKN) today jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which F.N.B. Corporation will acquire Yadkin Financial Corporation, the holding company and parent of Yadkin Bank, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $27.35 per share, or $1.4 billion in the aggregate, using the 20-day trailing average closing stock price of FNB as of Wednesday, July 20, 2016.



  • ASU’s Team Sunergy and ‘Apperion’ Take on the Formula Sun Grand Prix This Week

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    July 22, 2016. Appalachian State University’s trailblazing solar vehicle team is up to something awesome! Not only have they developed a working vehicle that runs on solar energy and battery power alone, they’re in Wampum, Pennsylvania this week to put it to the test. By Katie Benfield. / Read more…



  • Median Landscaping Improvement Taking Place Along U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock

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    July 22, 2016. Country Boy Landscaping is in the middle of a two-week project to improve median landscaping along U.S. 321 near the Blue Ridge Parkway access in Blowing Rock. Plantings for the beautification project include a variety of trees, including evergreens and dogwoods, a multitude of shrubs and seasonal flowers, according to NCDOT Division 11 Roadside Environmental Engineer Jason Joyce. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • NBA To Relocate ’17 All-Star Game From Charlotte Because of HB2 Law

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    July 22, 2016. The National Basketball Association announced on Thursday that it was relocating the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of the HB2 law. Read the announcement and see responses from conservatives and liberals, alike. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Boone Town Council To Meet Thursday

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    July 21, 2016. The Boone Town Council scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m. for its monthly meeting in the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road. See the agenda and meeting packet info inside. / Read more…



  • Painter Lita Gatlin Featured at Blowing Rock Frameworks til July 30, Reception July 23

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    July 14, 2016. Artist Lita Gatlin’s work, featuring beautiful scenes of locations around the High Country, will be on display at Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery from July 18-30, with a reception on July 23. “We just had a customer looking at one of her pieces, and she said it was the prettiest painting she’s seen in the area,” Miller said. “Her subject matter fits the High Country to a tee.” By Adrienne Fouts. Artwork by Lita Gatlin. / Read more…



  • County To Renovate Old AppalCART Facility To Make Way for Tag Office, Maintenance

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    July 21, 2016. Last month the Watauga County Board of Commissioners awarded bid contracts to renovate the old AppalCART building on Winklers Creek Road and pave the facility’s parking lot. AppalCART operated off of Winklers Creek Road before moving on the N.C. 105 Bypass in the summer of 2013. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Flags Currently Flying at Half-Staff in Honor of Police Officers Killed in Baton Rouge

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    July 21, 2016. Minus a few days between the attacks in Nice, France, and the shooting of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the flags at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office have been flying at half-staff since July 8, according to Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Gas Prices Drop to 12-Year Low for July

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    July 21, 2016. Gas prices continue to drop in most parts of the country due to abundant fuel supplies and declining crude oil costs. South Carolina currently has the lowest gas prices in the country, with an average price of $1.86. Nearly 90 percent of gas stations in South Carolina are selling fuel for under $2 per gallon today. North Carolina’s average price of gas is slightly higher than South Carolina’s, at $2.05. / Read more…



  • Music to Your ART’S Desire: Get Your Tickets Now for July 22 Symphony by the Lake

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    July 19, 2015.The celebrated Symphony of the Mountains will soon return to Chetola Resort for the 2016 edition of Blowing Rock’s Symphony by the Lake! The Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m., following this year’s theme “Music to your ARTS Desire,” which incorporates a large mix of classical Broadway hits, Hollywood favorites and patriotic staples. By Angela Gazzillo / Read more…



  • Urn Found in Wilkesboro Reservoir, Contents To Be Released in Atlantic Ocean

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    July 20 2016. A 10-pound urn was found on Sept. 1, 2015 in Berry Mountain Park at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkesboro, the Department of Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this month. “Unusually low water elevation” caused the urn to become visible and a W. Kerr Scott (WKS) volunteer removed the container from the lakebed. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Just Like The Cottages in 2013, The Standard of Boone To Open After Fall Semester Begins

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    July 20, 2016. Reminiscent of The Cottages of Boone in 2013, another mega student-housing developer bit off a little bit more than they could chew – as far as meeting the back-to-school, move-in deadline. On Tuesday, Landmark Properties announced that it would not be able to complete The Standard of Boone development next to McDonald’s on U.S. 321 by Aug. 13, the weekend before Appalachian State University begins the 2016 fall semester. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • WHAT’S GOING ON? Near the Cracker Barrel, Post Office & Publix Development on US 321

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    July 20, 2016. Expect delays heading south on U.S. 321 in Boone near the old Kmart. One of the southbound lanes is barreled off for a short distance for the construction of a signalized intersection at the Publix Super Markets development. The southbound sidewalk is also inaccessible in front of the construction area. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Another Death at Elk River Falls

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    July 19, 2016. Another person died jumping off of Elk River Falls in Avery County. Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye identified the deceased as 39-year-old Jacques Downing of Newland, who jumped off the falls on Saturday and never resurfaced. Out-of-area dive teams eventually found Downing’s body 31 feet below the surface and five feet off the rock wall on Tuesday. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Traditions Continue July 22-23 at Ashe Bluegrass, Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

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    July 19, 2016. It’s that time of year again! Grab your hats and your dancing shoes and head over to Ashe County Park in Jefferson for the 47th annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention this weekend, Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. Proceeds from the convention support the Junior Appalachian Musicians program, which was established in 2000 through the Ashe County Arts Council as a way to pass on and continue the musical traditions of the county and region. By Angela Gazzillo and Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • The Standard To Experience Delays, Estimated Move-In for Most Tenants is October

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    July 19, 2016. The Standard at Boone, a student housing development near App State, will experience move-in delays for the fall semester as a result of unforeseen construction delays, challenging weather conditions and a tight labor market. The estimated move-in date for most tenants will be early October rather than the originally scheduled August 13. / Read more…



  • Ascent Business Network Offers Free July 26 Workshop on Social Enterprise Fundamentals

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    July 19, 2016. Ascent Business Network is pleased to offer a free workshop on the Fundamentals of Social Enterprise with Jeffrey Scott on Tuesday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CrashPads are unique opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs and pinpoint what you need to take your business to the next level within a day of creativity and discussion. / Read more…



  • Hospitality House: Meet Rachel Davis at the Next Food Series Open House July 29

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    July 19. 2016. The Hospitality House invites the public and the community at large to attend its next Summer Food Series Open House, which will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, July 29. This free monthly meal celebrates local food and showcases area farms by preparing a meal with all locally sourced ingredients. While you’re at the open house, take time to meet Rachel Davis, who was recently appointed the Volunteer and Food Service Coordinator at Hospitality House. / Read more…



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