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MerleFest Camping 2016, Quiet, Rowdy? – Here’s Info To Help Decision, April 23-26

Published Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:30 am
March 4, 2016. Without a doubt, the camping at MerleFest is just as much fun as the actual festival. Be careful which site you pick, though. While some of the sites are quite, peaceful and for families, other sites are mainly for the owls and those looking for a little rowdiness after the festivities on the MerleFest grounds. Here's a list to help.
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June Unemployment Figures In High Country: Watauga – 8.2 Percent, Avery – 10.1 Percent, Ashe – 11.4 Percent

Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm

July 30, 2013. June unemployment figures for the High Country – Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties – came in mixed compared to May.

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Daniel Boone Native Gardens Hosts Birthday Celebration, Evening in the Gardens and Inaugural Fairy Day

Published Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm
July 11, 2013. Each year, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone hosts a myriad of fantastic events and activities for the community. Read more...
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DBDA, Town of Boone Salute Community Volunteers in 2013 Fourth of July Parade

Published Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm
July 3, 2013. The Downtown Boone July Fourth Parade continues its annual tradition with a march through the downtown district on King Street on Thursday, July 4, at 11 a.m. The parade, which is sponsored by the Town of Boone and the Downtown Boone Development Association, takes place rain or shine. Read more...
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Set for July 11 – 14, Colors of Tartan Plaids Fill the High Country

Published Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm
July 2, 2013. The Grandfather Games are considered America’s grandest Games due to the spectacular mountain setting that is so reminiscent of Scotland. Deep blue peaks of 6,000-foot Grandfather Mountain tower above a meadow ringed by 170 red, blue, yellow and green striped tents. Festivities are June 11 - 14. Read more...
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Summer Concerts at Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church; Next Concert Scheduled for July 7

Published Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:40 am
June 30, 2013. Built during the Civil War, St. John's, with its distinctive white clapboard and shingle siding and green metal roof, is one of the most notable and highly photographed locations in Valle Crucis. A summer mission of Church of the Holy Cross, St. John's offers Sunday services in the mountain tradition, Memorial Day through Labor Day at 9 a.m. and features concerts on the first Sunday evening of each of those months at 5 p.m. Read more...
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Riverfest Returns to Valle Crucis Community Park June 29, Celebration of High Country’s Natural Resources

Published Friday, June 28, 2013 at 9:45 am
June 28, 2013. Riverfest 2013, a festival celebrating the Watauga River and the High Country’s natural resources, will take place at Valle Crucis Community Park June 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Riverfest has plenty of hands-on activities and information for both youth and adults. Read more...
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Developer Requests Water Allocation for Proposed Mixed-Use Development at Former TT Electronics Location

Published Monday, June 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm
June 24, 2013. Blue Ridge Companies has applied for Boone water and sewer services for a proposed mixed-use development on Greenway Road. Read more...
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Competency Hearing for Puckett, Who Killed Avery Sheriff’s Deputy Ten Years Ago, Delayed Until Evaluation

Published Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10:57 am
June 24, 2013. A competency hearing for Elijah Puckett, who killed Avery County Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Hicks in the line of duty more than 10 years ago, was scheduled for late April, however that never took place. Assistant District Attorney Britt Springer said that the state and the defense have yet to receive Puckett's evaluation. Read more...
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While Nation’s Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly, State’s Jobless Rate Decreases Slightly to 8.8 Percent

Published Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:42 am
June 24, 2013. The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate decreased to 8.8 percent from April’s revised rate of 8.9 percent. The national rate increased to 7.6 percent from April’s 7.5 percent. North Carolina’s May 2013 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. Read more...
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On The Search The The Super Moon Tonight

Published Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm

June 23, 2013. The photo below was made 6/22/13 the night before this June's full Supermoon (slated for Sunday evening 9pm-ish 6/23/13) - as seen from Wiseman's View looking toward Table Rock Mountain. The left side shows a telephoto lens image of Saturday night's "Supermoon" superimposed behind Super Wonderful Tablerock. Appearing as what many of us expected of a 14% larger than usual moon might look like during the annual lunar close approach to earth (perigee). Clouds prevented seeing or photographing the actual moonrise. The right side is what the scene really looked like when the moon finally popped out. Interestingly, the dark cloud in the center (heading right) strongly resemble what many see as the rabbit in the moon. While attempting to photograph the night sky, clouds often have a huge role in things. Sorry for all the superlatives, but hey, we are talking about a Supermoon - right? Anyway, step outside this evening around 9pm and look east for the big, err that is Super event. Keep your fingers crossed that the clouds co-operate. Read more… Photo by Todd Bush

Statement by Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation on NC Gov. McCrory’s Signing of SB 306

Published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm
June 21, 2013. Many murder victim family members in North Carolina worked hard to pass RJA and to protect it from repeal. RJA improved the quality of justice for victims and their families by addressing well-documented racial bias that distorts and taints our capital punishment system. Read more...
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Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack Comments on Failure of House Version of Food, Farm, Jobs Bill

Published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm
June 21, 2013. "The failure by the House leadership, for the second year in a row, to reach consensus on a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill is a tremendous disappointment for all Americans. Twice now, the U.S. Senate has done its job and passed balanced, comprehensive legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Read more...
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The Third Annual Doc Watson Celebration Scheduled For Tomorrow, June 21 at 5 p.m. at the Jones House

Published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm
June 21, 2013. On June 24, 2011, Mayor Loretta Clawson proclaimed the third Friday in June in the town of Boone as Doc Watson Day. Included among the clauses in the proclaimation is a statement about how "Doc played his music on the streets of downtown Boone." In Doc's honor and tradition, the summer Concerts at the Jones House series continues this Friday with third annual Doc Watson Celebration featuring performances by the Kruger Brothers, the Sheets Family and Charles Welch. Read more...
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Lees-McRae College Breaks Ground for May School of Nursing, Allied Health – New Programs Start Fall 2013

Published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:52 am
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June 21, 2013. Locals gathered at the site of the new May School of Nursing and Allied Health at Lees-McRae College to attend the new building’s groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday morning. The 18,000-square-foot building will be the keystone in the school’s expanded health and science-related programs. Read more...
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NC Wildlife Resources Commission To ‘Vigorously’ Pursue Strange Defacing of Bear Carcass

Published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:23 am
June 21, 2013. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public's help to determine who and whysomeonedumped a bear carcass marked in white paint onto a road in Buncombe County. The bear was discovered this week with "WHATS BRUIN?" written across the head and "w-h-a-t-s" across the claws on the right paw and "b-r-u-i-n" across the claws on the left paw. Read more...
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If Gov. McCrory Signs Off, NC To Have New State Symbols: ‘Whirligigs,’ Salamander, Opossum and More

Published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:11 am
June 21, 2013. If the governor gives the OK, soon an opossum and extinct shark may join milk and granite on the list of North Carolina’s state symbols. Both houses of the N.C. General Assembly recently passed House Bill 830 to adopt new official symbols for North Carolina. Read more...
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Boone’s Fiscal-Year 2013-14 $22.3M Budget Passes 3-2 Without Increasing Property Taxes

Published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 12:25 am
June 21, 2013. In a 3-2 vote, the Boone Town Council passed its 2013-2014 budget Thursday night without a 5-cent increase on property taxes, keeping those rates level since 2006. Council Members Allan Scherlen and Jamie Leigh voted against the upcoming year’s $22.3-million budget. Read more...
BY MARK S. KENNA
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Boone Board of Adjustment Agenda For July 11

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm
June 20, 2013. The Boone Board of Adjustment will meet on July 11 at 5:30 p.m. inside the Boone Town Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road. Click inside for the meeting's agenda. Read more...
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Hagan Meets With Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Owners, Contenders For U.S. Small Business Person of Year

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm
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June 20, 2013. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC) yesterday met with North Carolina’s Small Business Persons of the Year, Steve and Sandy Forrest and Shane Gebauer of Brushy Mountain Bee Farm in Moravian Falls. The Brushy Mountain Bee Farm is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers and retailers of beekeeping supplies. Steve, Sandy and Shane are contenders for the National Small Business Person of the Year Award, which will be announced Friday in Washington. Earlier this week, Hagan, a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, honored Small Business Week. To read her statement, scroll below. Read more...
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Forest Service Limits Ginseng Harvest To Protect Plant, 75 Percent Reduction In Permits To Be Issued

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm
June 20, 2013. Kristin Bail, forest supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, today announced that agency officials have decided to limit the harvesting of wild ginseng in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, citing concern over reductions in wild ginseng numbers. Read more...
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Local Theatre Nonprofit To Soon Take Possession of Old Appalachian Twin Theatre From Town of Boone

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:56 pm
June 20, 2013. The Boone Town Council unanimously voted to authorize Mayor Loretta Clawson to sign, on behalf of the town, the deed of the old Appalachian Twin Theatre and transfer ownership of the theatre to the nonprofit Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Inc. – once Town Manager Greg Young approves the “conditions of transfer.” Read more...
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Watauga County Arts Council Presents Local Children in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm
June 20, 2013. Join us this Friday and Saturday at Watauga High School when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and over 40 local students present "Jack and the Beanstalk", an original musical adaptation. Read more...
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Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project Offers College and Middle School Dancers Opportunity to Lead and Learn

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:59 am
June 20, 2013. College dancers are given the opportunity to mentor middle school girls age 10 to 14 through the Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project. The program runs June 24 to June 28 in the Varsity Gym on ASU’s campus and provides young women with a positive experience in leading and learning. Read more...
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It’s Time for Plan Bee: High Country Native, Randy Bigbee, Helps You Host the Native Bee in Your Backyard

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 10:05 am
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June 20, 2013. This week is Bee Pollination Week, making it a great time to decide to raise some pollinators in your own garden. The population of the essential honeybee species has been on the decline for years. With this in mind, Moravian Falls local Randy Bigbee now offers his unique “capture boxes,” which offer a nesting place for native bees that can’t otherwise find one. Read more… Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Avery Coalition of Galleries’ Fifth Year of Tour de Art Commences This Saturday, June 22

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9:46 am
June 20, 2013. The Greater Avery Tour de Art, which takes place every fourth Saturday of the month from June to October, begins this Saturday, June 22. The tour is a great opportunity to experience the fine arts of the High Country and meet many of the talented artists in our region. Read more...
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Avery County Friday Market Opens in Newland Town Park Saturday, June 21, 5 to 7 p.m.

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:54 am
June 20, 2013.The yearly Avery County Friday Market opens Saturday, June 21 at Newland Town Park. Come out and enjoy various vegetables, fruits, breads, mushrooms, jellies, jams, pastries, pies and crafts from 5 to 7 p.m. Read more...
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Former State Superintendent Bob Etheridge and Others ‘Sound the Alarm’ For Strong Public Schools in NC

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm
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June 19, 2013. Parents, educators and members of the Boone Town Council joined former congressman and N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction and Public Schools First NC for a press conference at Jaycee Park in Boone in support of strong public schools. So far, yesterday's stop at Jaycee Park near Horn in the West is the 13th stop among a statewide tour. Read more…
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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm
June 19, 2013. What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update. 1)Grand Opening of Blue Heaven Resort and Spa 2) First Choral Evensong 3)Buckeye Summer Camp 4) Business After Hours 5) Avery Chamber After Hours Canceled 6) Banner House Museum 7) Ticker's Gallery Read more...
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Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Alerts Citizens To Possible Paving Scam in Valle Crucis Area

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm
June 19, 2013. The paver approached the homeowner and offered to patch holes in the driveway for $3.75 per foot. The homeowner agreed to have the holes patched. The paver then proceeded to pave the entire driveway without the homeowner’s permission and demanded $10,000 from the homeowner for the work performed. Read more...
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Historic Jonesborough Dance Society Welcomes Alaska Band ‘Eel House’ to the High Country

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm
June 19, 2013. The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance during the annual Jonesborough Days Celebration on Saturday, July 6 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Admission to the dance is $7 per person, $5 for HJDS members and full-time students. Read more...
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Bring the Whole Family to Tweetsie Railroad this Summer for Old-Fashioned Fun with Familiar Faces

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm
June 19, 2013. Tweetsie Railroad Wild West Theme Park is one of the High Country’s most unique attractions. See what this park has to offer for the summer 2013 season. Read more...
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BRGC’s Third Mile of Flowers Garden Tour & Symposium is a Sellout Event for Gardening Month

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:48 am
June 19, 2013. The Blowing Rock Garden Club (BRGC) hosts the Mile of Flowers Garden Tour & Symposium June 21. The sold out event features a box lunch picnic at the Chetola Lake, a presentation by guest speaker Charles Duell, guided tours through local private gardens and more. Read more...
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More than 20 Advocacy Groups Request Help to Keep Families from Going Over Unemployment Cliff on July 1

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:16 am
June 19, 2013. More than 20 advocacy groups and nonprofits from across North Carolina are calling on Gov. McCrory and legislators to take action on behalf of the more than 70,000 out of work North Carolinians who are at risk of being pushed over the unemployment cliff on July 1. Read more...
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Commissioners Adopt Local-Bidder Match Policy For County Contracts Between $15,000 – $30,000

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:57 am
June 19, 2013. The new policy parallels an Executive Order signed by former Gov. Bev Perdue that gives North Carolina companies an opportunity to match the lowest bidder for a contract with a state agency – if a local bidder was within 5 percent or $10,000 of the lowest bid. Read more...
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