Mark Kenna

27th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Exhibition and Walk Held Saturday, July 27

Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:45 am
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July 24, 2013. In less than two weeks the winner of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition will be chosen during the 27th annual Rosen Sculpture Walk. The national competition showcases 10 different large-scale contemporary American sculptures. A total of 36 artists and 72 separate pieces were entered into the competition this year. Read more...
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The Third Howard Street Exchange Festival Scheduled for Sunday, July 14, from Noon until 5 p.m.

Published Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:10 am
July 14, 2013. On Saturday, July 14, the third Howard Street Exchange Festival will take place from noon until 5 p.m. on the west end of Howard Street in downtown Boone from Depot Street to Water Street. Read more...
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UPDATE: NCDOT to Close N.C. 88 Near Tennessee State Line on Thursday, July 11

Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 9:17 am
July 10, 2013. The North Carolina Department of Transportation crews will close N.C. 88 in western Watauga County near the Tennessee state line on Thursday, July 11, to replace a 30-inch pipe that was washed out by the heavy water volume brought on by several days of rain in the area. Read more...
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BeanStalk Little Theater Presents ‘Night at the Wax Museum’ at Valborg Theater

Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 9:15 am
July 10, 2013. This musical follows the story of six students spending their summer re-taking their history class, setting up a new wax museum as a project. A spell brings the entire wax museum to life, and turns the boring project into a fun-filled adventure. Read more...
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Back to the Drawing Board: Discussions About Metered Parking In Downtown Boone Swerves To Pay Stations

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm
July 9, 2013. The Boone Town Council entered a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the implementation of metered parking throughout downtown Boone by Sept. 1. While discussions began along those lines, the focus of the meeting swerved to pay stations. Read more...
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Blowing Rock Mayor J.B. Lawrence Seeks Re-Election, Files For 2013 Municipal Race, Lone Candidate So Far

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm
July 9, 2013. According to a list of filings from the Watauga County Board of Elections, Blowing Rock Mayor J.B. Lawrence is seeking re-election, having filed his candidacy at the elections’ office on Tuesday. As of today, Lawrence is the lone candidate running for the mayor of Blowing Rock. Filing for the 2013 municipal elections began last Friday and ends Friday, July 19. Read more...
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Major Flooding in Watauga County Causes $750,000 in Damage YTD, More than $200,000 This Week Alone

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm
July 9, 2013. Watauga County roadways are experiencing hundreds of major road problems due to the flooding and extremely high volume of rain that the High Country has experienced so far this month. Read more...
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GE Aviation To Expand Facilities in West Jefferson, Other Parts of NC, 105 New Jobs in Ashe By 2017

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm
July 9, 2013. Proposed investment in the West Jefferson facility, which currently does machining of rotating parts, will also allow for increased capacity as it assumes additional machining work. The facility is poised for an 80,000-square-foot expansion which will come with an additional 105 jobs by 2017. Read more...
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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled July 9, 2013

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm
July 9, 2013. Recent obituaries in Watauga County compiled on July 9, 2013. Read more...
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Avery County Obituaries – Compiled July 9, 2013

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm
July 9, 2013. Recent obituaries in Avery County compiled on July 9, 2013. Read more...
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Heavy Rains Spur Road Closures and Safety Risks in Pisgah, Nantahala National Forests

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm
July 9, 2013. Last week's heavy rains have forced the U.S. Forest Service to close several roads in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to protect public safety. The roads are either damaged or impassable, or both. Read more…
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As Part of U.S. 321 Widening Project, Water To Be Shut Off From Blowing Rock Fire Station Wednesday

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm
July 9, 2013. Phillip Bruch, general manager of Twigs, said “luckily” the installation of the water line is happening during non-working hours. Twigs opens at 5:30 p.m. “It won’t affect us to much,” Bruch said. “Had it been in normal operating hours, it would have, especially since they only gave us less than one day’s notice.” Read more...
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Boone Town Council, Stakeholders Hold Special Meeting Tonight Regarding Metered Parking in Downtown

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm
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July 9, 2013. Joined by other stakeholders, the Boone Town Council holds a special meeting tonight to discuss and possibly vote on the implementation of parking meters throughout downtown Boone. Town Manager Greg Young said tonight’s meeting will include discussions of “how fast we” implement metered parking throughout downtown. Read more...
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The XTERRA North Carolina 15K/5K Trail Run Series Comes to Beech Mountain on July 27

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm
July 9, 2013. Trail runners of all ages and abilities are invited to Beech Mountain on Saturday, July 27, for the XTERRA North Carolina 15K/5K Trail Run. This is a great off-road running experience for any runner wishing to "ditch the city" and traverse a mountaintop of single track and double track trails. Read more...
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An Appalachian Summer Festival; This Week’s Events Include Arts, Concerts, Lectures and More

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm
July 9, 2013. An Appalachian Summer Festival is well underway, with concerts, plays, lectures, art workshops and much more available all month long for the community to enjoy. This week, there are ensembles, plays, lectures and even a youth orchestra coming to Appalachian State University to indulge the creative and cultural mind. Read more...
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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm
July 9, 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) Humane Society $15 Spay/Neuter special 2) Fine Art and Mastercraft Festival 3) Idina Menzel at the Schaefer Center and more! Read more...
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Two Former Lees-McRae Cyclists Currently Riding in 22nd and 85th Place in the Tour de France

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm
July 9, 2013. After the completion of nine stages, our Bobcat Alumni Brent Bookwalter '06 (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) are holding strong in 22nd and 85th place, respectively, as they welcome the first day of rest. Read more...
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I-40 in Statesville Reduced to One Lane Starting Tuesday, I-77 Bridge Repair Delays in Yadkin Through Labor Day

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm
July 9, 2013. As part of the Interstate 40/77 interchange improvement project in Statesville, I-40 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between exits 150-151 as part of the Radio Road bridge replacement over the interstate. Traffic will be shifted into the median crossovers nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Tuesday, July 9, between exits 150-151. Read more...
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WHAT’S GOING ON? Anticipated Completion Date For New Meat Camp Volunteer Fire Station Set For August

Published Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm
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July 2, 2013. After breaking ground in May of last year, the Meat Camp Volunteer Fire Department, the largest fire district in Watauga County, plans to utilize its new station by the end of July, Janice Carroll, vice president of the Meat Camp VFD board, said. At 10,000 square feet, the new station, off N.C. 194, is four times the size of the original. It has six bays, two bunk rooms, a training room that can fit up to 60 people, office space and a full kitchen. The 40 Meat Camp volunteer firefighters will occupy this new building for the next 50 years. Read more...
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The 15th Annual Blood, Sweat and Gears Ride Pulls In $100K for Nonprofits All Over The High Country

Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm
June 25, 2013. With over 1,200 riders, Blood, Sweat and Gears (BSG), the annual 50 and 100-mile charity bike ride raised $100,000 for various non-profits on Saturday, June 22. Tonight, BSG Events will be presenting a check for $50,000 to the local chapter of the American Red Cross at Char in Boone. Read more...
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Ashe County GOP Holds ‘Successful’ Reagan-Lincoln Luncheon at Shatley Springs Restaurant

Published Monday, June 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm
June 24, 2013. Featuring keynote speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Greg Brannon, the Ashe County Republican Party hosted the Reagan-Lincoln Luncheon Saturday. Read more...
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Boone Town Council Adopts Comprehensive Transportation Plan 4-1, Andy Ball Lone Nay Voter

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm
June 19, 2013.Among glossing over the budget and discussing carbon monoxide detectors in hotels, the Boone Town Council passed a resolution on Tuesday night adopting the Watauga County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). Read more...
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Boone Town Council Votes to Petition NC Building Code Council to Mandate CO Detectors in Boone Hotels

Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm
June 19, 2013. The issue of carbon monoxide detectors in hotel rooms dominated the majority of the Boone Town Council meeting Tuesday night. In light of the tragic deaths at Best Western, the council unanimously passed a motion to petition the N.C. Building Code CouncilRead more...
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DBDA, Town Council Team Up to Install Experimental Pavers at the Intersection of Depot-West King Streets

Published Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm
June 17, 2013. Per Town Council’s request, the three corners at the intersection of Depot and West King streets will be outfitted with brick pavers making the intersection uniform to the front of the Mast General Store. Read more...
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Vehicle Collides into Business off US 421 on Sunday Afternoon, Driver Flees the Scene

Published Monday, June 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm
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June 14, 2013. On Sunday afternoon, a vehicle collided with the front door of the Verizon Wireless Center off U.S. 421, according to a Boone Police Department report. The vehicle entered the Verizon Center, dislodged itself and fled the scene traveling in an unknown direction. The business is located at 1586 U.S. 321 in the Gateway Center. Read more… Photo by Mark S. Kenna
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Second Year For Junaluska Jubilee: Remembering Morris Rockford Hatton Sr.

Published Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm
June 13, 2013. June 13, 2013. Saturday, June 15, marks the second year for the Junaluska Jubilee. A celebration of the heritage of the Junaluska community a black community that has existed for more than 150 years tucked in the mountain above Boone. Read more...
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WHAT’S GOING ON? Multi-county Resurfacing Project Starts on NC 105, Night Work to be Completed by June 28

Published Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm
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June 13, 2013. Last week the resurfacing process of a multi-county project started on N.C. 105. The resurfacing, which was contracted by Maymeade Inc., of Mountain City, Tenn., will take place in both Watauga and Caldwell counties. The project costs $893,458. In Watauga County, three specific sections of N.C. 105 from the bypass to U.S. 221 are being resurfaced, along with one section of U.S. 221 in Caldwell County. Read more...
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Photos: Capstone Development off N.C. 105 Plans to Finish Week Before ASU Fall Semester

Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm
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June 12, 2013. The Capstone Collegiate Communities (CCC) development, Cottages of Boone, on Poplar Grove Road South is to be completed on August 15, said VP of marketing and leasing Jen Wilson. However the winter and spring weather will delay one section of the development. “Due to heavy rainfall this past winter and spring,” Wilson said. “One lodge building housing approximately 40 residents could be delayed for a short period of time.” Read more...
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Hunter’s Heroes Inaugural Run and Peyton Townsend Spaghetti Dinner Brings in over 20K in Scholarship Money

Published Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm
June 11, 2013. June 11, 2013. Hunter’s Heroes two-day event broke expectations of the Hunter’s Heroes advisory board by raising over $20,000 in scholarship money for Hunter Mast and Lilly Grace Townsend. “We did not expect it to start so big,” Carol Cook, a member of Hunter’s Heroes advisory board, said. “But when you’re a from a community like ours, I should know better.” Read more...
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WHAT’S GOING ON?After 30 Years of No Parking Meters On King Street, DBDA Convinces Town Council to Green Light Parking Meter Experimentation

Published Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm
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June 6, 2013. Parking meters will go up on King Street from Capone’s Pizza to College Street in a trial run to see if metered parking is a solution to Boone’s parking problem. “The meters will be operational within the next two weeks,” said Boone Public Works Director Blake Brown. “The most time consuming thing is putting the posts in, which is what we’re doing right now.” Read more...
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Driver Unharmed in Wreck Off of U.S. 321, Vehicle Flips Down Embankment Near Elk Motel

Published Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm
June 4, 2013. Monday afternoon, a female driver drove her vehicle over a guardrail near the Elk Motel, causing the vehicle to fall into an embankment and overturn, said State Highway Patrol Trooper, David Searcy. Read more...
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