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Sept 16 Boone Clean-Up Day will Kickoff the Statewide Litter Sweep

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July. 26, 2017. The High Country is known for caring about the environment through sustainability, recycling, and removing waste. As a community, the Town of Boone Public Works Center invites all to participate in the Boone Clean-Up Day, which will be held on September 16. Volunteers may come by the Town of Boone Public Works Center from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., if they would like an assigned location to clean. The assigned locations will be inside the town city limits. Gloves and bags will be provided, along with a free curbside trash pickup. By Kate Herman – Photos by Town of Boone Public Works Center

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New Redistricting Maps for NC House, Senate Proposed, If Passed District 45 Would Be Altered


Aug. 24, 2017. N.C. legislators held seven public hearings across North Carolina this week on the proposed district maps for the state House and Senate that are being redrawn after a federal court found unconstitutional racial gerrymandering. Two maps – one each for the state House and Senate – are proposed. The courts imposed a Sept. 1 deadline for the adoption of new state House and Senate district maps. In coverage of the hearings, WRAL notes that tentative votes on the proposals are scheduled for Friday and Monday. By Jesse Wood

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Boone Town Council To Hold Public Hearing on Proposed 17-18 Budget on Thursday, June 15

June 15, 2017. Before adopting the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, the Boone Town Council will hold a public hearing at its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 15. Earlier this week, the Boone Town Council increased the proposed budget by nearly $200,000 to fund the Appalachian Theatre restoration project, Southern Appalachian Historical Association and a police officer position and one patrol car. By Jesse Wood

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Blowing Rock To Hold June 13 Public Hearing on Proposed Budget, Tax Increases

June 8, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council will hold a public hearing before adopting the fiscal-year 2017-18 budget on Tuesday, June 13. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and takes place at Town Hall on Main Street. The recommended budget, which includes a proposed increase on taxes and water and utility rates, remains the same after the Blowing Rock Town Council met for budget retreats and workshops, according to Town Manager Ed Evans. By Jesse Wood

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Democrats Approve Budget, Tax Increase for School Infrastructure, Rec Center in Watauga

June 6, 2017. In a 3-2 vote on Tuesday morning, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal-year 2017-18 budget that includes a 4-cent tax increase on property owners to fund Watauga County Schools infrastructure and a community rec center. Democrats on the commission – John Welch, Billy Kennedy and Larry Turnbow – voted in favor of the budget, while Republicans Jimmy Hodges and Perry Yates voted against the budget, specifically citing the property tax increase. By Jesse Wood

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Blowing Rock Town Council To Meet Tuesday

March 13, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council will meet Tuesday, March 14, at Town Hall, located at 1036 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Check out the agenda and packet information inside.

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Planning Board Makes Recommendations To Amend Ordinance to Regulate High Impact Land Uses

Feb. 15, 2017. Last night, The Watauga County Planning Board met for the second and final time to propose potential amendments to the county’s Ordinance to Regulate High Impact Land Uses. The commissioners directed the planning board to revisit the ordinance after the N.C. Supreme Court upheld a North Carolina law abolishing the Town of Boone’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). By Jesse Wood

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Boone Town Council Agenda for Thursday Meeting

Jan. 19, 2017. The Boone Town Council will meet on Thursday, Jan. 19 for its monthly meeting, which will take place at the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. See the meeting agenda and the meeting packet inside.

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Point In Time Count to Document Homelessness in the High Country for HUD on Jan. 25

Jan. 12, 2017. The information from the PIT Count provides a valuable snapshot of the state and extent of homelessness in our region and informs support service providers on the priorities to prevent and end homelessness. The Point in Time Count is a requirement of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which currently supports the Northwest Continuum of Care member agencies with $287,000.

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Meet Your Local Representatives at Lost Province Brewing Co. Tuesday, Jan. 10

Jan. 4, 2017. The Boone Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Meet Your Local Representatives” event at Lost Province Brewing Co. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Drop-in at your convenience. Dubbed a “causal evening,” elected officials from the Boone Town Council, Watauga County Board of Commissioners, Watauga County Board of Education, N.C. House and N.C. Senate are expected to attend. By Jesse Wood

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Roy Cooper Sworn in as NC’s Governor


Jan. 3, 2017. Roy Cooper today took the oath of office to become North Carolina’s 75th Governor, pledging to build a North Carolina that works for everyone. “It is the honor of my life to be your governor, who will work for all of North Carolina,” Governor Cooper said. “I pledge to give my very best to the people of this great state of North Carolina, the state I love and where I have spent my life.”

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Governor McCrory Reflects on the Past Four Years and Honor of Being Governor


Jan. 3, 2017. Since Governor Pat McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina’s economy added 300,000 new jobs, the state experienced one of the largest drops in unemployment in the country, $2.6 billion in debt for federal unemployment insurance was paid off, personal income and business taxes were cut, teacher pay was significantly increased, transportation funding was revolutionized and $2 billion was invested in our education, parks, National Guard and other infrastructure through the Connect NC bond.

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No Repeal of HB2 in Special Session: Local Representatives Speak on the Matter

Dec. 22, 2016. North Carolina lawmakers failed to repeal HB2, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill,” which forces transgender people to use the gender-based bathroom listed on their birth certificate – along with preventing local governments from raising the minimum wage and eroding the right for employees to sue in state court for workplace discrimination. By Jesse Wood

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