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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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Lawmakers May Repeal HB2 in New Special Session, CPP Report

Dec. 19, 2016. Within minutes of a surprise move by the Charlotte City Council to repeal sections of its non-discrimination ordinance, Governor Pat McCrory and governor-elect Roy Cooper announced a special session for Tuesday to take up a full repeal of HB2, North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill.” By Kirk Ross / Carolina Public Press

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Dems: Surprise Legislative Proposals, GOP Power Grab Undermine Will of NC Voters


Dec. 15, 2016. Leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly last night called a surprise special session to introduce legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state’s Board of Elections, Court of Appeals, judicial elections, executive branch appointments and more. Lawmakers had earlier reconvened to allocate funding for victims of Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters but gave no advance notice of the second special session and additional legislation.

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Ed Evans Selected As Blowing Rock’s Next Town Manager, First Day: Jan. 23

Dec. 14, 2016. Following a three-month-long nationwide search, the Blowing Rock Town Council has selected Ed Evans to serve as the Town of Blowing Rock’s next Town Manager; his first day with Blowing Rock will be Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Evans was chosen after a national search that yielded 48 applicants from 13 states including Washington, Kansas, and Texas.

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Blowing Rock Town Council To Meet Tuesday

Dec. 12, 2016. The Blowing Rock Town Council will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 1036 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock for its regularly-scheduled meeting in December. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. See the entire agenda below. Compiled by Jesse Wood

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Gov. McCrory Concedes To Roy Cooper


Dec. 6, 2016. Nearly a month after the 2016 general election, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded to Governor-elect and current Attorney General Roy Cooper. Since Election Day, Cooper’s lead has grown by about double in the face of challenges from Republicans. McCrory released a video message on Monday, which is embedded at the top of this story. By Jesse Wood

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Elected Commissioners Sworn Into Office on Monday, Board Meets New County Attorney

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Dec. 5, 2016. Amidst a relatively light agenda on Monday morning, the elected commissioners for Watauga County were sworn-in by District Court Judge Hal Harrison. Incumbent Commissioners John Welch, a Democrat, and Perry Yates, a Republican, and newly-elected Commissioner Larry Turnbow, a Democrat, took the oath of office on Monday before settling into their seats on the board. By Jesse Wood

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The Election of a Lifetime: Local Author Nora Percival, 102, Hits the Polls for Early Voting

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Oct. 20, 2016. Participating in the electoral process is a civic duty that some take too lightly these days; but not Nora Percival. She recently celebrated her 102nd birthday and was more than excited to hit the polls for early voting Thursday, as she’s waited an entire lifetime to vote for a female presidential candidate. Percival, a local author and member of the High Country Writers organization, has written three memoirs on her own life experiences. As a Russian immigrant, the stories of her early life serve as a precious reminder that the civic duties in the United States are truly a blessing. By Emily Willis • Photo by Jesse Wood

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Watauga Commissioners To Meet on Tuesday

Sept. 5, 2016. Watauga County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 a.m. for its regular monthly meeting at the Administration Building on King Street. Compiled by Jesse Wood

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Fifth Annual North Carolina Bike Summit To Be Held in Asheville Sept. 16-17

Aug. 31, 2016. Cycling experts and advocates from throughout the Southeast will come together in Asheville at the Fifth Annual North Carolina Bike Summit on Sept. 16 and 17. Presented by BikeWalk NC in partnership with the N.C. Department of Transportation, this year’s event will focus on the economic benefits of investing in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

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Federal Food and Shelter Program Awards More Than $21,500 for Aid in Watauga

Aug. 1, 2016. High Country United Way is pleased to announce Watauga County has been awarded $21,545 through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Program (EFSP), a Federal program administered by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the nation’s hungry, homeless and people in economic crisis.

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Home Ownership Month: North Carolina Offers Help to Citizens Facing Foreclosure

June 15, 2016. June is National Home Ownership Month, and while an increasing number of North Carolinians are celebrating by purchasing homes, families who are facing foreclosure have little to cheer. In 2015, there were 29,201 foreclosure filings statewide. But hope exists. The NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund, administered by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund®, has resources to help North Carolina homeowners keep their homes while they recover from a temporary financial hardship.

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NC Court System Launches New Online Collections and Payments System

May 31, 2016 North Carolina citizens can now pay probation-related costs, fines and fees online using their credit / debit card with the launch of Online Collections and Payments (OCAP). Online payments are available 24/7 at onlineservices.NCcourts.org for supervised and unsupervised probationers with their case file number, the county that issued the charge, and a major credit card, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards.

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