Avery County

Find Your Woolly Worms! The 37th Annual Woolly Worm Festival Held Oct. 18-19 in Downtown Banner Elk

Published Monday, October 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm
Who will pick the winning winter weather worm this year? The 36th annual Woolly Worm Festival, scheduled for Oct. 18-19 in Banner Elk, is coming up quick! Since 1978, the residents of beautiful, scenic Banner Elk have celebrated the coming of winter with the highly-anticipated event that always takes place on the third weekend of October. Read more...
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Sprucing Up the Banner Elk Band Shelter

Published Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:23 am
The Town of Banner Elk, the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and Lowe's Home Improvement have teamed up to paint and repair the band shelter in Tate-Evans Park. Lowe's Home Improvement generously donated paint, caulking, siding and labor to help improve the band shelter. The shelter gets a lot of use each summer as hundreds of people come to see concerts in the park. It is also used throughout the year for town celebrations, Tai Chi classes and even Santa! Read more… Photo by Liz Lanham
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Avery Chamber of Commerce’s Open House a Massive Success Last Night with More Than 100 in Attendance

Published Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm
Last night, the Avery County Chamber Staff along with the Board of Directors and State and Local Representatives held the Avery County Chamber's 5th annual Open House at 5 p.m. More than 100 people attended this year's event, making it the largest open house yet. Read more… by Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Update on Kids’ Halloween Events! Some Cancelled, Some Postponed, But Many Still Happening Wednesday Night

Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Oct. 31, 2012. Due to the cold and snowy weather, some Halloween events have been cancelled or postponed, however, many events are still happening tonight on Halloween. Read more...
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Unemployment Rates Decline in 72 Counties in August, Over-the-Year Rates Down in 92 Counties Across NC

Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Oct. 3, 2012. The High Country experienced over-the-year drops. Watauga County unemployment dropped .7 percent to 8.3 percent. Ashe County unemployment dropped .3 percent to 11 percent, and Avery County unemployment dropped .1 percent to 10.4 percent. Read more...
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The Avery County YMCA Hugh Chapman Center for Families’ Ribbon Cutting is Today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Published Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm
Aug. 23, 2012. Join the Avery County Chamber for their After Hours Networking Event and Avery County YMCA Hugh Chapman Center ribbon cutting today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 436 Hospital Drive, Linville. Both the After Hours event and the ribbon cutting are open to the public. Read more...
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MEC Selects Route for 4-Mile Transmission Line on Sugar Mountain, Bypasses Lutherock Natural Heritage Area

Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 4:00 am
Aug. 21, 2012. Mountain Electric Cooperative (MEC) selected the route for its planned 69,000 volt (69 kV) transmission line amidst Sugar Mountain in Avery County. Read more...
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Photos: The Festival of Gnarnia

Published Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/?p=37995Aug. 16, 2012. The Festival of Gnarnia came to a close last Sunday, Aug. 12, and many Beech Mountain residents breathed a sigh of relief. The festival-goers have cleared out and Beech Mountain Resort is still there. Now check out some incredible photos from the festival that was like nothing Beech Mountain had ever witnessed before. See photo gallery...
Photo by Shaun Hollingsworth
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Festival Atop Beech: ‘LSD, Mushrooms, Ecstasy. You Name It’s Here,’ Influx of Thousands: ‘Good for Business’

Published Friday, August 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm
Aug. 10, 2012. “It’s been interesting – to say the least.” Referring to The Festival of Gnarnia taking place until Sunday morning, that phrase is recurring among locals atop Beech Mountain. With an influx of 5,000 people, many of them tour kids from out of state who are following the festival circuit, Beech is experiencing a bit of a culture shock. Read more...
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Celebrate 14 Artists, Galleries and the Newest Works at the Avery County Tour de Art Every Fourth Saturday

Published Friday, July 20, 2012 at 10:36 am
July 20, 2012. Beautiful day? Nothing to do? Dreary day? Need something to chase away the blahs? Whatever the circumstance, be uplifted by an art tour of the gorgeous Avery and Watauga Counties countryside. Read more...
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If Trend Continues, 2012 Meth Lab Busts Will Surpass N.C.’s Record-Setting Year of 2011 – 237 Busts So Far

Published Monday, July 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm
July 16, 2012. Meth labs are on the rise again. If the current trend continues, this year will be another record-setting year. Read more...
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Proposed Mountain Bogs Refuge Encompasses High Country; Open House at Watauga Library on July 11

Published Monday, June 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm
June 25, 2012. The United States has more than 556 National Wildlife Refuges, and now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing one more - the Southern Appalachian Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge, which would encompass 23,000 acres scattered across 30 bog sites in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee - including ten sites in the High Country. Read more...
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NCDOT Awards $9.6 Million to Replace 15 Bridges in Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Caldwell and Wilkes Counties

Published Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 10:20 am
May 8, 2012. RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has awarded a $9.6 million design-build contract to replace two bridges each in Watauga and Ashe counties, four in Avery County, one in Caldwell County and six in Wilkes County. Read more...
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Avery County Obituaries – Compiled May 1, 2012

Published Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Avery County Obituaries – Compiled May 1, 2012

Joe Benfield, D. April 25, 2012.
Joe Allen Benfield, 72, of Morganton, died April 25, 2012 at the Hospice House in Valdese, NC.
Born April 18, 1940 in Avery County, the son… Continue reading

Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled April 25, 2012

Published Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled April 25, 2012             

Thomas Baxter Cox, D. April 24, 2012

Mr. Thomas Baxter Cox, better known as “Tom”, age 68, of Lenoir passed away Tuesday morning, April 24, 2012 at Margate Health & Rehab Center.… Continue reading

Avery County Obituaries – Compiled April 17, 2012

Published Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Ralph Beam

Ralph Beam, D. April 15, 2012

Ralph Beam, age 67, of Jonas Ridge passed away on Sunday April 15, 2012 at St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville. He was born August 19, 1944 a son of the late Frances and… Continue reading

New Avery County Adoption & Humane Education Center

Published Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

The new Avery County Adoption and Humane Education Center was blessed last night in a ceremony by Kathy Campbell. The new 21,000 square foot center is located on land provided by the Avery County Commissioners. The facility was designed by David Patrick Moses, Architects and built by David E. Looper and Company at a cost of approximately $3.7 million. Check out our video and photo gallery!
Photo by Ken Ketchie
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‘An Embarrassing Day for Watauga?’ High Country Commissioners Endorse Marriage Protection Amendment

Published Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm
April 3, 2012. All three High Country counties – Ashe, Avery and Watauga – have recently endorsed the Marriage Protection Amendment, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Read more...
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Updated: Avery County Obits – Compiled April 3, 2012

Published Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Janice Wise, D. April 3

Janice Wise, D. April 3, 2012.

On Tuesday April 3, 2012, Jesus called and Janice Beam Wise answered.

She was born December 28, 1949 a daughter of the late Ray and Retha Clark Beam.

Janice… Continue reading

Avery County Obituaries – Compiled March 27, 2012

Published Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Recent obituaries in Avery County compiled on March 27, 2012. Read more...
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Avery County Obituaries – Compiled March 20, 2012

Published Friday, March 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Recent obituaries in Avery County compiled on March 20, 2012. Read more...
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Part 3: 5,100 High Country Residents Owed $1.35 Million in Unclaimed Cash/Property; Avery County: $243,000

Published Monday, March 12, 2012 at 11:03 am
March 12, 2012. Includes Extensive List! Check here to see if you – or any of your friends or relatives – have any unclaimed cash accumulating dust and interest in the vaults of the North Carolina State Department and Treasurer. Read more...
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