BOONE — U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C. 5th District) said people should expect “more of the same” from Congress in 2018, as she said they believe what they are doing is working.

HIGH POINT — Charleston Forge, a Boone furniture manufacturer, was recently honored by the American Society of Furniture Designers with a Pinnacle Award for the Best Casual Dining Collection of 2017. The award is the highest honor given for product design in the furniture industry.

WILKESBORO — MerleFest, slated for April 26 to 29, announced five additions to the 2018 lineup: The Mavericks, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Mandolin Orange, Alison Brown and Brandy Clark.

Obituaries

Thomas T. “Sonny” Shealy was born on May 31, 1931, in Reynolds…