BLOWING ROCK -- High Country temperatures are beginning to cool, but not the busy summer real estate season. In August, local Realtor activity hit a high for the year, surpassing 200 transactions for the second straight month.

BLOWING ROCK — Halloween comes early in the High Country.

LINVILLE — Eyes will be looking to the skies again this September, and not for another solar eclipse. Instead, they’ll be focused on the thousands of raptors that will be migrating over the mountains and heading south – toward their wintering grounds.

BLOWING ROCK -- Soprano Emily Arbour joins accompanist Susy Slingland for a Saturday afternoon concert at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock beginning at 4 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the nave of the church.

Editor’s note: The following is a chapter from the manuscript titled “Ole Mean Carrie Buck,” written by Thomas Buxton of Columbia, S.C. The manuscript is based on interviews with his mother, Carrie Miller Buxton, about her life in Blowing Rock in the middle of the 20th century.