BOONE -- Watauga County Schools is continuing to monitor instances of flu in the district after the North Carolina Department of Human Health and Services reported a statewide spike in the illness earlier this week. Absences due to illness have been reported in pockets across the system but …

WILKESBORO -- MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 27-April 30, 2017, is pleased to announce the return of the Acoustic Kids Showcases to the 2017 festival.

BOONE — The Boone Service League on Monday, Feb. 27, will begin accepting applications for 2017 grants from nonprofit organizations in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties.

“I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel; speak unto them saying, at even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.” (Exodus 16:12)

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.

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