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Local farmers met at Shipley Farms in Vilas on June 26 to discuss a collaborative plan between Shipley Farms, other local beef farmers, the N.C. Cooperative Extension and Cole’s Meat Processing to open and begin operating a butchery in Watauga County by July 15.

BLOWING ROCK — Restoration is set to begin on July 20 at the Payne Branch hydroelectric dam, located just south of Boone off of Payne Branch Road, thanks to a $1,177,000 grant awarded to New River Light and Power in February, which will be used to complete environmental restoration of the Pa…

BANNER ELK — There is a moose on the loose in Banner Elk, and the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce is asking local residents to help reel him in and find him a home.

Steven Mackie Kincaid of Blowing Rock, N.C., passed away on Ju…

Anthony Eden Rand died peacefully on May 1, 2020, at the age o…

William Kirk Rich passed away on Easter Sunday at his home at …

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of insisting that the Republican National Convention go off as scheduled despite the pandemic, President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the late August event will not be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he had anticipated.