As home sales remained brisk throughout the month of July, local Realtors recorded strong sales in both land and commercial property, according to the latest real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors.

BLOWING ROCK — A leak to a six-inch PVC line on Country Club Drive in Blowing Rock on Saturday, July 27, caused water service interruptions to nearby residents but was fixed within a few hours. according to the town’s interim Public Works Director Matt Blackburn.

BLOWING ROCK — Two familiar faces had the interim tag taken off their titles in Blowing Rock as Aaron Miller and Christopher "Matt" Blackburn were named the permanent police chief and public works director, respectively, as announced at the conclusion of the monthly town council meeting on Aug. 13.

BLOWING ROCK — The walk around Chetola Lake on the Chetola Resort property from Aug. 9-11 was spruced up with dozens of sculptures, ranging from children and animals to re-imagined objects and everything in between.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The private Christian school that novelist Nicholas Sparks founded in his North Carolina hometown was gripped by one small crisis after another and demanding too much of his attention until the headmaster he initially championed was cut loose, the writer said Thursday.