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BOONE — Appalachian State University administrators are anticipating a 3 to 10 percent budget cut for the 2020-21 fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and should know more about where the university may land financially in July or August.

BLOWING ROCK — On Saturday, June 27, the Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation Department reopened Robbins Pool to town residents with modifications to its operations to ensure visitor safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pool opened to the general public on June 29.

On Thursday, June 25, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at High Country Woodworks to celebrate their business opening in Blowing Rock. High Country Woodworks is located in a kiosk in the South Market Shopping Plaza on Main Street, Blowing Rock. Chamber Board Member…

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 …