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The time in which we currently live in unprecedented in my life and that of most everyone. COVID-19 has turned regular life upside down, with businesses having to adapt their models to adjust to the changing landscape that has resulted from the need to practice principles like “social distan…

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RALEIGH — The chances of there being a spring prep sports season took a big hit on March 23 when the North Carolina High School Athletics Association announced that it was suspending prep athletics through May 18 because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Recently Lise wrote an article describing invasive exotic plants that caused me to ponder over plants we consider invasive and those we do not. Obviously, kudzu is an invasive exotic plant but what about Helleborus x hybridus?

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HIGH COUNTRY — Local art galleries are responding to the COVID-19 virus outbreak with cautious optimism, implementing precautionary measures recommended by the CDC. Several galleries have committed to daily cleaning and sanitization in an effort to continue supporting individual artists and …

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HIGH COUNTRY — The High Country is home to bands and musical talent spanning every genre through a number of decades. In the face of COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, many are taking the changes in stride, turning to platforms and services such as Facebook Live and YouTube to share their music.

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” II Timothy 1:7

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Eventually we all leave home — only to have someone take our place. Sometimes the newcomers are like us and occasionally they are different. If enough “different” newcomers arrive the character of the area changes.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower was an extraordinary military leader. It was once said of the former president and general, “Eisenhower took the trouble to seem ordinary, to appear guileless. But he did outmaneuver and out-command almost everybody, including Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle and eve…

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While visiting her friend, Howard Doane, in Cincinnati, Fanny Crosby, the blind hymnist, was asked to speak to a group of blue collar workers. Near the end of her speech, she had an overwhelming sense that “some mother’s boy” before her “must be rescued that night or not at all.” She mention…

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“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:2-3

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. Although all we really know about him comes from two small documents he wrote, St. Paddy is surrounded by legends. But you cannot argue with the fact that this man was a dangerously committed Christian! As a teenager he was kidnapped from Britain by some Irish…

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One of my main glories as a gardener is that I’m a talented hand puller of weeds. And, the older I get, the less trusting I am of garden chemicals. After all, big companies cannot make up their minds whether or not glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup and the most widely used herbicide…

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Members of the Boone Area and Blowing Rock Chambers of Commerce practice their tomahawk throwing skills at Tomahawk Hill, part of Mystery Hill, on Tuesday, March 3.

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission closed approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing after sunset on Feb. 29 and will reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 4 to start the 2020 season.

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“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” Ephesians 1:4

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For years I struggled to find a good marking system for my plants. When I first started to garden, I had a large area to fill. Because there was a lovely daylily farm nearby, I began to plant daylilies without identifying them. My excuse was that it was hot (June in North Carolina typically …

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BLOWING ROCK — For 2020-2021, the Blowing Rock Community Foundation, Inc. has earmarked monies to fund the following new scholarships: one $2,000 scholarship, one $5,000 scholarship (the Tessien Family Scholarship), one $5,000 scholarship (the Jean and Walter Wilkinson Scholarship), and one …

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It’s easy for us to forget in our busy lives how important our words are. In preparation for a recent sermon, I found some intriguing statistics when it comes to the amount of words and time we spend speaking.

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Preachers have odd friends. I remember how, in my first pastorate after seminary, I befriended a delinquent church member who operated a liquor store. I failed to realize how small our town was, and how rapidly gossip traveled. I had been visiting the liquor store owner at his establishment …

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“Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping His commandments, and His judgments, and His statues, which I command thee this day.” Deuteronomy 8:11

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BLOWING ROCK — On Thursday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. until noon, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will present a Scholars & Scones talk by local luthier Chris Capozzoli. Chris will describe the processes behind building his unique boutique guitars that are currently featured in the…

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BOONE — The Blue Ridge Conservancy recently provided updates on how donations from the Round Up for the Middle Fork Greenway campaign — held for the second year last summer — have helped the project make progress.

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Beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays until the arrival of Easter Sunday, the Lenten season is a very important time of year for Christians. During Lent, Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, self-denial and spiritual discipline. While the B…

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WEST JEFFERSON — Area high school seniors whose parents are telecommunications customers of SkyLine Membership Corporation and SkyBest Communications may apply for national scholarships available through Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) and local scholarships through SkyLine/SkyBest.

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BOONE — In a span of two hours on Thursday, Feb. 27, starting at 3 p.m., Special Olympics Watauga County hopes to raise most of its operating budget for the year as it holds its 22nd annual Polar Plunge at the Duck Pond on the campus of Appalachian State University.

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Throughout the Christian life, times can come when it feels like nothing is going right. Perhaps you’ve been in a place where it feels as if your prayers are only bouncing off the ceiling and that even if God is listening to your prayers, it feels as if He is frowning over your conduct and/o…

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BOONE — At a celebration for his birthday on Feb. 17, local artist and entrepreneur Joe Miller was surprised to be presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in North Carolina, at the Boone Golf Club.