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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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BLOWING ROCK — Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery will present a solo exhibit in its final show of the summer season, featuring the works of Boone-based artist Jason Drake, from Aug. 19-31 with a reception on Aug. 24 from 5-8 p.m.

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BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce announced its sponsorship of scholarships for seven local students to attend the North Carolina School of Science and Math’s Summer Accelerator program on Aug. 5.

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In one of Aesop’s Fables, a donkey walking through the woods finds the skin of a lion. Hunters had killed the lion and left the skin to dry in the sun. The donkey put on the lion’s skin and was delighted to discover that all the other animals were terrified of him and ran away when he appear…

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BLOWING ROCK — Join local musiclovers on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 2-7 p.m. for an outdoor concert from N.C.’s well known bands, Sidewinder and Nantucket, in Blowing Rock with a chance to win a signed guitar from the bands.

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BOONE — More than 1,100 students attended the seventh annual Back 2 School Festival on Aug. 10 — making it the “biggest and best” event yet, said Kendra Sink.

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TAYLORSVILLE — Watauga’s football team was the top choice in a preseason poll by media who cover the Northwestern Conference to win its second straight league championship.

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BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Community, Government & Education Committee and the Town of Blowing Rock invite all residents and business owners to attend the State of the Town event Thursday, Aug. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

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Shulls Mill Baptist Church in Boone will be serving pork BBQ plates beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 10 at the church, located at 283 Shulls Mill Rd., off of HWY 105, next to the Hound Ears Resort. For more information, call the church at (828) 963-4722.

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Rita Bass Coors was attending an auction for the Hospice of Metropolitan Denver. “Going once, going twice, sold for $7,000!” The auctioneer announced the winning bid and his gavel hit the table. Rita was elated. She’d just purchased a porcelain mask, hand painted by the singer John Denver.

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During the last weekend in July, on a day with beautiful sunny skies and ideal temperatures, art enthusiasts attended the 33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror. This year’s juror, regionally beloved sculptor Bill Brown from Anvil Arts, offered participants a compelling narrative of…

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BLOWING ROCK — In August, America’s Favorite Cowboys, Riders In The Sky, will return to Tweetsie Railroad for a weekend of Western music and comedy. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18. The group will perform at noon and 3 p.m. on both days. This will be the group’s 22nd anniversary appearan…

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BLOWING ROCK — The Men’s Connection Bible Study of Blowing Rock will be hosting retired pastor Jim Henry from Orlando, Fla., for its 11th annual summer breakfast, which takes place Friday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 a.m. in the Evergreen Room at Chetola Resort.

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BOONE — It began with a curiosity of wanting to know more about the human body and culminated with a poster presentation. No, this is not a research project designed by one of Appalachian State University’s senior science majors. The 3D project was completed by some of the university’s young…

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Recently, I have been marveling over the complexities of the common daisy. Daisies belong to the flower family Asteraceae, a family that contains more species than any other family with the possible exception of Orchidaceae. Found on every continent except Antarctica, Asteraceae species are …

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BLOWING ROCK – August will feature the Blowing Rock Community Foundation hosting its 34th annual Community Days, highlight by Groovy Nights 11 that will take place at the end of August.

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BLOWING ROCK — Under sunny skies, the 2019 Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show, one of the longest-running continuous horse shows in America, completed its 96th year of operations on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the L.M. Tate Showgrounds at the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve.

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An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 35th anniversary season ends in spectacular fashion with Motown legends The Temptations at 7:30 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone. Billed as a “Concert and Dance Party,” The Temptations show will feature a dance floor in front …

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BOONE — With a little more than a week left until the seventh annual Back 2 School Festival, Kendra Sink — president of the Best 2 School Festival board and festival director — is still seeking donations and volunteers for the day of the event.

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BOONE — The Boone Police Department asked community members to donate to the North Carolina Special Olympics by conducting two fundraising opportunities this month — a 574-mile bicycle ride and a raffle to win a chance to “tase the police chief.”

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Norman Green of Wigan, England vanished for eight years after local police came to his home questioning about the rape and eventual death of an 86-year-old neighbor.

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The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock will host its 7th Annual Charity Auction to be held beginning at 3 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the American Legion Hall on Wallingford Street in Blowing Rock. The previous auctions have raised nearly $170,000, all of which goes to charities of the High Country.

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LINVILLE — The annual Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic returns Aug. 17-18, allowing participants the opportunity to photograph the park outside of regular business hours, while providing valuable networking time with other photographers. The gate opens at 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 17.

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Soprano Jodi Burns and baritone Thao Nguyen will preform at The Blowing Rock Art & History museum as a continuation of its Summer Concert Series. The concert will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $13 for museum members, students, military and seniors and $18 for all other…

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Boone’s Western Youth Network will be hosting “Sweet High Country Salute: An Evening with Elvis” to benefit the Sonny Sweet Scholarship Fund at Boone’s Harvest House venue from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22.

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BLOWING ROCK — Perfect weather accompanied more than 3,000 people crowded around Chetola Lake on Friday, July 26, to listen to the Symphony of the Mountains and see the fireworks at the 32nd annual Symphony by the Lake, presented by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

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“And they all with one consent began to make excuse, the first said unto him I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.” Luke 14:18

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To find a 200 year-old log cabin hidden in the woods in the center of Blowing Rock may sound like a dream, but that is exactly what Mike and Molly Northern have done. As the owner of Blowing Rock Property Services, Mike had long taken care of the cabin for the Williams family who had moved t…

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Concerts in the Courtyard are organized by the Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock in order to celebrate the new space at the shopping center. These evenings of music take place from 4-7 p.m. on every other Saturday from now through October 19, and there is a Chick-fil-A food truck for refreshmen…

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As a master gardener, I volunteer my time to help answer gardening questions at the county Extension office. A question came in the other day that seems pertinent to share, as it’s a mistake nearly every gardener has made, at least once.

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NEW ORLEANS — After securing a third straight Sun Belt Conference football title in 2018 with a victory in the league’s inaugural championship game, Appalachian State has been picked to win another Sun Belt championship in 2019.

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BOONE — The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games features two running road races: The Bear on Thursday of the games and the Grandfather Marathon on Saturday.

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“I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.” So says the Hippocratic Oath that I, along with all physicians, swore to uphold. It guides my practice as a pediatrician, and it guides my staunch support for expanding Medicaid.

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In the fall of 2014, North Dakota high school student Danielle LaNoue was competing in a cross-country race when she experienced a runner’s worst nightmare: her knee buckled and gave out. She collapsed in agony, made an attempt to get up and walk, but collapsed again in tears.

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“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5