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A year ago, I developed what I thought was an original idea: Why not plant a clematis with a rose? To me this was a brilliant innovation, one (as far as I knew) I’d never read about — and it made a lot of sense.

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BOONE — The 64th Annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church located on New Market Boulevard in Boone.

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Watauga quarterback Anderson Castle and volleyball player Brooke Byrd have been a part of many victories on courts and playing fields for the Pioneers.

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A guilty pleasure that I enjoy is watching documentaries on historical subjects that pique my interest. A documentarian that I have seen multiple works from is Ken Burns, who first caught my interest with his account of the history of the game of baseball more than 25 years ago. Burns has pr…

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BLOWING ROCK — The final Art in the Park on the 2019 season turned out to be a wet and foggy affair, with locals, tourists and art fans seeking respite from the general wetness to get a look at some of the finest works from across the region.

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Many of us look forward to the arrival of autumn with its cooler temperatures and brilliant colors. We know that there is a breakdown of the chlorophyll compound, so necessary for the photosynthesis process, in preparation for the winter slumber. However, that still doesn’t explain the reaso…

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“And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” Mark 1:41

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In one of his sermons, pastor Andy Stanley makes a great statement. He’s talking about waiting on God, and he says something along these lines: “We look at our watches; God looks at the calendar.”

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BANNER ELK — For one weekend each fall, the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Banner Elk becomes the woolly worm racing capital. Now in its 42nd year, the Woolly Worm Festival draws cross-country visitors and locals alike for two days of cheering woollybear caterpillars to the finish line. This ye…

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The longer I garden, the more I realize that this wonderful pastime does not work well with Mother Nature. We wage war against her creatures: deer, woodchucks and rabbits. Some of us resent the occasional rendezvous with snakes, and we see red when we encounter two nasty weeds that have no e…

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VALLE CRUCIS — Mountain music, handmade crafts, barbecue, Brunswick stew, apple cider, apple butter, and peak autumn color all come together in a huge hay field at the heart of Valle Crucis on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Valle Country Fair. What started as a little church bazaar in 1978 now we…

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BLOWING ROCK — The weeklong Cycle N.C. Mountains-to-Coast ride made its return to Blowing Rock after a decade on Sept. 27-29, with about 1,000 cyclists descending on the town.

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BLOWING ROCK — Public hearings and input from Blowing Rock citizens will be gathered as part of the process to create a Valley Boulevard vision plan that was unanimously approved to be contracted out to Benchmark CMR of Charlotte by the Blowing Rock Town Council during a special meeting on T…

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“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

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CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina went into its home game with Appalachian State as a slight favorite. Just don’t tell Appalachian State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz that the Mountaineers’ 34-31 victory at Kenan Stadium on Sept 21 is an upset.

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BLOWING ROCK — This weekend, about 1,000 cyclists will converge on Blowing Rock to the opening leg of the week-long Cycle N.C. Mountains to Coast tour.

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The Broyhill Equestrian Preserve in Blowing Rock hosted the James H. Fisher International Grand Prix on Sept. 21, bringing 24 horses and riders from all over the nation to the High Country. The two previous James H. Fisher Grand Prixs were hosted in Asheville, and its arrival brought a $50,0…

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For the first time, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity hosted the Habitat Road Trip Crazies for a Blitz Build in the High Country. The build started at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the GreenWood subdivision in Todd with only the subfloor of the house laid, and the house was completed ab…

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BLOWING ROCK — Quilts of Valor’s Alleghany Quilters Guild honored World War II Veteran William “Bill” Bromley Magruder at his Blowing Rock home Monday, Sept. 23, with his very own quilt, a small gesture thanking him for his service.

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The upcoming season of The Schaefer Center Presents performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University runs from late September through early April. This series offers the community a diverse array of music, theatre and dance designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the ca…

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HUDSON — Megan Redford of Blowing Rock, a 2019 graduate of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Physical Therapist Assistant program, had her doubts when she received her score from the Physical Therapist Assistant licensure exam. It was a perfect score of 800. She was so sho…

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HUDSON – Jan Karon, author of the No. 1 best-selling Mitford novels, which were originally published as excerpts in The Blowing Rocket, will return home to Hudson in Caldwell County for a celebration on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20.

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BLOWING ROCK — The long history of horse sports in Blowing Rock will take a giant leap forward at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21, when the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve plays host to the third annual James Fisher International Grand Prix.

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You probably know about the monarch butterfly’s annual journey to and from Mexico. Maybe you have heard about the thousands of hawks that will fly over Grandfather Mountain on their way south. This year, the High Country is also playing temporary host to guests of a different type: dragonflies.

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I have always regarded acorns as pesky offerings from my oak tree. They crunch as I walk on them while my squirrels rush around, digging holes to bury them for future feedings. Besides nurturing the squirrel population and producing more oak trees, they appear to me to be of little value.

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BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock volleyball team fell behind visiting Hardin Park early, but rallied to beat the Golden Eagles 2-1 in the first tri-match for both teams this season.

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This past weekend professional football in America opened its first week of its 100th regular season. In honor of the dawning of the season, I was reminded of an incident that occurred several years ago.

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It’s hard to penalize a plant that is flourishing in our gardens, but there comes a time when sometimes we dictate that there has to be a parting of the ways. This old companion is no longer a friend. It’s easy to ditch a plant that doesn’t seem to relish the home we provided for it, but wha…

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“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” Psalm 107:28-29

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BLOWING ROCK — A cloudless day with 75-degree temperatures led to 90 artists putting their goods on display at the September edition of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Art in the Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.

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BLOWING ROCK — The fourth annual Denim Ball on Aug. 22 brought the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation closer to its fundraising goal as more than $200,000 was raised to support continued restoration efforts at the Flat Top Manor and across the 3,500-acre grounds, the foundation announced Sept. 5.