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“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13

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The New York Times published an article several years ago on the reported attrition taking place today among youth in evangelical churches. The article stated that if current trends continue, only four percent of teenagers will be Bible believing Christians as adults — as opposed to 35 perce…

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“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

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BOONE — In its sixth year of conducting the Big Kahuna Campaign to raise money for affordable housing, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is now asking people to participate in the 2020 competition as a team.

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BLOWING ROCK – More than 130 athletes from several counties in North Carolina plus Virginia and South Carolina descended on an unseasonably warm Appalachian Ski Mtn. on Jan. 12-13 for the Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding.

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Beginning on Dec. 26, the garden catalogues start to pour in. The planting season is short — and growers know that they have to get the word out on their new products as soon as possible. They also know that we, looking at bleak landscapes, are susceptible to pictures of spectacular flowerin…

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The 34th annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition opened for submissions on Jan. 13. The nationally recognized juried sculpture competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for Appalachian State University and its annual summer arts…

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“As you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” II Corinthians 1:11

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While D.L. Moody was attending a convention in Indianapolis on mass evangelism, he asked his song leader Ira Sankey to meet him at 6 o’clock one evening at a certain street corner.

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The High Country is growing fast: Between 2010 and 2018, Watauga was one of 15 counties in our state experiencing net growth of more than 15 percent. Newcomers are often surprised by the challenges of gardening on a mountain.

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BLOWING ROCK — Chetola Resort’s staff has donated 700 pounds of food to Casting Bread Ministries of Blowing Rock. This donation was the result of more than 200 employees working together to benefit the community.

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BOONE — The Jones House is gearing up for spring music lessons as part of the Boone Junior Appalachian Musicians program, a 15-week session beginning on Jan. 30.

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The beginning of the calendar year seems like a natural time for self-reflection. Time to ponder what is going well in your life, and maybe not so well. A New Year’s resolution may be set with the hope of things going differently the upcoming year; it’s a decision to do something. Many resol…

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Recently I had occasion to meet Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NCSU — and I immediately bought his book. I always feel that if an author takes time to meet me, I should reciprocate and buy their book. And then I had to ask myself whether we really needed another b…

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BLOWING ROCK — On Thursday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. until noon, Jesse Pope will lead a conversation at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum about the past, present and future of Grandfather Mountain State Park as a part of its Scholars and Scones series.

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During the Christmas season, the songs of the holidays are everywhere, whether you’re at the mall, in elevators, on TV, and in the earbuds of many personal audio devices. But recent research has conflicting ideas about how this music affects people.

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“Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary h…

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With Christmas in the rear view mirror, hopefully a positive anticipation of a New Year with the cool even number 2020 is building in all of us. Yes, most of the students at Appalachian State University are off the mountain and still in their home regions, yet the ski resorts in the High Cou…

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BOONE — If anybody who follows Appalachian State wondered if there would be any difference between former Mountaineers coach Eli Drinkwitz and new coach Shawn Clark, there is one that Clark mentioned in his press conference at the Mark Ricks Center Dec. 13.

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We have a new puppy — although he’s been part of our family for nearly a year. As our last dog was with us for 15 years, this little guy will hold the “new puppy” title for a bit longer. Maybe it’s how he came into our lives or maybe because I think this will be our last dog, that he seems s…

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Atop the highest mountain peaks in the Southern Appalachians, grow the wild Christmas trees. There and only there. You can’t find them in the Adirondacks. You’ll have no luck in the Rockies.

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In January of 1956, Jim Elliot and four other missionaries gave their lives in Ecuador in their effort to reach the Waodani Indians. This fierce group was known to attack any outsiders, but the vision for reaching them with the gospel compelled these young men to take the risk.

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“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2: 6-7

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BOONE — The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge hosted its first 100 Men membership Campaign event, Bourbon, BBQ & Blues on Oct. 10. This campaign showcases men in our community who support the programs and services of the WFBR that impact women and girls in the High Country.

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BLOWING ROCK — The 2020 Blowing Rock community calendars are now available to pick up at either Blowing Rock Town Hall or the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

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There was once a man who didn’t believe in God and didn’t hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, such as Christmas. His wife did believe and raised their children to have faith in God and Jesus.

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BLOWING ROCK — In its fifth year, the Western Youth Network’s Festival of Trees raised almost $50,000 and counting — breaking the previous record set in 2018 — during its four-day event at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock from Dec. 5-8.

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Curt and Linda Gillespie of Blowing Rock and Naples, Fla., were inspired by the hard work at the first High Country Blitz Build, which was completed within 48 hours on Sept. 21-22 in affiliation with Watauga Habitat for Humanity and the student-led organization App Builds a Home, of Appalach…