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If I asked you, “Do you know Stuart Hamblin?” you might pause for a few seconds. If I added that he had a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, placed there in 1978, then you might say, “Yes, Carl ‘Stuart’ Hamblen, the radio personality, songwriter, cowboy singer and motion picture actor.” And, …

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BOONE — Pancakes, crafts and holiday tunes will fill the hallways of Watauga High School as the Watauga Education Foundation, Watauga County Schools and Boone Service League will host benefit events from 7:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

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BLACKBERRY — Dozens of pottery fans had just a few seconds, if that, to grab their favorite piece of pottery during Bolick and Tradition’s annual Thanksgiving wood kiln sale in the morning of Saturday, Nov. 30.

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BOONE — Thousands of women and girls in the High Country need help this time of year to make sure they have at least one healthy meal a day. Winter weather has arrived and schools are about to be out for the holidays, which will put a strain on many families.

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As the American Civil War raged in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln took time to respond to a series of newspaper editorials written by Sarah Josepha Hale by proclaiming a national day of Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 of that year, and each fourth Thursday in the month of November. The proclamation…

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BLOWIING ROCK — The Blowing Rock boys’ basketball team used its size and its ability to get out on a fastbreak in its 55-25 win over visiting Cove Creek on Nov. 21.

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HIGH COUNTRY — All three of the area ski resorts have opened for the season. Beech Mountain Resort was the most recent to commence, opening for business on Nov. 23.

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BLOWING ROCK — The holiday season is coming to Blowing Rock in the days after Thanksgiving as the town will host its Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town events on Friday, Nov. 29, followed by a Christmas parade on Saturday, Nov. 30.

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The fifth annual Festival of Trees is scheduled from Thursday, Dec. 5, to Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. More than 75 themed trees and wreaths will be on display for the public’s viewing enjoyment.

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Go ahead and grab a handful of nuts this holiday season. According to archeological digs, nuts have been part of the human diet for at least 780,000 years. Nowadays, they’re easier to access than ever before, often with no cracking or shelling required. Everyday fare becomes more satisfying …

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BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce announced on Nov. 26 that the springtime SAVOR Blowing Rock Festival that celebrated wine, food and beer will not be hosted in 2020.

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Samuel Morse was born into a preacher’s home in New England just two years after George Washington was elected the first president of the United States. After finishing his education at Yale, he went to England to hone his painting skill. Upon his return to America he was recognized as a gif…

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“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” I Corinthians 9:24

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BOONE — The Blowing Rock middle school boys’ basketball team took a big first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 61-31 victory over Hardin Park at Hardin Park School on Nov. 14.

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BOONE — The Blowing Rock girls’ basketball team used solid defense in the second half to beat Hardin Park 31-18 in middle school basketball at Hardin Park on Nov. 14.

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For a long time, I was into instant gratification in the garden. The acre allotted for the garden had large bare patches I wanted to fill — and my philosophy was “the quicker the better.” Of course, as I and the garden both matured, I realized that what I needed was greater patience. I even …

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BOONE — Businesses could improve their reputation, culture, employee retention and employee wellness by implementing trauma-informed practices, according to Watauga Compassionate Compassionate Community Initiative Chair Denise Presnell.

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During the depression there was a sheep ranch owned by a man named Yates. Mr. Yates wasn’t able to make enough on his ranching operation to pay the principal and interest on the mortgage, so he was in danger of losing his ranch.

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This month, sites serving the Boone area will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.

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BLOWING ROCK — The meeting space at the American Legion in Blowing Rock was filled with delicious smells and friendly chatter on Nov. 10 during the 12th annual Hometown Harvest.

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Owner Melinda Rose and Sew Original in Boone is joining hands and hearts to put the “give in Thanksgiving” for National Tie One On Day — an apron that is. The celebration is the brainchild of EllynAnne Geisel, author of The Apron Book. In keeping with Geisel’s vision, on the day before Thank…

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“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

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It started with some herbs in pots in our kitchen window. I happily snip while I cook, feeling righteous about growing my own ingredients. My superior attitude evaporated when I met the folks attending the N.C. Herb Association’s “Wild Herb Weekend” in Valle Crucis: These folks use herbs to …

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BLOWING ROCK — With a number of stories of service and jokes mixed in with solemn messages, Blowing Rock held its annual Veterans Day recognition in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month on Monday at the town’s American Legion Hall.

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BLOWING ROCK — The 61st annual Tour of Homes by the St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock announced Nov. 9 that it raised a total of $85,620 in 2019, which it distributed to local nonprofits, charities and other organizations.

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Back in 2005, the late Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, spoke at the Commencement ceremony at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. In his speech, Jobs uses three accounts from his life that left graduates with something impactful to take along on their jo…

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“The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!” Joshua 10:13b-14

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BOONE — The Children’s Council dedicated their D.U.A.L. School playground in October to a lifelong advocate for children: Meggan Knight. Children’s Council staff and D.U.A.L. School children and teachers, along with board member Rhonda Russell, joined to honor Meggan.