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BLOWING ROCK — The executive committee of the Tour of Homes Blowing Rock — an event held annually by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church to raise money for High Country nonprofits — has decided to postpone this year’s tour until July 2021.

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HIGH COUNTRY — Following the announcement by Gov. Roy Cooper on May 4 that parks and trails were encouraged to reopen during Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan, local state parks were preparing for an influx of visitors.

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WATAUGA — Local retail businesses prepared to reopen on May 8 under Phase 1 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan for reopening the state following COVID-19-related shutdowns and restrictions. However, in Phase 1, stores are limited to 50 percent of their regular capacities.

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BOONE — The High Country Food Hub has seen a sizable increase in sales and customers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as community members search for ways to benefit the local community and support their neighbors during financially stressful times.

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RALEIGH — To help families access food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is temporarily increasing benefits for May 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services recipients in North Carolina. NCDHHS received federal authority to implement …

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BLOWING ROCK — The executive committee of the Tour of Homes Blowing Rock — an event held annually by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church to raise money for High Country nonprofits — has decided to postpone this year’s tour until July 2021.

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Under the leadership of chair Joellyn Gibbons, the Tour Executive Committee met to consider options for the 2020 Tour of Homes Blowing Rock. Gibbons stated, given the current information from public health officials and the need to plan in the weeks ahead, “we cannot and should not proceed w…

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BOONE — In the heart of Boone, a unique adventure awaits. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum situated on the grounds of Horn in the West Outdoor Drama opens for the 2020 season on May 12. For homebound students and work-at-home parents, it’s a chance to travel back in time and experience wh…

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RALEIGH — A sharp decline in revenue has resulted in the N.C. Department of Transportation falling below the statutorily mandated “cash floor” of $293 million, NCDOT announced on May 4. According to state law, once the department falls below the cash floor, the department can no longer enter…

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When Gov. Roy Cooper announced on April 24 that North Carolina public schools would not be returning for in-person instruction this school year, many turned their thoughts to the senior Class of 2020 and their unconventional ending to high school.

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SUGAR GROVE — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the Doc and Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove announced on April 24 that the 2020 festival is canceled. This year’s festival was set to be the return of the event after a multi-year hiatus.

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BLOWING ROCK – The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce announced on April 29 that the Art in the Park show scheduled for May 23 has been canceled due to COVID-19. According to the announcement, this is the first cancelation in 58 seasons of Art in the Park.