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BOONE — The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees passed a resolution on Jan. 21 that agreed with the Jan. 17 University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ plea to the N.C. General Assembly to pass a state budget.

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SEVEN DEVILS — Boone-based environmental protection nonprofit Blue Ridge Conservancy announced on Wednesday, Jan. 15, that it had purchased 91 acres of Peak Mountain in Avery County for $1.389 million.

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BOONE — On the day named after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., the town of Boone on Jan. 20 honored his life and work by dedicating a section of Hunting Hills Lane to him in a ceremony at Boone Fire Station No. 2.

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HIGH COUNTRY — With one month remaining in 2019 local Realtors had already sold more homes than in all of 2018, according to the November real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors.

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With the approach of one of Blowing Rock’s largest annual events, WinterFest, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is excited to welcome first-time visitors and returning ones alike. Since the opening of its current building in 2011, BRAHM has been an epicenter of local and regional artis…

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In a society that sometimes glamorizes the relentless pursuit of a romantic interest, coupled with the the growing use of social media, OASIS Outreach Coordinator Sara Crouch said that people should remember that stalking-type behavior can be dangerous.

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BLOWING ROCK — The potential for paid parking, among other solutions to Blowing Rock’s parking management issues, were discussed in the latter half of the three-day Blowing Rock Town Council retreat from Jan. 6-8 at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

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BLOWING ROCK – Having a specific a land use code and design requirements, enhancing stormwater management and a potential expansion of the Middle Fork Greenway through town were some of the recommendations submitted to the town by an ad hoc committee tasked with creating a roadmap for future…

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HIGH COUNTRY — Some High Country clergy were surprised on Jan. 3 when the United Methodist Church announced a proposal to divide the church “as the best means to resolve our differences” regarding ordaining LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages, according to a signed protocol.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina voters won’t have to produce a photo identification card to election site workers in March’s primaries after the state’s attorney general decided not to immediately defend a law that was recently blocked by a federal judge.

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BANNER ELK — The anticipated opening of the Wilderness Run Alpine Coaster located at 3229 Tynecastle Highway near Sugar Mountain Resort, has been changed to February.

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BLOWING ROCK — A facelift to Memorial Park and potential capital projects to enhance Valley Boulevard’s entrances to downtown were some of the items discussed in the first two days of the Blowing Rock Town Council’s retreat Jan. 6 and 7 at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

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RALEIGH – In light of the recent infant deaths in North Carolina as a possible result of carbon monoxide poisoning, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is issuing a statewide warning: Beware of the silent killer, check your carbon monoxide alarm. According to the Center…

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CHARLOTTE — A young professional from the High Country area is among 24 highlighted by Business North Carolina magazine in a feature called “Trailblazers” this fall.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national minimum age for purchasing tobacco products will go up to 21 from 18 in 2020 after President Donald Trump signed a bill on Dec. 20 that passed with bipartisan support by Congress.

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BLOWING ROCK – The town council for Blowing Rock will hold its annual retreat from Jan. 6-8 at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

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The Blowing Rocket and Watauga Democrat staff asked local leaders to give readers their best predictions for the issues, projects and events that are upcoming in 2020.

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SUGAR MOUNTAIN — Longtime Sugar Mountain Resort owner and operator Gunther Jochl was surprised with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor, during the resort’s 50th anniversary dinner event.

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BLOWING ROCK — The white home located at 4259 U.S. Highway 321 South, which was built in 1908 across from Tweetsie Railroad, was demolished on Dec. 19 by a private company. According to Watauga County Planning and Inspections Director Joe Furman, the land will be used for the construction of…

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GREENSBORO — A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina granted a temporary injunction barring implementation of voter ID requirements as part of a lawsuit by the N.C. state conference of the NAACP.

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ASHEVILLE — The long-awaited draft version of the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan is currently set to be released in February 2020, according to the National Forests in N.C., a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.

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CHARLOTTE — The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte on Dec. 30 released a list of 14 clergy who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse since the diocese was established in 1972, as well as lists of those who worked in Western North Carolina who have been named by other dioceses and order…

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BOONE — The owners of Blue Deer Cookies, a pop-up cookie and sweet shop located along U.S. 321, are expanding their offerings to downtown Boone in 2020 as they finalized the purchase of 352 W. King St., formerly home to Beanstalk Coffee House.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the third time in American history, the sitting president of the United States was impeached, or formally charged with crimes, by the U.S. House of Representatives as two articles of impeachment were approved on Wednesday, Dec. 18, against Republican President Donald Trump.

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A group of Watauga High School students have the opportunity for an “experience of a lifetime” by joining other singers to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in the spring, according to WHS Choral Director Brandon Winbush.

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BOONE — After three weeks of availability, the filing period for the 2020 election races closed at 12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, but not before some last-day candidates made their intentions known.

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BOONE — The Watauga Board of Education received an unmodified opinion on its 2018-19 financial audit, which is the “highest level of assurance we’re able to provide,” according to Brady Combs.

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BLOWING ROCK — The town of Blowing Rock is financially healthy with a growing general fund, according to the 2019 audited financial statements presented to the town on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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BEECH MOUNTAIN — The Beech Mountain Town Council voted to fire its town manager Tim Holloman by a 4-1 vote during its Tuesday, Dec. 10, town council meeting.

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VALLE CRUCIS — This winter, Blue Ridge Conservancy will be implementing stream restoration techniques to mitigate soil erosion and stream bank degradation along Dutch Creek, located on the historic Cooper Farm adjacent to the Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis.

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BLOWING ROCK — For 4 Forty Four, opening its own design studio at 452 Sunset Drive, Unit H, holds more meaning than just having more space to work.

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BLOWING ROCK — Thunder Hill Overlook, a 229-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Blowing Rock, will be permanently free from subdivision, development and logging after being acquired by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. CTNC plans to donate the Watauga County property to the Natio…

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LENOIR — Boone-based Blue Ridge Realty and Investments, owned by Todd Rice and Bill Aceto, held the grand opening of its Lenoir office located at 215 Church St. NW in downtown Lenoir on Friday, Dec. 6.

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BLOWING ROCK — A former Swiss Mountain Village administrator was arrested on Nov. 27 and charged with seven counts of felony embezzlement after reportedly misappropriating money from the company during the course of two and a half years.