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BOONE — Like other North Carolinians, High Country residents can expect greater pain at the pump as summer draws closer.

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BOONE — A $328,210 bid to start preliminary designs to determine the long-term construction work required at Hardin Park, Blowing Rock and Parkway schools was approved by the Watauga County Board of Education on April 8 during the board’s monthly meeting at the Margaret Gragg Education Center.

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BLOWING ROCK — Storms rolled through the High Country on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7. Although damage was not widespread, there was one car that was crushed by a fallen tree on Sunday, April 7, along Clark Street in Blowing Rock. Interim Blowing Rock Police Chief Aaron Miller said the cal…

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RALEIGH — With the deadline for non-appropriation and non-finance bills to be filed in the N.C. House on April 16 and a crossover deadline of May 9, bills are being continuously filed in the North Carolina General Assembly. With focuses on education and law enforcement, the 170 lawmakers are…

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BLOWING ROCK — Work has begun on a $2.3 million Sunset Drive Streetscape project that town officials hope will be completed by November.

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BOONE – Local Democrats were proud of their accomplishments in the 2018 election, but party leaders told the attendees of the 2019 Watauga County Democratic Convention on Saturday, March 30, at the Watauga County Courthouse that the 2020 election is of major importance.

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BLOWING ROCK — The search for a new rector at St Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock might be under lock and key, but indicators point toward a decision being made in the near future.

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RALEIGH — The Blowing Rocket won four North Carolina Press Association awards, as announced during a ceremony on Thursday, March 21, at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley.

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A first event of its kind in the High Country, Silicon Hollar (High Country Startup) and the Appalachian State University Career Development Center will host the inaugural Talent Jam — Work It Watauga workforce connection event on Thursday, April 4, at Ransom Cafe and Pub.

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BOONE — Appalachian State trustees on March 18 gave approval to a number of capital projects, including a Stadium Lot connector path set to be completed over the summer.

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HIGH COUNTRY — Local ski resorts are shutting down ski operations for the season following a long winter where all local ski mountains saw more than 120 open days.

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BLOWING ROCK – The search for a new permanent town manager of Blowing Rock is close to the finish line as interviews with the three finalists are set for Monday, April 1.

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BOONE — At a town hall meeting concerning Medicaid expansion and surrounding issues, state Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Blowing Rock), state Rep. Ray Russell (D-Boone) and others addressed a full room at the Watauga Medical Center auditorium.

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RALEIGH — Appalachian State University students and employees can use their university-issued identification cards as a valid photo ID card to vote in the 2020 elections, the North Carolina State Board of Elections announced March 15.

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GLOBE — Multiple carcasses of what appear to be coyotes were discovered among trash dumped alongside U.S. 221 between Blowing Rock and Linville near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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VALLE CRUCIS – Motorists who go through the intersection of N.C. 105 and Broadstone Road will witness the last weeks and days of the building on the corner as the countdown begins to demolition.

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BOONE — The Watauga County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution approving the contract price for the purchase of property for a potential new school as well as the proposed revisions to the N.C. 105 project at its March 19 meeting.

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BOONE – The Watauga County Commissioners approved a contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare System on March 5 to expand space at Watauga Medical Center to store unclaimed bodies.

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BLOWING ROCK — A 40-room, three-story hotel with self-contained parking and a full-service restaurant and bar is being proposed for a 0.905-acre tract of land in Blowing Rock, as first unveiled during a public meeting on March 6 at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

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ASHEVILLE — The National Park Service invites the public to attend its upcoming Blue Ridge Parkway Season Preview, an open house style event highlighting Parkway activities and upcoming projects taking place from 4-6 p.m. on April 3 at the American Legion building in Blowing Rock.

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BLOWING ROCK — The Boone Alcoholic Beverage Control board and the Blowing Rock Town Council have passed resolutions in support of keeping the Boone and Blowing Rock liquor stores separate and controlled by the state.

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BOONE — A potential 25-plus year extension of a land lease agreement with Watauga Solar would pave the way for construction of a solar array on the buildable portions of a 20-acre capped landfill at the Watauga County Solid Waste and Recycling Center.

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BOONE — The new five-member Watauga County elections board will look very familiar, as four of the members were named by the State Board of Elections during a March 4 meeting.

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BOONE — The Watauga County Republican Party honored its outgoing vice chairman and gave calls to action at its annual convention, held March 2 at the Watauga County Courthouse.

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BOONE – Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, based in Hudson with a Watauga campus along the N.C. 105 Bypass, plans not to sign an attestation form that would allow its student identification cards to be eligible as voter identification in the 2019 and 2020 elections.

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NORTH WILKESBORO — Former Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain and Seven Devils town manager Ed Evans has been hired as the interim town manager of North Wilkesboro in Wilkes County, according to media reports.

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HIGH COUNTRY – A bipartisan school calendar flexibility bill seeks an automatic waiver process for High Country school systems to hold the first day of classes earlier than the current state law allows.

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Leaders of United Methodist churches in the High Country have expressed varying reactions to the General Conference’s controversial decision to affirm the church’s current bans on ordaining LGBTQ clergy and officiating at or hosting same-sex marriages.

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BLOWING ROCK — Fourteen participants of the 2019 Blowing Rock Leadership Challenge met Friday, March 1, for a retreat at the Blowing Rock Conference Center to begin an eight-week program to help them become even more active as leaders in the Blowing Rock community.

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BOONE — Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga campus will now have a school resource officer after the position was unanimously approved by the Watauga County Commissioners on March 5.

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BLOWING ROCK — A proposed 40-room hotel for the 0.905-acre tract of land behind The Speckled Trout will be the subject of a community meeting at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, according to the Blowing Rock Civic Association.

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BOONE — Quickly growing in terms of distribution and space needed, members from the F.A.R.M Café Full Circle program approached the Watauga County Board of Commissioners with a funding request on Feb. 19.

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BOONE — The first and last Saturdays in March will see the two major political parties in Watauga County hold their 2019 conventions at the same location.

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LINVILLE — Starting April 1, guests of Grandfather Mountain will notice an increase in the cost of adult admission, according to a Feb. 20 statement from the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the nature park.