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BOONE — Realtor home sales were up 20 percent through the first two months of 2020, according to the latest real estate report from the High Country Association of Realtors.

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CALDWELL — Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute released a statement on March 18 to announce the closure of its campuses, including the campus in Watauga County, through March 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RALEIGH — As a handful of North Carolina counties order residents to stay home, and State Treasurer Dale Folwell tests positive for coronavirus, Gov. Roy Cooper updated residents on the coronavirus situation, during a news conference Wednesday, March 25, Cooper.

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BOONE — After approving the removal of one ballot that was discovered as a double vote casted during the first day of one-stop early voting, the Watauga Board of Elections certified the 2020 primary election results on March 13.

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BLOWING ROCK — Tweetsie Railroad announced March 19 that it was postponing its opening day from its planned Friday, April 3, date.

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BOONE — A total of 292 out of the 464 provisional ballots, including all of the 279 incorrect precinct ballots, were approved by the Watauga County Board of Elections during its Wednesday, March 11 meeting, according to Elections Director Matthew Snyder.

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GREENSBORO — A response crew and 68-bed emergency field hospital from Boone-based Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse left from its hangar in Greensboro for northern Italy to help combat the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the morning of Tuesday, March 17.

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On March 16, the Sun Belt Conference announced that the league is canceling all organized athletics-related activities, including regular-season competitions, conference championships and practices, through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

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BOONE — Three Appalachian State University students who were diagnosed with mumps in early March had been vaccinated prior to contracting the illness, AppHealthCare Director of Communications and Compliance Melissa Bracey said on March 11.

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WATAUGA – All across the High Country, restaurants and bars have paper signs on their doors noting that their dine-in options are closed to help prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

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WATAUGA COUNTY — During what Watauga County Schools Superintendent Scott Elliott called a “dynamic and changing situation,” officials are responding to a state-mandated public school closure lasting at least two weeks starting March 16.

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SUGAR MOUNTAIN —A day after saying the resort would remain open, Sugar Mountain Resort owner Gunther Jochl said in a new statement March 16 that the resort would close for the season the following day due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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WATAUGA COUNTY — The town of Blowing Rock is closing public access to its town hall, public works and parks and recreation public buildings until at least March 23, Town Manager Shane Fox announced March 16.

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WILKESBORO — MerleFest officials and organizers announced in a statement released on Friday, March 13, that the 2020 festival has been canceled. The event was formerly scheduled to take place April 23-26 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

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BLOWING ROCK — All town-sponsored events and town meetings in Blowing Rock have been canceled through April 13, due to health concerns associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus, COVID-19, town manager Shane Fox said in a March 12 statement.

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ASHEVILLE — Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced March 2 that 14,976,085 visitors came to the Parkway in 2019, the second most of any national park in America.

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ROBBINS GAP – A brush fire along the escarpment between Blowing Rock and Lenoir was stopped before spreading out of control during the late afternoon of March 6, according to Blowing Rock Fire Chief Kent Graham.

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BOONE — Calls to action up and down the ballot this November, including efforts to reach out to Appalachian State University students, and the resignation of the party’s county chair took place at the Watauga County Republican Party’s annual convention on Saturday, March 7, at the Watauga Co…

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WATAUGA — Watauga County’s Democratic primary voters had the highest percentage of Bernie Sanders voters of any of the 100 counties in North Carolina, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.

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Relocating its cabins to expand parking and adding new attractions such as a ride are in the plans for Mystery Hill in 2020, according to owner and caretaker Matthew Underwood.

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BOONE — AppHealthCare and Appalachian State University have confirmed three cases of mumps in ASU students who live off campus in Watauga County, according to a joint March 5 statement.

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BLOWING ROCK — More than 60 former service members who are alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project, along with local police departments, braved the frigid cold and took part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s “Heroes on the Mountain” event on Saturday, March 7, at Appalachian Ski Mtn.

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LENOIR — The case between the town of Blowing Rock and Caldwell County regarding occupancy tax revenue for Gideon Ridge Inn will likely be going to trial in April 2021, according to Justina Tate, Superior Court trial coordinator for Burke and Caldwell counties.

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WATAUGA — The board of advisors of the Watauga County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofits serving needs in the local community.

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BLOWING ROCK — Even though it’s been open since last spring, Tomahawk Hill at Mystery Hill had its ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 3, hosted by the Boone Area and Blowing Rock Chambers of Commerce.

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In the unofficial results to the 2020 N.C. primaries on Tuesday, March 3, Ray Russell will defend his N.C. House District 93 seat in November as he defeated primary challenger Turner Doolittle with 88.19 percent of the vote.

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BOONE — AppHealthCare, Watauga County Schools, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Appalachian State University, Watauga County Emergency Management and multiple local, state and federal partners are taking steps to minimize the potential effects of the 2019 novel coronavirus, mirroring …