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When Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charles Hardin was recognized as the 2019 North Carolina Chamber Executive of the Year by the the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives at its annual management conference on Oct. 4, he had no idea it was coming.

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WATAUGA COUNTY — One projects and two studies in Watauga County worth more than $340,000 were funded by the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the agency announced in mid-September.

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BOONE — One-stop early voting for the local municipal election opened at the Watauga County Administration Building on Oct. 16 and will start at the Appalachian State University Plemmons Student Union on Oct. 21.

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LINVILLE — At approximately 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, a cyclist was traveling north on U.S. 221 when he was hit by a gray van near Grandfather Mountain, according to NCSHP. Police are still searching for the driver of the van, which is suspected to have damage to the driver’s side fro…

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BLOWING ROCK — For the second and final time, the candidates for Blowing Rock mayor and town council got to share their ideas and thoughts as they took part in the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Candidates forum on Monday, Oct. 14, at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium.

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charles Hardin was recognized as the 2019 North Carolina Chamber Executive of the Year by the the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives at its annual management conference on Oct. 4.

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BLOWING ROCK — Despite the Famous Toastery of Blowing Rock, located at 349 Sunset Drive, closing its doors, the restaurant plans to re-open in spring 2020 with the restaurant’s corporate office in charge.

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BLOWING ROCK – The location of the K9 Keg Pull and beer garden at the 2020 Blowing Rock WinterFest is undecided after the Blowing Rock Town Council tabled an application to use Park Avenue and the Blowing Rock Police Department’s parking lot as the new locations for the events during the cou…

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BLOWING ROCK — The four candidates for the two seats on the Blowing Rock Town Council and the lone mayoral candidate answered myriad questions at the Blowing Rock Civic Association’s Candidates Forum on Oct. 3 at a packed American Legion Hall.

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BOONE — The leadership team at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country announced that the final phase of construction has been completed and that the newly renovated 1938 landmark will begin operations this month.

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A year after Boone was in the midst of its wettest year on record, a lack of rain has led to drought conditions in the High Country that could get worse in the coming weeks.

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BLOWING ROCK — The replacement of the bridge at the Tweetsie Railroad entrance will take place starting April 15, 2020 — delayed from September 2019 due to an error, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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BOONE — Eight years after playing his first show at the closed Parthenon Cafe, former Appalachian State University student Luke Combs will play a bigger venue a few hundred yards down Rivers Street as he announced a Kidd Brewer Stadium show for Saturday, May 2, 2020.

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WATAUGA COUNTY — The 2019 municipal election season ramps up in the next five weeks with candidate forums, early voting, registration deadlines and finally, Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when 19 candidates seek 12 elected offices in Watauga’s four towns. And in those four towns, every tow…

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BLOWING ROCK – Returning for its 30th year, Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad opened its gates to visitors on Friday, Sept. 20, showcasing longtime traditions such as the Spice Ghouls on Main Street, the Boneyard, Haunted House, Freaky Forest and of course, the Ghost Train steaming down the t…

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CHAPEL HILL — Fully paid parental leave of eight and four weeks will be phased into UNC system institutions such as Appalachian State University in the first months of 2020, according to a plan passed by the UNC system Board of Governors during its meeting on Friday, Sept. 20, in Chapel Hill.

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RALEIGH — High Country residents will not see any state legislative district changes in a new set of court-ordered N.C. House and Senate maps that were made in a hasty two-week process by the state legislature and approved on Sept. 17.

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RALEIGH — In an act that has been called deceptive and un-democratic by state Democrats, N.C. House Republicans overrode the governor’s veto of the state budget in a Sept. 11 session that N.C. House Democrats say they were told would be a no-vote session.

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The American Red Cross and Appalachian State University invite Boone area residents to join one of the nation’s most impactful blood drives at the 13th annual Homecoming Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. at Holmes Convocation Center. Parking will be validated for the first…

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BOONE – A dismissed lawsuit seeking damages from the town of Boone has been appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, based in Richmond, Va., in the latest legal maneuver related to the 2013 Boone Best Western carbon monoxide deaths.

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BOONE — No criminal charges will be brought after a possible shooting threat triggered a precautionary Code Red lockdown at Watauga High School in the morning of Friday, Sept. 13.

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BOONE — Former Boone Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Dan Meyer has been selected by the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony will take place during an awards luncheon at the CACCE Annual Management Conference O…

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RALEIGH – A three-judge panel has unanimously ruled in Wake County Superior Court that the Republican-led partisan gerrymanders of state House and Senate maps, specifically in urban areas, violates the North Carolina Constitution and has ordered that new maps be drawn for the 2020 elections …

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RALEIGH – More than a dozen Watauga-based road projects were part of the 1,700-plus included in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Plan, which was approved Sept. 5 by the N.C. Board of Transportation.

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WILMINGTON — A revised and approved version of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets policy aims to improve incorporation of multi-modal pathways — which keeps pedestrians and cyclists separate from motorized traffic — into future roadway projects.

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BOONE — The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is moving forward with a $90 million plan that includes current facility upgrades at Watauga Medical Center and new infrastructure.

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BOONE — While Hurricane Dorian’s powerful winds and rains are expected to mostly miss the High Country, the impending natural disaster could affect the region in terms of lodging and disaster response.

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BLOWING ROCK — At 4:57 a.m. on Aug. 31, Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue and Watauga Medics responded to a call about an injured hiker near Trout Lake.

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LINVILLE — On Sept. 2, 1952, the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain was dedicated and opened to guests, marking the official beginning of the park. Sixty-seven years later, on Sept. 2, supporters of Grandfather Mountain gathered to take a new step in preservation and education…

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In 2018, Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue received a grant for new airpacks totaling more than $250,000. Now, thanks to N.C. Emergency Management, BRFR received another grant, which allowed it to acquire $30,000 worth of new equipment. A new rescue boat and two motors have found their home at BR…

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At 2 p.m. on Sept. 21, the 3rd Annual James H. Fisher International Grand Prix will be held at the L. M. Tate Show Grounds in the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve in Blowing Rock. The two prior events were held in Marshall, near Asheville. The Grand Prix is sponsored by the James H. Fisher Memor…

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BOONE — The town of Boone will hold dedication ceremonies Sept. 6 for its new South Fork New River water intake, to be named for former Town Manager Greg Young, and its renovated water treatment plant, to be named for Public Works Director Rick Miller.

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BLOWING ROCK – The anticipated completion of several projects and potential future issues were part of the presentations given as part of the 2019 Blowing Rock State of the Town, which took place Aug. 15 at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

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DEEP GAP — A 67-year-old man died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem on Aug. 14 after he was in an airplane that crashed in Deep Gap.