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As home sales remained brisk throughout the month of July, local Realtors recorded strong sales in both land and commercial property, according to the latest real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors.

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BLOWING ROCK — A leak to a six-inch PVC line on Country Club Drive in Blowing Rock on Saturday, July 27, caused water service interruptions to nearby residents but was fixed within a few hours. according to the town’s interim Public Works Director Matt Blackburn.

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BLOWING ROCK — Show jumpers from six different countries promised to feature world-class competitors will be invited to Blowing Rock for the $50,000 James H. Fisher International Grand Prix on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the L.M. Tate Show Grounds, starting at 2 p.m.

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BOONE — The names of the 22 known victims killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 and the nine known victims of another shooting in Dayton, Ohio, the following day — with others wounded in both — were read aloud at a candlelight vigil in Boone.

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BLOWING ROCK — Two familiar faces had the interim tag taken off their titles in Blowing Rock as Aaron Miller and Christopher "Matt" Blackburn were named the permanent police chief and public works director, respectively, as announced at the conclusion of the monthly town council meeting on Aug. 13.

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BLOWING ROCK — Chetola Resort and artist and curator Brenda Councill will present the inaugural Sculpture Walk at Chetola Lake from Aug. 9-11, with events spanning the entire weekend.

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A year after AppalCART made the biggest changes to its routes in more than a decade, the changes going into 2019 are described as “little tweaks” by Director Craig Hughes.

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BLOWING ROCK – The Antique Pop-Up Store at 537 Main Street across from the entrance to Chetola Resort recently opened it doors and will close them at the end of September.

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BOONE — Longtime health care professional and public policy professional Jeanne Supin, a Boone Democrat, said although she has been wary of politics, she is willing to put her experience on the ballot in 2020 and challenge for North Carolina’s Fifth District seat in the U.S. House of Represe…

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A new 432-panel solar garden in the Kings Creek community of Caldwell County is scheduled to go online in mid-to-late August with a reduced subscription rate to follow in September, according to Blue Ridge Energy spokeswoman Renee Whitener.

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BOONE — Ray Pickett and David Harwood are seeking the seats currently held by Blowing Rock Councilmen Albert Yount and Jim Steele in the 2019 Election,

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BOONE — None of the four passengers on a single-engine aircraft were injured after the plane ended up off the runway following an aborted takeoff on Sunday, July 21.

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BLOWING ROCK — Starting July 23, the next two weeks will feature more than 500 horses in the hunter and jumper classes and their riders, farriers, stable hands, owners and trainers descend on the L.M. Tate Showgrounds at the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve as the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show…

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RALEIGH – As the N.C.’s Republican legislative leaders and Democratic governor quibble over a biennium budget that sits in limbo, the potential exists for the entire process to start over and for Watauga-based projects to be left out, according to Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Blowing Rock).

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BLOWING ROCK — On the last Friday in July, the hills will come alive with the sounds and sights of the annual Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort event on Friday, July 26.

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BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock Town Council approved a conditional use permit for the Moody Building at 125 Sunset Drive to be converted into a restaurant/retail space with a parking lot during its meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

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BOONE — The two-week municipal election filing period began at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 5, and by the end of the day, four filers had put pen to paper, including one challenger in Boone.

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Despite several big infrastructure projects and trickle-down costs from Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup, local electricity cooperative Blue Ridge Energy said they won’t be raising rates for a sixth straight year, but there’s still chances for rate increases in the next few years.

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BLOWING ROCK — A lamp located in the back of a store in Blowing Rock is said to be the origin of a fire in a local business and historic building on June 26, according to Blowing Rock Fire Chief Kent Graham.

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NEBO — A 31-year-old ‘free soloist’ climber from Chicago was pronounced dead at the scene after falling approximately 80 feet from Shortoff Mountain on Sunday, June 30, according to a statement from Burke County Office of Emergency Services.

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Minneapolis, MN — Adams Publishing Group, LLC (APG) announced June 25 that it has acquired The Greater Beloit Publishing Company, including the Beloit Daily News, Weekend Daily News and My Stateline Shopper. Also included in the purchase are all associated websites and the company’s Midwest …

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Adams Publishing Group LLC announced July 1 that it has acquired the Antigo Daily Journal, Journal Express, and all associated digital and print products.

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DEEP GAP — American flags billowed in the wind and a break appeared in the afternoon rain as tears were shed on the U.S. 221/U.S. 421 overpass during a ceremony dedicating the bridge to a fallen soldier Thursday, June 20.

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LENOIR — Traditions Pottery’s semi-annual wood kiln opening slated for Saturday, June 29, a popular event for pottery enthusiasts, has been cancelled due to illness.

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RALEIGH — The N.C. State Board of Elections is seeking public comments from June 21 to July 12 on proposed rules changes related to the implementation of the new voter ID law, including the photo identification requirement for absentee-by-mail voting.

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BLOWING ROCK — After a quick process with the new town manager, Blowing Rock’s Town Council unanimously approved its 2019-20 fiscal year budget during a managerial retreat on Monday, June 24.

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With four local homes on the 2019 tour list, the annual St. Mary of the Hills’ Tour of Homes fundraiser is one one of the big events of the summer in Blowing Rock.

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BOONE — The Watauga County Board of Commissioners will be considering projects to submit for the 2022-2031 State Transportation Improvement Program — which identifies transportation needs that may receive state funding if approved.

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BLOWING ROCK – Sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society, Jerry Burns Day is Tuesday, June 18. An informal celebration will be held at Edgewood Cottage at 3:30 pm.

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BLOWING ROCK — Despite rain and more rain, the saddlebreds were on center stage at the L.M. Tate Showgrounds at the Broyhill Family Equestrian Preserve. for the start of year 97 for the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show on June 6-9.

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BLOWING ROCK — On Friday, June 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Blowing Rock Garden Club will host its sixth bi-annual Mile of Flowers, giving participants a chance to explore several public and private gardens in downtown Blowing Rock, starting at the Memorial Park gazebo.

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BLOWING ROCK – With a 3-1 vote, the Blowing Rock Town Council approved a conditional use permit for the 40-room Rainey Lodge development during its meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

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WATAUGA — The High Country received extensive rainfall during the June 7-9 weekend, with areas such as Todd and Valle Crucis experiencing the heaviest impacts.

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BLOWING ROCK – The long-anticipated dedication of Ginny Stevens Lane, formerly Chestnut Street, is set to take place Sunday, June 16, at 4 p.m. on the lawn of Edgewood Cottage.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Adams Publishing Group, LLC, announced June 4 that it intends to acquire Bliss Communications, including two daily newspapers — The Gazette in Janesville and The Eagle Herald in Marinette — and its weekly community newspapers — The Janesville Messenger, The Wisconsin/Illinois S…

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RALEIGH — Post-secondary institutions will now have an easier pathway to have their identification cards be used as voter identification cards, according to a new law signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on June 3.

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RALEIGH – N.C. Senate Republican leaders worked the week of May 28 to push through the 2019 biennium budget, packed in House Bill 966, a 338-page document that details the spending of over $48 billion over the next two fiscal years, starting July 1.