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BOONE — A blustery winter day greeted the start of the 11-month 2020 election cycle in Watauga County as two Democrats filed for county commissioner, as did the current register of deeds.

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BLACKBERRY — Dozens of pottery fans had just a few seconds, if that, to grab their favorite piece of pottery during Bolick and Tradition’s annual Thanksgiving wood kiln sale in the morning of Saturday, Nov. 30.

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BLOWING ROCK – The $2.4 million Sunset Drive streetscape, water and sewer project is all but finished on schedule, according to Blowing Rock Town Manager Shane Fox.

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RALEIGH — Due to a lack of funds resulting from the state budget stalemate between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-controlled N.C. General Assembly, the state’s managed care implementation and open enrollment for N.C. Medicaid has been suspended indefinitely, the N.C. Departmen…

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GREENSBORO — History was made on Nov. 22 when the Watauga High School Pioneer Playmakers swept all four major award categories at the state play festival sponsored by the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

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BLOWING ROCK — After not having a wood kiln opening for more than a year, Bolick and Traditions Pottery is gearing up for its post-Thanksgiving event with more than 100 pieces that will be up for sale on Saturday, Nov. 30.

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BOONE — The Watauga County Board of Education recognized students, faculty, staff and community members for various achievements during its Oct. 14 and Nov. 7 meetings.

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WATAUGA — With another High Country winter well under way, Watauga County Schools stated that it wanted to remind families how the district makes and communicates decisions about the operation of school during inclement weather.

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BOONE — The busy summer selling season has yet to end for local Realtors, with sales in October at a 14-month high.

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BOONE — The results for Watauga County’s elections were made official on Friday, Nov. 15, as the Watauga County Board of Elections signed off on the results without incident.

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WATAUGA — Watauga County announced on Nov. 6 that it will be moving to Hyper-Reach as its new mass emergency notification system instead of CodeRed due to a lower cost and being more user friendly, according to Watauga Fire Marshal Taylor Marsh.

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SUGAR MOUNTAIN — With frigid temperatures descending on the High Country, snow-making equipment at the area’s winter sports resorts have heated up as ski season has begun.

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BLOWING ROCK — By a 4-1 vote at its Tuesday, Nov. 12 meeting, the Blowing Rock Town Council approved a conditional rezoning request that includes a five-year vested rights period for construction of new commercial and residential space on the site of the former New River Inn in the 6800 bloc…

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BLOWING ROCK — A water main break in the area of Goforth Road in Blowing Rock on Monday, Nov. 11, left nearby area residents without water for several hours, according to the town of Blowing Rock.

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BLOWING ROCK — Since 2018, the Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock and Appalachian State University sustainability students have worked to create a pollination garden to utilize existing green space at the shopping center. The garden was completed in the summer of 2019 and unveiled to the local c…

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BLOWING ROCK – 4 Forty Four, a Blowing Rock-based residential and custom building firm, is planning to build a new main office as well as a second office building and residential units on the site of the former New River Inn.

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BLOWING ROCK – Citizens of Blowing Rock gave feedback on a proposed revisioning of Valley Boulevard, also known as U.S. 321 Bypass, during workshops on Oct. 15 and 29 at Blowing Rock’s Town Hall.

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WATAUGA COUNTY — David Harwood will join Albert Yount on the Blowing Rock Town Council in December, as the two came away with the most votes, according to the unofficial results.

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BOONE — N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan made a visit to Boone on Oct. 24, taking part in a trail ride as well as speaking to a class of recreation management students at the Holmes Convocation Center on the campus of Appalachian State University.

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RALEIGH — A bipartisan three-judge panel has unanimously granted a preliminary injunction that would prevent the 2016 U.S. Congressional maps for North Carolina’s 13 districts to be used in 2020.

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MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. — The defense counsels for all six suspects in the alleged murder case of Carlton Lamaar Edmondson successfully obtained separate trials for all their clients in a Johnson County (Tenn.) courtroom Oct. 28.

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BLOWING ROCK — A woman is recovering in Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem after being hit by a truck at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock on Monday, Oct. 28, according to Blowing Rock Police.

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WEST JEFFERSON —Both of the Watauga’s state legislature incumbents are looking to keep their seats as Boone Democrat N.C. Rep. Ray Russell and Blowing Rock Republican Sen. Deanna Ballard are going forward with re-election campaigns.

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NEWTON — A 55-year-old man was arrested on Oct. 16 by the N.C. State Highway Patrol and charged with felony hit-and-run resulting in injury or death after he reportedly fatally struck a cyclist on Oct. 10 in Caldwell County.

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BOONE — AppHealthCare and the Mediation and Restorative Justice Center received a three-year federal allocation in excess of $550,000 to re-establish an in-jail recovery program and establish a pre-booking diversionary program to combat the opioid epidemic in Watauga County, the organization…

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BOONE — Election Day for two open seats on the Blowing Rock Town Council takes place Tuesday, Nov. 5. Four candidates are running for two open seats on the Blowing Rock Town Council, with the top two vote-getters winning four-year terms. The Blowing Rock mayor is running for re-election unop…

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VALLE CRUCIS — Katie Matthews, a first-grade teacher at Valle Crucis School, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award represents the highest honor a technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teacher may receive f…

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RALEIGH — Open enrollment for Medicaid managed care began statewide on Oct. 14. Most people who receive Medicaid can choose a health plan and primary care provider to deliver their Medicaid services as part of the state’s transformation to managed care.

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BOONE — The Luke Combs concert at Kidd Brewer Stadium has sold out shortly after tickets went on sale, as confirmed by Appalachian State Athletics.

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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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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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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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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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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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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…