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BOONE — In response to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to position App State Athletics for future success, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced May 26 that the department is reducing its operating budget and discontinuing the varsity sports of men’s socc…

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BLOWING ROCK — Blowing Rock Town Council members met on May 21 to discuss the town’s entering into Phase 2 and specifically how it will handle several upcoming parks and recreation events, including its annual summer camp, the opening of the town’s pool and its July 4 celebration.

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BLOWING ROCK — Organizers of the annual Symphony by the Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock announced on May 28 that the 2020 festival has been postponed until Aug. 22.

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BLOWING ROCK — Blowing Rock began its “third and final round” of road paving associated with the 2014 bond issuance on Monday, May 18, according to Town Manager Shane Fox. The cost of the final part of the paving project is set to be covered by $2 million of the remaining bond funds.

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BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority held a meeting on May 19 to discuss its 2020-2021 budget, during which members ultimately decided to adopt the drafted budget under the condition that the TDA readdresses the funding half-way through 2021.

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BLOWING ROCK — The executive committee of the Tour of Homes Blowing Rock — an event held annually by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church to raise money for High Country nonprofits — has decided to postpone this year’s tour until July 2021.

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HIGH COUNTRY — Following the announcement by Gov. Roy Cooper on May 4 that parks and trails were encouraged to reopen during Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan, local state parks were preparing for an influx of visitors.

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The Blowing Rock Farmers Market returns Thursday, May 21, and will run every Thursday until Sept. 24, from 3-6 p.m.. The farmers market is located on Park Avenue in downtown Blowing Rock.

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WATAUGA — Local retail businesses prepared to reopen on May 8 under Phase 1 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan for reopening the state following COVID-19-related shutdowns and restrictions. However, in Phase 1, stores are limited to 50 percent of their regular capacities.

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BOONE — The High Country Food Hub has seen a sizable increase in sales and customers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as community members search for ways to benefit the local community and support their neighbors during financially stressful times.

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ASHEVILLE — Blue Ridge Parkway officials are increasing recreational access to sections of the road previously closed to motor vehicle traffic in North Carolina following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities.

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RALEIGH — To help families access food during the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is temporarily increasing benefits for May 2020 to current Food and Nutrition Services recipients in North Carolina. NCDHHS received federal authority to implement …

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Under the leadership of chair Joellyn Gibbons, the Tour Executive Committee met to consider options for the 2020 Tour of Homes Blowing Rock. Gibbons stated, given the current information from public health officials and the need to plan in the weeks ahead, “we cannot and should not proceed w…

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BOONE — In the heart of Boone, a unique adventure awaits. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum situated on the grounds of Horn in the West Outdoor Drama opens for the 2020 season on May 12. For homebound students and work-at-home parents, it’s a chance to travel back in time and experience wh…

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RALEIGH — A sharp decline in revenue has resulted in the N.C. Department of Transportation falling below the statutorily mandated “cash floor” of $293 million, NCDOT announced on May 4. According to state law, once the department falls below the cash floor, the department can no longer enter…

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BOONE — Watauga County has developed a plan with input from local leaders on a phased approach for the reopening of businesses and short-term rentals and easing of other restrictions that would follow similar guidelines from Gov. Roy Cooper.

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WEST JEFFERSON — LifeStore Bank has announced that, beginning on May 1, it will donate $10 to either the Heath & Hunger Coalition of Boone or the Ashe County Sharing Center when customers sign up for paperless statements.

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RALEIGH — On May 2, the N.C. Judicial Branch announced that Chief Justice Cheri Beasley issued an order to extend the effect of previously issued emergency directives until May 30. The order “eliminates a consent requirement that had made it difficult for courts to schedule remote hearings u…

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HIGH COUNTRY — The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge wants to show support to 11 area food banks, and is asking the community to help raise $3,500 in the next two weeks. If the goal is met, then WFBR will match the $3,500. If the $3,500 is exceeded, all additional funds will also be given to th…

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LINVILLE — Officials with Grandfather Mountain announced on Saturday evening, April 25, that the 2020 edition of the annual Singing on the Mountain and the 65th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games have both been canceled in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.