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.
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.
BLOWING ROCK — The proposed three-cent property tax increase from $0.38 to $0.41 per $100 valuation for the Blowing Rock 2019-20 fiscal year budget was decreased to a proposed one-cent increase during a second budget workshop on June 18 at Town Hall.
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.
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.
BLOWING ROCK – The Mayview Park, home to many of Blowing Rock’s historic homes and nestled between countless trees and greenery, will be celebrating 100 years from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at the American Legion Hall in Blowing Rock.
BLOWING ROCK – Less than six months after officially opening his gourmet donut shop in West Jefferson, Butch Phillips is set to operate a second location at the Mystery Hill gravitational anomaly attraction in Blowing Rock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BLOWING ROCK – A three-cent property tax increase from $0.38 to $0.41 per $100 valuation is part of the proposed Blowing Rock 2019-20 fiscal year budget that was unveiled May 31, then discussed at a budget workshop on June 4 at Town Hall.
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…
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.
BLOWING ROCK – After nine years of searching, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is working on a partnership with Wilmington-based Liberty Senior Living to develop a senior living campus on the 68-acre tract at Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock.
LINVILLE — A hiker was released from the hospital with minor injuries after being rescued from MacRae Peak via Black Hawk helicopter on Sunday, May 26.
BOONE — A man currently listed on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry is being charged with first-degree sex offense with a child.
BLOWING ROCK — Officials have determined that a house fire on Flat Top Road on May 23 was intentionally set and have identified a man found dead outside of the home.
ASHEVILLE — The National Park Service announced May 15 that more than 115 miles of the historic motor route in three primary areas will be resurfaced as part of a pavement preservation program on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
BOONE — For the 17th year, the Watauga County Firefighters Association, area emergency services organizations and New River Tire are sponsoring the annual Emergency Fest on June 1.
NORTH CAROLINA — As end of the year testing approaches for Watauga County Schools, state and local leaders are examining the effectiveness of public school assessments and if there are better ways to approach the process.
GREENSBORO — Former Appalachian State University trustee and noted alumna Hughlene Bostian Frank, 72, and her husband, William, 77, Blowing Rock summer residents, died Sunday, May 20, in a fire that engulfed their Greensboro home, according to media reports.
BLOWING ROCK — The day after the Watauga County Board of Commissioners met to discuss the proposed 2019-20 budget, interim Blowing Rock Town Manager Jim Freeman said on May 10 that funding for the Blowing Rock School school resource officer is being recommended in the town’s budget for the c…
A senior member of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and one of the state’s premier economic development experts round out the agenda for Vision Northwest North Carolina. The one-day summit will highlight local trends in economic, workforce and talent development is set for May 22 at…
VALLE CRUCIS — Valle Crucis teacher Mitchell Wright was named Watauga County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year in a surprise ceremony held on May 10 at the school.
BOONE — An increase in net occupancy tax receipts and the appropriation of more than $250,000 from the fund balance to start work on local infrastructure projects accounted for a 22 percent increase in a draft version of the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority’s 2019-20 budget.
BLOWING ROCK — After a combined 10 hours split between two meetings and a forced recusal of a council member, the quasi-judicial public hearing for the proposed Rainey Lodge hotel ended on May 14, but the Blowing Rock Town Council will decide the fate of the project at its next monthly meeti…
BOONE — Hunter’s Heroes began in 2013 in memory of Deputy William Mast Jr., who was killed in the line of duty in 2012. His wife, Paige, gave birth to their son, Hunter, 17 days later.
BOONE — As the Watauga County Board of Commissioners enter into a two-day budget work session, the discussion will be about a potential property tax increase as well as an increase to funding for schools and the Watauga Department of Social Services.
RALEIGH – The two-year state budget fully passed the N.C. House on Friday, May 3, and will now head to the N.C. Senate, but local Rep. Ray Russell, a Boone Democrat, has elaborated on what he sees is a flawed budget.
NEBO — Less than two days after a wildfire was reported at the end of the Brushy Ridge Trail near the Linville Ridge in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, firefighters have completely contained the blaze.
WATAUGA — Frontier Natural Gas is looking to expand its services in Watauga and Ashe counties during the next five years, according to General Manager Fred Steele.
BOONE – A month following the officer-involved shooting death of 22-year-old Andrew John Mason, the wait continues for the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation’s findings on the report.
WATAUGA — After seeing a rate increase from Republic Services, Watauga County Sanitation is raising solid waste fees by 9.1 percent for commercial users as well as adding new fees for governmental users.
LINVILLE — A $5.5 million, 10,000-square-foot expansion plan for new education spaces and revamped interactive exhibits are part of Grandfather Mountain’s newly-announced Conservation Campus, unveiled April 18.
BLOWING ROCK — The rehabilitation and renovation of the Flat Top Manor House is set to take a big step forward in 2019 as the National Park Service is planning exterior renovations starting in the fall.
Expanded opportunities for small businesses to offer health insurance to their employees could soon be a reality, according to bills filed in the N.C. General Assembly.
BOONE — A $328,210 bid to start preliminary designs to determine the long-term construction work required at Hardin Park, Blowing Rock and Parkway schools was approved by the Watauga County Board of Education on April 8 during the board’s monthly meeting at the Margaret Gragg Education Center.