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BLOWING ROCK — Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock has unveiled Watauga County’s first public disc golf course, open to both guests of the resort and the general public.

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ABINGDON, Va. — Highlands Bankshares Inc. recently reported net income of $1.1 million or $0.11 per diluted share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2018, compared with $923,000 or $0.09 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and $1.0 million or $0.10 per diluted share, for the quarter…

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Environmental organization Southern Environmental Law Center says that northwest North Carolina electric utility cooperative Blue Ridge Energy is undermining its customers’ ability to use solar power, but Blue Ridge maintains that its rates for solar customers are fair.

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BOONE — Blue Ridge Energy Propane and Fuels recently donated $4,947 to Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation in Watauga County. The donation represents a penny for every gallon of propane delivered in Watauga County during the past 12 months from the company’s pink breast cancer “Fuelin…

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HIGH POINT — Wilson Keel, engineering and design manager at Charleston Forge, received one of the furniture industry’s highest accolades on Oct. 15. He was awarded the International Society of Furniture Designers’ Pinnacle Award for Occasional Table design for his Springhouse Occasional Collection.

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RALEIGH — The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina recently held its annual awards banquet at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Cary. The focus of the annual event is to recognize industry leaders that have demonstrated above-average contributions to the automotive service indus…

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BOONE — The summer months are known for being the busiest time of the year in the local real estate market. The season just completed followed that trend.

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HIGH COUNTRY — One Avery County business and three Ashe County businesses have opened since this summer. Art gallery Mountain Blue Gallery in Banner Elk opened in August, Southern Shine Raw Juice Bar in West Jefferson opened for business in July, Bull’s Boots and Western Wear held its grand …

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BOONE — Startup High Country is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the NC IDEA Foundation. Given through the NC IDEA ECOSYSTEM grant program, this grant is designed to help further develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the High Country and is a signal of the potential and momentum bui…

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BOONE — “Have you eaten?” That’s the secret code for love and care in many families, but it’s a question of real consequence for more people than many realize. That’s why Mast Store, Merrell Footwear and the Hunger and Health Coalition are partnering to turn the answer to that question into …

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A re-imagined State Health Plan medical reimbursement strategy for North Carolina providers has been met with supporters and critics after being unveiled on Oct. 4.

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LENOIR — Blue Ridge Energy, the electric cooperative serving Watauga and surrounding counties, will hold a Telephone Town Hall for members at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 23.

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BOONE — The Southern-style noodle bar Gaijin at 455 Blowing Rock Road changed its name and concept to Coop’s Chicken and Beer on Oct. 15.

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BOONE — The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its 2019 Business After Hours event series. Held on the second Thursday of each month, each event lasts from 5-7 p.m. Attendance ranges between 75-150 attendees.

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BLOWING ROCK — The High Country’s first Famous Toastery breakfast location opened its doors on Friday at 349 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock, according to owner Dean Kessel.

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The local housing market was sizzling in August, as Realtor sales were the highest recorded in the High Country area in at least 13 years.

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BOONE — FAFSA. FSEOG. ACOG. EFC. SAP.Exploring how to pay for a college education unearths a Scrabble set of acronyms. A village of interpreters are in place at Appalachian — as are a number of systems and strategies — to help students and families navigate the process and identify ways to a…

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With the support of 118 businesses throughout Watauga County, the Round Up for the Middle Fork Greenway fundraiser raised $112,000 in the month of August, MFG parent nonprofit Blue Ridge Conservancy announced Thursday.

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Having just announced a new $18 million corporate office and a $40 million upgraded power line from West Jefferson to Boone, the local electric cooperative Blue Ridge Energy is steaming forward on a number of projects.

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For the local beer and wine fans, the quest for a new, quality beverage usually involves a trip to Peabody’s Wine and Beer Merchants at 1104 N.C. 105 South in Boone. For 40 years, Peabody’s has been at the front of the beer and wine scene, standing the test of time with its rotating inventor…

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BOONE — The Boone Trail Motel, which has been a staple of Boone since the 1950s at 275 E. King St., has closed its doors as new owners acquired the 0.733-acre space on Aug. 8.

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BLOWING ROCK — The former Rustique location at 349 Sunset Drive is in the process of becoming the first Famous Toastery restaurant in the High Country.

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With a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 15, Blue Ridge Energy will start construction on a new $18 million corporate office that is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020, the cooperative recently announced.

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