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With Tuesday’s elections following what seemed to be a longer-than-usual, and certainly more-divisive-than-usual political season, the winners are clear — and we’re not talking about only the candidates.

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Now that we are deep into the political season with all sides dug in for a fair fight on Tuesday, Nov. 6, there is little more to be said about the candidates, the process and Election Day itself except this: Go and vote.

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Of all the things that haunt Watauga County, hunger is near the top of the list. Now — as for the past three years — the Boone-based nonprofit Hunger and Health Coalition scheduled a special event centered on Halloween to help keep the evil spirits away.

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With much of the East Coast still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, it’s no surprise that so many of us here are offering a helping hand: Neighbors helping neighbors, even when the definition of neighbor is, loosely, a bit broad.

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Now you see it, now you don’t might be the most apt description of this fall’s leaf season: According to both local university biologists and local residents working from a lifetime of experience, the best leaf-looking will peak early this year. Indeed, the color at some of the High Country’…

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Each year, the annual Homecoming Blood Drive at Appalachian State University sets new records for blood donations. Since 2007, the university has been part of an American Red Cross effort that has resulted in about 13,000 blood donations from this one-day, single-site event.

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While some county residents are yet dealing with the aftermath, now that Hurricane — a la Tropical Depression — Florence is largely in our rear view, what can be said?

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With no three-day weekend — although, with the effects of Hurricane Florence we could certainly use one — no celebrations and little fanfare, the observance of Constitution Day certainly qualifies as one of our nation’s most unappreciated holidays.

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We as a nation, we in North Carolina and especially we in the High Country are no strangers to the arrival of emergency situations.

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Celebrating 40 years of service to the High Country is a lot of celebration — and even more so for the dozens of agencies in Watauga, Ashe, Avery and surrounding counties that benefit directly from High Country United Way.

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Thumbs-up, or down, you decide: Is it the summer season or winter that captures your High Country imagination? The passing of Labor Day, our nation’s unofficial end to summer, is a time for reflection or elation depending upon your personal view. At any rate, we still have a few weeks of won…

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If you’ve ever been a hungry athlete — or been the parent of a hungry athlete — you know the feeling of needing fuel after a workout, practice or game.

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Recently on these pages we’ve explored the necessity for vehicle drivers remaining extra alert during this time of the year — back to school — but, taking notice from N.C. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey’s declaration of August as Back to School Safety Month, it’s important to note that p…

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A major metropolitan newspaper, The Boston Globe, recently sent out a request across the nation for newspapers to respond in a united front to promote freedom of the press and, more exactly, a stop to the “fake news” mantra as trumpeted by the White House.

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With myriad road bicycling events during a High Country summer, Watauga County residents know how narrow and hectic the roads can become during this time of the year — last weekend’s Blue Ridge Brutal and June’s BSG are examples. Even as finely run and executed as were those bike events — an…

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Thumbs-up: to a well-conceived project from Casting Bread Ministries and several business partners that will, as executive director Jamie Thomasson said, “make the journey a little easier” with a new sheltered outdoor location to help keep patrons out of the sun or rain for those using the s…

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What once upon a time would have been unimaginable — school systems training and preparing for the possibility of a personal attack on its students, staff and educators — is now the reality for our children.

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Amid the honors, accolades and awards during the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce’s 69th annual meeting Thursday, it was clear that the business environment of our community is thriving. And while this is vitally important to our local economy, what was more important was the display of care a…

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We don’t use our mailboxes the same way used to. And now, with the advent of increased small package delivery and the increasing amount of time our mailboxes are not monitored, law agencies across the nation and in Watauga County are reporting a growing concern of mail theft.

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While we await an even more-detailed blueprint to the governmental fulfillment of public record requests from N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein, there is much to applaud in the updated guide recently released by Gov. Roy Cooper’s office.

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As predictable as the mountain laurel and rhododendron, an American Red Cross appeal for blood blossoms each spring and summer — a need that arises annually from increased demand and hundreds of fewer blood drives and donors than at other times of the year due to holidays and vacations.

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Even a problem borne of care and concern is still a problem, and a case in point involves the sympathy we can have for animals that are seemingly lost or abandoned.

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With more than 1,000 bicyclists expected to converge on our roadways early Saturday, there are two things to remember.

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A free-to-the-user service in Boone is so popular that it’s utilized nearly 2 million times in a given year. And given that popularity, it stands to reason that there are myriad stakeholders who should be interested in any changes to that service.

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Adding an expense to already strapped county, town and school budgets is never an easy call, but the funding issue of a school resource officer in Blowing Rock and also under consideration at Hardin Park School are certainly worth the discussion they are engendering. Indeed, this is a wider …

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We have seen the future — on Sunday, June 3, actually — and the future is strong, fast, gifted, intellectually sharp and most of all, willing to give selflessly to those in need.

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No easy task is it to be named a Watauga County Schools teacher of the year. That process is determined by an educator’s second toughest audience, after her students — namely, her colleagues.

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Thumbs-up: to a recent forum between Boone Police Department and the community. We’re a fan of more communication, and a report from the source about local policing statistics, resources and needs is important information that helps our community and community leaders make informed decisions.

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The belief in the reliability, truth and ability of something is a good working definition of the word, trust. It’s also a definition that many of us were rightly hard-pressed to apply to the inner workings of the Todd Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in the not-too-distant past.

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