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LINVILLE — Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is an official a testing site for COVID-19, and has expanded the options by which patients can get a referral for testing. Most people who get COVID-19 recover without needing medical care, but it is still important to test for the virus in o…

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 24,628 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 794 virus-related deaths.

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BANNER ELK — Patrons venturing out to get their haircut at area barbershops and salons studios can expect to see myriad changes to these businesses as owners and entrepreneurs enact new measures to protect the health of their customers and employees.

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HIGH COUNTRY — The Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament has turned into a High Country tradition that promotes baseball locally and helps raise funds for baseball causes.

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The apple trees have flowered heavily in Avery County, maybe even more than last year. This should set us up for a good crop. However, I would like to mention two things of importance.

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RALEIGH — N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced on May 20 that North Carolina would move into Phase 2 of the statewide reopening plan at 5 p.m. on May 22 with the approval of Executive Order 141.

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Editor’s Note: The following is the first article of a series resulting from an exclusive AJT interview with North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell.

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North Carolina has an open meetings law guaranteeing that the public have access to the transparent workings of our public bodies — elected or appointed authorities, boards, commissions, councils, school administrative units and public corporations, among those.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 23,964 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 754 virus-related deaths.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina saw its highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases yet on Saturday, May 23, with 1,107 new cases reported, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina will move into the second phase of its reopening strategy beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, Governor Roy Cooper announced at press conference on May 20.

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RALEIGH — A federal judge issued an order on Saturday, May 16, that temporarily halts restrictions placed as part an executive order from NC Governor Roy Cooper that bans indoor religious congregations of more than 10 people and encourages worship meetings held with social distancing “outdoo…

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NEWLAND — Despite already having its 2020-2021 school calendar firmly in place, Avery County Schools must now approve a new calendar for the upcoming school year due to changes made by the North Carolina Legislature.

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HIGH COUNTRY — Regional home sales declined in April, as both buyers and sellers coped with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Realtors remained at work throughout the month albeit under extraordinary conditions, according to the most recent sales figures recorded by the High Country Association…

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Never has it been so important to recognize our nurses for their intellectually complex and emotionally demanding work, and to enthusiastically applaud them as they perform their sacred duties in the era of COVID-19. We face new uncertainties each day, but our caregivers live with them in a …

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The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Emergency and Disaster Response Fund. This substantial award provided local child care staff financial stipends in recognition and appreciation for all they are …

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With the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, spring sports teams across the nation were prohibited from completing their seasons at various levels, including local middle schools.

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ASHEVILLE — Pisgah Legal Services will be providing a free, open hotline to Western North Carolinians from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RALEIGH — A federal judge issued an order on Saturday, May 16, that temporarily halts restrictions placed as part an executive order from NC Governor Roy Cooper that bans indoor religious congregations of more than 10 people and encourages worship meetings held with social distancing "outdoo…

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 17,982 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 652 virus-related deaths.

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RALEIGH — According to new data released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, it is estimated that 11,637 people in NC have recovered from COVID-19 as of Monday, May 18.

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AVERY COUNTY — As North Carolina slowly loosens restrictions in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a pair of local resorts have released their strategic reopening plans to once again welcome visitors.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 15,950 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 597 virus-related deaths.

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RALEIGH — To assist N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle customers and partners in dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a provision included in the COVID-19 bill signed into law May 4 by Gov. Roy Cooper grants a five-month extension of the expiration date on more than two dozen DMV…

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NEWLAND — The town of Newland held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 5, in which the alderman discussed its plans to celebrate high school seniors by hanging banners throughout town, as well as decided upon a tentative date for Fourth of July festivities.

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NEWLAND — Similar to years past, Avery County Schools will be providing meals to students throughout the summer months, but due to current public health restrictions the system’s plans have changed slightly and new partners are becoming involved to offer help.

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NEWLAND — Avery County still remains the only county in North Carolina without a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, but that narrative could change after the Toe River Health District is finished receiving the results of the approximately 280 tests it conducted during drive-through testing…

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BANNER ELK — During the Town of Banner Elk’s monthly meeting on Monday, May 11, board members recognized the International Ride of Silence, which will be commemorated at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, in Banner Elk.

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BANNER ELK — On Wednesday, May 20, Banner Elk will host its 11th edition of the Ride of Silence. The Ride of Silence was started in 2003 in Texas as a way to honor a friend that was lost while riding their bike.

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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 — More information about the people applying for unemployment insurance benefits in North Carolina in March was published recently by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The new data regarding claims for benefits include details about the applicants’ demographics, the industri…

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 15,346 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 577 virus-related deaths.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 15,045 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 11, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 550 virus-related deaths.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 17,464 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11 a.m. Sunday, May 10, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 547 virus-related deaths.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 13,868 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11 a.m. Friday, May 8, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 527 virus-related deaths.

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LINVILLE — Following a two-month closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain will tentatively open in a limited capacity May 15, with all ticket sales moving online.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 13,997 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of 11 a.m. Thursday , May 7, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 507 virus-related deaths.