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RALEIGH — North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest announced via social media and through his office on June 25 that he plans to pursue legal action against the administration of Gov. Roy Cooper in what he contends are the implementation of unlawful executive orders for the state.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina leaders were set to make an announcement July 1 on how statewide K-12 schools would open this coming school year, but according to media reports citing the governor’s press office, the plan has been delayed.

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Like other boys his age, Cody Buchanan is quick to crack a smile. In fact, it is one of Cody’s most endearing qualities according to those around the community who interact with Cody on a daily basis.

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RALEIGH — Statistical trends continue to trend upward regarding coronavirus-related cases, deaths and hospitalizations across the state of North Carolina, according to the latest daily report from the NC Department of Health and Human Resources.

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Covering your face is about helping others. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This is especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. By covering your face when you go out for…

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RALEIGH — As of Wednesday afternoon, June 17, North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 46,855 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also has reported 1,168 virus-related deaths.

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As part of an effort to ramp up testing for COVID-19 across the state, the Avery County Health Department held free drive-through testing outside of its facility on Tuesday, June 10.

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BANNER ELK — Officials with Wildcat Lake announced this week that the popular area destination will remain closed for the remainder of the summer in response to the current coronavirus pandemic.

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DURHAM — For a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hos…

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The Avery County community pool opened for its second season on Friday, June 12. As per Phase 2 guidelines, the pool, known as ‘The Dive-In,’ is operating at a limited capacity of no more than 50 people. To use the facility, visitors must make a reservation in advance for either time slot be…

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Horse Helpers of the High Country brought along three of their rescued mini-horses, Chester, Hank and Cardi B, to cheer up the residents of Life Care Center of Banner Elk on Thursday, June 11. Life Care has implemented strict visitation limits for its residents in order to protect them from …

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NEWLAND — As voters in Avery and 16 additional Western North Carolina counties vote at the ballot box for the Republican Second Primary election for the US 11th Congressional District, those voting in person at the Avery County Board of Elections and at precinct locations will encounter a st…

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NEWLAND — As per new health guidelines released by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Avery County Schools and school systems across the state are expecting to hold in-person instruction once school begins in August.

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LEDGER — Avery County Health Department, part of Toe River Health District, reported on June 11 a ninth Avery County resident had tested positive for COVID-19. However, a subsequent release on Friday, June 12, revised that finding, indicating that the positive test was actually a resident of…

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HIGH COUNTRY — Effective June 10, each patient at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System facilities, including Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital, will be allowed one designated visitor to accompany them during their hospital stay between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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NEWLAND — Protests have erupted across the country in response to the death of George Floyd, and while the long-term repercussions of Floyd’s killing are unknown, these protests have sparked discussions related to policing, community well-being and systemic biases within society.

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RALEIGH — The number of cases of COVID-19 have increased in Avery County to eight in all, following reports of four new cases since Friday, June 5, by Toe River Health District. Six of the cases are active, with two having recovered.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 36,484 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of noon on Monday, June 8, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also has crested the 1,000 mark in fatalities due to COVID-19, as NCDHHS …

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported on Saturday, June 6, the state’s highest one day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,370 cases reported.

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NEWLAND — Toe River Health District has confirmed a positive test of an individual for COVID-19 in Avery County as of 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5, according to a media release from Avery County Health Department. The case increases the county's number of positive cases to five in all, with two …

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NEWLAND — Toe River Health District has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in Avery County as of 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, doubling Avery's number of positive cases to four in total, with two having recovered from the virus. 

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 31,966 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of noon on Thursday, June 4, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 960 virus-related deaths.

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ASHEVILLE — Accolades continue to roll in for the historic 2019-2020 Avery High School wrestling team, as the team was recognized at the regional level for its championship-winning season and one of its standout performers garnered a solo honor.

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include a correction of date for the COVID-19 drive-through testing event to Tuesday, June 9.

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RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials report there have been a total of 29,263 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state as of noon on Tuesday, June 2, according to statistics posted from NCDHHS. The state also reports 898 virus-related deaths.

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RALEIGH — Following are updates on COVID-19 cases and test numbers in the U.S., North Carolina and in High Country counties. The following reports may differ from other sources due to the varied reporting times of multiple health agencies and other sources.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.