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NEWLAND — Parking and traffic at Avery County High School has been a hot topic with the construction zone in front of the school eliminating the entire front parking lot that would normally host student drivers.

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Caregiver’s Haven, a program of Avery County Senior Services, decorated for last week’s luau party. The program is summarized as “A specialized adult day program of the Avery Senior Center for persons with memory loss from Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder. Caregiver’s Haven is a sma…

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The best way to ensure the health of the trees on your property is to have a forester assist you with proper forest management.

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Christon Clark, with Rotary Club of Avery County, presented a check for $500 to Oasis representatives Ariel Malec and Tiffany Moon. The check represents Rotary’s continued support of the meaningful and necessary work Oasis provides in Avery County. “Like” the Rotary Club of Avery County on F…

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HIGH COUNTRY — Executive Director Tina B. Krause, along with the Hospitality House Board of Directors will be hosting its annual Hope Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 16, in the heart of the High Country at Blue Ridge Mountain Club, where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Blue Ridge Parkway. This ye…

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As county Coroner and a retired soldier and former Marine, I was moved to read in the online edition of the Marine Corps Times recently that nationwide, volunteers, both veterans and civilians, are turning out to honor deceased veterans who have no family or next-of-kin at their funerals.

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BANNER ELK — The continued discussion of the potential addition of a recreational vehicle park was the main topic of conversation during Banner Elk’s regularly scheduled town council meeting on Monday, Aug. 12. The approval of the construction of the park has not been confirmed but “it sound…

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CROSSNORE — The N.C. Forest Service hosted a public meeting at the Mountain Training Facility in Crossnore on Thursday, Aug. 8, to discuss the upcoming restoration project on a section of the Linville River.

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NEWLAND — The Newland Town Board of Aldermen viewed a plat of land for a handful of new homes to be constructed in the town at its latest regular meeting on Aug. 6.

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GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN — Avery County Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Buchanan said a woman was carried out from the Profile Trail after she broke her leg while hiking on Saturday, Aug. 10.

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LINVILLE — At about 6:28 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, National Park Service dispatchers received a report of a single motor vehicle wreck near Milepost 306 at the Grandfather Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Students leaving after dismissal at Newland Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The start date is among the earliest in the state, with the Avery County Board of Education adopting a modified year-round schedule to attempt to complete testing for the first semester before the holiday bre…

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Avery County Senior Services held its annual end-of-summer luau at the Senior Center on Friday, Aug. 9. The running tradition featured Hawaiian-themed decorations and lunch service. Attendees were served tequila sunrise “mocktails.” Pictured is Jennifer Berry running a game during the party …

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HIGH COUNTRY — Longtime health care professional and public policy professional Jeanne Supin, a Boone Democrat, said although she has been wary of politics, she is willing to put her experience on the ballot in 2020 and challenge for North Carolina’s Fifth District seat in the U.S. House of …

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The Beech Mountain Buckeye Recreation Center will be continuing their popular guided hikes for August. On Thursday, Aug. 15, they will be hiking the Lower Pond Creek Trail. This hike will begin at the public parking lot, across from the town hall, and will depart promptly at 10 a.m. Make sur…

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BANNER ELK — Amidst the heart of the High Country, Banner Elk was abuzz with art lovers and art creators during the second installment of this years Fine Arts and Master Crafts festival, which took place from Aug. 9 to 11.

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Repairs to a bridge are taking place on US Hwy. 19E just north of the Mitchell County line near the Ingalls community. Temporary traffic lights are being utilized on both sides of the bridge, as well as at adjacent side roads at the site, as one lane of traffic is blocked across the bridge i…

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As home sales remained brisk throughout the month of July, local Realtors recorded strong sales in both land and commercial property, according to the latest real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors.

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NEWLAND — This year you can get into the Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair for free.

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NEWLAND — Special Olympics Avery County celebrated with a banquet at Fabio’s on Wednesday, Aug. 7, as they prepare for the upcoming year. Athletes were present representing all the sports opportunities available: bocce, golf, basketball skills, swimming, skiing and softball skills. Coaches a…

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A total of 25 completed and partial merit badges were earned by members of Troop 807 during its time at Camp Daniel Boone, located just outside of Canton. Pictured left to right are Cooper Ledford, Kevin Ledford (Scoutmaster), Zach Clark, Dominick Hammac, Baker Ledford, Shawn Stricklen (Asst…

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You know, I’ve always had a major problem with David. David did some terrible things throughout his life. He committed adultery and had the husband killed to cover his sin. But then was still described as a man after God’s own heart. God loved David and showed favor to him. God called David …

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This is a list of the winning groups from the 8th Annual Beech Mountain Community Club Golf Tournament, which was held at the Sugar Mountain Golf Course on July 27.

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RALEIGH — Unemployment rates climbed across the state in June, with almost all counties experiencing an unemployment rate increase. This follows an unemployment rate increase across 95 counties in May.

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Commander Zeb White (left) of the Avery County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans presents a plaque to outgoing Commander David Burnop in recognition of distinguished and loyal service from 2014 to 2019 on August 1. The DAV offers disaster relief grants and a helping hand to those nee…

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The Presbytery of Western North Carolina helps feed hungry children in Avery County. Rev. Bobbi White (center), the General Presbyter of PWNC, along with Reid Duncan (right) of the Presbytery’s Hunger Committee, present a check for $5,000 to Dick Larson (left), Executive Director of Feeding …

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AVERY COUNTY — Coming off one of the wettest years on record in 2018, with above-average precipitation stretching through most of the year, 2019 began hugging the normal precipitation totals until June.

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Local Christmas tree grower Larry Smith holding a portrait by Newland artist Ann Appleton commemorating his visit to the White House, as well as meeting President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, after winning the National Christmas Tree Association’s annual contest. One of Smith’s…

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NEWLAND — Avery County Schools began classes for the 2019-2020 school year on Aug. 7. This year much remains the same, outside of some leadership shuffle and the renovations at Avery County High School.

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NEWLAND — The culinary program at Avery County High School received a total of $20,000 after a group of alumni from the Leadership Avery program fundraised and received a donation match.

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NEWLAND — The Avery County Board of Commissioners dedicated funds for unexpected expenses for the new pool complex and for vehicles for Avery County Sheriff’s Office.