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The old Lowes Foods facility has been auctioned a second time, with an anonymous winning bid for $366,000. There were 25 bids total and the auction closed on December 2. The property failed to sell after the previous auction.

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RALEIGH — The latest county unemployment figures released by the state show an unemployment increase in 86 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in October.

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High winds created a road hazard on Dec. 3, approximately one-half mile from the traffic light in Banner Elk between Eagles Nest Marketplace and Elk River Club on Hwy. 194. A large pine tree was blown across the road during the early morning hours.

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The entire Beech Mountain community would like to send out our sympathies and condolences to the family of Ben Greene. Mr. Greene was a well-loved, and highly respected member of our community, and he will be greatly missed.

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As we begin this holiday season, most of us like to decorate our homes. When I was growing up, I had no idea that even the decorations were meant to focus us on the reason we celebrate Christmas. As I got older and moved churches, I got introduced to the “Hanging of the Greens” service. In t…

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BLOWING ROCK — In an annual ceremony to award its Bright Ideas grants, Blue Ridge Energy recognized teachers from Avery and surrounding counties.

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RALEIGH — The new congressional maps for the 13 U.S. House of Representatives districts in North Carolina were approved by a three-judge panel and the filing period for those districts were immediately opened.

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ELK PARK — Accountant Doug Tennant with Combs, Tennant and Carpenter P.C. provided good news to the town of Elk Park at its Dec. 2, 2019, meeting through his annual audit of the town’s finances.

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BANNER ELK — Banner Elk Police Chief Kevin Hodges has thrown down the gauntlet. To show his support for Wildcat Lake and what it offers to the community, Hodges has issued a challenge to the High Country: Raise $5,000 for Wildcat Lake and he and the other officers will jump into the icy wate…

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We have enjoyed a fun and busy Fall season of programming with the middle school staff and students at the Experiential Education Facility! Positive attitudes were expected and demonstrated, productive learnings gained, many successes experienced, strengths discovered, and plenty of encourag…

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Early College students got a glimpse at some of the many career options they have to choose from thanks to the Mayland Early College Career Fair. With the help of many local businesses, employees and volunteers, these students were from various backgrounds and careers came to Mayland Communi…

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On Saturday, Nov. 23, family gathered to wish C.J. and Carolyn Laws of Heaton a Happy 40th wedding anniversary. They celebrated with a large Thanksgiving dinner, lots of games, and fun. C.J. and Carolyn celebrated with their children Trae (Kara), Cody, and Jordan (Joanie) and their three gra…

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NEWLAND — Avery Family Impact, which recently moved to a new location in Newland, gives out winter coats to children in need each year. This year the local nonprofit is running low on coats.

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ELK PARK — In what is slated to become a tradition for the town, Elk Park held its inaugural tree lighting on the evening of Nov. 26 at the town’s park.

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ROAN MOUNTAIN — Good Samaritan Thrift Store held its annual Thanksgiving Project, distributing to about 135 families in need in the area, including those from Newland and Elk Park.

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HIGH COUNTRY — Cancer survivors and caregivers from Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, as well as Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center staff, were invited to share artwork they created during or after a cancer diagnosis. The collection contains artwork created by professiona…

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I am a gullible person and have believed many incorrect things. But I sometimes struggle trying to believe that God has forgiven all my sins.

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NEWLAND — Avery County Schools hosted community leaders last week to show what Avery County High School is doing to prepare students for life after school.

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The AJT in its recent Veteran’s section inadvertently omitted the name and listing of Finley Trivett (pictured left). Trivett served in the United States Navy as coxswain on the ship Breton in the South Pacific campaign from 1942 to 1946. Pictured right is Trivett’s grandson, Joshua Hughes. …

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On Nov. 20 a call was placed to Newland Police Department to report vandalism at the laundromat adjacent to the Quik Shop in Newland. According to the report from NPD, the coin mechanisms in some of the machines had been removed. Seven of the missing mechanisms were later found on the premises.

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With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday. Let us take this opportunity to be thankful for all of the blessings that God has given us, and to remember the things that are most important to us, su…

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FRANK — A brush fire started by a downed power line was extinguished by county firefighters on Nov. 19.

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NEWLAND — During a short meeting attended by the man himself, the Avery County Board of Education appointed Dan Brigman as the new Superintendent of Avery County Schools.

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A couple of deaths greeted Avery County residents in 1962. Almost a year after the passing of her husband Eustace, Dr. Mary Martin Sloop passed on January 13. The Avery Journal considered her one of Avery County’s “most valuable and outstanding citizens.” Born in Davidson County in 1873, she…

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This time of year after the leaves fall and the hardwood trees begin to slumber, the holidays bring an anticipation of snow with all its winter folk. I love creating cute characters and when I saw this idea, I had to play. It is simple, family friendly, inspires the imagination, and there ar…

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NEWLAND — The Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library System has been awarded a digital literacy grant to serve younger children and families. This program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and T…

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AVERY COUNTY — Looking for something to do around the holidays? Avery is full of festivities through New Year’s Eve, and the following is a list of things to do as we approach the the holidays and 2020.

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HIGH COUNTRY — All three of the area ski resorts have opened for the season. Beech Mountain Resort was the most recent to commence, opening for business on Nov. 23.

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SPRUCE PINE — N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore visited the tri-county area to speak to local leaders about economic challenges facing their counties on Nov. 21.

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CROSSNORE — Avery County High School came together to hold “An Evening of Love,” a fundraiser and outpouring of support for ACHS English teacher and drama advisor Shannon Perdue.

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BEECH MOUNTAIN — Beech Mountain is giving residents a chance to get some holiday shopping done early.

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RALEIGH — The number of North Carolina cases of severe lung injury associated with e-cigarette use or vaping continues to rise with 61 cases in people ranging in age from 13 to 72. The North Carolina cases are among a rising outbreak reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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AVERY COUNTY — Local colleges Lees-McRae College and Mayland Community College each received high rankings from recent online publications for their academic prowess.

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Members of the Avery County Historical Society and Museum took a trip to Morganton last month as part of a program to learn more of Avery County history as it relates to the history of neighboring counties.