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HIGH COUNTRY — Home buyers could not get enough of the High Country market in 2019, according to the year-end real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors.

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When I was a single mom, I committed to tithing to the church from my income. My heart’s conviction from this biblical principle gave me great joy... even though a tithe from my small income wasn’t much.

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Like most years, 1964 found local residents greeting the new year with a snow storm. Seven-plus inches were reported in the county, with 5,400 people without power, and local schools were closed.

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Who runs Avery County? Who are our leaders — our movers and shakers? What local businesses and organizations are integral to the fabric of everyday life and how do they operate? What resources are available to our citizens? Interested in learning just how Avery County works and being more in…

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The Spanish Student of the Month is Bray Guest for his superior achievement in his Fall Semester Spanish I class. Mr. Bare, his Spanish Teacher, stated that Bray had a very strong aptitude for Spanish from the get go, and that he added onto this a superior work ethic. Pictured left is Guest …

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MANNA FoodBank hosted the county’s Pop-up Market on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Rock Gym in Newland. The event provided food at no cost to local residents. The nonprofit holds monthly distributions, with the first taking place in the county a little more than a year ago. The event distributed …

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Throughout this week, Beech Mountain Resort has welcomed individuals with disabilities to Beech Mountain Resort for the 39th annual Adaptive Ski Week. The oldest adaptive ski clinic and first of a group of national instructional clinics started by Disabled Sports USA, the clinic is operated …

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Saturday, Feb. 1, is National ‘Take Your Child To The Library Day.’ Come celebrate with us at the Avery County Morrison Public Library with games, a scavenger hunt, snacks and crafts! Take Your Child To The Library Day is a time for us to welcome and have some special fun with our youngest p…

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RALEIGH — In light of the recent infant deaths in North Carolina as a possible result of carbon monoxide poisoning, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey is issuing a statewide warning: Beware of the silent killer, check your carbon monoxide alarm. According to the Center…

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NEWLAND — Local area nonprofit Feeding Avery Families continues to fight the battle with food insecurity, partnering with local groups to build and establish food pantries at various school locations across Avery County.

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Editor’s Note: This is the first of a multi-part feature profiling the new Superintendent of Avery County Schools, Dr. Dan Brigman. A word of thanks to Dr. Brigman and ACS for the opportunity to visit with the new superintendent for an extended and in-depth interview during his first two wee…

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NEWLAND — Dr. Dan Brigman settled in as Superintendent of Avery County Schools at the first regular meeting of the Avery County Board of Education on Tuesday, Jan. 14, but not before an item of business was conducted... an oath of office.

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AVERY COUNTY — Some of the coldest air of the season, combined with moderate moisture, led to unexpected snowy and treacherous road conditions in portions of the High Country on Monday morning, Jan. 20, especially in areas at approximately 4,000 feet in elevation.

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Flat Springs Baptist Church is proud to announce its new radio ministry. Flat Springs Baptist Church services with Pastor Bryan Miller can now be heard from 11 a.m. to noon each Sunday on AM radio station WECR Glory 1130 in Newland. If anyone would like to contact the church, they can do so …

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ROAN MOUNTAIN, Tenn. — Deputies with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting that took place Monday morning, Jan. 20, on Dock Fields Road in Roan Mountain, according to a CCSO release.

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ASHEVILLE — There has been an increase in reported influenza-like illnesses throughout North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Public Health Division, the influenza-like illness activity in the state has reached more than six percent, and local transmission has increased.

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Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Nerf Extravaganza at the Buckeye Recreation Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. They will having many Nerf games, as well as activities for kids of all ages. They will serving hot dogs and light refreshments. This is a fre…

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NEWLAND — Avery County Sheriff’s Office has charged three individuals as a result of investigations into methamphetamine sales and distribution.

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CRANBERRY — Freedom Trail Elementary School installed Sensory Path flooring for students at the school on January 4 for students to utilize during the spring semester and beyond.

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New Life Baptist Church in Newland is a small church but has a huge heart for Operation Christmas Child. We have been involved with OCC for many years, but decided to do even more in 2018 and continued in 2019.

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BANNER ELK — The expression “warm on the inside and out” took on a new meaning last Sunday Jan. 12, at the Banner Elk Winery. From 3 to 6 p.m. the High Country Charitable Foundation sponsored a chili dinner to benefit the Feeding Avery Families organization by offering a chili dinner, comple…

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ELK PARK — Elk Park Board of Aldermen continues to seek out ways to further enhance Winters Town Park, agreeing to apply for a PARTF grant that would match up to 50 percent of funding utilized for park projects at its Jan. 6 meeting.

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NEWLAND — Avery County Commissioners gave the go-ahead to architectural firm Boomerang Design to begin the bidding process for the construction of the new community building on the campus of Heritage Park following a special meeting held at the Avery Agricultural Building on Thursday evening…

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BANNER ELK — Mark & Will Adkins and Mary Street of Eagles Nest was honored by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce as its Persons of the Year during its annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Stone Walls Restaurant.

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RALEIGH — Time to break out the hand sanitizer — flu season is officially under way with initial reports predicting it could be among the worst flu seasons to hit in a decade.

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Linville resident Jim Magruder was recently honored as a winner in the Landscapes division of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s ‘Wildlife in North Carolina’ 2019 Photo Competition. Magruder’s image captured Grandfather Mountain exhibiting the characteristics of both the fall …

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The Robert E. Lee Civil War Library & Research Center of Central New Jersey has awarded the 2018 Dr. James I. Robertson Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History to Michael C. Hardy for his book “General Lee’s Immortals: The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army o…

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BANNER ELK — Avery County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melynda Pepple and Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival Chair Mary Jo Brubaker provided a presentation on the successes of the annual festival to Banner Elk Town Council at its Monday, Jan. 13, meeting.

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RALEIGH — A law that would have required North Carolina elections to have a “voter ID” mandate will not be enforced in March’s state primaries after the state’s attorney general decided not to immediately defend it.

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Online shopping site for VA eligible vets and their families

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HIGH COUNTRY — Some High Country clergy were surprised on Jan. 3 when the United Methodist Church announced a proposal to divide the church “as the best means to resolve our differences” regarding ordaining LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages, according to a signed protocol.

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FOSCOE — Citing a readjustment of cash balances, the N.C. Department of Transportation has delayed replacing the N.C. 105 Watauga River bridge between Boone and Foscoe to March 2021.