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The orchids displayed at my local grocery store are members of one of the largest plant families. With nearly thirty thousand species Orchidaceae, the botanical name for the orchid family, is large, diverse and one of the more economically valuable plant families. Recently I met a member of …

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BANNER ELK — In remembrance of Reverend Edgar Tufts, Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre program will soon host its performance of “From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story.”

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BANNER ELK — Banner Elk’s Ensemble Stage presented its first performance of “Fortune,” a romantic comedy, on Friday, June 7. The show is set to run through Saturday, June 15.

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During a recent Sunday worship service at Mountainside Lutheran Church in Linville, the congregation paid tribute to two longtime members who have helped the church to grow and thrive over the past fifteen years. Don Baker and James Stanton were presented with plaques in recognition of their…

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SPRUCE PINE — All things extraterrestrial takes center stage this Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, in Spruce Pine as the community hosts the inaugural Spruce Pine Alien Conference and Expo (S.P.A.C.E.).

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Regardless of what stage of life you’re in, you must make financial and investment decisions that will be with you for the remainder of your years. But the moves you make when you’re just starting out in your career may be quite different from when you’re retired. So, let’s look at some of t…

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Editor’s Note: In order to ensure that your calendar entries are published, please submit information to carl.blankenship@averyjournal.com at least two weeks prior to the date of the event.

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Rains overwhelmed Wildcat Lake on Sunday, June 9, making the swimming pier a water-covered boardwalk. Rowan Cornwell (age 4) and brother Porter Cornwell (age 6) still had fun under the watchful eyes of their parents.

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BANNER ELK — During the regularly scheduled June Banner Elk town council meeting, town manager Rick Owen read the proposed budget message to the mayor, council members and audience in attendance.

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RALEIGH — Unemployment was down across the state in April, with no counties experiencing an unemployment rate greater than 10 percent and with decreases in each metro area as well.

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NEWLAND — LifeStore Insurance celebrated its grand opening in Newland on June 5 with a ribbon cutting. The agency took over what was formerly Newland-based Andrews and Andrews Insurance.

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Avery County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) installs Zeb White (L) as Commander of NC Chapter 87 as outgoing Commander David Burnop presides on June 6, 2019. DAV offers disaster relief grants and a helping hand to those needy veterans who face hurdles in their everyday life.…

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NEWLAND — As reported in the June 5 edition of The AJT, the county will be borrowing $11 million from Sterling National Bank to secure all the funding it needs to pay for the upcoming Avery County High School construction and renovation project.

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NEWLAND — The basketball and football summer sports camps returned to Avery High School on Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11. The camps are open to rising third through eighth grade boys and girls and take place on the ACHS football field and gymnasium, respectively.

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Rising second grader Porter Cornwell was quite happy with his first catch of the day during the June 9 fishing derby at Wildcat Lake. The Banner Elk lake is now open for summer swimming, fishing and picnics.

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Guests and Chamber members welcomed a new business on June 6, High Country Tax & Consulting in Banner Elk. Pictured from left are Jeff Davis, Kayla Davis, Macey Holden, Brenda Lyerly, Melynda Pepple, Jo-Ann McMurray and Elisha Sheppard.

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NEWLAND — At the latest regular meeting of the Avery County Board of Commissioners on June 3, the commissioners approved a new county assistance program through Appalachian Regional Healthcare System that will provide emergency personnel with assistance following responses to traumatic calls…

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Studio 140 at Sorrento’s is currently featuring large-scale paintings of local wildlife, mountain landscapes, and portraits of famous musicians by artist Kent Paulette. Paulette will be painting live at Studio 140 outside by the fire pits on Saturday evenings this summer. He'll also be discu…

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Riverside Elementary School would like to send a big “Thank You” to a couple of local businesses that always make it a point to support the school. Connie Taylor from Sibelco (right) and Courtney Aycock from the Quartz Corporation (left) joined us for our fifth grade Promotion ceremony on th…

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NEWLAND — Avery County High School held its annual commencement and graduation ceremony on June 7, sending off the latest round of graduates into the next chapter of their lives.

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AVERY COUNTY — Avery County was slammed with heavy rain over the weekend, with special note to unexpectedly heavy rains falling on the county over the course of Sunday, June 9.

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In today’s Avery Journal-Times and online at averyjournal.com, you will find the official ballot for the 2019 Best of Avery County nominations. There are various voting categories; some are serious and some are just for fun.

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BANNER ELK — Lees-McRae College Summer Theatre will be beginning it season with the immensely popular “Mamma Mia!” The jukebox musical is well known for its popular stage run, as well as its successful film adaptations.

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The entire Beech Mountain community would like to send out our sympathies and condolences to the family of Paul Harmon.

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I think most of us think of surrender as a military term. It seems to suggest that we are engaged in some kind of battle and there is a moment of defeat coming in which we are going to have to surrender and admit we weren’t tough enough to finish the fight. I think many times we try to hold …

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BANNER ELK — The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the much-anticipated lineup and sponsors for this summer’s Concerts in the Park series of popular musical events. Locals and visitors look forward to this free concert series each year, with shows starting at 6:30 p.m. in…

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NEWLAND — Avery County Motor Club held its second cruise-in, in what is set to be a monthly series of car meets at Newland Town Square on May 31.

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Traffic was stopped on a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Big Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook due to a motorcycle wreck on the afternoon of May 24 that required an emergency response. LVFD, Linville Central Rescue Squad, Avery County EMS and Park Rangers responded.

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APPALACHIAN TRAIL — A popular attraction sparked widespread national headlines last month, as a murder and assault occurred on the Appalachian Trail.

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ELK PARK — During Elk Park’s regularly scheduled Board of Aldermen meeting, the date for the town’s 2019-2020 budget public hearing was officially set for 5 p.m. on Monday, June 17.