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Sydney Harrison, Oasis Avery Services Coordinator and Sara Crouch, Oasis Outreach Coordinator, accept a check from Christon Clark, Treasurer of Rotary Club of Avery County for OASIS’s annual fundraiser and to support their efforts in Avery County, including permanent supportive housing.

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The concept of listening to God can be confusing. If you look through the Bible, you see a few isolated examples of God showing up and speaking through impossible-to-miss, supernatural means: a burning bush, a thunderous voice, a talking donkey. While I think we’d all love for God to be this…

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Popular local band The Johnson Brothers hosted an outdoor concert event near the Pixie Inn Motel in Linville on Thursday, June 25. Proceeds from the fundraising event benefited the sixth-grade Avery Edge girls basketball program coached by Kenny Johnson (pictured center). ‘Thanks to all ... …

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Phoebe Barber sits in Bryon Towler’s 1927 custom built Ford Roadster during the Newland car show on Friday, June 26. The Avery County Motor Club hosts the car show the last Friday of the month throughout the summer. Avery High School JROTC and the Sheriff’s Office’s Explorers Program were al…

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HIGH COUNTRY — Girls on the Run of the High Country unveiled the Power Up Activity Kit to help keep High Country girls active and healthy through the summer while inspiring creativity, encouraging movement, and teaching new skills. Girls on the Run is a leader in developing and delivering li…

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A view of the Linville River from atop Hawksbill. Photo taken on Father’s Day, June 21.

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NEWLAND — The Avery County Board of Education and the Avery County Board of Commissioners held a joint meeting to tie up loose ends related to several capital projects that are ongoing at schools across the county.

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NEWLAND — During the Avery County Board of Education’s end of the year board meeting on Wednesday, June 24, members discussed the governor’s school reopening plan as well as recent cleaning at school facilities after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

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NEWLAND — The Avery County Economic Development Committee held its monthly meeting Monday, June 29, at the community pool in Newland, where Dave Smith of the Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) gave a presentation to board members.

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Forest Service is accepting tree seedling orders as part of its annual sale. Each year, the NCFS Nursery Program produces millions of quality seedlings for nearly 50 species of conifers, hardwoods and native understory plants, including eastern and Carolina hemlo…

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Visitors to Hawksnest in Seven Devils took to the skies on Friday, June 26. The zipline adventure course opened for the summer season on May 22.

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BURNSVILLE — In previous years the veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and recent veterans from all branches of service have been honored by the Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild in a ceremony on the Burnsville Town Square. This year will need to be handled differently.

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NEWLAND — Fireworks shows and Fourth of July celebrations are still going off with a bang throughout the High Country despite the continuation of statewide restrictions due to COVID-19.

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VALLE CRUCIS — The 42nd Annual Valle Country Fair, originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, in Valle Crucis, NC, will proceed as a virtual fundraising event in 2020.

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BLOWING ROCK — It is no secret that the travel industry in North Carolina has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but as new data continues to be released to the public, consumers and industry leaders alike are now able to more accurately assess the damage.

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BANNER ELK — There is a moose on the loose in Banner Elk, and the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce is asking local residents to help reel him in and find him a home.

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A view of the Linville Gorge taken from atop Hawk’s Bill on Sunday, June 21.

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Members of the 2019-2020 Avery High School Wrestling team were recently presented with their state championship rings for their achievements of winning the 2020 1A State Duals Championship and the 2019-2020 NCHSAA 1A Wrestling Team Championship. Members of the championship teams included Zac…

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Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) once wrote, “Do not let Sunday be taken from you; if your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.” Schweitzer was many things besides physician, missionary, hospital builder, philosopher and Nobel Prize winner. He was a preacher, prominent organist, WWI PO…

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Construction crews have laid the foundation for Avery County’s new community building to be located next to the Agricultural Extension Office at Heritage Park in Newland. The building’s stage has already begun to take shape. The county received the first applications for payments related to …

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NEWLAND — WAMY Community Action has been holding a series of online educational classes throughout the month of June, seeking to better participants in various subjects through lessons in dancing, wine tasting, arts and crafts, culinary art and yoga.

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The Art Cellar of Banner Elk will be featuring the work of David Birmingham from June 17 to July 11. Originally from England, Birmingham lives in Avery County and specializes in oil paintings that feature mountain landscapes and the inherent beauty of nature. The Art Cellar is open from 10 a…

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NEWLAND — Avery County is bustling with opportunity within its skills industries for those individuals who are willing to work diligently and learn accordingly to fill the many positions throughout the county and region that are available for skilled workers.

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Fourth of July is more than just great festivities and this year brings us all to the heart of many matters with all the changes we are facing, good and bad. I am the first of my legacy born here. Both my parents came from different war-stricken countries and met here later in life, each one…

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If you have decades to go until you retire, you don’t need to panic over volatile financial markets – you have plenty of time to regain lost ground and potentially achieve more growth in your investment portfolio. But what if you are nearing retirement or already retired? After all, you will…

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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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NEWLAND — The Cruz Thru is now open for business and is offering customers a wide selection of cold beverages, produce, tobacco and snacks, all of which can be purchased simply by pulling up to the business’s drive-through window.

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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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NEWLAND — Avery County Schools is continuing to take enrollment applications for its new universal pre-K program, which provides child care services to families regardless of income or financial status.

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A story is told about a man parked on the side of a road. His car had broken down, and he had the hood up, trying to figure out the problem. A limousine pulled up behind him, and a man got out. Dressed from head to toe like a million bucks, he walked over to the driver of the broken-down car…

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Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. And if you have young children, you may wa…

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Volunteers and workers from across the region gathered together on Thursday, June 11, to help with the monthly MANNA FoodBank food distribution at the community pool in Newland. Organizations represented at the event included Manna FoodBank, North Carolina National Guard, Western Youth Netwo…

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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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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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CROSSNORE — Feeding Avery Families’ newest community pantry is now open at Crossnore Fellowship Presbyterian Church and ready for public use.

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ALTAPASS — The Orchard at Altapass finished filling the ice cream freezer, swept the floors, folded the T-shirts, turned on the lights, and unlocked the doors to the red barn on Saturday, June 13, as it began its 26th season.

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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…