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ON THE RUN: Base-Building in Blowing Rock By David Rogers. July 23, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Like the Energizer bunny, they keep going and going and going. Such is the fate of the long distance, cross country runner -- and Blowing Rock hosts an increasing number of aspiring cross country champions evey year.
Blowing Rock's Rumple Kicks Off VBS with a Bang and Many Smiles By David Rogers. July 21, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Some three dozen kids and their parents stormed Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday -- after hours -- in a fun-filled kickoff to the church's 2014 Vacation Bible School.  Theme: "Workshop of Wonders" (Acronym: "WOW").
Gettin' Ready: Horse Show Greets Early Arrivals By David Rogers. July 20, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Abuzz with activity, the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve's show grounds are just two days away from hosting the Hunter-Jumper competition of the 91st annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.
SNAPSHOT: Model T Club's 'High Country Tour' By David Rogers. July 19, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Some old-timers may have been having flashbacks to days gone by this past week, as more than 200 antique cars motored into the High Country.  They were part of the Model T Ford International club's 2014 "High Country Tour."
SNAPSHOT: A Blowing Rock Christmas in July By David Rogers. July 19, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- If you didn't know better, you would have sworn it was "Black Friday", that much anticipated -- or, for some, dreaded -- day that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
Another Chance for That Bridesmaid Dress... By David Rogers. July 19, 2014. BOONE, NC -- Those once-used bridesmaid and prom dresses can finally have a home, thanks to the recent opening of ReDeux Boutique, a retail apparel shop sandwiched between a restaurant and a bank in the Boone Heights shopping mall managed by The Winkler Organization.
SNAPSHOT: Blowing Rock Rotary Cheats Vampires - Again! By David Rogers. July 19, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- The numbers are in: Blowing Rock Rotary collected 44 pints of blood last week, meeting the American Red Cross goal set for Rotary's blood drive, which it stages at least three and sometimes four times per year.
'Soggy' Doesn't Dampen Spirits of Blowing Rock Art Lovers By David Rogers. July 19, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- It was a nice day for admirals, ducks and frogs -- but that didn't stop scores of intrepid art lovers from browsing through the various Art in the Park exhibition tents, with big smiles upon making new, never-before seen discoveries among the familiar creations of the event series regulars.
Future Engineers Get Boost Through AppState Camps Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Jane Nicholson. July 17, 2014. HICKORY, NC — More than 200 public school students are exploring engineering fields through the annual Future Engineers’ Camps held this summer at the North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) in Catawba County.
AppState vs. So. Mississippi: Live Sept. 20 on New TV Network Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Mike Flynn. BOONE, NC -- Appalachian State University football’s Sept. 20 contest at Southern Miss will kick off at 7 p.m. ET and be televised live on the newly formed American Sports Network, Conference USA announced on Thursday.
Lone Tar Heel, AppState's Cox Named Preseason Candidate for Doak Walker Award Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Mike Flynn. July 17, 2014. DALLAS, TX -- Appalachian State University sophomore Marcus Cox is one of 53 official preseason candidates for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Thursday. The Doak Walker Award is presented annually to college football’s top running back.
International Bestseller, Mayes @ AppState July 24 Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Jane Nicholson. July 17, 2014. BOONE, NC — Although many know Frances Mayes from the international bestselling memoir and subsequent film “Under the Tuscan Sun” set in Italy, Mayes is first a Southerner. 
Shanklin Featured at GOP Summer Gala in Blowing Rock By David Rogers. July 17, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Frequent Rush Limbaugh guest, comedian and parodist Paul Shanklin ("the man of many voices") will be the featured entertainment of the annual Watauga GOP Summer Gala, Friday, August 1, 2014, at Blowing Rock's Meadowbrook Inn.
BRAHM Hosts 8th Art & Antiques Show "Preview Party", July 31 Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. July 17, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) will host its eighth annual Art and Antiques Show beginning with a Preview Party on Thursday, July 31. 
ONE ON ONE: Watauga Youth Chorale Bringing the Hills Alive With Music By David Rogers. July 15, 2014. BOONE, NC -- Like Julie Andrews' "Maria" character in "The Sound of Music," one the High Country's most accomplished choral directors will begin instructing the region's young people about the unbridled joys of music this fall, with a get-acquainted and informational meeting for the Watauga Youth Chorale on July 20th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, at 4:00 pm.
Come East Young Man: Bender Hired as AppState Director of Basketball Ops Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Ryan Bower. July 14, 2014. BOONE, NC — Bryan Bender has been named as the new Director of Basketball Operations for Appalachian State University men’s basketball, head coach Jim Fox announced on Monday.
McGee, Palmer, Taylor Inducted Into Reich's "Rhododendron Society" Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Jane Nicholson. July 14, 2014. BOONE, NC — Three Appalachian State University graduates whose careers have helped change the lives of countless students were inducted into the Reich College of Education’s Rhododendron Society during ceremonies held July 12 at the college.
Bathanti Memoirs Published by Mercer University Press Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Jane Nicholson. July 11, 2014. BOONE, NC — A defining moment in Joseph Bathanti’s life occurred when he learned the Vietnam War had ended.
MEAC Softball "Coach of Year" Named Next AppState Head Coach Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Mike Flynn. July 11, 2014. BOONE, NC— Janice Savage, a nine-year coaching veteran that has served as head coach at Delaware State University the past two seasons, was named the fourth head coach in Appalachian State University softball history on Friday. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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Vilas Pair Picked Up on Meth Charges

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Sheriff's Office. June 18, 2014. VILAS, NC -- On June 2, 2014, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office seized Methamphetamine precursors just feet from the property of 225 Linda Lane, Vilas, NC 28692.  A further search of the property revealed additional precursors located on the property of 225 Linda Lane. 

Read more: Vilas Pair Picked Up on Meth Charges

 

Two Held on Meth Charges in Boone

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Boone Police. June 18, 2014. BOONE, NC -On June 11, 2014, Boone Police arrested Kristy Lynn Sparks, 20 years-of-age, Boone, NC, and Sean Jamason Arnold, 40 years-of-age, Elizabethton, TN.  

Read more: Two Held on Meth Charges in Boone

 

Away From Home: Smithfield Man Nabbed in Boone

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Boone Police. June 18, 2014. BOONE, NC On Sunday, June 15, 2014, Boone Police arrested Leopoldo Ronquillo Mendoza, 29 years-of-age, of Smithfield, NC, on outstanding warrants after a vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped for a traffic violation.  

Read more: Away From Home: Smithfield Man Nabbed in Boone

 

Spagnolo Eligibility Extended, Good News for Mountaineers

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Ryan Bower. June 18, 2014. BOONE, NC – Appalachian State University men’s basketball’s Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) has been granted a one-year extension by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers during the 2014-15 campaign.

Read more: Spagnolo Eligibility Extended, Good News for Mountaineers

 

Chestnut Ridge and Blowing Rock Awarded $427k U.S. Commerce Grant

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By David Rogers. June 18, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Senator Kay Hagan's office announced on Tuesday that the Town of Blowing Rock is to receive a $426,945 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), to construct water and wastewater infrastructure for Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System's (ARHS) new post-acute care facility breaking ground next week in Blowing Rock.

Read more: Chestnut Ridge and Blowing Rock Awarded $427k U.S. Commerce Grant

 

NC Transporation -- Looming Crisis or Present Day Opportunity?

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By David Rogers. June 17, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- What happens if all the workers on the U.S. 321 widening project through Blowing Rock (and many other projects) were to walk off the job in the middle of the construction? It could happen. Will it be safe to drive at night whan all the yellow and white lines have faded and there is no money to repaint them? It could happen. 

Read more: NC Transporation -- Looming Crisis or Present Day Opportunity?

 

Men's Connection: Legendary Richardson to Speak at Annual Special Breakfast

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By David Rogers. June 16, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- When a baseball guy enjoys a "career year" in 1962 but still finishes runner-up in Major League Baseball's MVP voting (2nd to Mickey Mantle), and is named MVP of the 1960 World Series even though his team lost, you just have to know that he has a few stories to tell.

Read more: Men's Connection: Legendary Richardson to Speak at Annual Special Breakfast

 

Morton Named POW in Summer Baseball

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. June 16, 2014. BOONE, NC — Appalachian State University baseball’s Bradley Morton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) has been named the Coastal Plain League Hitter of the Week, the CPL office announced on Monday.

Read more: Morton Named POW in Summer Baseball

 

"Jerry Burns Day" Set for Wednesday to Remember "Mr. Sunshine"

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By David Rogers. June 16, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- At least in modern times, few people had as big an impact on Blowing Rock -- the town and the community -- as the late Jerry Burns. In a 2012 resolution, Town Commissioners officially named June 18th (Mr. Burns' birthday) as "Jerry Burns Day." Now the Blowing Rock Historical Society celebrates its every year with a special ceremony.

Read more: "Jerry Burns Day" Set for Wednesday to Remember "Mr. Sunshine"

 

16th Century "Evensong" at St. Mary's: Gibbon, Smith, Byrd, Croce

Special Report to Blowing Rock News. June 16, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- The choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present choral evensong this Sunday afternoon, June 22nd, at 3:30 p.m. in the nave of the church.  

Read more: 16th Century "Evensong" at St. Mary's: Gibbon, Smith, Byrd, Croce

 

BREMCO Elects Board Directors

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Blue Ridge Electric. By Renee Whitener. June 13, 2014. LENOIR, NC -- Director elections were announced at the annual meeting of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation held Thursday evening, June 13, at the corporate office in Lenoir.

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Boone Police Arrest Four in Prostitution Sting Op

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Boone Police. June 13, 2014. BOONE, NC Four men have been arrested and charged by Boone Police with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution.  These arrests came as a result of a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels. 

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Bridge to be Replaced on Watauga's Beaver Dam Rd.

Special Report to Blowing Rock News by from the NCDOT. June 13, 2014. SHELBY, NC – On Monday, June 16, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacing a bridge on Beaver Dam Road over Little Beaver Dam Creek in Watauga County. During construction, a portion of Beaver Dam Road will be closed and a detour will be in place.

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Consensus on Blowing Rock Retaining Walls Along Valley Blvd.

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By David Rogers. June 13, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- An old adage suggests that opinions are like noses: everybody has one. So when more than a dozen denizens of Blowing Rock got together on Thursday to talk with NCDOT and Maymead Construction about retaining walls along different sections of the U.S. 321 widening project when completed, you might reasonably expect more than a dozen viewpoints.

Read more: Consensus on Blowing Rock Retaining Walls Along Valley Blvd.

   

It's a "Tacky" Day in Blowing Rock

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By David Rogers. June 12, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- There was nothing tacky about the luncheon held Saturday at Buzzy and Suzanne Miller's house to honor the 2014 Blowing Rock Fashion Show Honorary Chairwoman -- except the name of the honoree, Eleanor "Tacky" Vosburgh.

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200 Years in Making: Blowing Rock "Flash Mob" in Star Spangled Celebration

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By D.X.D. Hall. June 12, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Unsuspecting visitors to "Art in the Park" will get a noontime patriotic, "flash mob" type of surprise on Saturday in Blowing Rock, thanks to a star-spangled "Flag Day" collaboration of Handelbarr Consulting, Blowing Rock News, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Blowing Rock Historical Society, and Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

Read more: 200 Years in Making: Blowing Rock "Flash Mob" in Star Spangled Celebration

   

Not Your Mother's Mason Jars: Meth Suspect Nabbed

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Sheriff's Office. June 12, 2014. BOONE, NC -- On June 9, 2014, a search warrant was executed by Narcotics Detectives and Patrol Deputies from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office on the residence of 232 Bluebird Lane, Boone, NC 28607.  

Read more: Not Your Mother's Mason Jars: Meth Suspect Nabbed

   

Earthquake Confirmed in Blowing Rock: 2.5, Epicenter Near Tweetsie

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By David Rogers. June 12, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- A 2.5 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter approximately 2 miles northeast of Blowing Rock hit at 1:28 pm on Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed to Blowing Rock News by phone late in the afternoon.

Read more: Earthquake Confirmed in Blowing Rock: 2.5, Epicenter Near Tweetsie

   

Panthers' "Game Day" Road Show Rolling Into Greensboro

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from the Carolina Panthers. June 11, 2014. CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Carolina Panthers Road Show is rolling into Greensboro, bringing the excitement and atmosphere of a Panthers gameday to Center City Park, June 13, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Read more: Panthers' "Game Day" Road Show Rolling Into Greensboro

   

AppState, Boone Join to Celebrate Sun Belt Membership

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Mike Flynn. June 11, 2014. BOONE, NC — Appalachian State University and the Town of Boone have teamed up to host several events in celebration of Appalachian State officially joining the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday, July 1.

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