The Blowing Rock Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 25th at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall located at 1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock.

The Boone Town Council is seeking applicants for appointment to the council seated vacated by Jennifer Teague.

Solar-powered Appalachian State University’s Team Sunergy took second place at the 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix after hundreds of hours of preparation and three days of intense strategy and track racing.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Blowing Rock Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:

A Banner Elk man will be going to prison for sexual offenses with a child.

AppState’s Department of Sustainability is hosting their sixth annual Appalachian Energy Summit July 10th through 12th.  The Summit is the meeting of some of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policies and practices. The unique three-day event convenes academia, industry, and students in an effort to deliver meaningful ecological, financial and social benefit.

The 2017 theme, “Perspectives: Policy & Practice” will highlight the multiple viewpoints needed to develop successful strategies that promote clean energy production, distribution, and consumption. The Department of Sustainability would like to invite the public to their keynote speaker events. The first is on Monday the 10th at 7:30 and features Gina McCarthy, the former head of the EPA. Tuesday the 11th at 6:30 features Peabody award-winning broadcaster and urban renewal specialist Majora Carter. Both events will be held at the Schaeffer Center and are free and open to the public. TO find out more, go to sustain.appstate.e d u.

A trailer fire on July 4th is believed to have been intentionally set.

The 16th Annual NC Blackberry Festival is coming up this weekend in downtown Lenoir and it will be chock full of music, drinks, food, activities, and fun for people of all ages. Event goers will find a “Black beery’ Beer Garden with local breweries and craft beers, a cobbler parade, recipe contests, the Blackberry Belle Pageant for girls ages 4 to 9, songwriters can enter the Front Porch Pickin’ Songwriting Contest, where entries will perform at the main stage. The Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce is putting on the festival which also includes a 5K and fun run. Well-known local musicians, including Melissa Reaves, the King Bees, and Shelby Rae Moore, will be performing. These are just a sampling of the “everything-blackberry” events and competitions. For a complete schedule, visit