The Back 2 School Festival will take place in person this year at Watauga High School, Friday August 6 and Saturday August 7.

Avery County Schools and Camp Linn Haven have again partnered together to provide backpacks and school supplies to area students and classes.

The Seven Devils Town Council met July 13 and plans for a new recreation center and town hall were the main focus of the meeting.

A literacy initiative at University of North Carolina education schools, spearheaded by the University of North Carolina System, will receive $1 million gifts from both the Goodnight Educational Foundation and the C.D. Spangler Foundation.

“Horn in the West” outdoor drama will conclude its 69th season on August 7, and there is a special Friends and Neighbors ticket price for area residents, $12 per ticket tonight, Wednesday July 28 and next Wednesday August 4.

Starting August 2, the National Weather Service will better convey the severity and potential impacts from thunderstorm winds and hail by adding a “damage threat” tag to Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 8 million pounds of litter from roadsides so far this year.