Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 20th, for the 6th Annual High Country Economic Kickoff Breakfast, 7:30am-9:45am in the Grandview Ballroom of Appalachian State University.

The Avery County Board of Education and the Avery County Commissioners held a joint meeting November 29, and concerning change orders and project finances for the Avery High School additions and renovations.

Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits statewide until further notice.

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. (December 2021) – This past summer, the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority (TDA) commissioned an in-depth study of Blowing Rock as a preliminary step toward a Sustainable Tourism Management Plan. Professional researcher and facilitator Roger Brooks of the Destination Development Association was hired to help the TDA and the Town of Blowing Rock coordinate the effort required to create this plan. In July of 2021, Mr. Brooks interviewed numerous residents and business owners while spending the month in town to learn about Blowing Rock first-hand.

A local winery has been selected as winners in the North Carolina State Fair Winery Competition, out of the 36 state wineries that participated in this year’s event.

Candidate filing for the 2022 statewide primary and rescheduled municipal elections begins at noon on Monday, December 6, and ends at noon on Friday, December 17.

The Ashe County Board of Education held a special meeting via Zoom on Tuesday November 23, and voted to keep the mask mandate in elementary schools until after Christmas Break.

If anyone wishes to have an agenda item considered by the Boone Town Council at one of their upcoming regular meetings, scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, and Thursday, December 16, it must be submitted to the Town Clerk by Friday, December 3, at 5 p.m.

Like many other businesses and organizations, AppalCART is facing staffing problems.