Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen announced that state will begin verifying vaccination status of its workers.

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in one.

The Boone Town Council will again meet in person starting with its August 3 special meeting to fill the council vacancy left by Council Member Dustin Hicks.

Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) recently transferred 615 acres of land to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to become part of Three Top Mountain Game Land.

The Toe River Health District, which comprises health departments in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey, counties has again begun reporting Covid-19 case numbers again.

The Carolina Fly-Wheelers’ 41st Annual High Country Crank-Up is underway, and continues through Saturday July 31.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation announces volunteers are needed to help restore the bald at Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway, on Wednesday, August 18, from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit NC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership with North Carolina, presented the Esse Quam Videri Award to Bill Carson, co-founder of the Orchard at Altapass.

Due to decreasing populations of wild ginseng, the USFS has announced that the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will not issue permits for American ginseng harvesting this year.