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State Slashes Half-Million from School Budget
The North Carolina General Assembly issued a self-congratulatory press release announcing the passage of a $14.78 billion balanced budget.


Health Issues

• Blood Shortages Spur Local Blood Drives

• Extension Agency Discusses Controversy Over Coral Calcium

• Preventative Screening To Be Held At Greenfield

Think “Safety” During Summer Vacation

Watauga County



• Legislative Update: New Laws Have Local Effects
General Assembly Adjourns After Shortest Session in Three Years.


• Development Receives Planning Commission Approval
The Boone Area Planning Commission recommended approval of a conditional use permit for what could become the town’s first architecturally integrated major subdivision.

• Vision II
Blowing Rock Gets Down To Details For Future

• Green Park Inn And Historic District Focus Of DOT
Blowing Rock Meeting Will Take Public ‘Consultation’

• A Short Meeting for Short
New Superintendent Takes Her Seat on the Board

• District Schools Make the NCLB Grade
But the Stakes Get Higher in Coming Years

• Fox To Chair ASU Chancellor Search Committee

• Volunteer Task Force Begins To Lay Groundwork
2004 Odyssey Of The Mind State Finals Are Coming To Boone


• Humane Society Seeks Donations For Rummage Sale
One of the High Country’s most popular fundraisers is less than a month away.

• Calendar, Fur Ball Raise Funds For High Country Animals
August offers High Country animal lovers plenty of ways to help their furry friends at the Watauga Humane Society.

• The Early Apples Are In
The Pickings Are Good At The Orchard At Altapass

• Chamber Issues Invitation For Leadership Program

• Todd Mercantile Becoming Community Center

• Doc Watson MusicFest Honored With Quality Of Life Award



Henion, Mountain Times Nab National Awards
The Mountain Times is delighted to announce that staff writer Leigh Ann Henion has won two national newspaper awards for her feature stories.>>FULL STORY



Finders & Keepers
Most of the time he hits the road, he’s headed to the Boone Cruise-in that takes place every Friday night in the Bank of America parking lot. >>FULL STORY



The Flea Hive on 105
The “Original” 105 Flea Market hive is actually a quiet little nook just off the highway.>>FULL STORY


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Journey Through Darkness

A Holocaust Survivor’s Story:

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