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Remembering Hound Ears @ 50: Bill Hensley First in a Series. Special Report from Hound Ears Club. April 17, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Hound Ears Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. In honor of the occasion, the Club is publishing a series of feature articles about the Hound Ears history, its accomplishments through the years, and its people. This first feature is by Bill Hensley, former NC Director of Travel & Tourism and NC Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
Norman to Succeed Griffin as Green Valley Principal Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Schools. By Marshall Ashcraft. April 17, 2014. BOONE, NC -- Hardin Park School Assistant Principal Philip Norman has been named to succeed Phillip Griffin as principal of Green Valley School effective July 1. 
Blowing Rock Rotary Blows Away Blood Drive Goal, But Even More Needed By David Rogers. April 16, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Blowing Rock contributed 46 units of blood on Tuesday during the American Red Cross Blood Drive organized by The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock.
Reaves Installed as Appalachian State Alumni Assoc. President Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Jane Nicholson. April 16, 2014. BOONE, NC — James K. Reaves of Kernersville has been installed as president of Appalachian State University’s Alumni Association. Joining Reaves on the executive board are Stephanie L. Billings of Greensboro, vice president; and Carolyn J. Clark of Boone, secretary.  Each will serve a one-year term.
Blowing Rock "Art in the Park" Announces Featured Artists Special Report. April 16, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC – Now in its second half-century, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast. More than 35,000 people will attend the shows this year, choosing from handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.
Watauga Tag Teams Northwestern Conference T&F in Gender Sweep By David Rogers. April 16, 2014. BOONE, NC -- With dominating performances in the middle and long distance running events, as well as gender sweeps in discus and pole vault, Watauga High School's track and field teams came away from Wednesday's Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Championships with not only scores of individual ribbons, but team honors in both boys and girls competitions.
Blowing Rock Water Treatment Plant Dedicated in McRary's Name By David Rogers. April 15, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Amid the sleet and rain on Tuesday afternoon, one McRary family member smiled before the special ceremony to dedicate the renaming of the Blowing Rock water treatment suggested, "Tom let the tank spill over." In presiding over the dedication, Mayor J.B. Lawrence looked up at the heavens and quipped, "Tommy, the joke's on you. We are here to honor your memory!"
Pierson Powers Mountaineer Comeback Win, 6-5 Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Mike Flynn. April 12, 2014. BOONE, NC — Tyler Moore (Banner Elk, N.C./Watauga) threw his third complete game of the season and Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) drove in four of Appalachian State University baseball’s six runs in a 6-5 win over The Citadel on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
Blowing Rock PTO Raffle Raises Profile at Town Tavern By David Rogers. April 11, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Cameras came out of the woodwork -- and smiles aplenty, too -- as Kent Graham "tooled up" in front of Blowing Rock's Town Tavern Thursday evening, in what was identified as a '31 Ford Model T Roadster being raffled off in benefit of the Blowing Rock School Playground Renovation Project.
Pioneer Women Win 2nd Half, But Fall to Top-Ranked Reynolds, 13-5 By Gabrielle Moody. April 11, 2014. BOONE, NC -- Sometimes, playing the game isn't all about winning and losing. Sometimes it is simply about growing as individual athletes and as a team.   Watauga High School's Women's Lacrosse team discovered this on Thursday while losing to a powerful R J Reynolds HS (Winston-Salem) squad, 13-5.
Bluegrass Wizards "Steep Canyon Rangers" at Merlefest Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Merlefest!.  April 11, 2014. NASHVILLE, TN -- GRAMMY award-winning bluegrass sensation, the Steep Canyon Rangers, will be performing on April 16 at MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC. Last fall they released their Rounder Records sophomore album Tell The Ones I Love.
Meeting the "Agent of Change" for AppState Basketball By David Rogers. April 9, 2014. BOONE, NC -- All the ingredients are in place for Appalachian State to develop an outstanding, if not "great" basketball program.  That was the key takeaway from Wednesday's Athletic Center introduction to Jim Fox, the new head coach of Appalachian State men's basketball in front of four dozen members of the media, alumni, faculty, students and staff in the Mountaineer Room of the Center.
Mountaineers Lose in 9th, 6-5, to Visiting High Point Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Mike Flynn. April 8, 2014. BOONE, NC — High Point's Kyle Brandenburg drove in the winning run with an RBI double in the top of the ninth inning and Appalachian State University baseball suffered its ninth one-run defeat of the season in a 6-5 loss to HPU on Tuesday night at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

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Remembering Hound Ears @ 50: Bill Hensley

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First in a Series. Special Report from Hound Ears Club. April 17, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Hound Ears Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. In honor of the occasion, the Club is publishing a series of feature articles about the Hound Ears history, its accomplishments through the years, and its people. This first feature is by Bill Hensley, former NC Director of Travel & Tourism and NC Sports Hall of Fame inductee.

Read more: Remembering Hound Ears @ 50: Bill Hensley

 

Watauga Commissioners Honor Hound Ears Club's Half Century

Special Report. April 17, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Celebrating 50 years in operation and with strong ties to Blowing Rock, Hound Ears Club was honored Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in a proclamation passed by the Watauga County Board of Commissioners.

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Norman to Succeed Griffin as Green Valley Principal

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Schools. By Marshall Ashcraft. April 17, 2014. BOONE, NC -- Hardin Park School Assistant Principal Philip Norman has been named to succeed Phillip Griffin as principal of Green Valley School effective July 1. 

Read more: Norman to Succeed Griffin as Green Valley Principal

 

Blowing Rock Rotary Blows Away Blood Drive Goal, But Even More Needed

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By David Rogers. April 16, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Blowing Rock contributed 46 units of blood on Tuesday during the American Red Cross Blood Drive organized by The Rotary Club of Blowing Rock.

Read more: Blowing Rock Rotary Blows Away Blood Drive Goal, But Even More Needed

 

Pavement Rehab Along I-77 in Surry County to Start April 22

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from NCDOT. April 16, 2014. SHELBY, NC -- On Tuesday, April 22, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin a pavement rehabilitation project along Interstate 77 near Mount Airy in Surry County. One lane of I-77 from mile marker 95 to 99 will be closed at a time while the project is completed. 

Read more: Pavement Rehab Along I-77 in Surry County to Start April 22

 

NCDMV Accepting Applications for a Watauga License Plate Agency

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from the NCDMV. April 16, 2014. RALEIGH, NC The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is accepting applications for a Watauga County license plate agency. The current agency operates under a contract that will expire in September.

Read more: NCDMV Accepting Applications for a Watauga License Plate Agency

 

Reaves Installed as Appalachian State Alumni Assoc. President

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from University News Service. By Jane Nicholson. April 16, 2014. BOONE, NC — James K. Reaves of Kernersville has been installed as president of Appalachian State University’s Alumni Association. Joining Reaves on the executive board are Stephanie L. Billings of Greensboro, vice president; and Carolyn J. Clark of Boone, secretary.  Each will serve a one-year term.

Read more: Reaves Installed as Appalachian State Alumni Assoc. President

 

Merlefest Lineup Details Coming Together with 130+ Acts on 13 Stages

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Merlefest. April 16, 2014. WILKESBORO, NC — Preparations are well underway for MerleFest 2014, presented by Lowe’s, which officially begins Thursday, April 24, and runs through Sunday, April 27, on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. 

Read more: Merlefest Lineup Details Coming Together with 130+ Acts on 13 Stages

 

Blowing Rock "Art in the Park" Announces Featured Artists

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Special Report. April 16, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC Now in its second half-century, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast. More than 35,000 people will attend the shows this year, choosing from handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.

Read more: Blowing Rock "Art in the Park" Announces Featured Artists

 

Watauga Tag Teams Northwestern Conference T&F in Gender Sweep

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By David Rogers. April 16, 2014. BOONE, NC -- With dominating performances in the middle and long distance running events, as well as gender sweeps in discus and pole vault, Watauga High School's track and field teams came away from Wednesday's Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Championships with not only scores of individual ribbons, but team honors in both boys and girls competitions.

Read more: Watauga Tag Teams Northwestern Conference T&F in Gender Sweep

 

Easter Break: No Lane Closures on U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from NCDOT. April 16, 2014. SHELBY, NC -- To better accommodate the volume of motorists traveling for the Easter holiday, the N.C. Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending lane closures along U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock. Any construction operations on the U.S. 321 widening project that could potentially impact motorists will also be avoided. 

Read more: Easter Break: No Lane Closures on U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock

   

PUBLIC NOTICE: BRAAC Events, Activities, and Programs

PUBLIC NOTICE. April 15, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- The Town of Blowing Rock released three informational documents this morning, bringing events and activities of the Blowing Rock Appearance Advisory Commission to the attention of residents and business owners

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Blowing Rock Water Treatment Plant Dedicated in McRary's Name

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By David Rogers. April 15, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Amid the sleet and rain on Tuesday afternoon, one McRary family member smiled before the special ceremony to dedicate the renaming of the Blowing Rock water treatment suggested, "Tom let the tank spill over." In presiding over the dedication, Mayor J.B. Lawrence looked up at the heavens and quipped, "Tommy, the joke's on you. We are here to honor your memory!"

Read more: Blowing Rock Water Treatment Plant Dedicated in McRary's Name

   

Graveyard Fields Trailhead Below Asheville to Close for 11 Weeks

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Blue Ridge Parkway. April 14, 2014. ASHEVILLE, NC – Beginning Tuesday, April 22, 2014, the Graveyard Fields Parking Area and Trailhead, at Milepost 418.8, will close for approximately 11 weeks.  During the closure, the National Park Service will complete important phases of a comprehensive construction project underway at this highly used and popular recreation area.  

Read more: Graveyard Fields Trailhead Below Asheville to Close for 11 Weeks

   

Holy Week Services in Blowing Rock Scheduled

April 13, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- A full slate of worship services highlight "Holy Week" in Blowing Rock, with this year's community services hosted by Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church.

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Five-Run First Jumpstarts Mountaineer Win, 10-6, to Take Series vs. Citadel

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Mike Flynn. April 13, 2014. BOONE, NC — Highlighted by a three-run home run by Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline), Appalachian State University baseball scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-6 victory over The Citadel on Sunday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Read more: Five-Run First Jumpstarts Mountaineer Win, 10-6, to Take Series vs. Citadel

   

Parker, Warnock Power AppState to Unmerciful Win, 11-1

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Ben Winterrowd. April 13, 2014. ELON, NC — Appalachian State University softball dominated the rubber match of its conference series at Elon with an 11-1 run rule victory on Sunday afternoon. The win for Appalachian was its fourth in five games. 

Read more: Parker, Warnock Power AppState to Unmerciful Win, 11-1

   

Heichen Goes 6-8 in Mountaineer Softball Split at Elon

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Ben Winterrowd. April 12, 2014. ELON, NC  — Coming off of two great offensive outputs in a doubleheader at ETSU on Tuesday, Appalachian State University softball rolled into Elon for a doubleheader on Saturday to begin the Southern Conference weekend series and earned a split, winning 4-0 and losing 5-3.

Read more: Heichen Goes 6-8 in Mountaineer Softball Split at Elon

   

Pierson Powers Mountaineer Comeback Win, 6-5

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from AppState Sports. By Mike Flynn. April 12, 2014. BOONE, NC — Tyler Moore (Banner Elk, N.C./Watauga) threw his third complete game of the season and Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) drove in four of Appalachian State University baseball’s six runs in a 6-5 win over The Citadel on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Read more: Pierson Powers Mountaineer Comeback Win, 6-5

   

Blowing Rock PTO Raffle Raises Profile at Town Tavern

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By David Rogers. April 11, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Cameras came out of the woodwork -- and smiles aplenty, too -- as Kent Graham "tooled up" in front of Blowing Rock's Town Tavern Thursday evening, in what was identified as a '31 Ford Model T Roadster being raffled off in benefit of the Blowing Rock School Playground Renovation Project.

Read more: Blowing Rock PTO Raffle Raises Profile at Town Tavern

   

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  • ESSAY CONTEST: What Blowing Rock Girls Will Win?

    Special Report. April 10, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Whether she picks Nikes, adidas, Reebok, FiLA, or Under Armour, one Blowing Rock School student will win a $100 gift certificate toward a pair of new basketball shoes AND a full "scholarship" to the Appalachian State Women's Basketball-hosted "Youth Basketball Clinic," May 3-4, at Varsity Gym on the Appalachian State campus.  And to win, she doesn't have to show off her dribbling skills -- she has to write a winning essay entitled, "I Want to Go to Basketball Camp."

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