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Senior Psych Major Wins Dorgan Oratory Competition at AppState By David Rogers. April 23, 2014. BOONE, NC -- With thought-provoking, often personal messages laid bare for the judges, there were no "losers" in Wednesday evening's 2nd Annual Dorgan Oratory Contest, but senior pscyhology major and Chapel Hill native Rebecca Burwell walked away with top honors and a $250 cash award for her original oration, "The Power of Intentional Conversation."
Blowing Rock's "Whiz Kids" Earn High Honors at State Science Competition By David Rogers. April 23, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- From "it's real" to "it's cool" to "you're actually doing stuff",  three award-winning 6th grade students from Blowing Rock School sat down with their teacher and Blowing Rock School last week to reflect on why they like studying science.
OUTSIDE THE ROCK: NC Secretary of Transportation to Speak in Blowing Rock, June 24th SPECIAL REPORT. April 21, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC – The North Carolina Strategic Transportation Investments Law (House Bill 817) is the focus of the next Outside the Rock editorial series, Blowing Rock News announced on Monday.  A meeting on June 24, 2014, 4:00 pm, in the Community Room at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Blowing Rock, is open to the public. Admission is free.
VIDEO REPORT: Blowing Rock's Buz Helms in a "Death Defying" Adventure Out West Special Report from Blowing Rock's Buz Helms. April 19, 2014. SOMEWHERE IN ARIZONA -- In a three-stage video report, former food broker, entrepreneur, and current member of Session for Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church recorded his (mis)adventures for posterity and offers some sage philosophical perspective about life and living.
SLIDESHOWS: Blowing Rock's Rumple Kids Find Easter Adventure By David Rogers. April 18, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Almost a dozen boys and girls from Rumple Church enjoyed an adventure on Sunday: an Easter Egg hunt around the campus, including the church grounds and the yards of the Rumple House and Youth Cottage.
Krause Named New ED of Hospitality House Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Hospitality House. By Todd Carter. April 18, 2014.  BOONE, NC -- The Hospitality House Board of Directors has selected Tina Krause as its new Executive Director replacing Lynne Mason, who is retiring June 30, 2014 after twelve years with the agency and thirty-one years in the social work field.
Five Students Selected to Governor's School Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Schools. By Marshall Ashcraft. April 18, 2014. BOONE, NC -- Watauga High School students Nate Fischer, Tyler Houck, Evan Jones, Freya MacKinnon, and Mackenzie Nelsen have been selected to attend Governor’s School of North Carolina, a highly selective summer program offered to some of the most academically and artistically gifted students from across the state.
Dameron Steps Down at Grandfather Mountain Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. By Kellen Short. April 18, 2014. LINVILLE, NC -- After five years as president and executive director, Penn Dameron will depart the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation effective April 18.
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!"

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Senior Psych Major Wins Dorgan Oratory Competition at AppState

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By David Rogers. April 23, 2014. BOONE, NC -- With thought-provoking, often personal messages laid bare for the judges, there were no "losers" in Wednesday evening's 2nd Annual Dorgan Oratory Contest, but senior pscyhology major and Chapel Hill native Rebecca Burwell walked away with top honors and a $250 cash award for her original oration, "The Power of Intentional Conversation."

Read more: Senior Psych Major Wins Dorgan Oratory Competition at AppState

 

Blowing Rock's "Whiz Kids" Earn High Honors at State Science Competition

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By David Rogers. April 23, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- From "it's real" to "it's cool" to "you're actually doing stuff",  three award-winning 6th grade students from Blowing Rock School sat down with their teacher and Blowing Rock School last week to reflect on why they like studying science.

Read more: Blowing Rock's "Whiz Kids" Earn High Honors at State Science Competition

 

No Need to Go Down Under: "Walkabout" in Blowing Rock on Saturday

By David Rogers. April 23, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- North Carolina Beer Month -- April -- reaches a zenith of sorts on Saturday in Blowing Rock as the town is host to a "Walkabout", offering visitors and residents alike an opportunity to try various North Carolina beers and ales while visiting parts of downtown they may or not be as familiar with -- and maybe even win a prize.

Read more: No Need to Go Down Under: "Walkabout" in Blowing Rock on Saturday

 

OUTSIDE THE ROCK: NC Secretary of Transportation to Speak in Blowing Rock, June 24th

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SPECIAL REPORT. April 21, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC – The North Carolina Strategic Transportation Investments Law (House Bill 817) is the focus of the next Outside the Rock editorial series, Blowing Rock News announced on Monday.  A meeting on June 24, 2014, 4:00 pm, in the Community Room at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Blowing Rock, is open to the public. Admission is free.

Read more: OUTSIDE THE ROCK: NC Secretary of Transportation to Speak in Blowing Rock, June 24th

 

VIDEO REPORT: Blowing Rock's Buz Helms in a "Death Defying" Adventure Out West

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Special Report from Blowing Rock's Buz Helms. April 19, 2014. SOMEWHERE IN ARIZONA -- In a three-stage video report, former food broker, entrepreneur, and current member of Session for Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church recorded his (mis)adventures for posterity and offers some sage philosophical perspective about life and living.

Read more: VIDEO REPORT: Blowing Rock's Buz Helms in a "Death Defying" Adventure Out West

 

SLIDESHOWS: Blowing Rock's Rumple Kids Find Easter Adventure

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By David Rogers. April 18, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC -- Almost a dozen boys and girls from Rumple Church enjoyed an adventure on Sunday: an Easter Egg hunt around the campus, including the church grounds and the yards of the Rumple House and Youth Cottage.

Read more: SLIDESHOWS: Blowing Rock's Rumple Kids Find Easter Adventure

 

10-Year Parkway Opportunity: Pisgah Inn Concession Contract Up for Renewal

Special Report from the Blue Ridge Parkway. April 18, 2014. ASHVILLE, NC -- The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a prospectus for a concessions business opportunity along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The prospectus is for a 10-year concession contract to provide Lodging, Food and Beverage, and Retail at Pisgah Inn along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Read more: 10-Year Parkway Opportunity: Pisgah Inn Concession Contract Up for Renewal

 

Krause Named New ED of Hospitality House

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Hospitality House. By Todd Carter. April 18, 2014.  BOONE, NC -- The Hospitality House Board of Directors has selected Tina Krause as its new Executive Director replacing Lynne Mason, who is retiring June 30, 2014 after twelve years with the agency and thirty-one years in the social work field.

Read more: Krause Named New ED of Hospitality House

 

Five Students Selected to Governor's School

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Schools. By Marshall Ashcraft. April 18, 2014. BOONE, NC -- Watauga High School students Nate Fischer, Tyler Houck, Evan Jones, Freya MacKinnon, and Mackenzie Nelsen have been selected to attend Governor’s School of North Carolina, a highly selective summer program offered to some of the most academically and artistically gifted students from across the state.

Read more: Five Students Selected to Governor's School

 

Dameron Steps Down at Grandfather Mountain

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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. By Kellen Short. April 18, 2014. LINVILLE, NC -- After five years as president and executive director, Penn Dameron will depart the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation effective April 18.

Read more: Dameron Steps Down at Grandfather Mountain

 

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.

Read more: Watauga Commissioners Honor Hound Ears Club's Half Century

   

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

   

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    By David Rogers. April 23, 2014. BOONE, NC -- With thought-provoking, often personal messages laid bare for the judges, there were no "losers" in Wednesday evening's 2nd Annual Dorgan Oratory Contest, but senior pscyhology major and Chapel Hill native Rebecca Burwell walked away with top honors and a $250 cash award for her original oration, "The Power of Intentional Conversation."

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