DECEMBER 22, 2011 ISSUE
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Boone Drug Downtown regulars, locals and visitors will say goodbye to the fountain portion of the store as it closes down on January 1 to become the home of F.A.R.M. Café, a restaurant that will allow…
Thanks to a group of charitable, energetic kids from Valle Crucis, 42 boys and girls at a South African orphanage will have brand new shoes this Christmas. The project is the latest…
Foreclosure filings in N.C. have quadrupled over the past decade but dropped 25 percent this year through November. What sounds encouraging may not be. Bank and real estate experts attribute…

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Unlike Times Square, the High Country won’t have the New Year’s Eve Ball, a 12,000-pound geodesic sphere with 32,000 LED lights, hover over the High Country during the final countdown, but local residents…
The weekend after New Year’s is typically slow, and each year Beech Mountain Resort fills the void with Winterfest, a two-day festival featuring the Bathing Beauty Competition, the Great Cardboard…
The seventh annual Fire on the Rock will begin January 24 and 25, 2012, at Crippen’s Country Inn & Restaurant in Blowing Rock. The 2012 competition, however, will for the first time be one of four battles in the…