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Lovin’ Spoonful: National Chocolate Week

As if we need a reason to eat chocolate, this third week of March is considered National Chocolate Week.Read more...

Our Avery County: Look, up in the sky! Avery County's plane crash history

We all seem fascinated by aviation mysteries. It could be the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart, the loss of five torpedo bombers and their crews over the Bermuda Triangle during World War II, or the story of D. B. Cooper, last seen in 1971 parachuting into the Pacific Northwest with $200,000 in cash.  Read more...

Lovin’ Spoonful: Chicken soup for the cure

Maybe our grandmothers were right after all in their belief that chicken soup was the “best medicine” for the common cold and flu. Read more...

Beech Mountain Community News 1.9.14

Last year, during the winter months, I started including historical and human-interest stories in my articles, and I received a lot of positive feedback. I am excited to be including them again this year. This week, I am going to look at two of the “pioneer” post offices we had in the Beech Mountain community. Read more...

A word from ACS Superintendent Burleson — Highlights of fall semester, SCOTTIE, Snow Camp

Dear friends and supporters of the Avery County School System:
As we return to school for the second semester, I would like to say thank you for the important role you play each day in helping us foster student success. There is evidence of your support and service in many venues and we want you to know that we greatly appreciate what each of you offers to our schools. Read more...

Business Spotlight: Bird House Café in Banner Elk is a chipper choice

The new Bird House Café in Banner Elk is serving up a cheerful menu at low prices. Miranda Sluder and Carrie Pennington saw a need for a low-priced, high-quality restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in the Sugar Mountain area and decided to take a leap of faith.

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Forever Young

Wood Hall Young has worn many hats through his almost 99 years. From bus driver to timber worker, from farm hand to soldier, from politician to simply being “Papa,” Young has been a pillar of one of the best-known families in the Minneapolis area since he was born on New Year’s Eve, 1914.

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Dollar General hosts grand opening of new Pineola location Saturday

Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location at 36 Winter Place Lane in Pineola at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 16, with free prizes and special deals. Dollar General will offer local residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essential at low prices.

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Beech Mountain Community News

I wanted to start off this weeks’ article by sharing some pictures of some the activities that the Beech Mountain Community Club has been involved in this year.Read more...

To the customers and friends of Avery True Value Hardware

I am writing this letter to say "thank you" to everyone who has ever shopped at our Avery True Value Hardware. My family and I are selling our family True Value Hardware store.Read more...

Beech Mountain Community News 9.19.13

This past Saturday, Beech Mountain Community Club had its third annual Beech Mountain Community Club Golf Tournament at Mountain Glen Golf Course in Newland. We had close to 40 participants for the event, and they were divided into 10 teams.Read more...

Newland School Reunion Saturday

Mark your calendar for this Saturday, Sept. 21, for the seventh annual Newland School Reunion at the Rock Gym in Newland. Note that the schedule is different this year: The program/business meeting will be held early and then visiting and socializing will last as long as anyone wishes to stay. Read more...

Toe Talk — The Eastern Hellbender salamander

Did you know that North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians is the hot spot for salamander diversity in the world with more than 65 species in our state and about 50 in our mountains alone? Did you also know that one of those salamander species is the largest one in North America — and it lives right here in our back yard in the Toe River! Read more...

Avery County Cooperative Extension — ‘A season to remember’

As you drive around Avery County over the next several weeks you’ll see beautiful blue skies and the unfolding of fall colors. I hope you’ll also notice the striking ornaments hanging in trees. No, not just tagged Christmas trees, but apples hanging from old apple trees. Read more...

Lovin’ Spoonful — National Chicken Month

Real quick, so you won’t forget it — September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, Better Breakfast Month, Food Safety Education Month, National Chicken Month — and that’s just the beginning.
But, let’s stop at chicken, how’s that?Read more...

Avery 4-H Talent Show

The 2013 4-H Talent Show took place on Sept. 11 at the Avery County Fair, organized by the Avery 4-H Youth Development Program. Read more...

Beech Mountain Community News 8.29.13

This Friday, Aug. 30, Beech Mountain Community Center will host its monthly fish fry. We will be serving your choice of fish or chicken, with French fries or a baked potato, coleslaw, baked beans and your choice of dessert and drink. A fish plate is only $8, and a chicken plate is only $6. We will begin serving at 6 p.m. Come on out, and enjoy a great meal at a great price.Read more...

Lovin’ Spoonful: Dining with diabetes

Several of my dearest friends and close family members are always looking for new and innovative ways to deal with their diagnosis of diabetes.
Everything changes when that label becomes personal — from physical activity to meals – and everything in between.
I am reminded quite often that there just aren’t enough recipes floating around for those restricted diets.

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Avery County Cooperative Extension: Sweet corn = summer memories

One sure sign that summer is here is when sweet corn starts showing up at the local farmers’ markets, roadside stands and in gardens all over Avery County. My dad planted corn in his garden every year, so seeing the corn reminds me of my childhood.

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Beech Mountain Community News 8.1.13

Fall Creek Fire Department No. 2 will be hosting an open house and barbeque dinner at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. They will be serving a choice of barbeque and fried chicken, with beans, coleslaw, corn and choice of a roll or a bun, all at a great price. Southern gospel group, Mercy’s River, will be there to perform. Read more...

Avery Celebrations

McKinley Addison Silver

Lance and Kayla Silver announce the birth of their daughter, McKinley Addison SilverRead more...

Byrd named to Dean’s List

Danielle Byrd, freshman at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., achieved Dean’s List with a 4.0 grade point average for the fall semester 2012. Byrd is the daughter of Tony and Selina Byrd.Read more...

Jordan Isaiah Greene

James and Kristy Greene of Spruce Pine announce the birth of their son, Jordan Isaiah Greene, who was born at 9:30 a.m.Read more...

Sydnee Rayne Oaks

Kelsee Boyd and Dillon Oaks announce the birth of their daughter, Sydnee Rayne Oaks, who was born at 4:56 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2013, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.Read more...

Hamilton Columbus Cole

Kingston and Grayson Cole would like to announce the birth of their baby brother, Hamilton Columbus Cole.Read more...

Taylor Joe turns 2

Taylor Joe Nichols turned 2 years old on Nov. 11, 2012, celebrating with a John Deere tractor party. Read more...

Eight-pointers all around for Ward family

Father and son, Brent and Tyler Ward, 9, killed these two eight-pointers, and mother and daughter, Lisa and Emma Ward, 12, killed two eight-pointers as well. Read more...

Kendall Jo Vance

Kendall Jo Vance was born on Sept. 11, 2012, at Cannon Memorial Hospital’s New Life Center. She is the daughter of Kristopher and Roseanna Jane Vance of Lick Log.Read more...

Weston turns 3

Weston Beers turned 3 years old on Nov. 12, 2012.Read more...

Price and Sheppard to wed

Dan Price and Jennifer Sheppard announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Dan is the son of Ken and Becky Price of Pineola.Read more...

Ogle bags eight-point deer

Michael Ogle of Wake County, who is the grandson of Bob and Lucille Morris of Newland, shot this eight-point deer on Nov. 8, 2012. Read more...

Tessa Elizabeth Ingram

Our pride and joy, Tessa Elizabeth Ingram, was born at 12:04 a.m. Oct. 8, 2012. She weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19.5-inches long. Read more...

Ramsey and Wellnitz wed

Karla Marie Ramsey of Banner Elk and Joshua Damian Wellnitz of Augusta, Ga., were married in an outdoor ceremony at the Art Cellar in Banner Elk at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2012.Read more...

Luke James Johnson

Kenny and Tammy Johnson announce the birth of their son, Luke James JohnsonRead more...

Honor Matoka Maya

Mark Robert Maya and Kathryn Trivett Maya of Fleetwood announce the birth of their daughter, Honor Matoka Maya.Read more...

Smith and Wilma Storey celebrate 60 years of marriage

Smith G. Storey and the former Wilma L. Trivette were married Nov. 27, 1952, at Beech Valley Baptist Church by the late Rev. Dayton Jones.Read more...

Charli Faye Schwebke

Chase Schwebke announces the birth of his little sister, Charli Faye Schwebke.Read more...

Aurora Elizabeth Allen

Evan and Lindsey Allen of Banner Elk announce the birth of their daughter, Aurora Elizabeth Allen, who was born on Oct. 2, 2012, at Cannon Memorial Hospital. Read more...

Happy birthday

Happy birthday, Paw; we love you!Read more...

Myrtle Clark turns 90

Myrtle Clark of Jonas Ridge will celebrate her 90th birthday at Long Ridge Baptist Church fellowship hall at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.Read more...