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Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department provides quality emergency services for unique area

At first glance, it’s easy to see that Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department is committed to going to great lengths to serve its residents.

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Seven Devils Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 25 years of service

With the name “Devils” in your municipality’s title, it would only be fitting that fire is an area of strength.

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Obamacare signup deadline passed for most

200,000 signed up for Obamacare in NCRead more...

Business spotlight: Sugar Mountain Bakery

Making Avery sweeter, one cupcake at a time.Read more...

Out like a lion

High winds usher out March across Avery 

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Mountain Times Publications writers win state awards

Last month, The Mountain Times received a 2013 North Carolina Press Association Editorial Award in the “Best Niche Publication” category for its annual Autumn Times publication.

Last week it was revealed that two other members of the Mountain Times Publications family won 2013 NCPA Editorial Awards. 

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Rich tradition, family atmosphere keeps Green Valley Volunteer Fire Department strong

On the south end of Avery County is a fire department that works calls in two counties, has spawned a second county department and has spent 50 years answering the calls of friends and neighbors. 

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Rhodes captures third place at regional spelling bee

Cranberry Middle School eighth-grade student Jason Rhodes, winner of the 36th annual Avery County School Spelling Bee, competed in Winston-Salem on Sunday, March 23, at the regional spelling bee and finished tied for third place overall.

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HCCH progresses toward opening new dental clinic in Newland

Following a smooth and successful medical-care transition earlier this year through its partnership with Dr. Robert Clark, High Country Community Health is now working toward bridging a gap when it comes to dental assistance in Avery County.

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Morganton hosts world premiere of sci-fi movie about NC's famous lights

Coming soon to a theater near you: North Carolina's mysterious Brown Mountain Lights.Read more...

Hardy advances to State History Day Contest

Nathaniel Hardy is no stranger to history. He participated in his first living history interpretive program with his parents when he was only a few weeks old, and he sometimes spends more time in the past than in the present. In fact, this is the seventh-grader's second year competing in History Day. Read more...