COVID-19*

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**Closings and Cancellations due to the current Health Concerns over COVID-19**
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CLOSINGS TRY OUR SISTER SITE: GoBlueRidge

For National Information from the CDC: CLICK HERE

For Information from Johns Hopkins University: CLICK HERE

STATEWIDE WITH LOCAL IMPACT:

For Current Information and Updates from the NCDHHS, CLICK HERE

Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order-121 which goes into effect at 5:30 pm on Monday, March 30. For a listing of the FAQ on the order, CLICK HERE

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, some N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles driver license offices have been closed. ​The closure effects the Jefferson, Newland and Boone offices. Customers who have scheduled appointments at those offices will be contacted by the DMV and will be given new appointments once those offices re-open. Many services can be handled online, including license and registration renewals, duplicate licenses, and more. You can see a list of online services at the DMV website. Those offices that will remain open will be transitioned to handle appointment-only visits and will limit the number of customers allowed inside at the same time, depending on the office size. Get full information online at http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv

AVERY COUNTY:

LOCAL CHURCH SERVICE CHANGES/STREAMING 

Avery County Board of Commissioners SOE Form – 3/20/2020  REVISION – 4/1/2020

Avery County Commissioners: SHORT TERM RENTAL SUSPENSION  REVISED SOE – 3/25

FOR MORE INFORMATION LOCALLY ABOUT THE “STAY AT HOME” ORDER: CLICK HERE

Avery County Manager’s Office intends to continue offering services to Citizens, as well as visitors, while protecting the welfare of local employees and volunteers. FOR MORE INFORMATION from the County Manager’s Office, CLICK HERE

Town of Newland COVID-19 Response Page CLICK HERE

INTERVIEWS on SoundCloud:

Interview with Sheriff Kevin Frye in regards to COVID-19
Interview with Toe River Health District on COVID-19
Interview with Dr. Dan Brigman, ACS Superintendent, regarding COVID-19

Avery County DSS offices are now closed to the public, applications are available in the hallway and a Drop Box is available to turn those in. For more information call 828-733-8230

Avery County Courthouse Information during this COVID-19 Outbreak: CLICK HERE

All Jurors for the Week of April 20, 2020 have been released per the Clerk of Court office in Avery County; All Grand Jurors will need to report on June 20, 2020, for more information call the Clerk’s Office in Avery.

The Avery County Senior Center will begin offering Drive-Thru Meal Service at the Center on Tuesday, March 17; Clients can drive to the side door of the dining area and pick up a hot meal. Clients must be registered to receive meal, and are asked to call and RSVP (not required) to help with headcount.  For more information, call 828-733-8220

Avery County Transportation will run vans at this time, pending decision by upper levels of management.

All Cooperative Extension Meetings have been canceled until late April by order of the Avery County Management.

Attendants at the Solid Waste Collection Sites will not aid in the removal of household waste items from vehicles until further notice.

The Avery County Habitat ReStore will be closed from March 18 to March 31

The Avery County Little League will postpone the beginning of the season to May 11, CLICK HEREfor more information or updates from ACLL

Grandfather Mountain will close for two weeks, effective Sunday, March 15. The closure means the park will prohibit public access, including from the main entrance gate and hiking trails.

All Local Ski Resorts have closed for the season due to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

Crossnore School and Children’s Home: All campuses are closed to the public until further notice. Farm volunteers in Winston-Salem are still on the job and we appreciate all they do. Miracle Grounds Coffee Shop & Cafe on our Avery campus is still open for the public to order and pick up to-go meals. Call (828) 733-2247. Blair Fraley Sales Store, Crossnore Weavers, and Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery are closed to the public. You may still place online orders for woven goods by shopping at www.crossnoreweavers.org.

AROUND THE HIGH COUNTRY:

High Country Partnership for Children Information

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has limited visitors at Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital. Patients may be accompanied by one visitor only. The visitor must not have symptoms of respiratory illness. Vendors are prohibited from entering the building.

Daniel Boone Rail Jam, Boone St. Patrick’s Parade, App State concerts and arts events, and other events of 100 or more people on town of Boone property.

Town of Blowing Rock has canceled all Town sponsored events and town meetings until April 13.

Town of Boone has made the decision to cancel events and meetings. On or before April 13, 2020 the Town will reassess this measure and provide an update concerning ongoing cancellations or rescheduling of meetings. These cancellations will allow Town of Boone staff to focus their efforts on preparation and response to this developing situation in our community. All events with 100 or more participants, including those events sponsored by outside community partners on Town of Boone property, are canceled or postponed until otherwise directed by the Mayor/Town Manager. No new events of groups of 100 or more should be scheduled until further notice. All public meetings hosted by the Town of Boone including Town Council Meetings, Police Forums, Public Hearings, Town Committee Meetings and Town Board Meetings are cancelled up to April 13

Appalachian State has extended its spring break by one week and is moving many classes to online instruction beginning on March 23. Outside events and gatherings of 100 or more people will be canceled or postponed. The production of “Miscast” in the Valborg Theatre on campus on March 20-21, and the annual Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble on March 25-29 are cancelled.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is cancelled.

The Rosanne Cash concert scheduled for April 4 at the Schaefer Center has been canceled.

In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will suspend public operations at all locations, except state parks and trails, beginning Mar. 17 until further notice. In an abundance of caution, the suspension of public operations will allow the Department the opportunity to assess our facilities to consider possible modifications that could ensure appropriate social distancing. The suspension of operations includes the North Carolina museums of art, history and natural sciences, including regional museums; state historic sites; state aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, the North Carolina Zoo; the State Library of North Carolina and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; the State Archives, including regional archive offices; and the North Carolina Symphony. North Carolina state parks and recreation area trails and restroom facilities will remain open, but visitor centers and campgrounds will be closed. Visitors to state parks are encouraged to practice social distancing. The Museum Park at the N.C. Museum of Art will also remain open. Visitors to the Museum Park are encouraged to practice social distancing. A complete list of DNCR sites can be found on our website at http://www.ncdcr.gov.

Merlefest 2020 in Wilkesboro has been cancelled. Details here  CLICK HERE for INFO

If you have a closing or cancellation call (828) 733-0188, submit it below, or email us at wecr@bellsouth.net and we will get it on the air for you.

Closing and Cancellation Sponsors:

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort
Appalachian Energy

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