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11/02/2022 PM News Break

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

By Pruett Norris

First, the Appalachian reports that the Junaluska Heritage Association and a team of volunteers laid gravemarkers for the unmarked dead in the Historic Black Cemetery of Boone off of Brown Street on October 28th. The cemetery and its interred have long been neglected, but beginning in 2017, a monument was installed listing the names of those buried there, and now this marker project has given new life to the graveyard. The Heritage Association was joined by Appalachian State faculty and students, all of whom had much to say about the importance of the history they were doing the work to preserve. The graveyard is free to enter, and I recommend everyone go take a moment of memorial at the monument and its new markers.

Secondly, in High County news, the High Country Press reports that this year sees the makings of the highest ever turnout for early voters in Avery County’s 111 year history! So far, in the first seven days, there have been 1047 early voters out of the County’s 12 and a half thousand registered, which is pretty excellent turnout at this early phase of midterm elections. Election Day itself is on November 8th, so if any High Country voters out there aren’t registered yet, there’s still a bit of time! See y’all at the polls.

Third, in national tidings, NPR reports that the food writer Julie Powell has died at the age of 49. Powell was the author of “Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,” a 2005 memoir about making every single recipe in a Julia Child cookbook over the course of a year. The book was adapted into a successful Nora Ephron movie starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. Powell is survived by her husband, Eric, and her other book, 2009’s “Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession.”

Finally, the weather as ever from Boone Weather dot com! We’re looking at a high of 60 degrees and a low of 44 today, with scattered showers throughout the afternoon. Stay dry Mountaineers, and I’ll see you next week!

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