Paul Broyhill Public Service Award – David Goodson

September 11 2020

Blowing Rock Homeowners,

At the Annual Meeting of the Blowing Rock Civic Association, we announced the first recipient of The Paul H. Broyhill Community Service Award at its annual meeting September 10th—their first annual meeting on Zoom due to concerns over in-person gatherings with the Covid-19 virus.

In the meeting, BRCA member David T. Goodson was honored with the award for his help in correcting issues he saw with the just completed Valley Boulevard project, US 321 passing through Blowing Rock.

David Goodson owns Goodson and Associates, a Wake Forest NC business dealing with horticulture for a wide range of clients.

Goodson, just at the end of the 2019 annual meeting of the BRCA, took Town Manager Shane Fox aside to tell of his concerns over the foliage along the roadway, noting trees and shrubbery that seemed to be in distress, according to BRCA Chairman, George Wilcox. Fox told the gathering, “David and I took several half-day field trips, examining, categorizing trees and shrubs along Valley Boulevard.” He said, “After a full review by Mr. Goodson, we looked at what had been proposed and agreed upon, leading to several meetings with the contractors and in-house staff. We looked at several hundred trees and several thousand shrubs, and this led to the replacement of hundreds of trees and more shrubs than I can imagine during that process.”

“The result,” he said, “is what you see today. We have a beautiful US 321 coming into Blowing Rock, and it’s a wonderful asset to the town as some 8000 cars per day pass through on 321.” Fox concluded saying, “From the Town of Blowing Rock, we’re very appreciative of David and what he’s done for the town.”

Chairman George Wilcox said that the award was recently established to recognize outstanding work by a citizen to enhance the life in the community of Blowing Rock, N.C., and will be a feature of the Annual Membership Meeting of the Blowing Rock Civic Association.

Wilcox said the award is named for “One of the greatest supporters of Blowing Rock and the High Country, Paul H. Broyhill.” He said, “Paul Broyhill is recognized as a legendary furniture industry executive and national business leader, named to the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2004. The Broyhill family has a long history supporting the northwest corner of North Carolina, their generosity to Blowing Rock exemplified in many ways, including the beautiful Broyhill Park in downtown Blowing Rock. “

Wilcox recounted that “The Broyhill family’s exceptional philanthropy has extended to the Blowing Rock Park, the Blowing Rock Charity Horseshow—property the family sold for community use for $1.” Other gifts include the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, Appalachian State University, the Blowing Rock First Baptist Church, and gifts to many other organizations and individuals in the High Country.

Wilcox concluded, “This selfless dedication to the benefit of our great community and its fine people is a priceless quality that is recognized in presentation of the Paul H. Broyhill Community Service Award.”

You can watch the award ceremony for David Goodson at Town Hall with George Wilcox and Town Manager, Shane Fox. See YouTube link below.

NC Enters Phase 2.5

Good afternoon Blowing Rock Homeowners,

Today, Governor Cooper announced that the state will move into Phase 2.5 starting this Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 5:00pm. Please see below press clipping for more in depth information, however, I have listed some of the key points:

1. Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current limit of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.
2. may open. The new Memorial Park playground will be “unwrapped” for the kids.
3. and aquariums may open at 50% capacity including BRAHM.
4. Gyms and indoor exercise facilities, such as yoga studios, martial arts, and rock climbing, as well as skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor basketball, volleyball etc., may open at 30% capacity.
5. Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment facilities, amusement parks, dance halls will remain closed.
6. Large venues remain subject to the mass gathering limits.

Here are links for Executive Order 163 and the FAQs for EO 163

Read the Executive Order. Copy link to search engine.

Click to access EO163-New-Phase-2.5.pdf

Read the Frequently Asked Questions. Copy link to search engine.

Click to access Phase-2.5-FAQ.pdf

New Board Nominees

Dear Civic Association Members,

Barry Buxton, Chairman of the Nomination & Governance Committee and our board of directors are pleased to announce that the board of directors has nominated four outstanding individuals to join the board of directors – Joe Bogdahn, Hunt Broyhill, Charles Davant and John Orgain.

The members will be asked to approve these new directors at our annual meeting on September 10, 2020.

We are pleased that these community leaders have agreed to join our board as additional voices for homeowners.

Bios for Joe Bogdahn, Hunt Broyhill, Charles Davant and John Orgain are provided below. Please join me in welcoming our new board members.

Tim Gupton,

Joseph Bogdahn
Joe is a Director and Partner of Six/Ten LLC, a small private equity firm based in Winter Haven Florida, where he oversees design and construction. Joe retired in 2014 as the Chairman of The Bogdahn Group/AndCo Consulting, an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm he founded. At that time, the firm advised over $55B assets, providing fiduciary governance and investment consulting services for institutional investors throughout the United States. After retirement he was appointed by Gov. Snyder of Michigan to serve as a Trustee of the Investment Committee of the City of Detroit’s Police and Fire Pension Fund, where he continues to serve as Chairman.

Joe received his BBA in Business/Economics from the University of Mississippi, where he served as President of the Student Body and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He also received his Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from the IMCA program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a member of the National Town Builders Association and the Congress for New Urbanism. He and his wife Heather divide time between Winter Haven, Florida and Blowing Rock.

Hunt Broyhill
Hunt Broyhill, a graduate of Wake Forest University, is a successful business and investment executive. Hunt is an outstanding member of the Broyhill family that has had homes, business interests and philanthropic interests in Blowing Rock and the High Country for several generations. Hunt’s business interests include: Chairman and CEO of BMC Fund, Inc.; President of Broyhill Investments; Member of the Board of Directors of Capitala Finance; Member of the Board of Directors of Flagship Healthcare REIT; Member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Fabrics, LLC. Hunt has an extensive involvement in charitable and civic activities including serving as President of the Broyhill Family Foundation; a Member of the Board of Directors of the Caldwell Community College Foundation; an Advocate for the Navy Seal Foundation.

Charles Davant, MD
Charles Davant moved to Blowing Rock in 1948, already blessed with the nickname “Bunky.” He attended Blowing Rock Elementary, Woodberry Forest School, Duke University, and received his medical degree from UNC in 1972. He bleeds dark blue. After a Medical College of Virginia residency program in family medicine he returned to practice medicine in Blowing Rock in 1975. He has lived here with his wife, Teena, since then. He has served on boards of local and state and national medical organizations and continues to practice, now at Blowing Rock Medical Park. He chaired Blowing Rock Planning and Zoning board, serving there for almost 20 years and just completed his last term as chairman of the Blowing Rock Board of adjustment.

John serves on the Executive Committee of Alex Lee, Inc. Alex Lee’s primary businesses include food and nonfood distribution, food retail and real estate. John graduated from Harvard Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in economics and public policy. He also serves in leadership positions in several bar and other regional and national associations as well as serving as a director on various company and foundation boards. John and his wife have been homeowners in Blowing Rock since 2009, and he is an active member of various Blowing Rock organizations. John is married to the former Elizabeth “Neal” McArthur. They have one daughter, Anne.

County Ambulance Service – Your Health at Risk

Dear Blowing Rock Homeowners,

I am writing to follow-up on an article posted in the Watauga Democrat “Blowing Rock group advocates for ambulance station” published on August 20, 2020.

The community of Blowing Rock and the Town Council has been advocating to improve ambulance transport response times for many years and requested the new 24/7 crew be located in the facility provided by the Blowing Rock Fire District. The County’s response has been to add a 9/5 crew during the weekdays.

Representatives of the community and I met with Chairman John Welch on August 21, 2020 to request that the County hold a public hearing to re-evaluate the County Commission’s EMS policies that drive outcomes and safety and seek input from taxpayers throughout the entire County.

All communities outside of Boone are short-changed due to the public health policy currently in place that governs the contracted EMS services for the County. The single performance benchmark is a 10 average response time throughout the county. This benchmark drives behavior of the contractor such that Boone is 6 minutes and everyone outside of Boone is 10 to 25 minutes. Anecdotal experience in Blowing Rock tells us that transport arrival time is 20 to 25 minutes.

We recommended that the County adopt a national standard of 90/9 that sets dual performance benchmarks to achieve 90% coverage in 9 minutes. Adopting dual benchmarks that includes a geographic factor is game changer that results in a fairer and safer outcome for all taxpayers throughout the County.

The taxpayers outside of Boone, need to realize that our service is second rate and must be improved to lower our risk due to late arrival times for “life threatening” emergency calls.

The decision by the County Commission is priority decision to protect the health and safety of our taxpayers that should not limited by budget excuses.

Please contact the County Commissioners, Mayor Sellers and out Town Council to express your views.

Tim Gupton
Blowing Rock Civic Association

Free Wifi for Students in Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation will be offering 5 Work Stations for students Grade K-12. The Work Stations will be open Monday through Friday from 7:45AM-3:45PM starting August 24th, 2020 in the Rec Center.

Students under 12 years old will need to be accompanied by a guardian at all times during their session. Upon entry, masks will be required at all times, the temperature of each individual will be taken, and health related questions will be asked.

Parks & Recreation staff will sanitize each Work Station at the end of each day. You may also access Town Park WiFi anywhere inside Memorial Park for free.

Please note that this is not a tutoring or child care service. Please call Parks & Rec office at 828-295-5222 for any other questions.

Voting Alternatives during the Pandemic

Dear Blowing Rock Homeowners,

If you are like me, I was worried about voting during the pandemic, mainly because of possible long lines or post office delays.

I believe I can manage risks with social distancing and a mask, so I plan to take advantage of our early voting alternative in Blowing Rock.
In addition to voting on November 3rd or early voting , you can request a mail-in ballot or participate in early voting days.

Mail-in = Absentee Ballot

You can request an Absentee Ballot available for download at
www. or

Also you can pick up an absentee ballot at the Watauga County Board of Elections at Board of Elections, 842 W King St # 6, Boone, NC 28607.

Absentee ballots are available until 5 PM on October 27th. But better to not delay. Once your request is submitted, your Absentee Ballot should be mailed to you starting September 4th.

You can return you ballot by mail, courier service like UPS, or deliver to the County Board of Elections or at your early voting site. I think that I will hand deliver my ballot to the Board of Election in Boone to be sure or early voting site as a back-up plan.

Early Voting – Don’t Wait

One stop early voting starts October 15th and ends October 31st at Blowing Rock Town Hall.

The hours will be 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM on weekdays and Saturdays – First two Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and last Saturday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Questions – FAQs

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has issued FAQs: Voting by Mail in North Carolina.

You can access at the following link –

Click to access FAQs_Absentee_Voting_2020_FINAL.pdf

Thank you to our Board of Elections and our poll workers who have and will be working very hard to allow ample time for all of us to vote for the November 3rd election.

Tim Gupton

Neighbors helping Neighbors – Blowing Rock Police

Our next in the series of videos to highlight Neighbors helping Neighbors recognizes the dedication and service of our police officers.

The police team’s motto is “In Service of Others” and you can observe their commitment in their everyday service to the community.

The mission of the Blowing Rock Police Department is to work in partnership with our citizens to provide a safe and serene community while respecting the rights and dignity of all people.

The primary functions of the Police Department are the preservation of public peace and order, the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, and other responses to requests for assistance. The Police Department employees a staff of 11 full time sworn police officers and 1 civilian support services coordinator. The full time staff is supplemented by a seasonal parking enforcement officer and a number of part time-reserve sworn police officers.

You will hear from our chief and deputy as they describe the life of police service in Blowing Rock. It will make you proud of our unique hometown and the importance of recruiting and retaining our professional officers.

Please take a few minutes to watch this insightful story about our dedicated police officers and the impact of neighbors helping neighbors,

The video was produced and funded by the Blowing Rock Civic Association with a matching grant from the Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trust.

Together we can be a unifying voice for the homeowners of Blowing Rock.

If you have not already yet sent your membership, please consider sending today. Memberships start at $55. Many choose to raise support to $100 or $500 and we are fortunate to have support at levels between $500 and $2,500.

Please mail your checks to Blowing Rock Civic Association at PO Box 2471, Blowing Rock, NC, 28605 or submit on our website at

Tim Gupton

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Where did the beauty go?

Dear Blowing Rock Neighbors,

I read an article this morning (see link below) in the Watauga Democrat – Where did the beauty go? about the drive along 321 going into Boone.

It reminded me of why the recent Valley Boulevard Vision process to plan the future of 321 corridor in Blowing Rock is so important to our future.

Thankfully, the Town Council convened a committee to study the future of our Valley Boulevard corridor and hired Benchmark to gather community input. The result was a report with 19 recommendations that our Planning Board is beginning to tackle this year so that our future will reflect the the Village of Blowing Rock and also be a catalyst for future redevelopment.

To support this effort, the Civic Association allocated funds to hire a firm to prepare an initial concept of how we might restore and embrace the Headwaters of the New River (Middle Fork River) that crosses over at the ABC Store and meanders across Sunset Drive to North Main Street across from Chetola.

The best view of the river stream is on Sunset Drive across from the First Baptist Church. The idea is to capitalize on the beauty and economic advantage offered by the river stream and “connect” it to Middle Fork Greenway as recommended in the 2014 Comprehensive Plan.

Hopefully, the visual aide will give the Planning Board under the leadership of Pete Gherini and the community a starting point to determine how to proceed and update the Land Use Codes accordingly.

This process is a generational opportunity for our community to create a Valley Boulevard that enhances the beauty of our Town and embraces and recognizes the Headwaters of New River as that start of one of North America’s greatests rivers.

Stay safe!

Tim Gupton

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Neighbors helping Neighbors – Blowing Rock Food Pantries

Please take a few minutes to watch this incredible and uplifting story about our local food pantries and the impact of neighbors helping neighbors during this difficult time for all.

The video was produced and funded by the Blowing Rock Civic Association with a matching grant from the Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trust.