Senate Bill 759 Passes

Greetings from BRCA 28605!


The state legislature and senate (Senate bill 759) approved that Watauga County commissioners will be elected by voters in their districts not at large effective 2024. This gives Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain, and other areas a greater voice and is very positive and exciting news!  Thank you Representative Ray Pickett for helping making this a reality.


Early voting starts October 19, 2023
Watauga location: 

  • Watauga County Administration Building located at 814 W. King St., Boone (FREE parking in front, bags over parking meters for you to stop in and vote) Hours 8:00 am – 5:00 PM  M-F
  • Plemmons Student Union, ASU located at 263 Locust St, Boone, NC 28608

Caldwell Early Voting location:

  •   120 Hospital Avenue, Lenoir

For those of you doing Absentee Ballots:

Remember, NC General Statue requires you to request a ballot from the Board of Elections.  That application is available online.  HURRY time is running short.
It is here:

2024 Comprehensive Plan             

Is now available for review. A Public Meeting for public review and comment will be held at Town Hall October 30, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 PM.  More information to follow.

General Election November 7, 2023
American Legion Building
333 Wallingford Street, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Polls open 6:30 am until 7:30 PM on that Tuesday.

Veterans Day 2023  11/11 at 11:00
By Jean Kitchin, Chair: BRCA

On November 11, 2023, at 11:00 am, the Blowing Rock Civic Association will continue its tradition of assisting the local American Legion Post (# 256) with a program honoring our veterans for their service. Speaking at the American Legion Building, 333 Wallingford Street, Blowing Rock, will be distinguished veteran, Colonel Richard Cantwell (US Army Retired), who among other distinctions, is a decorated combat veteran and served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, both in the U.S. and abroad. Colonel Cantwell is an engineering graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He furthered his education at the University of Texas where he received his master’s degree in civil engineering and at Stanford University. In civilian life, Colonel Cantwell serves as President/CEO of Odell International, LLC, a top international Program Management firm headquartered in Mooresville, NC, concentrating in strategic planning, system design, development, operations, and infrastructure management. He has also continued extensive work for U.S. veterans as Chairman of the Board of Patriot Military Family Foundation which provides many services for veterans and military families, including assistance to veterans experiencing service-related health issues, such as PTSD.

Colonel Cantwell joins a group of other distinguished military officers whom the Civic Association has helped to bring to Blowing Rock for Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day programs, including Vice Admiral Sean Pybus (US Navy Retired), Former Commander of the US Navy SEALS – Memorial Day 2023; Lt. Colonel Wes Young (US Army Retired) – Veterans’ Day 2022; Captain Bryan Johnson (US Navy Retired) – Memorial Day 2022 and Major General Charles H. Swannack (US Army Retired) – Veterans’ Day 2021. The Civic Association is proud to be associated with these events to recognize and honor veterans from our area, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Please join us.  We will be recording and posting on our website.

On behalf of BRCA we sincerely appreciate your engagement and financial support.  We hope you and your family have a safe and wonderful weekend.  BRCA is honored to have your engagement and to be able to keep you informed.  Welcome to our latest new members.  We welcome you to our communication and to BRCA.

Best regards,
Tom Barrett
Vice President / Executive Committee

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