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  • Brice Street to Headline the Ninth Annual P.B. Scott’s Reunion Party Held at Canyons in Blowing Rock May 3

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:34 am
    When P.B. Scott’s was still in operation, there were certain bands that were booked on rotation to keep the tremendous crowds that they drew to the Blowing Rock club happy. This year, one of those bands will be headlining the ninth annual P.B. Scott’s Reunion Party scheduled for May 3 at Canyons in Blowing Rock. Read more… By Madison V. Fisler – Photo by Ken Ketchie

  • Where Are You Attending Easter Services?

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Easter comes much later this year, but this weekend means that High Country residents are preparing for annual Easter services with their churches on Easter Sunday, April 20. If you’re looking for a place to spend your Easter Sunday, check out our list and find the perfect fit for you. Read more…

  • HOUND EARS Celebrates 50: Bill Hensley Reflects on Hound Ears Club

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Hound Ears Club which, since its inception, has become one of North Carolina’s premier recreational communities. I can look back on 49 of those years, having missed the first year of the renowned mountain resort that was built on a whim. In 1965, I was Director of Travel and Tourism for the state and living in Raleigh. Read more…

  • Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

    What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.


    • Kid’s Triathlon Held May 24
    • Birth and Beyond Fair Held May 3
    • Appalachian Repertory Orchestra to Perform April 27
    • Lee Smith Joins Fans for Literary Luncheon April 30
    • Singalong Master Class held May 10
    • Quilt Guild Meeting Held May 1
    • Avery County Family Goes to Market with a Monster of a Product

    Read more…

  • LETTERS / Nothing Was Gained From the Wars and Much Was Lost Like Truth

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, I read a lot of history. Wars don’t turn out like you’d think or believe. You tell “consumers” about how God meant for your country to rule and civilize the world, but because it’s so wonderful, everybody hates your country, so we need a bigger army because there’s a terrorist under everybody’s bed. It’s worked every time. “Our government” relies on the historical ignorance of Americans allowing neocons to fashion “news” “consumers” accept. Obama recently said that America’s destruction of Iraq, a country in total ruin, isn’t as bad as Russia’s acceptance of Crimean self-determination. Secretary of State Kerry actually ordered Putin to prevent the referendum and stop Crimea from exercising self-determination. Read more…

  • Boomer Bytes #14: Here We Go A Wandering…

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:54 am

    It has seemed almost a tradition that with retirement comes travel. With the better health of boomers will we be traveling more than our parents and grandparents? Will we really be a lot different in our travel habits than our forebearers? I grew up in a small rural community north and west of Charlotte. Read more…

  • Meet Your Candidates for District Attorney in the 24th: Seth Banks, Nathan Miller & Britt Springer

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:45 am
    Among the most talked about primary races in Watauga County so far is the GOP contest between Assistant District Attorney Britt Springer, Nathan Miller and Seth Banks for the position of District Attorney for the 24th Prosecutorial District. Because no Democrat filed to run for DA, the May primary will effectively call the race in November. As the online political blog, A Watauga Conservative noted last December: “It will be interesting to see if Watauga County Republicans split their vote in the primary between the two local candidates and, if so, how this will benefit Banks.” Read more…

  • NC Lottery Players Across State Win $21.6M This Week, Powerball Jackpot Jumps To $74.9M Cash Option

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Since Thursday, April 10, lottery players in North Carolina won more than $21.6 million in prizes including five prizes from $138,486 to $750,000. During that time, players of instant scratch-off games won more than $17.8 million. Players of draw games won $3.8 million in total prizes. Read more…

  • Chancellor Ken Peacock: A Farewell to a Legend

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:14 am
    One year ago, on April 18, 2013, Chancellor Ken Peacock shocked the Appalachian State University body when he announced that he would be stepping down from his position at Appalachian State University once a suitable successor was found. With just two months left until he hands over the reins to chancellor-elect Sheri Noren Everts in July, High Country Press sat down with him to reflect on his tenure at Appalachian and to learn what has made this university’s chancellor stick around for so long. Read more… Story and Photo by Madison V. Fisler

  • ‘Short, Low-Speed Pursuit’ From Kangaroo Gas Station in Boone Ends With Two Arrests on Wednesday

    Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:06 am

    On Wednesday, April 16, shortly after 6:15 p.m., a Boone Police officer responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver on West King Street. The officer located the suspect vehicle stationary in the parking lot of the Kangaroo Express, 1220 West King St. When the officer exited his vehicle and started to approach the driver of the suspect vehicle, the driver re-entered his vehicle and left traveling westbound on King Street. Read more…

  • Registration Still Open for the Second Annual Mountaineer Mud Run Scheduled for Saturday, May 17

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm
    Registration for the second annual Mountaineer Mud Run is still open! The second annual Mountaineer Mud Run is expected to draw an even bigger and even muddier crowd than the first run which was held in September of 2013. The run, which drew hundreds of athletes to the High Country Fairgrounds to compete last year, returns with a vengeance on Saturday, May 17. Read more… By Madison V. Fisler – Photo by Ken Ketchie

  • Dolly Weikert and Ryan McGuire Recipients of Boone Worthwhile Women’s Club Scholarships

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm
    The ladies of the Boone Worthwhile Women's Club

    This year, the Boone Worthwhile Women’s Club Scholarship Committee is awarding two $1,000 educational scholarships to be used by the recipients this Fall towards the cost of books and tuition. The two selected recipients of the scholarships this year are Dolly Weikert and Ryan McGuire. Read more…

  • Business Spotlight: Owners Blessed To Operate 42-Year-Old Family Business – Boone Rent-All & Parties Too!

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm
    Leslie Sullivan was in high school whenever her father Harris Campbell, a reputable banker in Boone, started renting port-a-johns on the side. In 1972, Harris decided to buy a trailer load of these portable restrooms on the way back from vacationing in Newport News, Va., and parked them in a vacant lot behind their home on Farthing Street. To say the least, Sullivan wasn’t thrilled about the prospects of having a backyard full of portable toilets. Read more…
    Photo by Ken Ketchie

  • The Eleventh Annual ‘Midnight at the OASIS’ to be Held on Friday, May 2 at the Meadowbrook Inn

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    The Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock will once again play host to the eleventh annual Midnight at the OASIS on Friday, May 2. The annual fundraiser held at the Meadowbrook Inn each year helps to raise funds for OASIS, a local nonprofit agency that provides services and support for victims on interpersonal violence in Watauga and Avery Counties. Read more…

  • What’s Playing at the Movies? April 10-17: Draft Day, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Rio 2 and More

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Check out all of the great films that you can catch this week at the movies. Trailers included! Read more…

  • Boone Business Expo Held at Boone Mall May 1

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm
    Are you Boone business savvy? Want to know where to go to get what? Then come to the Boone Mall on Thursday, May 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for the Boone Business Expo sponsored by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. Businesses from A-Z will be there to “tell” their stories and “sell” their goods and services. Bring your wants and wishes concerning banking, health care, cultural affairs, media outlets, insurance, lodging, dining, real estate, financial planning, technology, insurance, travel, photography and so much more! Read more… Photo by Bob Caldwell

  • Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park Returns May-October

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm
    Now in its second half-century, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast. More than 35,000 people will attend the shows this year, choosing from handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Read more… Photo Submitted

  • Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

    What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.


    • N.C. Harp Ensemble Performs April 26
    • Vocal Jazz Ensembles Perform April 25
    • Guitar Orchestra Performs April 27
    • Wine for a Reason at Linville Falls April 26

    Read more…

  • Avery County ‘Meet the Candidates Forum’ at Chapman Center on Tonight, Thursday, April 17, All Invited

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

    A “Meet the Candidates Forum” in Avery County has been scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at the Hugh Chapman Center for Families, which is located in Linville at 436 Hospital Drive. The forum takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature refreshments form Avery High School’s culinary class. Read more…

  • Watauga County Deeds – April 10 – April 16, 2014: 27 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $6,413,000

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:10 am

    A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. See more…

  • No Lane Closures on U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock During Easter Holiday Weekend – Thursday through Monday

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

    To better accommodate the volume of motorists traveling for the Easter holiday, the N.C. Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending lane closures along U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock. Any construction operations on the U.S. 321 widening project that could potentially impact motorists will also be avoided. Read more…

  • Philip Norman Named Next Green Valley Principal

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hardin Park School Assistant Principal Philip Norman has been named to succeed Phillip Griffin as principal of Green Valley School effective July 1. Griffin, who has been principal at Green Valley for 11 years, had previously announced that he would be retiring after the end of the current school year. Read more…

  • Crime Reports Every Wednesday; Weekly Police Reports Around the High Country; April 7 through April 14

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    A look at the weekly arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more…

  • Blue Ridge Honors Employees for Service, Performance

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Watauga offices service awards

    Employees of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and its heating fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, LLC, were recently recognized for their years of service as well as performance for strategic goal achievement during an employee awards dinner at the Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. Read more…

  • High Country Recreation Meets To Gauge Interest in Rec Center, Urges Citizens To Write To Commissioners

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:26 am
    High Country Recreation President, Scott St. Clair, presents to community members on the many benefits of a recreation center.

    High Country Recreation held a meeting at Green Valley School on Monday night to gauge the community’s interest in the construction of a recreation center in Watauga County. Read more…

  • AAA Carolinas: Easter Holiday Weekend Travelers Will Find NC Prices Slightly Less Than Last Year

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:13 am
    While gasoline prices have climbed 36 cents a gallon since Christmas, they are still 5.6 cents a gallon less on average in North Carolina than they were last Easter. Typically a family stay-at-home holiday, Easter gas prices always serve as precursor to higher prices due to the May 1 national deadline for refineries to start producing less-polluting summer-blend fuel. This transition pressures prices upward because supply becomes crimped. Read more…

  • Foxx Tweets Americans Spend 6.1 Billion Hours Filing Taxes, So PolitiFact Pulls Out the Truth-O-Meter

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 9:54 am
    U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx

    On the dreaded tax day, U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx tweeted that individuals and business spend 6.1 billion hours per year on tax filings – “just to figure out how much money the government is going to take.” So Tampa Bay Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning decided to see where this statement of 6.1 billion hours of time spent on taxes ranks on the ole Truth-O-Meter. Read more…

  • Business Spotlight: The Wedding Resource Center on King Street is the High Country’s One Stop Wedding Shop

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm
    The dress, the cake, the venue and everything else are all just puzzle pieces that together make up the complete picture of a perfect wedding day. But wading through all the choices, making decisions and finding the right vendors and services for the big day is a daunting and intimidating task for many High Country brides. Elizabeth Hempfling, a Boone native and longtime professional event planner found the answer when she launched the Wedding Resource Center two years ago. Now centrally located on King Street in downtown Boone, the resource center pledges to help brides find exactly what they are looking for in a sea of options. Read more… Story and Photos by Madison V. Fisler

  • Temperatures Dip Into the Low Teens at Tops of Beech, Sugar & Grandfather, Another Cold Night Forecasted

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:58 am
    Some of the High Country woke up to temperatures in the teens on Wednesday morning, and Boone likely won’t see temperatures emerge into the ‘60s again until Saturday. According to the CRONOS database with the N.C. Climate Office, temperatures on Grandfather Mountain dropped to a low of 13.1 degrees at around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. By 9 a.m., temperatures had risen into the 30s. Read more…
    Photos by Ken Ketchie

  • Feinstein Challenge Enters Home Stretch: Two Weeks Remail to Help Hospitality House Reach Goal

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:54 am
    Only two weeks remain to take the Feinstein Challenge and join Hospitality House in their bid to end hunger in the High Country. Hospitality House has once again partnered with the Feinstein Foundation which will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations across America to fight hunger in the High Country. At the conclusion of the challenge, Hospitality House will receive a partial match grant from the Feinstein Foundation based on the amount of funds and foods raised between March 1 and April 30. Read more… Photo Submitted

  • Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.


    • N.C. Harp Ensemble Performs April 26
    • Vocal Jazz Ensembles Perform April 25
    • Guitar Orchestra Performs April 27
    • Wine for a Reason at Linville Falls April 26

    Read more…

  • GOP Commissioners Retain Sales Tax Distribution Method for 2014-15 Despite Mayor Ball’s Presentation

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:48 am
    Speaking before the board at last night’s meeting, Boone Mayor Andy Ball couldn’t sway the three GOP Watauga County Board of Commissioners to revert the county’s sales tax distribution to a per capita basis for the upcoming fiscal year. The county has distributed sales tax on a per capita basis since 1987, but last year, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to distribute those revenues on an ad valorem basis. Read more…
    Photo by Jesse Wood

  • Boone Birding Festival Flies Into Daniel Boone Native Gardens With Nature Walks and Plant Sale April 26

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Spring is finally here, and with April’s showers comes the return of the High Country’s beautiful feathered friends. Come celebrate the area’s unique birds with the inaugural Boone Birding Festival on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. With nature walks, bird exhibits featuring live birds, games for kids, and a plant sale, this avian affair has something for everyone. Read more…

  • With Freezing Temperatures in Forecast Through Thursday, Here are Tips to Protect Those Buds, Flowers

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    With freeing temperatures in the forecast through Thursday, there is a “good chance” of cold-weather damage to trees and plants that answered spring’s call already with buds and flowers, according to Paige Patterson, a consumer horticulture agent with the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Center. To avoid the damage, Patterson offers a few tips for backyard gardeners: Read more…

  • Spruce Pine Attorney Randy Carpenter Sentenced to 27 Months for Filing False Tax Returns

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    seal USDOJ

    U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen sentenced a Spruce Pine man, who was an attorney, engineer and appraiser, to 27 months in prison for making false statements on his tax returns, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Randy Alan Carpenter, 56, was also ordered to serve one year under court supervision and to pay $507,995 as restitution to IRS. Read more…

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