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  • USFS: Wildfire Near Linville Gorge Contained

    US Forest

    Oct. 27, 2016. Firefighters have fully contained the Paddy’s Creek wildfire burning near Linville Gorge, north of Lake James in Burke County. Old NC 105 (Kistler Memorial Hwy / SR1238) will reopen at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 28. Crews are working to put out remaining hot-spots today, and will continue to monitor the 10-acre fire through the weekend. The wildfire is located in an area that underwent prescribed burns 3 and 6 years ago to reduce fuels and restore wildlife habitat. This reduction in fuels helped slow the spread of the fire. / Read more…

  • Crime Stoppers: Tactical Vest Stolen from Probation and Parole Office in Boone


    Oct. 27, 2016. High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On Wednesday, Oct. 19, at around 10 a.m., a Safariland Tactical Vest was taken from the Probation and Parole Office located next to the Magistrates Office on Queen Street. The vest is a Molle style vest that is dark blue in color, with the Probation insignia attached with Velcro to the front and back of the vest. The make and model is a Safariland Second Chance Vest. / Read more…

  • NC League of Municipalities: Cities, Towns Approve Goals for ’17-18 Legislative Session


    Oct. 27, 2016. Member cities and towns of the North Carolina League of Municipalities this week approved legislative priorities for the 2017-18 legislative biennium, with several of those priorities focused on the significant revenue challenges facing municipalities.

 In all, more than 200 municipal officials representing over 100 member cities and towns approved 15 legislative goals during Sunday’s Advocacy Goals Conference held in Raleigh. / Read more…

  • Miss the Boone Area Chamber Candidate Forum? Watch Full Candidate Responses

    Oct. 27, 2016. If you missed the Boone Area Chamber’s candidate forum earlier this week, High Country Press has you covered with video of the entire event. Several videos are featured inside and feature responses from all candidates in the local races. Yesterday, High Country Press published the closing statements of all of the candidates that attended the forum. / Read more…

  • Chelsea Clinton Speaks at Legends on App State Campus, See Photos & Film of Event

    Oct. 27, 2016. Chelsea Clinton spoke at Legends on the campus of Appalachian State University. Doors closed after 550 people turned out to hear Clinton tell voters why they should vote for her mother, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…

  • Appalachian High Country AVA is Official, Qualified Local Wine To Feature New Labels

    Oct. 27, 2016. On Thursday, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau made the establishment of the Appalachian High Country American Viticultural Area (AVA) official by placing it in the Federal Register. dThe ruling goes into effect on Nov. 28, 2016. The High Country Wine Growers Association was responsible for the AVA application that was submitted in October 2014. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • On the Appalachian Wine Trail: AVA Touts Blue Ridge Mountain Wine

    McKinley-contrast-littleOct. 27, 2016 Editor’s Note: The following article was published in High Country Magazine’s August/September edition. High Country Press is running the article in light of the AVA being officially established today! Not long ago, a farmer was considered crazy to think about growing wine grapes in the High Country. After all, this is a land of moonshine, and so-called experts said it was too damn cold anyway. Also, grape growing and winemaking are endeavors that require substantial investment. But the naysaying didn’t stop folks from experimenting with grapes of the cold-hardy kind on terraced, test vineyards. Those trials started just less than 15 years ago. Today, the curiosity, foresight and hard work of these grape-growing pioneers is paying off with the pending establishment of the Appalachian High Country as a legitimate grape-growing region, one that is capable of producing great Blue Ridge Mountain wine. By Jesse Wood. Painting by Mary Martha McKinley / Read more…

  • LETTERS / You’re in Prison

    October 27, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Propaganda can be used to mislead you about why something happened and/or to promote an ongoing agenda. It works well when uninformed viewers aren’t curious. America operates inside a bubble of willful ignorance of its own making. Secrecy is a religion in America. Those who violate its dogma have been punished excessively when they possess little political power or influence. The exoneration of Hillary by the FBI should be sufficient evidence to assure you that in the Empire power is determined by your wealth and your connections. This is one symptom of the cancer that is destroying our country.Read more…

  • Early Voting Now at 5 More Sites: ASU, Deep Gap, Blowing Rock, Cove Creek, & Meat Camp


    Oct. 27, 2016. Today early voting extends to five other one-stop sites in Watauga County. For the first week of early voting, the only one-stop site open was located at the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street. Now, all six locations are open through the remainder of early voting. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Watauga GOP Thanks Law Enforcement for Charging Person Stealing Political Signs


    Oct. 27, 2016. On Oct. 24, 2016 during the night time hours an alert citizen noticed two individuals in a white Honda Civic stealing Donald Trump political signs. This alert citizen notified law enforcement who proceeded to stop these individuals. Carlos Robles admitted to taking the political signs without permission and was charged by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department with misdemeanor larceny. / Read more…

  • App State, Georgia Southern Battle in Statesboro, Ga.

    Oct. 27, 2016. The modern history of the Appalachian State-Georgia Southern football rivalry started on one of the coldest days in Kidd Brewer Stadium history, with a snow and ice-slicked field helping the top-ranked Mountaineers end the two-year I-AA championship run of the Eagles, 19-0, in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. There won’t be any ice outside of tailgate and concession-stand beverages when ASU and GSU meet Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in a packed Paulson Stadium for an annual conflict that has been mostly white-hot in the years that have followed. By David Coulson / Read more…

  • WCS Supt. Elliott Reminds School Families of Winter Weather’s Impact on Schools


    Oct. 26, 2016. With winter approaching, Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott is reminding parents and families how the school system makes and communicates decisions about school closings and other changes resulting from inclement weather. “We always want to keep schools open on a regular schedule when it’s safe to do so, but winter weather sometimes forces us to change school schedules and bus routes,” Elliott said. “We realize that has a big effect on families and we want them to understand how we make and announce our decisions in response to inclement weather.” / Read more…

  • Granite Falls Bank Robber Turns Himself In After Warrant Issued for His Arrest


    Oct. 26, 2016. The man suspected of robbing the First Citizens Bank in Granite Falls in early October turned himself in on Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Law enforcement received tips from the community that Dewey Gentry Jr., 32, of Granite Falls was identified as the man in the surveillance photos during the robbery, where he “never showed a weapon or indicated he had one” to the teller, according to WBTV reporter Steve Ohnesorge. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Open Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Nov. 1


    Oct. 26, 2016. North Carolinians can enroll or re-enroll in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace when the fourth open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act begins on Tuesday, Nov. 1. During the open-enrollment period, which runs from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, uninsured North Carolinians will be able to enter the Health Insurance Marketplace and select plans that fit their needs and budgets. / Read more…

  • Watch Video of Boone Chamber’s Candidate Forum on Tuesday To Inform Voters

    The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a “Meet the Candidates” forum on Tuesday inside the Watauga County Courthouse in an effort to inform voters about local issues and the candidates up for election. Video and photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…

  • Crime Stoppers Looks To Identify Owner of Guitar & Case Found at Intersection


    Oct. 26, 2016. High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office seek the public’s assistance in locating the owner of the property listed below: An acoustic guitar in a black case was found at the intersection of 421 North and the 105 By-Pass. If you are missing an acoustic guitar, please contact the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office at 828-265-7629. / Read more…

  • Chelsea Clinton to Campaign in WNC, Coming To Legends on ASU on Thursday, Oct. 27

    Oct. 26, 2016. On Thursday, Oct. 27, Chelsea Clinton will campaign at Appalachian State University in Boone. During an early vote rally, Clinton will lay out what is at stake in this election and urge North Carolinians to early vote to support the Clinton-Kaine ticket. Clinton’s visit comes the same day that 132 additional early voting sites open up across North Carolina, including Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union. / Read more…

  • Cancer Couldn’t Steal Faith from Laura McClure

    Oct. 26, 2016 Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

    Laura’s Story

    Laura can still remember the day her parents informed her they would be moving out of the country to pursue a missionary life. At the tender age of 5, her family moved from Hickory, North Carolina to Costa Rica for several months of training and language development. At the end of their allotted time, they moved to the area that would be their new home, Lima, Peru. At the time, Lima was engulfed in political chaos and violence, shrouded with the terrorism of the Shining Path. “The world as I knew it changed very quickly,” Laura said. / Read more…

  • ASU Holds Workshop With Public, Community Leaders Regarding Draft of Master Plan 2025

    Oct. 25, 2016. Appalachian State University and Duda Paine Architects held a two-day workshop, including an open-door charrette on Thursday, with community leaders and the public to review draft designs of the university’s Master Plan 2025. “The master plan is a big picture to try to cast a vision for 2025 and beyond of what the institution might look like,” said Jeffrey Paine, a founding partner of Duda Paine Architects. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Lees-McRae To Offer Scholarships for eSports


    Oct. 25, 2016. Starting in the fall 2017 semester, five incoming Lees-McRae students will be chosen to receive a $500 scholarship for their participation in eSports. An abbreviation for “electronic sports”, the genre includes any and all games played mostly on a computer, but for the incoming freshman class, the scholarships will be for League of Legends or Hearthstone. / Read more…

  • 10-Acre Wildfire Burning Near Linville Gorge

    US Forest

    Oct. 25, 2016. Firefighters are responding to a wildfire burning along Old NC 105 (Kistler Memorial Hwy / SR 1238) near Linville Gorge, north of Lake James in Burke County, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Paddy’s Creek Fire was reported Monday afternoon in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. / Read more…

  • Business Spotlight: Eat Crow … and Love It!

    Oct. 25, 2016 Hailed by many as the best lunch in the High Country, Eat Crow Café not only serves up fresh and delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches, it also offers catering services, custom-made orders, classic English specialties, and frozen take-home items. As a small-scale bakery, Eat Crow mixes up all sorts of sumptuous pies, cakes, tarts, and other confectionaries, as well as, savory pies, special order breads, and the daily sandwich bread. By Davin Underwood / Read more…

  • High Country Host Invites Public To Open House on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28

    Oct. 25, 2016. High Country Host invites the public to an open house at the new Official Regional Welcome Center. The Welcome Center, previously located on Blowing Rock Road (beside KFC), has moved five miles to 6370 US Highway 321 South in a shared building with Appalachian Ski Mountain. The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 27 and Friday Oct. 28. A ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. / Read more…

  • View The First 15 Days of October Through the Lens of Photographer Todd Bush

    fall Oct. 25, 2016. Take a look at the first 16 days of October through the lens of Banner Elk-based photographer Todd Bush’s lens. Bush first published the fall collection on his here, and invited High Country Press to share them with you. Some of the shots include double exposures. Photos by Todd Bush / Read more…

  • School Board Candidates for Watauga County

    Oct. 25, 2016. High Country Press reached out to the candidates for Watauga County Board of Education. Here are statements from the four candidates: Steve Combs, Ron Henries, Barbara Kinsey and Brenda Reese. Three seats are up for election. Early voting has already started in the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Candidate Statements for Three Races for Watauga County Board of Commissioners

    Oct. 25, 2016. High Country Press reached out to candidates for Watauga County Board of Commissioners. Since candidates are running for particular districts, there are three races pertaining to the commission: Perry Yates (R) v. Diane Blanks (D) for District 1; Elizabeth Shukis (R) v. John Welch (D) for District 2; and David Blust (R) v. Larry Turnbow (D) for District 4. Compiled by Jesse Wood
    / Read more…

  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Oct. 25, 2016


    Oct. 25, 2016. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. Send obituary notices to jesse@highcountrypress.com. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Claybank Returns Home to High Country for Release Concert this Saturday in West Jefferson


    Oct. 25, 2016. ClayBank is a red hot blue grass string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains making serious waves in the bluegrass world. The group’s heterogenous mixture of young talent with veteran experience has combined with their “straight ahead bluegrass” style to set this force of nature on a rapid path of success since its formation in Jan. of 2015. This Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., the band will be celebrating their national success with a special release concert in West Jefferson at the Ashe County Civic Center. By Cramer Lewis / Read more…

  • Coming Soon to the Jones House: Mike ‘Lightnin’ Wells, Joe K. Walsh, Sweet Loam

    Oct. 25, 2016. Lightnin’ Wells will be visiting the Jones House music lessons program, Boone JAMS, on Thursday, and he will be sticking around to offer a public workshop on finger-style blues guitar. The workshop starts at 7:30 on Thursday, while the old-time jam session gets started. Next week, the Jones House hosts Joe K. Walsh and Sweet Loam, an acoustic quartet of very talented American roots musicians. The band features the music and song writing of Walsh, a mandolin virtuoso, who is a graduate and faculty member of the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. / Read more…

  • Thrilling OT Victory Gives App State Women’s Soccer Sun Belt Tournament Berth

    Oct. 25, 2016. Oct. 25, 2016. With 15 seconds left in the second overtime, senior Jane Cline slotted the go-ahead goal to give Appalachian State University women’s soccer the 4-3 victory over South Alabama in a Sunday afternoon thriller on Senior Day at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. “Senior Day is hard because it’s hard a thing to know that it’s the last time that they’ll get to play at home and there was a lot of pressure too as there have been some points this year that we didn’t get that I thought we deserved,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. / Read more…

  • Ski All Resorts: NC Ski Area Association Gold Cards Selling Fast, Only About 25 Left


    Oct. 25, 2016. Ski or ride any session, any day at each of North Carolina’s six ski areas this winter with the Gold Card North Carolina Ski Areas Association. Skiers and riders can take their pick of where and when to ski or ride in the state of North Carolina with the purchase of the state association’s Gold Card. But they’re going fast, only one quarter of the available one-hundred NCSAA Gold Cards remain for sale for the 2016-17 winter season. / Read more…

  • Child Run Over By Father’s Truck in Watauga Exits Surgery, Trooper: ‘I Think He’ll be OK”

    Oct. 25, 2016. The young boy who was accidentally run over by his father on Monday morning “came out of surgery and appears to be OK,” State Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Hodges said on Tuesday morning. “I think he’ll be OK,” Hodges said, adding an “as of right now” disclaimer. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Boone Chamber Sponsors Candidates Forum Oct. 25, See Agenda, Final Confirmations

    Oct. 25, 2016. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 in the large courtroom of the Watauga County Courthouse on West King Street in Boone. / Read more… See which candidates have confirmed attendance below:

    US House of Representatives (District 5)

    • Virginia Foxx (R)
    • Josh Brannon (D)

    NC 24th Judicial District –

    • Rebecca (Becca) Eggers-Gryder
    • Joshua (Josh) Teague

    Watauga County School Board

    • Brenda Reese
    • Ron Henries
    • Barbara Kinsey

    Watauga County Commissioner

    • John Welch (D)
    • Elizabeth Shukis (R)
    • Perry Yates (R)
    • Diane Blanks (D)
    • Larry Turnbow (D)

    NC Governor

    • Lon Cecil (L)

    NC Senate (District 45)

    • Art Sherwood (D)
    • Deanna Ballard (R)

    NC House (District 093)

    • Sue Counts (D)
    • Jonathan Jordan (R)

  • Make Your Reservation for the Final Weekend of Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival

    Oct. 20, 2016. All aboard! Only a few nights remain this season for you to enjoy the Ghost Train Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad, so make plans now if you don’t want to miss out. A few things are new this year, so be sure you’re prepared! / Read more…

  • Watauga/Avery FSA Acreage 2017 Reporting Dates


    Oct. 25, 2016. Watauga/Avery County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Gay H Isaacs announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below. Note the change in the reporting date for perennial forage and forage seeding for 2017. / Read more…

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