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  • Boone Police Chief Releases Open Letter Seeking Info in Martin Roberts Disappearance

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    May 23, 2016 It has been a month since James “Martin” Roberts was reported missing. During that time an extensive amount of investigative work has been completed. We want the Roberts family and our community to know that we are diligently continuing the task at hand. Every day our team assigned to this case examines all of the probabilities and possibilities in an attempt to discover the facts behind Martin’s disappearance. We believe that we are close to accessing Martin’s electronic communications. This certainly should shed some light on this case. / Read more…



  • A Common Voice: Another Great Year for Women’s Round Robin Networking Event

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    May 20, 2016. “We come together as a common voice to find strengths and skills as a collaborative. We share our gifts not only amongst each other, but to the bigger community at large. I think it’s important to share those gifts not only in the High Country but beyond. We are women. We are strong. We continue to support each other, which is so very important today as it has always been.” By Jessica Isaacs / Read more…



  • Puckett Named Broker in Charge of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Newest Blowing Rock Office

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    May 20, 2016 Premier Sotheby’s International Realty has appointed Richard Puckett as broker in charge and Don Blair as managing broker of its newest Blowing Rock office at 1127 Main Street. This is the brokerage’s second location in Blowing Rock, with the first located at 159 Sunset Drive. The new office is a result of the firm’s announcement that it had acquired Village Real Estate April 27, and it is Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s seventh sales gallery in North Carolina. / Read more…



  • New DMV Disability Placards Debut Monday, Placards Feature Two Registration Stickers

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    May 20, 2016 Beginning Monday, May 23, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will unveil new disability parking placards for use by disabled drivers.

 The redesigned placards are a result of a study authorized by the General Assembly that sought to decrease the misuse of windshield placards and make them more visible to law enforcement officers.

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  • See ‘Clean but Funny’ Comedy Star Henry Cho at Harvest House on Saturday, May 21


    May 16, 2016. Ready for some serious laughs? Check out nationally recognized comedian Henry Cho as he brings his “funny but clean” comedy tour to the High Country this weekend. “I have been doing this for 30 years,” said Cho, who is proud to be one of few performers to offer good, clean humor. “I am full-blood Korean but I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, so I like to say I’m South Korean.” By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Oasis Shriners Announce Blowing Rock Will Host Its ‘Salute to Our Veterans’ Parade June 4

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    May 19, 2016. The Oasis Shriners of North Carolina, which encompasses more than 5,500 members across 50 counties, recently announced that the town of Blowing Rock will play host to its popular annual Spring Ceremonial and Grand Parade on June 4. This year’s parade will focus on the theme “A Salute to Our Veterans.” By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Vehicle Registration Late Fee Initiated by NC General Assembly Goes Into Effect July 1

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    May 19, 2016 Beginning July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners must pay their annual vehicle registration renewals by the expiration date or face a late fee. The new fees were passed by the General Assembly last September and require one of three graduated late fees to be assessed on late registration renewals starting in July. / Read more…



  • Public Encouraged To Comment on Appalachian High Country AVA Proposal, Approval Should Come by Fall

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    May 19, 2016 The High Country Wine Growers Association met on Wednesday to discuss the likely designation of the ‘Appalachian High Country’ as an American Viticultural Area, which is a federal distinction that identifies wine grape-growing regions in the U.S., such as the famous Napa Valley in California or the Yadkin Valley closer to home. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Book of the Year Awards: High Country Writers Recognize, Celebrate Published Local Authors

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    May 17, 2016. The High Country Writers recently convened to recognize members who published their work in 2015 with the group’s annual Book of the Year Awards. Much like the work written by the membership overall, award-winning titles span a variety of genres. Check out photos and details on each winner. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Commissioners To Meet Tuesday, Public Hearing on 2016-17 Budget, See Agenda

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    May 17, 2016 The Watauga County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. for its bimonthly meeting in the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street. Boone Fire Chief Jimmy Isaacs will discuss the proposed fire tax rate increase for the Boone Rural Fire Service District. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • ‘Relay With Ray’ Challenge Begins Tuesday, To Promote & Benefit Blue Ridge Parkway

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    May 13, 2016 Ray Russell, founder of RaysWeather.com, is about to embark on an epic adventure. He is attempting to run across the entire length of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway. On Tuesday, Russell begins the four-week journey at mile marker 0 near Waynesboro, Va. He will then attempt to run 20 miles a day for the next four weeks until he arrives at the southern end of the parkway in Cherokee in mid June. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Weekend Low Temps in the 30’s for Most of the High Country, 20’s Atop Beech Mountain

    May 16, 2016 This past weekend, the temperatures in the 30’s had me opening the woodshed door for what I assume/hope is the final fire of the 2015-16 season. Folks in the High Country generally woke up to cooler temperatures on Sunday morning as opposed to Monday morning. The low temperature recorded on Beech Mountain, for example, was 24 degrees, according to RaysWeather.com. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • High Country Crime Stoppers: 4-Wheeler Stolen From Inside The Cottages of Boone

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    May 16, 2016 High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: Sometime after April 29, 2016, someone took a 2008 Yamaha YFM7 4-Wheeler, with a Camouflage paint scheme, from 615 Fallview Lane, Boone, NC, inside The Cottages of Boone. / Read more…



  • NC Court of Appeals Sides With Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary on Beech Mountain

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    May 13, 2016 In a 2-1 decision on May 10, the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld a 2014 jury verdict and subsequent judge ruling ordering the Town of Beech Mountain to pay about $360,000 in damages to Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary. “Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary is delighted that the North Carolina Court of Appeals has upheld the trial court’s judgment, the jury’s verdict and the dismissal of Town of Beech Mountain’s lawsuit against Genesis,” according to a statement from Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Saturday Racing at Mountain View Speedway To Benefit Ryan ‘Possum’ Mullis

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    May 13, 2016. Racing continues at the Mountain View Speedway on Saturday, May 14. The speedway is located in the High Country Fairgrounds off of Roby Greene Road. Half of the proceeds from this weekend’s “200 laps of green-flag racing” will benefit Ryan ‘Possum’ Mullis, a 30-year-old in desperate need of a kidney transplant. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Jonas Ridge Man Wins $200,000 Playing N.C. Lottery’s 10th Anniversary Spectacular

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    May 13, 2016 Naveed Anjum of Jonas Ridge is the latest player to win $200,000 playing the new 10th Anniversary spectacular scratch-off game. Anjum is the owner of the Mountain Crossing located on N.C. 181 in Jonas Ridge. He said he bought the $5 ticket at the store when his wife was working. / Read more…



  • NCGOP 2016 State Convention Recap

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    May 12, 2016. The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) held its annual state convention in Greensboro, North Carolina over the weekend. Delegates to the state convention conducted important business affecting this year’s election cycle and our Party going forward. / Read more…



  • See Photos From Thursday’s Annual Boone Business Expo Held At The Boone Mall

    FIXE_0433 May 12, 2016 The local business community came together on Thursday for the annual Boone Business Expo, which saw a crowd of folks interested in learning about local establishments and the hardworking people behind them. Free for the public to attend, the expo served as a great way to kick off a busy summer season in the area by showcasing the business community and all that it offers for local residents and visitors alike. Thanks to Bob Caldwell Photography for the great photos from the expo! / Read more…



  • Aspiring Chefs at Avery High School to Host Second Community Prix Fixe Dinner May 19

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    May 11, 2016. Aspiring chefs from Martha Godwin’s foods and culinary courses at Avery High hosted their inaugural community dinner in April, opening up the school to the public for the first time and inviting friends and neighbors to try out the recipes they’ve been working to master. The next dinner event is right around the corner, so don’t miss your chance to dine out with some of the area’s up-and-coming chefs. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • App State Unveils New Marketing Campaign

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    May 11, 2016 Appalachian State University athletics officially launched its new marketing and branding campaign — DEFINE THE MOMENT — on Tuesday. The Define The Moment campaign will be used through at least the 2016-17 academic year to promote Appalachian State athletics and its 20 teams. / Read more…



  • Boone Public Works To Begin Sidewalk Construction at Leola Street May 16

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    May 10, 2016 The Town of Boone Public Works Department will begin construction of the Leola Street Sidewalk/Side path Project on May 16, 2016. The project area will be between the Greenway Road/ Meadowview Drive intersection and the intersection of Pride Drive. Please anticipate closure to thru-traffic between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. / Read more…



  • Photos: Watauga Farmer’s Market Opened Summer Season Saturday, Everyone was There!

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    May 9, 2016. Happy faces filled the crowd on Saturday morning as friends and neighbors showed up to shop the opening day of the Watauga County Farmers’ Market at Horn in the West. Growers and artisans offered up fresh food products, flowers, plants and so much more as shoppers enjoyed a beautiful Spring morning and catching up with the community. / Read more…



  • HB2 Law Concerns Tourism Officials in the High Country and Across the State

    Ron Roach and his fiancé, David, were hesitant to hold their wedding in North Carolina because of HB2.

    May 9, 2016 In mid April, Wysteria White of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce received an email from a gay couple planning to hold a wedding in the High Country in the near future. Friends, both gay and straight, of Ron Roach and his fiancé, David, expressed concerns about the controversial HB2 law that was signed by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory. Their friends worried about being turned away from hotels or restaurant service and requested that the wedding be held in Tennessee to prevent from contributing to the state’s economy. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • McCrory Files Lawsuit Against Department of Justice Over HB2 Law, ACLU Responds

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    May 9, 2016 Governor Pat McCrory has filed a declaratory judgment action asking the federal courts to clarify federal law. This action is a result of the Obama administration’s interpretation of federal law. “The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina. This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level,” said Governor McCrory. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Town Council Meets Tuesday

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    May 9, 2016 The Blowing Rock Town Council will meet for its regularly scheduled, monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 10, in Town Hall at 6 p.m. See the entire agenda inside. / Read more…



  • WHS Student Devin Hollars Takes First Place in State SkillsUSA Carpentry Competition

    Dr. Elliott is shown with Watauga High School student Devin Hollars, first place winner of the state level SkillsUSA carpentry competition.

    May 9, 2016 Watauga High School student Devin Hollars won first place in the state level SkillsUSA carpentry competition, which had a field of 40 tough competitors. Jason Matthews, carpentry teacher at the high school, remarked that that Hollars “exemplified tremendous skill and patience in a very high pressure and intense competition.” / Read more…



  • Fire Learning Trail Launches at Linville Gorge

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    May 6, 2016 Visiting Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest it is hard not to notice the signs of fire. From the iconic wind-whipped table mountain pines gripping the cliffs at the edge of the gorge, to the characteristic clear views, fire has shaped Linville from the beginning. / Read more…



  • Judge Denies Temp Restraining Order Against Speedway Operators, See You Saturday

    May 6, 2016 Let’s go racing. On May 6, 2016 the Honorable Resident Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus denied the Town of Boone’s Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order against the Speedway operators. When this decision was handed down it was welcome news for race fans of all ages who are anxiously awaiting the exciting dirt track action at the Speedway this Saturday, May 7. / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Watauga Extension To Open Food Storage Hub

    May 6, 2016 Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, in collaboration with Watauga County Cooperative Extension, is opening a food storage hub in the lower level of the Agricultural Services Center on King Street in Boone. The Food Hub is expected to open June 1. / Read more…



  • U.S. Rep. Foxx Meets With Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk and Rotary Club of Avery County

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    May 6, 2016 U.S. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx addressed the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk and the Rotary Club of Avery County at a joint meeting on May 3. With the redrawing of North Carolina’s 5th District, Congresswoman Foxx addressed the members of the two clubs as her constituents for the first time. Foxx represents the county where she grew up for the first time. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Art in the Park Returns to Blowing Rock May 7 for 54th Season with Exciting Changes

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    April 28, 2016. Formerly held in the parking deck of the American Legion building, the events will now take place right along Park Avenue in downtown. This bigger, better venue will not only accommodate more guests, it will also allow attendants to park in the deck, alleviating some of the traffic. You can also hop right over to Memorial Park and unwind with free yoga sessions led by Art of Living Retreat Center. With the chamber’s office now right in the heart of the festivities, its spacious lawn will act as a hub for activity and will feature tastings from Art of Oil and local wineries and breweries. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Town of Boone Files Complaint Against Mountain View Speedway

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    May 6, 2016. The Town of Boone has filed a complaint with the Watauga County Clerk of Court to enforce its zoning ordinance against the owner and operators of Mountain View Speedway at the old fairgrounds on Roby Greene Road. The Town previously issued a notice of violation and order to cease activities at the race track until a permit was properly applied for and issued as required under the zoning ordinance. Unfortunately, the speedway operators have ignored the notice of violation and have publicly stated their intention to continue racing. / Read more…



  • Hospitality House Expands in Wilkes, Scattered Site Units Added for Homeless, Disabled

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    May 6, 2016 Fresh off the heels of their first-ever nonprofit food vendor appearance at MerleFest, Hospitality House announces an expansion of services into Wilkes County. “As a resident of Wilkes County, I have been looking for additional opportunities to assist the ever-increasing number of homeless individuals and families in my home county,” states Hospitality House executive director Tina Krause. “We started this process nearly three years ago, engaging several concerned citizens and local congregations; to see it coming to fruition moves us another step forward.” / Read more…



  • What They Are Saying About USDOJ’s Letter to NC, McCrory on HB2 Violating CRA of 1964

    May 5, 2016 The U.S. Department of Justice informed the State of North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory that the HB2 law violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a letter on Wednesday. “Please advise the Department, therefore, no later than close of business on May 9, 2016 whether you will remedy these violations of Title VII, including by confirming that the State will not comply with or implement H.B. 2, and that it has notified employees of the State and public agencies that, consistent with federal law, they are permitted to access bathrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity,” USDOJ Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta wrote. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Tourism Development Closing Visitor Center, Moving Offices on June 7

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    May 5, 2016 The Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority will be moving to the historic Robbins House on Park Avenue June 7. In association with the move, the Visitor Center, currently housed in BRAHM, will close June 1. TDA Executive Director Tracy Brown said that the reopening of a new visitor center on the completed 321 Bypass may be an option in a couple of years. / Read more…



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