High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Ski Slopes Are In Great Shape For The Weekend!

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    Dec. 15, 2017. The ski slopes couldn’t be happier with weather conditions that have allowed snowmaking to be almost continuous during the past week. Snow from last weekend’s storm is still covering much of the ground across the High Country and temperatures will be below freezing Friday and Saturday nights before a slight warming trend takes place Sunday through the first part of the week. Drew Stanley of Appalachian Ski Mtn. says “Conditions for the weekend should be fantastic! Weather for the weekend looks ideal for skiing, cool but not frigid, clear and calm.” Talia Freeman of Beech Mountain reports, “In regards to snowmaking and cold temperatures. This has been the best December we have experienced in several years.” / Read more…



  • Youth Sledding Hill Opens After an Offseason of Upgrades Next to Beech Mountain Chamber Office

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    Dec. 15, 2017. Beech Mountain’s youth sledding hill, a popular winter attraction in the North Carolina mountains, has opened for the 2017-18 season. The sledding hill is owned and operated by the Town of Beech Mountain, which instituted several offseason upgrades. Grading work evened the slope and created a longer stretch to slow down at the bottom, while special padding, like the type used at ski resorts, was installed at the bottom of the hill and along the sides. Other improvements included dividing the hill into a slower side for younger kids and a faster side for older kids, and increasing the capacity of water flow to the snow gun to maximize snowmaking. / Read more…



  • Todd Bush Shares Photos of Geminid Meteor Shower From Wednesday Night

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    Dec. 15, 2017. Last Wednesday night and Thursday morning were good for viewing the annual Geminid Meteor Shower. Though the gusty high winds (note blurry trees) at elevations of the High Country dropped the feel of the temperature a bit. The meteors in this shower appear to come from a radiant in the constellation Gemini. They are thought to originate from an astroid unlike most major meteor showers associated with debris from comets. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Dec. 7-13: 36 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8.345.500.00

    Dec. 15, 2017. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • Hayes School of Music Alumni Ensemble Members Nominated for 4 Grammys for Jazz Categories

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    Dec. 14 2017. The nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards were recently announced, and three alumni of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music (HSOM) are members of an ensemble nominated for four Grammys in the Jazz and Composing/Arranging categories. Jay Coble ’81 (trumpet), Jack Wilkins ’82 (tenor saxophone) and Matt Vance ’91 (baritone saxophone) are members of Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, an 18-piece jazz ensemble based in Tampa, Florida. The group’s most recent album release is “Whispers on the Wind” / Read more…



  • BSG’s 4th Winter Warmer Project Has A Collection Event at Appalachian Mountain Brewery Saturday

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    Dec. 14 2017. A coat/blanket drive will be held at Appalachian Mountain Brewery on Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 7 p.m. Members of the BSG Board will be at Appalachian Mountain Brewery this Saturday to collect any gently used coats, blankets, boots, hats, gloves …. Anything to keep people warm during the winter. AMB is providing a complementary Christmas “Cheer” to anyone who brings a coat or blanket or donates $10 / Read more…



  • Sugar Mountain Ski Resort is Now Hiring for the Winter Season, Full and Part-Time Positions

    Dec. 14, 2017. Jobs are available in the following departments: equipment rentals, ski/snowboard school, ski patrol, lift attendant, parking attendants, ticket cashiers, building maintenance, sports shop clerks, office personnel, group sales, food service, snowmaking, housekeeping, grounds maintenance, and auditing. Employee benefits include: employee ski or ride slope/lift pass, free rental equipment & lessons upon availability, discounts in the Sports Shop & cafeteria, discounts for new and existing Verizon Wireless customers, special rates, discounts and free checking with BB&T @ Work / Read more…



  • Giving Back to the High Country – Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Presents a Free “Appalachian Christmas” Concert


    Dec. 4, 2017. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music welcomes everyone to come and celebrate the spirit of the holidays for its final concert for 2017 – “An Appalachian Christmas”. This annual free performance has become a favorite tradition for many families here in the High Country. The show will take place on Thursday, December 14th at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Boone at 7:30pm. As Joe Shannon once said, “As MHM closes the door on its current season, in the process, it opens the door for others”. / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage Company’s Christmas Show Dec. 15- Dec. 17, Tickets Going Fast!

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    Dec. 11, 2017. On Friday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m., the curtain goes up on our annual holiday musical variety show, An Ensemble Christmas.  With 24 musical numbers containing all or parts of over 30 yuletide songs, including performances by the Carolina Snowbelles and Western Carolina Youth Ballet, this fast-paced tribute to the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television holiday shows of the 60’s and 70’s is sure to rejuvenate your holiday spirit. An Ensemble Christmas will also be performed on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:00 p.m. / Read more…



  • 2018 App State Football Tickets Now On Sale

    Dec. 13, 2017. The Appalachian State Mountaineers, co-winners of back-to-back Sun Belt Conference titles, will look for another big season when they return to The Rock in 2018. Season tickets for 2018 are currently on sale. Fans can renew their season tickets and Yosef Club (booster club) membership or purchase new seats for the 2018 season, online at appstatesports.com/renew during the month of December and throughout the renewal period. Customized renewal packets, as well as club and suite payment forms will be mailed in January. The deadline to renew season tickets for the coming season is April 30, 2018. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Closed for Wednesday, Avery Schools on a Two Hour Delay

    Dec. 13, 2017. Icy road conditions has led the Watauga Country School Weather Team to cancelled classes again for Wednesday. Their statement said, “Due to snow and ice covered roads across our county, there will be no school on Wednesday, December 13th.  Schools in Watauga County will be closed for students, teachers and all 10 month employees.  It will be an Annual Leave Day.  All 11 and 12 month employees may report on a 2 hour delay to ensure safe travels to work. Avery County Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday. This will be the fourth day missed for school for Watauga County. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Dec. 5- Dec. 12

    Dec. 12, 2017. Looking to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Virginia “Ginny” Stevens of Blowing Rock Passed Away December 6th

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    Dec. 12, 2017. Virginia “Ginny” Stevens, a passionate preserver of Blowing Rock history, passed away last Wednesday. Ginny had enormous impact in saving treasures and recording moments that help make Blowing Rock the charming town loved by tourists and locals alike.. By Jan Todd / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – December 12, 2017

    Dec. 12, 2017. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Nov. 23-Dec. 6: 33 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $13,240,000.00

    Dec. 12, 2017. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’ A True Story About One of The Worst Movies Ever Made

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    Dec. 12, 2017 NOTE: This movie is playing on less than 1,000 screens in the country, so it might not yet be in your area. But its popularity is growing, so be on the lookout for it in the coming weeks.
    “The Disaster Artist” tells the story of actor and filmmaker Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), a man who overcame adversity to achieve his dream of sharing his gift with the world. That adversity included a poor grasp of the English language, an unsightly appearance, atrocious social skills, a complete lack of knowledge or talent, and an additional layer of insanity. The “gift” that he shared with the world was “The Room,” a 2003 film that has gained cult status as one of the worst movies of all time. By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • Threatening Weather Later Today Has Schools Closed in Watauga and Avery Again Tuesday

    Dec. 12, 2017. Threatening weather later today has closed schools in Watauga and Avery again today – this now being the third school day in a row. Watauga County Schools’ Weather Team statement said “Due to a likelihood for snow and ice covered roads in the district for today, schools in Watauga County will be closed for students on Tuesday, December 12th.  It will be an Optional Teacher Workday..” Ray’s Weather is forecasting a couple of inches of snow accumulating throughout the day with a strong cold front that is crossing the region this morning. The National Weather Service has also issued an alert for strong winds and cold temperatures that could put wind chill temperatures below zero tonight. / Read more…



  • A Highlight of the Banner Elk Town Council Meeting, New Members Sworn In On Monday


    Dec. 12, 2017. Standing with right hands raised and left hands on the Bible, Mike Dunn (left) and Robert Tufts (right) were given the oath of office by Assistant to Town Manager Cheryl Buchanan on December 11.  Dunn and Tufts recently were re-elected to council seats for the Town of Banner Elk.  Mayor Brenda Lyerly is seated to the far left. / Read more…



  • Scenes From Weekend Snowstorm at Grandfather Mountain


    Dec. 12, 2017. Sharon Glatthorn, who works at Grandfather Mountain, shared her pictures with us of views from the weekend snowstorm at Grandfather Mountain. Her email said ” I work on Grandfather Mountain and captured these images yesterday while we were closed. It was beautiful up there.” / Read more…



  • The Watauga County Clerk of Court Office Wishes Everyone A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year


    Dec. 12, 2017. The Clerk and her staff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  The Clerk’s office along with other state and county offices at the courthouse will be closed on Dec. 25, 26, & 27th for the Christmas Holiday and will also be closed New Year’s Day. / Read more…



  • The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock Approves Two Grant Requests, Announces New Directors, 2018 Officers

    Dec. 12, 2017. At its December 7, 2017 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Village Foundation of Blowing Rock approved two Grant Requests submitted in the fourth quarter of 2017. The first Grant approved will provide continued funding to the Town of Blowing Rock for winter lighting on Main Street and in Memorial Park. Winter lighting in Blowing Rock has become a feature of the winter season and an attraction for visitors. This Grant will permit expansion and enhancement of this winter attraction. The second Grant approved will provide funding to the Blowing Rock Garden Club to enable the club to enter Blowing Rock in the “America in Bloom” competition among small towns in America. / Read more…



  • Former Newland Town Clerk Sentenced for Embezzlement by Public Official

    Dec. 12, 2017. A former Newland Town Clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement. On December 11, 2017, Priscilla Ann Trivette of Roan Mountain, TN was sentenced in Avery County Court for one count of Felony Embezzlement by a Public Official. Superior Court Judge Gary M. Gavenus sentenced Trivette to serve between 6 and 17 months in prison. That sentence was suspended by the Court, meaning Trivette will not have active prison or jail time, and she was placed on supervised probation for 24 months (two years). As part of her sentence, Trivette also must pay $5,030.00 in restitution up front, which covers the Town of Newland’s out of pocket insurance deductible. The balance of the missing funds ($20,000.68) was returned to the Town through its insurance policy. / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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.

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    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • MerleFest Announces Artist Additions to 2018 Lineup, Tickets on Sale Now!

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    Dec. 11, 2017. MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions to the lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26 – 29, 2018: Elephant Revival, Rhiannon Giddens, Rodney Crowell, and Shinyribs. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The newest additions to the lineup join over 75 artists that have already been announced, including Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, The Devil Makes Three, Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, Mission Temple Fireworks Revival featuring Paul Thorn & Band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and the McCrary Sisters, a Midnight Jam hosted by Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale, and many more. / Read more…



  • The Story Behind the Christmas Tree at Cannon Memorial Hospital

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    Dec. 11,, 2017. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital (CMH). For staff and patients, the holiday season officially begins after Kyle Lee and his Plant Operations team find, cut, transport and decorate the annual Christmas tree in the hospital lobby. It takes Lee’s team of six a full day to set up and decorate the tree. But to him, it’s not simply part of his job – it’s so much more. Many people look forward to this joyous occasion, but few are aware of the man or the motive behind the tree. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Selects Elk Names and Contest Winner

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    Dec. 11, 2017. Elk have arrived at Grandfather Mountain, just in time for the mountain’s habitat keepers to select the winning names in the 2017 Elk Naming Contest. The elk, which arrived Thursday, Dec. 7, are officially named Doc, Merle and Watson — after world-famous bluegrass/folk icons and High Country natives Doc and Merle Watson — thanks to a submission from Sharon Webb, of Charlotte, N.C. / Read more…



  • Don’t Wreck the Holidays. Drive Safe and Sober

    Dec. 11, 2017. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you are drunk driving. The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program is partnering with law enforcement across the state during the annual Holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign, which runs now through Jan. 1, removing impaired drivers from roadways. In 2016, 1,442 people were killed in crashes on North Carolina roadways, including 354 alcohol-related deaths. This year so far, there have been 292 deaths resulting from a crash involving an impaired driver. During last year’s Holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign, which ran from December 9 through January 1, there were 893 impaired driving related crashes and 23 alcohol-related fatalities. / Read more…



  • Do You Need Health Insurance? This Friday Is Your Last Chance To Get Covered For 2018 With The Affordable Care Act

    Dec. 11, 2017. If you are uninsured, visit HealthCare.gov now to see if you qualify for lower premiums. More than 80% of people get a discount on their premiums, and most can find health insurance for under $75/month. In fact, 4.5 million Americans can find a plan for $0/month. You won’t know if you qualify unless you shop. Just make sure you do so before the final deadline on December 15th. If you do not get covered now, you may be locked out of health insurance until 2019. / Read more…



  • Watauga and Avery County Schools Closed For Classes Today

    Dec. 11, 2017. Both Watauga and Avery County schools will be closed today. Watauga schools announcement said “Due to many snow and ice covered roads in the district as well as some overnight refreezing, schools in Watauga County will be closed for students on Monday, December 11th.  It will be an Optional Teacher Workday.  Teachers and Staff may report on a two hour delay if needed to ensure safe travels to work.” Avery County also reported that it would be an optional workday for teachers.. / Read more…



  • All High Country Ski Slopes And Hawksnest Tubing Now Open With Great Conditions


    Dec. 9, 2017. All the snow sport resorts were open on Saturday with Appalachian Ski Mtn. and Hawksnest Tubing opening for the first time this season. Beech Mountain opened back up Saturday after being closed for a number of days after their Nov. 24th opening. Sugar Mountain Resort opened back up for skiing on Thursday. Snowmaking temperatures kicked in Wednesday and the resorts have been making snow almost nonstop. With Friday’s snowstorm the resorts were picture perfect postcard beautiful on Saturday and the slopes were full of skiers, snowboarders and tubers. / Read more…



  • It’s a Snowy Saturday Morning in the High Country With 4 to 8 Inches of Snow Accumulations, More On The Way


    Dec. 9, 2017. The High Country woke up to a wintery wonderland Saturday morning with 4 to 8 inches of snow across the area. With temperature in the upper 20s and no wind, it’s a perfect day to get out and enjoy the first snowstorm of the season. Back roads are still snow covered, secondary roads are snowy but passable, and the main roads are becoming more clearer as morning traffic picks up. Ray’s Weather is reporting another 1 to 2 inches is possible this afternoon and then a northwest wind develops tonight carrying with it another possible 2 inches. Skies clear Sunday but it is going to be cold and windy. . / Read more…



  • Sugar Mountain Resort Presents SugarFest Celebration This Weekend With 3 Days of Activities


    Dec. 4, 2017. This weekend, December 8 through 10 visit Sugar Mountain Ski Resort for its annual SugarFest celebration. Participants can expect to rub shoulders with Olympians Paul Wylie & Marco Sullivan, test drive this season’s skis & snowboards, view a wintery fireworks show, listen to the Shelby Rae Moore band, and partake in an après ski/snowboard party or the mini snowboard games. An intensive three-day ski clinic shakes campers into physical shape. Lodging deals are abundant. A hot chocolate with whipped cream bar and North Carolina BBQ headline SugarFEAST. And of course, Sugar Mountain Ski Resort features skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, and snowshoeing, Southern Style. / Read more…



  • Town of Boone Decides to Cancel Boone Christmas Parade That Was Scheduled for Saturday Morning

    Dec. 8, 2017. The Town of Boone regrets to inform the public that the 2017 downtown Christmas parade has been cancelled due to inclement weather and impending safety concerns. The latest forecast includes increased snow, freezing temperatures and the potential for dangerous road conditions. While the parade is cancelled, most downtown businesses will still be open, and the Town invites the public to visit the Jones House Cultural and Community Center for free cookies, hot cider, and hot chocolate. The Jones House is decorated for the holidays, including a special spot set up for taking family photographs. / Read more…



  • TOMORROW! Studio K Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker Will Happen, Snow or Shine!

    Dec. 8, 2017. There is no place like home for the holidays, especially when you live in the High Country! There are many holiday traditions in the area, including Studio K’s annual performance of The Nutcracker. The holiday favorite will take place at Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 9. There will be two performance; the first is at 2:00 p.m. and the second will take place at 7:00 p.m / Read more…



  • The Newland Town Council Members Admit Three New Members

    Dec. 8, 2017. Before a large gathering, the Newland Board of Aldermen (Town Council) swore in three new members, elected its Mayor Pro-Tem and re-appointed the town’s top officials for 2018 during its regular monthly meeting December 5. All Aldermen (Town Council members) Lauren Jaynes Turbyfill, Joleta Wise, Jamey Johnson, Kenny Caraway and Greg Seiz were present.  Other town officials attending included:  Mayor Valerie Jaynes; Town Administrator Keith Hoilman; Finance Officer Lisa Meinhardt; Town Attorney Joe Seegers; and Town Clerk and Board of Aldermen secretary Tammy Gardner. / Read more…



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