High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Appalachian State University to Start Spring Semester Tuesday Jan. 16th

    Jan 15, 2018. Following a month-long winter break, Appalachian State University will be back in the school swing for the Spring 2018 Semester beginning Tuesday, January 16. – / Read more…



  • Boone Sister’s March Planned for January 20


    Jan. 15, 2018. Local activists and concerned citizens alike will assemble Saturday afternoon for a Sister’s March through downtown Boone to display solidarity for the national Women’s March in Las Vegas, starting at the Watauga County Public Library at 3:00 p.m. January 20. The following day, a Women’s March in Las Vegas will mark the 1-year anniversary of the 2017 women’s march in Washington, D.C., which had roughly 500,000 participants at the United States capital and up to 5 million marchers affiliated in worldwide sister’s marches, according to official estimates. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Keeping Up With the Western Youth Network: Celebrating Mentors, Bowl for Kids and Donate!

    Jan. 15, 2018. The Western Youth Network (WYN) is known for impacting so many lives in the High Country- both the mentees and the mentors.  Are you interested in learning about WYN, learning about the WYN mentoring program or learning more about ways to support The Western Youth Network? / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Woman Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

    Jan. 15, 2018. On Wednesday, January 11, 2018, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees sentenced Haley Raquel Rhodes, 23, of Blowing Rock, N.C. to 60 months in prison and five years of supervised release on drug trafficking charges, announced R. Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Rhodes pleaded guilty in September 2017 to one count of methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. – / 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • NFIB SURVEY: Small Business Optimism Sets Record in 2017, Strongest Year Ever in 45 Years

    Jan. 12, 2018. Small business confidence blasted off the day after the 2016 election and remained in the stratosphere for all of 2017, making last year an all-time record setter for the NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism, released today. “2017 was the most remarkable year in the 45-year history of the NFIB Optimism Index,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “With a massive tax cut this year, accompanied by significant regulatory relief, we expect very strong growth, millions more jobs, and higher pay for Americans.”  / Read more…



  • Local Realtors Hit New Sales Mark in 2017 with 2,176 Homes Sold Worth $562.51 million

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    Jan. 15, 2018. Area real estate professionals posted annual sales growth for the eighth consecutive year, thanks to the busiest December in at least a decade. The hectic activity dropped inventory to its lowest level in years, as recorded within the High County Multiple Listing Service (MLS). It tracks Realtor® activity in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties. The year ended with Realtors® having sold 2,176 homes worth $562.51 million. That was just a 2 percent increase from 2016 (2,135), but up 27 percent from 2015 (1,710) and 48 percent from 2014 (1,474).. / Read more…



  • ASU Assistant Professor and Political Scientist Weighs in on North Carolina Redistricting Ruling

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    Jan. 15, 2018. Federal judges’ decision Tuesday that Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered two North Carolina congressional districts in 2016 puts increasing pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to make “a clearer ruling” about gerrymandering, according to an Appalachian State University political science professor. “Yesterday’s ruling is significant because it now marks the second time in recent history the courts have invalidated a congressional or state legislative map on the basis of partisan gerrymandering,” said Dr. William Hicks, assistant professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies. He studies state legislatures and redistricting, among other aspects of American politics. / Read more…



  • The High Country Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign To Hold Their Second Meeting Jan. 15

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    Jan. 10, 2018. The High Country Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign will hold their second meeting at 5:30 p.m. on January 15 at the Harvest House in Boone. Their first meeting on December 4 was part of the nationwide launch of a “new/old” campaign led by Rev. William Barber. The movement’s goal is to revive the Poor People’s Campaign, a national effort originating 50 years ago during Dr. Martin Luther King’s era.. / Read more…



  • Winter Makes a Returned Appearance With Temperatures Forecast to be Below Freezing for the Week

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    Jan. 13, 2018. Winter returned with a cold front that roared through the High Country Friday night with 20 mph winds, gusting to close to 40 mph. A dusting of snow has turned the ground white again as snow flurries are expected through the day on Saturday. Ray’s Weather is forecasting blustery winds tonight that will drive wind chills before zero and minus 20 degrees on mountaintops. The four-day warm spell brought with it over 3 inches of rain, the first decent rain in over a month. Ski slope operators said the rain was a blessing for them as their water reservoirs for snowmaking were getting depleted after a 10 day run of almost continuous snowmaking. / Read more…



  • The Winterfest 2018 Series: Everything You Need to Know About Winterfest Jan. 25- Jan. 28

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    Jan. 12, 2018. It’s that time of year again- Winterfest is right around the corner! Blowing Rock’s Annual Winterfest will be held on Thursday Jan. 25 through Sunday Jan. 28. Winterfest 2018 is unique to years in the past due to new additions including Ice Skating in Memorial Park and an improved format of Winterfeast. Winterfest offers a plethora of shopping opportunities, wine tastings, dining opportunities, winter athletics, and musical opportunities for all to enjoy.   Complied by Kate Herman – Photos by The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce / Read more…



  • Mark Ivey Promoted to App State Assistant Head Football Coach

    Jan. 12, 2018. Appalachian State University head football coach Scott Satterfield has named Mark Ivey, an App State alumnus and a member of the football staff since 2012, as the program’s assistant head coach. Ivey has served as an Appalachian State assistant coach for the past six seasons, including the last four overseeing the defensive line. He coached outside linebackers from 2012-13 and oversaw the special teams from 2012-14. “Mark Ivey bleeds Black and Gold,” Satterfield said. “Not only does he define what it means to be a Mountaineer, but he is a proven coach and a great mentor for the young men on our football team.”  / Read more…



  • Uno the River Otter Joins Grandfather Mountain Family as its Latest Rescue Animal

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    Jan. 12, 2018. Things are looking up for a certain pup. Uno, a North American river otter, has joined the Grandfather Mountain family. The otter pup came to the mountain in November 2017, having been found orphaned in the Asheville area earlier that year. In April, he was brought to a Lincolnton, N.C.-based wildlife rehabilitator, the same who helped rehabilitate four of Grandfather’s other river otters. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Across the Country Universities Are Facing An Epidemic of Student Housing and Food Insecurity

    Jan. 12, 2018. Letters to the Editor. BY CHRIS GENTRY / Dear Editor, Appalachian State University has a history of being a rural teacher’s college designed to educate the rural, often less economically privileged, mountain communities. The recent changes in Appalachian State’s housing approach are a shift away from that history. Across the country universities are facing an epidemic of student housing and food insecurity. The effective privatization of the Appalachian State housing system is only going to fuel further student instability and threatens every value that the university claims to hold.   / Read more…



  • Iconic Bridal Store to Close at Year End, Donna Cook Announces Retirement


    Jan. 12, 2018. Donna Cook publicly announced recently via social media that she had decided to retire and would be closing her Boone bridal shop at the end of 2018; immediately, former brides and mothers of brides, both near and far, began responding with comments about their dream (wedding) dresses and how their special occasions would not have been the same without Cook’s assistance. By Sherrie Norris / 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Water Line Has Been Fixed; Restaurants Are Open In Banner Elk; Advisory Still in Effect

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    Jan. 12, 2018. The water line has now been repair but water advisory still in effect. The Banner Elk Chamber reports that restaurants are open in Banner Elk. To comply with the advisory there are limited drink selections, canned soda, and bottled water will be available. Water consumers of the Town of Banner Elk in Avery County may experience periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a Water Main Break / Read more…



  • The 2017 Banner Elk Chamber Person of the Year Goes to the Deserving Alan Bolick

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    Jan. 11, 2018. The Banner Elk Chamber held its Annual Dinner Wednesday night at The Barn at Cornerstone in Banner Elk for dinner, socializing and the presentation of its Annual Person of the Year Award for 2017. Chamber President Jo-Ann McMurray presented the award to Alan Bolick for his continuing self sacrifices and dedication to the renovation of the Historic Banner Elk School. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Announces Ticket Promotions for Upcoming Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games

    Jan. 11, 2018. Appalachian State athletics has announced special ticket promotions for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball games on Thursday and Saturday inside the Holmes Center. On Thursday against Georgia State, App State has partnered with the Hunger and Health Coalition to collect food items. When the gates open at 4 p.m. fans can bring any three non-perishable foods to the gates at Holmes Center. Any store-bought, non-expired goods will be accepted, but there is a special need for peanut butter, oatmeal/rolled oats, dry beans, rice, pastas, breakfast cereals, jelly, tuna, spaghetti sauce and all canned fruits and vegetables. Fans that supply three items will be given one free ticket to be used at that game. Only one ticket will be given per group.  / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Jan. 4-10: 25 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $6,894,500.00

    Jan. 11, 2018. 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…



  • Zionville’s Amy Nelson Named Category Winner in Pillsbury Bake-Off


    Jan. 11, 2018. After competing with thousands of cooks from across the country, Zionville resident Amy Nelson has been named a category winner in the 48th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Claiming her title in the Breakfast Category with her Bejeweled Cranberry-Orange Rolls recipe, Nelson is among four category winners who will be featured in Food Network Magazine, receive a trip to New York for an appearance on Food Network’s hit show The Kitchen, a suite of GE Appliances and $5,000 in cash. Nelson will also be competing for the grand prize, which includes a trip to New York for an appearance on The Kitchen, a kitchen makeover from GE Appliances and $50,000 in cash. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga Schools Will Not Hold Saturday School Session Originally Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13

    Jan. 11, 2018. Due to forecasts of freezing rain and snow Friday evening into Saturday morning, Watauga County Schools will not hold the Saturday school session originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13. Monday, January 15 will be an Optional Teacher Workday as previously planned. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 16. “Typically, when severe weather is anticipated, our road check team attempts to gather as much real-time information as possible about road conditions and forecasted precipitation before making the call to cancel or delay school,” Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said. “But in the case of holding Saturday school this weekend, we wanted to give everyone as much advance notice as possible. We don’t want to take the chance that we wake up on Saturday and end up having to cancel school.”  / Read more…



  • The Watauga County Library Hosts Jessica Lidh, Presenter for the High Country Writers, 1/11

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    Jan. 10, 2018 Local author Jessica Lidh will be the featured presenter at the regular meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 10:00 am. Lidh will discuss her challenges, her selection process, and will give advice to aspiring authors and fellow writers. The program is free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • Town of Newland to Pay Candidate Contestation Bill and Hire New Police Officer

    Jan. 10, 2018. Before a small gathering the Newland Board of Aldermen (Town Council) approved paying an elections board bill and hiring a new police officer during their first meeting of the 2018 year, January 2. Aldermen (Town Council members) Lauren Jaynes Turbyfill, Joleta Wise, Jamey Johnson and Greg Seiz were present. Alderman Kenny Caraway was absent. 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…



  • Final 2017 App State Football Statistical Breakdown and Column Notes

    Jan. 10, 2018. College football season ended this past Monday night with Alabama’s overtime win against Georgia in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) national championship game. Four months earlier, Georgia opened its season by facing Appalachian State, which went on to win a second straight Sun Belt Conference title, post a third straight bowl victory and record the only shutout of the 2017 bowl season. With the 2017 season officially over, here’s a look at how the Mountaineers and some of their standout players fared statistically.  / Read more…



  • App State Repeats as Sun Belt Conference Football Attendance Leader

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    Jan. 10, 2018. Fans flooded the field to celebrate another Sun Belt Conference championship with Appalachian State’s football team following the December 2 home finale. The crowds in Kidd Brewer Stadium also earned top billing in the Sun Belt. Appalachian State led the Sun Belt in home football attendance for the second consecutive year, averaging 25,787 fans during its six games in Boone. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 1- Jan. 9

    Jan. 10, 2018 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



  • CCC&TI Announces Spring Performing Artist Series

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    Jan. 10, 2018. Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate of Fine Arts – Music Program has announced the schedule for the Spring Semester Performing Artist Series on the Caldwell Campus. It will feature six free performances, including local artists and a variety of musical genres. The Spring 2018 series will kick off with The Mercury Dames, a Boone-area trio who combine eclectic whimsy with jazz, blues and country standards to create a sassy, Vaudeville-inspired, vocally-driven offering. The Mercury Dames are Kim France, Lauren Hayworth and Kathryn Chaffin. / Read more…



  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institue’s Jessica Alexander Accompanies Carolina Panthers PurrCussion Drumline

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    Jan. 10, 2018. Jessica Alexander, who teaches Music Appreciation at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus in Boone, performed Christmas songs with the Carolina Panthers PurrCussion Drumline during the first and third quarters of the Dec. 24 game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Alexander, who is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the San Francisco Conservatory, played horn on the group’s renditions of “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” A native of High Point, Alexander now lives in Boone and has been teaching on the Watauga Campus since the Fall 2016 semester. / 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Former Appalachian State Coach and Avery Resident Mack Brown to be Enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

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    Jan. 9, 2018. The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame has announced the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class, which includes 10 First Team All-America players and three standout coaches. The class was announced Monday in Atlanta in conjunction with the College Football Playoffs National Championship game. The star-studded list of inductees has a strong North Carolina and High Country connection as it includes former Appalachian State and University of North Carolina head coach and part-time Avery County resident Mack Brown.” / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – January 9, 2018

    Jan. 9, 2018. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Photos, Race Results & Team Standings from First Week of SMARL’s 2018 Season

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    Jan. 8, 2018. The first race of the 2018 Sugar Mountain Adult Race League (SMARL) took place Monday night at Sugar Mountain Resort on Oma’s Meadow slope. SMARL takes place on six Mondays in January and February, is now in its 12th year as an after-work, “beer league” for local skiers and snowboarders in the High Country. There are 12 teams participating this year; 8 teams comprised of skiers and 4 teams made up of snowboarders. Over 90 racers were on hand for the first race, which saw Erich Schmidinger post the fastest skiing time at 29.76 seconds on his second run. For the snowboarders, Jeff Johnson posted the fastest time of 37.80 seconds on his first run. / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Insidious: The Lost Key’ Completely Standard Installment of a Franchise

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    Jan. 9, 2018 “Insidious” is one of those horror franchises that likes to jump around a lot in its timeline. “The Last Key” takes place second out of the four films. The story follows paranormal problem-solver Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her techies Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) as they investigate yet another haunting… but this time, it’s personal! Okay, we never get that cheesy line, but it is personal, and I wish we did.

    The haunting is happening in Elise’s childhood home in Five Keys, New Mexico. We get flashbacks to a fateful night in which Elise’s father punished her for her paranormal visions by locking her under the floor. By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Dec. 21-Jan. 3: 70 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $18,088,000.00

    Jan. 9, 2018. 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…



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