High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • App State Holds Off Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns for 27-17 Win

    October 21, 2018 The Appalachian State Mountaineers survived an upset bid by Louisiana (Lafayette) Saturday in Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium to take a 27-17 victory and remain unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play. Darrynton Evans, who started in place of the injured Jalin Moore, who broke and dislocated his right ankle in the Arkansas State game, rushed for a career-best 183 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown rushing and another receiving to lead Appalachian State. Evans also ripped off a 65-yard run to set up the Mountaineers’ last touchdown at the start of the second half. They improved to 5-1 over-all and 3-0 in the conference with the win, which came before 27,082 fans in attendance and an ESPN-Plus television audience. Louisiana fell to 3-4 over-all and 1-2 in the Sun Belt. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Local Businesses and Elected Officials Want NCDOT to Consider Other Ideas For Improving Safety and Traffic Flow on N.C. Highway 105

    October 19, 2018 The concerned voices of business owners, Boone Town Council members and Watauga County Commissioners have been heard this week. Area businesses, with the help of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, put together a letter that they will be sending to the North Carolina Department of Transportation as part of the public comment period in regards to the Highway 105 Superstreet Plan that was rolled out by the NCDOT at the end of September. “The NC 105 corridor serves a vast array of business and community interests. While an important local asset, this thoroughfare’s impact stretches beyond the bounds of Boone and Watauga County, standing as a primary connection vessel for many businesses, residential, and tourism interests across all High Country communities,” the letter states. “NC 105 is a unique economic corridor, housing a high percentage of the area’s hotel inventory, iconic restaurants, and a culture of businesses that provides a diverse mix of offerings not found in other areas of our local community. As this project is addressed, a question must be asked of all parties involved: Is the goal of NC 105 to serve as a designed highway or a business corridor?” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Valle Country Fair Celebrates 40 Years Tomorrow, Lineup for Entertainers Announced


    October 19, 2018 “Fellowship” and “fun” were the catchwords in October of 1978 when the parishioners of Holy Cross Episcopal Church jumped headlong into the adventure that was the first Valle Country Fair. The little church fete has grown by an undreamt-of extent in its first 40 years, but the friendships and community built as the people of the Valle come together to put on the 2018 celebration are as strong, enduring and rooted in a sense of place as those from the first Fair. Alongside fellowship and fun, the Valle Crucis community is on a mission to raise funds for helping people in need. Over the past 39 years, the Fair has raised many hundreds of thousands of dollars for area charities and families in crisis. Admission to the Fair is FREE and paid parking is available in the adjoining field. / Read more…



  • RaysWeather.com Unveils Fearless Forecast for 2018-19 Winter Season; 42 Inches of Snow Predicted in Boone


    October 19, 2018. In their 16th year of issuing a fearless winter forecast, the staff at Ray’s Weather Center is predicting a slightly snowier winter season than average. Each year, the winter forecast is compiled by founder Dr. Ray Russell and his staff, using both scientific studies and historical analysis. The forecast takes into account possible El Nino or La Nina conditions in the ocean and the historical snowfall totals that have happened during similar conditions. The 2018-19 Fearless Forecast is predicting 15 percent high snow totals than the 10-year averages in the High Country as well as a greater than average potential for ice this winter. The forecast also predicts that temperatures will be between one and two degrees colder than average and that the bulk of the snowfall will happen during January and February. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Update on the Leaves at Grandfather Mountain, Colors Starting to Appear with Cooler Weather


    October 17, 2018. After a week of cool temperatures, the leaves have started to develop some color. Hopefully, the color will continue to come on quickly after this week of lower temperatures. It’s finally starting to feel and look like fall. By this time of year, we’re typically surrounded by the bold colors of fall leaves. This year, however, the High Country’s leaves are still mostly green even though it’s the middle of October. The Fall Color Guy, Appalachian biology professor Dr. Howard Neufeld, has noticed this development. Frank Ruggiero, the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, has also noticed the delay in the leaves changing. However, he says that it is a blessing in disguise since more leaves would have been blown off by the storms. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Voting Totals Reach Nearly 3,100 Voters in the First Two Days of Early Voting in Watauga County

    October 19, 2018 Early voting numbers in Watauga County after the first two days have seen 3,093 residents head out to vote early in one of the six early voting locations across the county according to numbers provided by the Watauga County Board of Elections. The Appalachian State University early voting location at the Plemmons Student Union has seen the biggest turnout with 1,373 voters in the first two days. The downtown Boone location at the administration building has had 905 voters while the Blowing Rock location has seen 258 voters and the Western Watauga Community Center has hd 249 voters. In Deep Gap, a total of 185 early voters have cast their ballot so far and 123 voters have voted early in Meat Camp. 1,701 residents voted on Wednesday during the first day of early voting. As a reminder, early voting will continue from now through Saturday, November 3. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Halloween Events in the High Country: It’s Finally Time for Spooks, Corn Mazes, Tricks and Treats

    October 18, 2018. The weather has cooled down in the last few days, and it’s finally starting feeling more like October with that chill in the air. Plus there’s the other signs that October is upon us. Like pumpkins and other fall squash of all shapes and sizes are being sold everywhere you look and stores are getting in costumes. Everywhere you look, there are signs that fall is here and Halloween is on its way. And with the approach of Halloween comes the many different events meant to give you a fright or two. From haunted trails to trick or treating, there’s surely something for everyone! Be sure to check out them all to find out if you have what it takes to defeat the monsters and spooks lurking around every corner this season. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Hardin Park’s Sam Nystrom Wins Watauga County Schools Spelling Bee


    October 19, 2018 Hardin Park sixth-grader Sam Nystrom correctly spelled “Jaguar” and “Confetti” to secure victory in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 19. Parkway’s Hannah Lutz and Katie Coombes of Blowing Rock tied for the runner-up spot in the contest. Nystrom’s win marks his second district spelling bee championship in the last three years. The top-speller in each school was invited to attend the competition held at the WCS central office. This year’s contestants were: Andrew Tester of Bethel, Katie Coombes of Blowing Rock, Andrew Greer of Cove Creek, Kylie Broce of Green Valley, Sam Nystrom of Hardin Park, Diane McGlamery of Mabel, Hannah Lutz of Parkway and Shawn Vestey of Valle Crucis. / Read more…



  • Mast Store and Merrell Footwear Partner to Provide Food for Kids Oct. 22nd through Nov. 4th

    October 19, 2018 “Have you eaten?” That’s the secret code for love and care in many families, but it’s a question of real consequence for more people than many realize.  That’s why Mast Store, Merrell Footwear, and the Hunger and Health Coalition are partnering to turn the answer to that question into a resounding “yes” in our communities, especially for one of the most vulnerable populations, our children. “Partnering with Merrell has allowed us to provide thousands of weekend meals,” said Lisa Cooper, president of Mast General Store. “We are proud to partner with vendors that are committed to changing lives in our communities. Merrell believes that meeting a child’s needs is vital to helping them grow and learn without the worries of food insecurity. They know how important it is for a kid to just be a kid.” / Read more…



  • Banner Elk’s Famous Woolly Worm Festival is Oct. 20-21. Will You Have the Winning Woolly Worm?


    October 19, 2018 Banner Elk’s famed Woolly Worm Festival celebrates its 41st year the weekend of Oct. 20-21. The festival is known worldwide for its quirky mission of conducting races among woollybear caterpillars, known locally as woolly worms. Races are held both days, with Saturday’s winner getting the honor of forecasting the winter weather in North Carolina’s High Country. Saturday’s winning worm also receives $1,000, while Sunday’s champion wins $500. / Read more…



  • Operation Medicine Cabinet Drug Drop-Off Yields Over 2,000 Ounces of Unused Medications


    October 19, 2018. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Boone Police Department, Blowing Rock Police Department, Town of Boone Public Utilities, Western Youth Network of Boone and Watauga Substance Abuse Prevention held their 11th bi-annual drug drop on October 13. The event started in October of 2010 as a way for citizens to safely discard prescription and nonprescription drugs that were no longer needed. Drop-off events like these go a long way to keep such drugs away from being misused or improperly discarded in a way that could affect the area ground water. There were four different locations in the county for people to drop off their unwanted drugs and after the final count, a total of 2,369.5 ounces of prescription and non-prescription drugs were collected. That number included 21.1 ounces of opioids, 1.5 ounces of stimulants and 26.3 ounces of Benzodiazepines. There was also 272 ounces of liquid prescription and nonprescription medicines discarded. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, October 8 – October 14

    October 18, 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 Nathan Ham



  • Blowing Rock Town Manager Ed Evans Stepping Down at the End of November


    October 18, 2018. Ed Evans, who has been Blowing Rock’s Town Manager since January of 2017, will be resigning his position effective November 30. Evans is no stranger to holding down a similar position in the High Country. He started off serving as town manager of Seven Devils from 2009 until 2015 when he took over as town manager for Beech Mountain. Evans then replaced outgoing Blowing Rock Town Manager Scott Fogleman nearly two years ago. Evans submitted his resignation earlier this week. The move came as a surprise to quite a few people, including Blowing Rock Mayor Charlie Sellers. By Nathan Ham / 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 Nathan Ham



  • Watauga County Deeds – Oct. 11-17: 28 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,828,500.00

    Oct. 18 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…



  • Just Over 1,700 Votes Tallied in Watauga County on the First Day of Early Voting; 601 New Voters Registered in the Last Month

    October 18, 2018 It was a very busy day in Watauga County for the first day of early voting. A total of 1,701 voters cast their ballots on Wednesday, making it an even busier day than the first day of early voting during the 2016 presidential election, that according to Matthew Snyder, the Director of the Watauga County Board of Elections. The early voting site on the campus of Appalachian State had the most votes yesterday with 723. The Watauga County Administration Building saw 530 voters while 141 people voted at the Western Watauga Community Center, 136 voters came out to early vote in Bowing Rock, 99 in Deep Gap and 72 in Meat Camp. “It was a busy day and a big turnout, we’re really happy to see folks getting out to vote. We still have 11 and a half days left of early voting,” Snyder said. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Cycling Ventures to Missoula for Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals This Weekend

    October 18, 2018 The Lees-McRae College cycling team will wrap up mountain bike season competing at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Missoula, Mont. this weekend (Oct. 19-21). Event preview – This will be assistant coach Brian Jorgensen’s first Nationals competition with the team since coming on board at the start of the year. “I’m looking for good results and positive emotions from the team,” said Jorgensen. “Nationals being so far away puts a big strain on teams that have to travel that distance.” Jorgensen also explained that it is a team goal to finish in a high place well as for individuals to have a shot to be crowned as the best overall rider. “We definitely want to see the team on the podium, and there are a few individuals that we feel have a chance to place high in their respective races and also to place high overall,” said Jorgensen. “We’ll have tougher competition at Nationals, but our riders know that they are in reach of those high results.” / Read more…



  • Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., “The Great Unifier,” Speaking Thursday, Oct. 18 at Appalachian State University


    October 18, 2018. Appalachian State’s University Forum Committee will be hosting Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Shaefer Center for the Performing Arts from 7 to 8 p.m. A reception will be held from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Reverend Jackson, known as “the Great Unifier,” will be speaking about civil rights, his topic being “With Justice for All: Human Rights and Civil Rights at Home and Abroad.” “With Justice for All: Human Rights and Civil Rights at Home and Abroad” is open for the general public to attend. Seats are first come, first served. On-campus parking will be free since the event is after 5 p.m.
    / Read more…



  • Town of Boone Streambank Restoration Work Begins on South Fork of New River


    October 17, 2018. Work recently started along the South Fork of the New River on the former Bolick Property that the Town of Boone purchased in 2016 for the home of a new municipal center. The area of land is located just off of U.S. Highway 421 between Brookshire Park and the Blue Ridge Energy office. Brushy Fork Environmental Consulting, Inc. (BFEC) is working with the Town of Boone in the restoration of about 4,000 linear feet of the South Fork of the New River. The restoration work will involve stabilizing many of the streambanks along the river that have eroded over time. The natural channel design techniques used will include the installation of rock J-hooks that will concentrate water flow and deflect it away from the bank, toe wood and sloping of channel banks to create a more accessible floodplain. Some of the trees along the streambanks will be used as toe wood to stabilize the banks, which means the trees will be cut down and submerged to replicate a natural streambank . Once construction is complete, new native plant species will be planted. The streambank restoration is expected to take about six months. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • North Carolina Symphony Performs at Schaefer Center This Friday, Oct. 19


    October 17, 2018 This Friday, Oct. 19, the North Carolina Symphony will be performing at the Schaefer Center for Performing Arts at 7 p.m. The North Carolina Symphony is an indispensable part of North Carolina’s cultural narrative. Founded as America’s first statewide orchestra in 1932, and traveling 18,500 miles throughout the state to engage 250,000 people each year, NCS is committed to presenting artistically excellent performances that delight and inspire. The performance features Llewellyn as conductor, Eliza Bagg as soprano and the Cherokee Chamber Singers. / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort Announces Lineup for 2018/19 Winter Music Series Beginning Dec. 15


    October 17, 2018 Beech Mountain Resort will once again feature its Winter Music Series to accompany the highly-anticipated 2018/2019 ski season.  As the snow thickens and the new state-of-the-art chairlifts kick into high gear; skiers from around the southeast will also be treated to a wide array of great live music during this exciting time of year. The Beech Mountain Resort Winter Music Series is sponsored by Pacifico; a popular Mexican beer brewed on the Baja side of the country that is now sold nationwide in the U.S. Headlining this 25-show, three-month concert series will be the The SteelDrivers, one of the most acclaimed bands in the bluegrass and roots music genres. The group has won a Grammy Award and an International Bluegrass Music Association award for their albums. / Read more…



  • Hunger and Health Coalition Hosts 4th Annual Masquerade Ball on Friday, Oct. 26


    October 17, 2018 The Hunger and Health Coalition is hosting its fourth annual Masquerade Ball in order to raise funds for programs geared toward Watauga county residents in need. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Blowing Rock Country Club from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The Masquerade Ball is the Hunger and Health Coalition’s largest fundraiser, and for good reason. The event has a multitude of attractions, such as hors d’oeuvres, costumes, drinks and performances from the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble. This year, there will also be fortune tellers, tarot card readers and other exciting surprises. The Hunger and Health Coalition seeks to provide the basic necessities for a comfortable lifestyle, focusing on the supply of food and medications. They utilize programs such as the Food Pantry, Food Recovery Kitchen, The Fresh Market, Free Pharmacy, Thanksgiving Dinner and the Sharing Tree Program. These programs help to ensure low-income Watauga residents are being fed and given life-sustaining medications instead of having to choose between one or the other. / Read more…



  • Boone-Based Educational Nonprofit to Host College Fair for First-Generation Students on Saturday, October 27


    October 17, 2018 Achievement Through Liberal Arts and Sciences (ATLAS) is hosting a free college fair for high school students throughout the High Country on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center in Boone (252 Poplar Grove Rd). The theme is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” The fair will host over 50 colleges and universities with respective alumni members, guaranteeing an insider’s guide on preparation measures. Students are encouraged to ask questions and engage with alumni. Further information about ATLAS as well as financial aid information will be provided. There will be free refreshments. / Read more…



  • Over 47,000 Voters Registered in Watauga County for the 2018 Mid-term Elections

    October 17, 2018 The latest numbers from the North Carolina Board of Elections show 47,388 registered voters for the 2018 election. These numbers are as of October 13. Watauga County currently has 12,467 registered Democrats, 14,288 registered Republicans and 20,081 unaffiliated voters. There are also 543 Libertarian voters, five registered voters in the Constitution Party and four registered voters in the Green Party Female voters outnumber male voters in the county with 24,788 women registered to vote and 21,932 men registered to vote. Looking at other demographics, 43,511 registered voters are white, 1,139 voters are Hispanic, 1,059 voters are African American, 75 are American Indian and 2,743 voters declared themselves as other. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Early Voting Underway; Watauga County Voters Can Vote Early at Six Locations


    October 17, 2018. One-stop early voting in North Carolina has officially started Wednesday morning and will last until Saturday, November 3. For Watauga County residents, they have six different locations available for early voting. Unlike on Election Day where voters have to go to their registered precincts, voters can vote at any of the six locations during the early voting period. Early voting locations in Watauga County are: Watauga County Administration Building Commissioners’ Board Room (814 W. King Street, Boone), ASU Plemmons Student Union Blue Ridge Ballroom (263 Locust Street, Boone), Blowing Rock Town Hall (1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock), Deep Gap Fire Department (6583 Old Highway 421 South, Deep Gap), Meat Camp Fire Department (4797 N.C. Highway 194 North, Boone) and Western Watauga Community Center (1081 Old Highway 421, Sugar Grove). Early voting dates and times are the same for each location. Early voting times are October 17-19, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., October 22-26, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., October 29 – November 2, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., and November 3, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Hosts Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns in Another Sun Belt Conference Clash on Saturday


    October 17, 2018. Appalachian State, one of college football’s hottest teams so far during the 2018 season, returns to action this Saturday, October 20 with a 3:30 p.m. Sun Belt Conference home game against Louisiana (Lafayette) in Kidd Brewer Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN Plus. It also will be broadcast on the Appalachian State IMG Radio Network at the following affiliates: 97.3 FM (North Wilkesboro)-Flagship; 96.5 FM/1450 AM (Boone); 1270 AM (Gastonia/Charlotte); 1150 AM (Rock Hill, SC/Charlotte); 101.5 FM/600 AM (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point); 107.7 FM/1450 AM (Hendersonville); 1350 AM (Asheville); and 620 AM (Raleigh-Durham). The Ragin’ Cajuns are the only West Division team to appear on Appalachian State’s schedule every year since they joined the league in 2014. Appalachian State has a 4-0 lead in the series. It won 35-16 on the road in 2014, 28-7 at home in 2015, 24-0 on the road in 2016 and 63-14 at home in 2017. The Mountaineers (4-1 over-all; 2-0 conference) have not lost since their season opener on September 1 at Penn State in overtime (45-38). Appalachian State has romped past all four of its other opponents–Charlotte (45-9), Gardner-Webb (72-7), South Alabama (52-7) and Arkansas State (35-9). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Elevations Tavern and Grill in Banner Elk Planning Steely Dan Tribute Concert October 20th


    October 8, 2018. On Saturday, Oct. 20, during the Woolly Worm Festival, the Babylon Brothers and special guest Matt Hemond will be performing at Elevations Tavern and Grill in Sugar Mountain. The music of the night will be performed as a tribute to Steely Dan. The Babylon Brothers’ music mainly focuses on influences of jazz, making their tribute to Steely Dan a felicitous one. Band members include brothers Andy and Zack Page, Jim Schaller on the vox, Aaron Price on the keys, Rick Hefner on the saxophone and John Spurrier on the drums. Elevations Tavern and Grill will rearrange the dining room in order to accommodate the band and audience for the perfect entertainment experience. Elevations Tavern and Grill will also feature a live performance by Matt Hemond in the bar area. Hemond is described as a one-man show with a versatile range and talent. Elevations Tavern and Grill opened June 1 of this year. Owner Ed Plante has been in the restaurant business for 15 years, starting out at hot dog stands to serving gourmet cuisine. By Kelyn Wilhoit / Read more…



  • TVA and Mountain Electric Cooperative Postpones Major Electricity Outage to November 10-11

    October 17, 2018 The Tennessee Valley Authority & Mountain Electric Cooperative has postponed a major power outage that was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 27, moving it to November 10. The outage will begin at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night, November 10 and is anticipated to last for nine hours. Work should be completed and electricity restored by 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, November 11. The outage will impact 14,500 customers over much of Avery County including the following communities: Cranberry, Minneapolis, Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain, Grandfather, Montezuma, Linville, Pineola, Crossnore, Jonas Ridge, Newland and Linville Falls. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Governor Roy Cooper Makes a Stop in Valle Crucis Surveying Storm Damage Across Western NC


    October 17, 2018. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper made a brief appearance in Valle Crucis last Thursday to get a first-hand look at some of the storm damage that has hit the High Country over the last month. Cooper made stops in several other mountain and piedmont counties as part of the trip. The main focus of Cooper’s stop in Watauga County was a tour of Valle Crucis School and to hear how the community has been impacted by severe weather. “I was able to describe to Gov. Cooper the continued flooding issues we face at the school as well as the ways in which our roads and other infrastructure are impacted by heavy rain storms,” said Dr. Scott Elliott, Watauga County Schools Superintendent. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – October 16, 2018

    October 16, 2018. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Your Tailgate Party Starts Here


    October 17, 2018. Football is huge in the High Country right now and tailgating is at its peak, even if the Autumn leaves are surprisingly not. Record crowds are expected to be pouring into the area this weekend for a big game and two signature outdoor festivals, so make sure you pack lots of patience. You won’t be getting anywhere fast, I’m afraid. If it’s to the football stadium for your tailgate party, hopefully we can throw out a few ideas to make the day a real winner even before the game begins.. 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 Nathan Ham



  • 63rd Annual Farm City Banquet Happening November 1

    October 16, 2018 The 63rd Annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 1, at 6 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church located on New Market Boulevard in Boone. The theme for this year’s banquet is “High Country Grown” to celebrate the home grown success of our county’s farms and the community and town folk that support them. The banquet and awards ceremony is organized annually by the Town of Boone, ASU, and Watauga County Cooperative Extension. This year, the program includes special guest, Nashville recording artist, and author Radney Foster, who will share music and stories from his collection of short stories “For You to See the Stars.” Radney finished writing and editing this, his first book, right here in Boone! Following dinner, supplied from local farms, awards will be presented to those in our farming, civic, and business community who have made significant contributions to our agricultural economy. / Read more…



  • Alice Gerrard and Piedmont Melody Makers at Jones House for Workshop and Concert, Oct. 27


    October 16, 2018. Legendary old-time, bluegrass and folk musician, Alice Gerrard, comes to the Jones House Cultural and Community Center on Saturday, October 27, for a singing workshop and afternoon concert with the Piedmont Melody Makers. The Piedmont Melody Makers will be giving a singing workshop, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Jones House, followed by a ticketed concert at 4:00 p.m. The singing workshop is free, although advanced reservations are requested. Tickets for the afternoon concert are $20 each, and advanced reservations are also recommended – although open seats will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the concert. / Read more…



  • Town of Crosssnore Mourns Death of Mayor, Tudor Vance


    October 16, 2018. Hundreds of mourners from all walks of life filled First Baptist Church of Crossnore on Sunday afternoon, with a long line stretching around the building for nearly three hours before the funeral service began. It was a fitting tribute to the late Edward Truitt “Tudor” Vance, who not only was born and raised in Crossnore, but who also served as its mayor since 2001. Vance died after a brief illness in the early morning hours of October 11. Family members, friends, business associates, fellow golfers and others came from miles around to pay their respects to a man who wore many hats. The flag-draped coffin told a story in itself of an American hero who served his country, but also that of an everyday hero to his wife, children and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and others who knew him intimately.. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



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