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Mountaineers Set to Close Out Road Schedule on National TV Saturday Night at 6 pm; Back Home Wednesday to Start Final Homestand of Season

February 24, 2024 After securing a winning season on the road last Thursday, the App State Mountaineers (23-5, 13-2 SBC) close out their road schedule with their third nationally televised game this season at Marshall (12-16, 7-8 SBC) on Saturday. App State will look to sweep its fifth season series of the year on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Mountaineers’ 82-67 road win at Old Dominion last Thursday marked win No. 7 away from the Holmes Center this season, which is the most road wins in a season since 2021-22. It also secured App State’s fourth winning record on the road this century. With just four losses away from home this season, a win on Saturday would clinch the fewest road losses in a season since the 1997-98 team lost just four road contests. At 23-5 and 13-2 in Sun Belt play, the Mountaineers enter this week’s action in sole possession of first place in the league and have won 22 of their last 25 games. App State is one of just 10 Division I teams with at least 23 wins and one of only 17 teams in the country with five or fewer losses entering the weekend.

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LETTERS: In response to Mark Murphy Phd, Jd letter dated February 15, 2024

February 23, 2024 Letters to the Editor. By Sue Sweeting / Mr. Murphy, thank you for your well-written article on the candidates and issues for the 2024 elections in Watauga County. During my eight years on the Blowing Rock Town Council, I was an advocate for residents and employees. I was part of the Council who voted yes to give our employees more paid holiday time and increased their salaries, which were below the County and ASU salaries. I also accomplished the Bass Lake sidewalk connecting downtown Blowing Rock to Moses Cone Park. What an asset to our ecotourism Town!

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App State Public Health AmeriCorps Program Boosts Public Health Resources in WNC

February 23, 2024 Fueled by a three-year, $1 million grant, Appalachian State University is implementing a Public Health AmeriCorps program to enhance public health preparedness and mental health training, resources and support in 25 rural Western North Carolina counties. AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. Public Health AmeriCorps is a new initiative made possible through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AmeriCorps, with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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High Country Real Estate: Snap Shot

February 22, 2024 Snapshot is a monthly feature to keep you in the know! Showcasing three sold properties in the same general price point, but in different locations around the High Country, we compare the basic features of each property to give you an even better snapshot of what’s selling in the current local real estate market.BRRI’s latest Snapshot features three residential listings, sold by in January of 2024; located in Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain, and Sugar Mountain.By Breanna McKay, REALTOR, Blue Ridge Realty & Investments, LLC

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Two Watauga County School Students Wesley Coatney and Grayson Elliott Named Morehead-Cain Scholarship Recipients

February 22, 2024 Two Watauga High School seniors recently received notification that they were the recipients of the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Wesley Coatney and Grayson Elliott immersed themselves in the rigorous application process and were chosen to receive this merit scholarship. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship program was the first merit scholarship program established in the United States at the first public university, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recipients receive a fully-funded,world-class education. In addition to covering all expenses for four years of study at UNC-Chapel Hill, the scholarship also provides fully-funded summer enrichment activities and independent research, internship and international study opportunities

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No Men, No Boats, No Way You Want to Miss This Show! Feb. 28 to Mar. 2 at Valborg Theatre

February 22, 2024 The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents “Men on Boats,” a thrilling and widely acclaimed work by Jaclyn Backhaus. The cast is comprised of thirteen individuals, spanning across all undergraduate class levels. The production will take place in the Valborg Theatre on campus at 7 p.m. from Feb. 28 to March 2 with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 3, 2024. Student admission is $10, faculty/staff is $15, and adult admission is $17. Tickets are available online through the department website, as well as by phone and in person through the Schaefer Center for the Arts box office.

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App State Partners with Foundation to Improve Literacy in the High Country and Catawba Valley

February 22, 2024 The Mebane Charitable Foundation has donated $100,000 to Appalachian State University to fund the expansion of reading assistance services for K–3 students in Watauga and Catawba counties. These services will provide critical literacy resources to local families, building on the model established at the Anderson Reading Clinic — which is located in the Reich College of Education (RCOE) on the university’s Boone campus and is the oldest university-based reading clinic in North Carolina

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Avery Compiles Runner-Up Finish at 2024 1-A Individual/Over-All State Team Wrestling Championship; Crowns Four Individual Champions 


February 21, 2024 Avery County High added major team and individual accomplishments this season to further solidify its standing as one of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s most consistently dominant wrestling programs on all levels of classification.  And Avery has been its top 1-A dynasty since championships have been held in each of its four classifications for its Individual/Over-All Team State Tournament the past fifteen years (starting in 2010). From 1931 until 1987, one over-all state championship team from all levels of competition was crowned from the Individual/Over-All Team Tournament.  Then, from 1987 until 2010, 4-A, 3-A, and 2-A/1-A championship Individual/Over-All Team State Tournaments were held. By Tim Gardner

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Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: It’s Great American Pie Month 


February 21, 2023 I was surprised to learn just this week that February is Great American Pie Month. I guess everything has a purpose and needs to fit in somewhere. And who doesn’t love pie? It may have some historical connection to the infamous tale about George Washington cutting down the cherry tree, and whose birthday has long been celebrated in February. Who knows? I guess the women in his world had to find something to do with all that fruit on the ground. Regardless of these seemingly trivial months of celebration, it does make life easier for a food columnist, and I’ve run across plenty of pie recipes through the years. So, let’s dig in and see what we can come up with. Right after our focus on healthy hearts last week. It’s all about balance, I suppose.  By Sherrie Norris

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Candidates and Issues for the 2024 Elections in Watauga County

February 20, 2024 Change may be in the wind for the 2024 elections for Watauga County and its local candidates, in both the primary elections March 5, and November 5 general elections.  This column will describe some of the major candidates and major issues that may lead to significant changes in Watauga County politics.At the Federal level, Virginia Foxx, who has been Watauga’s Representative in the US House since 2005, will be opposed in the March 5 Republican primary by Ryan Mayberry, an Appalachian State graduate, construction contractor, and former County Commissioner of Alexander County.  Mayberry’s website casts him as more conservative than Foxx.  The victor of the Foxx – Mayberry Republican primary will face Democrat Chuck Hubbard in November.

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Mountain Vista Window Washing Wins Two International Window Cleaning Titles

February 20, 2024 Last week at the International Window Cleaning Convention in Galveston TX both Izzy Smeltzer and Rowen Todd Competed and won first place in Two categories. Izzy competed in the women’s speed cleaning and took first place after going head to head with talented women from 3 or more countries including Brazil, Canada, and USA. Rowen entered the Medley competition which includes cleaning a large array of various windows in under 2 minutes while leaving the fewest mistakes. After Mountain Vista’s strong showing we have been invited to Brazil for the South American competitions this November. 

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LETTERS: The difference between a Horse and a Foxx

February 20, 2024 Letters to the Editor. By Flo Davis / This is not a story about the trespassing horse who took on a North Carolina Congresswoman’s family, but it starts there.  My horse saw some green grass just beyond the fence between our barn and the neighbor’s plot. While this may sound like just another meandering equine, it was fodder for my neighbors.  Shortly after, my husband and I were served with a “criminal” summons for trespassing on my neighbor’s property The case was laughed out of court. Didn’t even make the headline it should have because the media chose not to cover it.

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Spring into ART; The TURCHIN CENTER Will Host Its Spring Exhibition Celebration March 1st


February 19, 2024 Matthew Makdad, P.E., has been named general The TURCHIN CENTER will host its Spring Exhibition Celebration on Friday, March 1st from 5-8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public with refreshments, snacks and a cash bar available throughout the evening. With a firm commitment to fostering dialogue and understanding around pressing issues, the Turchin Center is proud to present a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions. Through the lens of artistic expression, these exhibitions delve into the intricate relationships between humanity, nature, and the rapidly changing world in which we live. From immersive installations to striking visual narratives, each exhibition offers a unique perspective, inviting viewers to engage with the need for awareness and action. By harnessing the power of art to inspire, educate, and provoke meaningful discourse, the Turchin Center aims to enact positive change and empower individuals to become stewards of our planet.

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Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina Permanently Protects the Johns River Headwaters and Iconic Viewshed in Blowing Rock

February 19, 2024 Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina announces the purchase and permanent protection of a 326-acre parcel of land in Blowing Rock, NC, that contains the headwaters of the Johns River and is part of an iconic view seen from The Blowing Rock attraction, U.S. 321 and other locations within the town limits of Blowing Rock.The property is positioned on the Blue Ridge escarpment, partially located in both the Blowing Rock and Globe communities of Caldwell County, and is part of the viewshed corridor of the sweeping and magnificent mountainous panorama.

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On Feb, 18th Avery County Sheriff’s Office Responded to Residence with Female Critically Injured and Male Subject Deceased Outside

February 19, 2024 On Sunday 18 February 2024, Avery County 911 Center received a call in reference to a 58 year old female unconscious and breathing at 128 Peregrine Lane, Newland NC. Avery County Medics responded to the residence and located a female critically injured inside the residence and a male subject deceased outside the residence. Avery County Sheriff’s Office was notified and responded to the scene. The investigation is in the preliminary stages and is ongoing. This incident is believed to be isolated and poses no threat to the community. When the investigation is completed, we will provide an update of our findings. 

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents SING AND SWING: Our American Songbook at App State’s Schaefer Center on Tuesday, March 5

February 19, 2024 The Schaefer Center Presents series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, welcomes Jazz at Lincoln Center’s SING AND SWING: Our American Songbook, Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. This celebration of the Great American Songbook and iconic partnerships in jazzfeatures trumpeters, vocalists, and composers Bria Skonberg and Benny Benack III. The North American tour of SING AND SWING: Our American Songbook will reach 45 cities across the United States and Canada, including major markets such as Los Angeles, CA, and Toronto, ON, and smaller but significant destinations such as Irving, TX, Ogden, UT, and Boone, NC.

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Matthew Makdad Named General Manager of App State’s New River Light and Power


February 19, 2024 Matthew Makdad, P.E., has been named general manager of Appalachian State University’s New River Light and Power (NRLP), effective Feb. 1. Makdad had previously served as the utility’s engineering supervisor since 2017. In his new role, Makdad is responsible for overseeing the operations of NRLP, ensuring safe and reliable electricity is provided to the nearly 9,000 commercial and residential customers within the public power utility’s territory in and around Boone, including the App State Boone campus. The utility’s infrastructure includes 1,500 transformers and nearly 100 miles of overhead and underground power lines. Makdad leads a motivated team of highly skilled lineworkers, technicians and support staff that includes business officers, customer service representatives, billing, mapping and communications.

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Crossnore Communities for Children Elects New Board Members, Including One from Linville

February 19, 2024  Crossnore Communities for Children is proud to announce three new members to its Board of Trustees. Dr. April Ruffin-Adams from Winston-Salem, Thomas (Tom) Dale from Linville, and Austin Szyperski from Charlotte were welcomed to the Crossnore Board at the annual meeting on January 26. For more than 100 years, Crossnore Communities for Children has worked to help each child find their way home. Crossnore serves children and families in western North Carolina through foster care and adoptions, outpatient and school-based therapy services, family preservation, and Youth Independent Living.

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Watauga County Cooperative Extension Report to the People Luncheon on Monday, March 4

February 19, 2024 Please mark your calendars to join your Watauga County Cooperative Extension staff for lunch on Monday, March 4, from 11:45 to 1pm, for our annual “Report to the People” at the Agricultural Conference Center. We’re looking forward to seeing you and our other community friends, partners, and leaders. We are providing lunch (prepared by our own chef and dietitian, Margie Mansure!), and staff will discuss key programs that we’re working on here in the county. Plus, you’ll get a chance to meet the new additions to the Watauga staff. We have a lot to “report”…but we promise to have you fed, met, and out by 1pm

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Town of Boone Notification of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater on February 16, 2024

February 19, 2024 North Carolina General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a press release when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. In accordance with that regulation. The following news release has been prepared and issued to media in the affected county. The Town of Boone had a discharge of untreated wastewater on February 16, 2024 of an estimated 7,000 gallons located in the area of 346 Howard Street. The discharge started at 2:00 p.m. and continued until 9 p.m.. The untreated wastewater was discharged into the Boone Creek in the New River River Basin.

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Movie Review: “Bob Marley: One Love” Now Playing at the Regal Boone

February 19, 2024 It was a good idea for “Bob Marley: One Love” to open on Valentine’s Day. Not just because there hadn’t been a decent box office performer in weeks (and even “Mean Girls and “The Beekeeper” were only mild hits) and the market was ripe for a takeover. Not just because the holiday weekend needed a blockbuster and “Madame Web” wasn’t up to the task. But because the movie had “Love” in its title, it could dominate the couples’ scene on Wednesday and ride that insurmountable lead to winning the weekend. The result was a domestic take of over $50 million, enough to already make it the 2nd-biggest movie of the year, behind only “Mean Girls,” which it will probably overtake before the week is out. The film can be associated with a brilliant commercial decision, but not so much its creative ones. 

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The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club Monthly Meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 28

February 16, 2024 The Watauga County Republican Women’s Club (WCRWC) will have its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Wednesday, February 28, at Mike’s Inland Seafood, 174 Jefferson Road, Boone, NC. Come at 11:30AM for lunch. The meeting will begin at noon. All interested in furthering the Republican cause in The High Country are welcome to attend and are invited to join. Call 828-832-6864 for more information. The WCRWC meets the last Wednesday of each month. See us on Facebook and learn more. Should Watauga County Schools close or change to remote learning due to the weather, we will not meet.

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High Country Real Estate: Home Video

February 15, 2024 Do you have a video of your home for insurance purposesFor years loss experts have recommended videoing the contents of your home in case of burglary, fire or other catastrophic event. A video helps prove ownership of electronics, art, antiques, and other valuable personal property, making it easier for you and your insurance company to come to terms on the monetary value of what you have lost. But what about your house itself? As technology advances, more and more homes have special features and upgrades added for comfort and aesthetics that may not be reflected in the value of “sticks and bricks.”strong> By Stephen Holland,REALTOR

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