High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • North Carolina 2018 Elections Update, Feb. 21:

    Feb. 21, 20187.  More than a week has passed since the filing period began last Monday for this year’s elections in North Carolina, and one week still remains for candidates to get their names on the ballots before primary elections in May. As follows is a list of candidates who have already filed for public office as of Feb. 21: By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • ‘Poor People’s Campaign: A Call for Moral Revival’ Next Meeting at Harvest House February 26

    Feb. 21, 2017.   The Poor People’s Campaign of Watauga County will host its third town hall meeting at the Harvest House in Boone on Monday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. The campaign describes itself as a national call for moral revival. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. initiated the original Poor People’s Campaign prior to his untimely murder 50 years ago. Today, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, former president of the North Carolina NAACP has revitalized the movement and is pushing it nationally. Co-chair of the Watauga Poor People’s Campaign, Cathy Williamson, told High Country Press that the movement cuts at root causes of poverty. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Unseasonably Warm Weather Forces Beech Mountain Resort to Halt Skiing for the Season

    https://www.hcpress.com/arts/movie-review-marvels-black-panther.html
    Feb. 21, 2018. This Saturday will be the final chance for skiers to hit the slopes at Beech Mountain for the season. Due to the near-record highs for the High Country this week as well as some upcoming resort improvements, Beech Mountain will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. “It’s just unseasonable weather right now and I think it’s important for us to provide a quality product for our customer base and given the weather that we’re getting right now that’s just not something that we can do. I think we’re making the best decision we can make by going ahead and closing,” said Talia Freeman, the marketing director for Beech Mountain Resort. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Vilas Woman Uninjured in Car Wash Crash


    Feb. 21, 2018. A scary scene unfolded behind the Ride With Pride car wash off of Blowing Rock Road on Monday afternoon. Natalie Watson Jones, 41, of Valle Cay Drive in Vilas was driving her 2012 Jeep through the automatic car wash when she said that her dog became anxious and jumped from the backseat towards her feet, causing her to accelerate. The Jeep went through the guardrail and careened down an embankment before coming to a rest in a creek. 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 Kate Herman



  • Grandfather Mountain Presents Adult Field Courses: Birds, Weather, Geology, Mushrooms and More

    https://www.hcpress.com/boone/grandfather-mountain-presents-adult-field-courses-birds-weather-geology-mushrooms.html
    Feb. 21, 2018. At Grandfather Mountain, education is literally a top priority. After all, when your classroom is a mile high, the sky is the limit. Even for grown-ups. The Linville, N.C.-based nature preserve and attraction is bringing its Adult Field Courses series back for 2018, offering participants the chance to explore Grandfather Mountain like never before. / Read more…



  • Events in March: Keeping Up with The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

    Feb. 21, 2018. BRAHM is known for hosting enriching events within the community. Read below to discover the four main upcoming attractions that are being offered during the month of March at the museum. The following events include: 
    1) Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce Coming to Blowing Rock Art & History Museum​
    2) Scholars & Scones: Crafting Coffee: The Daingerfield Blend
    3) Thursday Art and Culture Talk (TAC Talk): Supporting Your Health with Essential Oils
    4) Smithsonian Exhibition Featured in BRAHM’s Latest Coffee with the Curator Tour / Read more…



  • Publix Contributes $37,000 to High Country United Way With Help From Employee Donations


    Feb. 21, 2018. High Country United Way and Publix came together on Tuesday for a special event to celebrate a donation of approximately $37,000 from Publix and its associates to the High Country United Way. Publix employees that wanted to help out simply donated part of their paycheck while the Publix Charitable Foundation would partially match what the associates contributed, making this the largest single contribution to the annual High Country United Way fundraising campaign. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Billy Graham, Evangelist to the World, Dies At His Home in Montreat at Age 99

    http://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556
    Feb. 21, 2018. Evangelist Billy Graham died today at 7:46 a.m. at his home in Montreat. He was 99. Throughout his life, Billy Graham preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to some 215 million people who attended one of his more than 400 Crusades, simulcasts and evangelistic rallies in more than 185 countries and territories. He reached millions more through TV, video, film, the internet and 34 books. Born Nov. 7, 1918, four days before the armistice ended World War I, William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr. grew up during the Depression and developed a work ethic that would carry him through decades of ministry on six continents. “I have one message: that Jesus Christ came, he died on a cross, he rose again, and he asked us to repent of our sins and receive him by faith as Lord and Savior, and if we do, we have forgiveness of all of our sins,” said Graham at his final Crusade in June 2005 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York / Read more…



  • “Wilmington on Fire” Director, Christopher Everett to Visit App State Campus in Feb. 28

    https://www.hcpress.com/arts/lees-mcrae-college-theatre-arts-presents-big-fish-feb-22-25.html
    Feb. 21, 2018. On February 28, 2018 Appalachian State University will host Christopher Everett, Director of “Wilmington on Fire” for a screening, followed by a question and answer session at 6:30 p.m. in I. G. Greer Theater. This event is free and open to the public. Christopher Everett is a writer, film director and film producer from Laurinburg, North Carolina. He is a 2002 graduate of King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina. He recently directed his first feature-length documentary film entitled “Wilmington on Fire” which chronicles the 1898 Wilmington Massacre in Wilmington, North Carolina.  / Read more…



  • Master Mountain Musician Riley Baugus Comes to Jones House March 4

    http://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556
    Feb. 21, 2018. Master mountain musician, Riley Baugus, comes to the Jones House March 4, 2018, for an afternoon old-time banjo master class and an evening performance. Baugus is hailed as one of the bearers of traditional southern mountain music helping forge American roots music into the next generation. Having been featured on the Cold Mountain soundtrack and tour, Willie Nelson’s Country Music album and tour, and the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Raising Sand album, Baugus is a high-demand American roots musician / Read more…



  • Supreme Court Makes Minor State Election Districts Changes; No Mountain Counties Affected

    Feb. 21, 20187.    United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts ruled last week that the state’s election districts will remain basically the same, according to Republican State Representative Josh Dobson, who serves the 85th District of Avery, Mitchell and McDowell counties. North Carolina’s GOP lawmakers had requested an official Supreme Court stay concerning changing the districts for this year’s state elections, asking that the districts not undergo any changes. Chief Justice Roberts did change districts affecting primarily the Piedmont county of Guilford and the Eastern counties of Bladen and Wayne, all of which are heavily-populated. But the Chief Justice left the remainder of the state’s districts intact. No mountain counties were affected with the ruling. However, the state’s prosecutorial district that includes Avery, Watauga, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties changed in number from the 24th to the 35th. Dobson declared the latest Supreme Court ruling “A victory for our state.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Twelve Have Filed as Candidates in Avery County Elections: Deadline Next Wednesday

    Feb. 21, 20187.   This year will feature elections for county, state and national offices. At this writing, twelve have filed for offices who Avery County voters will elect or help elect. Filing for most county and district offices and some for state and federal offices began Monday, February 12 at 12:00 noon and runs through Wednesday, February 28 at 12:00 noon. Avery County offices open this year include: Commissioner, Board of Education, Sheriff, Clerk of Court and Soil and Water Supervisor. There are three seats open on the County Commission. The two candidates with the most votes will serve four-year terms, while the candidate with the third most votes will serve a two-year term. Two seats are open on the Board of Education. The winners for Sheriff, Clerk of Court, Board of Education and Soil and Water will all serve four-year terms.. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Boone Town Council Approves $25,000 for Greenway Trail Skate Park

    Feb. 20, 20187. Skating enthusiasts in Boone received good news last Thursday when the Boone Town Council unanimously approved a site for a skate park near the Greenway Trail. A presentation was put together for the town council members as well as some public comments stating their support for the park. Skaters in Watauga County had previously been using a sort of “DIY” skate park that was located at the former Watauga High School location. However, Appalachian State University purchased that property and officially closed on the deal Sept. 29, 2017. The skate park will be torn down as part of App State’s expansion on the property. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • The Mountainaire Inn of Blowing Rock First in U.S. Fourth in World on TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice


    Feb. 20, 2018. The small, quiet mountain town of Blowing Rock is now home to TripAdvisor’s top ranked bargain hotel in the United States. The Mountainaire Inn and Log Cabins received this honorable distinction based on TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveler’s Choice awards that are based on about 570 million user reviews of over 7 million rentals, flights, restaurants and other attractions. Even more impressive was the worldwide ranking of the Mountainaire Inn. The property finished as the fourth best bargain hotel across the seven continents.. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – February 20, 2018

    Feb. 20, 2018. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Best Cellar/Inn at Ragged Garden Making & ‘Buying Boone Lunch’ at F.A.R.M. Cafe on Wednesday February 21

    Feb. 16, 2018. On Wednesday, February 21, between 11 AM and 2 PM F.A.R.M. Cafe will feature a very special menu provided by the Best Cellar of Blowing Rock. As always everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M. (Feed All Regardless of Means) Cafe at 617 West King Street to enjoy a delicious lunch regardless of means. On February 21 the Best Cellar/Inn at Ragged Garden is joining the F.A.R.M. Cafe for another of what is now a successful monthly event where a local business, group, or organization ‘Buys Boone Lunch’. The Best Cellar has been a longtime supporter of F.A.R.M. Cafe and its mission to feed all regardless of means. / Read more…



  • February Only: W.A.M.Y. Community Action’s Have a Heart Program

    https://www.hcpress.com/news/february-w-m-y-community-action-heart-program.html
    Feb. 19, 2018. During the month of February, help W.A.M.Y have a heart for our community! For only one dollar, you can purchase a heart from one of the participating vendors. Your heart goes right back into supporting your community and helping to break the cycle of poverty in the high country.  / Read more…



  • Dodge Ball for Hope; Fifth Annual Tournament Helps Fund Hope Pregnancy Center on Feb. 23


    Jan. 30, 2018. It’s almost time once again to hit the courts (or the bleachers!) for a good cause as Hope Pregnancy Center hosts its fifth annual Dodge Ball for Hope Tournament. The Friday, Feb. 23 event will be another one for the record books organizers are predicting, as each year the participation, attendance and fundraising efforts and responses increase. Dodgeball has picked up a little speed and popularity in Boone since this tournament began, with the event seeing over 200 “hardcore athletes” on the court last year alone, “battling it out in friendly competition to the very end,” said spokesperson Molly Petrey, the organization’s director of operations. 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



  • Lees-McRae College Theatre Arts Presents the Musical “Big Fish” on Feb. 22-25 

    https://www.hcpress.com/arts/lees-mcrae-college-theatre-arts-presents-big-fish-feb-22-25.html
    Feb. 7, 2018. Relationships can be difficult to navigate, especially those between parents and children, and even more particularly between fathers and sons. Lees-McRae Theatre Arts presents the story of one such fraught relationship with the musical Big Fish Feb. 22–25. / Read more…



  • Movie Review: Marvel’s “Black Panther”

    https://www.hcpress.com/arts/movie-review-marvels-black-panther.html
    Feb. 19, 2018. We were first introduced to T’challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) two years ago in “Captain America: Civil War.” A prince from the fictional African country of Wakanda, T’challa ascended to the throne when father the king was killed during a peace conference. His thirst for revenge led to the apparent creation of the Black Panther persona, and though he was certainly gifted athletically, it looked as though his “powers” were mostly royalty-based, similar to how his MCU colleague Tony Stark’s “powers” are mostly money-based. By Bob Garver / Read more…



  • Appalachian Roller Derby vs. Red Stick Roller Derby Season Opener, Feb. 24

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    Feb. 2, 2018. Join Appalachian Roller Derby in West Jefferson on Saturday, February 24th as they take on Red Stick Roller Derby! Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Red Stick Roller Derby is ranked 109, and ARD has lost to them twice in the past two years. This bout will be a nail biter. Take part in this event by supporting your local derby team and be there to watch them make history by conquering their first win of the season! A portion of the proceeds from the bout will support The Community Care Clinic in Boone, NC.Catch the first game between the Appalachian Boone Shiners vs. Red Stick Capital Defenders at 4 p.m., then stick around for the Appalachian All Stars battle against Red Stick All Stars at 6 p.m! / Read more…



  • Tweetsie Railroad Hosts Annual Job Fair on Feb. 24 for 2018 Season

    Feb. 2, 2018. If you’re looking for employment that provides a fun and rewarding work experience, Tweetsie Railroad may be the perfect fit. Plan to attend the park’s annual Job Fair on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Tweetsie Palace (300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock) to learn more about seasonal employment for 2018, including special events positions. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Axes Ailed Trees in Memorial Park


    Feb 16, 2018. Twelve trees in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park were removed due to safety concerns caused by trunk rot and root decay on the week of Feb. 12. Blowing Rock Town Council voted unanimously last December to remove 11 red maple trees and one cherry tree after prolonged discussion dating back as far as 25 years ago, according to town manager Ed Evan. “Somebody told me there was a notation in the minutes from 25 years ago that the trees were being loved to death,” Evans said. “These trees got loved so much throughout their history. That led to their deterioration.” By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Boone’s Andy Wilson Named Most Promising New Filmmaker in Hollywood, His Film “BlindSight” Takes Best Trailer Award


    Feb 16, 2018. If you ask Andy Wilson how a stroke changed his life, the young husband and father from Boone could give you a laundry list of answers. But, recently winning coveted Hollywood awards for his film trailer, nearly a decade after his world was turned upside down, was beyond anything he could have anticipated. It’s apparent that Wilson is no ordinary young man, nor was he willing to succumb to the ravages of a life-altering event that could easily have left him and his life’s dreams deflated and defeated. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • The Following Courses are Available at Mayland Community College, Open to the Public

    Feb. 16, 2018. Are you or a friend looking for a course that will help you improve your business? Perhaps you aresimply looking to learn a new trade or skill. Mayland Community College is offering several course to the public. The starting dates vary per class.  / 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



  • CCC&TI Hosts Author Wiley Cash for Writers Symposium on March 15-16

    https://www.hcpress.com/arts/cccti-hosts-author-wiley-cash-writers-symposium-march-15-16.html
    Feb.16, 2018. Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will host Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad, for its 2018 Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium.The college will host a reading and discussion session with Cash on Thursday, March 15 at 12 p.m. on CCC&TI’s Watauga Campus and at 7 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. On Friday, March 16, the college will host a reading and discussion with Cash at 12 p.m. in the gym on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. All events are free and open to the public / Read more…



  • Dueling Appalachian Poets: A Lees-McRae College Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture 

    https://www.hcpress.com/arts/dueling-appalachian-poets-lees-mcrae-college-stephenson-center-appalachia-lecture.html
    Feb. 16, 2018. The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College invites everyone to spend an hour with two distinguished Appalachian poets, Dr. Don Johnson and Dr. Jesse Graves, on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center beginning at 7 p.m. / Read more…



  • The Western Youth Network: A Day for Confidence

    https://www.hcpress.com/boone/western-youth-network-day-confidence.html
    Feb. 16, 2018. It is the Western Youth Network’s mission to build youth of character and confidence. Last Friday, large steps were taken toward that goal.
    Dave Albin of Firewalk Productions, LLC led after school in a boundary breaking and confidence building activity. He began with a motivational talk which included stories of adversity, perseverance, and accomplishment. His finale, however, was when the real magic happened. / Read more…



  • 20th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics on Feb. 22 to be Held on Campus at Duck Pond

    Feb. 16, 2018. Next week marks the 20th Anniversary for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Watauga County. Hosted annually at the ASU Duck Pond, this fun and festive fundraiser has netted over $120,000 for the local Special Olympics program / Read more…



  • Newland Aldermen Hires Police Officer Full-Time and Discuss Personnel and Insurance Issues

    Feb. 16, 20187.   Promoting a police officer to full-time duties was the most noted action taken during the Newland Board of Aldermen’s last regular monthly meeting February 6. All Aldermen (Town Council members) Kenny Caraway, Lauren Turbyfill, Joleta Wise, Jamey Johnson and Greg Seiz were present, as was Mayor Valerie Jaynes. Other town officials attending included: Finance Officer Lisa Meinhardt; Town Attorney Joe Seegers; and Town Clerk and Board of Aldermen secretary Tammy Gardner. Town Administrator Keith Hoilman was absent attending the National Rural Water Convention in Washington, DC on behalf of the town. Police Chief Byron Clawson asked the Board for permission to hire Matthew Potter as a full-time police officer. Potter had already worked part-time for the Town. The Board of Aldermen agreed by consensus (no vote taken) to let Clawson hire Potter. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Rock the Casbah at Beech Mountain’s Retro Ski Weekend Taking Place Feb. 22-25

    http://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556
    Feb. 15, 2018. Ski back in time and rock the 1980s like never before during the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend at Beech Mountain. This year’s event takes place Feb. 22-25 with four days of throwback activities, including the best music lineup in the weekend’s seven years of bending the space-time continuum. Saturday night’s headliner at Beech Mountain Resort is Charlotte’s Cassette Rewind, the hottest ’80s tribute band in the Carolinas. Born in the ’80s and raised on radio, Cassette Rewind cues up the ultimate high-energy new wave rock experience. / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – February 15, 2018

    Feb. 15, 2018. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



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