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About High Country Press

High Country Press was established 05-05-05 by Ken Ketchie along with the help of many writers, editors, designers, sales, and support staff. On Feb. 29, 2012, the newspaper made the transition to the World Wide Web. On 02-02-22, Sam Garrett was named as the new publisher.

Our web based newspaper www.highcountrypress.com serves Watauga, Avery, and Ashe counties of Northwestern North Carolina. The publication is based in Boone, focusing on news, community information, and events in Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Linville, West Jefferson and other surrounding areas of the High Country.

High Country Press Publications publishes the High Country Magazine twelve times a year and a seasonal Visitor Guide for the summer, fall, and winter seasons.

Our Location:

1600 Highway 105 in Boone

Mailing address: High Country Press • P.O. Box 152 • Boone, NC 28607

Phone: 828-264-2262

Email: [email protected]

Sales Inquiries: Visit our advertising page for details.

Letters to the Editor: Email [email protected]

Calendar Submissions: Email [email protected]

Internship Opportunities: Email [email protected]


Sam Garrett — Publisher
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Ken Ketchie — Editor
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Michelle Harrell — Advertising Director
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Ashley Poore — Creative Director
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Harley Nefe — Associate Editor
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Sherrie Norris — Writer

Tim Gardner – Writer – Avery County

Sharra Phelon — Writer

Kayla McCorrison — App State Class of 2022 – Intern