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Mast Store Expands Business Family with Addition of Locally Owned Partner, M-Prints

June 14, 2024 Mast General Store is pleased to announce its purchase of a long-time vendor located in Boone, North Carolina. The Mast Store recently acquired M-Prints, an apparel graphics printer and embroiderer, whose founder and owner, Stuart Mangum, put the business on the market in preparation for the next chapter of his life. As family-owned businesses, Mast Store and M-Prints have partnered together for nearly four decades. M-Prints has printed over 300,000 t-shirts and sweatshirts for the Mast Store over the course of the businesses’ enduring relationship. 

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Annual Newland Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show to be held on Independence Day

June 14, 2024 On Independence Day each year, many people enjoy cookouts with family and friends during the day and evening and fireworks after dark. There’s also an annual event on that day in the North Carolina High Country that many area people also eagerly anticipate– the 4th of July Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show in the Town of Newland, the county seat of Avery County. The car, truck, and motorcycle show will be in its 16th year in 2024 and will be held on the field next to the Old Rock Gymnasium at 185 Shady Street. By Tim Gardner

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Back 2 School Festival to be Held at Watauga High School on Saturday, August 10

June 14, 2024 The 2024 Back 2 School Festival will be held at Watauga High School on Saturday, August the 10th. Watauga County students whose families are struggling to meet the high cost of back-to-school shopping are invited to attend to receive school supplies for the 2024-2025 school year. “We’re so excited to be able to bring the festival back for another year,” said festival coordinator, Kendra Sink. “The way the community steps up to help our students is incredible.” Last year, the festival served over 1,800 students, and expects to once again face higher demand.

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Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation Annual Membership Meeting is June 27; Deadline to Vote for Board of Directors is June 20

June 14, 2024 Members can participate in the annual meeting of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation by phone or by attending the meeting, which will be held at the corporate office in Lenoir on Thursday, June 27th at 4 pm. Members may also listen and watch by livestream on the Blue Ridge Energy YouTube channel. To vote on motions or ask a question during the Q&A periods, members must attend the meeting or use the call-in option by dialing 1-866-416-5215 during the meeting and entering their account number when prompted.

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30 Years of Hearts of Hospitality House – A Journey of Compassion and Community

June 12, 2024 A celebration luncheon honoring the 30 year anniversary of Hearts of Hospitality House, the ladies ambassador organization for Hospitality House of Northwest N.C., will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Valle Crucis. The luncheon is dedicated to all the women who have been a part of and supported Hearts since its inception. 

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Johnston County Native and Business Owner Sworn in as Wildlife Commissioner 

June 10, 2024 The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) welcomes Commissioner Reid Smith to its governing board. Smith was sworn in by Representative John R. Bell, IV on June 6 at the Commission’s business meeting in Raleigh.Smith was appointed as an At-Large member by Speaker of the House of Representatives Tim Moore and will serve until at least June 2025.

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#UniteNC “Ready to Vote” Training in Watauga to Address NC’s Major 2024 Elections Changes

June 10, 2024 As the 2024 elections cycle heats up, North Carolinians will be getting a heads-up on the state’s new voting rules and maps. On Tuesday, July 23th, the #UniteNC Watauga County “Ready to Vote” Community Education Training is coming to Boone. The meeting location is Watauga County Public Library. Members of the public can RSVP and save their seat for this 75-minute educational event at ccnc.me/WataugaTrain

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Beginning on June 10th, a Section of the Boone Greenway Trail, Beginning at Daniel Boone Drive Extension, Will Be Closed Until September 2024

June 10, 2024 In partnership with New River Conservancy and Watauga County, the Town of Boone will be restoring 2,500 feet of the lower end of Hardin Creek. As such, the Boone Greenway Trail, beginning at the entrance of the Greenway Trail at Daniel Boone Drive Extension and ending at the Watauga High School Cross-Country field alongside the river, will be closed beginning on Monday, June 10th, and will reopen in September 2024. Patreons of the Greenway Trail will not be able to access this portion of the Greenway Trail until the restoration project is complete.

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Blood Drive at the King Street Market June 11

June 7, 2024 The King Street Farmers’ Market is hosting a Blood Drive with The Blood Connection on Tuesday, June 11th from 3:30-6:30 p.m at 126 Poplar Grove Connection, Boone NC (In front of the Watauga County Health Department). This weekly farmers’ market has a fine selection of local produce, eggs, meats, and goat cheese as well as artisan crafts, body products, native plants, and flower bouquets. On this coming Tuesday, there will also be the opportunity to donate blood! The Blood Connection is a non-profit community blood center that supports local healthcare partners – so if you donate, your blood will support someone in this region!

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Parking and Road Closure for Boonerang Music & Arts Festival on June 14 and 15

June 6, 2024 Come join the Town of Boone for the third annualBoonerang Music & Arts Festival, on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, in Downtown Boone! The Boonerang Music & Arts Festival celebrates Boone, North Carolina with a free downtown street festival; this community homecoming brings Boone-connected artists and fans together every third weekend in June to “Boonerang” back to the place we love. For the safety of guests, staff, and volunteers, the following roads will be closed on June 14, and will reopen late in the evening on June 15:

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Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Hosts the Annual June Jamboree, Sat. June 15

June 6, 2024 On Saturday, June 15, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) welcomes the public to explore conserved land in the Highlands of Roan during a day of FREE, guided hikes. SAHC will host its annual June Jamboree event at a variety of locations in the Roaring Creek area; these SAHC preserves are only accessible with a guide. “The June Jamboree showcases SAHC’s conservation work across the Highlands of Roan and helps people get outside to enjoy beautiful, protected places so that they can connect with nature,” explains Cheryl Fowler, SAHC’s membership director. “For years, this event has been a favorite for SAHC members and folks new to the organization alike. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the Highlands of Roan, and to be able to see, hear, and feel the direct benefits of conservation in the community.”

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It’s A ZOO on BEECH! Beech Mountain’s 1st Farmers’ Market is this Friday, June 7th

June 5, 2024 At Beech Mountain’s 1st Farmers’ Market of the year, Friday, June 7th, expect to see some new furry friends.  “We’ve added a new Farm Animal Petting Zoo to the market,” explained Sandy Carr, volunteer market manager.  “Katelyn Turpin from Goats and Does Soap Company will bringing her bright pink corral filled with a variety of farm animals for visitors to meet.” Turpin, a veterinary technician, is new to the Farmers’ Market but she and her husband Dustin have been rescuing animals for years.  She estimates that they have worked to rehabilitate and place over 100 animals in the past 6 years.  Dustin is one of the paramedics that serves on Beech Mountain’s 24/7 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Unit.

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Beanstalk Ziplines Announces the Grand Opening of the New Aerial Challenge Course on June 12, 2024

June 4, 2024 Beanstalk Ziplines is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its highly anticipated Aerial Challenge Course, set to open on June 12, 2024. This exciting new addition promises an exhilarating adventure for visitors of all ages, featuring a variety of challenges designed to test skill, endurance, and bravery.Located in the heart of the scenic Morganton area, Beanstalk Ziplines has long been a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The new Aerial Challenge Course is set to elevate the adventure experience with an array of innovative obstacles, including rope bridges, swinging logs, balance beams, and, of course, high-flying zip lines.

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App State’s New Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree Program Begins This Fall

June 4, 2024 This fall, Appalachian State University will begin offering a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity — the only such program offered by a University of North Carolina System institution in Western North Carolina. The program, which will be available at the Boone and Hickory campuses, is also the first in the UNC System to be housed in a college of business. The Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity program, to be offered through the Walker College of Business’ Department of Computer Information Systems, received approval from the UNC System Board of Governors this month.

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FCNC Partners with Overmountain Cycles to Launch Community Bike Program 

June 4, 2024 This summer, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina (FCNC), in partnership with Overmountain Cycles, will offer free mountain bike rides at Oak Hill Community Park and Forest, including providing bikes and all of the necessary equipment, with a focus on introducing people to the recreational activity while providing environmental education experiences.  “We’re excited to offer people the opportunity to try mountain biking and see if they enjoy it without the barriers of acquiring all of the equipment and hauling it to the trailhead,” said Ian Spinelli, FCNC’s marketing and development manager.

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Bella’s Italian Restaurant in Banner Elk Hosts Awards Dinners for “The Grandfather Challenge” Hiking Program for At-Risk Students

June 3, 2024 “The Grandfather Challenge” program is sponsored by The Jason Project, Inc., which was formed by the parents of Jason Matthew Nipper, who passed away in June of 2014 at age 26. This private foundation provides outdoor/wilderness and hiking excursions and similar programs which are designed to build self-confidence in struggling youth, as well as trust and positive rapport with adult mentors. Because of Jason’s abiding love of the outdoors and mountain hiking, James & Cheryl Nipper established “The Grandfather Challenge,” through which middle and high school students navigate all of the rigorous hiking trails at Grandfather Mountain through a series of four weekly hikes.

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Bow Ties and Beautiful Hats Were Everywhere at the Fourth Annual “Spirit Ride Derby” May 4

May 31, 2024 Bow Ties and Beautiful Hats were everywhere at the fourth annual “Spirit Ride Derby” held at Hidden Hills Equestrian on Derby Day, May 4th. The rain didn’t stop the 150 people in attendance from having a great time. Executive Director, Patty Adams, say, “This turnout shows how much the people in the High Country care about our children. To spend four hours with us, dancing in the rain, bidding on exciting items, and celebrating our Spirit Ride families reassures us that this mission is critical to our community.” 

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Watauga County Man Collects $120,000 Jackpot Prize Playing a $1 Cash 5 NC Lottery Ticket

May 31, 2024 Peter Knebel of Blowing Rock took a chance on a $1 Cash 5 ticket Tuesday night and won a $120,000 jackpot. Knebel bought his lucky ticket from the Publix on Blowing Rock Road in Boone. The odds of matching numbers on all five white balls are 1 in 962,598. He claimed his prize at lottery headquarters Thursday in Raleigh and, after required federal and state tax withholdings, took home $85,805.

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App State’s High Country Humanities Announces Summer Events; “Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures”

May 31, 2024 Appalachian State University’s High Country Humanities will continue its “Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures” series this summer, with three events that are free and open to the public. Guests will learn about the stories, histories and traditions of rural communities from the state and around the world. High Country Humanities at Appalachian State University aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the humanities across the High Country region of North Carolina. The program supports faculty in their scholarly activities, promotes their collaborations with community partners and organizes events that help their expertise reach the wider public.

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Angler, Biologist and “River Monsters” TV Host Jeremy Wade Kicks Off Grandfather Presents Speaker Series June 27

May 29, 2024 Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, has announced that tickets for the first presentation of the Grandfather Presents 2024 speaker series are on sale now. Jeremy Wade, an extreme angler, biologist, “River Monsters” documentary TV host and author, kicks off these Thursday night presentations on June 27. The new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery will play host to the event. Guests will get to experience a “night at the museum” atmosphere, the speaker presentation and book-signing/“meet-and-greet” opportunities.

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Blue Ridge Fiber Guild Returns to Jones House for Annual Exhibit

May 28, 2024  The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild is proud to announce the return of its annual exhibit at the Jones House in downtown Boone, from June 4-June 30. The guild exhibit features fiber art in various forms, from wearables to wall art, that range in style from traditional to contemporary. Featuring an array of color and texture harmonies, they are constructed in knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, surface design, and quilting.The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild was organized in the early 1980s by fiber enthusiasts. Its purpose is to promote traditional as well as contemporary fiber art. The organization now serves a five-county area and has monthly meetings in the Boone area that feature programs and workshops.

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Watauga County Farmers’ Market to Host 3rd Annual Pollination Celebration on June 1st

May 28, 2024 The third annual Pollination Celebration will be held at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 1. Located at 591 Horn in the West Dr. in Boone, this bustling market with over 60 local vendors runs from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Saturdays. The Pollination Celebration is a celebration of all things flowers and honey and an ode to the pollinators that work behind the scenes to keep us fed and our ecosystems thriving. Community members are invited to enjoy late spring abundance from our local farmers, pick up plants to create your own backyard pollinator paradise, and learn more about beekeeping and the important role that pollinators play in our ecosystems.

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Boone United Trail Celebrates National Trails Day with 2nd Annual Trail Event June 1

May 27, 2024 On Saturday, June 1, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Boone United Methodist Church is rolling out the green carpet for the entire community along the Boone United Trail on the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day. This free event, happening regardless of weather, begins behind the church and features catered barbecue and live bluegrass. Hikes are being led by Scott Elliott, a representative from the Blue Ridge Conservancy, and Stan Steury, from the Appalachian Energy Center. Both hikes — more than two miles in length and lasting approximately 90 minutes — begin at the trail head, located at the back, left corner of the church parking lot. Self-guided hikes are also encouraged throughout the afternoon.

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Watauga County Public Library Closings for May, June and July

May 27, 2024 The Watauga County Public Library and the Western Watauga Branch will close for the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 27th. We will close on Saturday, June 15 for the Boonerang Music and Arts Festival although bathrooms and our meeting room will be open. The Kids Zone will be on the Library Lawn. Both libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day,

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Delayed Harvest Trout Waters Open June 1 

May 23, 2024. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open 32 trout streams and two lakes classified as Delayed Harvest to trout harvest on June 1 through Sept. 30.From 6 a.m. until 11:59 a.m. on opening day, Delayed Harvest waters are open only to youth under 18 years old. At noon, waters open to all anglers. During this time, anglers can keep up to seven trout per day — with no gear or bait restrictions and no minimum size limits. The Wildlife Commission established the youth-only fishing period in the morning of “opening day,” which is always the first Saturday in June, to promote trout fishing among young anglers and to provide special opportunities for young anglers to catch and keep fish.  

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