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  • Tropical Depression Florence Finally Leaves the High Country; Rainfall Totals Vary Across the Mountains


    September 17, 2018. Things could have certainly been much worse in the High Country. Some precipitation forecasts had parts of the mountain counties receiving upwards of 10-15 inches of rain. Thankfully for a lot of low-lying areas and people living near rivers and streams, rainfall measurements fell well short of that overall. However, flooding was still a problem, particularly in Ashe County where every low water bridge in the county was still underwater Monday morning, that according to Ashe County Emergency Management. The NCDOT will be in charge of reopening those bridges when possible. “We will inspect them for damage and reopen as soon as we can after the water recedes,” said Charles C. Reinhardt, the Division 11 Maintenance Engineer. Late Sunday night, Ashe County Emergency Management issued a statement about a potential dam breach at the Headwaters Dam in the Creston community. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Section of U.S. Highway 221 in Ashe County Remains Closed After Pavement Washes Out Due to Heavy Rains


    September 17, 2018. An area of U.S. Highway 221 between West Jefferson and Deep Gap is currently closed after large chunks of asphalt broke apart after the remnants of Hurricane Florence rolled through the area Sunday night. “It is looking like it will take until Wednesday before repairs are complete,” said Charles C. Reinhardt, Division 11 Maintenance Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The portion of road that is closed is near the intersection of Mulatto Mountain Road and is roughly seven miles from downtown West Jefferson. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • On the Same Page Literary Festival Gets Started on Monday; Numerous Events Happening All Week


    September 10, 2018. On the Same Page, Ashe County’s popular literary festival is returning for an 11th year with events starting Monday evening and continuing through Saturday, September 15. According to Jane Lonon, the Executive Director of the Ashe County Arts Council, all featured writers are scheduled to be in attendance and all events are still going on as scheduled at this time despite Hurricane Florence possibly targeting North Carolina with landfall later this week. The festival, sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council, will have the honor of United States Poet Laureate Tracy Smith as a distinguished guest at the event. She will be here for three days of the festival. Some of the other writers that will be in West Jefferson are Darnell Arnoult, Bryn Chancellor, Abigail DeWitt, Georgann Eubanks, Phillips Lewis, Jim Minick, Tommy Tomlinson and Frank X. Walker.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Skateboarders Heading to West Jefferson for World Cup Qualifier at Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area


    August 22, 2018 On August 25-26, skateboarders from across the country will gather in West Jefferson to compete in the state’s third annual sanctioned downhill skateboard race. The event will be held at the picturesque location of Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area. Designed and organized by North Carolina Downhill (NCDH), in collaboration with North Carolina State Parks, Appalachian State University’s Human Powered Transportation Club, and the Ian Tilmann Foundation, the race course features two miles of pristine pavement with three hairpins, connected by blazing fast sweepers, smooth asphalt, with plenty of passing and drafting opportunities at speeds over 50 MPH, with all necessary steps taken to close the road.  / Read more…



  • On the Same Page Literary Festival Features Tracy K. Smith’s ‘Ordinary Light’


    August 9, 2018. On the Same Page Literary Festival’s Festival Read for 2018 is Tracy K. Smith’s memoir “Ordinary Light” a National Book Award Finalist. Smith, the U.S. Poet Laureate, will be a featured author at the On the Same Page Literary Festival in September. Events will begin with the Festival Read Kick-Off on Thursday, August 8, at 2 p.m. at the Ashe County Public Library. Books to “read and share” free of charge are available now at the Ashe County Arts Center, and may be checked out at the Ashe County Public Library. They will also be available at the Kick-Off event, and refreshments will be provided. This year’s kick off will feature Dr. Joseph Bathanti. He will lead a discussion on what makes a riveting memoir and why “Ordinary Light” is such a wonderful example. / Read more…



  • Ashe County Studio Tour Happening This Weekend; Artist Reception Friday Night at the Ashe Arts Center


    August 3, 2018. This weekend marks the fourth annual Ashe County Studio Tour, an always-popular weekend event that gives people a chance to see the studios of artists and craftspeople in Ashe County. The Ashe County Studio Tour, which began in 2015, was a rebirth of a previous Ashe County Arts Council event called Studio Hop that went on for about 15 years before the gas price hike in 2008 put a damper on the event. “Since we brought the event back in 2015, the event has grown in size with the number of participating artists and the number of studios on the tour,” said Jane Lonon, the Executive Director of the Ashe County Arts Council. “The focus is on showcasing the artistic excellence of those that live and work in Ashe County. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention Returns for a 49th Year


    July 24, 2018. Ashe County Park is the place to be this Friday and Saturday for the 49th edition of the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention. The fiddlers convention was started in 1969 by the Rotary Club of the Jeffersons and was hosted each year by the Rotarians until five years ago when the club decided they simply did not have the time or the volunteers to keep the convention going. That’s when the Ashe County Arts Council stepped in. “The idea of the fiddlers convention dying and going away just didn’t sit well with the arts council, so we said we’ll give it a try. This is our fifth year sponsoring the event,” said Jane Lonon, the executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Saloon Studios Hosting Family Fun Day to Benefit Fleetwood Fire Department on Saturday


    July 17, 2018. The public is invited out to Saloon Studios in West Jefferson for a day of fun for all ages that will also serve as a good cause to the community. The Family Fun Day will be used as a fundraiser for the Fleetwood Fire Department this Saturday, July 21 from noon to 5 p.m. “We will have food trucks, kids activities, face painting, games, a magician, demonstrations and live music,” said Donovan Murray, the Entertainment Director for Saloon Studios. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • On the Same Page Literary Festival Presents 2018 Author Events


    July 12, 2018. Plans for the 2018 On the Same Page Literary Festival are taking shape and many outstanding opportunities for readers, writers, and book fans of all ages continue to be scheduled for the Festival in its 11th year in North Carolina’s Ashe County. Once again, opportunities for attendees to hear and interact with renowned authors through readings, workshops, and keynote events are on the schedule. And, it’s not too early to begin looking through the lineup and begin reading! Of special note for 2018, On the Same Page Literary Festival will present the Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith. Smith will be on hand to deliver a keynote presentation and will work with students at Ashe County High School. / Read more…



  • Saloon Studios in West Jefferson Offers a True Music Experience for Artists and Fans


    June 15, 2018. Hidden well off the beaten path lies one of the newest musical sensations in the High Country. Saloon Studios, located in between Fleetwood and West Jefferson in Ashe County, is an intimate, 100-seat mid-19th century saloon replica music hall that features some of the most high-quality sound and studio recording equipment you’ll see anywhere in the country. Owners Mike and Laura Jones moved from Florida to Ashe County and have lived here for 18 years. The saloon-style setting came about because of Mike’s enjoyment of watching Westerns and the memories of sharing those moments watching Westerns with his father. The project started in 2016. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Downtown West Jefferson Gallery Crawl Returns Friday, June 8


    June 7, 2018. On Friday, June 8 from 5pm to 8pm, the “ arts district” of downtown West Jefferson will come alive with folks strolling the streets. Gallery Crawl is back! For the June crawl there will be new exhibits, special artists, refreshments, and in-store promotions. Gallery Crawls will take place the second Friday of each month. Mark July 13, August 10, September 14 and October 12 on your calendars. There will be a special Christmas Crawl on Friday, November 30. The purpose of the crawls are to support and promote downtown West Jefferson businesses. Crawlers will have an opportunity to see new, creative and innovative works by Ashe County’s leading artists. Crawlers are invited to stroll the streets, visit the galleries, view the downtown murals, enjoy the many outdoor art pieces and take advantage of the downtown restaurants. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY: Ashe County Arts Council Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Forty Fest

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    June 1, 2018. Ashe County Arts Council has been a leader in promoting the arts in Ashe County and across the region for 40 years and they are having a downtown street festival in celebration. On Saturday, June 2 the Arts Council will present Forty Fest! The Arts Council makes its home in downtown West Jefferson at the Ashe Arts Center, the “hub” of the arts in West Jefferson. The Arts Council moved into the 1930’s WPA building in 1993 after renovating the building to include offices, a gallery space and a gallery shop. The Forty Fest celebration will be set up outside around the Ashe Arts Center with music demonstrating artists, historic displays and children’s activities. There will be food trucks set up in the new parking lot across the street from the Arts Center entrance. / Read more…



  • Third Annual Marathon Jam Coming to the Ashe County Arts Center this Saturday, May 19


    May 15, 2018. Ashe County musicians and quilt makers will come together for a good cause this Saturday, May 19 for the third annual Marathon Jam to honor veterans and raise money for the Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune Fisher House Foundation. The Marathon Jam will take place at the Ashe County Arts Center and musicians will start playing at noon and jam until midnight Sunday morning. The Jam will feature acoustic musicians of all different ages playing several different instruments all day and evening long. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Red Cross Winter Blood Shortage Reaches Critical Level; Upcoming Blood Drives

    Jan. 26, 2018. Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. / Read more…



  • The Hospitality House Hosts Everyone Counts! Point-In-Time Count Happening Jan. 31

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    Jan. 24, 2018. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, marks the annual Point-in-Time Count. The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, coordinated by the Northwest Continuum of Care (CoC), is the annual documentation of the extent of homelessness in our region, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties. / Read more…



  • Library, Senior Centers Offer Free Tax Assistance for 2018 Filing Season

    Jan. 19, 2018. The Watauga County Public Library is in its eighth year of offering tax assistance for the 2018 filing season. The library program began in 2011 with Rao Aluri as the Site Coordinator; Tim Dannenfelser, a graduate student in Accounting at Appalachian State University, will be the new Coordinator. The (VITA) Volunteer for Tax Assistance program provides free income tax preparation and free electronic filing for eligible low to moderate-income Watauga County residents. The program operates in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and receives financial support from the Friends of the Library and the IRS. / Read more…



  • The Appalachian Snowboarding Club’s Season Has Begun and Is Accepting New Members!

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    Dec. 21, 2017. Parents! Winter is here, and you know what that means… It’s Snowboarding season! If your kid is interested in snowboarding, the Appalachian Snowboarding Club is something to look into. The season just started, and the ASC is accepting new members. This club is an excellent way to keep your child active, while learning new skills and experiencing competition. By Kate Herman – Photos by Appalachian Ski Mountain / Read more…



  • The American Red Cross: Give Blood Now, Help Save Lives by Next Month

    Dec. 20,, 2017. The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets. Donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate blood this holiday season. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Oct. 30- Nov. 13

    Nov. 15, 2017. 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 Kate Herman



  • Holiday Events in West Jefferson: Parade, Choose and Cut Christmas Trees, Christmas Light up the Town, and More!

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    November 6, 2017. West Jefferson, North Carolina, located in Ashe County,  is known for its Southern small town charm.  West Jefferson is the perfect place to purchase your Christmas Tree, to watch a small town parade, to shop at a holiday farmers market, shop at local retail stores, to watch the performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, to spend some of your Saturday with Santa, and so much more.  Below is your guide of 2017 Holiday events happening in Ashe County. By Kate Herman – Photos by Matt Powell / Read more…



  • Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale, Will Be Held 11/8- 11/10 at Various Times Each Day

    October 27, 2017. Friends of the Library is looking forward to holding its Holiday Book Sale. The days of the dale are a little different this year. The sale will be held on Wednesday, November 8th, from 4PM to 7PM, Thursday, November 9th, from 9AM to 7 PM, and Friday, from 9AM to 4PM. The library will be closed on Saturday, November 11, for Veteran’s Day. The sale will take place in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room at the library. / 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.

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    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Tweetsie Railraod: Ghost Train Tickets Available

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    October 6, 2017. Ghouls, ghosts, and goblins, oh my! Ghost Train tickets are available for purchase. The Ghost Train is open on Fridays and Saturdays in October (Oct.6 and Oct. 7, Oct. 13 and Oct. 14, Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28). The gates open at 7:30 p.m. Admission costs $38.00 per person. Children ages two and under enter for free. Tickets are required to be purchased ahead of time, and are limited in number. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time, in order to ensure visiting the Ghost Train. Tickets may be purchased online or at the admissions office. https://tweetsie.com/buy-tickets/ By Kate Herman – Photos by Tweetsie Railroad / Read more…



  • The Haunted Horn: The Curse of Wendigo and Daniel Boo Starts This Weekend

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    July. 26, 2017. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s We Can So You Can Foundation presents the Curse of Wendigo every Friday and Saturday in October. The event is located at the Horn in the West’s Daniel Boone Amphitheater. There are two events offered: The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo and the Haunted Trail.The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo is open from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The Haunted Trail is open from 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. By Kate Herman – Photos by Appalachian Mountain Brewery / 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.

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    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Appalachian State University will present a symposium titled “Sustaining Democracy: Existence, Persistence, Resistance”

    July 26, 2017. The Humanities Council under the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University will present a symposium titled “Sustaining Democracy: Existence, Persistence, Resistance” from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29, in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Appalachian’s Plemmons Student Union. Admission is free and the event is open to the community.
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  • Watauga County Arts Council to Host Blue Ridge Art Clan for Group Exhibition Throughout May

    May. 11, 2017. The Watauga County Arts Council is delighted to host a group exhibition of the works created by members of the Blue Ridge Art Clan during the month of May in their Main Gallery. The Blue Ridge Art Clan was founded by Florence Thomas in 1978 to promote the Fine Arts and to support excellence in those Arts. / Read more…



  • High Country Audubon Society Announces Research Grant for High School, College Students

    May. 2, 2017. High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support bird research in the High Country of North Carolina. HCAS is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina, serving Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany and Avery counties. / Read more…



  • Local Family Opens Whole Milk Bottling Operation Cheek Farmstead Creamery Near Fleetwood

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    Mar. 2, 2017. Cows and humans have a very special relationship. We humans and our cows have lived side by side, or maybe across the pen from each other for thousands of years. One prime reason is because of cows’ milk. All mammals produce milk for their young, and milk from cows is the most popular among humans for many reasons. Ounce for ounce, cows’ milk is the most complete food we humans can consume. By Kenneth V. Glover – Photos Courtesy of Kenneth V. Glover / Read more…



  • Appalachian Regional Library’s New Website Launched Nov. 1 – Check It Out!

    Nov. 2, 2016.Appalachian Regional Library announces its new website, which launched on Nov. 1. The site replaces the former arlibrary.org, and serves residents in Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties. / Read more…



  • Halloween on Saturday: Events in Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Bethel, Grandfather

    Oct. 24, 2016. Weekend fun will include Grandfather Mountain’s Beary Scary event, the annual Halloween Festival in Blowing Rock, Ensemble Stage’s unique adaptation of War of the Worlds at Green Park Inn and a brand new exploration into the paranormal and 18th century Halloween traditions at Hickory Ridge Museum. Saturday is also your last chance to visit Tweetsie’s Ghost Train this year. Compiled by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Full Family Fun: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and More in the High Country

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    Oct. 17, 2016.Are you in the mood to enjoy fun fall activities? Don’t really know where to start? Look no further – read below about the ample opportunities in the High Country for some good ole fall festivities! By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Claybank Returns Home to High Country for Release Concert this Saturday in West Jefferson

    Oct. 25, 2016. ClayBank is a red hot blue grass string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains making serious waves in the bluegrass world. The group’s heterogenous mixture of young talent with veteran experience has combined with their “straight ahead bluegrass” style to set this force of nature on a rapid path of success since its formation in Jan. of 2015. This Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., the band will be celebrating their national success with a special release concert in West Jefferson at the Ashe County Civic Center. By Cramer Lewis / Read more…



  • SUNDAY: Historic St. Matthews Church to Enjoy New Life in the Todd Community, Re-Dedication Sunday

    Oct. 19, 2016. This longstanding historic church will enjoy new life as a place for the community to share after a long process of transition facilitation by the nonprofit group Friends of St. Matthews Church. Sunday’s ceremony will give guests a chance to see this beautiful gem on the inside and will be led by the Rev. Cindy Banks. Also, the Friends board will discuss the intentions, restoration and preservation of the property, as well as its place in the community. By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Share the Warmth: Women’s Fund Collecting Coats for Hospitality House Through Oct. 10

    Oct. 4, 2016.‘Share the Warmth’ this winter by cleaning out your closet and donating winter clothes to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge! Donations will go to the Hospitality House and will be accepted on Sept. 30 through Oct. 10 at various locations in the High Country. By Emily Willis / Read more…



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