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Movie Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ Surprisingly Good – Best of the Franchise

Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 11:26 am
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July 17, 2018  I did not care for the first two “Hotel Transylvania” movies. Basically I felt that Adam Sandler’s style of humor had run its course, and even doing something as unique as applying it to animated monster movies couldn’t make it interesting again. Both films got a One and a Half Star rating out of me (the equivalent of a C- now that I use letter grades) and I remember seriously considering giving One Star to the second film. So “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” was one of the least-anticipated viewings on my summer watchlist. Maybe it was because I was in a good mood or because the movie did something right or the very fact that I came in with such low expectations, but I actually rather enjoyed this entry. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – July 5-11: 47 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8,340,500.00

Published Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm
July 15, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Occasionally Fun, but Ultimately Flimsy Superhero Movie

Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10:02 am
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July 10, 2018 We last saw Scott “Ant-Man” Lang (Paul Rudd) in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” where he fought on Cap’s side, lost, and went to prison. It was briefly mentioned in this year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” that he took a plea deal where he was released in exchange for promising not to do any more superhero work, making him one of the few MCU heroes not to appear in the film. Now we’re getting “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” where we find out what’s been going on in his neck of the woods. Like a response you’d expect from a laid-back casual friend, the answer is “not much.” By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – June 28-July 4: 46 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $10,501,500.00

Published Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:03 am
July 6, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – June 21-27: 43 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,242,500.00

Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 12:19 pm
July 3, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Nothing Really New – Predictable

Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 10:11 am
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June 26, 2018  Back in 2015, “Jurassic World” briefly set the box office record for biggest opening weekend of all time with $208 million before climbing to #3 on the overall domestic chart. It seemed as though people couldn’t get enough of dinosaurs chowing down on some arrogant human victims. Now comes “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” which opened this past weekend to a relatively tame $150 million. People still want to see the dinos, but it’s a little less special this time. It’s a serviceable metaphor for the movie itself – the dinosaurs aren’t exactly “boring,” but we have a pretty good idea of what we can expect from their antics. The humans, on the other hand, may qualify as boring. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – June 14-20: 54 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $11,898,000.00

Published Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 12:27 pm
June 21, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Watauga County’s 24th Annual Relay for Life this Friday, June 15 at Watauga High School

Published Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8:06 am

June 11, 2018. Relay for Life returns to Watauga County for its 24th year this Friday, June 15. Starting at 6:00 p.m., Relay for Life will be held again at Watauga High School for an evening to honor and remember those who have battled or are battling cancer in their lives. Relay for Life has been bringing people together to honor anyone who has passed, survived, or is still battling from cancer nationally since 1985. This year is its 24th year dedicated to those in Watauga County. Relay for Life is a “grass-roots, community-based team event,” states their website. Relay for Life involves masses of support from the community as teams come together to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s efforts in fighting cancer through research and treatments, as well as patient care. By Savannah Watts / Read more…
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Cove Creek Elementary School Looks Forward to Solar Array Program After Successful Fundraiser

Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 9:49 am

June 13, 2018. At the beginning of the year, Cove Creek School was chosen to be the fifth recipient of NC GreenPower’s Solar Schools Grant Program. With a $14,000 requirement to have the array system installed, Cove Creek School and the community of Watauga came together to provide their students with a greener education. The school is making efforts to include the students in their efforts to become sustainable by having three to five teachers “attend some professional development workshops that NC GreenPower puts on. They’ll learn how to teach about solar rays specifically and incorporate it into NC teaching standards and curriculum,” according to Grace Plummer. The school wants the children to be able to observe and learn about the system. Plummer adds, “If all goes as expected, it is going to be out in the back of the school, south facing, but near the playground for students to see it.” By Hailey Blevins / Read more…
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BRAHM Brings Back Its Newly Coined Art Gala on June 23 with “An Evening in Venice”

Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 9:21 am

June 13, 2018. The Blowing Rock Art History Museum is bringing back its Art Gala (formerly known as the Art Ball) with a new theme: An Evening in Venice! On June 23, guests are invited to come enjoy a buona sera at BRAHM with cocktails, dolces, desserts and music from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner parties have already sold out, but tickets for the dessert party at the BRAHM are still available. Appalachian State University and Greystone Insurance sponsor this year’s Art Gala. The evening will be filled with friends, conversation, food and art to celebrate BRAHM fashioned in a new Venice, Italy theme. BRAHM will be shrouded with Venetian decor and desserts while guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits they currently have at the museum. Guests are encouraged to wear Venetian style clothing in honor of the theme. By Savannah Watts / Read more…
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Glass Artist Rick Beck Featured at Anvil Arts Studio in Linville Falls this Month

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:08 am

June 12, 2018. Down in Linville Falls, Bill Brown’s Anvil Arts Studio is featuring the work of Glass Artist Rick Beck for the entire month of June. Beck is known for his untraditional approach to glass art, often using methods of casting, carving and fabricating to make glass sculptures. This Saturday, June 16, Beck will be down in the studio from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and will be giving a Gallery Talk beginning at 10:30 a.m. By Savannah Watts / Read more…
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Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K Awards $1,500 to the Recipient of the Annual Charitable Race

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 9:19 am

June 12, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Festivities surrounding Chetola Resort’s annual Corkscrew & Brew 5K are always exciting. The race is held in conjunction with SAVOR Blowing Rock: A Festival of Food and Drink, so the town is pulsing with energy, the participants are indulging in delicious food and beverages, and everyone is having a blast. But the extra spring in this race’s step – aside from the popular “non-hydration” wine and beer stations, of course – is that race director Gary Woolard makes sure someone in the local community benefits from all the fun and games. This year, more than 200 runners and walkers participated in the May 5 race, the net proceeds from which were dedicated to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of local two-year-old Levi Boyter, a kidney transplant recipient. On June 8, Woolard proudly presented a $1,500 check to Levi and his mother, Danielle Boyter. / Read more…
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12th Annual Farm Tour by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture This Saturday Featuring A Bus Tour

Published Monday, June 11, 2018 at 3:49 pm

June 11, 2018. This year on Saturday, June 16, the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will host their 12th Annual Farm Tours, but this year with an exciting new approach: a bus tour. Dave Walker says, “We're really excited about this year's tour because it's a bus tour, which means more time spent with the farms and a delicious, farm-fresh meal at the last stop on the tour.” For $65, guests can enjoy four different farms and a great local dinner. This exciting adventure features four local farms and some close encounters with cows, pigs, goats and chickens. Participants will also be able to walk through the farms and take a peek at beekeeping, cheese making, fermentation and more! By Savannah Watts / Read more…
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Grandfather Mountain’s Animal Birthday Party Returns June 13

Published Monday, June 11, 2018 at 10:23 am

June 11, 2018. This June, visitors to Grandfather Mountain will be able to meet some true party animals. On Wednesday, June 13, the Linville, N.C.-based nature park will host its annual Animal Birthday Party, a day of celebration and special events designed to honor the black bears, bald eagles, river otters, cougars and elk that call Grandfather Mountain home. Most activities are included with regular admission to Grandfather Mountain. / Read more…
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Tiny Homesteads’ Carolina Daydreaming Sustainability Celebration: Making Alternative Living More Mainstream

Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm

June 6, 2018. Fascinated by the tiny home craze, but afraid to take the first step? You’re in luck! This Friday evening, June 8, Tiny Homesteads WNC is inviting you to take a peek into what your life could be life through their first ever Carolina Daydreaming Sustainability Celebration. Lasting from 5:00 p.m. to Saturday morning, this event is packed with information about tiny homes, exciting live performances and free food! The Carolina Daydreaming Sustainability Celebration is an event that launches the Tiny Homesteads WNC business and mission. Ben Loomis, Director of Business Development for Tiny Homesteads, says “We want anyone interested in agritourism and sustainable, alternative living to come see what we can do for them.” This innovative and sustainable Tiny Home manufacturing company hopes to show guests the beauty of downsizing and living sustainably. By Savannah Watts / Read more…
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Land of Oz Events Sold Out for June 2018, Autumn at Oz Tickets On Sale June 14th

Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm

June 6, 2018. The Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain has sold out for its six open days in June. Every Friday, the park will be open for visitors to take a “Journey with Dorothy” tour as part of Beech Mountain’s Family Fun Month. Listed in the Top 5 Things to Do in Beech Mountain, it’s not surprising that tickets for this month’s events at Land of Oz sold out almost immediately. After its original ten year run from 1970 to 1980, the Land of Oz was “in hibernation” for almost 35 years before reopening sporadically throughout the year for events. The first season of the theme park brought in over 400,000 visitors to the High Country to walk across the 44,000 yellow bricks that pave the way to Emerald City. By Savannah Watts / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – May 24-30 38 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $9,602,500.00

Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:58 am
June 6, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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The Daniel Boone Native Gardens Celebrate 55 Years, 5th Annual Fairy Day Approaching

Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 9:32 am

June 6, 2018. Rated #22 of on Trip Advisors’ Top Things to do in Boone, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens are tucked right in the heart of downtown Boone, NC near Horn in the West. The DBNG is home to over 200 native plant species and attracts many locals and visitors with its three acres filled with brilliant colors of nature. Thanks to numerous volunteers and the support of the Boone community, this year the DBNG celebrates the 55th Anniversary of nurturing many endangered species. By Savannah Watts / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – May 17-23 40 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $9,301,000.00

Published Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 12:12 pm
June 5, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Jones House Will Be Jamming in June and July with Summer Concerts

Published Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 10:12 am

June 5, 2018.  With sounds of fiddles, banjos, and guitars frequently resonating beyond the walls, The Jones House Cultural and Community Center in downtown Boone has become a hub for old-time and American roots music.  This June and July, the Jones House continues to provide a focal point for pickers and grinners, with instructional slow jams, old-time fiddle tunes jams, a five-week session of music lessons, and week concerts on the porch. The Jones House old-time jam takes place in the community center each Thursday night from 7:30-11:00 p.m.  This jam session is free and open to players and listeners alike.  The jam has been going on for more than a decade, and it is a featured regular event on the Blue Ridge Music Trails. / Read more…
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Waltz into summer with Appalachian’s annual Summer Dance Series June 5–28

Published Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 9:57 am
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June 5, 2018. Boone, N.C. – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University will present its annual Summer Dance Series this June. The series offers instructive classes in a variety of dance styles for beginning and intermediate dance enthusiasts, and runs June 5–28. This year, topics will include body work classes such as yoga and pilates, and dance styles such as African, jazz, hip-hop, modern, salsa, musical theatre dance and ballet. Dancers are asked to make an (optional) nominal donation at each class to benefit the department’s Visiting Artist and Dance Student Scholarship funds. / Read more…
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The Art Cellar Presents “High Country Visions” Exhibition By Margaret Salisbury, Starting June 7th

Published Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 9:43 am

June 5, 2018. Painter Margaret Salisbury is featured this season in a one woman show “High Country Visions”. A graduate from Vanderbilt University with an Art History major, Margaret did not plan on becoming an artist until a few fortunate events placed her in a two week plein air workshop in Italy that was “truly life changing”. Known for her soft yet vivid impressionistic painting style, Salisbury depicts mountain life at its finest; from barns to “critters,” landscapes and rivers. Margaret’s oil paintings are a result of years of training and dedication to her art and show her intense passion for her work and her love of the outdoors. She carries her painting materials to the edge of mountain streams, hiking trails and across area farms and fields to capture the light, mood and treasured scenes of our region. Many of the artist works are painted en plein air (out in the air) but she also creates larger works in the studio, many of which are inspired by the smaller plein air paintings. / Read more…
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WNC Oasis Shriners’ Spring Ceremonial Weekend Ended Without Camel Kissing

Published Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:47 pm

June 4, 2018. Over the weekend, the rain held out and the WNC Oasis Shriners brought their Spring Ceremonial to Blowing Rock. On Friday, new members were inducted, and on Saturday, the Shriners Parade took place along Main Street. Several hundred people attended the parade on Saturday, filling the sidewalks. The WNC Oasis Shriners is the largest group of Shriners in the world with about 5000 members. They are also the group that raises the most funds for Shriners’ hospitals. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Adrift’ A Competent Film That Will Do Well With No Competition

Published Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:11 pm
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June 4, 2018  “Adrift” is two movies in one – a mushy romance and a harrowing high-seas adventure tale. I guess it’s like “Titanic” minus the large scale, $165 million from the budget, and about $550 million from its domestic gross (a generous projection based on its $11 million opening weekend). The film is opening on the weekend following “Solo”, and even though that film is performing far below expectations, it’s easy to see why many films wanted to avoid the slot. This is a movie for people who either have no interest in blockbusters or have seen too many of them lately and need a break. Oh, and people who like nautical movies I’m sure will find something to like here. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s Summer Exhibition Brought In a Crowd

Published Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:52 am
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May 31, 2018. One of BRAHM’s biggest gatherings, the Summer Exhibition Celebration brought in a wide variety of ages, families, historians and artists, according to photographer Bob Caldwell. Held on May 24th, the exhibition featured a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with music, drinks, and Hors-d’oeuvres for attendees to enjoy. All of the exhibits had a huge turnout according to Ashley Warren, “We had over 350 people, which was our biggest exhibition celebration ever.” Bob Caldwell also commented on the huge turnout, saying “Older and younger people, families, just a variety of people attended. They were all very positive about the turnout and about the fact that they had such a nice variety of groupings of people from the area.” By Hailey Blevins / Read more…
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Spring Friends of the Library Used Book Sale Returned May 30

Published Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10:25 am
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May 31, 2018. Yesterday, the Watauga County Public Library kicked-off another Friends of the Library Used Book Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the library. The Book Sale is open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and welcomes everyone. The Friends of the Watauga County Public Library was founded in 1974 in an effort to engage the community in using the library as well as provide funds for areas that do not receive funding from the government. The books sold at the book sale are donated to the library and Friends of the Library. This year, the abundance of donated books is so great that every day there will be new selections filling the tables as other books get bought. By Savannah Watts / Read more…
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June Family Month Provides 30 Days of Memory Making Fun on Beech Mountain

Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm
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May 30, 2018. BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. – This June, Beech Mountain encourages families to get outside, expand their horizons and make memories together. Family Fun Month includes a 30-day lineup of outdoor adventures, concerts, picnics, movies under the stars and a fireworks finale. Beech Mountain’s location in the North Carolina High Country provides abundant natural resources to hike, bike, paddle and fish. And its elevation at 5,506 feet makes for pleasant temperatures with low humidity. / Read more…
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Children’s Council Event Raises Over $25,000

Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 3:19 pm
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May 30, 2018. BOONE, N.C.- The Children’s Council celebrated their annual Party With A Purpose benefit fundraiser with community friends and supporters at the Inn At Crestwood on Sunday, May 20th. Over $25,000 was raised for programs for young children, their families and their caregivers! “We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who attended, the local businesses that donated items for our auctions, and of course, to our generous sponsors.”, stated Mary Scott, Associate Director. / Read more…
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Stone Mountain State Park Is Perfect for Hikers and Nature Lovers

Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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May 29, 2018.  Locals of Wilkes County know that Stone Mountain is the perfect place to go in the summer for an outdoor adventure that’s not too far from home. Open every day of the year except Christmas day, the park usually gets around 450,000 visitors during each year. Wildlife can be seen often, especially deer, when riding through the park. Visitors are discouraged from feeding and approaching wildlife. Many visitors come to Stone Mountain just to ride through during the evenings for a chance to see the deer. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…
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Experience the High Country from 5506’ at Beech Mountain This Summer

Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 2:10 pm

May 29, 2018. Beech Mountain has a busy year planned for its summer season with new and exciting changes coming to its resort to enhance their visitors’ experience. The first part of the resort to open was Beech Mountain Brewing Co., now known as Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill due to a few changes. Will Young, known for his prior ownership of Blind Squirrel Brewery, is the new Director of Food and Beverage for the resort. This will serve as the main taproom and restaurant and can be found next door to the Brewhouse, which will be open on Saturdays and Sundays. With a reconfigured Taproom and Grill, more seating and green space between the two facilities, and a new menu, returning patrons can experience a new environment at Beech Mountain’s Taproom and Grill. Along with all these new changes, Talia says, “we’re going to try to keep the Brewery open through the end of October.” By Hailey Blevins / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Life of the Party’ Another Bad Comedy from McCarthy and Falcone

Published Monday, May 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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May 14, 2018 For those of you who think I spent too much time last week whining about “Overboard” not being funny, just a heads up that “Life of the Party” this week is going to be more of the same. It’s no surprise that neither movie is any good, their studios sent them out to die against “Avengers: Infinity War”. Both comedy bombs lucked out because that movie got moved up a week at the last minute, so they got to open on weekends when people had already seen the superior blockbuster. They still got crushed, just not as badly. Anyway, at least this movie doesn’t have the incredibly uncomfortable bits about exploiting a character with amnesia, so it’s got that in its favor. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – May 3-9: 28 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8,169,000.00

Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:46 pm
May 10, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Unofficial Watauga County Primary Election Results; Sales Tax Increase Did Not Pass

Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9:32 pm
May 8, 2018. Partisan primary voting for the 2018 North Carolina midterm elections took place across the state and in Watauga County on Tuesday, deciding one Democratic race, five Republican races, and a bipartisan sales tax referendum in the county. Prior to Tuesday, early voting took place weekdays beginning April 19 until Saturday, May 5. Combined with early voting totals, 5,597 voters cast ballots in Watauga County during the 2018 midterm primary elections, good for 12% turnout. The races and results are as follows: By Luke Weir / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Overboard’ A Remake of a Reprehensible Film – Itself Bland and Worthless

Published Monday, May 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm
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May 7, 2018“Overboard” is a remake of a reprehensible 1987 film starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. In that film, poor slob Russell takes advantage of the amnesia suffered by the snobby Hawn by convincing her that she’s his wife and mother to his four children. She struggles with household chores, which is mildly amusing, and the two wind up in bed together, which is disgusting. It makes no difference that she has fallen for him at this point in the film, he is taking advantage of a woman with brain damage, and his actions constitute rape. Now the film is being remade with Anna Faris as the poor slob and Eugenio Derbez as the spoiled jerk whose amnesia is being exploited. This film could have at least corrected the most glaring flaw in the 1987 version, but it doesn’t, and it’s horribly unfunny elsewhere to boot. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – April 26-May 2: 59 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $12,570,500.00

Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm
deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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