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The Best of High Country Magazine Forty, Famous & Fabulous – The Woolly Worm Festival

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm
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Oct. 19, 2017. Where can you see people, from all walks of life, age three to ninety-three, jumping up and down and hollerin’ for caterpillars on a string? Nowhere other than the annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. This year’s festival promises to be the best one yet, as it celebrates its fortieth anniversary and honors and remembers two very special people who have been instrumental in the history and success of the festival. By Jan Todd / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Oct. 12-18: 34 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,510,500.00

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:30 am
Oct. 19, 2017. 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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High Country Charitable Foundation Distributing $272,000 in Grants To Nonprofits Serving Avery

Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm
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Oct. 17, 2017. The High Country Charitable Foundation is distributing $272,000 in grants for 2017. Now in its third year, this figure marks a record distribution to organizations serving people and animals in need in Avery County. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Happy Death Day’ The Movie Is a Mess – Main Character Incredibly Unlikable

Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:22 am
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Oct. 17, 2017 Tree (Jessica Rothe) is having an unhappy birthday. She wakes up in the bed of a stranger named Carter (Israel Broussard). Carter’s roommate says something disrespectful. She gets hassled by an environmentalist. She’s being stalked by an ex. She lives in a sorority house run by a judgmental bully. She’s annoyed by her own roommate (Ruby Modine) and throws the special cupcake she made into the trash. She’s late for class, but she’s off the hook because she’s having an affair with the married professor. She shares a birthday with her late mother, and her estranged father nags her to remember that fact when all she wants to do is forget. As if all that weren’t enough, at the end of the day, she gets stabbed to death. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Introducing Kristi, of RockFoodies and ‘Chef’s Table’ – Oct. 25: Vidalia

Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:47 am
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Oct. 10, 2017 Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Kristi and I am a food writer and author of the blog, triadfoodies.com and the new rockfoodies.com. My family and I just moved to the beautiful High Country. We’ve been here exactly 5 weeks. With the exception of four wonderful years at App State, I’ve lived my entire life in the Triad. Over the summer, my husband and I decided to follow our heart and dreams and move to this area. / Read more…
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Fan Shots: App State Homecoming Game

Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:40 am
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Oct. 10, 2017. Check out fan shots from Saturday's homecoming game, where App State beat New Mexico State 45 to 31 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Photos by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Sept. 28-Oct. 4: 55 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $12,972,500.00

Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm
Oct. 5, 2017. 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 – Sept. 21-27: 37 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $10,614,500.00

Published Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 11:33 am
Oct. 3, 2017. 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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App State v. Wake Fan Shots, Part 2

Published Monday, September 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm
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Sept. 25, 2017. Here are fan shots (part 2 of 2) from the Mountaineers’ heartbreaking loss to Wake Forest at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers lost 20-19 as the Demon Deacons blocked a deciding field goal in the final seconds. Read about the game here and scroll below for photos. Photos by Debbie Carter and Jan Todd / Read more…
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App State vs Wake Fan Shots, Part 1

Published Monday, September 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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Sept. 25, 2017. Here are fan shots (part 1 of 2) from the Mountaineers’ heartbreaking loss to Wake Forest at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers lost 20-19 as the Demon Deacons blocked a deciding field goal in the final seconds. Read about the game here and scroll below for photos. Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ The Action is Delightfully Over-the-Top, Laughs Aplenty

Published Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:37 am
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Sept. 25, 2017 When we last left Eggsy (Taron Egerton), he had completed his transformation into a Kingsman; going from aimless slacker to dashing British secret agent. He had saved the world, avenged his murdered mentor Harry (Colin Firth), and even gotten a girl, granted not his likeable fellow agent Roxy (Sophie Cookson) but the Swedish princess Tilde (Hanna Alström). He’s still dating Tilde in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” which is funny in and of itself considering the controversial hookup from the first film did not seem like it would lend itself to long-term happiness. This franchise is all too happy to admit that it’s a James Bond ripoff, but the hero believing in lasting relationships is a major and welcome difference. Eggsy and senior Kingsman Merlin (Mark Strong) soon find themselves having to team up with liquor-themed U.S. equivalent agency Statesman to take down the sweetest, perkiest, most ruthless drug lord in all of Cambodia. Her name is Poppy (Julianne Moore) and she’s going to get a lot of comparisons to Martha Stewart, but I can’t help but see her more as my boss, candy magnate Dylan Lauren. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Sept. 14-20: 44 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,384,500.00

Published Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:14 am
Sept. 21, 2017. 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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Kickoff Times Set for Remaining App State Home Football Games

Published Friday, September 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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Sept. 15, 2017 BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State Athletics has announced kickoff times for three of its remaining 2017 home football contests. The Oct. 7 homecoming game vs. New Mexico State will begin at 3:30 p.m. Kickoff for the Oct. 21 tilt vs. Coastal Carolina, which is part of the App State Family Weekend, is also 3:30 p.m. The Dec. 2 regular-season finale against Louisiana will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Television coverage will be announced later, and game times are subject to change. The Nov. 9 Thursday night home game against Georgia Southern has already been announced as a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, televised by ESPNU. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Sept. 7-13: 33 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $12,222,000.00

Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 11:15 am
Sept. 14, 2017. 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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Elliott Daingerfield Statue Revealed at Edgewood Cottage on Saturday Sept 9

Published Monday, September 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm
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July. 26, 2017. History has been made, once again, in Blowing Rock through the unveiling of the Elliott Daingerfield statue. The historical event captured the heart of art among North Carolinians through honoring the life of one of the Greatest North Carolinian Artists, Elliott Daingerfield (1859-1932). This event took place on Saturday, September 9, at 5:00 p.m, at the Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock. By Kate Herman - Photos by Lonnie Webster / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘It’ A Good Scary Movie, Where The Jokes Are Funny and the Scares Are Funnier

Published Monday, September 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm
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Sept. 11, 2017 “It” tells the story of a group of kids in small-town Maine who are hunted by a terrifying psychopath. That psychopath is a bully named Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton) and he’s sadistic. He doesn’t roughhouse, he commits felony assaults. As if that weren’t bad enough, there’s an evil clown who feeds on fear called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) on the loose. I think Bowers is a better villain, but of course the creepy clown with the sharp teeth and supernatural powers gets all the credit. Unfortunate Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) is taken by Pennywise in the film’s opening sequence. His older brother Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) feels guilty about it, but I’d feel a lot less guilty if I’d known he didn’t have the common sense to stay away from a clearly-sinister clown who hangs out in the sewers. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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App State Football Fan Pics v. Savannah State

Published Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10:51 am
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Sept. 11, 2017. Below are fan photos from Saturday’s football game at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated Savannah State 54 to 7 as Taylor Lamb threw for 5 touchdowns in the 2017-18 home opener. Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Aug. 31 – Sept. 6: 52 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $13,576,000.00

Published Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:18 am
Sept. 8, 2017. 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 – Aug. 24-30: 43 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8,890,500.00

Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:16 am
Aug. 31, 2017. 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 – Aug. 17-23: 43 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $9,137,500.00

Published Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:13 am
Aug. 24, 2017. 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 – Aug. 10-16: 36 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $6,327,500.00

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:52 pm
Aug. 17, 2017. 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 – Aug. 3-9: 33 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $5,296,500.00

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:16 am
Aug. 16, 2017. 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 – July 27 – Aug. 2: 49 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $9,225,500.00

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 1:13 pm
Aug. 9, 2017. 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: ‘The Dark Tower’ Nothing Special, Fans of the Book Sure to be Outraged

Published Monday, August 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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Aug. 7, 2017 My understanding is that this film is not a straight adaptation of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” book series, but rather a sort of sequel that cherry-picks elements of the anthology. I’m convinced the film was conceived as a writing exercise by at least one of its four credited screenwriters who wanted to tell the story of how a cowboy with a revolver could defeat a demon with one of the greatest arsenals of powers ever created. Now we have to suffer the results of that fan fiction gone wrong. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Gov. Cooper Visits App Theatre, Bestows Highest Civilian Honor to Owners of Mast General Store

Published Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:13 am
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Aug. 7, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper visited several locations during his first visit to the High Country on Friday, August 4, including the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College, F.A.R.M. Café, and the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, where he made public remarks. / Read more…
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Photographer Lonnie Webster Attended the 30th Annual Symphony by the Lake, and Here are Some Pictures to Share the Experience

Published Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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July 31, 2017. The 30th Annual Symphony by the Lake took place this past Friday, and photographer Lonnie Webster was present to capture the moments to share with the High Country. Whether you attended the Symphony or not, these pictures will make you feel like you were there to experience the whole thing as it happened! Photo Courtesy of Lonnie Webster / Read more…
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The 30th Annual Symphony by the Lake Returned to the High Country with Beautiful Music and Exciting Festivities this Past Friday

Published Monday, July 31, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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July 31, 2017. The Symphony by the Lake returned to the High Country for the 30th year, bringing a brand new and fun theme, as well as awe-inspiring performances by the Symphony of the Mountains, the Todd Wright Quintet and Emmet Cahill and Seamus Brett. For the first time in 30 years, it rained on the day of the Symphony, but that didn't stop the festivities from being just as amazing and memorable as years before. Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘The Emoji Movie’ Completely Typical, Not as Bad As The Critics Are Saying

Published Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10:45 am
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July 31, 2017 Last week I reviewed “Dunkirk” and I talked about how early reviews had set the bar impossibly high, which prevented me from appreciating the film more. This week brings us “The Emoji Movie,” and the scales are shifted the other way. This film has been a critical whipping boy since the day it was announced due to the faddish nature of its subject matter. And that prejudice seemed to be justified, with the film scoring a 0% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes when I saw it Friday afternoon (that number has since beefed up to an 8%). A sort of contest emerged over who could trash the film the hardest, with many reviewers saying something to the effect of “This film is the end of civilization.” It’s a bad film, all right, but I can’t help but feel like maybe it doesn’t deserve to get flayed that badly. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Stonewalls Owners Scott Garland and Tim Heschke Celebrate a Year of Updates at a Local Favorite

Published Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9:14 am
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July 26, 2017. The High Country is filled with staple restaurants that keep visitors and locals coming back year after year. One of those High Country-famous restaurants is Banner Elk’s Stonewalls, which is about to reach its one-year anniversary since Scott Garland and Tim Heschke took over operations last year. Garland, like many who grew up in the area, decided to return to the High Country after 20 years of traveling the country and working in some of the most well-respected positions in the food industry. By Bailey Faulkner - Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Resort Real Estate & Rentals Reaches 35 Years as a Family Business in the High Country

Published Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 8:29 am
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July 27, 2017. It isn’t hard to see that the High Country has grown significantly over the last few decades. New businesses open, buildings are constructed and visitors from around the country make the trip up the mountain each year, but few have seen the High Country evolve quite like “Lil” Jack Anderson and his family at Banner Elk’s Resort Real Estate & Rentals, which just reached its 35th anniversary this May. By Bailey Faulkner - Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – July 20 – 26: 57 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $13,479,500.00

Published Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11:17 am
July 27, 2017. 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: ‘Dunkirk’ A Superior Film, With a Lack of Character Development

Published Monday, July 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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July 24, 2017 Entertainment Weekly killed “Dunkirk” for me. Not because the review written by Chris Nashawaty was negative or turned me off in any way, but because it went too far toward the other extreme. On Tuesday afternoon, the headline on EW.com proclaimed the film to be “Easily the Best Movie of the Year So Far.” So I went into the film expecting nothing less than unquestionable excellence, something that would make me forget all about “Logan” and “John Wick: Chapter 2” and all my other favorites of 2017. I should have known that it was never going to pull that off, not with my expectations raised so high. What I got was a fine film whose minor cracks wouldn’t have been so noticeable if I wasn’t expecting perfection. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – July 13 – 19: 33 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,221,000.00

Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:04 am
July 20, 2017. 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: ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ A Satisfying Conclusion To an Ambitious Trilogy

Published Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10:13 am
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July 17, 2017 In this era of remakes and reboots and other words to describe digging up long-dormant franchises, the revival of “Planet of the Apes” has turned out to be one of the best surprises. It would have been so easy for things to go wrong with these movies: they could have been too silly, they could have taken themselves too seriously and become unintentionally silly, the special effects could have been unconvincing, the special effects could have been so convincing that they fell into the Uncanny Valley. And yet, the right balance has been found at every turn, first with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) and then with “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014). Now comes “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and it deserves a place of honor alongside the other two as an emotionally-investing film that happens to have a CGI ape as its main character. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – July 5 – 12: 37 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8,347,000.00

Published Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm
July 13, 2017. 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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