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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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ You’ll Never Laugh Harder at a Movie for Ripping You Off

Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:21 am
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July 11, 2017 For most of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” I didn’t see why the movie was getting so much praise from critics. I didn’t like Tom Holland’s take on Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, I was underwhelmed by the villain Vulture (Michael Keaton), I was annoyed by almost all of Peter’s friends and classmates, and the action, development, and conflicts were completely standard for the superhero genre. In fact, they were overly familiar because we’ve had so many Spider-Man movies already and we have a good idea of how the character operates. Then something happened around the two-thirds mark that added another dimension to the Spider-Man/Vulture feud. It completely turned me around, and from that point on, the film could do practically no wrong. Unfortunately, I don’t feel comfortable going into this twist out of concern for spoilers, but please know that I’m higher on this film than what I let on in the rest of this review. By Bob Garver. / Read more… Continue reading

High South Event Professionals Held Networking Event, Wedding and Event Industry Booming this Summer

Published Friday, July 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm
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July 7, 2017. The High Country is a popular place for a wedding or some other kind of event. With beautiful scenery, rustic decorations and the most friendly people you could ever meet, our home is a picturesque dream for people everywhere who are wanting to experience a mountain wedding. The success in the wedding and event profession doesn't just benefit people within that field, but it also benefits local economy, bringing in revenue for hotels, restaurants and local businesses throughout the community. By Katie Benfield - Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more… Continue reading

Watauga County Deeds – June 29-July 5: 42 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8,850,500.00

Published Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11:01 am
July 6, 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… Continue reading

Banner Elk’s “Party in the Park” Provided Everyone with an Amazing Time on the 4th of July

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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July 5, 2017. The Banner Elk "Party in the Park" took place yesterday in Tate Evans Park with delicious food, fun and family-friendly activities and games, races of every kind and animals all throughout. With this incredibly community event, everyone in attendance spent their July 4 in one of the best ways that they could. Photo Courtesy of Jan Todd / Read more… Continue reading

Boone’s 4th of July Parade Drew Bigger Crowd Than Seen in Previous Years, Participation Rises

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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July 5, 2017. The Town of Boone 4th of July Parade pulled much of the community out of their homes and into downtown Boone to watch the stunning, patriotic parade full of community members who dressed in red, white and blue and other various costumes, including Smokey Bear By Katie Benfield - Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more… Continue reading

The Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade Brought Red, White and Blue Festivities to the High Country

Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 11:58 am
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July 5, 2017. The 4th of July is a national celebration for people all across the United States of America. With red, white and blue and excited energy, the people of Banner Elk truly did celebrate our nation and its independence through the Banner Elk 4th of July Parade. Photo Courtesy of Jan Todd / Read more… Continue reading

The Blowing Rock 4th of July Parade Took Place this Past Saturday, and It Was a Festive Success

Published Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11:38 am
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July 3, 2017. The Blowing Rock 4th of July Parade took place on this past Saturday, thanks to the Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Department and all others involved in the parade. With people wearing red, white and blue and smiles as big as ever, this year's parade was more festive and patriotic than ever before. By Katie Benfield - Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Amusing and Tolerable – Bit of a Mess Overall

Published Monday, July 3, 2017 at 10:13 am
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July 2, 2017 “Despicable Me 3” barely contains any of the franchise’s trademark Minions, and the little we do get isn’t really related to the rest of the movie. It’s as if the people at Illumination Animation almost let a “Despicable Me” movie into theaters without any Minions – the horror! I personally can’t stand the Minions, mainly because of the way they talk, and was glad to see them kept to a minimum this time around. Just my luck, the movie in this series that uses them the least is the one that is most lifeless otherwise, which implies that they should have been used more to punch things up. By Bob Garver. / Read more… Continue reading

Watauga County Deeds – June 22-28: 55 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $12,020,000.00

Published Friday, June 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm
June 30, 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… Continue reading

The Blowing Rock Garden Club’s 2017 Mile of Flowers Was a Major Success this Past Friday

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 9:38 am
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June 28, 2017. The 2017 Mile of Flowers, put on the Blowing Rock Garden Club, consisted of stunning gardens of homes and churches throughout Blowing Rock. Along with this, there was a boutique and a tea party, providing participants with a day full of beauty, fun and community. By Katie Benfield, Photo Courtesy of Lonnie Webster / Read more… Continue reading

Banner Elk Holds Dedication of Stone Clock Tower

Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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June 27, 2017. The Town of Banner Elk held a dedication of the stone clock tower at the corner of Main Street and Shawneehaw Avenue, a new greenspace dubbed the “Corner on Main” park. The dedication featured keynote speakers Mayor Brenda Lyerly and N.C. Senator Deanna Ballard – and the sounds, tunes and chimes of the brand new clock. In addition, Elaine Wold was recognized for her philanthropic efforts to help revitalize downtown Banner Elk. Jesse Wood • Photos by Todd Bush / Read more… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Unapologetic Garbage, But Acting Is Rather Good

Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 9:59 am
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June 27, 2017 You’re probably expecting me to trash this movie. And make no mistake, it deserves to get trashed. Its script is horrendous, its editing is a joke, its jokes are painful, and all the metallic whooshing and clanging get old real quick. It’s the same collection of complaints I always have about the “Transformers” movies. But I can’t work up too much ire for this movie for the simple reason that at this point I’m just too numb. This is not some sort of submission to the “Transformers” franchise. By Bob Garver. / Read more…Continue reading

Watauga County Deeds – June 14-21: 43 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $9,069,500.00

Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11:31 am
June 22, 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… Continue reading

The Watauga County Farmers’ Market Was a Hit This Past Saturday, June 17

Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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June 20, 2017. The Watauga County Farmers' Market is still in full swing. Every Saturday, until the month of October, the Farmers' Market will be offering the community the freshest produce and most skillfully crafted items, all local, from 8 a.m. until noon. By Katie Benfield - Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Cars 3’ Pixar’s Streak of No Bad Movies is Still Intact – Just Barely

Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 11:01 am
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June 20, 2017 “Cars” is probably the most unpopular arm of the Pixar universe. The first film was only moderately well-received, the sequel was the first eligible Pixar film not to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, and the two “Planes” spinoffs (which are from a non-Pixar branch of Disney) are direct-to-DVD-quality garbage. To be clear, I liked the first two “Cars” movies and I don’t think Pixar has ever made a “bad” movie, but I don’t know why they’re dead-set on expending this franchise when they keep hitting a wall with anthropomorphic vehicles. The movie once again follows race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), who finds himself in possibly the twilight of his career. By Bob Garver. / Read more… Continue reading

Watauga County Deeds – June 8-13: 35 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $10,421,500.00

Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm
June 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… Continue reading

Photos of Plant Sale Sponsored by Dems

Published Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm
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June 12, 2017. The Watauga County Annual Community Plant Sale took place last Saturday at the former Aunt Pymm’s Table Antiques location on Old U.S. Highway 421 S. in Boone. All proceeds from the sale benefited the Watauga County Democratic Party. Each year hundreds of people attend the sale that is operated by dozens of volunteers. Thousands of annuals perennials, trees and shrubs are featured in the sale. Photos by Lonnie Webster / Read more… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘The Mummy’ Movie Seems to be Set on Cruise Control (Pun Intended)

Published Monday, June 12, 2017 at 9:39 am
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June 12, 2017 “The Mummy” is the first official entry in the “Dark Universe,” a franchise where Universal aims to revive its classic movie monsters and have them mingle. Think of it as a variation on the Marvel and DC Extended Universes. I have to wonder if The Mummy as a character is the best entry point for this series. Isn’t The Mummy kind of low-tier for this big of a role? Probably the only reason we’re getting The Mummy instead of power players like Dracula or Frankenstein’s Monster is that “Dracula Untold” and “Victor Frankenstein” flopped so badly. “The Mummy” is going to flop too, all the more devastating to Universal now that it “counts.” By Bob Garver. / Read more… Continue reading

Watauga County Deeds – June 2-7: 61 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $5,113,250.00

Published Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 12:16 pm
June 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… Continue reading

Watauga County Deeds – May 26-June 1: 60 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $71,847,000.00

Published Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm
June 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… Continue reading
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