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MS-13 Gang Member Arrested In Avery County November 4 Is A Suspect In Brutal Murder In Maryland

Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 9:29 am
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Nov. 22, 2017. The Washington Post is reporting that a MS-13 gang member, Miguel “Timido” Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, that was arrested in Avery County on November 4 in the Banner Elk area is a suspect in the brutal murder of an unknown victim. “The victim had been stabbed over one-hundred times, decapitated, dismembered, and his heart had been excised from his chest and thrown into the grave,” detectives wrote in court papers. The Post reported that as many as 10 members of the MS-13 gang lured a man into a park in Wheaton, Md. and stabbed him over 100 times.  / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Justice League’ Trying To Cash In on ‘The Avengers’ Magic But Falls Short

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 9:48 am
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Nov. 20, 2017 What can I say about “Justice League” other than that the DC Universe is way too late to the party on this? The film is of course trying to capture the magic of “The Avengers,” the unprecedented superhero team-up movie from the Marvel Comics Universe in 2012. DC has wanted to hone in on the “expanded universe” market ever since. The DC people didn’t want to look like they were copying Marvel exactly, so they beat them to the punch on the “superheroes falling out” movie (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and came out with an unanswered “supervillains teaming up” movie (“Suicide Squad”). But now it’s time to do the regular superhero team-up movie, and unfortunately “regular” is indeed the right word, because this movie does so little to deviate from what is now a standard formula. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ An Ugly Movie – Total Reliance on Lowbrow Humor

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:31 pm
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Nov. 15, 2017 “Daddy’s Home” was one of the worst movies of 2015. I took two hours out of my Christmas Day to cringe through an obnoxious feud between a doting stepdad (Will Ferrell) and an underactive biological father (Mark Wahlberg) over the love of their shared kids. Because that movie had a cushy holiday opening, it made enough money to warrant a sequel. “Daddy’s Home 2” is somehow even worse, making me appreciate the few things the original did right that this one lacks. As it stands, this movie is a Madea Halloween away from being the worst movie of 2017. Just a quick recap on the families: Brad (Ferrell) and Sarah (Linda Cardellini) have one son of their own, and Brad is stepdad to Sarah’s son and daughter that she had with Dusty (Wahlberg). Dusty is stepdad to a girl that his new wife Karen (Alessandra Ambrosio) had with Roger (John Cena). By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Sugar Mountain Getting Ready For Ski Season; Snow Making In Progress

Published Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:23 am
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Nov. 11, 2017 Sugar Mountain began making snow for the 2017/2018 season on Thursday night and continued snowmaking through Friday night into Saturday morning. Sugar Mountain plans to continue making snow as temperatures allow and will be open for skiing and snowboarding as soon as possible. Check their website for the latest updates at www.skisugar.com. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…
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App State vs Georgia Southern Under the Lights – Fan Shots

Published Friday, November 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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Nov. 10, 2017 Here are fan shots from Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on Thursday Night. Appalachian State beat Georgia Southern 27 to 26. App State (6-4 overall) is now 5-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. With this win App State is now Bowl eligible. Check out a recap of Saturday’s contest here. Photos by Debbie Carter. / Read more…
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Lees-McRae College Hosts Childhood Holocaust Survivor Nov. 16

Published Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:56 am
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November 11, 2017. Lees-McRae College will host childhood survivor of the Holocaust, Louise Lawrence-Israëls, to speak about her experience and life story on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium. Lawrence-Israëls volunteers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. to honor the memories of her family along with others who struggled during World War II. “German forces had invaded the Netherlands in May 1940 and set up a German administration,” according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. / Read more…
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App State Becomes Bowl Eligible With 27-6 Win Over Georgia Southern

Published Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:41 am
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Nov. 10 , 2017. For years, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern were bitter adversaries while competing for conference and national titles as Southern Conference members. They combined to win nine national titles, before both made the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) transition in 2014. They were then placed in the same conference-- the Sun Belt—which has kept their rivalry as intense as ever. But it’s one that Appalachian State has dominated in recent years. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Nov. 2-8: 33 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,038,500.00

Published Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 12:14 pm
Nov. 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: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ For Better or Worse, This is a ‘Fun’ Film – Could Be Less Silly

Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10:22 am
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Nov. 7, 2017 It’s been over two years since we’ve seen Thor (Chris Hemsworth), which seems like forever in Marvel Cinematic Universe time. He missed the dissolution of The Avengers in “Captain America: Civil War” and the rise of several new superheroes. We missed a lot with him as well. He broke up with his girlfriend and got himself imprisoned by a fire demon. The demon wants to bring about Ragnarok, or the destruction of Thor’s home planet of Asgard, which essentially means the end of everything Thor holds dear. Thor kills the demon in about a minute and returns to Asgard expecting a hero’s welcome, only to learn that he’s missed a lot there too. His wise father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) has exiled himself to Earth and his troublesome brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is now posing as the king. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Jigsaw’ Not As Lazy As It Seems – Some Clever Plot Twists

Published Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:27 am
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Oct. 31, 2017 I had never seen any of the “Saw” movies prior to “Jigsaw.” The first seven films all came out before I was doing this column regularly, and I had no desire to pump money into a franchise that promoted unapologetic gore. That isn’t to say I didn’t do my research in preparation for this film. I knew that the action would be based on elaborate traps devised by John “Jigsaw” Kramer (Tobin Bell). I knew that his motivation is to make people who have disregarded human life in the past find new respect for it… if they survive. I also knew that Jigsaw himself died in the third movie and his plots are usually carried out by some sort of disciple. Oh, and the puppets, I knew about the little red-eyed puppets that ride tricycles. I still don’t know why I’m supposed to be scared of them, maybe that’s explained in an earlier installment, but I knew about them. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Oct. 19-25: 44 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $14,548,500.00

Published Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:35 am
Oct. 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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Damage Assessments From Yesterday’s Flood in Boone Ongoing Throughout Tuesday

Published Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Oct. 24, 2017. Watauga County Emergency Management Coordinator Taylor Marsh said that damage assessments of Monday’s flood in the county, primarily Boone, will take place throughout most of the day on Tuesday. The High Country received between 3 and 6 inches of rain on Monday. Boone received 4-plus inches and Blowing Rock received more than 6 inches of rain yesterday, according to RaysWeather.com. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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The Watauga Education Foundation Announces Grants To 25 Educators for 2017

Published Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11:04 am
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Oct. 24, 2017. The Watauga Education Foundation is proud to share that a total of $19,332 will be distributed to 25 educators who are employed by Watauga County Schools. The grant allocation committee was happy to receive requests for more applications than previous years and each application was considered with serious review. The grant funds will go directly into the classrooms. / Read more…
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App State Fan Shots 10-21-17

Published Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:22 am
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Oct. 23, 2017. Here are fan shots from Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on Saturday. Appalachian State beat Coastal Carolina 37 to 29. App State (5-2 overall) is now 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. Check out a recap of Saturday's contest here.  Photos by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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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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