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Boone Town Council Passes Prohibition On Towing Occupied Vehicles, Penalty Section Modification

Published Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:16 am
Boone Town Council discussed and reviewed possible changes to the towing ordinance Tuesday after hearing about a recent court case taken up by the North Carolina Supreme Court. Read more...
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Boone Town Council Approves CRAB Recommendation For Daniel Boone Park; Starting With Amphitheater

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm
Tuesday night Boone Town Council approved the Cultural Resource Advisory Board’s (CRAB) recommendation of a master plan to renovate Daniel Boone Park. Read more...
BY MARK S. KENNA
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Start Your Holiday Season Out Right with High Country Christmas Religious Services for the Entire Family

Published Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 9:01 am
With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, sometimes it can be easy to forget the true reason for the season. For many High Country churches, Christmas is their time to shine with various services and events taking place to celebrate the holiday with merriment and cheer. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Ball Sworn In as Mayor Along With Council Members David, Peña, Brantz and Hay Tuesday Night

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm
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Outgoing Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson called her last Boone Town Council Meeting to order Tuesday night before Mayor-Elect Andy Ball, re-elected Councilman Rennie Brantz and incoming members Quint David and Jennifer Peña were sworn in. Once the newly elected officials took their seats, the group heard from the five different applicants vying for Ball’s vacant seat. Click here to see the photos...
BY MARK S. KENNA
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Local Couple Once Again Donates ‘Massive Truckload’ of Toys for Santa’s Toy Box at Haircut 101 in Boone

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm
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For the third year in a row, High Country Residents Tom and Tina Barrett delivered a massive truckload of toys to Haircut 101 on Depot Street in Boone to donate to Santa's Toy Box. Around 2 p.m., Tom and Tina Barrett arrived outside of Haircut 101 and started unloading toys by the dozen, including bicycles (with matching helmets of course!), scooters, games, toys and more for all ages, from infant on up. The toys soon filled up the tiny-by-comparison collection box at the salon, and bikes and scooters were lined up inside. Read more… Photo by Madison V. Fisler
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High Country’s Got Talent Raises Funds and Awareness for Wine to Water Dec. 15; Photos Included

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm
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On Sunday, Dec. 15, the inaugural High Country's Got Talent competition took the stage at Watauga High School. The talent show acted as a fundraiser for Wine to Water, a local nonprofit organization that helps bring clean, drinkable water to people and communities in need around the world hosted by the Maji Club at Watauga High School. Read more… Photo by Karen Radenbaugh Lehmann
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Stream Restorations Sometimes Miss Intended Goals, Appalachian State University Professors Say

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:37 am
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Despite recent restoration efforts, storm water runoff from roads and parking lots and a lack of shade contribute to high water temperatures on some segments of Boone Creek. These high temperatures pose a problem for fish and other aquatic life. A storm water mitigation project established in 2012, however, may be helping to lower temperatures in the segments downstream of this project. Read more… Photo by Kristan Cockerill
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ASU Commencement Speaker Shares Lessons for a Successful Life and Career with December Graduates

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:14 am
December graduates at Appalachian State University were counseled to believe in themselves, continue to learn and give back to their community and society. Commencement speaker Dr. Anne Matthews shared those lessons, which she said had contributed to her success personally and professionally. Matthews is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm in Columbia, S.C., and vice president of Rotary International. Read more...
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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:02 am
What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

 

  • New Caldwell JAM Classes
  • Four-Part Caroling for Men
  • Sanitation Department Closed for Christmas
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LETTERS / Why Attendance At Tuesday’s Watauga County Commissioners Meeting Is Important

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:21 am
Letters to the Editor. BY NATE DICOLA / Dear Editor, A Watauga County Commissioners’ meeting will be held on Tuesday, 17 December, at 6 PM. The meeting is for the purpose of voting on a Beech Mountain water intake proposal, known as Watershed IV. The meeting will take place at the Watauga County Administrative Office. If the crowd is large the meeting may get moved to the 2nd floor courtroom at the Courthouse Building. This Beech Mountain watershed reclassification request and water withdrawal is unwarranted, and the real aim of the request is opaque—as is by now the norm in Watauga County political shenanigans. Read more...
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The Historic Green Park Inn Rings in 2014 with New Year’s Eve Gala with the Harris Brothers Dec. 31

Published Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm
Christmas is on its way and New Year's Eve is fast approaching. What better way to celebrate the coming of 2014 than at the Historic Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock for the New Year's Eve Gala featuring The Harris Brothers on Dec. 31? Read more...
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Boone Post Office on Blowing Rock Road Extends Hours Two Weekends Prior to Christmas Holiday

Published Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm
The United States Postal Service announces the opening or extending of Saturday retail hours for Boone Post Office, 1544 Blowing Rock Road, during the last two weekends before Christmas holiday in 2013. The extension will affect only the Boone Post Office on Blowing Rock Road for the dates of Dec. 14 and 21 when it will be open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Banner Elk Post Office, the Linville Post Office and the Blowing Rock Post Office will not be extending their Saturday operating hours leading up to Christmas. Read more...
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Frye Cancer Program Accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Published Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm
The Commission on Cancer (C0C) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Frye Regional Medical Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Read more...
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A.J. Fletcher Foundation Awards $150,000 to the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation

Published Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation (ARHF) recently received a generous gift commitment of $150,000 from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. These funds will be used to build and sustain the physician staff serving the Baker Center for Primary Care, located in the Sloop Medical Plaza. Read more...
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Ditch the Dishes and Skip the Stress; Local Restaurants Do the Cooking for Christmas So You Don’t Have To

Published Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm
As the Christmas season draws ever closer, many in the High Country look forward to ditching the dishes and skipping the stress of holiday cooking and enjoying a holiday meal at one of the areas spectacular local restaurants. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Thirty-First Winter Group Exhibition Features Various ‘Small Works’ by Local Artisans at Carlton Gallery

Published Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:00 am
The 31st Winter Group Exhibition continues as Carlton Gallery celebrates this beautiful holiday season. Gallery owner, Toni Carlton, extends an invitation for everyone to visit and enjoy fine art in a "Small Works" exhibition featuring original artwork in all mediums, styles and price ranges in a stress free environment with attentive service. Read more...
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Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is a Step up from Last Year’s ‘The Unexpected Journey’

Published Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:44 am
I gave up on movies about Hobbits being any good a long time ago. To me, Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy from the last decade was ridiculous, overrated, and ridiculously overrated. Now in this new decade I have another Jackson trilogy to deal with in "The Hobbit." I knew things were still shabby last year when I saw "An Unexpected Journey" and it made me as miserable as ever with its confusing story, unfunny comedy, dubious motivations and awful, awful special effects. Read more...
BY BOB GARVER
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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out, Make Plans Dec. 13-15

Published Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm
The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially the blustery winter season is already upon us! Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or head out to a festival or two! There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Committee Retains ‘The House of the Spirits’ After Hearing Whitaker, Lesesne at Appeal Thursday

Published Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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The second review committee voted 5-0 Thursday to retain “The House of the Spirits" in Watauga County Schools curriculum. As a part of the ongoing book challenge at Watauga High School, the second review committee, comprised of Supt. David Fonseca, educators and a community member, heard from Chastity Lesesne, the parent appealing the book, and Mary-Kent Whitaker, the WHS teacher who teaches the book in her 10th grade honors English class. Read more...
BY MARK S. KENNA
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Boone Sunrise Rotary Announces Annual Citrus Sale Fruit Pick-Up Schedule for 2013 Holiday Season

Published Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm
The Boone Sunrise Rotary's annual Fruit Sale, one of the High Country's most popular and successful annual fundraisers, has enjoyed a record year. According to Susan Pettyjohn, chair of the Sunrise Rotary's fundraising committee, those who haven't placed an order may still be able to purchase fruit on the final day of the distribution. Read more...
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High Country Toys for Tots Program Sets Sights High With More Than 900 Kids to Help This Holiday Season

Published Friday, December 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm
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Walking into the Toys for Tots facility beside T.J. Maxx in the Boone Mall, visitors are immediately greeted by the gigantic Christmas tree decorated for the occasion, as well as a fleet of PowerWheels cars just waiting to be enjoyed by a child. Walk a little further and you see colorfully wrapped packages stacked high, bags of clothes meticulously organized and numerous volunteers working tirelessly to get the gifts ready for Christmas. Read more… Photo and Story by Madison V. Fisler
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Sugar Mountain’s Eleventh Annual ‘SugarFest’ Promises to Be a Weekend of Family-Friendly Fun for All

Published Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm
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First started in 2003, Sugar Mountain's SugarFest has become a weekend that everyone in the High Country looks forward to every single year. This year, SugarFest will take place Dec. 13-15 with a weekend stuffed full of family-friendly festivities for all to enjoy including ski clinics, ice skating, the SugarFeast, demonstrations, demos and more! "Everything is very open and accessible," said Kim Jochl, marketing manager at Sugar Mountain Resort. "It's all about coming to do what you want and participating in whatever you want. It is a fantastic weekend." Read more… by Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Blowing Rock’s Rustic Buys Art of Oil to Provide Gifts, Furniture and Unique Items to the High Country

Published Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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The popular Blowing Rock shop, Rustic, has been a favorite of the High Country since its beginnings four years ago. After years of being a top stop for locals and visitors alike, Rustic has purchased Boone based Art of Oil, an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room that offers free tastings of these products from around the world everyday. Since the deal closed on Nov. 26, Rustic has been moving furniture over to the Boone Art of Oil location and has set up a tasting bar inside Rustic to showcase ten items that the shop is currently carrying. Read more… by Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Appalachian State University’s 2011 People’s Choice Winning Solar Homestead Purchased for $15,000

Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Appalachian State University's 2011 entry into the Solar Decathlon is under contract for purchase by an Ashe County resident. After the school advertised that the home was for sale in November, one bid was received. The $15,000 bid was put in by Ashe County resident Sandra Phillips. The homestead, which won the People's Choice Award for their design, is a completely self-sufficient, solar-powered home. Click inside for a video walkthrough. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Appalachian State Holds Commencement Dec. 14; Dr. Anne L. Matthews, VP of Rotary International, to Speak

Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Yet another batch of Appalachian State University Students will be making the transition from students to graduates next weekend at the Fall Commencement ceremonies at The Holmes Convocation Center. On Dec. 14, commencement ceremonies will be held for those graduating in December. The speaker for this December's commencement ceremonies will be Dr. Anne L. Matthews, vice president of Rotary International. Read more...
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What’s Playing at the Movies? Dec. 12-19: The Desolation of Smaug, Out of the Furnace, Hunger Games and More

Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm
Check out all of the great films that you can catch this week at the movies. Trailers included! Read more...
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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm
What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

 

  • Cultural Advisory Board Meeting
  • Story Walk
  • Research Volunteers Sought
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MerleFest Announces the Addition of ‘BanjoRama’ of Music’s Top Banjo Players for One Day Only

Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm
MerleFest, presented by Lowe's and slated for April 24-27, 2014, has announced the addition of "BanjoRama", a one-time-only assembly of music's top banjo players in performance together. The event, created specifically for MerleFest 2014, will be part of Friday's Watson State schedule. MerleFest, a four-day event that is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.Read more...
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Appalachian State University Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation from the SACSCOC

Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:20 am
Appalachian State University has received reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), according to information released today by the commission. The reaccreditation is for a 10-year period. Read more...
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Poplar Grove Baptist Church in Boone Hosts Annual ‘Live, Drive Through Nativity Scene’ Dec. 13 and 14

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm
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On Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Poplar Grove Baptist Church will host their annual drive-thru nativity. The title of this years nativity is “A Child is Born.” Grab the whole family and drive around the church to view the beautifully decorated scenes that tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Read more… by Madison Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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East Tennessee Youth Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’ at Heritage Hall Theatre in Mountain City, Tenn.

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm
On Friday, Dec. 13, The East Tennessee Youth Ballet Company will present The Nutcracker, sponsored by The Wednesday Music Club. The show will premier at Heritage Hall Theatre in Mountain City, Tenn. at 7 p.m. and is a timeless classic enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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High Country Resident Heads Up Huge Community Effort to Bring Christmas to Local Foster Children

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Local residents are coming together over the next two weeks to collect toys, gift cards and cash to bring Christmas to children in the foster care system in the High Country. Lynne Lear, a High Country resident, is heading the effort in Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock and West Jefferson. Read more...
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More Than 3,400 Pounds of Food Collected for Hospitality House; Annual November Events Exceed Expectations

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Two annual events that support the Hospitality House broke records this year in efforts to fight hunger in the High Country. The third annual ASU Hunger Games and the third annual High Country Turkey Trot together collected more than 3,400 pounds of food and raised more than $23,000.Read more...
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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:30 am
What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

 

  • Becky Alghrary-McRee Introduces New Book
  • New Year's Eve Campmeeting
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The 12th Annual Melissa Reaves Holiday Show Brings Music, Philanthropy and More to Boone Dec. 11 and 12

Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm
If your holiday season has started out a little bit quiet, fear not. The 12th annual Melissa Reaves Holiday Show is returning to the High Country on Dec. 11 and 12. The local crooner will be appearing at Char in downtown Boone to play her heart out with many other musicians including Gregg Smith, Freddie Banner, Jonathan Priest, Sean O'Shields and Doug James with special guests David Brewer, Ross Robinette and Beaver Ross Robinette, Liz Riddick and Hope Harvey. "I see it as a tradition in Boone which is very exciting and a great honor," said Reaves. Read more...
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