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App Theatre Invites Community to ‘Save The Drama’ Release Party, Fundraising Auction Dec. 1

Published Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:01 am
Nov. 20, 2017. The Appalachian Theatre, in collaboration with Appalachian Mountain Brewery, invites you to the Save The Drama Release Party on Friday, Dec. 1 at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue. / Read more…
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Grandfather Mountain Seeks Support for Amendments to Proposed Regulations by NCWRC

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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Nov. 29, 2017. Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is asking supporters to reach out to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission prior to a Dec. 1 vote on captivity/enclosure regulations that could affect operations on Grandfather Mountain and spell the end of habitats for cougars, bears and otters on the mountain. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Townsend Stepping Down as ACS Superintendent, Returning To Role as Human Resources Director

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm
Nov. 29, 2017. Avery County Schools Supt. Ken Townsend is stepping down from his role as head of the school system and returning to his previous position of six years, director of human resources. In June, he succeeded a retiring David Burleson.  By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 2:13 pm
Nov. 29, 2017. An Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Investigation, involving an individual seeking and receiving Child Exploitation Material, led the Boone Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to a private residence off of Quail Ridge Lane in Boone; the residence of Timothy Scott Hardin. / Read more…
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App State Plays for Sun Belt Co-Championship Against Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 1:43 pm
Nov. 29, 2017. From a possible Sun Belt Conference co-championship to bowl-slotting implications, there's a lot on the line for the Appalachian State Football Mountaineers when they play Louisiana-Lafayette this Saturday, December 2 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. The game will start at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and will be televised on ESPN3. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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Photos of Blowing Rock Christmas Parade

Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm
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Nov. 29, 2017. The Town of Blowing Rock held its Christmas Parade down Main Street on Saturday. Check out the photos from Lonnie Webster inside.  Photos by Lonnie Webster / Read more…
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App State Encourages Fans to Pack The Rock for Championship Football Week

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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Nov. 28, 2017. The Appalachian State football team is one win away from earning a share of its second straight Sun Belt Conference championship, and this Saturday will be the last chance for fans to Pack The Rock for the 2017 Mountaineers. Appalachian State (7-4, 6-1 Sun Belt), which is poised to make its third straight bowl appearance in as many tries, takes on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (5-6, 4-3 Sun Belt) at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. / Read more…
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Boone UU Fellowship Hosts ‘Muusic Room’ on Dec. 10 featuring Alexa Rose and Friends

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm
Nov. 28, 2017. A new music series in the High Country will begin on Sunday December 10 when Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hosts local and regional favorite singer songwriter Alexa Rose and her Asheville friends Ben Phan and Jane Kramer for an evening of original songs and the stories, ideas, or moments that inspired them. / Read more…
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Mabel Middle School Mock Trial Team Wins Regionals, Fundraising for Trip To State Competition

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:37 pm
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Nov. 28, 2017. Last week, students from Mabel School took home a victory in the regional Middle School Mock Trial competition, a contest that divides students into prosecution and defense teams, and sets them to play the parts of each in front of a real judge and jury of attorneys in a courtroom. / Read more…
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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Nov. 28, 2017

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm
Nov. 28, 2017. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Gov. Cooper: Centers Open to Help Storm Survivors in Mountain Communities

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:36 pm
Nov. 28, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper today announced that Disaster Recovery Centers will open this week to help Caldwell and Wilkes county residents who were affected by storms that struck in late October. The two centers join the already announced Disaster Loan Outreach Center that opens today in Watauga County to provide financial assistance to storm survivors. / Read more…
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Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Announces Jurors for 15th Annual Competition

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm
Nov. 28, 2017. The 15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition (AMPC) received over 1,000 submissions this year, a near record of images submitted. “We were thrilled with the number of submissions this year” states AMPC organizer Rich Campbell. / Read more…
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App State-Louisiana Football Game Set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Kidd Brewer Stadium

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:19 am
Nov. 28, 2017. The Sun Belt Conference has announced that the regular season football finale between the Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns this Saturday, Dec. 2 in Boone will start at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). The game will be televised on ESPN3. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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Prescribed Burn off of Globe Road, 5 Miles South of Blowing Rock, Postponed

Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:06 am
Nov. 28, 2017. Due to unfavorable conditions, the Pisgah National Forest is postponing the 197-acre prescribed burn that was planned for today in the Boyd Gap area off Globe Road on the Grandfather Ranger District. The burn will be rescheduled when conditions are favorable. A notice will be sent out when an alternate date is planned. / Read more…
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Over Yonder Oyster Party to Benefit F.A.R.M. Cafe Sunday Evening Sunday, Dec. 3

Published Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm
Nov. 27, 2017. Chef Andy Long of Over Yonder is inviting a few of his friends including Chef Sam Ratchford of Vidalia, Chef John Dean of The New Public House, and Chef Renee Boughman of F.A.R.M. Cafe over to his place in Valle Crucis for a Sunday evening Oyster Party.  He is inviting the public to come on out to join them.  All are welcome. Proceeds from the event which will be held at Over Yonder from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 will benefit F.A.R.M. Cafe. / Read more…
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Chetola Resort Hosts WYN’s Festival of Trees Fundraiser Nov. 30 to Dec. 3

Published Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:14 am
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Nov. 27, 2017. Excitement is stirring at Chetola Resort as final preparations for the WYN Festival of Trees are made for this magical event scheduled for Thursday, November 30 through Sunday, December 3.  Christmas trees are being brought in, ready for designers to decorate with lights, beautiful ornaments, gifts, and tempting treasures.  Festival guests can browse and bid full size and small trees, wreaths, and a couple of mantle displays, with proceeds benefitting the programs of the Western Youth Network. / Read more…
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NC Rate Bureau Asks for 18.7 Percent Rate Hike for Homeowners Insurance

Published Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10:29 am
Nov. 27, 2017. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced that the North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed notice with the NC Department of Insurance asking for a statewide average increase in homeowners insurance rates of 18.7 percent for 2018. The NC Rate Bureau represents the homeowners insurance companies in the state in asking for this increase. / Read more…
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Crime Stoppers: Theft at Top Nails in Boone

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 6:08 pm
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Nov. 22, 2017. High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On November 20, 2017, a breaking and entering and larceny was reported by the owner of Top Nails, located at 240 Shadowline Drive in Boone. The store's surveillance video recording shows the suspect enter the business at around 12:48 am, and is wearing a hood, mask and gloves to conceal their identity. Various items were reported stolen from the business during the incident.  / Read more…
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Mumps Diagnosis of App State Student, Health Officials Continue to Urge Public Vigilance

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm
Nov. 22, 2017. Appalachian District Health Department (AppHealthCare) and Appalachian State University are continuing to investigate one case of mumps in an Appalachian State University student, which was confirmed on November 21, 2017, and upon further investigation was determined to be out of the recommended isolation period as of Nov. 22. / Read more…
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App Ski Mtn. Hopes To Open Thanksgiving Day; Beech, Hawksnest To Follow & Sugar Already Open

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm
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Nov. 22, 2017. By Friday, all of the winter resorts should be open for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Sugar Mountain Resort was the first ski resort in North Carolina to open. It opened on Monday with an 8-to-24 inch base of snow. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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SBA Loans Offered To Western NC Communities For Recovery From Tornadoes and Flooding

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm
Nov. 22, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper today announced that financial assistance is available through the U.S. Small Business Administration for residents affected by storms that struck Watauga and surrounding counties last month. / Read more… 
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N.C. Shoppers Optimistic About Economy, Say Cyber Monday Bigger than Black Friday

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm
Nov. 22, 2017. The most recent survey by the Elon University Poll also asked about spending plans for the holiday season, political talk around the Thanksgiving table and favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Cyber Monday is again overshadowing Black Friday as North Carolina shoppers head into one of the hottest shopping seasons of the year, the Elon University Poll found. / Read more…
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App To Play Georgia State in Atlanta Saturday, Battle for First Place in Sun Belt Conference

Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm
Nov. 22, 2017. First place in the Sun Belt Conference is on the line as Appalachian State plays Georgia State this Saturday, November 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the 25,000 seat Georgia State Stadium (Old Turner Field) in Atlanta.   The game will be televised on ESPN3. With two games to play, the Mountaineers and Panthers are tied with Arkansas State and Troy atop the league standings. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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BPD Arrest Man With $28K of Pot, Cocaine

Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 4:12 pm
Nov. 21, 2017. On Nov. 11, 2017, at approximately 10:39 p.m., Boone Police Officer Walker Smith stopped a vehicle on Hardin Street for a traffic violation. As a result of the stop Ronico Ray Sanders, 47, of Reynolds Road, Statesville, NC, was arrested and charged with: / Read more…
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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Nov. 21, 2017

Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Nov. 21, 2017. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Sun Belt to Finalize and Possibly Move App State’s Dec. 2 Game Kickoff Time

Published Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 9:55 am
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Nov. 21, 2017. The Sun Belt Conference announced it will exercise a six-day selection option in determining the Dec. 2 kickoff times for the Appalachian State-Louisiana and Arkansas State-Troy football games. / Read more…
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Mountain Home Music Showcases a ‘Green Saturday’ Celtic Christmas Concert in Boone

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm
Nov. 20, 2017. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music welcomes Irish Fiddler extraordinaire, Andrew Finn Magill, for a return engagement to headline this year’s Celtic Christmas Concert on Saturday night, Nov. 25. The performance will take place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone, beginning at 7:30 p.m. / Read more…
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Theft at Black Cat Burrito, Crime Stoppers Alert Cancelled as Suspect Identified

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm
http://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556 A few hours after the alert below was released, the Boone Police Department stated that the suspect was identified. The department didn't provide any further info. / Read more…
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Annual High Country Association of Realtor Sales on Pace for Another Growth Year

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm
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Nov. 20, 2017. As interest rates continued to flirt with hitting 4 percent, home buyers in the High Country remained unperturbed. October was another busy month for home sales. realtors in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties continued to see steady business through the end of the summer season into fall. / Read more…
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Boone Police, SBI Agent Interview Person About ICAC Case, Take Subject into Emergency Protective Custody

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:58 am
Nov. 20, 2017. On Nov. 17, 2017, at approximately 11:22 a.m., a Boone Police Investigator and a North Carolina SBI Special Agent were following up at a private residence about an Internet Crimes Against Children, ICAC, case, when the person being interviewed started to make statements indicative of an intent to harm himself. / Read more…
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Boone Police Make Arrest in Child Abuse Case

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:53 am
Nov. 20, 2017. On Oct. 13, 2017, Watauga County Department of Social Services notified the Boone Police Department about a possible case of child abuse. Boone Police Detectives initiated an investigation. / Read more…
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Elon Poll: One in Three in North Carolina Impacted by Opioid Addiction Crisis

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:40 am
Nov. 20, 2017. About one in three in North Carolina say they have been personally impacted by the opioid addiction crisis or they have someone close to them who has been, the most recent Elon University Poll has found. The survey found that the crisis has touched 31 percent of respondents or their friends and family members, while 67 percent said they had not been impacted. / Read more…
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After Multi-Agency Investigation, No Credible Threat Identified at Watauga High School

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:36 am
Nov. 20, 2017. The investigative team has been confronted with an overwhelming amount of rumor and innuendo on social media. At this time no credible, verified information has been located to substantiate a threat to the students of Watauga High School. / Read more…
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Mountaineers’ Sack-Happy Tee Sims Has Been On Season-Long Rampage

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:45 am
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Nov. 20, 2017. Formerly a fullback, Tee Sims wasn't jealous when he saw roommate and fellow Appalachian State defensive end Caleb Fuller rush for 23 yards on a fake punt against Georgia Southern. "He came to the sideline," Sims recalled, "and after he got through being congratulated, I was like, 'I think I'm more excited than you.' I was so happy. I was on the sideline screaming." / Read more…
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App State Bowl Tickets Now On Sale

Published Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:32 am
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Nov. 20, 2017. Tickets for Appalachian State's 2017 bowl game are now available for sale on appstatesports.com. Fans can purchase tickets for all the potential bowl destinations to watch the Mountaineers play in their third straight bowl game following dramatic postseason victories in 2015 and 2016. / Read more…
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