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Boone To Revive Discussions of Continuous Flooding From Boone Creek, Stormwater Utility

Published Friday, October 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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Oct. 19, 2017. Located in the flood plain, the Boone Mall’s parking lot has been prone to flooding ever since it was built in the early ‘80s. This year, though, the flooding issues are worse, likely because of failed culverts behind Precision Printing. In April, these rusty culverts in Boone Creek collapsed and a sinkhole formed in the company’s parking lot. This occurred after nearly four inches of rain fell across several days. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Sun Belt-Leading Appalachian State takes on Coastal Carolina at Kidd Brewer Stdium Saturday

Published Friday, October 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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Oct. 18, 2017. It will be the Sun Belt Conference’s first place team playing a team tied for last in the league standings Saturday in Kidd Brewer Stadium when Appalachian State hosts the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The game also will be available on television on ESPN 3. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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4 Forty Four Construction to ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ at F.A.R.M. Cafe on Wednesday, Oct. 25

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm
Oct. 19, 2017. On Wednesday, Oct. 25 between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M. (Feed All Regardless of Means) Cafe at 617 West King Street for the monthly event where a local business, groups, or organizations ‘Buys Boone Lunch’. 4 Forty Four construction of Blowing Rock is participating for the third time. They were the first business to support F.A.R.M. Cafe through this program a year ago in October of 2016. / Read more…
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Eagles Nest Marketplace To Celebrate Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Oct. 20 in Banner Elk

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm
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Oct. 19, 2017. The Waterfront Group, owner of The Lodges at Eagles Nest, is celebrating the grand opening of the Eagles Nest Marketplace, formerly known as the Sunrise Shopping Center, on Oct. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. The Eagles Nest Marketplace is located at the base of Beech Mountain Parkway, just on the outskirts of downtown Banner Elk. This shopping center used to house establishments like Zuzda before the Waterfront Group began renovations to the 20,000-square-foot facility. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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WHAT’S GOING ON? Boone Creek Culvert Repair Behind Precision Printing Underway

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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Oct. 19, 2017. You've probably seen excavators and new culverts in the parking lot of Precision Printing during the past few weeks. In April, culverts in Boone Creek collapsed and a sinkhole formed in the company’s parking lot after nearly four inches of rain fell across several days. This is the second time that the Precision Printing parking lot has caved in during the past five years. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Beech Mountain Resort Celebrates a Half Century as the Highest Slopes in East

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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Oct. 19, 2017. A milestone occurs this winter in the North Carolina mountains. Beech Mountain Resort marks 50 years of skiing on the highest elevation slopes in eastern America. The resort had a new vision for Southern skiing when it debuted in the winter of 1967-68. It was the only North Carolina resort built around an alpine village, and remains that way today. / Read more…
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Boone License Plate Agency Shifting to Different Location, New Office To Open Oct. 24

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm
Oct. 19, 2017. The Boone License Plate Agency office, located at 331 Queen St. behind the Watauga County Administration Building, will be closed Monday, Oct. 23, while it moves to a new location.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 274 Winklers Creek Road. The Boone office hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. / Read more…
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Submissions for 15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photo Competition Due by Nov. 17

Published Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:30 am
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Oct. 19, 2017. It’s that time again! The 15th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition is open for registrations and submissions. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit at www.appmtnphotocomp.org prior to the competition’s close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. The Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition offers numerous categories that will be chosen as winners with over $4,000 in cash and prizes. / Read more…
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Boone Town Council To Consider Designating Linney Home as a Historical Landmark

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm
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Oct. 18, 2017. With a recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission and approval from the property owner, the Boone Town Council will consider designating the Linney house and the former Linney Law Office in downtown Boone as historic landmarks. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Watauga County Schools Reminds Families of Snow Day Procedures Before Winter Arrives

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm
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Oct. 18, 2017. With winter approaching, Watauga County Schools would like to remind parents and families how the school system makes and communicates decisions about school closings and other changes resulting from inclement weather. / Read more…
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Early Voting for Municipals Begins Thursday, Latest Court Order: No Early Voting at App State Campus

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm
Oct. 18, 2017. Early voting in the 2017 municipal elections begins on Thursday, Oct. 19. As it stands on Wednesday afternoon, both Watauga County and Avery County will have one early voting site for the municipal elections. Both will be located in the elections offices in the courthouses of those respective counties. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Tee Sims Leads Strong Appalachian State Pass Rush in Saturday’s Win Over Idaho

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 10:25 am
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Oct. 18, 2017. Individual statistics can become spread out because Appalachian State relies heavily on its defensive line depth. The Mountaineers believe that's a formula for having fresh defenders in the fourth quarter, and end Tee Sims led a spirited charge as his team rallied to claim a 23-20 victory at Idaho on Saturday. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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Charles Brady Named Blue Ridge Conservancy Executive Director, Joins BRC

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 10:00 am
Oct. 18, 2017. Blue Ridge Conservancy is excited to announce Charlie Brady as its new Executive Director. Charlie is an avid outdoorsman and has a strong commitment to land conservation. A native North Carolinian, Charlie has expansive knowledge of the geography, ecology, history, and culture of the High Country.  / Read more…
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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Oct. 17, 2017

Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm
Oct. 17, 2017. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. Send obituary notices to jesse@highcountrypress.com. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Middle School Students Complete “The Grandfather Challenge” at Grandfather Mountain

Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm
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Oct. 17, 2017. Nine Students from North Lincoln Middle School in Denver, N.C. recently completed "The Grandfather Challenge" hiking program at Grandfather Mountain in Linville. "The Grandfather Challenge" program is sponsored by The Jason Project, Inc., which was formed by the parents of Jason Matthew Nipper, who passed away in June of 2014 at age 26. / Read more…
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One Confirmed Case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) in Watauga County, An App State Student

Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:14 am
Oct. 17, 2017. One case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was confirmed in Watauga County on Oct. 16, 2017. The case is in an Appalachian State University student. County and university health officials report the individual diagnosed with pertussis is being treated, per guidelines established by the State of North Carolina and the Centers for Disease Control, and is fully cooperating in following isolation instructions. / Read more…
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Oakes Wins Feature, Point Title At Speedway

Published Monday, October 16, 2017 at 1:41 pm
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Oct. 16, 2017. Several drivers not only won their Features this past Saturday night at Mountain View Speedway,but their point titles as well.In the Outlaw 4 Division, Johnny Oakes of Boone won his first Feature of the season holding off a hard charging Danny Lewis, Sr. Oakes was also rewarded with the 2018 Outlaw 4 Points title for is consistent finishes during the regular race season also. / Read more…
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Kazia OIrkiszewski Wins District-Wide Spelling Bee

Published Monday, October 16, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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Oct. 16, 2017. Green Valley eighth-grader Kazia Orkiszewski correctly spelled Statuesque and Circumvent to land the top spot in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 13. Hardin Park fifth-grader Sam Nystrom and Cristian Hamilton of Blowing Rock Elementary took the runner-up spot in the contest. / Read more…
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Animal Collisions Dramatically Increase as Temps Cool, Nearly 18,000 Such Crashes Last Year in NC

Published Monday, October 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm
Oct. 16, 2017. Autumn in North Carolina is the time of the year when deer start showing up in greater numbers along the state’s roadways, which means the greater chance for a collision with vehicles. The number of animal-vehicle collisions in North Carolina in 2016 was 17,901, just 136 fewer than the year before. / Read more…
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High Country Association of Realtors: Busiest September in Decade Powers Real Estate Market

Published Monday, October 16, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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Oct. 16, 2017. Local real estate activity continued its long standing upward trend through September, with third quarter sales the best in several years. Growth continues to be driven by competitive interest rates, which remain below 4 percent. Inventory has slowly declined as the summer months fade. / Read more…
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App State Rallies Past Idaho, 23-20

Published Monday, October 16, 2017 at 10:56 am
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Oct. 16, 2017. In an odd game of sorts, Appalachian State surrendered the game’s first 20 points and then scored its next 23 to rally past Idaho 23-20 last Saturday at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. The Mountaineers improved to 4-2 over-all and remain unbeaten (3-0) in the Sun Belt Conference, while Idaho fell to 2-4 over-all and 1-3 in the conference with the loss. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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Candidates for Local Office to Speak at Chamber-Sponsored Public Forum in Blowing Rock Oct. 16

Published Monday, October 16, 2017 at 9:45 am
Oct. 16, 2017. The public will have an opportunity to hear position statements and ask questions of candidates for the elected offices of Town Council and Mayor, at a public “Candidates’ Forum” on Monday, Oct. 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. / Read more…
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License Plate Agency Moving To Old AppalCART Facility Oct. 24, Part of East Annex Clearing

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 4:13 pm
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Oct. 12, 2017. The license plate agency in Boone is moving from the East Annex Building, located next to the Watauga County Courthouse, to the old AppalCART facility at 274 Winklers Creek Road in a couple weeks. On Friday, Oct. 20, Watauga County will host a grand re-opening of the old AppalCART building for the license plate agency from noon until 2 p.m. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Attorney General To Hold First Council on Collegiate Opioid Misuse on Monday at App State

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm
Oct. 12, 2017. Attorney General Josh Stein will convene the first meeting of his Council on Collegiate Opioid Misuse on Monday, Oct. 16 at Appalachian State University. Attorney General Stein created this Council, comprised of students from colleges and universities across the state, to work with students to confront the opioid crisis on college campuses. / Read more…
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Grants Ranging from $1,000 – $2,500 Available to Farmers in a Five County Region

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm
Oct. 12, 2017. Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) is dedicated to strengthening the High Country's local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture. / Read more…
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Hearts of Hospitality House Publishes Cookbook

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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Oct. 12, 2017. Ever wonder how to make those Prosciutto Wrapped Figs from Bistro Roca? Want to make The Cardinal’s Hot Damn Ham Dip at home? Looking to impress dinner guests with Pumpkin Seed Crusted Halibut from Timberlake’s at Chetola? The answers – err recipes – await in “From Our House to Yours, Recipes from the Heart,” The Hearts of Hospitality House Cookbook. / Read more…
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New Studies Reveal Vast Economic, Recreational Values of Two North Carolina National Forests

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:57 pm
Oct. 12, 2017. As the Forest Service drafts new plans that will guide management of the million-plus acre Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in western North Carolina, a series of studies demonstrates a generational chance to protect their extensive economic and recreational values. Human-powered outdoor recreation is a major economic engine for Western North Carolina. / Read more…
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WYN, WSAP Receive $125,000 Annual Grant for 5 Years To Prevent Substance Use Among Youth

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm
Oct. 12, 2017. Today, Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 719 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants totaling $89 million. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol and marijuana,. / Read more…
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Watauga Community Band’s Fall Concert Held Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Rosen Concert Hall

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:38 am
Oct. 12, 2017. The Watauga Community Band will celebrate autumn with their annual Fall Concert Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. The concert will be held in Rosen Concert Hall, in the Broyhill Music Center, on the campus of Appalachian State University. / Read more… 
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Blue Ridge Conservancy Receives $600K from State Trust Fund to Protect NWNC Lands, Waterways

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:19 am
Oct. 12, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper announced that nearly $20 million in Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) grants have been awarded to help fund 50 projects that will conserve lands and protect waterways serving millions of North Carolinians. The Fund awarded Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) $606,645 for two projects in Watauga County.  / Read more…
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Appalachian State Researchers Link Western Wildfire Activity to Arctic Warming

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:02 am
Oct. 12, 2017. There are circulating questions presently over devastating wildfires going on in California and whether they are potentially linked to larger atmospheric processes related to human-caused climate change. Researchers from Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro believe there might be a connection. By Peter Soule' / Read more…
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A Local Food Dinner with Ronni Lundy & Friends at The New Public House & Hotel Oct. 27

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:49 am
Oct. 12, 2017. On Friday, Oct. 27, the High Country community is invited to an evening with James Beard award-winning author Ronni Lundy and Appalachian chefs John Dean of The New Public House in Blowing Rock, NC, and Shelley Cooper of Dancing Bear Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. / Read more…
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LETTERS / High Country Locals’ Fall Color Day is Thursday, Oct. 12

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:25 am
Oct. 12, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Crae Morton / Dear Editor,About this time of year folks off the mountain ask how we locals are enjoying the colors of fall leaf season. They remind us how lucky we are to live and work surrounded by such spectacle. We are indeed fortunate, and we do appreciate all of the natural beauty of the High Country. Still, it’s all too easy for us to become distracted and desensitized. / Read more…
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WCAC October Exhibits and 2nd Saturday, Patrick Richardson and Steve Zoufaly

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:21 am
Oct. 12, 2017. The Watauga County Arts Council is proud to present the paintings of Patrick Joseph Richardson in the Main Gallery for its October exhibition. Richardson’s work is a combination of musical color, impressionism, and surrealism. He is strongly influenced by the work of Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keefe, as well as his own synthesia. He says he only paints with music on, usually loud and extremely diverse. / Read more…  
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Blowing Rock Civic Association To Sponsor Candidate Round Table Discussion Oct. 12

Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:07 am
Oct. 12, 2017. They may not see eye-to-eye on all the issues, but Blowing Rock’s candidates for the open Town Council seats (three for Town Council and one for Mayor) will get a chance to go nose-to-nose with their positions and insights on the Town’s governance. “Issues & Insights: Blowing Rock Candidates Roundtable” will be jointly presented by Blowing Rock Civic Association and Blowing Rock News on Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., at the American Legion Building, 333 Wallingford St., Blowing Rock. Admission is free.  / Read more…
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