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Watauga County Schools Celebrates Convocation

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm
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Aug. 17, 2017. As Watauga County Schools prepares to open its doors to students Monday, Aug. 21, teachers and staff came together to celebrate the system’s annual convocation. Held at Watauga High School, the event gave WCS teachers — both new and returning — a chance to meet and connect with community partners, attend health screenings and a benefits fair and prepare to start the new school year together. / Read more… Continue reading

Watauga County Fair To Run Through Saturday Evening at the High Country Fairgrounds

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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Aug. 17, 2017. The Watauga County Fair opened on Tuesday and runs through the evening of Saturday, Aug. 19 at the High Country Fairgrounds on Roby Greene Road. Presented by the Mountain View Speedway, this year’s fair features plenty of racing action and other activities around the track, a Watauga County Fair Pageant and rides for the kids. By Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

End in Sight for the Road Construction Along Highway 321 Through Blowing Rock

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm
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Aug. 17, 2017. Soon all of the road construction work through Blowing Rock will be an afterthought. The final paving continues through the town section of U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock. Crews have begun laying the final layer of asphalt along U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock, but the rain has delayed the construction schedule. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…  Continue reading

New Scoreboard at The Rock Coming Along

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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Aug. 17, 2017. The new gigantic scoreboard at Kidd Brewer Stadium is currently being installed. When the project is completed later this summer, Appalachian State University will be host to the largest display in the Group of Five collegiate athletic conferences. While the overall scoreboard will measure 50 feet high by 90 feet wide, the 2,500-square-foot LED display will measure more than 37 feet high by 67 feet wide. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more… Continue reading

15th Annual New River Blues Festival Sept. 3, The King Bees, Founders, Celebrate 30 Years as Band

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Aug. 17, 2017. When the New Rivers Blues Festival takes place on Sunday, Sept. 3, Penny Zamagni and Rob Baskerville will celebrate two anniversaries. Their band, the King Bees, has been touring the world for 30 years, while Ashe County will host the 15th annual New River Blues Festival, which the couple founded. By Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

ECRS Honored for 3rd Year as Inc. 5000 Company

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm
Aug. 17, 2017. Inc.magazine has released its 36th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Western North Carolina-based retail technology firm, ECRS, joins this impressive list for the third consecutive year. / Read more… Continue reading

Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ at F.A.R.M. Cafe on Aug. 23

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm
Aug. 17, 2017. On Wednesday, August 23, between 11 to 2 p.m. all (especially new and returning ASU students) are once again welcome to F.A.R.M. (Feed All Regardless of Means) Cafe at 617 West King Street for the special monthly event where a local business, group, or organization ‘Buys Boone Lunch’. We are very pleased that our friends at Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, steady supporters of the Café, will be the second local religious community to participate in the ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ program. / Read more… Continue reading

First Day of School for Watauga, Avery County Schools is Monday, Aug. 21, Day of Eclipse

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:06 pm
Aug. 17, 2017. Expect to see buses on the road after this weekend because Monday is the first day of school for the Watauga and Avery County Schools systems during the 2017-18 school year. It’s also the day of the total solar eclipse. While Avery County Schools is dismissing at noon (except for Newland Elementary which is dismissing at 11:30 p.m. to allow students to view the eclipse at home, Watauga County Schools is taking a different approach. By Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

Solar Eclipse Events in the High Country

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 11:39 am
Aug. 17, 2017. On Monday, Aug. 21, the “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” will occur along a 70-mile wide path from Salem, Oregon on the West Coast to Charleston, S.C., on the East Coast. If you can't make it to the "path of totality," the High Country is host to numerous solar eclipse viewing events and parties. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

Boone Town Council To Meet Thursday, Aug. 17, To Fill Vacant Seat on the Council

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:50 pm
Aug. 16, 2017. The Boone Town Council will meet on Thursday, Aug. 17. The Boone Town Council will appoint and swear in an individual to serve the remaining four months of Councilwoman Jennifer Teague’s position. Teague resigned due to moving outside town limits. Those that applied include Marshall Ashcraft, Quint David and Connie Ulmer. / Read more… Continue reading

Sun Belt Announces ’18, ’19 Football Opponents

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm
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Aug. 16, 2017. The Sun Belt Conference announced the 2018 and 2019 conference football schedules on Wednesday. For the first time beginning in 2018, a divisional structure will be in place as the league will have two divisions (East/West), which will consist of five teams each. Appalachian will be grouped into the East Division with Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Troy. / Read more… Continue reading

‘Vigil for Charlottesville’ in Boone Wednesday

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm
Aug. 16, 2017. The Watauga NAACP Branch is hosting a “Vigil for Charlottesville” on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jones House on King Street in Boone. / Read more… Continue reading

Lees-McRae College to Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Event on Banner Elk Campus Aug. 21

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm
Aug. 16, 2017. On Monday, August 21, Lees-McRae will hold a solar eclipse viewing party open to all students, faculty, staff and the local community on the front lawn of Tate Residence Hall. From 12:30-4 p.m., with peak viewing time from 2-3 p.m., attendees can witness the first North American total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979. / Read more… Continue reading

History of Total Solar Eclipses in US

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:31 am
Aug. 16, 2017. Since 1869 there have been three total solar eclipses in North Carolina: Aug. 7, 1869, May 28, 1900, and March 7, 1970. There will be three more before the end of the century: Aug. 21, 2017, May 11, 2078 and Sept. 14, 2099. The 1869 total solar eclipse covered almost all of the state. / Read more… Continue reading

LETTERS / Treatise on Removing Confederate Statues

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:37 am
Aug. 16, 2017. Letters to the Editor. David Watson / Dear Editor, After observing actions throughout the South to remove statues of confederate generals, I feel compelled to write this treatise condemning such measures. I especially condemn the actions of those who take it upon themselves to break the law by destroying or defacing these statues. / Read more… Continue reading

Tickets on Sale for 2nd Boone Film Festival: Quality Films, Bigger Venue & More Screenings

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm
Aug. 15, 2017. The second annual Boone Film Festival is slated for next month. This year’s festival features more quality submissions, a bigger venue, a separate youth screening and a double screening on the day of the Boone Film Festival. The youth category screening is set for Sept. 28 at the Watauga High School auditorium, and on Sept. 30, Appalachian State University’s Schaefer Center will host two screenings and an awards ceremony. By Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

Ashe, Watauga Officials Outline Required Steps To Re-Activate Todd Volunteer Fire Department

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Aug. 15, 2017. On Monday, August 14th officials from Ashe and Watauga counties met with the Todd Volunteer Fire and Rescue (VFRD) Board of Directors to discuss issues that led to the department’s lapse in insurance and operations earlier this month. The County was notified by the USDA that Todd’s property and liability insurance was cancelled. USDA was notified as they provided the financing for the fire trucks. Additionally, the County was made aware of the potential that the worker’s comp policy was also cancelled. / Read more… Continue reading

Two Ginseng Poachers Arrested Near Boone

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm
Aug. 15, 2017. The ‘poaching season’ for ginseng is in full swing until the legal harvest season opens on the first of September. Yesterday evening, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals and charged them with felony larceny of ginseng – in addition to resist, delay and obstructing an officer. By Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

Mountain Home Music Presents ‘Fiddle Bows and Calico – Part II’ Concert in Blowing Rock Aug. 19

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm
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Aug. 15, 2017. It’s time for the High Country to get ready for some flying fiddle bows and swirling, twirling calico costumes, as Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music welcomes back Strictly Strings and the high kicking Green Grass Cloggers to present their “Fiddle Bows and Calico – Part II” concert. The show will be staged at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium this Saturday night, Aug. 19 as a part of the JSMHM Indoor Concert Series. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 7:00 p.m. / Read more… Continue reading

Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Aug. 15, 2017

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Aug. 15, 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 [email protected] Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

Sex Offender Fails To Register in Watauga, Arrested by Watauga County Sheriff’s Office

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm
Aug. 15, 2017. On Aug. 11, 2017, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office received information that a registered sex offender with the last known registered address of 196 Pounding Mill Road, Warrensville, NC, was possibly living at a location in Watauga County. Additional information received was that the registered sex offender had been at that Watauga County location for approximately one month. / Read more… Continue reading

Todd Fire Department Lapses on Insurance, Surrounding Departments To Cover Calls for Now

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11:48 am
Aug. 15, 2017. The Todd Fire Department lapsed on their insurance and any calls are being routed to surrounding fire departments such as Meat Camp and Deep Gap, according to Watauga County Commissioner Billy Kennedy. “We’ve had issues with the Todd Fire Department before. This is different,” Kennedy said on Tuesday morning. By Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

Watauga County Arts Council Announces a Bevy of Opportunities for Artists

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:02 am
Aug. 15, 2017. The Watauga County Arts Council announces the following opportunities of particular interest to artists. These include exhibitions, grant opportunities for artists, workshops, craft sales and much more. / Read more… Continue reading

Watauga Cooperative Extension Offers Three Ginseng Workshops in September & October

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 9:53 am
Aug. 15, 2017. If you own mature forestland (or a nice wooded backyard) with a little slope, moist soil, and good drainage, ginseng may be a viable way to produce income from your underutilized woods. The High Country has ideal growing conditions for this valuable forest medicinal plant. / Read more… Continue reading

The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 on Monday, Aug. 21: Events at Appalachian State University

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 9:51 am
Aug. 15, 2017. On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will occur over the United States. Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Physics and Astronomy have been working for months to share the experience with the campus and community. / Read more… Continue reading

App State Student Announces District 93 Candidacy, Block To Challenge Rep. Jordan

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 9:41 am
Aug. 15, 2017. Appalachian State Student, Robert Block, 20, announces his candidacy for North Carolina District 93. Mr. Block has been working diligently with the educators of this great state to craft a new and effective education plan that will raise teacher pay, increase the competency of students, and provide a more productive learning environment. / Read more… Continue reading

Ribbon Cutting, Dedication Held for New Profile Trail Access on Grandfather Mountain State Park

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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Aug. 14, 2017. The new access for the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park was dedicated on Friday with a ribbon cutting and remarks from those connected to the local state park and North Carolina’s state park system. Featured remarks came from Supt. Sue McBean; author Randy Johnson; Anne Fontaine, a park volunteer and resident of Seven Devils; Mike Murphy, director of N.C. State Parks; N.C. Sen. Deanna Ballard; and Susi Hamilton, secretary of Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more… Continue reading

Clark Wins Rain Shortened Event At Mountain View

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm
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Aug. 14, 2017. Paul Clark found his way to victory lane once again this season in Stock 8 action Saturday evening at Mountain View Speedway. Kenneth Brown of Mountain City wound up second and never was able to get close enough to Clark to mount a challenge. Dale White also of Mountain City rounded out the top three. / Read more… Continue reading

Solar Eclipse Takes Place Monday, Aug. 21: Tips for Viewing, Safety Measures & Traffic Impact

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Aug. 14, 2017. On August 21, the “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” will occur along a 70-mile wide path from Salem, Oregon on the West Coast to Charleston, S.C., on the East Coast. Below are releases that have been coming into High Country Press' inbox leading up to the Great American Total Solar Eclipse. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

State Climate Office of NC: The Eclipse is Coming, but Will the Clouds Cooperate?

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:58 am
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Aug. 14, 2017. Next Monday, a total solar eclipse will be visible from parts of North Carolina for the first time in more than 47 years. A little after 2:30 pm on August 21, skies will darken in the far southwestern part of the state for around two-and-a-half minutes. Across the rest of the state, a partial eclipse will be visible as the moon blocks 88% or more of the sun at the peak, with the exact coverage depending on your location. But just how visible will this eclipse be?  / Read more… Continue reading

App State to Wear Gold Uniforms in Home Opener

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:44 am
Aug. 14, 2017. For the second time in the past three seasons, Appalachian State University football will don new, all-gold Nike uniforms for the Sept. 9 home opener against Savannah State at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3. All fans are encouraged to wear gold with the Apps for the home opener as we hold a ‘Gold Out’ at Kidd Brewer Stadium.  / Read more… Continue reading

12th ‘Hope Lives Here’ Hospitality House Hope Luncheon Aug. 18 at Blue Ridge Mountain Club

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:38 am
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Aug. 14, 2017. Executive Director Tina Krause, along with the Hospitality House Board of Directors will be hosting its annual Hope Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 18 in the heart of the High Country at Blue Ridge Mountain Club, where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Blue Ridge Parkway. / Read more… Continue reading

Transportation Plan Approved for Next 10 Years

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:26 am
Aug. 14, 2017. The State Board of Transportation today approved the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is North Carolina’s transportation plan for the next 10 years. The plan includes 1,367 projects across all 100 counties and modes of transportation. A breakdown of project categories and other specifics about the plan can be found here. / Read more… Continue reading

App State v. Wake Forest Football Game Sold Out, Tickets Available on Secondary Markets

Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm
Aug. 10, 2017. With a line at the Appalachian State Athletics ticket office, single game tickets for football games at Kidd Brewer Stadium went on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. By the end of lunchtime, the coveted App State v. Wake Forest single-game tickets were sold out. By Jesse Wood / Read more… Continue reading

RaysWeather.com’s 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway Calendar Pre-Order Sale Ends Tomorrow

Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm
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Aug. 10, 2017. Now in its 15th year, RaysWeather.com’s 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway Calender will begin appearing in stores next week. Through tomorrow, Aug. 11, RaysWeather.com is selling the calendars at the pre-publication price of $12 here. Calendars will begin shipping out Aug. 14. By Jesse Wood | Photo by Ashley McGhee / Read more… Continue reading
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