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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Friday, January 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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. Read more...
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Get Ready to Rally: Women’s March on Raleigh, This Saturday Jan. 20

Published Friday, January 19, 2018 at 1:22 pm
Jan. 19, 2018. Saturday, North Carolinians from all over the state will pour into Halifax Mall to celebrate, listen to, and be inspired by North Carolina Women Leading the Resistance.  We will also pledge to take action. 12 FAQ's for the event are included. / Read more…
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Library, Senior Centers Offer Free Tax Assistance for 2018 Filing Season

Published Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm
Jan. 19, 2018. The Watauga County Public Library is in its eighth year of offering tax assistance for the 2018 filing season. The library program began in 2011 with Rao Aluri as the Site Coordinator; Tim Dannenfelser, a graduate student in Accounting at Appalachian State University, will be the new Coordinator. The (VITA) Volunteer for Tax Assistance program provides free income tax preparation and free electronic filing for eligible low to moderate-income Watauga County residents. The program operates in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and receives financial support from the Friends of the Library and the IRS. / Read more…
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The In/Visible Theatre of Boone Brings a New Solo Show to Asheville Fringe

Published Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:39 pm
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Jan 19, 2018. The In/Visible Theatre of Boone, NC, has sent solo shows to New York City, Los Angeles, and lots of places in between.  Now its newest piece, Ox, is coming to the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. / Read more…
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Grandfather Mountain Announces 2018 Schedule of Events

Published Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:28 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/avery/grandfather-mountain-announces-2018-schedule-events.html
Jan. 19, 2018. An elk, a Girl Scout, two cougars and a bagpiper walk onto Grandfather Mountain… The punchline? It’s 2018 at the Linville, N.C., nature preserve and attraction. No joke. / Read more…
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MerleFest 2018 Announces New Additions to Lineup, Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now

Published Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm
Jan. 19, 2018. MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 26 - 29, is proud to announce five additions to the 2018 lineup: The Mavericks, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Mandolin Orange, Alison Brown, and Brandy Clark. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest has already announced over 75 artists for 2018, including Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Elephant Revival, The Devil Makes Three, aMidnight Jam hosted by Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale, and many more. The rest of the distinguished lineup for MerleFest 2018 will roll out over the next few months. / Read more…
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The Winterfest 2018 Series: Everything That You Need to Know About the Polar Plunge, Jan. 27

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 4:10 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/boone/165704.html
Jan. 17, 2018. Have you ever jumped into ice water? Have you ever seen someone else jump into ice water while wearing a costume? If the answer is no to either of those questions, then you will not want to miss Winterfest’s Polar Plunge! Participators will jump into the frigid water of Chetola Lake while raising money for local charities. The event will take place on Saturday Jan. 27 at Chetola Lake. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the plunge will beginning around 9:30 a.m. By Kate Herman - Photos by The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce / Read more…
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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 8- 16

Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm
Jan. 17, 2018 Looking to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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Keeping Up With the Western Youth Network: Celebrating Mentors, Bowl for Kids and Donate!

Published Monday, January 15, 2018 at 12:56 pm
Jan. 15, 2018. The Western Youth Network (WYN) is known for impacting so many lives in the High Country- both the mentees and the mentors.  Are you interested in learning about WYN, learning about the WYN mentoring program or learning more about ways to support The Western Youth Network? / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10:33 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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. Read more...
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The Winterfest 2018 Series: Everything You Need to Know About Winterfest Jan. 25- Jan. 28

Published Friday, January 12, 2018 at 2:26 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/boone/winterfest-2018-series-everything-need-know-winterfest-jan-25-jan-28.html
Jan. 12, 2018. It’s that time of year again- Winterfest is right around the corner! Blowing Rock’s Annual Winterfest will be held on Thursday Jan. 25 through Sunday Jan. 28. Winterfest 2018 is unique to years in the past due to new additions including Ice Skating in Memorial Park and an improved format of Winterfeast. Winterfest offers a plethora of shopping opportunities, wine tastings, dining opportunities, winter athletics, and musical opportunities for all to enjoy.   Complied by Kate Herman - Photos by The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:26 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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. Read more...
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The Watauga County Library Hosts Jessica Lidh, Presenter for the High Country Writers, 1/11

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 6:19 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/boone/tomorrow-watauga-county-library-hosts-jessica-lidh-presenter-high-country-writers-meeting.html
Jan. 10, 2018 Local author Jessica Lidh will be the featured presenter at the regular meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 10:00 am. Lidh will discuss her challenges, her selection process, and will give advice to aspiring authors and fellow writers. The program is free and open to the public. / Read more…
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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 1- Jan. 9

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:02 pm
Jan. 10, 2018 Looking to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 1- Jan. 9

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm
Jan. 10, 2018 Looking to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 1- Jan. 9

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm
Jan. 10, 2018 Looking to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:47 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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. Read more...
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Thank Your Mentor Day and Mentoring Month Proclamation

Published Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:54 am
https://www.hcpress.com/banner-elk/thank-mentor-day-mentoring-month-proclamation.html
Jan. 8, 2018. January 2018 will mark the 17th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people. National Mentoring Month celebrates the benefits of youth mentoring across the country. Every day in communities across the country, caring adults volunteer their time with mentoring programs to create consistent and supportive relationships to young people.  At its most basic level, mentoring is successful in real life because it guarantees a young people has an adult to turn to and that they have a guiding hand to help them in dealing with day-to-day challenges. At a more complex level, there is a powerful mentoring effect that ultimately makes our communities stronger . / Read more…
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Watauga Medical Center Earns 4-Star Rating for Quality

Published Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:14 am
https://www.hcpress.com/banner-elk/watauga-medical-center-earns-4-star-rating-quality.html
Jan. 8, 2018. Watauga Medical Center recently received an above average 4-star rating for its quality of patient care services from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) scores more than 4,000 hospitals across the country using a Hospital Compare rating system ranging from 1 to 5 stars (5 being the best). The CMS ratings are publically available on the Hospital Compare website and are intended to help consumers more easily decide between hospitals in their area. / Read more…
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AMB Host Official Bottle Release Party Jan. 13 Benefiting Blue Ridge Conservancy

Published Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:03 am
https://www.hcpress.com/banner-elk/amb-host-official-bottle-release-party-jan-13-benefiting-blue-ridge-conservancy.html
Jan. 8, 2018. Appalachian Mountain Brewery's Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Sour Ale will now be available in 16 ounce bottles and on draft. Join AMB and the Blue Ridge Conservancy on Jan. 13 from 12 p.m.- 11 p.m. in celebration of the bottle release. 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to Blue Ridge Conservancy. / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Monday, January 8, 2018 at 10:35 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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. Read more...
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Blowing Rock WinterFest Rotary Charity Chili Challenge Registration Due Jan. 17

Published Friday, January 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm
Jan. 5 2018. Are you apart of a non-profit organization? Is your non-profit organization looking for an opportunity to raise awareness and funding? If you answered yes to both questions, The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce would like to invite your non-profit to participate in their WinterFest Charity Chili Cookoff. The event takes place on Saturday, Jan. 27 in the Blowing Rock School Gym. Non-profits are invited to either curate five gallons of chili or partner with a restaurant in order to provide five gallons of chili. Event participants will donate to their favorite chili. The non-profit group with the highest amount of donations wins, however all will receive monetary donations and raise awareness. Setup begins at 10:30 a.m. The event will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event ticket price is $8 for adults (12 and up), $5 for kids (over age 5). The Lucky Ones bluegrass band will perform during the event. / Read more…
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Sign-Up to Volunteer at the Special Olympics NC Alpine Games this Jan. 7 and Jan. 8

Published Friday, January 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm
Jan. 5, 2018. The 2018 Special Olympics North Carolina Alpine Games will be held this Sunday and Monday, January 7th and 8th at Appalachian Ski Mountain. The Special Olympics are looking for volunteers to assist with equipment, instruction, timing, and awards during the two-day event. This is an excellent opportunity to serve alongside others for an event that leaves a lasting impact on so many lives in the High Country.  All are encouraged to come cheer on this year's Winter Olypians at the event. Volunteers must be at least fourteen years of age.  / Read more…
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Featured Events at the Museum: BRAHM Enriching the High Country

Published Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:51 am
Jan. 5, 2018. The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, commonly known as BRAHM, serves as an excellent source of  artistic enrichment for the High Country. BRAHM is a staple in Blowing Rock, and is known for providing entertainment for all ages to enjoy. January is a very exciting month at the museum- between the continuation of the film series, two Cork & Canvas sessions, Arctic Art, Hands-On Ice Carving, The Afternoon Art Club, the Doodlebug Club and the excellent exhibits, there is something for everyone at BRAHM. Did we mention that there is free general admission until March 3? Compiled by Kate Herman / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:42 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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. Read more...
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Tickets Available for the Annual Beech Mountain Winterfest Beer Festival, Held on Saturday Jan. 6

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 2:16 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/beech-mountain/annual-beech-mountain-winterfest-beer-festival-will-held-saturday-jan-6-tickets-still-available-purchase.html
Jan. 3, 2018. On Saturday, Jan. 6, Beech Mountain Resort will host their annual Winterfest Beer Festival, which will feature several North Carolina Craft Breweries and Cideries and will have two live bands. There will be over 50 ales and ciders to taste. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased in advance for $25.  At the door, tickets may be purchased for $30.  Tickets for designated drivers are available for $15.  The festival is a fundraiser for the Beech Mountain Ski Education Foundation. By Kate Herman - Photos by Beech Mountain Resort / Read more…
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Watauga County School Systems will Have a Two-Hour Delay the Week of Jan. 3- Jan. 5

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/blowing-rock/watauga-county-school-systems-will-two-hour-delay-week-jan-3-jan-5.html
Jan. 3, 2018. Watauga County Schools are back and ready for a great year! This week is unlike most weeks. Due to extremely low temperatures, along with subzero wind chills,  Watauga Country Schools will operate on  two hour delay for students and staff from Jan. 3- Jan. 5.  By Kate Herman - Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Watauga County Habitat For Humanity Kicks off ‘A Brush With Kindness’ Repair Program

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/boone/watauga-county-habitat-humanity-kicks-off-brush-kindness-repair-program.html
Jan. 3, 2018. In 2018 Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will begin repairing homes in partnership with qualified, low-income homeowners. The new housing repair program called A Brush with Kindness is aimed at providing services such as exterior minor repairs to low-income homeowners in need. / Read more…
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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Dec. 19- Jan. 1

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm
Jan. 3, 2018 Looking to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 9:44 am
What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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. Read more...
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BRAHM Board of Trustees Announce Free Admission to BRAHM From Jan. 2- Mar. 3

Published Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 11:38 am
https://www.hcpress.com/arts/free-admission-brahm-new-year-jan-2-mar-3.html
Jan 2, 2018. Blowing Rock is known for having an appreciation for the arts. Historically, several major artists have resided in Blowing Rock, most notably Elliott Daingerfield. Because of the area’s rich history with the arts, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) is a pillar in the Blowing Rock community. As a New Year treat, the BRAHM Board of Trustees have announced that the museum will offer free admission to the public from Jan. 2- Mar. 3. By Kate Herman - Photos by BRAHM / Read more…
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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Dec. 19- Dec. 28

Published Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 1:35 pm
Dec. 30, 2017. Looking to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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Celebrating the New Year with the High Country’s Bars

Published Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1:23 pm
For the adults ages twenty-one and up, the High Country bars are inviting you to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the best. Depending on where you are staying, here is a list of some  of the High Country bar celebrations. Read more...
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The High Country: New Year’s on the Slopes

Published Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:59 am

Dec. 27, 2017. December 29, 2017. In the Winter, the High Country is known for being a skier’s paradise. For our friends who will be celebrating New Year’s in the High Country, it can be hard to find the perfect resort celebration. So, compiled below is a detailed list of resort events for New Year’s Eve. Happy skiing and snowboarding! By Kate Herman / Read more…
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The Green Park Inn’s Annual Black and White Gala: a High Country New Year’s Eve Tradition

Published Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:24 am
https://www.hcpress.com/arts/green-park-inns-annual-black-white-gala-high-country-new-years-eve-tradition.html
December 29, 2017. For those who are looking to engage in a more celebratory, upscale event New Year’s Eve, the Green Park Inn is exactly what you are looking for. They will be hosting their  annual Black and White Gala. The event will include a five course meal, a live band, a champagne toast, and the traditional lowering of the Green Horse at midnight. This event is adult only, and  reservations are required. Kate Herman - Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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