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2017 Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort Marks 27 Years in the High Country, Oct. 14 – 15

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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Aug. 29, 2017. The landscape in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is beautiful all the time but especially striking in the fall. On October 14 and 15 Sugar Mountain Resort hosts the 27th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Be sure to adorn yourself with traditional southern German attire for the Bavarian costume contest. Local & regional craft and fun food vendors sprawl out their wares on the lawn of the lower portion of the Flying Mile ski slope.   / Read more…
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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Sep. 11 – 17

Published Friday, September 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm
Sep. 20, 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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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:58 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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Jeremy Jones, Nonfiction Author, to Open Appalachian’s Visiting Writer’s Series, Sept. 21

Published Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm
Sep. 18, 2017. The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University will resume Sept. 21 with two presentations by Jeremy B. Jones, an award-winning writer of creative nonfiction. Jones is both a frequently published essayist and the author of “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland” (John F. Blair Publisher, 2014), which won the 2014 Appalachian Book of the Year in nonfiction and was awarded a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book of the Year Awards in memoir. / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘American Assassin’ Uses Hero Trope, Plot and Characters Seen Before

Published Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:15 am
Sept. 18, 2017  “American Assassin” stars Dylan O’Brien as CIA asset Mitch Rapp. The paperback-based Rapp is an action hero akin to Jack Ryan, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, and I’ll even throw James Bond in there. O’Brien is best known for the “Maze Runner” series, a teenagers-in-a-dystopian-future franchise akin to “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent,” and “The Host.” All he needs now is an unimaginative superhero film and he’ll be the king of late-to-the-party knockoffs.By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Banner Elk Artists Gallery Holds Official Opening, Public Invited to Attend, This Saturday

Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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Sep. 14, 2017. The Banner Elk Artists Gallery, located at the Historic Banner Elk School, will be holding its official opening this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. The Gallery is an 8 member co-op with artists of various mediums, along with consignment artists from throughout the community. Stop on by this Saturday to enjoy some refreshments, company and beautiful artwork! By Katie Benfield - Photo Courtesy of Todd Bush / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10:25 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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4th Annual Blowing Rock Music Festival Preserves Native Music Throughout the Mountains, Sept. 16

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm
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Sep. 13, 2017. The 4th Annual Blowing Rock Music Festival returns to the High Country on Saturday, Sept. 16, with an incredible lineup of musicians and entertainers. With performances beginning at noon and ending at sunset with a fireworks display, this year's music festival is sure to be one of the greatest yet! By Katie Benfield / Read more…
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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Sep. 4 – 11

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm
Sep. 13, 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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The Watauga County Arts Council’s Annual Artfull Palette Returns to the High Country, Sep. 16

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:53 am
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Sep. 13, 2017. The Watauga County Arts Council will be hosting its annual Artfull Palette to invite the community of the High Country to come out and celebrate the arts while also supporting the organization and the educational arts programs it provides to both children and adults alike. The event takes place at the Harvest House this Saturday, Sep. 16, from 6-9 p.m. By Katie Benfield - Photo Courtesy of the Watauga County Arts Council / Read more…
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1st Annual 7K Walk/Run in Scenic Seven Devils Takes Place at Hawksnest Resort, Sep. 16

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:38 am
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Sep. 13, 2017. “The Hawk” is a new 7K race at Hawksnest Resort located in Seven Devils, NC. The course is a 7K loop with some relatively long gradual downhill stretches, followed by some strenuous uphill and downhill challenges. The start/finish line is at Hawksnest parking lot. Photo Courtesy of the Town of Seven Devils / Read more…
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Boone United Methodist Church Fall Bazaar to Return to the High Country, Sept. 15-16

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10:00 am
Sep. 13, 2017. The unofficial kick-off of autumn in the High Country is right around the corner – the Fall Bazaar at Boone United Methodist Church. The event has become so popular over the past 30+ years that now thousands attend – in search of hidden treasures and bargains, good food and fellowship. Located at 471 New Market Blvd, directly behind the New Market Shopping Center, the church’s annual Fall Bazaar will be Friday, September 15th, from 7:30am until 6:00pm and on Saturday, September 16th, from 7:30am until 11:00am. / Read more…
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Alta Vista Gallery Holds Opening Reception for Show Featuring Award-Winning Monique Carr, Sep. 23

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:42 am
Sep. 13, 2017. You're invited to attend the Opening Reception for a show of new oil paintings by award-winning Monique Carr:    Sat.,  Sept. 23, from 11 to 5,  at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis, NC.  Please Forward this info, and bring friends with you to this fun event where you can chat with the artist and hear her stories about each painting.  Refreshments will be served.  The show is hanging NOW through Oct. 14. / Read more…
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ASU Received High Honors in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:36 am
Sep. 13, 2017. Appalachian State University has received high honors in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings for its academics, value, innovation and other factors. Appalachian has placed among the top 15 public and private southern universities since the rankings were first published in 1986. / Read more…
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Fiddle Roots Symposium to be Held in Boone, Celebrating Fiddle Traditions, Sep. 19-20

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:11 am
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Sep. 13, 2017.   Fiddle roots traditions, from the mountains and beyond, will be celebrated with workshops, demonstrations, presentations, and performances at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center and Appalachian State University on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 and 20.  / Read more…
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Lees-McRae College Reaches New Heights on U.S. News and World Report

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:05 am
Sep. 13, 2017. In an increase from last year’s No. 23 spot, Lees-McRae College landed at No. 19 as best regional college in the South in addition to a spot on the “Best Value School” list in the newest evaluation released by U.S. News & World Report. / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11:09 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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Interim Facilities Ready for Elk Knob State Park Community Day, Sept. 13

Published Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12:05 pm
Sept. 8, 2017. Interim visitor facilities at Elk Knob State Park in Watauga County are in place in time for the park's Annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day Sept. 13, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The new facilities include a ranger contact station, three parking areas and picnic grounds. A maintenance compound is in the design stage, and construction continues on a new hiking trail to the 5,520-foot summit of the knob itself. / Read more…
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Grandfather Mountain Hosts Annual KidFest Tomorrow, Fun Educational Celebration for People of All Ages

Published Friday, September 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm
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Sep. 8, 2017. This September, kids are invited to visit their Grandfather. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Grandfather Mountain hosts its annual KidFest, a fun-filled and educational celebration of natural history in the Appalachian Mountains. / Read more…
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Inaugural Tri-Counties Overdose Awareness Event Draws Large Crowd

Published Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:56 am
Sept. 8, 2017. A first-hand account of the dangers of addiction and the increasing frequency of drug abuse was given during the initial Tri-Counties meeting of the International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31. Approximately 200 attended the event held in the Kathy Miller Auditorium at Mitchell High School in Ledger. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:48 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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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Aug. 25 – Sep. 4

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 3:09 pm
Sep. 6, 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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5th Annual Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain Provides High Country with High-Quality Music and Camping, Sept. 7-9

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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Sep. 6, 2017. Blue Bear Mountain Campground hosts for the fifth year the Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain. The campground provides all in attendance with the opportunity to camp at one of the state's highest ranking campgrounds, as well as enjoy some of the highest quality of music that the High Country has to offer. By Katie Benfield / Read more…
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10th Annual On the Same Page Literary Festival Returns to Ashe County, Sept. 12-16

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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Sep. 6, 2017. On September 12 through September 16, the Ashe County Arts Council and the Ashe County Public Library will be bringing On the Same Page, a celebration of reading and Ashe County’s literary festival, to the community. By Katie Benfield / Read more…
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Watauga County Public Library and the Watauga Friends of the Library Present World-Renowned Guitarist Peter Fletcher

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 11:53 am
Sep. 6, 2017. On September 23, at 2 p.m., the Watauga County Public Library and the Watauga Friends of the Library present Peter Fletcher, a world-renowned and recorded virtuoso classical guitarist. He returns to the Library’s Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room to perform a concert featuring works of John Dowland, J.S. Bach, Segovia, Albéniz, Satie, and the Shaker melody “Simple Gifts,” among other selections. / Read more…
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Bleu Moon Productions to Present Moonshine and Thunder – The Junior Johnson Story, 9/14

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 11:41 am
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Sep. 6, 2017. A North Carolina story of Moonshine & NASCAR, Moonshine & Thunder - The Junior Johnson Story, is a multi media outdoor drama that uses both film and live actors to tell the story.  The show begins with Junior Johnson as a boy and shows how his growing up years steeped in mountain tradition, were influenced by fast cars and running liquor.  The play takes attendees through the beginnings of The North Wilkesboro Speedway - from cow pasture to race track - and Junior's evolution from out running the law to out running everything on that track. / Read more…
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Bluesman Doug MacLeod Visits the Jones House for Afternoon Workshop and Evening Performance, Sept. 10

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 11:28 am
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Sep. 6, 2017. The afternoon workshop on acoustic blues guitar will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Mazie Jones Gallery of the Jones House.  The workshop is open to the public and is free for those attending the evening concert. MacLeod will give an evening performance on Sept 10, 2017, starting at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for the concert are $20 per person.  The venue can seat 40 people, and due to the limited seating, advanced reservations are recommended.  All open seats will be available at the door, which opens at 7:00 p.m. on the night of the concert. / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:28 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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Movie Review: ‘Wind River’ Hunts for Killer, Provides Little Mystery

Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm
Sep. 5, 2017. While providing the audience with a deadly crime, this movie denies watchers any mystery. It has the makings of a good thriller, but misses the mark and simply provides movie-goers with a deadly setting. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Ensemble Stage Says Goodbye to Summer Season, Welcomes the Fall Season with Auditions

Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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Sep. 5, 2017. Ensemble Stage found major success for its first season in its new home in Banner Elk with a variety of interesting and unique performances. Now, the theatre company is welcoming people of all ages and kinds to audition for the exciting and thrilling productions of the fall season! By Katie Benfield / Read more…
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Appalachian State University’s Howard Street Hall Ready for Students and Faculty

Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:21 am
Sep. 5, 2017. Approximately 5,000 square feet of the 12,878 square-foot building houses two new classrooms and 21 faculty offices. The classrooms will be open for use by all colleges on campus. Formerly the home of First Presbyterian Church, the university took possession of the space more than six years ago. It had been called the College of Education Annex. The remaining square footage houses the Lucy Brock Child Development Laboratory Program (LBCDLP), air conditioning and heating units and an elevator. The top floors above the classroom and office space remain separated to prevent cross traffic. The elevator serves only the top two floors. / Read more…
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Appalachian Professor Directs Season Four of ‘A Craftsman’s Legacy,’ Premiering Sept. 9

Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:15 am
Sep. 5, 2017. Dr. Kelly Davis, assistant professor of electronic media/broadcasting in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University, returns to “A Craftsman’s Legacy” to direct his second season. The show, now in its fourth season, will premiere on UNC-TV (WUNE locally) Saturday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. and follows host and renowned metal shaper and motorcycle builder Eric Gorges as he continues his quest for America’s finest craftsmen. / Read more…
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Hawk Watch Returns to Grandfather Mountain, Migrating Raptors to Soar Over the Mountains

Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:12 am
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Sep. 5, 2017. Eyes will be looking to the skies again this September, and not for another solar eclipse. Instead, they’ll be focused on the thousands of raptors that will be migrating over the mountains and heading south – toward their wintering grounds.  Raptors are birds of prey, such as hawks, eagles, owls and vultures. The telltale signs of the raptor are sharp talons, a hooked upper bill and incredible eyesight.  / Read more…
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Today’s Email Announcements

Published Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:58 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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Avery A&H Fair to Return to the High Country for Cultural Preservation, Education and Fun For Everyone, Sept. 5-9

Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 3:23 pm
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Aug. 31, 2017. The Avery Agricultural and Horticultural Fair is returning to the High Country to bring residents and visitors alike a one-of-a-kind experience with cultural and historical preservation, animals and foods from around the community, rides, games, raffles and so much more during a week long festival of fun and community involvement. By Katie Benfield, Photo Courtesy of Avery A&H Fair Facebook / Read more…
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