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Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Aug. 16 – 22

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 3:58 pm
Aug. 23, 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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Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation’s 2nd Annual Walking Tour to Take Place Saturday, Sept. 2

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 3:51 pm
Aug. 23, 2017. The Downtown Banner Elk Walking Tour will take place on Saturday, Sept. 2. It's about a mile long and will begin at the Banner House Museum at 10 a.m. with tours leaving every half hour until 1 p.m. Throughout the walk, sixteen prominent buildings will be pointed out, such as The Cheese House to the Old Town Hall and Jail, for participants to learn about and understand the history behind each and every one of them. / Read more… Continue reading

American Idol to Hold Open Auditions in Asheville, Sunday, Aug. 27

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:02 pm
Aug. 23, 2017. The 2018 season of American Idol is fast approaching, and the reality TV talent show is on the search for the nation's next American Idol. Could it be you? Let's find out! Open auditions are being held this Sunday in Asheville, or you can submit your audition video online. Good luck! / Read more… Continue reading

Girls on the Run of the High Country Announces Start of Fall 2017 Season

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10:48 am
Aug. 23, 2017. Approximately 200 girls in third through eighth grade will participate this fall in GOTR-HC programs, which inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running, according to Council Director Mary Sheryl Horine. The GOTR-HC program is being offered at schools in Watauga, Wilkes and Avery counties. Schools in Ashe and Alleghany counties may also register to start sites. The program is sponsored by the Beaver College of Health and Science at Appalachian State University and according to Horine, has opportunities for volunteers. / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 9:45 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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Lauren Jaquay’s LGBT Youth Alliance Presents First Ever Second Chance Prom for LGBT Youth in the High Country, Aug. 26

Published Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 10:37 am
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Aug. 22, 2017. Remember your high school prom and not being able to go with who you really wanted to? Well, your second chance is finally here. The High Country's first, Second Chance Prom takes place Saturday, August 26th 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. Presented by the Lauren Jaquays LGBTQ Youth Alliance (Lauren’s Youth), a local nonprofit committed to the acceptance, awareness and support of LGBTQ youth in the High Country, “A Midsummer Night’s Second Chance Prom will include heavy hors d' oeuvres, slider bar, DJ, dancing and cash bar. / Read more… Continue reading

The 2nd Annual CowBelle Classic to Take Cyclists Through Watauga, Ashe County and Johnson County, TN, Aug. 26

Published Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:00 am
Aug. 21, 2017.The second annual CowBelle Classic bike ride takes place Saturday, August 26. This unique event, ridden by women only, is a Boone Area Cyclist club organized road ride. One hundred and fifty riders will depart from the Old Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove at 8:00 a.m. All riders travel Old 421 to Zionville and then split into four different routes of 15, 18, 35 and 64 miles. Routes were chosen by considering the difficulty of the terrain and average traffic volume. All routes enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside that the High Country offers. / Read more… Continue reading

Tweetsie Railroad’s Annual Ghost Train Will Return to Spook the High Country this Halloween Season, Sept. 22 – Oct. 28

Published Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10:48 am
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Aug. 21, 2017. It’s the spookiest time of the year again at Tweetsie Railroad! The Ghost Train® will return on Friday and Saturday nights from September 22 to October 28, 2017, transforming North Carolina’s first theme park into a delightfully frightful destination. Each year, visitors travel from all over the Southeast to enjoy this family-friendly Halloween celebration and take in the gorgeous fall leaves in the Blue Ridge Mountains. / Read more… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Heavy with Language, Presents Reynolds and Jackson an Unexpected Duo

Published Monday, August 21, 2017 at 10:35 am
Aug. 21, 2017. While some people may see cussing as a cheap way to get a laugh or engage the audience, 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' uses it in a way that does both. In the hands of Jackson, Reynolds and Hayek, the string of cuss words amidst intense action seem perfectly placed as the world's greatest hitman and a mediocre bodyguard come together for an entertaining movie.By Bob Garver. / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9:35 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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Colon Cancer Coalition Awards Grant to High Country Community Health

Published Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm
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Aug. 18, 2017. High Country Community Health and The Colon Cancer Coalition are partnering to make potentially life-saving cancer screening resources, education and patient support available to the community, the uninsured, and those who may be unable to access the screening otherwise in Watauga, Avery and Burke Counties.. / Read more… Continue reading

Statement by Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford on the Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Published Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Aug. 18, 2017. Last Saturday morning, as white nationalists gathered for their march of hate in Charlottesville, a very different group of people were gathering less than a mile away. On that city’s Charlton Avenue, members of seven local churches had joined together to lay the floor trusses on the foundation of the community’s newest Habitat home. / Read more… Continue reading

Boone Selected for Navy Band Tour, Performance Scheduled for Sept. 18

Published Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:20 am
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Aug. 18, 2017. America's Navy is coming to Boone, North Carolina, one of five cities in two states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during a 2017 tour -- one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy. The United States Navy Band Brass Quintet performance is scheduled for Sept. 18, 2017, at 8 p.m. at the Hayes School of Music’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. / Read more… Continue reading

It’s That Time of Year Again, ASU Move-In Begins Today, BIG Sale this Saturday

Published Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9:55 am
Aug. 18, 2017. The summer months have seemed to fly by with excessive speed, and the beginning of fall classes at Appalachian State University is approaching just as fast. With classes beginning on Aug. 22, there will be an increase in traffic over the next week as students begin to move back into dorms starting on Aug. 18. Welcome back Mountaineers! / Read more… Continue reading

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Wins a Studer Group Excellence in Patient Care Award for Employee Engagement

Published Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9:51 am
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Aug. 18, 2017. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) was awarded that honor on August 3rd. Specifically, ARHS is being recognized for excellence in employee engagement. This category awards those who sustain high employee engagement scores or demonstrate significant improvements in the area of employee engagement. These scores matter because employee engagement-along with leader, physician, and patient engagement-is linked to clinical quality, the patient experience, and various aspects of organizational performance.  / Read more… Continue reading

Artpurveyors Announces “Pop Up” Show Featuring Cher Shaffer, Aug. 26

Published Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:28 am
Aug. 17, 2017. Artpurveyors, located at 112 Aldridge Park on the 105 highway in Grandfather Community announces a "Pop up" show featuring Cher Shaffer. Cher Shaffer has been a self-taught artist for the past 45 years. She was born and raised in Georgia, on a small farm. Her early rural upbringing, and her heritage have shaped and informed her work from the beginning. Cher's mother was mixed blood, Cherokee, and Mulengeon, from the Delta of Mississippi. Her father was German and Cherokee, from north Georgia. Both families had strong agricultural roots. Cher will be greeting guests at artpurveyors world headquarters during the August 26 Tour De Art from 12-4. / Read more… Continue reading

Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, July 31 – Aug. 14

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm
Aug. 16, 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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Alliance Bible Fellowship Holds Community Pastor Appreciation Service This Saturday

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:38 am
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Aug. 16, 2017. On Saturday, Aug. 19, join the local faith community at Alliance Bible Fellowship to recognize four longstanding pastors who have between them served more than 180 combined years in Watauga County. The honorees include Harold Bennett, Perkinsville Baptist Church; Gary Watson, Tabernacle Baptist Church; Lynn Powers, Three Forks Baptist Church; and Ray Greene, Willow Valley Baptist Church. / Read more… Continue reading

Ensemble Stage’s Final Production of the Season Begins Aug. 18, Runs Through Aug. 26, Tickets Selling Out Fast

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:37 am
Aug. 16, 2017. The final production of Ensemble Stage's 2017 summer season is Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro. A suspenseful comedy, this play tells the story of Jack Brooks, a renowned artist known for his painting and his eccentricity. As he awaits the arrival of his art dealer, things are not quite what they seem. This visit from his art dealer isn't just any old visit -- this time, Jack has a plan. The production begins on Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and runs until Aug. 26 at the Historic Banner Elk School. By Katie Benfield / Read more… Continue reading

Cancer Stood No Chance Against Retired ASU Professor, Bettie Bond Considered Cancer Free

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:34 am
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Aug. 16, 2017. Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center located in Boone, NC, serves as a refuge for individuals diagnosed with cancer. Bettie Bond is one of those individuals who found joy and beauty in all circumstances, even breast cancer. / Read more… Continue reading

TV Host Tom Earnhardt to Present at Grandfather Mountain, Aug. 24

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:28 am
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Aug. 16, 2017. On Thursday, Aug. 24, Tom Earnhardt will be exploring Grandfather Mountain, as part of the Grandfather Presents lecture series. The presentation runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 in the mountain’s Nature Museum Auditorium, with refreshments served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in the museum lobby. / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:16 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. Compiled by Katie Benfield
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G&T Communications Helps Electric Utility to the Top of the J.D. Power Leaderboard

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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Aug. 15, 2017. When local public relations and advertising firm G&T Communications, Inc. began working with NOVEC, a large electric cooperative outside of Washington, D.C., both organizations called it a “powerful partnership.” G&T partnered with NOVEC in 2013 and has been the cooperative’s agency of record since, providing strategic planning, creative development and implementation of successful advertising campaigns. / Read more… Continue reading

34th Annual Valle Crucis Community Park Benefit Auction Invites Community to Participate, Aug. 26

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm
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Aug. 15, 2017. Join us for the 34th Annual Valle Crucis Community Park Benefit Auction. On Saturday, Aug. 26, indulge in scrumptious breakfast fare, sip a morning beverage and bid on a variety of items donated by local businesses. From gift certificates to local restaurants, retailers and attractions to new merchandise, art and home goods, there is something for every budget. / Read more… Continue reading

4th Annual Empty Bowls for Avery County Returns to the High Country, Benefits Go Toward Feeding Avery Families

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm
Aug. 15, 2017. On Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Empty Bowls for Avery County will be taking place at the Linville Land Harbor Recreation Center in order to raise awareness of hunger in the community and raise money for Feeding Avery Families, a nonprofit that works directly toward fighting hunger throughout Avery County. People from all over can come, pick out a bowl to take home with them, donate whatever they can and then stay for a prepared and provided lunch. Along with this, there will be a silent auction and wonderful community, so don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to participate in taking a stand against hunger within the community. By Katie Benfield / Read more… Continue reading

Appalachian State University to Provide Full Access to the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive this Fall

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11:22 am
Aug. 15, 2017. The archive contains 55,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust, the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (1994), the Nanjing Massacre (1937), the Guatemalan Genocide (1978-1996), the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923) and the Cambodian Genocide (1975-1979). The testimonies were taken in 62 countries and 41 languages, and are fully indexed and searchable by the minute with 64,826 keywords, 718,940 images and 1,861,032 names. To mark the archive’s launch, a public lecture and seminar with Dr. Jared McBride of UCLA will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 28 in Belk Library and Information Commons Room 114. McBride is a Holocaust scholar specializing in the areas of Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe. He is a recipient of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s Greenberg Research Fellowship and has worked extensively with the Visual History Archive. His visit is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies together with the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. / Read more… Continue reading

High Country Half Marathon Announces New Route for 2017 Race, Scheduled for Aug. 26

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 11:19 am
Aug. 15, 2017. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University announced a new route for the High Country Half Marathon scheduled for Aug. 26 at 7:30 a.m. Race director Mary Sheryl Horine stated, “Our race has a fantastic following of runners but not everyone is thrilled with the uphill finish. This year we’ve changed the route slightly in order to offer a long downhill finish for the last couple of miles!” / Read more… Continue reading

The Watauga County Arts Council Announces Numerous Opportunities for Artists Throughout the High Country

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:15 am
Aug. 15, 2017. The Watauga County Arts Council announces the following opportunities of particular interest to artists. Further information about all of these opportunities is available at www.watauga-arts.org, by calling the Arts Council at 828-264-1789, or by visiting the Blue Ridge ArtSpace at 377 Shadowline Drive (at the corner of Shadowline and State Farm roads). These opportunities include open exhibitions, grants for artists, free workshops, arts placement services, frame sales, regional art exhibitions and so much more. / Read more… Continue reading

Bluegrass Showcase to Take Place as Part of the 2017 Summer Concerts at the Jones House this Friday, Three Bluegrass Bands Featured

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:11 am
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Aug. 15, 2017. Bluegrass fans will have the opportunity to hear some of the region's finest bluegrass music this Friday in downtown Boone as the Town's Cultural Resources Department continues the 2017 Summer Concerts at the Jones House.  This years bluegrass showcase will feature three bands, including Never Too Late Bluegrass, Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express, and Surefire. / Read more… Continue reading

Auditions for Lees-McRae Performing Arts Fall Productions Open to the Public August 16

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:06 am
Aug. 15, 2017. Lees-McRae Performing Arts will open its stage for fall production auditions on Wednesday, August 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Hayes Auditorium. Students, faculty, staff and the public alike can audition for parts in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. / Read more… Continue reading

Today’s Email Announcements

Published Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:01 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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Tweetsie Railroad Celebrates 100th Birthday of Locomotive No. 12 During Railroad Heritage Weekend, Aug. 26-27

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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Aug. 14, 2017. It's almost time for the most special Railroad Heritage Weekend yet at Tweetsie Railroad. On August 26-27, 2017, history buffs and train enthusiasts will come together for a weekend-long event to celebrate the rich history of Tweetsie Railroad and the 100th birthday of locomotive No.12, fondly known as "Tweetsie." Photo Courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad / Read more… Continue reading

The Peter Pedroni Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Returns to the High Country on Aug. 17, Openings for a Few More Participants

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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Aug. 14, 2017. On August 17, starting at 2 p.m., the annual Peter Pedroni Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be taking place at the Boone Golf Club. In cooperation with Casa Rustica, the High Country Caregiver Foundation is looking for sponsorships, participants and other donations to raise as much money as possible to support the caregiving population throughout the community. By Katie Benfield / Read more… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Doesn’t Add Anything New to ‘Conjuring’ Series, An Origin Story

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm
Aug. 14, 2017We were first introduced to possessed doll Annabelle in 2013’s “The Conjuring,” where she was freaky, but inconsequential. She was spun off into her own prequel movie in 2014, which I didn’t see, but I’m told couldn’t scare a cockroach away from a spotlight. Now she’s getting another movie, a prequel to the 2014 one, which means the series is essentially going in reverse. We’re being told the story of how the doll first came to be possessed, as if it’s not obvious she’s evil based solely on her unsettling appearance.By Bob Garver. / Read more… Continue reading

Green Valley Park’s Annual TubeFest Fundraiser Returns to the High Country, Aug. 26.

Published Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:29 am
Aug. 14, 2017. Green Valley Park’s Annual TubeFest Fundraiser will return to Big Hill Road on the New River, Saturday, August 26th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The cost of the fundraiser is $10 per tube per ride per person and includes the shuttle. Come dressed to get wet and wear water shoes or sandals. A hot dog lunch, snacks, and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the Park as well as individual local apples from Coffey’s Orchard at Coffey Grounds and Moretz’s Mountain Orchard. Since the Green Valley Park is an alcohol-free zone, please respect our family-friendly policies. Remember not to dump trash in the New River—especially not bottles. Trash and recycling containers will be available at the Park. / Read more… Continue reading
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