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Boone Warns Town Water & Sewer Customers Again About American Water Resources of NC Notices

Published Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:15 am
The Town of Boone wishes to inform its water and sewer customers of a letter which they may soon receive from American Water Resources of North Carolina, a private company located in New Jersey. Read more...
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LETTERS / ‘Age Appropriate’ Cannot Be Defined

Published Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm
Letters to the Editor. BY GLENDA HUBBARD / Dear Editor, At the School Board meeting, several citizens appealed to the School Board to declare that the challenged book is not "age-appropriate." They seem to think that there might be some way to establish a policy that would define that term to the satisfaction of all. Unfortunately, that is impossible, and trying to force the School Board into making some kind of rules about this issue is pointless. Read more...
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LETTERS / Why I Believe “House of the Spirits” Should Remain in the Curriculum

Published Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG FISCHER / Dear Editor, On February 27th, the Watauga County Board of Education will vote on keeping or removing Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits from Mary Kent Whitaker's sophomore Honors English class at Watauga High. On the eve of this vote, let me list three reasons why I believe House should remain in the curriculum. Read more...
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High Country Charities Make a Last-Minute Push to Ensure All Area Residents Have a Happy Holiday

Published Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Don't look now, but Christmas Eve is tomorrow and that means the holidays have already crept up on us. While many in the High Country have spent their winter season preparing gifts, trimming trees and stuffing stockings, many others in the area have also dedicated their time to helping those in need. And it's not too late to help. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Small Town Watering Hole Goes Global; AMB Merger Means Jobs, Philanthropy and Community Investment

Published Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm
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As of Dec. 19, Appalachian Mountain Brewery has officially closed the acquisition of North Carolina Natural Energy. Appalachian Mountain Brewery will be traded under OTC:NCNE until the name and symbol change goes through as final terms and conditions have been processed. As per the agreement, the owner and founder of Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Sean Spiegelman, will be appointed CEO and will continue to manage the brewery with a continued focus on community stewardship and environmental sustainability. Read more… By Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Studio K Presents: The 15th Annual Nutcracker Ballet at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 13-15

Published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm
Studio K will once again take part in the annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The performance will take place on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. This performance will mark the first time that the annual holiday ballet has been performed in the Schaefer Center after it was renovated from Farthing Auditorium. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Complaint Seeking Removal of Eggers, Aceto from Watauga Elections Board on SBOE Agenda Dec. 20

Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Update: The State Board of Elections will consider a complaint calling for the removal of two Republican board members from the Watauga County Board of Elections that was filed by local Democrats Stella Anderson, Jesse Presnell and Ian O’Keefe. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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High Country’s Got Talent to Hold Final Competition Dec. 15; Fundraiser to Benefit Wine to Water in Boone

Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm
If you have a talent and a desire to help out a good cause, the inaugural "High Country's Got Talent" talent competition may be just what you are looking for. On Dec. 15, the finals will be held to determine the overall winners of the contest. Read more...
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Ensemble Stage Presents Annual Holiday Tradition ‘The Best of Christmas in Blowing Rock 5’ Dec. 13-15

Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm
The holiday season is almost here, and for many no holiday would be complete without Ensemble Stage's annual presentation of "Christmas in Blowing Rock." This year, the performances will span over 3 days, Dec. 13, 14 and 15, and promise to bring out the holiday excitement in even the staunchest Scrooge. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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CNN Heroes Special Presentation Honors Doc Hendley and Wine to Water in a Special Premiering Dec. 15

Published Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm
On Dec. 15, CNN will present a special, hour-long presentation on local nonprofit Wine to Water with "Wine to Water: A CNN Heroes Special Presentation" airing at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The special will also air on CNN International and CNN en Espanol. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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First Friday Art Crawl: Downtown Boone Comes Alive With the December Edition of This Evening Tradition

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm
On Friday, Dec. 6, downtown Boone will be taken over by the final First Friday Art Crawl of the year. Like always, this month’s crawl will feature food, drinks and live music with work and exhibitions from local artists. And as usual, everyone is invited to come out and enjoy some Friday night fun. If you’ve never experienced First Friday Art Crawl, here is your chance to get in on what the locals already know! Head on down to downtown Boone and enjoy a Friday night out on the town. Here’s what is happening this month. 'Tis the season, folks!Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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The Annual Downtown Boone Christmas Parade Brings Hundreds to King Street in Downtown Boone on Dec. 7

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm
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The winter chill is in the air, the month of December is upon us and we have already received our first dusting of snow of the year. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, but for many High Country residents, it isn't Christmas until Santa is spotted on King Street! Put on each year by the Downtown Boone Development Association, the Boone Christmas Parade takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7. Read more… by Madison V. Fisler- Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Banner Elk’s Night Parade ‘The Parade of Lights’ to Dazzle Hundreds in Attendance This Weekend

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:05 am
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The Banner Elk Parade of Lights is unique in the High Country in that it is a night parade that only takes to the street after nightfall at 5:30 p.m. The parade is truly a sight to see, as all of the floats are lit up with lights for the procession to Tate-Evans Park. People line the streets in excitement for the small but mighty parade in beautiful Banner Elk. Read more… by Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Bi-Annual Toe River Studio Tour Hits the High Country Dec. 6-8 with More Than 100 Artists and Galleries

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm
On Dec. 6-8, more than 100 artists, galleries and craftsmen will open their doors for the bi-annual Toe River Studio Tour. This tour, which takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, will allow guests to view art from more than 100 different vendors. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Boone PD To Present Its Investigative Case File Regarding Best Western CO Deaths to DA’s Office Today

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm
The Boone Police Department will present its investigative case file regarding the carbon monoxide deaths in Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone to the Office of the District Attorney today after wrapping up its criminal probe, according to a release Thursday from the Boone Police Department. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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What’s Playing at the Movies? Dec. 5-12: Frozen, Homefront, Catching Fire and More!

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Check out all of the great films that you can catch this week at the movies. Trailers included! Read more...
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Boone Police Department Organizes Food Drive To Help People in Need, Drive for H&H Coalition Ends Jan. 3

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm
The Boone Police Department is organizing a food drive to help people in need in our area. The food collected during this drive will be donated to the Hunger & Health Coalition in Boone for distribution. The dates for this event are Dec. 2, 2013, thru Jan. 3, 2014. The Hunger & Health Coalition organization collects, organizes and distributes food, medication, clothing and firewood to needy families in our area. Read more...
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ECRS Ranked No. 1 in Retail Industry’s Most Prestigious Software Survey – ‘Oscars of Retail Technology’

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Retail Information Systems (RIS) News released its annual Software LeaderBoard today, with ECR Software Corp. (ECRS) finishing in first place among an international group of 87 leading retail software vendors. In addition to its number one rank in the Top 20 Overall and Category LeaderBoard, ECRS also topped six other LeaderBoard charts. Read more...
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N.C. Lottery’s New Subscription Service Begins Thursday For Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm
The N.C. Lottery’s new subscription service will become available on Thursday, Dec. 5, for players to use the lottery’s website to buy subscriptions for drawings for its three jackpot games – Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5. “We hope the new service will offer a way for those who currently don’t buy tickets at a traditional lottery retailer to try some of our games,” said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. Read more...
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On the Lam: Man Wanted For Shooting Into Florida Bar Found Hiding Out at Boone Trail Motel Tuesday

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Sheriff Hagaman Gives Update: A Florida man who allegedly stood outside and fired a handgun into a Gulf Coast Town Center bar in the Sunshine State during operating hours last week was found hiding out in a hotel in Boone, according to Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Lees-McRae College Continues Construction on The Lauritsen Technical Theatre and Design Studio

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Lees-McRae broke ground last month on its newest addition, the two-story Lauritsen Technical Theatre and Design Studio. With construction on schedule, the building is anticipated to be complete in time for the much anticipated 2014 season of Summer Theatre. Read more...
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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:42 am
What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that 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.

 

  • Programs at Grandfather Mountain
  • Town of Boone Special Public Hearing
  • Maintain, Don't Gain this Holiday Season
  • Brookside Christmas Eve with Morris Hatton
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Watauga County Deeds – Nov. 27 to Dec. 4: 10 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $1,831,000

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:09 am
A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. See more...
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Sen. Soucek To Host Second Forum on K-12 Education Changes in Deep Gap Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 5

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:30 am
Sen. Dan Soucek will host a panel of education leaders to discuss recent K‐12 legislation and its impact on North Carolinians. The Education Forum will provide constituents with an opportunity to understand the changes and how they will impact education in Watauga County and throughout North Carolina. Read more…
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Christmas Tree Glut Affects Wholesale Operations, Popularity of Local Choose-and-Cut Farms Continues

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:33 am
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Last weekend, vehicles lined Wards Branch Road off of U.S. 321 in Western Watauga as families hiked up the hillside of a nearby farm with a saw in tow to cut down a Christmas tree for the holidays. Unlike other choose-and-cut Christmas tree operations, this farm didn't have the experiential amenities such as the apple cider, hayrides, animal farms and holiday craft shops. These trees also didn't cost any money. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Topic of ‘Letter of Reprimand’ Given To Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges Resurfaces at BOE Meeting

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:23 am
Update: The Watauga County Board of Elections met for routine business on Wednesday evening, during which Kathleen Campbell, the lone Democrat board member, refused to vote in favor of approving past meeting minutes because those minutes, which are prepared by Chair Luke Eggers, do not document for the record a letter of reprimand that was given to 27-year veteran Elections Director Jane Ann Hodges. Read more...
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Water Use Committee Passes Motion Recommending Boone Town Council Let WHS Reserve Expire

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:56 am
The Water Use Committee for the Town of Boone met Tuesday night and passed a motion to recommend that the Boone Town Council let the water reserve at the old, 74-acre Watauga High School site expire. Read more...
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Standing Room Only in Anne Belk Library at ASU for ‘The House of The Spirits’ Teach-In Tuesday Night

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:15 am
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More than 125 parents, community members and students attended “The House of The Spirits” teach-in, hosted by N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti at Appalachian State’s Anne Belk Library, Tuesday evening. The event's purpose was to explore the literary value of the book, which is currently being challenged by a parent of a Watauga High School student, and to look into the importance of book freedom. Speakers included Watauga High School students who read “The House of The Spirits” in Mary-Kent Whitaker’s sophomore English class last year and the parents of some students who are also ASU professors. Read more...
BY MARK S. KENNA
Photo by Mark Kenna

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Photos of ASU Chancellor Kenneth Peacock Being Recognized During Last Football Game of the Season

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:10 am
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Outgoing ASU Chancellor Kenneth Peacock was recognized at the last football game of the season this past Saturday. A video was shown on the big screen featuring numerous students, staff and community members thanking Peacock. Peacock joined the Walker College of Business as a faculty member in 1983 and worked his way up through the ranks to become Appalachian State University's sixth chancellor in 2004. He announced in April that he would retire from the post once a successor was found. Read more…
BY JESSE WOOD
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WAMY Second Annual Winter Gala Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 at Grandfather Community Center

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:01 am
On Saturday, Dec. 7, WAMY Community Action will host their second annual Winter Gala at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Center, part of the Grandfather Campground. The free event will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature a lunch provided by Farm Cafe, a live auction led by Jenny Miller of Blowing Rock and client testimonials. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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For Animals Sake, the High Country’s Animal Retirement Home, Hosts Their Second Annual Tailwagging Tagsale

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm
Saturday, Dec. 7 For Animals Sake brings us their second annual Tailwagging Tagsale. This fundraiser will feature one of a kind items such as antiques, paintings, and fresh baked goods as well as Christmas pictures with Santa Claus. All proceeds go to For Animals Sake's Twilight Inn, their housing facility for retired pets with no other home. Read more...
BY REBECCA MULLINS
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‘The House of the Spirits’ Book Challenge Review Committee Meeting Rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm
The second of two meetings of the appeal committee reviewing the parent challenge of “The House of the Spirits” novel has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Read more...
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Banner Elk Bird Shop ‘WingN’It’ Open Year Round; Becomes Red Caboose Christmas Shop for December

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm
Now open year round for visitors and residents to enjoy, WingN'It bird shop and gift shop has also become "The Little Red Caboose Christmas Shop." "We carry Christmas and holiday decor like linens, candles, wreaths, garden flags and outdoor decorations and a wide selection of holiday ornaments!" said Edi Crosby, owner of the shop. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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20th Annual Hayes School of Music Holiday Scholarship Concert Held Dec. 6 at Schaefer Center at ASU

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm
The Hayes School of Music's 20th annual Holiday Scholarship Concert will be Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. Admission is $10. Ticket sales help support scholarships for students in the Hayes School of Music. Read more...
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WHAT’S GOING ON? Renovations to BREMCO’s Watauga District Office Moving Along, To Add Needed Space for Operations

Published Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm
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Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is moving along with renovations to its district office and operations facility off of U.S. 421 in Watauga County that began in June. If that woolly worm is correct and our winter is milder than normal, construction is expected to end by early summer. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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