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Due To Black Ice, Snow on Secondary Roads, No Thursday School for Avery and Watauga Counties, More Snow Days

Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:43 am
Both Watauga County Schools and Avery County Schools cancelled classes for another day this week on Thursday. Like the week of the "polar vortex" in early January, this school week has practically been shot with three days missed so far for both counties. Read more...
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Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Requests People With Flu or Flu-Like Symptoms Avoid Hospitals

Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 9:17 am
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System asks that anyone sick with the flu or flu-like symptoms voluntarily refrain from visiting hospitalized family and friends, as well as those persons at the hospital for an outpatient procedure. Read more... Continue reading

Business Spotlight: Blue Ridge Realty & Investments Comes Full Circle With Renovated Building, New Owners

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm
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Blue Ridge Realty & Investments has come full circle since John Rice founded the company in 1981. In the early ‘80s, Rice opened an office in the same building that Able Body would eventually move into a decade later. Now more than 30 years since Rice began the enterprise, Blue Ridge Realty has since repurchased the property along N.C. 105 in Boone and recently finished renovations to what is now its main office. Read more…
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NC’s Most Famous Groundhog Hails from Beech Mountain, Rescued by Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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He's the Clark Kent of groundhogs - a mild-mannered mammal who leaves a humble mountain life each February to become a rock star in Raleigh. In the state capital he transforms into the alter ego of Sir Walter Wally, a royal rodent with a prognostication track record superior to Punxsutawney Phil and one of the "Top 11 Groundhogs to Watch" as deemed by The Weather Channel. Read more... Continue reading

Watauga County Deeds – Jan. 16 to 22, 2014: 13 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $2,453,500

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm
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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Watauga Commissioners Send Recommended Changes To Boone Regarding ETJ Appointment Language in UDO

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:26 am
As has been an ongoing source of contention between Watauga County and the Town of Boone, the commissioners addressed the issue of ETJ appointments to the Town of Boone’s board of adjustment and planning commission on Tuesday evening. Read more...
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Watauga Commissioners Hear ‘Great News’ on Tax Reval, County Properties Decline .33 Percent Since 2006

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:59 am
The Watauga County Board of Commissioners was pleased to hear from Tax Administrator Larry Warren on Tuesday that property values “essentially [remained] flat” since the last revaluation took place in 2006. The county held off the revaluation as long as legally possible in hopes that property values would rebound from the pits of the Great Recession. Read more...
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Roads, Weather and Cancellations: Secondary Roads Slick After Storm, Wind Chill Advisory in Effect Until 1 p.m.

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:45 am
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As Ray’s Weather Center noted in its forecast this morning, the weather arrived as “advertised” with snow totals in the 1 to 3 inches in the east; six to eight inches on mountaintops; and three to six inches in between. The N.C. Department of Transportation did a wonderful job of the main roads and highways after the recent arctic blast. Secondary roads, however, are still slick, ice and snow covered. Read more…
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Race Results from WEEK 2 of SMARL

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm
The Sugar Mountain Adult Race League (SMARL) held its second race of the season on Jan. 20. Click to check out the results... Continue reading

Watauga, Avery County Schools Cancel School for Wednesday, Jan. 22, Due To Inclement Weather

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm
Watauga County Schools and Avery County Schools have already announced that no school will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Read more...
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Good Chance WCS Holds Saturday School This Week, ACS To Add 30 Minutes To End of School Days

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm
Both Avery County Schools and Watauga County Schools cancelled Tuesday classes in anticipation of the winter storm that was forecasted for Tuesday. A decision for Wednesday is undecided as of Tuesday afternoon. Watauga County Schools has announced that, weather permitting, it will hold school on Saturday, Jan. 24, if it also opens this Friday, Jan. 24. Read more...
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NCDOT Crews Responding to Winter Weather in WNC

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm
N.C. Department of Transportation crews have already started preparing for possible snow and ice accumulation in Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Read more... Continue reading

Golden Corral in Boone Closes For Good, GC Partners President Blames Town’s Signage Regulations

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm
The Golden Corral in Boone recently closed for good. A sign posted on the door Tuesday said “Sorry, We’re Closed. Please visit our nearest locations … Hickory, Wilkesboro, Winston-Salem.” GC Partners operated the Boone location along with several more in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Read more...
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ASU Cancels Classes Beginning at 3:30 p.m. or Later on Tuesday, Wednesday Decision To Come in Morning

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm
ASU classes beginning at 3:30 p.m. or later on Tuesday, Jan. 21, have been cancelled, the university announced early Tuesday afternoon. The announcement mentioned that a decision for Wednesday classes will be announced by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Read more...
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From the Desk of ACS Supt. David Burleson

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm
Winter weather always creates challenges and changes for our schools. As we meet those challenges and work with alterations, we express our sincere appreciation to everyone for their patience and support as we strive to make decisions that promote safety. At this time, we have missed five days due to inclement weather. By using January 17 and February 21 as student days, we will have no more days to make up and will still have 31 hours of "banked" time. Read more... Continue reading

Investigation into Reports of Threats on Howard Street Leads To Arrests in Drug-Related Robbery

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:26 am
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, Boone Police responded to a report of threats at 683 Howard St. Further investigation found that a drug-related robbery had occurred. That evening, Justin Kevin Anderson, 24, and Jason Conley Anderson, 20, both of Boone, were charged with misdemeanor simple assault and misdemeanor communicating threats. Read more... Continue reading

Power Play Prize Multiplier Returns to Powerball, Prize Potential Grows as Ticket Prices Remain Same

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:07 am
A popular Powerball feature is back for those who like to Power Play their tickets. Beginning with the Wednesday, Jan. 22 drawing, adding the $1 Power Play to a ticket gives players the chance to multiply many prize amounts by 2X, 3X, 4X, or 5X – whichever multiplier happens to be drawn. Read more… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan Raises $2M in Fourth Quarter, Ends Quarter With $6.8M on Hand

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:02 am
U.S. Senator Kay Hagan’s campaign today announced that Hagan raised over $2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Hagan ended the quarter with a robust $6.8 million on hand. In the fourth quarter, Hagan’s campaign had over 15,000 individual donors with over 89% contributing low-dollar donations. Read more... Continue reading

Avery, Watauga County Schools Cancelled in Anticipation of Tuesday’s Forecasted Winter Storm

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:10 am
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Both Avery County Schools and Watauga County Schools have cancelled Tuesday classes in anticipation of the winter storm that is forecasted for today. The winter storm warning went into affect at 4 a.m. this morning. Read more…
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Avery County Sheriff’s Office Charges Three Young Males with Kidnapping, Assault of 16-Year-Old

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm
On Jan. 15 at approximately 6:00 p.m., officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Old Toe River Road about an injured man at the caller’s residence. The caller reported the man was in her driveway requesting her to call 911. Responding Officers found a 16-year-old male who reported being assaulted. Read more... Continue reading

Winter Sport Enthusiasts Enjoying Great Holiday Weekend, Resorts Elated With Turnout, Weather

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm
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The weekend of the Martin Luther King Day is one of the four busiest days for the skiing and snowboarding industry in the High Country, and Beech Mountain has had one of the busiest MLK weekends in years. Also, Kim Jochl of Sugar Mountain Resort mentioned that there are some places with so much snow that it is "incredible." Read more…
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23 Apply for the WCS Superintendent Position

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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The application deadline for the Watauga County Schools superintendent was 5 p.m. last Friday, and 23 people applied, according to WCS spokesman Marshall Ashcraft. Read more…
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Snow Tubing Is A Hit at Hawksnest, Seven Devils Resort Packed During MLK Weekend With Perfect Weather

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm
It’s beautiful weather – moderate temperatures and clear skies – for snow tubing at Hawksnest Resort in Seven Devils on Monday, which happens to be a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King. Lenny Cottom, owner of Hawksnest, said business during the holiday weekend has been “really good” with sold-out tubing sessions throughout. See the above HCPress.com video, which was filmed on Sunday and depicts the fun and crowds. Read more…
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Mallatere, Jeffery’s Mom Speak to ABC 20/20 in Eight-Minute Segment on CO Deaths at Best Western in Boone

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm
In a chilling eight-minute segment, ABC 20/20 investigates the carbon monoxide deaths at the Best Western hotel in 2013. It features an interview with Jeannie Williams, the mother of 11-year-old Jeffrey Williams who became the third person to die in Room 225 of the Best Western hotel in Boone during a two-month span last year. Jeannie, 49, recounts seeing Jeffrey alive for the last time before becoming unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning. "My last vision I have of him is just sitting on the edge of the bed and him holding the iPad and playing a game," Williams told ABC's 20/20. Read more...
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Winter Storm Set for Tuesday, Three to Six Inches of Snow Accumulation, Frigid Temps Through Week

Published Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:07 am
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The moderate “sunny and breezy” winter weather on MLK Day will subside as another cold front moves through the Southern Appalachians on Tuesday morning, bringing isolated double-digit snow accumulation “for prime high elevations” along the western escarpment and frigid temperatures to all, according to Ray’s Weather Center’s forecast. See link to Ray's Weather snow forecast map inside for more localized image. Read more...
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Boomer Bytes: New Weekly Column From Mr. Canipe

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm
Meet Steve Canipe, a 68-year-old professor, who just happened to have taught High Country Press publisher Ken Ketchie at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte in the early '70s. You'll be seeing his byline frequently because Steve plans to write a weekly column called “Boomer Bytes” until he runs out of ideas – and he has quite a few of them! Read more…
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Ted Hicks Passes Away at the Age of 59, A Fine Storyteller Himself, Friends Say Ted Never Met a Stranger

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:50 pm
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He never met a stranger. That’s how those who knew him would describe Ted Hicks, 59, who passed away at the Life Care Center in Banner Elk at about 6 a.m. on Friday morning. Ted Hicks had been on dialysis three times a week for the past few years and resided at the center, though he lived nearly all of his life off of Old Mountain Road, located on what is called the backside of Beech Mountain. Read more…
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See NWS Snow Forecast Map, Video Briefing of ‘Clipper System’ To Affect High Country on MLK Weekend

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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Above is a map of the National Weather Service's Blacksburg, Va., office forecasting snow totals expected for the "clipper system" that will affect the High Country during Martin Luther King Weekend. Click inside to watch a video of NWS meteorologists briefing the public on what to expect this weekend. As always, click to  www.raysweather.com/ for the most up-to-date and detailed forecasts of the High Country. See more…
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ASU Presents Rest of 2013-14 Performing Arts Series Schedule

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Jan. 13, 2014. It’s the first day of Appalachian State University’s spring 2014 semester, and with a new semester comes the second half of the 2013-14 Performing Arts Series.

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Final Book Challenge Appeal Filed by WHS Parent

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

By Jesse Wood

Jan. 15, 2014. Chastity Lesesne, the parent challenging “The House of the Spirits” novel taught in a 10th grade honors English class at Watauga High School, has formally filed a final appeal with Watauga County Schools.

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School Board Hears More About Sold Out NC

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

By Jesse Wood

Jan. 14, 2014. In December, the Watauga County Board of Education heard the frustrations of Roman Gabriel, president of Sold Out NC, a youth alcohol and drug abstinence education program that wasn’t invited back to Watauga… Continue reading

Proposed 100′ Cell Tower Riles Up Blowing Rock Residents

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

By Jesse Wood

Jan. 10, 2014. A group of Blowing Rock residents are riled up at the prospect of a 100-foot tower for public safety communications and cellular service being placed atop Green Hill Circle.  

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Mallatere Pleads Not Guilty, Posts $40,000 Bond

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

By Jesse Wood

Jan. 10, 2014. Damon Mallatere, the president of Appalachian Hospitality Management at the time of the carbon monoxide deaths in Room 225 of the Best Western in Boone that occurred several months ago, turned himself in Friday… Continue reading

Foxx Announces Plans To Run for Re-Election

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Jan. 13, 2014. Virginia Foxx today announced her plans to run for re-election in North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District.  

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx

“There is no place I’d rather live and represent in Congress than North Carolina’s Fifth… Continue reading

Fire on the Rock Competition Leaves Blowing Rock

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm

by Madison V. Fisler

Jan. 14, 2014. Many High Country food lovers remember fondly the Fire on the Rock competition that took place last year at the Meadowiew Inn in Blowing Rock, where local chef Sam Ratchford of Boone local… Continue reading

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