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Boone Birding Festival Flies Into Daniel Boone Native Gardens With Nature Walks and Plant Sale April 26

Published Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm
Spring is finally here, and with April's showers comes the return of the High Country's beautiful feathered friends. Come celebrate the area's unique birds with the inaugural Boone Birding Festival on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. With nature walks, bird exhibits featuring live birds, games for kids, and a plant sale, this avian affair has something for everyone. Read more...
BY NIKKA HRONIS
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Geography Matters: William Dunlap Art Exhibit On Display in ASU’s Turchin Center Until June 7

Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:50 am
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From interactive workshops to exhibitions from artists' private collections, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts gives the High Country access to the works of many talented artists and offers a great artistic addition to our community. This spring, the art continues in the Main Gallery with Geography Matters, an exhibit from artist and former Appalachian State Professor William Dunlap. Read more… By Nikka Hronis - Photo by Ken Ketchie Continue reading

Happy Birthday Shakespeare! High Country Shakespeare Celebration Brings the Bard to the High Country

Published Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm
"O gentlemen, the time of life is short! To spend that shortness basely were too long..." Of course, Shakespeare spent his days anything but basely, and this April the High Country celebrates his 450th birthday with the High Country Shakespeare Celebration. This celebration is made up of a collection of High Country performances and special events organized in honor of Shakespeare's legacy and lifetime of works. Read more...
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Bill Moyers’ Documentary ‘State of Conflict: NC’ Playing at Watauga County Public Library April 3

Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm
In this political film, Emmy award-winning investigative journalist Bill Moyers explores the impact of North Carolina politics steering to the right, answering questions like: What makes North Carolina a battleground state? Who are the influencers in this political world, and why is it sparking civil disobedience in higher and higher numbers? This event takes place April 3 at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.Read more...
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WHS’s 13th Annual ‘Empty Bowls’ Dinner Raises Funds For Hunger And Health Coalition March 29

Published Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm
On Saturday, March 29, Watauga High School will host the 13th annual Empty Bowls dinner to raise money for the Hunger and Health Coalition. Patrons of this student-run fundraiser can purchase a uniquely designed handmade ceramic bowl filled with locally made soup and bread for a minimum $15 donation. Bowls are created by students and local potters and guests may keep them as a reminder of the hunger and empty bowls in our community and the world. All proceeds benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition and their ongoing effort to relieve hunger and poverty in the area. This year's event also features live music and a silent auction. Read more...
BY NIKKA HRONIS
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Professor and Filmmaker Joe Murphy to be Honored March 28-29 With Documentary Screenings

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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Appalachian State University professor Joe Murphy will be honored on Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29 with screenings of his work during his 39 year career at Appalachian State. This great stretch of teaching will come to a close with his retirement at the conclusion of this semester. Murphy came to Appalachian in 1975 to teach audio and video production and documentary film, and shortly thereafter began making his own documentary films. Read more… by Nikka Hronis Continue reading

Heritage Hall Theatre in Mountain City Presents Classical Violinist Amanda Gentile Saturday, March 22

Published Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:11 pm
Heritage Hall Theater, located in Mountain City, Tenn. has already begun its 2014 season of theater, music and more, and looks forward to continuing with spectacular entertainment at affordable prices for the community. Next up, Appalachian State University graduate student Amanda Gentile will perform on violin with a string ensemble on Saturday, March 22. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Boone Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Spelling Bee for Grown-Ups Promoting High Country Education

Published Monday, March 17, 2014 at 11:46 am
Come out to the Boone Chamber of Commerce Grown-Up Spelling Bee on March 18 and spell your way to victory! Whether you're still trying to redeem yourself from that fated childhood spelling bee or you just want to compete with or cheer for friends, the Grown-Up Spelling Bee is the place to bee this March. Sponsored by Yadkin Bank, the bee will present awards and prizes to its most creative and talented spellers. You won't want to miss this fun community event! Read more...
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March is Red Cross Month, Recognizing Everyday Heroes in the High Country and Across the Nation

Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm
Move over March Madness, March is Red Cross Month. Recognizing and celebrating heroes of the Red Cross who reach out to serve in their communities, Red Cross Month is an annual proclamation that began in 1943 with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Continuing today, 70 years later, Red Cross Month celebrates folks who sign up to be volunteers, but end up being heroes. From disaster relief to CPR training, no hero goes unappreciated. Read more...
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Come Be Awakened: Appalachian’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series Continues This Spring

Published Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm
This spring Appalachian State welcomes writers of various genres to share their work as part of ASU's Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. Writers featured time around include emerging poet, editor and publisher, Gina Meyers; poet and essayist, Bruce Weigl; poet essayist and novelist, Judith Ortiz Cofer; and poet and essayist, Richard Hague. Come out and experience these writers as they help connect us to each other and to ourselves. Read more...
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Appalachian State University’s Glee Club Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary with a Reunion Concert Feb. 15

Published Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:30 am
This Saturday, Feb. 15, join Appalachian State's Glee Club in celebrating their 50th Anniversary Concert at Broyhill Music Center's Rosen Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Read more...
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Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks To Piedmont Celebrates National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Feb 7 and 8

Published Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm
To honor the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts of the USA and councils across the country will celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend this Friday through Sunday, February 7-9. Representing the High Country, troops from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) will be out in the community operating cookie booths this weekend. Read more...
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Save Money and Energy With Blue Ridge Electric’s Free Energy Awareness and Conservation Program

Published Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. has partnered with power awareness program MyUsage.com to offer a free, energy conscious service designed to help customers save money and the environment, while promoting energy conservation. Blue Ridge Electric members can monitor energy usage online or or via the MyUsage App to start taking control of utility bills today.Read more...
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Local Business ‘Pennies Making Change’ Honors Ted Mackorell with Proceeds Benefiting Cancer Research

Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm
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In November of 2013, siblings and Boone natives Andrew, 25, and Ashley Mackorell, 22, started Pennies Making Change, a business turning everyday pennies into jewelry with a meaning and uniting purpose. The business was started in honor of their late father and beloved member of the community, Ted Mackorell, who once owned Makoto's Japanese Steakhouse and passed away in 2005 from brain cancer. Pennies Making Change donates 20 percent of all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Read more… By Nikka Hronis - Photo by Ken Ketchie Continue reading

Todd Bush Scenic Photography Exhibit Open in Linville’s Dickson Gallery of Cannon Hospital until March 1, 2014.

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm
A new photography exhibit opened to the public in Linville this week, featuring photographer Todd Bush. A High Country local, Bush runs a commercial photography studio with his wife in Banner Elk, and has had his work published everywhere from book covers to magazines. Bush's photography showcases the beautiful elements of the natural world that he hopes will inspire people to get out and enjoy the beauty of the High Country. Read more...
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Hip-Hop Collaborative Free the Optimus Opens Ears and Minds at Boone Saloon Jan. 30 as Part of Just Bust Tour

Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:30 am
Hip-hop collaborative “Free The Optimus,” will make a stop in Boone on Thursday, Jan. 30. Performing at Boone Saloon, Free The Optimus will be joined by A-plus of Souls of Mischief, C. Shreve the Professor, Quanstar & Evaready Raw, with an opening act from Greensboro MC, C. Pitt. Through their music Free The Optimus urges listeners to think outside of the box and to not be restricted by the status quo. Read more...
BY NIKKA HRONIS
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Freezing Temperatures Return to the Area; Know the Dangers of Frozen Pipes and How to Prevent Them

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm
When taking on this polar weather, it is important to remember to take proper measures to keep your home safe. Freezing temperatures can put pipes at risk of freezing and bursting, leading to costly, unwanted water damage. Learn a few tips from the experts on keeping pipes from freezing so you can enjoy the winter weather without incident. Read more...
BY NIKKA HRONIS
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Girl Scouts Carolina Peaks to Piedmont Bring Everyone’s Favorite Cookies to The High Country Jan. 14- March 2

Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:15 am
It's that time again! Girl Scouts Carolina Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) began their yearly cookie sales in the High Country on Wednesday, Jan. 14.GSCP2P will be out in the community selling cookies at Boone United Methodist Church on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 a.m. To purchase cookies in your area, contact a Girl Scout in your community, or use the cookie booth locator at www.girlscoutsp2p.org to find the closest cookie booth from Jan. 24 – March 2.Read more...
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