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The Inaugural Mountaineer Mud Run Scheduled for September 14 at the High Country Fairgrounds

Published Friday, August 30, 2013 at 9:20 am
Aug. 30, 2013. On Sept. 14, 2013, the High Country Fairgrounds will play host to the Mountaineer Mud Run in its first ever year in the High Country. The run will be a demanding physical effort for all participants, individual or in teams, to race through more than three miles of muddy terrain, featuring climbing obstacles, rivers, mud pits and much more. Read more...
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Possible Scam Alert: End Zone Athletics

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:15 am
WCSAug. 21, 2013. A company called End Zone Athletics has been soliciting local businesses saying they are securing sponsors for Hardin Park School.  There is no relationship whatsoever between this company and the school and these… Continue reading

BREMCO 2.5 Percent Rate Increase

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

Aug. 22, 2013. Rising wholesale power costs are driving the need for an overall 2.5 percent rate adjustment recently approved after thorough study by the board of directors for Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.

BremcoBeginning in October, the typical… Continue reading

DA Jerry Wilson Announces He Will Not Seek Re-eclection

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:09 am

By Jesse Wood

Aug. 2, 2013. In a release on Friday, District Attorney Jerry Wilson officially announced that he is retiring once his present term ends at the end of 2014. In the same release, he offered his endorsement… Continue reading

Fox News Video Segment on Ashe County

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

By Jesse Wood

Aug. 15, 2013. Fox News ran a video segment titled “The Great Food Stamp Binge” that focused on Ashe County on Aug. 9. The video begins in a convenience store in Columbus, Ohio, where undercover investigators… Continue reading

Property for Ambitious Indoor Water Park No Longer Under Contract

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

Photo by Jesse Wood

By Jesse Wood

Aug. 14, 2013. The ambitious Middle Fork Falls Resort planned to be wedged in between Tweetsie Railroad and Mystery Hill hasn’t moved along as scheduled.

Last fall, the 42-acre property that is located off… Continue reading

Real Estate ‘Sales Strong, Median Sold Price Increases’

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:53 am


Aug. 21, 2013. Local real estate sales surpassed 120 for the second straight month in July, with median sale prices increasing slightly, according to the latest report by the High Country Association of Realtors.

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Tickets Still Available for Banff Film Festival

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

by Madison V. Fisler

Aug. 20, 2013. The 2013-14 Appalachian State University Performing Arts Series begins with the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which will run from Sept. 20-21. This two-day event is a stop on the yearly tour of… Continue reading

Universities Grappling with Budget Cuts

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:37 am

By Jesse Wood

asu logoAug. 22, 2013. Carolina Public Press, the state’s first online nonprofit news organization “devoted to original, enterprise-level, investigative journalism in the public interest,” is publishing a series of articles about universities in Western North Carolinagrappling… Continue reading

Boone Mayor Voices ‘Dismay’ Over Watauga Elections Meeting

Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

By Jesse Wood

Aug. 15, 2013. In a letter dated Aug. 14, Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson wrote to Joshua Howard, chairman of the State Board of Elections, stating her “dismay” over the actions taken at the Watauga County Board of… Continue reading

NC’s Unemployment Rate Up This Month, Down For Year Overall

Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:27 am


Aug. 19, 2013. The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 8.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate declined to 7.4 percent from June’s 7.6 percent.

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Groovy Nights: Check Out the Videos Here

Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

by Madison V. Fisler

Aug. 16, 2013. Tina Turner, LMFAO, The Jackson Five and more were spotted in Blowing Rock! No, its not a Hollywood throwback, it’s Groovy Nights at Blowing Rock Country Club. 

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New River Blues Festival Offers Live Music CD for Guests

Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

by Madison V. Fisler

Aug. 19, 2013. This year will mark the 11th year of the New River Blues Festival, held on Sept. 1 at the River House Inn in beautiful scenic Grassy Creek. Over the past decade, a… Continue reading

Beech Mountain Hosts 11th Annual Mile High Kite Festival

Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

Aug. 19, 2013. It’s easy as pie to fly a kite a mile high this Labor Day weekend on Beech Mountain. All you need is a couple hundred feet of string.

The 11th Annual Mile High Kite Festival takes place… Continue reading

Watauga County Humane Society Hosts the Inaugural 4 Paws Country Fair and Music Jamboree Saturday, Aug 3

Published Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Aug 1, 2013. The inaugural 4 Paws Country Fair and Music Jamboree will be held on Aug. 3, 2013 at the Watauga Humane Society. Just like with all of their previous fundraisers, all funds raised during the event will benefit the animals who reside at the Adoption Center and the many programs sponsored by the Society. Read more...
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Beech Mountain’s Bikes, Brews n’ Views Expanded into a Weekend-Long Festival Starting Friday, July 19

Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm
July 19, 2013. The third annual Bikes, Brews 'n' Views festival at Beech Mountain Resort is expanding into a three-day weekend of events in 2013. The beer festival remains the centerpiece of the activities and takes place on Saturday, July 20, in conjunction with a dual slalom mountain bike competition. Read more...
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‘The 39 Steps’ Opens July 17 and is a Visually Engaging and Comedic Play, Shines with a Small Cast of Four

Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm
July 17, 2013. Starting July 17, residents of the the High Country can enjoy John Buchan's “The 39 Steps” at Hayes Auditorium in Banner Elk. The slapstick comedy is part of Lees McRae Summer Theatre, is directed by Janet Speer and holds a cast of four top-notch actors and actresses. Read more...
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North Carolina Blackberry Festival Promises Good Times with Vendors, Contests, Music and More

Published Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:15 am
July 12, 2013. The mountains of North Carolina have always provided plenty of blackberries for the pickin’. As a result, locals have passed down recipes for blackberry dishes like cobbler for generations, and this year’s 12th annual Blackberry Festival Saturday, July 13, perpetuates the tradition of pickin’ berries by honoring blackberry cobbler in a huge way. Read more...
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Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest ‘n Sugar Grove July 12-13 to Honor the Late, Great Musician

Published Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:00 am
July 12, 2013. Doc Watson, who always called himself "just one of the people" and his wife Rosa Lee Watson, will be forever remembered in the hearts of High Country locals and fans of quality music everywhere. His unique style of guitar, distinctive voice and beloved demeanor made him an icon of this area. Read more...
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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Continue After Dark into the Evening on Thursday, July 11

Published Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm
July 11, 2013. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Highlands of Scotland firsthand through traditional music, food and activities. But what some might not realize is that when the sun goes down, the fun is only beginning. Read more...
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Lees-McRae Summer Theatre presents ‘Chicago’, ‘The 39 Steps’ and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Published Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm
July 9, 2013. Three fantastic performances are scheduled for July 1 – August 10 as a part of Lees Mcrae Summer Theatre. There are plenty of chances to enjoy the thrills of Broadway in your own backyard. This year’s productions are "Chicago", "The 39 Steps", and "Singin’ In The Rain". Read more...
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Ensemble Stage Presents ‘Mindgame’ Saturday, July 6, a Gripping and Suspenseful Psychological Thriller

Published Friday, July 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm
July 5, 2013. “Mindgame”, is a show where nothing is as it seems. The play opens at Ensemble Stage in Blowing Rock Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. and runs everyday except Wednesday and Thursday until Sunday, July 14. Prices for Ensemble Stage productions are $19 for adults, $17 for students, seniors and military and $10 for children under 16. Read more...
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The Band Perry Headlines the Outdoor Fireworks Concert on July 6; Tickets on Sale Now

Published Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:30 am
July 5, 2013. An Appalachian Summer Festival will kick off its 29th season with an Outdoor Fireworks Concert featuring The Band Perry on July 6 at Appalachian State University's Kidd Brewer Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m. Read more...
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West Jefferson’s 27th Annual Christmas in July Festival Celebrates Old and New Traditions

Published Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 8:00 am
July 5, 2013. On July 5-6, downtown West Jefferson’s not-so-conventional Christmas in July Festival celebrates its 27th year with old-fashioned past-times as well as budding traditions. Along with the usual Civil War reenactment, vendor booths, live music, crafts and food, this year’s festival will kick off with its first Giant Puppet Parade on Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. Read more...
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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

Published Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm
July 2, 2013. 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. 1) Avery Chamber AfterHours 2) Yoga with a View 3) Love Canon 4) Ribbon Cutting and Open House 4) Elkland Arts Center Parade 5) Concert at Watauga County Library 7) Bare Bones Boutique 8) Banner House Museum 9) Baha'i Devotional Meeting and more! Read more...
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Scenic Ski Lift Rides at Sugar Mountain Resort Start on July 4 and Continue Through the Summer

Published Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 9:15 am
July 2, 2013. Sugar Mountain Resort isn't just for winter fun. Beginning on July 4, Sugar Mountain Resort will be offering scenic rides on their ski lift for visitors to enjoy. Rides run from 10 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Independence Day through Sept. 1. Read more...
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Watauga County Board of Commissioners July 2 Meeting Cancelled, Meets Next on Tuesday, July 16

Published Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm
July 1, 2013. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning meeting is cancelled. The board is scheduled to meet next on Tuesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 828-265-8000. Read more...
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Concerts at the Jones House to Feature Soul Benefactor and the Native Sons Band on July 5 at 5 p.m.

Published Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm
July 1, 2013. Soul Benefactor and Native Sons Band play the Jones House on Friday, July 5, continuing the Town of Boone's Concerts at the Jones House series, starting at 5 p.m. rain or shine. "Regardless of the weather, it will be a festive evening in downtown Boone," said Cultural Resources coordinator Mark Freed. "It is a First Friday Art Crawl night, Soul Benefactor will be playing an extra long set, and longtime rockers The Native Sons reunite for some classic rock n' roll." Read more...
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Blowing Rock Police Brief Sheet: Holiday Traffic Info, Town Employee Bitten By Dog, Other Incidents

Published Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm
July 1, 2013. Courtesy of the Blowing Rock Police Department, here is the weekly "Brief Sheet," compiled by Capt. Aaron Miller on Monday, July 1. Read more...
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NC’s Top 5 Percent Tell Lawmakers: Keep The Tax Cut For More Pressing Needs, We’re Doing Just Fine

Published Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm
July 1, 2013. Two dozen taxpayers in the top 5 percent have united to let Governor McCrory and lawmakers know that they don’t need a tax cut, and the state instead should adequately fund critical investments like public education, community colleges, universities, and economic and natural resources. Read more...
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YTD Rainfall Above Average at Grandfather Mountain, Nearly 41 Inches of Rain Falls So Far During 2013

Published Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm
July 1, 2013. The year-to-date measurement of liquid precipitation at Grandfather Mountain is 40.63 inches of rain, which is 8.6 inches (or 27 percent) above the norm for this time of year. Although the total for the year is above average, the June measurement came in just below the monthly average. Read more...
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Blowing Rock Chamber’s 51st Season of Art in the Park Continues on Saturday, July 13

Published Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm
July 1, 2013. Art in the Park has been a High Country tradition since its inception in 1962. Featuring 90 local artists, the showcase on July 13 is agreat opportunity to support our area’s artists by browsing the rows of booths featuring handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, photography, paintings and more. Read more...
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Avery County Sheriff’s Office Finds Two Meth Labs, Charges Woman With Using Stolen Credit Cards

Published Monday, July 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm
July 1, 2013. Officers of the Avery County Sheriff’s Office assisted by an officer of the Newland Police Department responded to the area and located Johnny Hughes, 52, and Patricia Clark, 39, of Banner Elk Highway. Read more...
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