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Warm Start to Fall Dulls Leaf Color in High Country, Peak Color Still In Play for Some Areas of BRP

Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:50 am
Oct. 18, 2017 If you are looking for peak fall color, Dr. Howard Neufeld, the “Fall Color Guy” at Appalachian State, suggests heading out to the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend, starting at the Yonahlossee Overlook near Grandfather Mountain and heading north to the Rough Ridge Trail. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Sugar Mountain Resort’s 27th Annual Oktoberfest was a Success Enjoyed by All

Published Monday, October 16, 2017 at 12:40 pm
October 16, 2017. Sugar Mountain Resort held their 27th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration on October 14-15. The celebration took place from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., both days, and was located at The Sugar Mountain Resort. The 27th year of Oktoberfest was said to be the greatest success yet. By Kate Herman / Read more…
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Photos of App State Homecoming Celebration

Published Monday, October 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Oct. 9, 2017. Appalachian State University held its homecoming parade on First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Boone on Friday. Following the parade, App State hosted Apptoberfest and a street party on Howard Street. Fireworks capped the festivities at 10 p.m. Click to see photos from the celebration. Photos by Jan Todd / Read more…
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LETTERS / I’m a ‘Hater’ Because Someone Says I Am.

Published Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm
October 3, 2017 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, ‘The noise and rage about ‘Russian influence’ ignores real Israeli influence in ‘our government’? Israel interferes in American politics all the time, and it’s treated as normal. It’s ironic that in the midst of a media and congressional feeding frenzy on foreign interference in America, the one country in the world that consistently leads Washington by the nose is immune from criticism. Read more...
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Avery A&H Fair in Full Swing, Numerous Festivities Planned Through Saturday: Check Out Pictures

Published Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm
Sep. 7, 2017. The Avery Agricultural and Horticultural Fair is returning to the High Country to bring residents and visitors alike a one-of-a-kind experience with cultural and historical preservation, animals and foods from around the community, rides, games, raffles and so much more during a week long festival of fun and community involvement. The fair continues today until Saturday, so don't miss out on your opportunity to take part in this exciting and unique Avery County experience! By Katie Benfield, Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Valiant Appalachian State losses 31-10 to Georgia

Published Monday, September 4, 2017 at 10:25 am
Sept. 4, 2017.    The Mountaineers' small defensive line was strong early but appeared to wear down, allowing touchdowns on three consecutive drives. Appalachian State, the preseason pick to win the Sun Belt Conference, couldn't dent the Georgia defense until late in the game. Head coach Scott Satterfield remarked about how his Appalachian State team can improve from this game. "There are certainly a lot of things we can correct and fix, we played a lot of young players, started three true freshmen on offense," Satterfield said. "This is their first college game; so to come in this environment, I thought they played well. So we've got a lot to build off of. Georgia has such great depth along their front seven, and they played well up front and their secondary and linebackers did too. Georgia's a really good team. They'll have a great year, so hopefully we will too as we move on." / Read more…
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Peabody’s Beer and Wine to Greet High Country Beer Fest with a Week of Tastings August 22 – 25

Published Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm
Aug. 3, 2017. If you’re a beer or wine lover of the High Country and you haven’t stopped by Peabody’s for one of its weekly tastings, you’re truly missing out. But there’s never been a better time to make your first visit — or return as a Peabody’s regular — than this August. In addition to holding tastings each Tuesday and Saturday this month, Peabody’s Beer & Wine Merchants is gearing up for a week-long series of tastings in celebration of this year’s High Country Beer Fest, which is set for Saturday, August 26 at the High Country Fairgrounds. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…
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Speakeasy Tattoo Hosted Massive Free Tattoo Fundraiser

Published Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11:13 am
Mar. 24, 2017.From March 3-5 Speakeasy Tattoo Company hosted a charity driven three-day weekend including free tattoos, local beer and a whole lot of community fun! By Jess Kleean - Photo Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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High Country Forward Holds Tea and Cookies Event

Published Monday, March 6, 2017 at 12:42 pm
March 6, 2017. One hundred constituents from North Carolina’s 5th District met in Boone at an “Invite Foxx to Tea and Cookies” town hall to discuss education, healthcare, and other pressing national issues without their congresswoman, who was invited but did not attend. Virginia Foxx did speak to the Watauga County GOP at the Watauga County Courthouse immediately before the Tea and Cookies event which was held at F.A.R.M. Cafe just two blocks away in downtown Boone. The event was organized by a newly formed, grassroots civic engagement group, High Country Forward. Photos by Ken Ketchie and Lonnie Webster / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Logan’ A Wonderful Film That Defies A Comic Book Movie

Published Monday, March 6, 2017 at 9:44 am
March 6, 2017 After 17 years, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are saying goodbye to the “X-Men” roles of Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively. And I truly believe that this is it for them. At first I was skeptical. “Even if both characters die, they can do some hocus-pocus resurrection.” “The franchise is non-linear, so they can come back for some in-between films.” Those are both valid theories, but they don’t take into account that “Logan” is such a perfect end note that I don’t see the actors treating it as anything other than a grand finale. The film takes place a while after “Days of Future Past.” Apparently the happy ending of that one was short-lived. Logan (a moniker, though not the given name, of Wolverine) is the last survivor of the X-Men after an unspecified catastrophe caused by an unhinged Xavier years before By Bob Garver / Read more…
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Snow Hits the High Country This Morning, Arrives with the Coldest Day Since Mid-February.

Published Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10:15 am
Mar. 3, 2017.This morning the High Country awoke to another strand of unexpected weather this week. With the chaotic tornado weather on Wednesday, with high winds and intense rain, it's surprising that, at around approximately 7 a.m., the sky released a flurry of snow.By Katie Benfield - Photo Courtesy of Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Feb. 24 – March 1: 31 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,791,500.00

Published Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:36 am
March 2, 2017. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Horton Hotel Developers Held Ceremonial Groundbreaking on Thursday in Downtown Boone

Published Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Feb. 24, 2017. Instead of a ceremonial groundbreaking with shovel in hand, Fulton and Denise Lovin took an ax to an interior wall on Thursday evening to celebrate the beginnings of their renovation of the historic H.W. Horton Building into the Horton Hotel. The Lovins are turning the old building in downtown Boone into a hip and cozy, three-story boutique hotel with an elevator, a cocktail lounge and rooftop deck with a fire pit. By Jesse Wood / Read more…
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Beech Mountain Brings the ’80s to the High Country with Sixth Annual Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend Feb. 23-26

Published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Feb. 21, 2017. It's almost time for one of the most anticipated weekends in the High Country! Beech Mountain will host its annual Totally '80s Retro Ski Weekend starting this Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26. Like each year, the event will take crowds from the High Country and beyond to an earlier, neon-dominated era for the weekend of skiing and entertainment. By Bailey Faulkner - Photos by Ken Ketchie and Beech Mountain Resort / Read more…
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Boone’s Winter Farmers’ Market in Business Through April, Vendors of All Kinds Present

Published Monday, February 20, 2017 at 2:40 pm
Feb. 20, 2017.The Boone Winter Farmers' Market is in season from now through April. Don't miss out on buying these local and fresh foods from vendors throughout the High Country. By Katie Benfield- Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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TApp Room Opens The Annex in Former Klondike Building, Ushers in New Era of Music and Entertainment

Published Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm
Feb. 16, 2017.Good news for TApp Room goers: the local favorite recently hosted the grand opening of The Annex, the restaurant's new entertainment wing housed in the former Klondike building. Rolling with momentum from its new expansion, TApp is looking forward to kicking off a new chapter in Boone's music and entertainment scene. By Bailey Faulkner - Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…
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LETTERS / I Wonder How Much Longer ‘Civilization’ Will Survive

Published Monday, December 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Dec. 12, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, I dread social situations where politics arise. I try to stay silent because ‘consumers’ have assured themselves that they love everything America does, even though they complain about it constantly, and according to polls, have no trust in ‘our government’ or ‘free press’. When the wars, terrorism, corporate/financial industry issues, or environmental issues are explored, it’s obvious to me that America/Israel is the greatest architect of these huge problems. The whole subject is so far from being understood that it can’t easily be addressed in friendly discussion. America’s role in so much going on today should, and could be clear to them. Read more...
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LETTERS / You’re in Prison

Published Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 10:27 am
October 27, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Propaganda can be used to mislead you about why something happened and/or to promote an ongoing agenda. It works well when uninformed viewers aren’t curious. America operates inside a bubble of willful ignorance of its own making. Secrecy is a religion in America. Those who violate its dogma have been punished excessively when they possess little political power or influence. The exoneration of Hillary by the FBI should be sufficient evidence to assure you that in the Empire power is determined by your wealth and your connections. This is one symptom of the cancer that is destroying our country.Read more...
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LETTERS / There’s No Crime America Won’t Commit to Maintain Political, Economic, and Military Domination Wherever Possible

Published Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm
October 3, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, They lied to you about Iraq, Syria and Libya. Do you think maybe they’re lying to you about Russia? The Empire’s military intervention to ‘protect’ civilians in Benghazi was a cover for another ‘regime change’ operation. Today, we’re seeing a dangerous repetition of this pattern: demonizing Russian President Putin, destabilizing the Russian economy and pressing for ‘regime change’ in Moscow. Recently a Russian colonel was found with billions of dollars still shrink wrapped from America’s treasury: Its how the CIA pays for its ‘revolutions’. Just as Bush the second sold Iraq’s imaginary WMD as a danger to Americans and Secretary of State Clinton dishonestly called Gaddafi ‘genocidal’, American officials and pundits are depicting Putin as some new Hitler: Its ‘our government’ maintaining its job security. Read more...
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Photos: Another Great Year for New River Blues Fest, Fans Looking Forward to 2017

Published Monday, September 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm
Sept. 5, 2016. “It’s nice that the artists are so well respected and well received and that people are willing to come to this. We draw people from all over the Southeast, not just the High Country. They come to see the North Carolina mountains and to see real blues that they’re really not going to see anywhere else. When you’re putting on a blues festival in rural Appalachia, people really have to want to come to this thing. They support it and we thank them for it.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…
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LETTERS / The American War Machine Needs To Have An Enemy

Published Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 9:30 am
September 1, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, When the inmates take over the asylum, it’s a clear sign that things are pretty far gone. Corruption has destroyed ‘our’ system, sending the greediest psychopaths into power. The constitution and the founding principles of ‘our’ government have all been tossed aside by ideologues that have been steadily undermining the rule of law. ‘Our’ politicians are a reflection of who we are: Americans are to blame for blindly supporting corrupt politicians, and will have earned whatever consequences follow with our next president. Read more...
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Movie Review: ‘War Dogs’ A Comedy That is Also A Straight Up Crime Story

Published Monday, August 22, 2016 at 9:51 am
wawrdogsAug. 22, 2016 “War Dogs” tells the story of two guys who use underhanded tactics to achieve the American Dream, live large, and destroy themselves. It is based on a real-life incident that has not been brought to screen before, but still seems awfully familiar. The characters themselves love “Scarface” and compare their story to it at every opportunity. It also has a lot in common with those narration-heavy Scorsese mob movies like “Goodfellas” and “Casino” (the latter features Kevin Pollak, who is also in this movie). Speaking of Scorsese, it’s hard not to compare this film to “The Wolf of Wall Street” due to the subject matter and the fact that both movies star Jonah Hill. I also see a lot of recent Best Picture nominee “The Big Short” in this movie because both were directed by filmmakers known primarily for comedic work (frequent Will Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay did “The Big Short, here it’s “The Hangover’s” Todd Phillips), and both are very funny, but both go into darker, more serious, and more challenging territory than we’re used to seeing. By Bob Garver / Read more…
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Photos: Hundreds of People Enjoy the Watauga County Fair, Two Nights Left to Go

Published Friday, August 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Aug. 19, 2016. It features live music, a hot dog eating contests, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, demolition derbies and even a NASCAR racing simulator. The fairgrounds at 748 Roby Greene Road open at 5 p.m. and attendees can stay until 11 p.m. General admission for on-stage entertainment and events around the track is $5 and wristbands are on sale for $15 Friday and Saturday.  By Shannon Cuthrell. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – August 11-17 : 39 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $9,216,000.00

Published Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11:12 am
JAugust 19, 2016. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Boone PD ID’s Individual Found Dead in Oak Street Apartment: 27-Year-Old App State Student

Published Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:33 pm
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at approximately 1:00 pm, the Boone Police Department responded to 196 Oak Street, Unit #10, to check the welfare of the resident of that apartment. Officers located a deceased individual inside the apartment. The deceased has been identified as Daniel Lewis Fritz, 27, of 196 Oak Street. Mr. Fritz was a current Appalachian State University student and lived alone at this address.
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High Country Grizzlies to Sponsor Cody McMahan in NASCAR Truck Race

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 10:18 am
Aug. 17, 2016 IMOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 15, 2016) – Cody McMahan will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut this Wednesday at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200. This will also be the NASCAR debut of the High Country Grizzlies as they will serve as primary sponsor to the No. 10 Chevrolet of Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. By Dave Coulson / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Sausage Party’ Would Recommend To The Right Audience – Boundary Pushing Humor

Published Monday, August 15, 2016 at 10:22 am
sausageAug. 15, 2016 If nothing else, there aren’t a lot of movies like “Sausage Party.” I mean this both in terms of subject matter (grocery items decide they don’t want to be eaten) and tone. It’s basically an R-rated kids’ movie. So much of it is cute and chipper and it’s presented in a silly-looking animation style that screams “kid friendly.” But make no mistake, this is one of the most vulgar animated movies of all time. If you can enjoy that vulgarity, great. If you don’t want to be subjected to vulgarity, or have kids that you don’t want to be subjected to vulgarity, you’d best shop elsewhere. By Bob Garver / Read more…
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Tickets Versus Miami Sold Out

Published Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm
Photo. 2015, by Debbie CarterAug. 2, 2016 BOONE, N.C.  -  Demand for the historic Sept. 17 showdown against the five-time National Champion, Miami (FL), has lived up to the hype.  After just an hour of being open to the general public, all seating inventory available for sale at Kidd Brewer Stadium officially sold out as of Tuesday morning. Fans are still encouraged to experience game day at "The Rock" with single-game tickets still remaining for home games against Old Dominion (Sept. 10), Georgia State (Oct. 1),  Idaho (Oct. 22), Texas State (Nov. 5) and UL Monroe (Nov. 19). / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Jason Bourne’ The Characters Are Uninteresting, The Twists Are Typical

Published Monday, August 1, 2016 at 11:51 am
jasonAug. 1, 2016 “Jason Bourne” gets off on the wrong foot by having a lame title. I guess the idea was to recover from the flop that was “The Bourne Legacy” by promising viewers that Jason Bourne would actually be involved in this one. But what it’s unofficially promising to do is break from the hot streak of the first three “Bourne” movies. Fans of the franchise expect the movies to be titled “The Bourne (something vaguely exciting)” Who cares if people like to make fun of these titles (“The Bourne Colonoscopy”), they’re essential to the way people identify the franchise. Matt Damon is back as Bourne, brought out of hiding after nearly a decade when his hacker friend Nicky (Julia Stiles) digs up some information about the CIA program that turned him into a super-assassin only to erase his memory later. By Bob Garver / Read more…
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Football Fall Camp Report: July 31

Published Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:58 am
2nd-practice-1 July 31, 2016 The music blared, the weather was overcast and the whistles blew on Sunday for the second day of Appalachian State University football fall camp Wednesday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers split up Sunday’s practice much like it did Saturday with a Black and Gold squad, giving the coaches time to look at student-athletes that may not get the reps during a regular two-hour practice. Photo by DCMayo (Appalachian, '83) / Read more…
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App State Football Holds Media Day

Published Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:44 am
FIXE_2016-07-30-10.34.47-600x399.jpg July 30, 2016 Appalachian State University football held its annual media day Saturday morning inside Kidd Brewer Stadium, discussing the 2016 football season. Around 15 media members attended the event where they talked with the likes of Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), Tyson Fernandez (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina), Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes) and other student-athletes. The Mountaineers began the morning with a team photo before position pictures, and then the day ensued with interviews with the media. Head coach Scott Satterfield, co-offensive coordinators Frank Ponce and Shawn Clark, and defensive coordinator, Nate Woody, spoke with the media to end the day.Photos by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – July 21 – 27: 45 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $21,655,500.00

Published Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm
July 28, 2016. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…
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LETTERS / ‘Our Rulers’ Have Perfected Their Methods of Propaganda

Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 9:30 am
July 27, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, ‘Our rulers’ have perfected their methods of propaganda, creating the realities they want, forming whatever truth that will be of the greatest benefit for themselves. Whatever reality they create and circulate is quickly absorbed by ‘consumers’ eager to feed off the TV. TV/school is Mind Control. The Establishment, the corporate world and government have for years told us how and what to think, how to act, who to obey. As George Carlin said: Why do you think they call it Programming? Read more...
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Symphony by the Lake: Photos from This Year’s Event, ‘Music to Your ARTS Desire”

Published Monday, July 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm
July 25, 2016. "I think we had a great event. So far, I've heard nothing but wonderful comments from folks who attended. We probably had about 4,000 people there," said Charles Hardin. "Everything went according to plan and the weather was great. We always have a possibility of rain, you know, but in 29 years of having the event it's never been rained out. It was a little warmer than normal out there, but I think everybody had a great time." By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie and Lonnie Webster. / Read more…
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Movie Review: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Not a Must-See Unless You’re a Big Fan of ‘Star Trek’

Published Monday, July 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm
beyond July 25, 2016 The “Star Trek” franchise turns 50 this year and is celebrating with a new film. “Star Trek Beyond” is a mediocre outing that is memorable for two reasons: it says a heartfelt goodbye to the iconic character of Spock following the 2015 death of Leonard Nimoy; and it is the final “Trek” film to feature Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov following the 27-year-old actor’s death last month. By Bob Garver / Read more…
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