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Hayes School of Music Alumni Ensemble Members Nominated for 4 Grammys for Jazz Categories

Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm
Dec. 14 2017. The nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards were recently announced, and three alumni of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music (HSOM) are members of an ensemble nominated for four Grammys in the Jazz and Composing/Arranging categories. Jay Coble ’81 (trumpet), Jack Wilkins ’82 (tenor saxophone) and Matt Vance ’91 (baritone saxophone) are members of Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, an 18-piece jazz ensemble based in Tampa, Florida. The group’s most recent album release is “Whispers on the Wind” / Read more…
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BSG ‘s 4th Winter Warmer Project Has A Collection Event at Appalachian Mountain Brewery Saturday

Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm
Dec. 14 2017. A coat/blanket drive will be held at Appalachian Mountain Brewery on Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 7 p.m. Members of the BSG Board will be at Appalachian Mountain Brewery this Saturday to collect any gently used coats, blankets, boots, hats, gloves …. Anything to keep people warm during the winter. AMB is providing a complementary Christmas “Cheer” to anyone who brings a coat or blanket or donates $10 / Read more…
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Sugar Mountain Ski Resort is Now Hiring for the Winter Season, Full and Part-Time Positions

Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:00 am
Dec. 14, 2017. Jobs are available in the following departments: equipment rentals, ski/snowboard school, ski patrol, lift attendant, parking attendants, ticket cashiers, building maintenance, sports shop clerks, office personnel, group sales, food service, snowmaking, housekeeping, grounds maintenance, and auditing. Employee benefits include: employee ski or ride slope/lift pass, free rental equipment & lessons upon availability, discounts in the Sports Shop & cafeteria, discounts for new and existing Verizon Wireless customers, special rates, discounts and free checking with BB&T @ Work / Read more…
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Giving Back to the High Country – Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Presents a Free “Appalachian Christmas” Concert

Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

Dec. 4, 2017. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music welcomes everyone to come and celebrate the spirit of the holidays for its final concert for 2017 – “An Appalachian Christmas”. This annual free performance has become a favorite tradition for many families here in the High Country. The show will take place on Thursday, December 14th at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Boone at 7:30pm. As Joe Shannon once said, “As MHM closes the door on its current season, in the process, it opens the door for others”. / Read more…
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2018 App State Football Tickets Now On Sale

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 9:48 am
Dec. 13, 2017. The Appalachian State Mountaineers, co-winners of back-to-back Sun Belt Conference titles, will look for another big season when they return to The Rock in 2018. Season tickets for 2018 are currently on sale. Fans can renew their season tickets and Yosef Club (booster club) membership or purchase new seats for the 2018 season, online at during the month of December and throughout the renewal period. Customized renewal packets, as well as club and suite payment forms will be mailed in January. The deadline to renew season tickets for the coming season is April 30, 2018. / Read more…
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Watauga County Schools Closed for Wednesday, Avery Schools on a Two Hour Delay

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 9:32 am
Dec. 13, 2017. Icy road conditions has led the Watauga Country School Weather Team to cancelled classes again for Wednesday. Their statement said, "Due to snow and ice covered roads across our county, there will be no school on Wednesday, December 13th.  Schools in Watauga County will be closed for students, teachers and all 10 month employees.  It will be an Annual Leave Day.  All 11 and 12 month employees may report on a 2 hour delay to ensure safe travels to work. Avery County Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday. This will be the fourth day missed for school for Watauga County. / Read more…
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Virginia “Ginny” Stevens of Blowing Rock Passed Away December 6th

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm
Dec. 12, 2017. Virginia “Ginny” Stevens, a passionate preserver of Blowing Rock history, passed away last Wednesday. Ginny had enormous impact in saving treasures and recording moments that help make Blowing Rock the charming town loved by tourists and locals alike.. By Jan Todd / Read more…
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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – December 12, 2017

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Dec. 12, 2017. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Nov. 23-Dec. 6: 33 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $13,240,000.00

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm
Dec. 12, 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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Movie Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’ A True Story About One of The Worst Movies Ever Made

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10:52 am
Dec. 12, 2017 NOTE: This movie is playing on less than 1,000 screens in the country, so it might not yet be in your area. But its popularity is growing, so be on the lookout for it in the coming weeks. “The Disaster Artist” tells the story of actor and filmmaker Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), a man who overcame adversity to achieve his dream of sharing his gift with the world. That adversity included a poor grasp of the English language, an unsightly appearance, atrocious social skills, a complete lack of knowledge or talent, and an additional layer of insanity. The “gift” that he shared with the world was “The Room,” a 2003 film that has gained cult status as one of the worst movies of all time. By Bob Garver. / Read more…
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Threatening Weather Later Today Has Schools Closed in Watauga and Avery Again Tuesday

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:49 am
Dec. 12, 2017. Threatening weather later today has closed schools in Watauga and Avery again today – this now being the third school day in a row. Watauga County Schools’ Weather Team statement said “Due to a likelihood for snow and ice covered roads in the district for today, schools in Watauga County will be closed for students on Tuesday, December 12th.  It will be an Optional Teacher Workday..” Ray’s Weather is forecasting a couple of inches of snow accumulating throughout the day with a strong cold front that is crossing the region this morning. The National Weather Service has also issued an alert for strong winds and cold temperatures that could put wind chill temperatures below zero tonight. / Read more…
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A Highlight of the Banner Elk Town Council Meeting, New Members Sworn In On Monday

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:44 am

Dec. 12, 2017. Standing with right hands raised and left hands on the Bible, Mike Dunn (left) and Robert Tufts (right) were given the oath of office by Assistant to Town Manager Cheryl Buchanan on December 11.  Dunn and Tufts recently were re-elected to council seats for the Town of Banner Elk.  Mayor Brenda Lyerly is seated to the far left. / Read more…
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Scenes From Weekend Snowstorm at Grandfather Mountain

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:34 am

Dec. 12, 2017. Sharon Glatthorn, who works at Grandfather Mountain, shared her pictures with us of views from the weekend snowstorm at Grandfather Mountain. Her email said " I work on Grandfather Mountain and captured these images yesterday while we were closed. It was beautiful up there." / Read more…
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The Watauga County Clerk of Court Office Wishes Everyone A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:57 am

Dec. 12, 2017. The Clerk and her staff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  The Clerk’s office along with other state and county offices at the courthouse will be closed on Dec. 25, 26, & 27th for the Christmas Holiday and will also be closed New Year’s Day. / Read more…
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The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock Approves Two Grant Requests, Announces New Directors, 2018 Officers

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:45 am
Dec. 12, 2017. At its December 7, 2017 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Village Foundation of Blowing Rock approved two Grant Requests submitted in the fourth quarter of 2017. The first Grant approved will provide continued funding to the Town of Blowing Rock for winter lighting on Main Street and in Memorial Park. Winter lighting in Blowing Rock has become a feature of the winter season and an attraction for visitors. This Grant will permit expansion and enhancement of this winter attraction. The second Grant approved will provide funding to the Blowing Rock Garden Club to enable the club to enter Blowing Rock in the “America in Bloom” competition among small towns in America. / Read more…
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Former Newland Town Clerk Sentenced for Embezzlement by Public Official

Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:40 am
Dec. 12, 2017. A former Newland Town Clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement. On December 11, 2017, Priscilla Ann Trivette of Roan Mountain, TN was sentenced in Avery County Court for one count of Felony Embezzlement by a Public Official. Superior Court Judge Gary M. Gavenus sentenced Trivette to serve between 6 and 17 months in prison. That sentence was suspended by the Court, meaning Trivette will not have active prison or jail time, and she was placed on supervised probation for 24 months (two years). As part of her sentence, Trivette also must pay $5,030.00 in restitution up front, which covers the Town of Newland’s out of pocket insurance deductible. The balance of the missing funds ($20,000.68) was returned to the Town through its insurance policy. / Read more…
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Don’t Wreck the Holidays. Drive Safe and Sober

Published Monday, December 11, 2017 at 9:41 am
Dec. 11, 2017. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you are drunk driving. The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program is partnering with law enforcement across the state during the annual Holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign, which runs now through Jan. 1, removing impaired drivers from roadways. In 2016, 1,442 people were killed in crashes on North Carolina roadways, including 354 alcohol-related deaths. This year so far, there have been 292 deaths resulting from a crash involving an impaired driver. During last year’s Holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign, which ran from December 9 through January 1, there were 893 impaired driving related crashes and 23 alcohol-related fatalities. / Read more…
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Do You Need Health Insurance? This Friday Is Your Last Chance To Get Covered For 2018 With The Affordable Care Act

Published Monday, December 11, 2017 at 9:33 am
Dec. 11, 2017. If you are uninsured, visit now to see if you qualify for lower premiums. More than 80% of people get a discount on their premiums, and most can find health insurance for under $75/month. In fact, 4.5 million Americans can find a plan for $0/month. You won’t know if you qualify unless you shop. Just make sure you do so before the final deadline on December 15th. If you do not get covered now, you may be locked out of health insurance until 2019. / Read more…
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Watauga and Avery County Schools Closed For Classes Today

Published Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:46 am
Dec. 11, 2017. Both Watauga and Avery County schools will be closed today. Watauga schools announcement said “Due to many snow and ice covered roads in the district as well as some overnight refreezing, schools in Watauga County will be closed for students on Monday, December 11th.  It will be an Optional Teacher Workday.  Teachers and Staff may report on a two hour delay if needed to ensure safe travels to work.” Avery County also reported that it would be an optional workday for teachers.. / Read more…
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All High Country Ski Slopes And Hawksnest Tubing Now Open With Great Conditions

Published Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Dec. 9, 2017. All the snow sport resorts were open on Saturday with Appalachian Ski Mtn. and Hawksnest Tubing opening for the first time this season. Beech Mountain opened back up Saturday after being closed for a number of days after their Nov. 24th opening. Sugar Mountain Resort opened back up for skiing on Thursday. Snowmaking temperatures kicked in Wednesday and the resorts have been making snow almost nonstop. With Friday’s snowstorm the resorts were picture perfect postcard beautiful on Saturday and the slopes were full of skiers, snowboarders and tubers. / Read more…
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It’s a Snowy Saturday Morning in the High Country With 4 to 8 Inches of Snow Accumulations, More On The Way

Published Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

Dec. 9, 2017. The High Country woke up to a wintery wonderland Saturday morning with 4 to 8 inches of snow across the area. With temperature in the upper 20s and no wind, it's a perfect day to get out and enjoy the first snowstorm of the season. Back roads are still snow covered, secondary roads are snowy but passable, and the main roads are becoming more clearer as morning traffic picks up. Ray's Weather is reporting another 1 to 2 inches is possible this afternoon and then a northwest wind develops tonight carrying with it another possible 2 inches. Skies clear Sunday but it is going to be cold and windy. . / Read more…
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Sugar Mountain Resort Presents SugarFest Celebration This Weekend With 3 Days of Activities

Published Friday, December 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Dec. 4, 2017. This weekend, December 8 through 10 visit Sugar Mountain Ski Resort for its annual SugarFest celebration. Participants can expect to rub shoulders with Olympians Paul Wylie & Marco Sullivan, test drive this season’s skis & snowboards, view a wintery fireworks show, listen to the Shelby Rae Moore band, and partake in an après ski/snowboard party or the mini snowboard games. An intensive three-day ski clinic shakes campers into physical shape. Lodging deals are abundant. A hot chocolate with whipped cream bar and North Carolina BBQ headline SugarFEAST. And of course, Sugar Mountain Ski Resort features skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, and snowshoeing, Southern Style. / Read more…
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Town of Boone Decides to Cancel Boone Christmas Parade That Was Scheduled for Saturday Morning

Published Friday, December 8, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Dec. 8, 2017. The Town of Boone regrets to inform the public that the 2017 downtown Christmas parade has been cancelled due to inclement weather and impending safety concerns. The latest forecast includes increased snow, freezing temperatures and the potential for dangerous road conditions. While the parade is cancelled, most downtown businesses will still be open, and the Town invites the public to visit the Jones House Cultural and Community Center for free cookies, hot cider, and hot chocolate. The Jones House is decorated for the holidays, including a special spot set up for taking family photographs. / Read more…
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It’s Snowing! School Cancelled, Up to 7 Inches of Snow Expected Through The Weekend

Published Friday, December 8, 2017 at 11:52 am

Dec. 7, 2017. The High Country woke up to snow this morning that is forecast to last through Saturday evening. Secondary roads were snow covered this morning prompting public school officials to cancel schools for today. The Watauga campus of Caldwell Community College also canceled classes for Friday. Ray’s Weather morning forecast is predicting 2” to 5” inches of snow to fall by Friday evening with another couple of inches expected on Saturday. The cold weather is forecast to last for the next week which is welcomed news for the ski areas. Sugar Mountain re-opened their slopes on Thursday, and Beech Mountain and Appalachian Ski Mtn. are to open Saturday. / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Nov. 16-22: 44 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $13,137,000.00

Published Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:28 am
Dec. 8, 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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The Number Of Christmas Tree Choose and Cut Farms Has Been Shrinking The Last Few Years

Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 6:36 pm

Dec. 7, 2017. Over the past couple of years, Diane Cornett Deal has been seeing a number of new customers visiting the choose and cut Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm. This is good news on one hand, but not so good news on the other. Some customers are finding the tree farms they visited in the past are no longer in business. Deal said, “What’s happening is some of the choose and cut farms have closed down, not so much because they’re out of trees, but because the owners are aging out. We’re an aging group of farmers.” / Read more…
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Watauga County Deeds – Nov. 9-15: 38 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8,146,500.00

Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 11:53 am
Dec. 7, 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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LETTERS / County Officials Have Yielded to Unseemly and Undue Influence From Powerful Urban Groups

Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 9:51 am
Dec. 7, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Karen Carter / Dear Editor, At this time, when I am forced to pay this higher property tax bill, as we all know, this despicable, corrupt County has increased our property taxes significantly, even doubling some, in order to pay for these special interests projects that cost the taxpayers more and more for the exclusive benefit of some at the expense of all others.   / Read more…
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Todd Bush Shares His Photograph of Sunday’s Super Full Moon Setting Over Beech Mountain

Published Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm

Dec. 4, 2017. The last Supermoon of 2017 was visible Sunday night thru the Monday morning this week. Here it is setting directly over Beech Mountain’s 5506’ summit (Eastern America’s highest town) seen from just outside Banner Elk, NC Monday morning around 7:30am. A 300mm telephoto lens at f8 for 1/500th of a second was used for this photo. A Supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit during full or new moon. Photo by Todd Bush / Read more…
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Big Win for WYN! Third Annual Festival of Trees Fundraiser Brings In $30,000 in Funds

Published Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Dec. 4, 2017. The Festival of Trees fundraising event for the Western Youth Network, held November 30-December 3 at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, was a huge success, and will have a large impact on youth in need in the High Country.  This was the third year for the event.  “We’re still finalizing numbers, but we’ve tipped $30,000 in funds this year,” said Jenny Koehn, chair of the Festival planning committee. Over 75 trees and wreaths were displayed and auctioned off to festival attendees.  The trees and wreaths were decorated by local businesses and individuals, and packaged with gift certificates, merchandise and treats. / Read more…
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Ensemble Stage Company Presents Sold Out Performances of “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play

Published Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:34 am

Dec. 4, 2017. The Ensemble Stage Company continued its string of sold out shows this weekend with the presentation of “A Christmas Carol” during Banner Elk’s Small Town Christmas celebration. The show was a live staged adaption of the 1930’s radio play that had the stage filled with actors portraying a radio studio full of folks reading their lines into microphones and making sounds and noises from gadgets for sound effects. Attendees had a chance to see and hear how this all-time Christmas classic was performed for a studio audience. / Read more…
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Beech Mountain Kicks Off Its 50th Anniversary Season With A Party at Their Brewery Friday Night

Published Monday, December 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

Dec. 4, 2017. Beech Mountain Ski Resort kicked off its 50th Anniversary Season with live music and the grand re-opening of their Beech Mountain Brewing Company facilities on Friday night, Dec. 1st. The musical group If Birds Could Fly had the brewery grooving as attendees enjoyed craft beers and fun times. It was 50 years ago on December 1st that Beech Mountain Resort first opened for skiing. / Read more…
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App State Walk-On Quarterback Fitch’s Late Touchdown a Cause for Celebration

Published Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

Dec. 4, 2017. It's hard to say what was more improbable: quarterback Curtis Fitch scoring a Senior Day touchdown in his final home game, or Appalachian State running a play from its spread offense without using a shotgun snap. As teammates lifted Fitch above the crowd in a triumphant locker room, head coach Scott Satterfield joyously declared, "We haven't been under center in 20 years!" Appalachian State (8-4 over-all, 7-1 conference) clinched a share of its second straight Sun Belt title with a 63-14 romp past Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, and Fitch capped the scoring with a 2-yard sneak after he took a close-range snap from center Tobias Edge-Campbell. Pushed into the end zone by H-backs Bill Cecil and Collin Reed, Fitch drew an inconsequential penalty flag for spiking the ball. / Read more…
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BOWL BOUND AGAIN: Apps to Face Toledo in 2017 Dollar General Bowl on December 23

Published Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm
Dec. 3, 2017. Appalachian State will play Toledo on December 23 in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) (7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). The game will be nationally televised by ESPN. The matchup of top teams from the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference was announced Sunday as the 2017-18 bowl schedule was unveiled. By Tim Gardner / Read more…
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App State Fan Shots From 63-14 Win On Saturday

Published Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:05 pm
Dec. 3, 2017 Here are fan shots from Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Appalachian State beat UL Lafayette 63 to 15. App State has won half of the Sun Belt Championship. Photos by Debbie Carter. / Read more…
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