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Hi-Lo Adventure Trail Connects Beech Mountain Visitors to Other Parts of Avery and Watauga Counties and Eastern Tennessee

August 27, 2021. The eagerly-anticipated Hi-Lo Adventure Trail in Beech Mountain will add lots of new stops and destinations to the list of things for tourists to do when they come to town. The town officially introduced the driving trail at a merchant expo at the Buckeye Recreation Center on Thursday. The trail features three different driving loops, the 100-mile Mountain 2 Mountain Loop, the 105-mile Lakeside Loop and the 85-mile Tasters Loop. Each driving trail gives visitors a full day’s itinerary of places to stop all while getting to enjoy a beautiful drive through the High Country. The trails will include stops in Watauga County and Avery County as well as Carter County and Johnson County in Tennessee. “Last year we were able to pave Buckeye Creek Road on the backside of Beech Mountain. It also opened an economic corridor to Tennesse on the other side of the mountain. It makes a great partnership and should improve the area for all of us,” said Beech Mountain Mayor Barry Kaufman. By Nathan Ham

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Filing Ends for Candidates Running for Office in November’s Municipal Elections; 23 Candidates File to Run in Watauga County

July 16, 2021. The window for candidates to run for office in this November’s election officially closed at noon today with 23 people running for office in Boone, Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain and Seven Devils. The most hotly contested seats will be in Boone where six people are running for one seat held by Virginia Roseman and three open seats on the town council. Four others are running to complete the unexpired term on the council left after the resignation of former councilperson Dustin Hicks. Nancy LaPlaca, Connie Ulmer and Sam Furgiuele are not seeking re-election. Roseman is the only incumbent seeking re-election to her seat that she holds after being appointed to replace Loretta Clawson. Clawson decided to retire earlier this year on January 31. Todd Carter, Jon Dalton George, Benjamin Ray, Adrian Tait and Eric Woolridge are also running for council seats. In the election to complete the unexpired term, Eric Brown, Christy M. Cook, Rebecca Nenow and Edie Tugman are all running for the open seat. By Nathan Ham

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Beech Mountain’s Mile High Bourbon Society Hosting Bourbon and Bacon Fundraiser July 16

July 14, 2021. The Beech Mountain Bourbon Society invites everyone to come out to its annual Bourbon and Bacon fundraiser this Friday, July 16, starting at 6 p.m. Bourbon and Bacon is a yearly fundraiser of the Beech Mountain Bourbon Society. Beech Mountain Bourbon Society hosts a Premium Tasting Room at the Inn where guests can purchase a $75 ticket of which all proceeds go directly to charity. The room features bourbons that are difficult or impossible to find in North Carolina. The Beech Alpen Inn Restaurant will feature Bourbon and Bacon Tasting tickets of four bourbons from their top shelf. Tickets for this tasting are $40 with $5 going to our charity. Guests in attendance will also be treated to live music from The Sinners outside at Beech Alpen Inn’s gazebo. In case of inclement weather, the music will be moved inside. The Sinners are from Winston-Salem and play a wide variety of music. Bourbons donated by society members for the room include: Elmer T. Lee from Buffalo Trace, Makers Mark 101, Revival made from heirloom Johnny Red Corn from High Wire Distillery out of Charleston, South Carolina, and Heaven Hill 7 Year only found in the state of Kentucky.

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Beech Mountain Town Council Approves Plan to Draw Water from the Watauga River


March 6, 2020 The Beech Mountain Town Council met last Tuesday and unanimously approved a plan that would pull water from the Watauga River to act as a water supply for the town as needed. The discussion came about after the town has been working on putting a plan together in case of drought. The town’s main water supply, Buckeye Lake, has had dips in water levels during dry spells that have forced residents to cut back on water usage during those periods of dry weather. According to interim town manager Bob Pudney, he felt like the meeting went well. “The purpose of the meeting was to bring the town council up to speed on the issues facing the town related to water supply. We touched on everything from various options for water including wells, increasing the dam, purchasing water from somewhere else and purchasing water tankers during drought,” Pudney said. “The perception is that it is a water grab and we were doing this for growth. That’s not the case. It’s not a daily supply for the town, it would be used only in drought. We estimated 60 days out of the year that we would draw water out of the river through this intake.” By Nathan Ham

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Beech Mountain Town Manager Fired After 4-1 Vote from New Town Council

December 11, 2019. Beech Mountain Town Manager Tim Holloman was fired from his position during Tuesday’s town council meeting. “We had a change in our town council and the new council decided to go a different way. They voted 4-1 to dismiss Tim Holloman,” said Kate Gavenus, who is the Director of Tourism and Economic Development for Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert “Bob” Pudney was appointed interim manager by a 5-0 unanimous vote. According to Gavenus, the meeting was recessed until Monday, December 23 at 4 p.m. to continue the rest of the agenda with Pudney serving as the interim town manager. Pudney has been the chief of the Beech Mountain Fire Department for 10 years.  By Nathan Ham

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Beech Mountain’s Summer Concert Series Continues this Friday with Performances from Galactic and The Get Right Band


July 16, 2019. Summer is in full swing at Beech Mountain with round two of the Summer Concert Series happening on Friday night. Galactic will be the featured act with Asheville’s own The Get Right Band opening the show. Gates open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the show. Children five and under get in free. Talia Freeman, the director of marketing at Beech Mountain Resort, was excited about how the first concert went and thinks this week’s show will be excellent as well. “Our June concert was a huge success. We had a strong crowd and our patrons left happy,” said Freeman. “Galactic is a funk-driven jazz band from New Orleans. I know they will create a fun atmosphere.” By Nathan Ham

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Beech Mountain Resort Kicks Off Summer Concert Series This Saturday Headlined By Steep Canyon Rangers


June 11, 2019. The wait is almost over for the start of Beech Mountain Resort’s Summer Concert Series. This Saturday, the Steep Canyon Rangers will take the stage as the headliner for the first show of the summer. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and then the music will get underway at 7 p.m. with Acoustic Syndicate opening the show. Acoustic Syndicate considers themselves to be “newgrass legends” from western North Carolina. They have been playing songs and instrumental jams for 25 years. After a brief intermission at 8 p.m., the Steep Canyon Rangers will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m. and will play until 10 p.m. The Grammy-Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers are from Asheville. In addition to winning a Grammy Award for their album “Nobody Know You,” the group also won the International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year Award. By Nathan Ham

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Fred’s General Mercantile Honored With Special Proclamation by Beech Mountain


February 13, 2019 At Tuesday’s Beech Mountain town council meeting, Fred and Margie Pfohl were surprised with a proclamation celebrating the 40th year of Fred’s General Mercantile in the Beech Mountain community. Fred, who is a committee member for recreation in the town, came to the meeting believing there was an issue involving recreation that was added to the agenda. The event came as a total surprise for the Pfohls. Longtime friend and former employee Jim Brooks was there to speak about the store and its importance to everyone in the community. “It’s been fun following the store from the ground breaking and through the years. We are very lucky that Margie and her family moved here permanently to the vacation home on Pond Creek Road and married Fred,” said Brooks. Fred’s General Mercantile came into fruition after the couple noticed the high cost of food and the limited inventory of items available at the 7-11, which happened to the only store in town. Having to pay those high prices was hard on families, Brooks said. By Nathan Ham

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February Only: W.A.M.Y. Community Action’s Have a Heart Program

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Feb. 19, 2018. During the month of February, help W.A.M.Y have a heart for our community! For only one dollar, you can purchase a heart from one of the participating vendors. Your heart goes right back into supporting your community and helping to break the cycle of poverty in the high country. 

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The Town of Boone Announces St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be Held on March 17

Feb. 12, 2018. “Shamrock floats” take on a new meaning this March, as the Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department presents the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Boone, and be part of a new tradition! Events begin Saturday, March 17, at 2:00 P.M. on King Street in Boone with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will start at the Poplar Grove Extension traveling east on King Street through Boone.

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Appalachian Ski Mtn Hosted USASA Southeastern Series, Last Weekend (Jan. 26- 28)

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Feb. 2, 2018. Last weekend, skiers and snowboarders gathered from as far away as New York state gathered at Appalachian Ski Mountain to brave the elements, and compete in the USASA Southeastern Series boardercross/skiercross weekend. Over the two days, there were 4 races. These competitions serve as the regional qualifier for the USASA National Championships to be held in April at Copper Mtn. Colorado. The Southeastern Series takes their show on the road over the next couple of weeks.

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Library, Senior Centers Offer Free Tax Assistance for 2018 Filing Season

Jan. 19, 2018. The Watauga County Public Library is in its eighth year of offering tax assistance for the 2018 filing season. The library program began in 2011 with Rao Aluri as the Site Coordinator; Tim Dannenfelser, a graduate student in Accounting at Appalachian State University, will be the new Coordinator. The (VITA) Volunteer for Tax Assistance program provides free income tax preparation and free electronic filing for eligible low to moderate-income Watauga County residents. The program operates in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and receives financial support from the Friends of the Library and the IRS.

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Today’s Email Announcements

What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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.

  • Watauga County Public Library Annual Reading Challenge
  • Town Of Boone Sustainability, Economics and Environmental Committee Meeting Agenda, 1/11
  • Amateur Radio License Test Session, 1/27
  • Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce’s All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 1/13

Compiled by Kate Herman

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Thank Your Mentor Day and Mentoring Month Proclamation

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Jan. 8, 2018. January 2018 will mark the 17th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people. National Mentoring Month celebrates the benefits of youth mentoring across the country. Every day in communities across the country, caring adults volunteer their time with mentoring programs to create consistent and supportive relationships to young people.  At its most basic level, mentoring is successful in real life because it guarantees a young people has an adult to turn to and that they have a guiding hand to help them in dealing with day-to-day challenges. At a more complex level, there is a powerful mentoring effect that ultimately makes our communities stronger

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Watauga Medical Center Earns 4-Star Rating for Quality

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Jan. 8, 2018. Watauga Medical Center recently received an above average 4-star rating for its quality of patient care services from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) scores more than 4,000 hospitals across the country using a Hospital Compare rating system ranging from 1 to 5 stars (5 being the best). The CMS ratings are publically available on the Hospital Compare website and are intended to help consumers more easily decide between hospitals in their area.

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Today’s Email Announcements

What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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.

  • Organic Growers School Free Apprenticeship List for WNC
  • Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company, 1/10- 1/20
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Share the Health Fair to Offer Free Screenings and Other Services,  1/13
  • 21st Annual Unity Service at Mabel United Methodist Church,  1/15
  • Opiois Forum Focuses On Employer Role, 1/16
  • BoBfest: Regional Gathering of Amatuer Astronomers, 2/3

Compiled by Kate Herman

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Today’s Email Announcements

What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails 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.

  • Special Olympics Annual Partnership with Boone Police and Publix, 1/13 and 1/20
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center: Share the Health Fair to Offer Free Screenings and Other Services,  1/13 and 1/18
  • Students Should Take FAFSA Verification Process Seriously
  • Meeting Notice for the North Carolina Native Plant Society-Blue Ridge Chapter
  • Town Council Planning Retreat, 1/25
  • The Town of Boone Historic Preservation Commission Meeting, 1/9

Compiled by Kate Herman

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Tickets Available for the Annual Beech Mountain Winterfest Beer Festival, Held on Saturday Jan. 6

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Jan. 3, 2018. On Saturday, Jan. 6, Beech Mountain Resort will host their annual Winterfest Beer Festival, which will feature several North Carolina Craft Breweries and Cideries and will have two live bands. There will be over 50 ales and ciders to taste. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased in advance for $25.  At the door, tickets may be purchased for $30.  Tickets for designated drivers are available for $15.  The festival is a fundraiser for the Beech Mountain Ski Education Foundation. By Kate Herman – Photos by Beech Mountain Resort

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