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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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Beautiful Weather Brings Out a Big Crowd for the First Concert of the Season at the Jones House in Downtown Boone

July 12, 2021. Folks gathered around the Jones House last Friday listening to live music, as the Town of Boone kicked off their 28th season of concerts on the lawn with performances by Shay Martin Lovette and City Dirt Trio. “It was great to be back and see all of our friends returning,” said Mark Freed, Director of Cultural Resources for the Town of Boone. Concerts organizer Brandon Holder agreed and said, “It was a long summer last year not being able to do this. Having a concert last Friday, having people come out, seeing people and giving the artists a chance to perform their music again — It felt really nice.” The weekly concert series showcases local and regional acts, with some familiar favorites joined by a few fresh faces. By Harley Nefe

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‘Rufus Day’ at the Horn in the West Happening on Tuesday to Honor Rufus Edmisten


July 12, 2021. “Horn in the West” is welcoming home its alumni cast member and former Board Director, Rufus Edmisten, for its performance on Tuesday, July 13. Edmisten, a Boone native, formerly held the positions of North Carolina Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Deputy Chief Counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee and is a well-known political figure and attorney. The public is invited to join Southern Appalachian Historical Association (SAHA), the nonprofit producer of “Horn in the West,” in celebrating this special occasion. “We are honored to welcome Rufus and hope to have a packed amphitheater as we celebrate his return,” said Billy Ralph Winkler, Board Director and long-time supporter of SAHA. To commemorate the occasion, Carl White from “Life in the Carolinas,” a syndicated television show, will be documenting Edmisten’s trip to Boone and viewing of the performance. The crew is planning to capture an interview with Edmisten as he visits Daniel Boone Native Gardens, and “Horn in the West,” attractions located at the Daniel Boone Park at 591 Horn in the West Drive in Boone.

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F.A.R.M. Cafe Launching ‘Take Us to Ten’ Campaign with Grand Reopening July 16


July 9, 2021. Like many businesses, F.A.R.M. Cafe experienced an uncertain future in 2020 due to Covid restrictions. After closing in March of 2020 to the public, F.A.R.M. Cafe immediately adapted its efforts to continue the mission of feeding those in need by focusing on outreach meals and food access programs in the community. In June, the cafe opened for curbside/to-go meal pickup only and continued that practice until June 1st of 2021 when the dining room reopened for indoor seating. As a thank you to the supportive High Country community, on July 16th, F.A.R.M. Cafe invites all to join us for a celebratory lunch event sponsored by Bruce & Patty Hill. We will have the music of The Never Too Late Bluegrass Band with the first “Buy Boone Lunch,” fundraiser of the year! The Never Too Late Bluegrass band is a seasoned band with decades of experience. Since 2001, its members have released two CD albums and even performed a one hour special on Winston Salem’s PBS. Expect music filled with expert instrumentation and tight vocal harmonies during their performance at F.A.R.M. Cafe.

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Navarette Charged for July 3 Shooting on Boone’s King Street

July 6, 2021. Joseph James Navarette, age 24, of 240 Locklear St., Mount Airy, NC, was arrested and charged with two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in connection with a shooting on downtown Boone’s King Street Saturday, July 3. Navarette is being held in Watauga County Jail under a $1 million secured bond and awaits an August 13 court date in the county. At 10:04 a.m., 911 calls indicated that a male driving a white Toyota pickup was traveling west and “randomly firing from the vehicle,” according to a statement from the Boone Police Department. Boone Patrol Officers immediately responded to the 300 block of West King Street, near the area of First Baptist Church for reported gunfire. By Tim Gardner

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App State to Hold Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic July 1

June 28, 2021. Appalachian State University will host a community COVID-19 vaccine clinic Thursday, July 1, from 9 a.m.– noon in Room 201 (Blue Ridge Ballroom) in Plemmons Student Union (PSU) on the App State campus. Parking will be available in the East Howard Street Lot, behind PSU. The clinic will administer the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for adults ages 18 and older. First and second dose appointments are available. For those who receive a first dose, clinic staff will help schedule your second dose appointment at App State or another location. App State Chancellor Sheri Everts provides a $10 App State Campus Dining gift card to everyone who gets vaccinated at the university’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

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Keith Martin Receives 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award; App Theatre Board Chair Recognized for Civic Contributions

May 27, 2021 The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2021 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award to Boone resident Keith Martin. The honor was announced on May 26 during the annual meeting of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country and awarded to Martin by John Cooper, immediate past chair of the board of trustees. The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals who make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. Since 1979, the award has been bestowed on North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers, those who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community. Martin is the lone recipient from Watauga or Avery Counties. In addition to his work with the Appalachian Theatre, he has contributed time and effort in support of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Hunger and Health Coalition, In/Visible Theatre, Valle Country Fair and the Valle Crucis Conference Center, among many other organizations on the regional, state, national, and international levels.

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Boone Police Forum Happening During Tonight’s Town Council Meeting


March 19, 2019 The Boone Police Department will be holding a special presentation during the town council meeting on Tuesday night at the Boone Town Council Chambers, located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road. The forum will be from 6-8 p.m. and will give residents a chance to hear about information on numerous topics, including ways to be environmentally friendly, enforcement of drug laws, asset forfeiture and community policing. By Nathan Ham

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UPDATE: U.S. Highway 421 Reopens Following Repairs to Natural Gas Line

June 29, 2018. U.S. Highway 421 is now open to traffic after repairs were completed on a leaking natural gas line. A social media post from the Boone Police Department alerted drivers to the road being reopened shortly before 5 p.m. A natural gas leak reported on Thursday evening forced the closure of U.S. Highway 421 at the New River Bridge near Bamboo Road. According to the Boone Police Department on Thursday, the road was expected to be closed “well into tomorrow (Friday).” Detour signs were provided to help motorists navigate around the closed road. By Nathan Ham

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ACC Barnstorming Tour Coming to Boone April 27; Top ACC Seniors to Take on Local All-Star Team


April 2, 2018. For 40 years, the ACC Barnstorming Tour has been a mainstay of fun hoops action in the High Country or somewhere close by. This year, the tour makes a stop at Watauga High School on April 27. While the complete rosters have not been announced yet, the team will have several talented seniors representing the four ACC schools in North Carolina. N.C. State will have a trio of seniors playing, including leading scorer and Charlotte native Al Freeman. Joining him will be forwards Abdul-Malik Abu and Lennard Freeman. UNC will be well represented by Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Aaron Rohlman. Duke standout guard Grayson Allen will be on the team as well. Other team players will come from Wake Forest University. The Demon Deacons list three seniors on their roster: Mitchell Wilbekin, Terrence Thompson and Troy Rike, although no players from Wake Forest have been confirmed on the ACC Barnstorming Tour roster. By Nathan Ham

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Watauga High School Playmakers to Perform ‘Cinderella Enchanted’ April 19-21


April 17, 2018. A long-standing tradition of presenting an annual musical production enters its 30th year for the Watauga High School drama department. This year, the Playmakers will be presenting “Cinderella Enchanted” starting this Thursday, April 19 and lasting through Saturday, April 21. The musical will take place each night at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the school’s front office from now through opening day. Saturday’s showing will also feature an open gala celebrating 30 years of theater at Watauga High School. Those who have performed in the past are invited to attend. The gala will also honor the directors of the show, Sarah Miller and Zach Walker, who were presented with the North Carolina Theater Conference Excellence in Teaching Award. By Nathan Ham

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Mountain View Speedway Fires the Engines this Saturday; Driver Meet and Greet Happening at 10 a.m.


April 12, 2018. This Saturday, April 14, marks the official start of the dirt track racing season at Mountain View Speedway. The green flag will drop for the first race at 3 p.m. Prior to the racing action getting underway, fans are encouraged to come out and meet their favorite drivers from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a special driver meet and greet. Races at the track are always loads of family fun, especially for the children in attendance. This week there will be a bouncy house as well as face painting activities for the kids. A special corn hole contest will take place as well as many other events associated with the season opener. By Nathan Ham

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Author and Mental Health Advocate Kevin Hines to Speak at Boone United Methodist Church April 16


April 12, 2018. Kevin Hines, whose book “Cracked, Not Broken” is featured in the community reading program at the Watauga County Public Library, will be speaking at Boone United Methodist Church on Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Hines is also the subject of the documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” which details his attempt to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Miraculously, Hines survived the 220-foot jump attempt in September of 2000. He is the 36th known person to survive a jump off the bridge. Now his life has changed. Hines has become an author and a motivational speaker and works hard to promote mental health awareness all throughout the country. By Nathan Ham

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STEAM Fun at Playhouse BuildFest  Will Take Place on Saturday April 14th at Watauga High School

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April 9, 2018. The Children’s Playhouse presents Playhouse BuildFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th at Watauga High School. This free event is part of the 2018 North Carolina Science Festival. There will be a “soft open” for kids with special needs from 9 am-10 am before the event opens to the general public at 10. Now in its fifth year, this free community event regular attracts 1200 kids and parents for a day of learning and fun.

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The Schaefer Center Presents “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on April 13-15

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April 6, 2018. The “The Schaefer Center Presents…” performance series, a program of Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, continues its 2017–18 season with a collaborative production of the Tony Award-winning best musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at 7 p.m. on April 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. on April 15 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Appalachian faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff, and $10 for students.

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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.

  • Mayland Community College Courses
  • Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park 2018 Annual Wildflower Walks Free and Open to the Public
  • Public Comment Period on Proposal to Move Confederate Monuments to Close, 4/12
  • Mayland Community College Plant Swap, 4/28
  • Announcing: The First Ever Fundraising Event For Spirit Ride, 5/5
  • Watauga County Public Library, Author Visit Program: “Kirk’s Raiders”, 4/19
  • JAM Day Planned at Blue Ridge Music Center, 5/19
  • Ashe County Marathon Jam, 5/19
  • Caldwell Arts Council Call for Artists for “Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour” to be Held 6/23

Compiled by Kate Herman

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Boone Area Lions Hold Country Breakfast on Saturday April 7 from 7 a.m.- 11 a.m.

April 4, 2018. Where can you get all you can eat country breakfast for only $7?   Eggs, pancakes, bacon and country ham will be on the menu when the Boone Area Lions Club holds its annual Country Breakfast on Saturday, April 7 from 7:00 – 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Boone on King Street. All are invited to eat in or take out. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 and under.

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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.

  • MerleFest Announces 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Finalists
  • Town of Boone Outside Agency Funding Notice
  • Invisible Theatre Pop Up Play, 4/6
  • Mayland Community College Star Party, 4/21

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.

  • Prestigious Full-Tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship Recipients Announced
  • Camp GOTR (Girls on the Run)
  • Watauga County Parks and Rec Pickleball for Seniors
  • High Country Local First Memberships- New!
  • Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company, 4/4- 4/14
  • App State Emergency Siren Test, 4/4
  • Tweetsie Railroad Opening Day, 4/6
  • BRAHM’s Upcoming Events: Gentle Yoga, 4/6
  • Boone Area Lions Hold Country Breakfast, 4/7
  • Watauga Humane Society’s Tour for Life Adoption Event, 4/8
  • BRAHM’s Upcoming Events: Traveling Smithonian through 4/28
  • Spirit Ride’s Kentucky Derby Fundraiser, 5/5
  • Upcoming Sparta Events, Starting in June

Compiled by Kate Herman

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Cycling Enthusiasts Prepare for the Annual High Country Cycling Classic Coming Up April 7-8

March 29, 2018. Even the most avid cyclists will have their skill and endurance tested on the road in the annual High Country Cycling Classic. The date for the two-day event is set for April 7-8. This year’s event features two races, the Cove Creek Road Race on Saturday and the Mountaineer Criterium in downtown Boone on Sunday. The Appalachian State Cycling Team and Boone Area Cyclists, a non-profit organization that promotes cycling in the High Country, helped organize this event. By Nathan Ham

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Watauga Veterans Memorial Construction Begins; Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Set For April 7


March 29, 2018. Groundbreaking for the Watauga County Veteran’s Memorial on King Street started this week with a little over two months until the memorial will be dedicated on July 4. The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (HCCMOAA) still needs your help in completing the fundraising effort for the memorial. The sixth annual Military Officers Association of America Pancake Breakfast will take place on April 7 from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant. Tickets will be available at the door. The proceeds fro this event will go towards the veteran’s memorial. By Nathan Ham

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