• Inside Scoop: Ben & Jerry’s Coming to King Street Once Building Renovation Is Complete

    Monday, February 26, 2018 at 1:50 pm


    Feb. 26, 2018. The old PNC Bank at 671 West King Street is being renovated into a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, according to a company representative. “We do have a new shop opening in Boone, likely late spring or early summer,” said Lindsay Bumps, Public Relations Media Maven for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. “Our local franchisee is working on renovating a historical building to house the new Scoop Shop.” Although the franchisee, Lee Warden, was unavailable for comment, Bill Dixon, principal for Appalachian Architecture, said the former PNC bank would see a return to its old aesthetic from the 1940s. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Boone Welcomes reFresh Your Space to the High Country During Chamber Ribbon Cutting Event

    Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:34 am


    Feb. 23, 2018. Eric Reeves has done a lot of traveling in his years as a flight attendant, but the Appalachian State graduate decided to return back to where it all started and open up his new business, reFresh Your Space. reFresh Your Space specializes in home staging for customers that are trying to sell their properties and need that clean, fresh look to catch a buyer’s attention. The company works with both home owners and real estate companies. Reeves graduated from Appalachian State in 1991 with a degree in advertising. After graduation, he got the opportunity to travel around the world as a flight attendant for United Airlines for 18 years. While he was a flight attendant, Reeves lived in Chicago and attended the Harrington Institute for Interior Design.. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • The Following Courses are Available at Mayland Community College, Open to the Public

    Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Feb. 16, 2018. Are you or a friend looking for a course that will help you improve your business? Perhaps you aresimply looking to learn a new trade or skill. Mayland Community College is offering several course to the public. The starting dates vary per class.  / Read more…



  • The Blowing Rock Chamber Presented Its Awards Luncheon On Tuesday at the Green Park Inn

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 11:53 am

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    Feb. 14, 2018. The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce hosted its 31st Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday at the Green Park Inn. Charles Hardin, president and CEO of the chamber welcomed the packed dining room and gave an overview of chamber news for the past year. The chamber ended 2017 with 519 total members and 28 chamber partners. The luncheon featured award winners and recognitions of chamber members.  / Read more…



  • 2018 Begins With Busy Month of Home Sales; 136 Homes Worth $34.61 Million Sold in January

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 9:17 am

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    Feb. 14, 2018. Rising interest rates didn’t deter home buyers in January, with local Realtors® marking the new year with continued brisk business. The first month of the year – with its traditional snow and wintry weather mix – is usually one of the calmest, but not in 2018. Home buyers remained active in the High Country area, with sales within Ashe, Alleghany and Avery counties the best in more than a decade. There were 136 homes worth $34.61 million sold in January, according to the High County Multiple Listing Service. It records all Realtor® activity in the four-county area. It was the busiest January since at least 2007, when 112 homes worth $29.26 million were sold. It’s a 32 percent increase from last January (103), and a 19.3 percent increase from January 2016 (114).  / Read more…



  • Hobby Lobby to Open Boone Store Early Next Year

    Monday, February 12, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Feb. 12, 2018. Hobby Lobby will open a new store in Boone next January, according to the corporation’s communications coordinator, Bob Miller. The new Hobby Lobby is rumored to take the place of JCPenny and adjacent storefronts in the Boone Mall, according to shop owners familiar with plans. Currently, Hobby Lobby has 28 locations in North Carolina, according to Miller, and opened their 800th store nationwide on Jan. 8. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Announces 2018 Schedule of Events

    Friday, January 19, 2018 at 12:28 pm

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    Jan. 19, 2018. An elk, a Girl Scout, two cougars and a bagpiper walk onto Grandfather Mountain… The punchline? It’s 2018 at the Linville, N.C., nature preserve and attraction. No joke. / Read more…



  • The Williams YMCA of Avery County is a High Country Sports and Fitness Activities Jewel

    Monday, January 8, 2018 at 9:28 am


    Jan. 5, 2018. Something for everyone. Perhaps no other term better personifies the many programs offered at the Williams YMCA of Avery County for people of all ages and any physical fitness level. Since its opening in 2007, the Williams YMCA of Avery County truly has fulfilled its mission statement of: Putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Celebrating the New Year with the High Country’s Bars

    Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    For the adults ages twenty-one and up, the High Country bars are inviting you to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the best. Depending on where you are staying, here is a list of some  of the High Country bar celebrations.

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    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Two More Weekends Left For Tweetsie Christmas: Fridays and Saturdays 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

    Friday, December 22, 2017 at 8:31 am


    Nov. 27, 2017. The High Country’s new holiday tradition is here! Celebrate the joy of the season when Tweetsie Railroad transforms into a winter wonderland for Tweetsie Christmas. On Friday and Saturday evenings from November 24 through December 30, guests can experience countless holiday delights at North Carolina’s first theme park. / Read more…



  • F.A.R.M. Cafe Celebrates the Holidays with Art Unveiling, Tree Decorating, & Volunteer Thanks!

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Dec. 6, 2017. F.A.R.M. Cafe invites everyone to come and celebrate the holidays in a unique F.A.R.M. Cafe style on Friday December 8 at 5 PM.  The celebration will be a thank you for all the volunteers who help to make the Cafe happen.  Everyone is invited to contribute an ornament featuring a food or farm theme to the decoration of the F.A.R.M. Cafe Community Christmas Tree.  In addition, there will be an unveiling of a new Downtown Boone Community Scene above the historic lunch counter where the classic model train will once again come back into operation. / Read more…



  • High Country Impact Fund, Area’s Only Angel Investor Fund, Seeks To Support Local Startups

    Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm

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    Nov. 2, 2017. When Pete Catoe founded ECR Software as a college student at Appalachian State University in the late ‘80s, he could have benefitted from an organization like Startup High Country, which provides seed-stage capital and mentorship to young, high-growth companies. “Certainly. I had an angel investor who basically loaned me $7,000, and I was able to pay off some debts, so I could start my company,” Catoe said. “Absolutely, it would have helped.” By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Ramer Named Senior Director of Public Relations of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

    Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Oct. 30, 2017. Elise Ramer has joined Premier Sotheby’s International Realty as the company’s senior director of public relations. Ramer’s public relations career spans over fifteen years with experience including luxury brands, residential and commercial real estate, and consumer products. “Elise’s strategic public relations background and strong media relationships developed over many years will be an important asset to our company,” said Nicky Lutgert, Vice President of Marketing for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. / Read more…



  • Waterfront Group Celebrates Grand Opening of Eagles Nest Marketplace in Banner Elk With Ribbon Cutting

    Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm

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    Oct. 23, 2017. The Waterfront Group celebrated its grand opening of the Eagles Nest Marketplace on Friday. The event included remarks from elected officials, Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly, U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, N.C. Rep. Josh Dobson and N.C. Sen. Deanna Ballard. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Eagles Nest Marketplace To Celebrate Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting Oct. 20 in Banner Elk

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:19 pm

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    Oct. 19, 2017. The Waterfront Group, owner of The Lodges at Eagles Nest, is celebrating the grand opening of the Eagles Nest Marketplace, formerly known as the Sunrise Shopping Center, on Oct. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. The Eagles Nest Marketplace is located at the base of Beech Mountain Parkway, just on the outskirts of downtown Banner Elk. This shopping center used to house establishments like Zuzda before the Waterfront Group began renovations to the 20,000-square-foot facility. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort Celebrates a Half Century as the Highest Slopes in East

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

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    Oct. 19, 2017. A milestone occurs this winter in the North Carolina mountains. Beech Mountain Resort marks 50 years of skiing on the highest elevation slopes in eastern America. The resort had a new vision for Southern skiing when it debuted in the winter of 1967-68. It was the only North Carolina resort built around an alpine village, and remains that way today. / Read more…



  • Zerbini Family Circus Comes to Boone Wednesday October 18, 6 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 8:15 am

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    October 17, 2017. On Wednesday, October 18, the Zerbini Family Circus will be coming to Boone. They will perform at the High Country Fairgrounds, which is located at 748 Roby Green Road. Adult tickets cost $15.00. Kids ages twelve and under are free, with the purchase of an adult ticket. Additional kids tickets cost $10.00 per kids.There is a limit of two free tickets for kids ages twelve and under, per adult ticket. Tickets are available online or at the door. There will be one showing only. The show starts at 6:00 p.m. By Kate Herman – Photos by Zerbini Family Circus / Read more…



  • Introducing Kristi, of RockFoodies and ‘Chef’s Table’ – Oct. 25: Vidalia

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 11:47 am

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    Oct. 10, 2017 Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Kristi and I am a food writer and author of the blog, triadfoodies.com and the new rockfoodies.com.
    My family and I just moved to the beautiful High Country. We’ve been here exactly 5 weeks. With the exception of four wonderful years at App State, I’ve lived my entire life in the Triad. Over the summer, my husband and I decided to follow our heart and dreams and move to this area. / Read more…



  • The Haunted Horn: The Curse of Wendigo and Daniel Boo Starts This Weekend

    Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:15 am

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    July. 26, 2017. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s We Can So You Can Foundation presents the Curse of Wendigo every Friday and Saturday in October. The event is located at the Horn in the West’s Daniel Boone Amphitheater. There are two events offered: The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo and the Haunted Trail.The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo is open from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The Haunted Trail is open from 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. By Kate Herman – Photos by Appalachian Mountain Brewery / Read more…



  • Art of Oil Relocation: New Location Grand Opening Thursday October 5 From 4:00 to 7:00

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:28 am

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    October 3, 2017. On Thursday The Art of Oil will host their new location grand reopening from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m, and is being provided by the Boone and Blowing Rock Chambers of Commerce. The company was formerly located on King Street, and is now located in the Shops at Shadowline. There will be beer, wine, and tastings of over 60 different oil oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet foods and other gift items. There will be live music, pricing specials, and double stamps on frequent buyer cards. By Kate Herman – Photos by Tammie Jolly / Read more…



  • The Haunted Horn: The Curse of Wendigo and Daniel Boo Starts This Weekend

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:25 am

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    October 6, 2017. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s We Can So You Can Foundation presents the Curse of Wendigo every Friday and Saturday in October. The event is located at the Horn in the West’s Daniel Boone Amphitheater. There are two events offered: The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo and the Haunted Trail.The Kid Friendly Trail/Daniel Boo is open from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The Haunted Trail is open from 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. By Kate Herman – Photos by Appalachian Mountain Brewery / Read more…



  • Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Completes Spruce Model Home in Linville Ridge

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

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    Sept. 27, 2017. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty announces the completion of the Spruce model home, the latest offering in the Cottages at Cranberry Cove within Linville Ridge. At 2,462 square feet, the Spruce features three bedrooms and four bathrooms. / Read more…



  • Rustik by Underwood Open House and Ribbon Cutting Event was Held September 6

    Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

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    July. 26, 2017. On Wednesday September 6, The Avery Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and open house event for Rustik by Underwood from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. Complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers were provided. Toni Gualt won the raffle prize. Rustik by Underwood is located at 65 Orchard lane, Banner Elk N.C. By Kate Herman – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Peabody’s Introduces Exclusive Collaborative Craft Beer Series: Cocktail and Blendiculous

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 11:59 am

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    July. 26, 2017. Peabody’s has collaborated with craft brewers from all over the country in order to produce Peabody’s line of beers: The Blendiculous and the Cocktail series. Offered exclusively at Peabody’s, these beers combine the brewer’s recipe with ideas from Peabody’s.  Peabody’s serves as a pioneer and granddaddy of collaborative beers with various breweries. By Kate Herman – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Bank of America Branch in Banner Elk Closing After Thanksgiving Holiday

    Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Aug. 28, 2017. The Bank of America branch in Banner Elk will permanently close on Nov. 28, 2017. Jennifer Darwin, a regional spokeswoman for Bank of America, said that no other local financial centers will be impacted apart from the recent announcement that the Banner Elk bank was closing. / Read more…



  • ECRS Honored for 3rd Year as Inc. 5000 Company

    Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Aug. 17, 2017. Inc.magazine has released its 36th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Western North Carolina-based retail technology firm, ECRS, joins this impressive list for the third consecutive year. / Read more…



  • Peabody’s Beer and Wine to Greet High Country Beer Fest with a Week of Tastings August 22 – 25

    Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm

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    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…



  • Stonewalls Owners Scott Garland and Tim Heschke Celebrate a Year of Updates at a Local Favorite

    Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9:14 am

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    July 26, 2017. The High Country is filled with staple restaurants that keep visitors and locals coming back year after year. One of those High Country-famous restaurants is Banner Elk’s Stonewalls, which is about to reach its one-year anniversary since Scott Garland and Tim Heschke took over operations last year. Garland, like many who grew up in the area, decided to return to the High Country after 20 years of traveling the country and working in some of the most well-respected positions in the food industry. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Resort Real Estate & Rentals Reaches 35 Years as a Family Business in the High Country

    Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 8:29 am

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    July 27, 2017. It isn’t hard to see that the High Country has grown significantly over the last few decades. New businesses open, buildings are constructed and visitors from around the country make the trip up the mountain each year, but few have seen the High Country evolve quite like “Lil” Jack Anderson and his family at Banner Elk’s Resort Real Estate & Rentals, which just reached its 35th anniversary this May. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Long-Time Employees of Leatherwood Mountains Resort Purchase Premiere Vacation Destination

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    July 20, 2017. Leatherwood Mountains Resort has been purchased by two executive employees of the firm. Leatherwood Mountains Resort is located in Wilkes County and is a premier vacation destination in North Carolina and features a variety of equine activities. / Read more…



  • Village Jewelers Opens Second Location, Celebration in Blowing Rock Planned for Saturday

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm

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    July 19, 2017. Village Jewelers of Boone held a ribbon cutting for its second location in Blowing Rock on Wednesday morning. Located next to Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery, Village Jewelers will host a celebration on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “We’ll have a big celebration, give away a lot of prizes, and hopefully do a little business,” said Charlie Travis, owner of Village Jewelers, adding that there will be special discounts and refreshments, too. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Market Seeks To Expand Outdoor Dining and Change Flow of Traffic in Downtown Lot

    Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

    July 10, 2017. Mountaineer Marketing, Inc., which purchased the property in late 2015, is seeking an amendment to the conditional use permit for the Blowing Rock Market property at 900 Main Street. This permit was originally issued in 2000 for gas station, convenience store and retail market uses. Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Grandview Restaurant to Reach 40 Year Mark on July 2, Hold Week-Long Anniversary Celebration

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 3:14 pm

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    June 28, 2017. When Greg and Debbie Cairns moved to the High Country in the mid-1970s, Foscoe was still largely off the beaten path. If you wanted to stop and grab a bite to eat or warm up with a cup of coffee, you would have had to drive miles to reach the nearest restaurant or diner. But Debbie’s father Don had an idea to fix that. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos courtesy of Debbie Cairns and Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Proper in Downtown Boone Offers the High Country Unique, Casual Wine and Dine Wednesdays

    Monday, June 26, 2017 at 1:32 pm

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    June 26, 2017. It’s common knowledge that the High Country loves its craft beers. While everyone can agree that’s a great thing, those who favor wine may feel left out. That’s why Angela Kelly at Proper in downtown Boone set out to host Wine and Dine Wednesdays each week. “I feel like this area is so craft-beer-driven, and that’s great too — I do enjoy craft beers — but I feel like wine is ignored a little. People are intimidated by it maybe, and I don’t want them to be,” said Angela, owner of Proper. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic of the High Celebrates Expansion of Vet Services in Boone

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

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    June 14, 2017. On Tuesday afternoon, Debi and David Linzey celebrated the grand opening of the Pet Care Clinic of the High Country and their expansion of veterinarian services on N.C. 105 in Boone. Staff, officials and board members with the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and community members attended the ceremony yesterday. Vet staff gave visitors a tour of the new facility. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar to Hold F.A.R.M. Cafe Wine Dinner Fundraiser Monday, June 19

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:43 am

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    June 1, 2017. Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar will offer the High Country a perfect opportunity to enjoy fine dining and wine while helping a great local cause on Monday, June 19. The Boone-favorite “upscale casual restaurant” is holding a dinner and fundraiser in support of its King Street neighbor F.A.R.M. Cafe, a non-profit restaurant that feeds its diners on a “pay-what-you-can” basis. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Inaugural High Country Toast Celebrates Local Food, Drink and Attractions June 23-24

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm

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    June 6, 2017. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and Boone Sunrise Rotary Club have teamed up to host a two-day celebration of the High Country’s most popular restaurants and businesses. The inaugural High Country Toast, a “local showcase of food, drink, and attractions that will entertain visitors and locals alike,” is slated for Friday, June 23 at the Jones House in downtown Boone and Saturday, June 24 at Appalachian Ski Mountain. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Movies in Boone Theaters This Weekend: Wonder Woman, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and More

    Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm


    June 1, 2017. Whether you’re looking for something thrilling, dramatic, heartfelt, funny or all of the above, you’ll find it in Boone theaters this weekend. Get your tickets, grab some popcorn and get comfy at Regal Boone Cinema 7! / Read more…



  • Mast General Store of Boone and Valle Crucis to Host Land Trust Day this Saturday, June 3

    Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:53 am

    June 1, 2017. On Saturday, June 3, the Mast Stores in Boone and Valle Crucis will welcome the Blue Ridge Conservancy (Valle Crucis) and the New River Conservancy (Boone) to the stores in celebration of Land Trust Day. Volunteers will answer questions about the organizations, and will offer information about the benefits of protecting land. Mast will donate 20% of the day’s sales to support conservation efforts. / Read more…



  • Grand Opening at The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop Receives Warm Welcome

    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 4:29 pm

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    May 23, 2017. The wait is over! The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop opened its doors yesterday after months of major renovations and rebranding. Breaking with the past to now house both a restaurant and bottle shop, The Speckled Trout is moving forward with new leadership from brothers William and Eric Brinker and their wives Erica and Emily along with General Manager and “lover of liquids” Foster Ramsey and “all-star” chef Scott Smith. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Movies in Boone Theaters This Weekend: Alien: Covenant, Everything, Everything, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and More

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm


    May. 18, 2017. Whether you’re looking for something thrilling, dramatic, heartfelt, funny or all of the above, you’ll find it in Boone theaters this weekend. Get your tickets, grab some popcorn and get comfy at Regal Boone Cinema 7! / Read more…



  • Fidget Spinners: America’s Newest and Hottest Fad Hits the High Country, Get Yours Today!

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm

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    May 15, 2017. The late ’90s saw Beanie Babies come and go. More recently, Webkinz exploded and quickly receded from national attention. Now, the hottest fad for kids — and many adults — is the newly-famous (or infamous) fidget spinner. If you are a parent of a public school child or someone who likes to keep your hands occupied during day-to-day tasks, you probably already know more than you’d ever like to find out about the ball bearing spinners originally intended to help users with ADHD. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Carolina West Wireless Announces Successful Results in FCC Low Band Spectrum Auction

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

    May 16, 2017. Carolina West Wireless, the premier wireless carrier in western North Carolina, successfully participated in the recent Federal Communication Commission (FCC) incentive spectrum auction and was awarded additional spectrum holdings. / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies to Take on Georgia Firebirds in Rematch at Home this Sunday, May 7

    Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:59 am

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    May. 4, 2017. The High Country Grizzlies (2-3) will return to the Den at the Holmes Convocation Center this Sunday, May 7 to take on the Georgia Firebirds (2-4) in a reprise of the Grizzlies’ season and franchise opener. The Grizzlies and Firebirds squared off on March 18 in Albany when the Grizzlies asserted themselves with a 62-29 victory over the second-year Georgia team. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • What’s Going On: The Speckled Trout Cafe Undergoing Major Renovations in Blowing Rock

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

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    April 19, 2017 Spring has arrived in the High Country, and with it will come green trees, blooming flowers, yearly vacationers and — for Blowing Rock — a fresh take on one of Main Street’s most beloved restaurants, The Speckled Trout Cafe.
    While its new iteration, The Speckled Trout Restaurant & Bottle Shop, will keep fresh mountain trout as its High Country staple, The Speckled Trout is currently undergoing major renovations and rebranding and is refocusing on regional Appalachian food. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Memorial Day Color Blast 5K at Boone Greenway Trail Returns for Fourth Year on May 29

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

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    April 18, 2017. On Memorial Day, May 29th, 2017, Hospitality House AmeriCorps VISTA project Welcome Home Thriftique will host the Mast General Store Color Blast 5K to raise funds, awareness, and support for High Country men, women and children living in poverty. The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 5pm at the Boone Greenway Trail at Clawson Burnley Park. / Read more…



  • Chetola’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K Adds Craft Beer, Tweaks Name and Supports a Local Child in Need

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:01 am

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    April 18, 2017. Combine your love of wine, craft brews and running in the name of a great charity. To date, more than 140 participants have already signed up for Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K (formerly known as the Corkscrew 5K), which returns for its 5th year, Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m., bringing craft beer to the race tables courtesy of the award-winning Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery. / Read more…



  • Movies in Boone Theaters This Weekend: The Fate of the Furious, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Case for Christ (2017) and More

    Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm


    Apr. 13, 2017. Whether you’re looking for something thrilling, dramatic, heartfelt, funny or all of the above, you’ll find it in Boone theaters this weekend. Get your tickets, grab some popcorn and get comfy at Regal Boone Cinema 7! / Read more…



  • Grizzlies Fall Short with 68-21 Loss to Jacksonville Sharks, Look to Bye Week Next Week

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm

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    Apr. 11, 2017. Heading into Sunday with a huge win against the Dayton Wolfpack the previous weekend, the High Country Grizzlies came up short against the undefeated Jacksonville Sharks, conceding the game with a 68-21 loss to the Florida team. The Sharks, seen in the preseason as the frontrunners in the league, asserted their dominance over the Grizzlies, not allowing the High Country team to score until former ASU standout and Grizzlies receiver Malachi Jones completed a 15-yard passing touchdown with 12:45 left in the third quarter. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • Shop at Watauga Habitat for Humanity ReStore in April, Help Unlock Stable Futures for More Families

    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 10:41 am

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    April 6, 2017. One in four households in the U.S. pays more than 30 percent of their income for housing and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing or medical care. In Watauga County, 31.3% of residents live below the poverty level, according to the most recent US Census data. In Watauga County, the Fair Market Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $872. To afford this level of rent and utilities — without paying more than 30% of income on housing — a household must earn $2,907 monthly or $34,880 annually. / Read more…



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