• New Work by Acclaimed American Artist William Dunlap Featured by The Art Cellar Gallery

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    July 26, 2017.On August 13 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will feature the work of William Dunlap for their “Cocktails and Tall Tales” event. Dunlap is a former professor of Appalachian State University, and is a well-known acclaimed American Artist. / Read more…



  • WCS Operating on Normal Schedule During Eclipse

    Aug. 3, 2017. Watauga County Schools will operate on a regular schedule with regular bus routes Aug. 21. Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said students would have an opportunity to study and experience the upcoming solar eclipse during the school day. “We considered all the options, and feel the best choice is to stay the course with a full day schedule and give as many students as possible the opportunity to safely view the partial eclipse with teachers and safe viewing glasses,” Elliott said. / Read more…



  • Brian Bettis Named Principal at Bethel School

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    Aug. 1, 2017. During a special called meeting July 31, The Watauga County Board of Education approved the appointment of Brian Bettis as the new principal at Bethel School. Bettis was recommended to the board after a rigorous interview by a committee of 23 Bethel parents, teachers and school staff, as well as board of education members and central office staff. / Read more…



  • New Book Celebrates 10th Anniversary of ASU Football’s Historic Win over Michigan

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    July 6, 2017. The first day of September this year will mark a decade since the game that is often called the “greatest upset in college football history.” If you were around to see the game back in 2007 or if you want to learn more about the lopsided matchup that solidified Mountaineer football and dealt a major blow to a giant of the sport, there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion than with David J. Marmins’ and Steven K. Feit’s new book Appalachian State Silences the Big House: Behind the Greatest Upset in College Football History. Marmins and Feit — a civil litigation partner in Atlanta and an award-winning college sportswriter, respectively — focus their work on revealing what went on behind the scenes during ASU’s preparations for its huge season opener in Ann Arbor that year. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo courtesy of David Marmins / Read more…



  • Pack-the-Bus Initiative Coming to Blowing Rock to Raise Money for Watauga County School Children School Supplies

    June. 28, 2017. Boone Parades 5th Annual Back 2 School Festival still seeking $12,000 in sponsorships to buy school supplest for Watauga County kids. – Photo Courtesy of the Kendra Sink / Read more…



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

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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…



  • Watauga Amateur Radio Club Invites Public to Field Day 2017 June 24-25 in Blowing Rock

    Jun. 15, 2017. The Watauga Amateur Radio Club invites the public to join in for the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day 2017 on June 24 and 25. Participants will connect with other stations for the nationwide event that simulates a response to a local or national emergency. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • How State Budget Proposals Treat NC Colleges

    June 15, 2017. North Carolina’s higher education institutes, including those in the western part of the state, have had few major surprises during this year’s budget negotiations. Both legislative chambers opted largely to keep funding at existing levels while also covering enrollment growth, an important funding piece that allows campuses to hire enough staff and faculty to accommodate growing student classes. by Sarah Ovaska-Few / Carolina Public Press / Read more…



  • School Board Appoints Childers to Fill Vacancy

    June 13, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint former Watauga High School educator Dr. Gary Childers to fill a vacancy left on the board after the departure of member Barbara Kinsey last month. Childers will serve until the next election cycle in 2018. / Read more…



  • Photos of WHS’s Graduation and This Year’s Valedictorian, Salutatorian & Presidents

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    June 6, 2017. See photos of Watauga High School’s graduation at the Holmes Convocation Center this past Saturday. Photos below that are set in the WHS gymnasium were from an earlier capping ceremony. / Read more…



  • Rubi Estrada Becomes First Avery High Student To Earn Roan Scholars Award at ETSU

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    June 6, 2017. A recent graduate, Iris Rubi Estrada Romero is the first Avery High School student to earn the Roan Scholar award since the inception of the scholarship at East Tennessee State University in 1997. Nearly 100 stellar students in more than 60 high schools were nominated, but Roan Steering Committee only selected eight students as its Class of 2021 for its Roan Scholars Leadership Program. / Read more…



  • Lego Competition to Raise Money for Watauga Humane Society This Saturday, June 3

    June. 1, 2017. Kids, adults and all other Lego lovers of the High Country take notice — the annual Boone Brick Building Contest will return to the Boone Mall this Saturday, June 3 to showcase local Lego talent and craftsmanship. The event will bring together novice to advanced Lego builders to raise funds for the Watauga Humane Society. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



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

    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…



  • Watauga County Schools Announces New Program Offerings, Expanding Options for Coming Year

    May 23, 2017. Watauga County Schools has announced plans to expand its arts, agriculture and academically gifted program offerings in the coming school year. The system is also expanding options for students currently enrolled in home school, or those who live out of county, to attend Watauga County Schools. Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said the expanded offerings were part of an effort to increase options and choices for students in Watauga County. / Read more…



  • Watauga School Board Seeks Applications by May 31 From Resident Citizens for Vacant Seat

    May 16, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Education is seeking a resident citizen of Watauga County for appointment to a vacant seat on the school board. Earlier this month, Barbara Kinsey resigned, citing – in a letter to school board Chair Ron Henries – health problems and a relocation closer to family. / Read more…



  • De La Cruz Farms to Hold Third Annual Fundraising Event in Deep Gap May 20

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    May 9, 2017. Since welcoming its first participants in September 2014, de la Cruz Farms has opened its gates to nearly 200 individuals for what has been life-changing experiences for most. Providing a variety of positive, interactive (farm) experiences for children and families who are dealing with difficult life circumstances and/or challenging needs, the nonprofit organization is located in the heart of the Deep Gap community, owned and operated by Jeff and Bencita Brooks. Photos Courtesy of Bencita Brooks / Read more…



  • Former Students Start GoFundMe Campaign for Watauga High School Drama Teacher

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    May 15, 2017. A GoFundMe fundraiser is currently ongoing to help a Watauga High School drama teacher who lost thousands of dollars when an adoption agency declared bankruptcy and closed overnight. Former students Kevin Logan and Dylan Russell spearheaded the campaign for Sarah Miller, who is affectionately called “drama mama” by her students. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Hardin Park Elementary School Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of New Inclusive School Playground

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    May 15, 2017. Students at Hardin Park were joined last Friday afternoon by Town of Boone officials, county and school leadership and other local stakeholders to celebrate the official ribbon cutting for the school’s new playground. / Read more…



  • Six Winners of PBS Charlotte’s Local Writers Contest Attend Hardin Park Elementary School

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    May 15, 2017. PBS Charlotte announced today 10 local winners in its annual Writers Contest. The 10 winners, in grades K-3, were selected by a panel of judges who chose them from 201 entries. Six of the 10 winners go to school at Hardin Park Elementary School. / Read more…



  • 4th Case of Mumps Confirmed in Watauga, Vigilance Urged as Students Leave for Summer

    May 15, 2017. A new case of mumps was confirmed in Watauga County on May 11, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to four. The new case is in an Appalachian State University student. County and university health officials report the individual diagnosed with the virus is being treated, per guidelines established by the State of North Carolina and the Centers for Disease Control, and is fully cooperating in following isolation instructions. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Public Library, Western Watauga Library to Begin Sumer Reading Program June 1

    May. 11, 2017. The Watauga County Public Library and the Western Watauga Library are perfect places for children and families to become empowered to build a better world! Build a better world locally and create a positive change by bringing a canned good (peanut butter, jelly, and cereal) for the Health and Hunger Coalition or a food item for your favorite pet (dog or cat) for the Watauga Humane Society when you sign up for summer reading at Watauga County Public Library. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Arts Council to Host Blue Ridge Art Clan for Group Exhibition Throughout May

    May. 11, 2017. The Watauga County Arts Council is delighted to host a group exhibition of the works created by members of the Blue Ridge Art Clan during the month of May in their Main Gallery. The Blue Ridge Art Clan was founded by Florence Thomas in 1978 to promote the Fine Arts and to support excellence in those Arts. / Read more…



  • Local Law Enforcement Prepare in Advance of Watauga High School Prom

    May 11, 2017. Area law enforcement officers from the Boone Police Department and Watauga County Sheriff’s Office are spending extra time visiting area businesses in preparation for Watauga High School’s prom this weekend. / Read more…



  • Banner Wins Regional Bus ‘Roadeo’ in Boone, To Defend State Title in Raleigh Later This Month

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    May 11, 2017. Mitch Banner, third from right in the photo above, is the current North Carolina Bus Driver of the Year. Last week, Mitch won the regional Bus “Roadeo” in Boone. Banner will travel to Raleigh later in May to defend his title. Banner has been a driver for the Avery County Schools since he was 16 years old. / Read more…



  • New Principals Named at Parkway, Cove Creek Schools

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    May 9, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously on May 8 to appoint new principals at Cove Creek and Parkway schools. Kelly Walker, who currently serves as a Watauga High School Assistant Principal, will take the lead at Cove Creek, while Parkway Assistant Principal Patty Buckner is set to head Parkway School. / Read more…



  • Kinsey Announces School Board Resignation

    May 9, 2017. Ron Henries, Chairman of the Board of Education, stated that he received the resignation letter on May 2: “Ms. Kinsey has been unable to attend meetings and fully participate as a board member for the last few months due to health issues. She recently located out of the county in order to be closer to her family. We hate to see her time on the board come to an end, but we all certainly understand and support this decision.” / Read more…



  • Eve Parsons named WCS Teacher of the Year

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    May 9, 2017. Blowing Rock School’s Eve Parsons was named Watauga County School’s district-wide Teacher of the Year Monday morning by Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott along with members of the school board, Blowing Rock and central office staff. As is tradition in WCS, Parsons was presented her award in front of the assembled students and staff of Blowing Rock School in a surprise ceremony. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Exercise Tuesday, May 16

    May. 9, 2017. Appalachian State University will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise in and around the Plemmons Student Union from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 16. The exercise will simulate an active shooter on campus, and is designed to test response and communication during an emergency. / Read more…



  • A Potter’s Story: Artisan Caron Baker Wike Comes to the Mountaintop for Healing

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    May 9, 2017. Can you recall what first attracted you to the mountains of North Carolina? For generations, community staples like Appalachian State University, Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad have welcomed visitors in search of education, adventure, family entertainment and nowadays healing. Thanks to The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s new post-acute care center in Blowing Rock, NC visitors have started planning what is referred to as “Medical Tourism” trips to the High Country. Caron Baker Wike is one such visitor. Photo Courtesy of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System / Read more…



  • High Country Audubon Society Erects Chimney Swift Tower in Valle Crucis Community Park

    May. 9, 2017. Visitors to Valle Crucis Community Park this spring will notice a new structure in the corner of the park behind the Visitors Center. It looks like a wooden chimney on metal legs and is designed to serve as a nest site for some of the park’s chimney swifts. / Read more…



  • High Country Jazz Society Kicks off 2017 Season with Chad Eby Group this Mother’s Day, May 14

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    May. 2, 2017. The High Country Jazz Society will kick off its summer concert series at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock this Mother’s Day, May 14 with the Chad Eby Group. Eby, a renowned saxophonist and jazz faculty member at UNC Greensboro, and his band will perform as the first installment in the High Country Jazz Society’s 2017 season, which includes six concerts that will take place between Mother’s Day and October 8. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • High Country Audubon Society Announces Research Grant for High School, College Students

    May. 2, 2017. High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support bird research in the High Country of North Carolina. HCAS is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina, serving Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany and Avery counties. / Read more…



  • Local Students from AHS, Blue Ridge Academy Complete ‘The Grandfather Challenge’

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    April 27, 2017. Nine Students from Avery High School and the Blue Ridge Academy, joined by one student from Mitchell County High School, recently completed “The Grandfather Challenge” hiking program at Grandfather Mountain in Linville. “The Grandfather Challenge” program is sponsored by The Jason Project, Inc., which was formed by the parents of Jason Matthew Nipper, who passed away in June of 2014 at age 26. / Read more…



  • Gates: Campus Speech in Contentious Times

    April 26, 2017. In an address to the campus community, Appalachian State University’s Dr. Paul Gates offers reasons universities are the “home of ideas” and why students should not fear free speech. Gates teaches communication law in the Department of Communication. Speech by Dr. Paul Gates / Read more…



  • BRAHM Hosts “History of Tweetsie Railroad” Exhibit in Celebration of No. 12’s 100th Birthday

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    Apr. 25, 2017. In celebration of a landmark year for the region, the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) is offering a unique opportunity to learn about one of the most transformative forces in the history of the High Country: the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad now lovingly known by visitors and locals as the Tweetsie Railroad. No. 12, the famous original engine nicknamed “Tweetsie” after its signature steam whistle call, will turn 100 years old this year, and BRAHM wants to commemorate the event by taking guests on a trip back through the 100 years that have changed and shaped the High Country. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum / Read more…



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