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  • New River Water Intake Project to Receive Additional Funds for Water Treatment Plant Repairs

    May 21, 2018. The New River Water Intake project is nearing the finish line with the project currently sitting at 174 days remaining on the contract. At the May 17 Boone Town Council meeting, a request from the Harper Corporation to add in an additional $1,004,392 to the existing cost of the project was made. According to a letter presented by W.K. Dickson & Co., a consulting group for the project, the funds will go towards “repair and maintenance items at the town’s water treatment plant that have been deferred in the past.” The letter states that some of the various maintenance items consisted of lighting replacement, electrical component replacement, concrete repairs, painting, new equipment installation, roof replacements and overall site improvements. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Two Robbery Suspects Apprehended After Pursuit Ends with Suspects Crashing into a House


    May 21, 2018. On Thursday, May 17, at approximately 11:39 PM, Boone Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of 2575 Highway 105. The victim reported that a black male and a white female had accosted him with a knife and taken his wallet. The victim was acquainted with the suspects. The suspects fled the area in a gold colored Buick sedan. On Sunday, May 20, at approximately 2:50 PM, an off-duty Boone Police officer observed the suspects in the gold Buick at a business on Blowing Rock Road. A Boone Police officer attempted to stop the vehicle on Pride Drive. The driver refused to stop and fled across Boone Heights Drive onto State Farm Road. A brief chase ensued ending when the suspect vehicle struck a residence on Laurel Drive. The driver and passenger fled from the vehicle. The female passenger was taken into custody after a short foot chase. The male driver was able to escape into the woods. Boone officers, assisted by a Watauga Sheriff’s K9, located the male suspect hiding in a culvert near State Farm Road and Berkley Avenue. The male driver was taken into custody without incident. / Read more…



  • Flooding Causes Numerous Road Closures; U.S. Highway 221 in Avery County Remains Closed


    May 21, 2018. Last week’s floods brought lots of traffic headaches to areas in the High Country with several road closures from rising waters and mudslides. Bamboo Road near the airport, Deerfield Road next to the golf course and Water Street were all closed at some point on Friday. Heavy rains started falling early Friday morning, causing problems along Blowing Rock Road with high water in front of the Holmes Convocation Center and Hardee’s that impacted the morning commute. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Art in the Park Returns for its 56th Year: A Historic Tradition

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    May 21, 2018.  Celebrate 56 years of Art in the Park with its return for the summer this Saturday, May 26 in downtown Blowing Rock. This showcase, hosted by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, features local and regional artisans and was originally started in 1962 by a handful of artists. Art in the Park has since grown to encompass nearly one hundred artists from the area working in a variety of mediums. By Savannah Watts / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage to Host “Friend Raiser” on June 2, Free Food and Backstage Tours!


    May 21, 2018. Ensemble Stage will be hosting a “Friend Raiser” on June 2 at 1 p.m. This event is not to raise money for the theatre, but rather to raise awareness and familiarity about the theatre. The event will take place in the courtyard of the Historic Banner Elk School, and free food will be provided, including hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, beer and wine. The staff will also be taking guests on a tour of the rehearsal room and backstage By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • Entertaining Music Series FORUM at Lees-McRae College Kicks Off on June 18

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    May 21, 2018.  Lees-McRae College’s FORUM 2018 Season performances all begin at 7 p.m. at Hayes Auditorium, Broyhill Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. FORUM was organized in 1979 by a small group of summer residents for the purpose of bringing a stimulating series of cultural programs to the area. With the help of Lees-McRae College, one of the region’s most important resources, FORUM has grown significantly and embarks on its 39th year of providing both cultural enrichment and wholesome entertainment to the community.”  By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • 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.

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Colorful 36th Spring Group Exhibition at Carlton Gallery with Artists’ Reception on May 26


    May 21, 2018. Carlton Gallery celebrates 36 years with its colorful Spring Group Exhibition on Saturday, May 26 with an Artists’ Reception from 2 to 5 pm. Some of the gallery’s standing artists plan to attend to meet visitors and patrons which affords one the opportunity to enjoy a spring afternoon filled with wonderful ART in Paintings, Glass, Sculpture, Wood, Clay, Fiber and Jewelry. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and this exhibition is without charge. The gallery is filled with new work in abstracted landscapes by Andrew Braitman and Kate Worm; traditional landscapes by Kevin Beck, Egidio Antonaccio, Sharon Rusch Shaver and Freeman Beard; flora and fauna by Trena McNabb and Marion Cloaninger; trees, leaves and florals by Debbie Arnold and Tonya Bottomley; cityscapes and florals by Gina Strumpf; acrylic calligraphic paintings with Chinese ink by Michael Grady; still life by Mary Martha McKinley; acrylic, mixed media outsider art by Mike Ham, along with 3-dimensional clay sculpture by Marty Allran.” / Read more…



  • Saddlebreds Receive Show of the Year Award; National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Recognizes Blowing Rock


    May 21, 2018. For the fifth time in eight years, the Twelfth Chapter of the United Professional Horsemen has selected Blowing Rock as the chapter’s Best Show. The annual award is chosen by a vote of chapter members. To have earned this distinction for so many years is evidence of the affection and appreciation Saddlebred exhibitors hold for this venerable event. In 2018, Alice Brinkley, a long- time exhibitor and volunteer for the Saddlebred show, is serving her first year as Show Chair. On hearing of the Best Show Award she said, “We appreciate the support, time, and energy the village gives the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show.  We are grateful to the many families who have supported this special show for decades.  We are proud to have earned this recognition and look forward to providing a family focused way to celebrate our beautiful horses for many years to come.” / Read more…



  • Flooding, Mudslides Prevalent in Avery County

    May 19, 2018. The National Weather Service reports there has been serious flooding in Avery County after 4 to 6 inches of rain fell Friday evening and overnight into Saturday, with up to two more inches projected to fall Saturday night. There also have been various reports of mudslides in the county. Highway 105 near the Avery-Watauga County line was closed Friday night because of a mudslide, according to Watauga County 911. Some bridges or low-water crossings in the area have been washed away and the heavy rains tore large chucks out of some roadways. Avery County Emergency personnel responded to numerous calls Friday night into Saturday morning due to the inclement weather. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • RaysWeather.com Announces 2019 Blue Ridge Parkway Calendar Photo Winners


    May 18, 2018. The photos that will fill the 2019 version of the RaysWeather.com Blue Ridge Parkway Calendar have been decided with the cover photo winner belonging to area photographer Johnny Davison. Ray Russell, owner and operator of RaysWeather.com, says they’ve been printing the calendar for about 15 years, long enough to forget what the exact date was of the first edition. The calendar features the best shots from places along the Blue Ridge Parkway. A portion of the money is donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, headquartered in Asheville. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stages Presents Four New Performances for its Summer Season

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    May 18, 2018. . Gary Smith and Lisa Lamont, the artistic director and managing director for Ensemble Stage, are excited to present four astounding new plays this summer, including a suspense thriller, two comedies, and a drama. When asked which summer performance he was most excited for, Smith said, “Asking a director to pick a favorite show he’s going to be working on is like asking a parent ‘Who’s your favorite kid?’.”  By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • When Winning $1 Million isn’t Really Winning $1 Million

    May 18, 2018. The recent North Carolina Education Lottery news release of Boone resident Nancy Eastman winning $1 million on the Carolina Millions scratch-off shows just how much the state gets back from one winning ticket. She could have chosen to take a $50,000 per year payment for 20 years, or a lump sum of $600,000. With the lump sum, that’s already $400,000 that she’ll never see. None of that even counts the taxes. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Crystal Smith Is Crowned The Big Kahuna for Watauga Habitat’s 2018 Fundraising Campaign

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    May 18, 2018. The 2018 Big Kahuna Campaign is a program through Habitat for Humanity where eleven community leaders, or Kahunas, reach out to their community, family, and friends, and convince them to donate to Watauga Habitat’s home building efforts. The Kahuna who raises the most money is crowned Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s 2018 Big Kahuna.  By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • The Blowing Rock Attraction is Hosting its Second Annual Shagging at the Rock on June 2

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    May 18, 2018. The Blowing Rock is hosting its second annual Shagging at the Rock on June 2. The entire day will be dedicated to the appreciation and enjoyment of shagging, a Carolina dance that is a derivative of the Jitterbug and the Charleston. Shagging at the Rock will have four bands playing, including Silk Groove, Eric and the Chill Tones, The Tams, and Wayne Euliss as Elvis.   By Elly Murray / Read more…



  • Flash Flooding Hits Boone Friday Morning; Flood Watch Remains in Effect until Midnight

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    May 18, 2018. Early morning flooding hit the Boone area early Friday morning when roadways became inundated with flood waters. Early morning commuters found roadways blocked with rushing waters.  Emergency personnel were scrambling to direct traffic around affected areas.  These pictures are from 7:30 a.m. on the Blowing Rock Road near Hardees and the Boone Mall area.   By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Three Upcoming Fundraisers to Help Support the Watauga County Veteran’s Memorial

    May 17, 2018. After a two-year long journey, there are now less than two months before the official unveiling of the Watauga County Veteran’s Memorial in beautiful Downtown Boone. Join the Town of Boone in supporting the men and women who have served and are serving our country by participating in one of the upcoming fundraisers this month with proceeds benefitting the memorial. While we are close to realizing this awesome goal, the community has to come together to support this important cause now more than ever. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – May 10-16: 33 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $6,610,500.00

    May 17, 2018. 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…



  • Linda Miller, Executive Housekeeper at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock Celebrates 33 Years

    May 17, 2018.  When Linda Miller began working at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock as a housekeeper in 1984, little did she know that it would be less than two months before her leadership skills were put to the test when her supervisor left on maternity leave. Miller stepped up to the challenge and unexpected circumstances led to her promotion of Executive Housekeeper a mere 60 days after her first day on the job. It’s a position the Vilas, NC native proudly celebrates this week, 33 years later. And one she credits to two entities: proprietor Kent Tarbutton, who she says “made me feel like family on the day he bought Chetola (in 1997)” and “my faith and trust in the good Lord above,” says Ms. Miller. “I was divorced with no income when I came here. I think He brought me here.” / Read more…



  • Third Annual Ducky Regatta Offers Duck Racing to Fight Poverty in the High Country on June 2

    May 17, 2018. Bring your family and friends and get splashy in Middle Fork Creek for Casting Bread Ministries’ third annual Ducky Regatta. This year’s regatta will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 194 Aho Road in Blowing Rock on the FaithBridge UMC campus. Proceeds from the day’s festivities support our mission of meeting the food insecurity and scarcity needs of our friends and neighbors in the High Country, while implementing sustainable solutions to poverty. By Jamie Thomasson / Read more…



  • Enjoy a Day of Family Fun with Thomas the Tank Engine at Tweetsie Railroad June 8-17


    May 17, 2018. All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of friendship and family fun at Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Blowing Rock, North Carolina on June 8-17, 2018. Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018 is presented by Mattel. Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends™ themed activities. The tour, now in its 23rd year, will make 41 stops across the U.S. and Canada, and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2018. For 10 days, little engineers and their families are invited to take a 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas & Friends fun. / Read more…



  • Flash Flood Watch Issued as More Rain Expected in the High Country Thursday and Friday

    May 17, 2018. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties until 8 p.m. Friday evening. Avery County is also under a Flash Flood Watch until 8 a.m. Friday morning. After a soaking rainfall for most of the High Country on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday look to have the same amount of rainfall in the forecast. According to the National Weather Service, another two to four inches of rain could fall over the next two days. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Banner Elk Café and Lodge Tavern to Have Grand Opening this Saturday for New Addition

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    May 17, 2018. The Banner Elk Café and Lodge Tavern will have its grand opening this Saturday, May 19. Owners Les and Cindy Broussard have been running the Banner Elk Café for the better part of 30 years. Every so often, they’ll see fit to add to their creation and the new additions have always been a success. The Café is located at 324 Shawneehaw Ave S, and the Broussard family and the employees of the Café proudly invite locals and visitors to come enjoy a day of fun to celebrate the much-anticipated addition By Chloe Shanes / Read more…



  • 34th Season of An Appalachian Summer Festival Announced; Taking Place July 1 – August 4

    May 17, 2018.  Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, announces the 34th season to take place July 1- Aug. 4, 2018. The 2018 schedule presents a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film events and attracts over 27,000 visitors to the High Country each summer. Tickets for festival events go on sale online and at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office on Tuesday, May 1. For more information, visit www.appsummer.org or call the box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. / Read more…



  • Boone Woman Wins $1 million Lottery Prize

    May 17, 2018.  Nancy Eastman is the latest person to play the Carolina Millions scratch-off game and win $1 million. Her good fortune happened when she bought the $10 ticket at the Circle K on State Farm Road in Boone. She claimed her prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $423,009. / Read more…



  • Boone Resident Launches Mental Health Non-Profit Focused On Community Based Peer Support

    May 16, 2018. This Friday, Out of Your Mind, a newly established non-profit organization, is launching an 18-month pilot program in the town of Boone. Out of Your Mind is a creative resource to mental health in the local community. Founded by local resident, Kat Dolan, Out of Your Mind will serve as a platform to combat social isolation through creative peer support and reframe mental illness as a mental opportunity. Members of the community are invited to The Jones House Cultural and Community Center on Friday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the official launch. “I grew up repeatedly hearing the tired phrase, ‘You are not alone’ without any physical evidence to back this. Out of Your Mind provides a space for others to see how ‘not alone’ they truly are,” said Dolan. “This is not a ‘tell all’ space. Out of Your Mind intends to provide exactly what the name implies—a chance to step outside the rabbit hole of circular thinking and share an experience with others who understand the importance of maintaining a healthy mindset and growing in emotional intelligence.” / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, May 7 – May 14

    May 16, 2018. Looking to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Special Night Flight Tour this Saturday at Sky Valley Zip Tours; First of its Kind in the Area


    May 16, 2018. If you’ve ever wanted the opportunity to zip through the trees and jump off a rock cliff at nightfall, this Saturday is your chance. Sky Valley Zip Tours between Boone and Blowing Rock is offering their first ever “Night Flight” zipline tour. “One of the things we came up with a couple years ago that we’ve been working on is a night flight,” said owner Jack Sharp. “We’re providing the opportunity to get a zipline experience in the woods at night.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Paul Brown and Across the Blue Ridge Will Be in Boone on Saturday, May 19 for a House Concert


    May 16, 2018. Old-time musician, journalist, and radio host, Paul Brown comes to Boone Saturday, May 19, to present a house concert featuring local old-time and roots musicians and bands, to be recorded for an episode of Across the Blue Ridge. The concert takes place at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center in downtown Boone and will feature performances by Brown and his partner, Teri McMurray, in addition to Trevor McKenzie, The Sheets Family, Strictly Strings Trio, and Rick Ward.  Portions of the performances will air on Across the Blue Ridge, locally on WFDD, in addition to other stations and on the Internet. / Read more…



  • Rock Dimensions Summer Camp Will Bring Adventure to the High Country Soon, First Session Starts on June 18

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    May 16, 2018. Starting soon, the Rock Dimensions Climbing and Outdoor Adventure Camp will be returning to the High Country, providing kids of all ages with the opportunity to climb, explore, learn and build a community with one another through the week-long sessions. By Katie Benfield – Photo Courtesy of Rock Dimensions / Read more…



  • Over 3,500 students receive degrees at Appalachian during commencement ceremonies, May 11-12


    May 16, 2018. BOONE, N.C. — Six commencement ceremonies were held at Appalachian State University over two days, Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. Chancellor Sheri Everts began the ceremonies warmly by telling graduates, “Congratulations on your accomplishments and this achievement. I personally find great hope for our community, state, nation and world in the promise you take forward into a future made all the brighter because of you.” A total of 3,229 undergraduate students and 369 graduate students received degrees. / Read more…



  • Avery Humane Society Is Celebrating Its 40th Year with a Birthday Bash Fundraiser on May 19


    May 16, 2018. The Avery Humane Society is celebrating its 40th year of service to Avery County this year. To celebrate, the Humane Society is holding its 6th Annual Birthday Bash and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you’re invited! / Read more…



  • Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Announces its 2018 Indoor Concert Line-up

    May 16, 2018.  In celebration of its 25th Anniversary Season, Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is pleased to announce its 2018 Indoor Concert line-up! This years line-up features 5 matinees and 10 evening concerts presented at comfortable climate-controlled venues, including the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone and the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. / Read more…



  • Winner of the 2018 Big Kahuna Campaign to be Announced at the Don Ho-Down Thursday

    May 16, 2018.  On Thursday, the winner of the 2018 Big Kahuna Campaign will be announced at the Don Ho-Down at Lost Province Brewing Company. The celebration will take place from 5:00 until 8:00pm and the crowning of the Big Kahuna happening at 8:15pm. Donations to the eleven Kahuna Campaigns will be excepted until the crowning takes place that evening. Music will be provided by the Dashboard Hula Boys. Watauga Habitat for Humanity is closing in on the final days of the Big Kahuna campaign. Since March 1st, eleven community leaders have been advocating and raising money to support Watauga Habitat’s home building efforts. In this friendly competition, the Kahuna who raises / Read more…



  • LETTERS / The County Budget Hearing

    May 16, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY KAREN CARTER / Dear Watauga Commissioners, It’s apparent, once again, that you are just going through the formalities, and the huge recreation center decision has already been made, even years ago. County officials are admitting there is a big sum of taxpayer money accumulated for this particular project, which is one of the reasons you are very reluctant to disclose to citizens the ample fund balances in any category. However, as before, it is unfortunate that most citizens, the taxpayers themselves, are unaware of such ‘accumulated’ funds for this totally unnecessary, costly, and predetermined, special interest project. Read more…



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