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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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Get Ready to Rally: Women’s March on Raleigh, This Saturday Jan. 20

    Jan. 19, 2018. Saturday, North Carolinians from all over the state will pour into Halifax Mall to celebrate, listen to, and be inspired by North Carolina Women Leading the Resistance.  We will also pledge to take action. 12 FAQ’s for the event are included. / Read more…



  • 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. / Read more…



  • The In/Visible Theatre of Boone Brings a New Solo Show to Asheville Fringe

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    Jan 19, 2018. The In/Visible Theatre of Boone, NC, has sent solo shows to New York City, Los Angeles, and lots of places in between.  Now its newest piece, Ox, is coming to the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Announces 2018 Schedule of Events

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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…



  • MerleFest 2018 Announces New Additions to Lineup, Early Bird Tickets on Sale Now

    Jan. 19, 2018. MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 26 – 29, is proud to announce five additions to the 2018 lineup: The Mavericks, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Mandolin Orange, Alison Brown, and Brandy Clark. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest has already announced over 75 artists for 2018, including Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Elephant Revival, The Devil Makes Three, aMidnight Jam hosted by Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale, and many more. The rest of the distinguished lineup for MerleFest 2018 will roll out over the next few months. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Jan. 11-17: 22 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $4,261,000.00

    Jan. 19, 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…



  • App State Men’s Basketball to Participate in Coaches vs. Cancer Week Jan. 22 – Jan. 28

    Jan. 19, 2018. The Appalachian State University men’s basketball program will participate in events during Coaches vs. Cancer week, running from January 22 through January 28. Monday, January 22, will mark the beginning of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week, which is a nationwide event that unites coaches across the country to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer, and promotes the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer. / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort to Host the First Stop of 2018 USASA Southeastern Freeski and Snowboard Series This Saturday

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    Jan. 19, 2018. This Saturday Jan. 20th, Beech Mountain Resort will host the first stop of the 2018 USASA Southeastern Freeski and Snowboard Series. USASA is the largest Freeski and Snowboard organization in the world. With 32 series across the United States, it serves as the main feeder program for aspiring young snow sports athletes. The riders compete in age groups in a local series, vying for a chance to qualify for the USASA National Championships held in Colorado each April. . / Read more…



  • Watauga and Avery County Schools Are Closed Again on Friday Due To Safety Concerns

    Jan. 19, 2018. Watauga and Avery County schools will be closed again for Friday. That also means that Watauga will not have Saturday school session as planned because of no school today. The Watauga School Weather Team said in their statement, “Due to many snow and ice covered roads still left in the district, schools in Watauga County will be closed for students on Friday, January 19th.  It will be an Optional Teacher Workday. Please also note that Watauga County Schools will NOT hold the Saturday school session originally scheduled for Saturday, January 20th.” / Read more…



  • Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is Looking for Big Kahuna Campaign Contestants


    Jan. 18, 2018. Watauga County Habitat for Humanity (WCHfH) is celebrating a new year by planning the 4th annual Big Kahuna fundraising competition in the spring of 2018. WCHfH is currently looking for campaign contestants. Letters requesting participation have been sent to many community leaders. There will be a maximum number of Kahuna Contestants. Since 2015, this fundraising campaign has collectively raised over $110,000, enough to build an entire Habitat for Humanity home. Past winners include Linda K. Robinson of Premier Sotheby’s Real Estate, Justin Davis of Town Tavern Blowing Rock and Jenny Miller, Community Volunteer. Joining this friendly competition is a great way to show your support for Habitat’s work in Watauga County, and participants are encouraged to compete as representatives of their businesses. / Read more…



  • Boone’s Newest Author, Katie Hagaman, Publishes Her Book “In This Book You Will Find.”


    Jan. 18, 2018. What started out as a bedtime routine of snuggling and story time for Hagaman’s young daughter has evolved into a published work of art that is quickly becoming a favorite of many other families in the High Country and beyond. Hagaman’s book is one that she hopes will advocate reading by encouraging children’s personal exploration of the many genres of literature. Additionally, through the author’s note, she encourages young readers to create their own story and illustrations – and leaves them blank pages on which to do so. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Bitter Cold Thursday Morning With Snow Covered Roads Still In Place

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    Jan. 18, 2018. It’s bitter cold in the High Country Thursday morning with folks waking up to single digit temperatures. Beech Mountain made it down to minus 3 degrees last night with a low wind chill factor of minus 17 degrees at 2:00 a.m. From Boone to Banner Elk to Blowing Rock temperatures hovered around 3 degrees for lows. Ray’s Weather is forecasting that temperatures should get up just above freezing this afternoon before traveling back into the mid teens tonight. / Read more…



  • National Parks Resolution for Boone Council Consideration Urges Congress to Create Reliable Blue Ridge Parkway Funding

    Jan. 18, 20187. Approval of a resolution that encourages Congress to allocate more resources to the National Park Service will be considered by the Boone Town Council at its next meeting Thursday, January 18. The resolution up for consideration as item 12 at the town council meeting cites delayed maintenance costs of more than $261 million along North Carolina’s share of the Blue Ridge Parkway as of 2016. In that same year, an estimated 15.2 million Blue Ridge Parkway visitors spent almost $980 million in surrounding communities, supporting about 15,600 jobs, according to one of the resolution’s provisions.. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Boone Sister’s March Planned for January 20


    Jan. 15, 2018. Local activists and concerned citizens alike will assemble Saturday afternoon for a Sister’s March through downtown Boone to display solidarity for the national Women’s March in Las Vegas, starting at the Watauga County Public Library at 3:00 p.m. January 20. The following day, a Women’s March in Las Vegas will mark the 1-year anniversary of the 2017 women’s march in Washington, D.C., which had roughly 500,000 participants at the United States capital and up to 5 million marchers affiliated in worldwide sister’s marches, according to official estimates. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • The Winterfest 2018 Series: Everything That You Need to Know About the Polar Plunge, Jan. 27

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    Jan. 17, 2018. Have you ever jumped into ice water? Have you ever seen someone else jump into ice water while wearing a costume? If the answer is no to either of those questions, then you will not want to miss Winterfest’s Polar Plunge! Participators will jump into the frigid water of Chetola Lake while raising money for local charities. The event will take place on Saturday Jan. 27 at Chetola Lake. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the plunge will beginning around 9:30 a.m. By Kate Herman – Photos by The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 8- 16

    Jan. 17, 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 Kate Herman



  • Deep Gap Ruritan Club Looks to the Future, Installs Youngest Member Ever: Bella Brooks

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    Jan. 17, 2018. When 7-year-old Bella Brooks’ parents joined Deep Gap Ruritan Club last year, it was only natural for her to accompany them to the meetings at the fire department/community center next door. Her presence became expected at the monthly gatherings, as her youthful interest and energy brightened the spirits of the older members. She became especially close to club president Billie Rogers and decided she wanted to be more involved in the club. Fast forward to the group’s January 11 meeting when Bella, at 7, made history as she was installed as the club’s youngest member ever and led the group in its pledge of allegiance at meeting’s end.” By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Newland Town Council Holds Planning and Capital Improvements Workshop

    Jan. 17, 20187. The Newland Board of Aldermen made committee appointments and approved creation of a new online social media section during a workshop in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 13 to discuss long range planning and capital improvements. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State’s Gossett to Play in Senior Bowl

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    Jan. 17, 2018. Appalachian State University offensive lineman Colby Gossett has accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl January 27 in Mobile, AL. The Reese’s Senior Bowl will be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, where Gossett’s illustrious App State career ended with a 34-0 victory against Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl on Dec. 23. The postseason all-star game will be shown on the NFL Network at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the last Saturday in January.” / Read more…



  • Appalachian Names Newest Facility Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences

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    Jan. 17, 2018. Appalachian State University has received a $5 million grant from The Leon Levine Foundation of Charlotte. In recognition of their generosity, Appalachian’s Board of Trustees in December approved naming the university’s newest facility — currently under construction — the Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences. The building will house Appalachian’s Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS). / Read more…



  • Wednesday Morning Snows Making For Slick Roads: ASU is Closed This Morning

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    Jan. 17, 2018. It’s a snowy Wednesday morning in the High Country with the snow forecasted to taper off after lunchtime, but flurries and snow showers are still possible through this evening. Appalachian State University has canceled morning classes with plans to re-open at 1:00 p.m. Watauga and Avery County schools are also closed for the day. The National Weather Service has issued a warning about low wind chills tonight expecting wind chills to reach 5 above zero to 10 below zero. / Read more…



  • High Country Mourns Death of Tom Moore, Former Director of Resort Area Ministries


    Jan. 17, 2018. The High Country is mourning the death of Thomas “Tom” David Moore, who at 66 died January 13 following a long-time and very brave battle with Huntington’s Disease. Best known for his 34 years as director of Resort Area Ministries, of which he was co-founder, Moore will be remembered for his countless contributions to the High Country, overall. As those who knew him best will attest, Moore’s life was dedicated to his faith, family and friends, as one always ready and willing to help anyone in need. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – January 16, 2018

    Jan. 16, 2018. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • What Avery Schools’ Missed Snow Days Means and Superintendent Search Updates

    Jan. 16, 20187. Barring a multitude of more school days missed due to inclement weather, students, teachers and staff of Avery County’s Schools won’t lose much of their summer, and perhaps none of their Easter vacation, according to Avery County Schools Interim Superintendent Bill Miller. Avery County Schools also is continuing its search for a new Superintendent to replace Ken Townsend, who recently resigned from the post. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • DART Contributes to Avery Drug Treatment Court

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    Jan. 16, 2018. After a session of Avery County’s Drug Treatment Court in December, Chairman Nancy Stroupe Morrison and Board members Tess McNabb and Ruth Brown of the Drug Abuse Resolution Team (D.A.R.T.) presented two donation checks to members of the Avery County Drug Treatment Court. / Read more…



  • Photos, Race Results & Team Standings from 2nd Week of SMARL’s 2018 Season

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    Jan. 8, 2018. The second race of the 2018 Sugar Mountain Adult Race League (SMARL) took place Monday night at Sugar Mountain Resort. Over 90 racers were on hand for the first race, which saw Andrew Jochl post the fastest skiing time at 28.74 seconds on his first run. For the snowboarders, Austin Burr posted the fastest time of 36.38 seconds on his second run. After this second race Team Sugar is in first place in the ski division and Edge of the World and Skootch Legs are tied for first in the snowboard category. / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘The Post’ It’s Spielberg, Hanks, and Streep In a Film, A Winning Combination

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    Jan. 16, 2018 It’s hard to talk about “The Post” without talking about how the film is clearly trying to dominate awards season. A good place to start is with the Oscar pedigree among its cast and crew. Tom Hanks is a five-time Best Actor nominee, famously winning two years in a row in the mid-90’s. Meryl Streep is a 20-time nominee, winning three times. Producer and Director Steven Spielberg is a 16-time nominee, winning three times and also receiving the special Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Composer John Williams is a 50-time nominee, winning five times, twice being nominated three times in the same year. These are just the most well-known among the film’s multi-time winners, the takeaway being that Oscar history is very much on this film’s side.
    By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University to Start Spring Semester Tuesday Jan. 16th

    Jan 15, 2018. Following a month-long winter break, Appalachian State University will be back in the school swing for the Spring 2018 Semester beginning Tuesday, January 16. – / Read more…



  • Keeping Up With the Western Youth Network: Celebrating Mentors, Bowl for Kids and Donate!

    Jan. 15, 2018. The Western Youth Network (WYN) is known for impacting so many lives in the High Country- both the mentees and the mentors.  Are you interested in learning about WYN, learning about the WYN mentoring program or learning more about ways to support The Western Youth Network? / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Woman Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

    Jan. 15, 2018. On Wednesday, January 11, 2018, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees sentenced Haley Raquel Rhodes, 23, of Blowing Rock, N.C. to 60 months in prison and five years of supervised release on drug trafficking charges, announced R. Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Rhodes pleaded guilty in September 2017 to one count of methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. – / 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • NFIB SURVEY: Small Business Optimism Sets Record in 2017, Strongest Year Ever in 45 Years

    Jan. 12, 2018. Small business confidence blasted off the day after the 2016 election and remained in the stratosphere for all of 2017, making last year an all-time record setter for the NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism, released today. “2017 was the most remarkable year in the 45-year history of the NFIB Optimism Index,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “With a massive tax cut this year, accompanied by significant regulatory relief, we expect very strong growth, millions more jobs, and higher pay for Americans.”  / Read more…



  • Local Realtors Hit New Sales Mark in 2017 with 2,176 Homes Sold Worth $562.51 million

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    Jan. 15, 2018. Area real estate professionals posted annual sales growth for the eighth consecutive year, thanks to the busiest December in at least a decade. The hectic activity dropped inventory to its lowest level in years, as recorded within the High County Multiple Listing Service (MLS). It tracks Realtor® activity in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties. The year ended with Realtors® having sold 2,176 homes worth $562.51 million. That was just a 2 percent increase from 2016 (2,135), but up 27 percent from 2015 (1,710) and 48 percent from 2014 (1,474).. / Read more…



  • ASU Assistant Professor and Political Scientist Weighs in on North Carolina Redistricting Ruling

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    Jan. 15, 2018. Federal judges’ decision Tuesday that Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered two North Carolina congressional districts in 2016 puts increasing pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to make “a clearer ruling” about gerrymandering, according to an Appalachian State University political science professor. “Yesterday’s ruling is significant because it now marks the second time in recent history the courts have invalidated a congressional or state legislative map on the basis of partisan gerrymandering,” said Dr. William Hicks, assistant professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies. He studies state legislatures and redistricting, among other aspects of American politics. / Read more…



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