• Registration Now Open For Feb. 22 Dodge Ball Tournament To Benefit Hope Pregnancy Center


    February 3, 2020. Just the mention of Dodge Ball for Hope and the adrenaline kicks in for boys and girls, men and women of all ages around Watauga County. This action-packed fundraiser for Hope Pregnancy Center of Boone, now in its seventh year, attracts a large following, whether those who are eager to participate — and show little to no mercy on the ball court — or those compassionate fans who come to watch the action, cheer on their favorite teams and support one of their beloved nonprofit organizations. Event registration is now open and the excitement heats up at Watauga High School on Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m.; it will include minor league action (co-ed, ages 8-12) women only (ages 13 – plus) and major league (co-ed, ages 13 – plus). According to Molly Jones, Hope Center’s Executive Director, the tournament promises “a lot of hard-fought, but friendly competition on the court,” — and the community spirit and fundraising efforts have long-lasting effects. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • America’s Premiere Christian Ballet Company Magnificat! Returns to Boone United Methodist Church Sunday, Feb. 9


    February 3, 2020. A special event at Boone United Methodist Church on Sunday,   Feb. 9 is sure to offer something a bit out of the ordinary for parishioners and guests, alike. As part of its Fine Arts Series, the church is preparing to host the world-renowned Ballet Magnificat! Dance Company for an afternoon performance that brings to life important elements from some of the Bible’s most familiar scripture. The 3 p.m. performance will begin with “Heaven Come Down,” which celebrates the journey of trusting Christ, followed by “Deliver Us!” a long-running choreographed story of Moses, the Hebrew prophet from Old Testament Bible teachings who delivered the enslaved Jewish people from Egyptian authority. The program will last approximately two hours, according to Dana Davis, Director of Worship and the Arts at BUMC. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Natural Snow and Cold Weather Makes for Ideal Snow Conditions at Area Ski Resorts


    January 31, 2020. The ski resorts got a nice boost of natural snowfall and lots of cold temperatures for several rounds of snowmaking heading into this weekend with excellent slope conditions. Beech Mountain has opened White Lightning and Southern Star trails today according to Talia Freeman, the resort’s director of marketing. “We have made a lot of snow this week and we have had about seven inches of natural snow this week. Conditions are the best they have been all year,” Freeman says. At nearby Sugar Mountain, they are gearing up for a busy weekend that will include a musical performance from The Rockabilly’s on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. “With eight inches of natural snow over the past several days and snowmaking temperatures all week, slope conditions are fantastic,” said Kim Jochl, the Vice-President of Sugar Mountain Resort. “With four lanes of tubing open, ice skating and snowshoeing available, it’s a perfect weekend to visit Sugar.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Dismissing Early with Snow Falling Across the High Country

    January 31, 2020. Snow started falling around 9:30 a.m. in parts of the High Country and the decision was quickly made to dismiss school early in Watauga County. Elementary schools will dismiss at noon and the high school will dismiss at 1 p.m. Buses will travel Limited A Routes according to the information provided by the school system. The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement at 10:59 a.m. detailing the changeover from rain to snow at higher elevations. “An area of precipitation is moving north through western North Carolina, with rain in the piedmont, rain mixed with snow in the Blue Ridge foothills, and snow for the highest elevations. Accumulations of around an inch are possible for elevations above 3200 feet, mainly on elevated and grassy surfaces. Roads may become slushy, but temperatures are expected to be just above freezing, limiting the impact. Elevations above 4000 feet will experience the greatest impact where roads may become snow-covered. Motorists are advised to drive with extra caution for areas which experience the snow,” the statement advised. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Avery Community Paramedicine Program Receives $290,000 Grant from the Duke Endowment

    January 31, 2020. Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville recently received a three-year grant from The Duke Endowment totaling $290,000. These grant funds will allow Cannon Memorial Hospital and Avery Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to establish a Community Paramedicine Program to serve Avery County. Community Paramedicine is an innovative new healthcare model that seeks to provide underserved patients with improved access to public health and preventative healthcare services. Through the program, specially trained Community Paramedics visit patients in their homes to assess their overall health, living conditions, support structure and other social determinants of health. Avery EMS and Cannon Memorial Hospital will identify potential program participants through primary care referrals and by analyzing the highest utilizers of emergency services. By improving this populations’ health, the program will also reduce unnecessary EMS calls and emergency department visits, freeing up these services for true emergencies. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Watauga High School to Hold Eighth Grade Parent Nights


    January 30, 2020. Watauga High School is set to host its annual Eighth-Grade Parents Nights from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on February 10th and 11th. Hosted at WHS, the sessions are intended for rising Freshman and their parents to gain insight and information on the transition from middle to high school. Students from Green Valley, Blowing Rock, Parkway and Bethel are invited to attend on Feb. 10. The session for students from Hardin Park, Valle Crucis, Cove Creek and Mabel will be held on Feb. 11. Homeschool, Grace Academy and Two Rivers students may elect to attend either session. The sessions will start with an assembly hosted by next year’s Freshman Counselor Samantha Elam that gives families a brief overview of operations at Watauga High School. / Read more…



  • Coming Home: Nic Cardwell is Back on Appalachian State’s Coaching Staff


    January 30, 2020. Former App State tight end Nic Cardwell is back where it all started. The Kernersville native played at Appalachian from 2004-07 and spent seven years on the coaching staff before going to Louisville with former head coach Scott Satterfield. On Monday, App State head coach Shawn Clark announced that Cardwell is back with the program as an offensive assistant. “As an alum and former staff member here, Nic understands the championship culture at App State and he bleeds black and gold,” said Clark. “He will continue to help us push this program to new heights. We’re excited to welcome him and his family back to Boone. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Avery County is a Gun Sanctuary County

    January 30, 2020. Any debate over whether or not Avery County should declare itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” has long been over as its County Commissioners and County Manager have expressed a single resounding opinion: yes, it should. In fact, the Commissioners have adopted a resolution in support of the protection of The Right To Bear Arms. The Avery County Commissioners currently consist of: Chairperson Martha Hicks; Vice-Chairman Tim Phillips; Blake Vance, Dennis Aldridge; and Wood Hall (Woodie) Young, Jr. Avery’s County Manager is Phillip Barrier, Jr. Vance was Vice-Chairman of the County Commission when it adopted the resolution last year (June Board of Commissioners meeting). The resolution cites The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article 1, Section 30 of the Constitution of the State of North Carolina, both which state: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Jan. 23-29: 33 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $20,699,000.00

    Jan. 30, 2020. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, January 20 – January 26

    January 29, 2020. 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



  • Living Legend Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group Sold Out the Schaefer Center with Feb. 1 Performance


    January 29, 2020. Legendary singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer, Lyle Lovett, along with his acoustic group, has sold out the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at App State. Lovett is performing this Saturday, February 1, at 7 p.m. Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a ‘Duo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or his ‘Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances display not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Community Theatre, Founded in 1975, Returning Strong in 2020 with New Productions


    January 29, 2020. The 22nd annual Blowing Rock WinterFest brought plenty of visitors to the village ready to brave some cold temperatures and even a few hearty souls that took on the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Chetola Lake. AccThe Blue Ridge Community Theatre is back and ready to present some high-quality events and performances with a new director and a reorganized group of passionate supporters. Julie A. Richardson was elected as the new president for Blue Ridge Community Theatre last September and is certainly no stranger to theatre in the High Country. “I became involved with Blue Ridge Community Theatre when I was in college at ASU. My focus was on theatre with a music background. I began working in the scene shop every day as a way to get into my craft and while working as a technician with Vernon Carroll, somehow all students became involved with Blue Ridge Community Theatre as it became a reality,” Richardson said. Richardson continued to work her way through the various levels of a stage production. “I was able to work on load in when Blue Ridge Community Theatre would ‘take the stage’ at Farthing Auditorium (now the Schaffer Center) and became involved in the technical area by doing lighting and set work. I then started designing lights for several productions including Fiddler On The Roof and Carousel plus I ran a follow spot for Music Man and Sound of Music to name a few.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Piedmont Federal Savings Bank Adds Two New Board Members

    January 29, 2020. Piedmont Federal Savings Bank just announced the addition of two board members, Richard E. Shore Jr. and Virginia Hardesty. Richard E. “Ricky” Shore Jr., former president and owner of Aladdin Travel and Meeting Planners, was recently elected to Piedmont Federal Savings Bank’s Board of Directors. Shore previously served as a director for Piedmont Federal from 2015-16. Shore joined Aladdin in 2004 and took ownership of the company in 2011. Aladdin handled corporate travel, event and vacation planning, and study abroad logistics for U.S. based clients before being purchased by Direct Travel in 2018. Prior to Aladdin, Shore spent 25 years with Wachovia Bank. “We are delighted that Ricky has returned to serve on the Board,” said Scott Cawood, Chairman of the Board. “His strong business and financial background, in addition to his commitment to and knowledge of our community will be assets in ensuring Piedmont Federal’s continued success.”  / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Soup’s On!


    January 29, 2020. There’s nothing more satisfying on a cold winter’s day than a bowl of hot soup or chili to warm us from the inside out. Depending on the palate you are trying to please, making a pot of soup can be an orchestrated affair for a special occasion or simply a clean-out-the-fridge weekly event. I’ve done the latter quite often in recent weeks. My all-time favorite, since childhood, has been tomato soup — accompanied by a grilled cheese sandwich, of course. That has become my most requested special event meal. And, yes, with a “big” birthday coming soon, I’ve already reminded family members of that fact. A couple of years ago, my daughter-in-law and her mother made a delicious homemade tomato soup with a gourmet grilled cheese for my birthday that was out of this world. (Hint, hint.) Regardless of the occasion, hopefully the following ideas will help keep your bowls filled and your appetites satisfied. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Sing! Inspire! Celebrate your Voice! Appalachian Youth Chorale Kicks Off Feb. 3, Welcomes Community Participation


    January 29, 2020. If you have children who love to sing – or know those who do — an exciting opportunity is kicking off for them on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Broyhill Music Center on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. Spring registration is now open for the Appalachian Youth Chorale, and presents an awesome chance for local kids and teens, ages 7-14, who enjoy singing, to come together with their peers. It is the mission of the chorale, sponsored by App State’s Community Music School, to engage all young musicians of Boone and the surrounding communities with a unique choral experience that gives each musician an opportunity to find and share their voice. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • The High Country Says Goodbye to 1908 White Home Near Tweetsie, New Gas Station Being Built


    January 28, 2020. On December 19th last year, the High Country said goodbye to the elegant white home located on 4259 U.S. Highway 321 South, where it sat across from Tweetsie Railroad since the home’s construction in 1908. The property of the house originally came to about 93 acres in total and was owned by the Prevatte family. Laura Lillis, granddaughter of the Prevattes, was up here to see this demolition of the home she had visited after her grandparents had purchased the farm house in 1930. Her brother, Roger, and his wife, Sheri, had lived in the house for the last 30 years. After her brother Roger’s death a number of years ago, Sheri who inherited the house, remained living there until the last two weeks of the house’s standing. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – January 28, 2020

    January 28, 2020. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / 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



  • Number of Affected and Fatalities from Influenza Continues to Rise Across NC

    January 28, 2020. An additional eight North Carolinians have died during the current flu season, raising the total to 41, the N.C. Division of Public Health has reported. Six deaths were reported for the week that ended Jan. 18, along with two deaths from previous weeks. Of those deaths, four were for people ages 25 to 49; three were those 65 and older, and one was 50 to 64. It was the largest weekly victim total to date during the 2019-2020 flu season for the 25-to-49 age group. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services cautions the weekly report count does not represent all flu-associated deaths in the state because many go undiagnosed or unreported. The division does not release a victim’s hometown, county, age or gender to the public due to legal privacy reasons. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Banff Mountain Film Festival Adds Additional Screening of the World Tour on March 19


    January 28, 2020. Due to popular demand, the organizers of The Banff Mountain Film Festival in Boone, NC is announcing an additional screening of the World Tour on Thursday, March 19 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale for ASU Students only on Tuesday, January 28 and will go on sale for ASU Students and the general public on Wednesday, January 29. All ticket sales are in person only at the Schaefer Center Box Office. The Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 tickets are sold out. The Thursday, March 19 event is completely different from the Friday and Saturday screenings, and organizers are thrilled to be able to offer an additional public screening for the Boone audience. All screenings start at 7:30 pm. This year, local organizers are celebrating 24 years of the World Tour coming to Boone, NC. For 44 years, the Banff Film Festival has been inspiring audiences by showcasing the world’s best films highlighting mountain adventure, culture, and the environment. / Read more…



  • Students Contribute 1,350 Service Hours in App State’s 21st MLK Challenge


    January 28, 2020. Despite unexpected snow, high winds and chilly temperatures, about 150 students gathered for the 21st annual MLK Challenge — a day of reflection, education and service organized by Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT). The participants contributed 1,350 hours of service to 16 local organizations. The annual event honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of social service, as participants accomplish challenging projects alongside community partners — all while being challenged intellectually, socially and physically. Teams of students paint, scrub, repair, organize and more at local nonprofit organizations while accompanied by graduate students, faculty or staff site leaders. By Megan Bruffy / Read more…



  • Folk Legacy Trio in Concert Sunday, Feb. 2 at Watauga High School Featuring George Grove


    January 28, 2020. A rare High Country appearance by a trio of renowned musicians, including one with longstanding local ties, is happening at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 at the Ross Auditorium of Watauga High School in Boone. The Folk Legacy Trio is coming to town for a unique fundraising event — and promises to be one of those concerts you just don’t want to miss. The group includes George Grove, former resident of Hickory and Blowing Rock, who spent 41 years with The Kingston Trio; he is joined by Rick Dougherty, formerly with The Limeliters and also with The Kingston Trio for 25 years; and Jerrry Siggins, former lead singer of the legendary doo-wop group, The Diamonds. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Race Results & Team Standings from Second Week of SMARL’s 2020 Season – January 27

    January 28, 2020. Week two of the Sugar Mountain Adult Race League (SMARL) is in the books as snow conditions have returned to some of the best of the season so far. Racers competed on Oma’s Meadow last night as Sugar Mountain is working hard to get all of their trails open this week. “Conditions have been awesome and skiing was amazing last night. It was one of those nights that you just wanted to stay out and ski,” said Mark Russ at Ski Country Sports in Banner Elk. “Everybody is having a good time. When skiing is like it was last night, everybody is going to have a lot of fun.” The postrace meal was provided by the folks at Banner Elk Cafe. In the team standings, Team Sugar maintains a slight one-point lead over Ski Country A in the ski standings. Among the snowboard competitors, Edge of the World has a one-point lead over Schooch Legs.  / Read more…



  • Lonnie Webster Shares His Photos of Folks Jumping Into the Icy Waters at Chetola on Saturday


    January 27, 2019. A total of 143 brave souls tested their willpower on Saturday morning at the 2020 Polar Bear Plunge as part of the 22nd annual Blowing Rock WinterFest. Temperatures were downright chilly and snowflakes peacefully fell to the ground, setting the scene for a wild morning of jumpers into the bone-chilling water at Chetola Lake. This year’s people’s choice award for the organization receiving the most donations was the Watauga Humane Society. While the High Country Press is still waiting on the names of the winners of the annual Golden Plunger for the top costume, we do know that two women who made the trip down all the way from Ohio were the award winners. “I saw them later in the day, they had walked around all day with their Golden Plungers,” said Suzy Barker, the event organizer at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Longtime photographer Lonnie Webster shared some great shots of the polar bear plungers making their splash in Chetola Lake and the big crowd that gathered to watch.  Photos By Lonnie Webster / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain’s Tradition of Live Music Continues Throughout the 2020 Winter Season


    January 27, 2020. This winter season, Beech Mountain continues their rich tradition of bringing the best and brightest live music acts of the south to their multiple venues each weekend. Most Friday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday nights beginning at 8 p.m., Beech Mountain features exceptional artists handpicked by the staff due to their extraordinary talent and stage presence. On Friday nights, the venue for entertainment is the Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Brewhouse, and on Saturday nights, the venue is The Taproom and Grille; both are located in the Village at Beech Mountain. Most of the shows are free, however, some of the shows are ticketed and you can always find the link to tickets through the Beech Mountain Facebook page at Beech Mountain Facebook, the Beech Mountain Resort website at https://www.beechmountainresort.com/, or through Beech Mountain’s Eventbrite page at Beech Mountain Eventbrite. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • 22nd Annual Blowing Rock Winterfest Another Huge Success During the Four Day Event


    January 27, 2019. The 22nd annual Blowing Rock WinterFest brought plenty of visitors to the village ready to brave some cold temperatures and even a few hearty souls that took on the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Chetola Lake. According to Suzy Barker with the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, there were a total of 143 polar plungers and the Watauga Humane Society won the people’s choice award as they received the most donations for the event. Events took place Thursday through Sunday with a little bit of everything for everybody that included the sold-out WinterFeast, the WinterFashion show, the tomahawk throwing tournament at Mystery Hill, K9 keg pull, the beer garden, chili challenge and the WinterPaws Dog Show. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Former App State Head Football Coach Mack Brown to be Inducted into NC Sports Hall of Fame

    January 27, 2020. Former Appalachian State and current University of North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020, the organization has announced. The inductees will be enshrined during the Hall’s 57th annual banquet on May 1 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The N.C. Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1963. A permanent exhibit, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and features significant objects and various memorabilia donated by inductees. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Internationally Acclaimed Ballet Magnificat! Dance Company Performing at Boone United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 9th at 3 P.M.


    January 27, 2019. On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3:00 p.m., Deliver Us! will be presented by the internationally acclaimed dance company, Ballet Magnificat! This long-running choreographed story of Moses, the Hebrew prophet from Old Testament Bible teachings who delivered the enslaved Jewish people from Egyptian authority, will be performed in Boone United Methodist Church’s Sanctuary. Run time is one hour and 10 minutes. The afternoon’s performance will also include Heaven Come Down, which celebrates the joyfilled journey of trusting Christ. The run time for Heaven Come Down is 25 minutes. Tickets are now available for $25 for adults and $15 for students. / Read more…



  • Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot: ‘Irishman’ “Was Boring,” Tarantino “Amazing,” “I Want an United States of America Director in conformity with Win”

    As voting ends, a female member of the Academy’s actors branch, granted anonymity to speak freely, shares which films earn her precious vote (and — gulp — why).   Illustration by: Nishant Choksi Throughout awards season, The Hollywood Reporter checks in with select members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their insights are valuable not so much because they are representative of the overall Academy — one would have to speak with Read more…



  • Hawksnest Tubing Park Has Piled Up the Snow; Ready to Operate for the Rest of the Season


    January 24, 2019. Hawksnest Tubing Park is back in action with all 30 lanes of their snow-tubing park open to the public; the first time all year the park has been entirely open! After the warm spell in the mountains these past couple weeks, the cold weather has been a welcome transition for winter activity enthusiasts who want to visit their favorite ski or snow-tubing slope. “Seems like the warm spell always happens after the first of the year, so we get ready for it,” said Lenny Cottom, owner of Hawksnest, “Sometimes we have enough snow to weather the storm and sometimes we don’t. We’re pretty much open every day from here on out as long as the weather allows; check our website for any updates for any weather conditions that may deter us.” By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort Adult Racing League Began Last Night with 70 Racers on 12 Teams


    January 24, 2019. The Beech Mountain Resort Adult Racing League began last night with resounding success, as the number of racers participating in the series reached capacity on the first night. The adult ski-and-snowboard-racing league will continue to hold giant slalom events every Thursday night from 5 – 8 p.m. until February 27, the day of the last races and awards ceremony. Teams consist of six racers ages 18 and older and each racer will compete for the fastest time down the hill. Each team has selected a team captain and NASTAR Handicaps are being used. “Everyone had a really good time and it was very laidback and fun,” said Talia Freeman, Director of Marketing at Beech Mountain Resort, “We are grateful for our sponsors; having a cash purse will definitely be a fun highlight at the end! We got a really good crowd, and it was a strong night in the Taproom and Grille afterward. It was fun to have everyone gather together from Boone and surrounding areas to race.” By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, January 13 – January 20

    January 24, 2020. 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



  • Let’s Make Everyone Count! Point-in-Time Count January 29


    January 24, 2020. Wednesday, January 29, 2020, marks the annual Point-in-Time Count. The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, coordinated by the Northwest Continuum of Care (CoC), is the annual documentation of the extent of homelessness in the High Country region, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties. The information from the PIT Count provides a valuable snapshot of the state and extent of homelessness in our region and informs support service providers on the priorities to prevent and end homelessness. The Point in Time Count is a requirement of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which currently supports the Northwest CoC member agencies with $340,169 in competitive grant funding. The 2019 PIT Count documented 417 people experiencing homelessness, 36 percent of those being children and adolescents and 61 percent of the total unsheltered individuals. / Read more…



  • Boone Shag Club Kicks Off Five-Week Dance Series for Beginners on Feb. 21


    January 24, 2020. Boone Shag Club, a local dance club dedicated to the Carolina Shag style of dance, the official dance of both Carolinas, will be hosting a 5-week dance series for beginners of the dance. In addition to the dance series, there will be six other Boone Shag Club events held held in Blowing Rock from February 15 to April 24. Tickets for the Beginner Carolina Shag Dance Lessons are $30 per person and tickets for the Boone Shag Club events are $3 for members, $5 for guests, and free for students. Boone Shag Club has been in existence since 1988 and is one of the oldest organized Carolina Shag clubs in the nation! With over 100 new members, and new members joining at all times, there is a lot going on with the Boone Shag Club By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • New App State Coach Shawn Clark Begins Shaping Coaching Staff for 2020


    January 24, 2020. As Shawn Clark begins his reign as the new football coach at Appalachian State University, he has started to pick his staff with new additions to the team and filling in positions that are now vacant. While the season is more than a few months away, we have already seen several of last year’s coordinators from Appalachian make departures from the program. Charlie Harbison, last year’s cornerbacks coach as well as working with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, followed Eli Drinkwitz in his surprise move to the University of Missouri as an associate head coach/defensive coordinator. This may come at a somewhat underrated loss for the recuperating secondary for Appalachian, as senior and all-conference safeties Desmond Franklin and Josh Thomas will no longer be with the team in 2020 after graduating this Spring. Another notable loss for the Appalachian State staff is the departure of Garret Riley, brother of Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, who will be heading to Dallas as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at SMU. Sunny Dykes, the head coach at SMU, praised Riley’s time at Appalachian State earlier this week, stating, “I think he’s a really good fit. By Colby Gable / Read more…



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