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Quilt Guild to Meet Dec. 1

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its Christmas luncheon on Thursday, December 1st, at 12:00 noon.  We will meet at the Laurel Fork Baptist Church off Aho Road in Boone.  (From Boone take 321 south, turn left onto Aho Road, then go 1.8 miles and turn left onto Laurel Fork Church Road — there will be a sign for the church on the right.  Go up the hill and the Church will be on your right.)  We will be having a place-mat challenge.  Bring an ugly fat quarter in a brown bag for a fun game. If you have a quilt you have made, bring it for show-and-tell.  Call Dolores at 295-6148 if you have any questions.

WNCW’s 27th Annual Top 100 Contest Is Underway

November 16, 2016 – North Carolina’s 88.7 WNCW-FM has opened voting for its 2016 Top 100 Contest.  Listeners are invited to create their own Top 10 list of new releases aired on WNCW during 2016 and cast their vote to compile the Top 100 list. The station has listed nearly 400 new releases to choose from that include all the styles of music aired on WNCW-FM including Rock, Americana, Regional, Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Celtic, Old-Time, and more.

Voters will also be entered into a contest to win a complete set of WNCW Top 10 discs, as compiled by fellow listeners and programmers.  The deadline for voting is Friday, December 16 at 2:00pm.

On December 28 and 29, 2016, WNCW will countdown the final Top 100 list by playing tracks from each new release during the daytime Music Mix.  For details about WNCW’s Top 100 Contest, to vote, and see Top 100 results from previous years, visit www.wncw.org .

Program Director, Joe Kendrick, has been talking with many of our on air hosts to look back on some favorite releases and music happenings of 2016.  These interviews are being aired in conjunction with the Top 100 Contest during Morning Edition.  Previously aired interviews can be heard online at http://wncw.org/post/hosts-reflect-music-2016.

WNCW-FM is an independent public broadcast service of Isothermal Community College and reaches listeners in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and online at www.wncw.org/listen-live .  WNCW is proud to support the musicians craft and regional culture by playing music from time honored musical traditions of local and regional artists.

Symphony of the Mountains Holiday Concerts 

“Traditions” Holiday Concerts For the Whole Family

 Kingsport, TN – As the weather turns colder and shopping becomes a battlefield, it can be hard to remember the beauty of the season. Cornelia Laemmli Orth and Symphony of the Mountains invite you to refill your Yuletide cheer as we present our beloved holiday concerts honoring the traditions of the season. “Traditions” Holiday Concerts will be performed on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport, TN and Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA.

This annual family favorite is overflowing with festive carols and sacred holiday selections. Repertoire includes favorites such as:

  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Chestnuts Roasting
  • Handel, Messiah Halleluja
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • It’s a wonderful life: Christmas Even Finale

Performing with our fully professional orchestra and Voices of the Mountains choral group this year will be several special guests; one hundred and sixty students from Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy – a regional youth choir, seventy students from Mountain Mission School Choir – an award winning children’s choir from Grundy, VA, and eighty students from Academy of Strings – a youth music school from Johnson City, TN. The stage will be filled with the sights and sounds of holiday cheer amid an indoor snow flurry.

Join the performers and Santa after the concert for our traditional cookie and punch reception sponsored by our Women’s Symphony Committee. There will be an opportunity to take a picture with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas. Just make sure you’ve been good!

Tickets to this delightful afternoon event are only $25 with all children and students admitted free. Group discounts for 10+ are available by calling the Symphony Box Office.

To order your tickets, call Symphony of the Mountains Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or visit us on the web at www.SymphonyOfTheMountains.org.

Sponsored by: Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, Eastman Chemical Company, Eastman Credit Union, James & Laura Rogers Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. McGlothlin, Marcia & Marvin Gilliam, Jr. Foundation, The Estate of James C. Martin In Memory of Mary B. Martin, National Endowment for the Arts, Pro-Art Association, Tennessee Arts Commission, Town of Abingdon, United Companies Charitable Foundation, Women’s Symphony Committee


If you would like more information about the concert or to schedule an interview with Cornelia Laemmli Orth, please contact Melissa Roberts at (423) 392-8423 or email [email protected]



“Traditions” Holiday Concerts

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 3:00pm                        Saturday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00pm

Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center                        Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

400 S. Wilcox Drive                                                            One Partnership Circle

Kingsport, TN 37660                                                            Abingdon, VA 24210

Tickets: Adults $25

Students and Children Free

Groups 10+ discounted

Cookie and Punch Reception following each concert is no additional charge

Harlem Globetrotters in Boone March 28


Tickets are on sale now to see Globetrotters at The Holmes Center


(ATLANTA, Nov. 17, 2016) – As the Harlem Globetrotters prepare to bring their 2017 World Tour to The Holmes Center in Boone onTuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., the iconic team took a timeout for Guinness World Records Day. Only one year after setting seven official Guinness World Records titles, the Globetrotters broke a single-day total of nine records this year, including the longest basketball hook-shot.


VIDEO FOR BROADCAST MEDIA: https://youtu.be/10h5ICl25wA (courtesy Harlem Globetrotters)


VIDEO TO SHARE: Media can also embed and share the Globetrotters’ video on social media. A condensed highlight reel went live minutes ago at www.facebook.com/harlemglobetrotters.


Tickets to the see the Globetrotters in Boone start at $19.50 and are officially on sale now at harlemglobetrotters.com or the The Holmes Center box office.


The records were broken at the AT&T Center, home of the San Antonio Spurs, during the 12th annual Guinness World Records Day, a global celebration of record breaking launched to celebrate the day the Guinness World Records book sold its 100 millionth copy.  Since 2000, the Globetrotters now own 15 current Guinness World Records.


“We are the original trick shot artists, so it is great to reclaim our records and reestablish our dominance,” said Harlem Globetrotters star Big Easy Lofton.  “We have been training hard so to have a day where we push the limits and try some fun yet challenging shots, is pretty cool. I mean, how many people can say they’re a Guinness World Records title holder? We can’t wait to put smiles on people’s faces as we demonstrate our skills and talents on the upcoming world tour.”


Among the nine Guinness World Records titles which were set by the Globetrotters, four of them reclaimed records that were originally held by the team and then broken by Dude Perfect. The Globetrotters reclaimed the records of longest basketball hook shot, longest basketball shot blindfolded, most basketball 3-pointers made by a pair in one minute, and longest blindfolded basketball hook shot.


Here’s a full look at the records set by the Globetrotters:


  • Longest basketball hook shot – Big Easy Lofton (72 feet, 6.25 inches)
  • Longest basketball shot blindfolded – Ant Atkinson (73 feet, 10 inches)
  • Most basketball 3-pointers in one minute (single ball) – Ant Atkinson and Cheese Chisholm (10 each)
  • Farthest basketball shot made while sitting on the court – Thunder Law (58 feet, 9.25 inches)
  • Most bounced basketball 3-pointers in one minuteZeus McClurkin (5)
  • Most basketball 3-pointers made by a pair in one minuteAnt Atkinson and Cheese Chisholm (22 each)
  • Farthest basketball shot under-one-leg – Thunder Law (52 feet, 5.5 inches)
  • Longest blindfolded basketball hook shot – Big Easy Lofton (58 feet, 2.5 inches)
  • Most basketball slam dunks in one minute (individual) – Zeus McClurkin (16)


The Globetrotters will tip off their 2017 World Tour on Dec. 26 and will play in over 250 North American markets as well as 30 countries worldwide. Tickets are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com.


The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 90 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.

Campaign Sign Cleanup Deadline is Friday

RALEIGH – Almost two weeks have passed since Election Day, but there are still numerous campaign signs for local, state and national offices along roads and highways.

A state law passed in 2011 allows campaign signs to be in the state road right of way as early as 30 days before the start of early voting until 10 days after Election Day. That 10-day post-election deadline isFriday, Nov. 18.

The Department of Transportation reminds candidates and campaigns that they need to remove signs in the right of way by Friday. Signs still in place after the deadline are in violation of state law, and the department is authorized to remove the remaining signs and dispose of them.