• Election Security Forum Happening at Appalachian State on November 1

    October 31, 2019. A special forum will be taking place on Friday that will include information sharing and discussion about the worrisome issue of election security, particularly in North Carolina. The forum will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Gordon Gathering Hall inside the Reich College of Education Building, located at 151 College Street. The event is co-sponsored by Appalachian State’s Department of Computer Science and the Department of Government and Justice Studies. 99 percent of the votes tallied across the country will be done either on computers or by using the paper ballot-scanning machines, meaning that making sure these computer systems are modern and secure. According to information provided by Dr. Ray Russell, who will moderate the forum, the federal government recently allocated $250 million to make these systems secure. There will be three speakers at the forum who have a vast amount of knowledge of the subject of elections and election security. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Supreme Court Makes Minor State Election Districts Changes; No Mountain Counties Affected

    Feb. 21, 2018.    United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts ruled last week that the state’s election districts will remain basically the same, according to Republican State Representative Josh Dobson, who serves the 85th District of Avery, Mitchell and McDowell counties. North Carolina’s GOP lawmakers had requested an official Supreme Court stay concerning changing the districts for this year’s state elections, asking that the districts not undergo any changes. Chief Justice Roberts did change districts affecting primarily the Piedmont county of Guilford and the Eastern counties of Bladen and Wayne, all of which are heavily-populated. But the Chief Justice left the remainder of the state’s districts intact. No mountain counties were affected with the ruling. However, the state’s prosecutorial district that includes Avery, Watauga, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties changed in number from the 24th to the 35th. Dobson declared the latest Supreme Court ruling “A victory for our state.” By Tim Gardner / 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 Kate Herman



  • Gov. Cooper: Centers Open to Help Storm Survivors in Mountain Communities

    Nov. 28, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper today announced that Disaster Recovery Centers will open this week to help Caldwell and Wilkes county residents who were affected by storms that struck in late October. The two centers join the already announced Disaster Loan Outreach Center that opens today in Watauga County to provide financial assistance to storm survivors. / Read more…



  • Avery Commissioners Approve $2M Swimming Complex, Delay Awarding Ag Building Contract

    Nov. 7, 2017. During their regular monthly meeting Nov. 6, Avery County Commissioners approved a contract for construction of a new swimming pool complex, but tabled awarding a contract for construction of a new Co-Operative Extension Service Agricultural Building. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Former Newland Town Clerk Embezzlement Case Continued Until December

    Oct. 31, 2017. The court case of a former Newland Town Clerk charged with embezzlement has been continued by a Superior Court Judge. Priscilla Ann Trivette of Roan Mountain, TN, appeared in Avery County Court, Monday, October 30 on a felony charge of embezzlement by a public official. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Sept 16 Boone Clean-Up Day will Kickoff the Statewide Litter Sweep

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    July. 26, 2017. The High Country is known for caring about the environment through sustainability, recycling, and removing waste. As a community, the Town of Boone Public Works Center invites all to participate in the Boone Clean-Up Day, which will be held on September 16. Volunteers may come by the Town of Boone Public Works Center from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., if they would like an assigned location to clean. The assigned locations will be inside the town city limits. Gloves and bags will be provided, along with a free curbside trash pickup. By Kate Herman – Photos by Town of Boone Public Works Center / Read more…



  • New Redistricting Maps for NC House, Senate Proposed, If Passed District 45 Would Be Altered

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    Aug. 24, 2017. N.C. legislators held seven public hearings across North Carolina this week on the proposed district maps for the state House and Senate that are being redrawn after a federal court found unconstitutional racial gerrymandering. Two maps – one each for the state House and Senate – are proposed. The courts imposed a Sept. 1 deadline for the adoption of new state House and Senate district maps. In coverage of the hearings, WRAL notes that tentative votes on the proposals are scheduled for Friday and Monday. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Boone Town Council To Meet Thursday, Aug. 17, To Fill Vacant Seat on the Council

    Aug. 16, 2017. The Boone Town Council will meet on Thursday, Aug. 17. The Boone Town Council will appoint and swear in an individual to serve the remaining four months of Councilwoman Jennifer Teague’s position. Teague resigned due to moving outside town limits. Those that applied include Marshall Ashcraft, Quint David and Connie Ulmer. / Read more…



  • Gov. Cooper Visits App Theatre, Bestows Highest Civilian Honor to Owners of Mast General Store

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    Aug. 7, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper visited several locations during his first visit to the High Country on Friday, August 4, including the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College, F.A.R.M. Café, and the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, where he made public remarks. / Read more…



  • Boone Town Council To Hold Public Hearing on Proposed 17-18 Budget on Thursday, June 15

    June 15, 2017. Before adopting the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, the Boone Town Council will hold a public hearing at its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 15. Earlier this week, the Boone Town Council increased the proposed budget by nearly $200,000 to fund the Appalachian Theatre restoration project, Southern Appalachian Historical Association and a police officer position and one patrol car. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock To Hold June 13 Public Hearing on Proposed Budget, Tax Increases

    June 8, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council will hold a public hearing before adopting the fiscal-year 2017-18 budget on Tuesday, June 13. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and takes place at Town Hall on Main Street. The recommended budget, which includes a proposed increase on taxes and water and utility rates, remains the same after the Blowing Rock Town Council met for budget retreats and workshops, according to Town Manager Ed Evans. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Democrats Approve Budget, Tax Increase for School Infrastructure, Rec Center in Watauga

    June 6, 2017. In a 3-2 vote on Tuesday morning, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal-year 2017-18 budget that includes a 4-cent tax increase on property owners to fund Watauga County Schools infrastructure and a community rec center. Democrats on the commission – John Welch, Billy Kennedy and Larry Turnbow – voted in favor of the budget, while Republicans Jimmy Hodges and Perry Yates voted against the budget, specifically citing the property tax increase. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • State Targets Linville Hospital for Expanded Mental Health Services in WNC

    June 5, 2017. State public health officials have announced that the Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville is the recipient of a $6.5-million grant to expand mental health and substance abuse services at the Avery County facility. By Michael Gebelein | Carolina Public Press / Read more…



  • Commissioners To Meet on Tuesday Morning, Vote on Budget is the Main Agenda Item

    June 5, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday morning. The main agenda item is the approval of the 2017-18 fiscal-year budget. Other topics include the Watauga County Veterans Memorial, local schools and recreation infrastructure and a resolution of support for independent redistricting. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Watauga Commissioners Send Subdivision, Multi-Unit Ordinance Back To Planning Board

    May 17, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the “Ordinance to Govern Subdivisions and Multi-Unit Structures.” After listening to three comments from citizens, the commissioners decided to send the ordinance back to the Watauga County Planning Board for another review. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Supreme Court Declines To Hear N.C. Voting Case

    May 16, 2017. Here are some reactions to the Supreme Court declining to hear the North Carolina voting case – from N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper to Republicans legislative leaders. The announcement was made on Monday. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Town Council To Meet Tuesday

    March 13, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council will meet Tuesday, March 14, at Town Hall, located at 1036 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Check out the agenda and packet information inside. / Read more…



  • Planning Board Makes Recommendations To Amend Ordinance to Regulate High Impact Land Uses

    Feb. 15, 2017. Last night, The Watauga County Planning Board met for the second and final time to propose potential amendments to the county’s Ordinance to Regulate High Impact Land Uses. The commissioners directed the planning board to revisit the ordinance after the N.C. Supreme Court upheld a North Carolina law abolishing the Town of Boone’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Boone Town Council To Meet on Thursday

    Feb. 15, 2017. The Boone Town Council will meet for its regularly-scheduled meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Commissioners Hold Three Public Hearings in February on Sunday Hunting, HILU & More

    Feb. 14, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners is holding three public hearings in the month of February. Two of the public hearings take place at next Tuesday’s meeting and a third happens during a special meeting on Feb. 28. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Town Council Meets on Tuesday: Check Out Agenda for February Meeting

    Feb. 13, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council meets on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall, located at 1036 Main Street in Blowing Rock. Check out the entire agenda (with links to more details) inside. / Read more…



  • Boone Town Council Agenda for Thursday Meeting

    Jan. 19, 2017. The Boone Town Council will meet on Thursday, Jan. 19 for its monthly meeting, which will take place at the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. See the meeting agenda and the meeting packet inside. / Read more…



  • Point In Time Count to Document Homelessness in the High Country for HUD on Jan. 25

    Jan. 12, 2017. 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 Continuum of Care member agencies with $287,000. / Read more…



  • Foxx Applauds Senate Passage of Budget Resolution, Taking Next Step to Repeal ObamaCare


    Jan. 12, 2017. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the FY2017 budget resolution, including legislative tools aimed at providing relief from the president’s failed health care law. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Council Meets Tuesday: Resolution Honoring Sampson Fire Responders & More

    Jan. 9, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council will meet for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Town Hall, located at 1036 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. See the meeting’s agenda inside. / Read more…



  • Meet Your Local Representatives at Lost Province Brewing Co. Tuesday, Jan. 10

    Jan. 4, 2017. The Boone Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Meet Your Local Representatives” event at Lost Province Brewing Co. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Drop-in at your convenience. Dubbed a “causal evening,” elected officials from the Boone Town Council, Watauga County Board of Commissioners, Watauga County Board of Education, N.C. House and N.C. Senate are expected to attend. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Roy Cooper Sworn in as NC’s Governor


    Jan. 3, 2017. Roy Cooper today took the oath of office to become North Carolina’s 75th Governor, pledging to build a North Carolina that works for everyone. “It is the honor of my life to be your governor, who will work for all of North Carolina,” Governor Cooper said. “I pledge to give my very best to the people of this great state of North Carolina, the state I love and where I have spent my life.” / Read more…



  • Governor McCrory Reflects on the Past Four Years and Honor of Being Governor


    Jan. 3, 2017. Since Governor Pat McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina’s economy added 300,000 new jobs, the state experienced one of the largest drops in unemployment in the country, $2.6 billion in debt for federal unemployment insurance was paid off, personal income and business taxes were cut, teacher pay was significantly increased, transportation funding was revolutionized and $2 billion was invested in our education, parks, National Guard and other infrastructure through the Connect NC bond. / Read more…



  • No Repeal of HB2 in Special Session: Local Representatives Speak on the Matter

    Dec. 22, 2016. North Carolina lawmakers failed to repeal HB2, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill,” which forces transgender people to use the gender-based bathroom listed on their birth certificate – along with preventing local governments from raising the minimum wage and eroding the right for employees to sue in state court for workplace discrimination. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Gov. McCrory Calls Special Session on Dec. 21 for Reconsideration of ‘Bathroom Bill’


    Dec. 20, 2016. Gov. Pat McCrory called a special session for the N.C. General Assembly on Wednesday for the reconsideration of HB2, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill,” after Charlotte rescinded its non-discrimination ordinance. / Read more…



  • Lawmakers May Repeal HB2 in New Special Session, CPP Report

    Dec. 19, 2016. Within minutes of a surprise move by the Charlotte City Council to repeal sections of its non-discrimination ordinance, Governor Pat McCrory and governor-elect Roy Cooper announced a special session for Tuesday to take up a full repeal of HB2, North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill.” By Kirk Ross / Carolina Public Press / Read more…



  • Watauga Commissioners To Meet Tuesday: Brookshire Wetland, Land Acquisition Talk

    Dec. 16, 2016. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The light agenda includes a request regarding a potential wetland at Brookshire Park, a land acquisition matter in closed session and more. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Dems: Surprise Legislative Proposals, GOP Power Grab Undermine Will of NC Voters


    Dec. 15, 2016. Leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly last night called a surprise special session to introduce legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state’s Board of Elections, Court of Appeals, judicial elections, executive branch appointments and more. Lawmakers had earlier reconvened to allocate funding for victims of Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters but gave no advance notice of the second special session and additional legislation. / Read more…



  • Ed Evans Selected As Blowing Rock’s Next Town Manager, First Day: Jan. 23

    Dec. 14, 2016. Following a three-month-long nationwide search, the Blowing Rock Town Council has selected Ed Evans to serve as the Town of Blowing Rock’s next Town Manager; his first day with Blowing Rock will be Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Evans was chosen after a national search that yielded 48 applicants from 13 states including Washington, Kansas, and Texas. / Read more…



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