• De La Cruz Farms to Hold Third Annual Fundraising Event in Deep Gap May 20

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    May 9, 2017. Since welcoming its first participants in September 2014, de la Cruz Farms has opened its gates to nearly 200 individuals for what has been life-changing experiences for most. Providing a variety of positive, interactive (farm) experiences for children and families who are dealing with difficult life circumstances and/or challenging needs, the nonprofit organization is located in the heart of the Deep Gap community, owned and operated by Jeff and Bencita Brooks. Photos Courtesy of Bencita Brooks / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University to Conduct Full-Scale Emergency Exercise Tuesday, May 16

    May. 9, 2017. Appalachian State University will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise in and around the Plemmons Student Union from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 16. The exercise will simulate an active shooter on campus, and is designed to test response and communication during an emergency. / Read more…



  • A Potter’s Story: Artisan Caron Baker Wike Comes to the Mountaintop for Healing

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    May 9, 2017. Can you recall what first attracted you to the mountains of North Carolina? For generations, community staples like Appalachian State University, Grandfather Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad have welcomed visitors in search of education, adventure, family entertainment and nowadays healing. Thanks to The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s new post-acute care center in Blowing Rock, NC visitors have started planning what is referred to as “Medical Tourism” trips to the High Country. Caron Baker Wike is one such visitor. Photo Courtesy of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System / Read more…



  • ASU Graduate Student Justin Weltz Credits Thrive Program for Saving His Life

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    April 25, 2017. After hearing that his health was in jeopardy a few months ago, Justin Weltz will graduate this spring with a Thrive “degree” in improved fitness from the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center and a Master’s degree in English from Appalachian State University. / Read more…



  • Chetola’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K Adds Craft Beer, Tweaks Name and Supports a Local Child in Need

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    April 18, 2017. Combine your love of wine, craft brews and running in the name of a great charity. To date, more than 140 participants have already signed up for Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K (formerly known as the Corkscrew 5K), which returns for its 5th year, Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m., bringing craft beer to the race tables courtesy of the award-winning Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery. / Read more…



  • BackgroundChecks.org Compiles DUI Statistics by State, North Carolina Ranks #15

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    Mar. 9, 2017. Spring is almost here, marking the beginning of the season of barbeques, outdoor activities, parties and drinking. That also means that, like every year, there will be an increase in drinking and driving across the country. By Bailey Faulkner – Graphic Courtesy of BackgroundChecks.org / Read more…



  • Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K Adds Craft Beer, Tweaks Name and Supports a Local Child in Need on April 22

    Feb. 21, 2017. Combine your love of wine, craft brews and running in the name of a great charity. Chetola Resort’s Corkscrew & Brew 5K (formerly known as the Corkscrew 5K) returns for its 5th year, Saturday, April 22 at 9am, bringing craft beer to the race tables courtesy of the award-winning Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery. / Read more…



  • The Heartbeat of High Country Healthcare: Richard Sparks Retires After 39 Years as CEO of ARHS

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    Jan. 24, 2017. THE BEST OF HIGH COUNTRY MAGAZINE: Click here to read our featured story on Sparks and his career, which was first published in High Country Magazine December 2013. / Read more…



  • Plan to Eat at F.A.R.M. Café on Jan. 25 When Boone Drug Will Be There to ‘Buy Boone Lunch’

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    Jan. 12, 2017. On Wednesday January 25 between 11am and 2pm everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M (Feed All Regardless of Means) Café at 617 West King Street for another ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ day. Boone Dug is the second company to participate in this opportunity. Just like each day at F.A.R.M Café guests can donate what they are able to for a great lunch. On this day, Boone Drug will cover the cost of the meal through a generous donation. Each and every additional donation will be utilized by the café in its mission to fight insecurity in the High Country. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY: New Year, New You: Third Annual Event at The Wellness Center

    Jan. 3, 2017. The goal of the event is to provide guests with a free, behind the scenes look at what the Wellness Center has to offer. Participants will be able to sample a variety of beginner level fitness classes, such as, Crossfit, Spin, Zumba, Yoga, Stretch and Flex and Water Aerobics, as well as enjoy free family swim time, register to win door prizes and attend a free Ask the Fitness Experts Roundtable at 10:30 am. Additionally, participants who join the Wellness Center during the event will receive an exclusive New Year New You half price initiation fee. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare to Host Diabetes Health Fair & Health Talk Nov. 12

    Nov. 7, 2016.In observance of National Diabetes Month, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is offering a free Diabetes Awareness Health Fair from 8 – 10 a.m. and a Health Talk from 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center, located at 232 Boone Heights Drive in Boone / Read more…



  • What’s New at the Farmers’ Market? Shopping at Horn in the West on Sat, Oct. 22

    Oct. 20, 2016. Before going out to enjoy the brilliant and stunning colors of Blue Ridge Mountain leaf season, please come by the Market, hang-out, have some freshly brewed coffee, scrumptious baked delights, listen to some good music, visit with friends, and purchase your seasonal decorations (lots of great exotic pumpkins, etc.), holiday gifts, and fresh local produce that tastes great and is very healthy for you.. / Read more…



  • Harriet and Charles Davant Jr. Medical Clinic to Open Oct. 3 at Foley Center in Blowing Rock

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    Sept. 30, 2016. The 4,375-square-foot medical clinic was named in honor of the late Dr. Charles Davant, Jr. and his wife, Harriet. In 1948, as Blowing Rock’s pioneer full-time physician, Dr. Davant became the founding father and advocate for healthcare in the community. Thanks to his backing, Blowing Rock Hospital garnered community support and opened a few years later in 1951. / Read more…



  • SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: Blue Ridge Ascent and Blowing Rock Fall Classic Cycling Events

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    Sept. 14, 2016.There will be two different cycling events held in Blowing Rock on Sept. 24 and 25. The Blowing Rock Fall Classic will start at 8 a.m. on Sept. 24 and the Blue Ridge Ascent will begin on Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. Get ready to bike through some of the most scenic roads in the region! By Emily Willis. / Read more…



  • The Sleep Center at Watauga: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hospital After Dark

    July 29, 2016. Few patients when entering the hospital consider all of the “behind the scenes” staff working on their behalf. Sure, the obvious examples come to mind like doctors and nurses, but rarely do people consider all of the different departments and various healthcare professionals that are ready at a moment’s notice to provide quality patient care during the day or throughout the night. A good example of one of those departments is The Sleep Center at Watauga Medical Center and one of those professionals is Shelly Church, RPSGT. / Read more…



  • Bikers, Boarders and Walkers: Enjoy Human-Powered Fun at Boone Cyclo.Via on Sunday


    July 26, 2016. Portions of Howard, Depot and Rivers streets will be closed to drivers on Sunday, July 31 for the sixth annual Cyclo.via festival. Bikers, boarders and walkers will take the streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the event, which will be hosted by the nonprofit We Can So You Can. The festivities aim to celebrate health and wellness in a motorized vehicle- and carbon-free way. By Jessica Lyons / Read more…



  • Local Lawman, Jerry Vaughn Limps No More

    June 20, 2016. Jerry Vaughn is able to walk without pain again after a successful knee replacement surgery at Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center / Read more…



  • Shopping at Boone’s Town Square: Photos from the Sat. June 11 Farmers’ Market

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    June 13, 2016. Early birds packed the parking lot at Horn in the West on Saturday morning to shop the best in fresh produce, the finest cuts of mean and other local products at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market. Live music, great shopping, plenty of food and a good time with friends and neighbors — what better way to start the weekend? By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • Senior Weightlifter Jill Storelli Ties Deadlift World Record at Broyhill Wellness Center

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    June 13, 2016. Care for some free advice? Never bet against 72-year-old weightlifter, Jill Storelli. After years of training at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center in Boone, NC, Storelli recently tied the deadlifting world record for her age group at 230 pounds. A feat she hopes will inspire others to never give up. / Read more…



  • Health Splash: Exercise, Have Lunch and Take Advantage of Free Screenings Wednesday

    June 6, 2016. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System has partnered with The Williams YMCA of Avery County to host its 3rd annual Health Splash event on June 8, 2016, at the Sloop Medical Office Plaza on the campus of Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, North Carolina. The event will take place from 8 am to 1 pm. / Read more…



  • What’s New at the Farmers’ Market? Shopping at Horn in the West on Saturday, May 28

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    May 27, 2016. Harry Chapin, a singer, songwriter, and storyteller, wrote a song about “A Better Place to Be.” Well, there is no better place to be this Saturdaymorning (Memorial Day Weekend) than the Watauga County Farmers’ Market for fresh produce, grown locally by farmers who take personal pride in the quality of their vegetables, fruit, and meats (chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and turkey) and the relationships that they’ve developed over the years with customers who appreciate excellence and value. / Read more…



  • Avery County’s Dr. Charles Baker Inducted into Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha

    May 27, 2016. In the High Country, few men are held in higher regard than Dr. Charles Baker. The kindhearted physician, who began practicing medicine in Avery County more than 30 years ago, was recently honored as a new inductee into Alpha Omega Alpha at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. / Read more…



  • Watauga Medical Center Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in April Hospital Safety Score

    May 17, 2016. New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Watauga Medical Center was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. / Read more…



  • Village Vision Festival to Follow Opening Day of the Farmers’ Market on May 7 in Boone

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    March 22, 2016. Celebrating community and local food, Village Vision has once again organized a series of service projects with the grand finale of an arts and music festival! The festival will take place on the first day of the Watauga County Farmers Market, Saturday May 7th, 2016 at the Horn in the West Park from 12:30-8 p.m. / Read more…



  • Women Helping Women: WFBR Grantee Luncheon Celebrates the Power of Philanthropy

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    April 19, 2016. Kindness, laughter and warm smiles filled the room on Wednesday as local leading ladies joined for the annual Grantee Luncheon hosted by the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge. The get-together was held at the Blowing Rock Conference Center and gave guests a closer look at how the dollars they raised have been spent in the community.
    Story and Photos by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Join Café Portofino in Celebrating 15th Anniversary with March Fundraising Event for OASIS

    Mar. 30, 2016. Help Café Portofino celebrate its 15th anniversary as it gives back to a different locally-based nonprofit each month this year! By Kaitlan Morehouse / Read more…



  • Photos: Empty Bowls Event Draws Huge Crowd to Support Hunger and Health Coalition

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    March 21, 2016. An impressive crowd showed up at Watauga High School on Saturday for the annual Empty Bowls Supper to support the Hunger and Health Coalition. The success was made possible by student volunteers, participating restaurants, business sponsors and event coordinator Whit Whitaker. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • Seeding Community Resilience: Annual Food Summit Set for April 2 at Appalachian State

    March 17, 2016. “The event offers a special opportunity to strengthen ties between the university and the wider community by highlighting our common interests in local food and exploring ways to build a more resilient and just local food system,” says Jacqui Ignatova. “The event will showcase the knowledge and expertise of community members in our local food movement and encourage the exchange of ideas to help us to address some of our common challenges and opportunities.” / Read more…



  • Bare Essentials Market Changing Hands After 27+ Years with Henderson, Underwood

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    March 15, 2016. After nearly 28 years of successful business in Boone, Bare Essentials Natural Market owners Ben Henderson and Mary Underwood are ready to pass the torch. They’re ready to tackle new adventures, and are leaving the market — a staple for healthy living in the High Country — to new owners, Dave and Catherine Reczek. Henderson will work his last official day at the market this Thursday, but he’ll be on hand for a few more months to help introduce the Reczeks to the Bare Essentials family of customers. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Volunteers Give More than 22,000 Hours, Raise More than $34,000 for ARHS in 2015

    March 7, 2016. It was a great year for volunteers of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). Throughout 2015, volunteers contributed more than 22,000 hours of service at ARHS facilities and helped raise more than $34,000. “Health System volunteers are invaluable members of our healthcare team,” said Amy Crabbe, Sr. Vice President of People Services at ARHS. “They play an integral role in our mission to make life better for the communities we serve.” For more information about volunteering at ARHS, visit www.apprhs.org/about/volunteer. / Read more…



  • Jung Tao School Offers Alternative To Western Medicine in Sugar Grove

    Feb. 21, 2016. A fantastic alternative to western medicine is sweeping across the High Country at the Jung Tao Clinic for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Located at the Historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, the clinic offers low cost acupuncture treatments to the public and school community performed by student interns in their final year of training to become professional practitioners of Chinese medicine.

    Patients come from all over the county to treat a wide variety of conditions. The clinic is located on the Jung Tao campus on the first floor of the old rock building. By Troy Brooks / Read more…



  • NC Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program: Medicare Advantage Disenrollment

    Feb. 1, 2016. The annual Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan may leave their plan and return to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until Feb. 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to ensure you will have drug coverage in 2016. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the drug plan gets your enrollment form. / Read more…



  • Legal Aid to Host Health Insurance Enroll-a-thon in Boone on Jan. 29

    Jan. 21, 201. Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Morganton office is holding a free enroll-a-thon Jan. 29 in Boone to help consumers enroll in affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act before Jan. 31, the last day of the 2015-2016 open-enrollment period. Consumers without health insurance at the end of open enrollment may be subject to a fine on their 2016 tax return. This year, the fine is increasing from $325 per person to $695 per person, or 2.5 percent of the consumer’s income, whichever is greater. Some consumers may be eligible to have the fine waived. Navigators can help eligible consumers apply for waivers. / Read more…



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