• Appalachian Ski Mtn. to Open Saturday Morning With Sugar Mountain Also Ready For Weekend Skiing


    November 16, 2018. Appalachian Ski Mountain is all set to officially open for the 2018-19 ski season on Saturday morning, joining Sugar Mountain who decided to open on November 11. Appalachian will open at 9 a.m. tomorrow and the first 100 guests at the ticket window will receive a free ski ticket. With the cold weather and wintry precipitation that rolled through the High Country this week, conditions for snowmaking have been very good and the current plan, according to Appalachian Ski Mountain, is to have six or eight slopes open this weekend. Appalachian will be open on a regular schedule, which means Midnight Blast Nights will also be in effect from opening day forward. / Read more…



  • Ransom Pub and Horton Hotel Receive Facade Grants From Downtown Boone Development Association


    November 16, 2018. The Downtown Boone Development Association has a Façade Incentive Grant program that has been in place for many years and has helped improve several downtown buildings. This year the DBDA has received and approved two grants, one for Ransom Pub and another for the Horton Hotel. Ransom was recently given their grant money and when completed the Horton Hotel will receive theirs as well. In April of 2018, Wine to Water applied for a Façade Grant for Ransom Pub and it was approved at the May Downtown Boone Development Association meeting. In September, they received $5000 for the renovations they completed. The Façade Improvement Grant program is a part of the Design Component of the Main Street Four Point Economic Development Implementation plan. These façade grants are an important part of the design plan because they help retain the charm and history of downtown Boone. Ransom has done a beautiful job with the outside of the building as well as the inside. / Read more…



  • One Month Left to Sign Up for Health Insurance Through the Marketplace; High Country Community Health is Here to Help


    November 16, 2018. December 15 is the final day to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. If you are not sure if you are covered or would like to know if there might be a better plan that fits you, High Country Community Health is more than happy to help out. Alex Noriega, the Open Enrollment Coordinator with High Country Community Health, is taking appointments for the next month to help people navigate the health insurance marketplace. “Anyone that enrolled last year should contact us and see if there’s something different or more affordable they can buy,” said Noriega. “In general, I have seen people find cheaper plans this year. Most of the plans have lower deductibles and lower max expenses out of pocket.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Friday Morning Is Cold, Snowy, Icy, Windy With a Chance of Sunshine This Afternoon


    November 16, 2018. High Country residents woke up to a little snow on the ground and some more cleaning up to do after blustery winds continued through the night bringing down tree limbs and scattering more debris. Several roads had moisture freeze again over night, forcing schools to cancel after initially expecting to operate on a two-hour delay. In Boone, the highest wind gust recorded so far reached 42 MPH at 12:59 a.m. Friday morning. Wind gusts have measured in at 33 MPH in Linville, 26 MPH in Valle Crucis and 19 MPH in Blowing Rock. Windy conditions will continue across the High Country throughout most of the day, although not nearly as strong as overnight Thursday and early Friday morning. Temperatures will remain cold on Friday with high temperatures in the area expecting to stay in the upper 30s or maybe reaching 40 degrees. A wind advisory remains in effect until noon on Friday. / Read more…



  • Power Restoration Continues: Blue Ridge Energy and 100 Extra Crews Battle Ice, Wind for Nearly 4,000 Members


    November 16, 2018. Blue Ridge Energy crews and over 100 additional line and tree technicians continue battling outages from overnight winds coupled with Thursday’s ice storm that have left nearly 4,000 members without power this morning. Currently without power at 5:30 am Friday are: 2,094 in Ashe County; 1,136 in Alleghany County; 587 in Watauga County; 73 in Wilkes County; and one Alexander County. Overnight winds coupled with Thursday’s ice storm left widespread damage, impacting thousands of Blue Ridge Energy members.  / Read more…



  • Watauga and Avery Public Schools Closed on Friday Due to Overnight Snowfall and Dangerous Road Conditions

    November 16, 2018 WATAUGA SCHOOLS STATEMENT: Due to additional overnight snowfall and a number of snow and ice covered roads across our county as well as power outages and downed trees, there will be no school for students on Friday, November 16th.  It will be an Optional Teacher Workday.  Teachers and staff may report on a two hour delay to ensure safe travels to work. AVERY SCHOOLS STATEMENT: Overnight, Avery County received a fair amount of snow that has covered most roads. Even the main roads are dangerous in spots. This combined with temperatures well into the low twenties has created dangerous travel conditions this morning. Forecasts suggest the weather will improve after lunch today but not early enough to allow our buses to safely run this morning. Due to this, the Avery County Schools will be closed with an optional teacher workday today, Friday, November 16th. Staff members are to report on a regular schedule if safe to do so. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  / Read more…



  • Water Intake Project Completion Delayed; Engineers Receive Three-Month Contract Extension

    November 15, 2018 The New River Water Intake Project that was supposed to be completed by November 7 still has some work to be done to reach its completion. At the October 18 meeting of the Boone Town Council, W.K. Dickson & Co, Inc., the engineering company for the water intake project, received authorization for up to three months beyond the original completion date to finish up the project. According to the agreement, Harper Corporation, the contractor for the project, will be working at least 60 hours per week through the end of the project to complete everything in the additional three-month extension. The agreement states that the “Not to Exceed” (NTE) cost for the remaining services will be $137,600 to be paid by the Town of Boone. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Board of Education Recognitions for November


    November 15, 2018. At the November meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education, the board had five special recognitions for students and faculty. The recognitions included Watauga Education Foundation grant winners, district-wide spelling bee winner Sam Nystrom, Watauga High School Spanish teacher Carmen Scoggins, GEAR UP students and school board member Jason Cornett.  / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Energy Crews Still Attempting to Restore Power to Members in Watauga and Ashe Counties


    November 15, 2018. The first winter storm of the season has certainly taken its toll on several trees and power lines throughout the High Country. According to an update provided by Blue Ridge Energy on their Facebook page around 3 p.m., crews are attempting to restore power to over 6,000 residents in Blowing Rock and Aho who just recently lost power. The post also says that Blue Ridge Energy has requested an additional 100 line technicians and workers from sister cooperatives and contractors to assist 75 Blue Ridge Energy line technicians and personnel. Things are not much better in Ashe County as the number of people without power has climbed throughout the day, even as the bulk of the precipitation is leaving the area. The Blue Ridge Energy outage map currently shows 3,882 members in Ashe County without power. 1,403 members in Alleghany County are without power and 78 members in Wilkes County are currently without power as of 3:30 p.m.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Just Two Saturday’s Left for the Watauga County Farmers’ Market November Market


    November 15, 2018. Come share the excitement at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at Daniel Boone Park, Horn in the West parking lot in Boone. From market manager Michelle Slaton: “There are just two more Saturdays in November. What a wonderful season it has been. And with Saturday promising to be the sunniest and nicest day of the week it is the perfect time to come out and do some early holiday shopping and talk to our vendors about how to order from them through the Winter months. It’s been a wonderful season and we appreciate all our amazing customers and their continued patronage. We need to give a big thank you to Hatchet Coffee for generously donating coffee for sale during the four November market days. All proceeds from coffee sales will benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, a local, nonprofit land trust dedicated to conserving land and water resources in Northwestern North Carolina, who will be joining us throughout the month. Come by for a cup of coffee and hear about the good work that these folks are doing right here in our back yard!”  / Read more…



  • The White House Christmas Tree Cut Wednesday, November 14; Avery County’s Larry Smith Provides Another Classic Example of The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree


    November 15, 2018. In 1988 the term “The Year of The Perfect Christmas Tree” originated in Avery County and became nationally famous. Thirty years later in 2018, the same term has become nationally famous in a different manner, yet in another of the most momentous happenings in the county’s 107-year history. Avery County is the backdrop of the highly-popular “The Year of The Perfect Christmas Tree” children’s book written by local native, the late Gloria Houston. The book is a heart-touching story about a little girl and her mother carrying on in preparation for Christmas while her father is away at war. Since its publication in 1988, the book has become a holiday classic, reaching number one on the New York Times best-seller list with some 3.5 million copies in print. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • “What’s Strong in You?” Theme Set for 2019 State of the Child, State of the Community Event


    November 15, 2018. May 2019 could easily be an eye-opening, life-changing month for hundreds of individuals in the High Country, if Denise Presnell has her way. And, anyone who knows Denise Presnell knows it can happen. The innovative school counselor who heads up the Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative is growing more excited by the day as she and her team plan the upcoming State of the Child, State of the Community Event. Slated for Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Watauga High School, the conference is expanding its size, strength and focus with expected attendance between 500-600 people and double the breakout sessions from last year. Holding the event on a Saturday in a larger, more conducive classroom setting, Presnell said, will allow for more participants, as well as presenters, and will make it more convenient for childcare workers and educators to attend, as well as parents, many of whom will not have to hire substitutes or miss a day’s work to come. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Wide Spread Icing Across the High Country Thursday Morning; Some Power Outages Reported, Public Schools Closed


    November 15, 2018. Temperatures hovered around the freezing mark across the High Country Thursday morning causing widespread icing. Public schools are closed and many businesses are announcing a delay in their opening times today. Ray’s Weather Center is reporting that freezing temperatures could last through the morning hours. The National Weather Service says that slippery road conditions are possible, especially on bridges and secondary roads. And tree damage and power outages are possible. The Blue Ridge Energy Electric Outage Map is showing some power outages across the High Country, more so in Ashe county. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Will Be Closed Thursday, Nov. 15 Due to Widespread Icing

    November 15, 2018 Due to widespread icing and poor road conditions in the district, Watauga County Schools will be closed for students, teachers and all 10 month employees on Thursday, November 15th.  It will be an Annual Leave Day and this day will be made up later in the school year.  All 11 and 12 month employees may report on a two hour delay to ensure safe travels to work. The Holiday/ Snowday Program at Hardin Park will NOT open today..   / Read more…



  • Mast General Store Hosting Big Sale at National Guard Armory Starting this Thursday and Continuing Through Sunday


    November 14, 2018. Tent sales have become a bit of a tradition for the Mast General Store. This time around, the sale has expanded to the National Guard Armory in Boone, located at 274 Hunting Hills Lane. “Basically the reason we decided to do it at the armory is because it’s a little colder now than when we typically have our tent sales so we want everyone to be comfortable and want to have a large area to display our goods in,” said Sheri Moretz, spokesperson for Mast General Store. “The armory presents us with the opportunity to have a wide open space to let things spread out, kind of like a tent sale that has been moved inside.” Employees from the Boone and Valle Crucis locations will staff the sale and there will be areas to try on clothes and make sure you get the right fit with your purchases. Many items will be discounted by as much as 50 and 75 percent off of retail prices on brands that include Lulu-B, Honeyme, Merrell, Sperry, Dansko and many others. Both summer and winter apparel will be available at these discounted prices. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, November 5 – November 12

    November 14, 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 Nathan Ham



  • Avery County Schools Releasing Early at 2 p.m. as a Winter Storm Gets Closer to the High Country

    November 14, 2018 In preparation for the impending winter storm, Avery County Schools are dismissing early on Wednesday. Avery County Schools will dismiss today at 2 p.m. with Newland Elementary dismissing at 1:30 p.m. “Our goal is to get students and staff home safely before the incoming wintry weather arrives,” said a statement released on the Avery County Schools Facebook page.   / Read more…



  • High Country Prepares for First Winter Storm of the Season; Information on School Closing Policies


    November 14, 2018. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties through Thursday afternoon as the first winter storm rolls through the area on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. A wintry mix is expected to begin late this afternoon and this evening. The biggest threat from this storm will be the sleet and ice potential. According to the National Weather Service, sleet accumulations could reach as much as two inches and ice accumulations reaching a half-inch. There may be some snow mixing in with this storm, however ice will be the biggest factor overnight. Wind speeds will also pick up with this storm. Wind gusts between 20-35 MPH could bring down trees and power lines that may be covered in ice. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • High Country Caregiver Foundation Recognized At National Conference


    November 14, 2018. The Boone-based High Country Caregiver Foundation, and specifically its Relatives as Parents Program, was recognized as one of six finalists for the coveted 2018 Janet Sainer RAPP Award during the annual RAPP National Orientation and Training Conference on October 25-27, held at the Glenpointe Marriott Hotel in Teaneck, New Jersey, just outside of New York City. Sponsored by The Brookdale Foundation Group, the RAPP conference is the only national conference focusing exclusively on the issues faced by grandparents and other relatives who are primary caregivers of children. The Janet Sainer RAPP Award seeks to recognize the creativity, enthusiasm, dedication and commitment of Relatives As Parents Programs by honoring a RAPP that has achieved excellence in the delivery of supportive services to relative caregiver families. / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Thanksgiving Is Just Days Away


    November 14, 2018. We certainly have much to be thankful for as we reflect upon our blessings this year and a chance to celebrate our bounty with loved ones in the coming days. Always falling on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621. History tells us that Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony appointed a day for feasting and for giving thanks for all that had been bestowed upon the colonists. The first Thanksgiving Proclamation was issued by President George Washington in 1789. More and more states soon began to celebrate the holiday, and in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln set the last Thursday of November as the official Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving has continued as one of the true American holidays — a time for gatherings among families and friends, and, as we all know, a time for good food. Today, most American cooks feel compelled to showcase their skills centered around the turkey. Accounts of the earliest recorded Thanksgivings include turkey, as well as roast pork, goose, deer, and seafood, as main entrees. Sweet potatoes, homemade stuffing, gravy, Brussels sprouts, green beans, cranberries, pumpkin pie and similar dishes continue to receive honorable mention on the holiday menu in most homes. I have discovered the easiest and most efficient way to prepare a turkey is to place one thawed bird into an appropriate sized purchased baking bag and follow directions. It might be cheating to some, but the results will ease any pangs of guilt. Your turkey will be moist and delicious, I promise. There is no substitute for homemade dressing, or stuffing, as it is often referred to, but I do have a simple, delectable recipe that will make it look like you worked for hours. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Names Jim Freeman as Interim Town Manager; Search for Full-Time Replacement Still Underway

    November 13, 2018 The Town of Blowing Rock is still searching for a full-time town manager, but for the time being, a man with over 30 years of town manager experience has been chosen as interim town manager. Jim Freeman, a graduate of Appalachian State University who spent 33 years as a town manager in different locations across North Carolina, will take over as interim town manager on December 3. Current town manager Ed Evans’ final day will be November 30 after announcing his intention to resign last month. Evans decided to stay on through November to help the town transition to its next manager. By Nathan Ham / 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



  • Initial Lineup and Late Night Jam Announced for Merlefest 2019, Ticket Sales Begin Today


    November 13, 2018. MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2019, which will be held April 25-28. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2019 will be announced over the next few months. Today’s lineup announcement includes Wynonna & The Big Noise, Keb’ Mo’, The Earls of Leicester, Sam Bush, Tyler Childers, Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Air Force, and many more. The 2019 Late Night Jam on Saturday, April 27th will start at 10:30 p.m. and run well past midnight, hosted by Chatham County Line. This very popular after-hours hootenanny in the Walker Center gathers many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history. Ticket sales for both the festival and Late Night Jam begin at 10 a.m. EST on Nov. 13th. / Read more…



  • The Hunger and Health Coalition Expands Their Backpack Program to Combat Childhood Hunger


    November 13, 2018. The Hunger and Health Coalition has recently expanded their Backpack Program to include five additional elementary schools in order to help fight childhood hunger in Watauga County. Here in Watauga County, an astounding one in five children do not know where their next meal will come from. Local schools and area non-profits have come together to help ensure that Watauga County students have access to the essential nutrition they need to thrive and learn. Designed as a supplemental nutrition program to protect children against the consequences of hunger, the BackPack Program provides participating children with nutritious meals to take home each weekend during the school year. The menu rotates and always includes two servings of grains, three servings of fruit, two servings of protein, two servings of milk and one serving of vegetables. The program in Watauga County is a collaborative effort of the Hunger and Health Coalition, Watauga County Schools and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. “The Backpack Program is a literal lifesaver for our students who may be home alone over the weekend, or need supplemental items to carry them through a weekend with little food in the house” said Hardin Park Social Worker Denise Presnell. “It helps them return to school on Monday with their nutritional needs met and ready to learn.” / Read more…



  • Military Veterans Honored During Annual Veterans Day Celebration at Boone Mall


    November 12, 2018. The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (HCCMOAA), Boone Mall and the Watauga Community Band came together on a rainy Monday morning to honor the many veterans in the High Country. Veterans of each branch of the military and from each military conflict were honored for their service and Col. Benjamin Covington III (ret.) spoke before a big crowd inside the Boone Mall. Covington, a graduate from the West Point Academy, commanded two cavalry troops in Germany and Vietnam. He was also one of the co-founders of the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. This year’s celebration also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Veterans Day and the Armistice that ended World War I. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Offers Support for Student Veterans


    November 12, 2018. Yesterday marked an annual national holiday recognizing and appreciating the sacrifices of U.S. veterans. Within Appalachian State University, many students have made the transition from the military to college or are aspiring veterans. At App State, veterans are celebrated in a variety of ways, especially through offering extensive programs designed for students in the military, most notably Appalachian’s ROTC program. The ROTC program helps to ensure smooth transitions within an educationally-stimulating environment. / Read more…



  • Carolina West Wireless Hosts Grand Opening of New Location on Blowing Rock Road


    November 12, 2018. Carolina West Wireless has a new home in Boone. A special ribbon cutting event took place on Friday morning, November 9, at the newest location for Carolina West Wireless, 1126 Blowing Rock Road. The event was hosted by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and featured several fantastic prizes for people that chose to come out to the open house event. The grand prize was a pair of tickets to see the Carolina Panthers take on the Seattle Seahawks on November 25. Other prizes included three months of free service, gift cards to local restaurants, local attractions and golf courses, premium products such as tablets and speakers, Appalachian State tickets and more. “I just wanted to thank the Chamber for coming out and hosting this opportunity. The chamber always does a fantastic job of supporting local business and we’re grateful for their support. They’re customers of ours so they certainly practice what they preach in supporting local businesses,” said Todd Elledge, Director of Marketing for Carolina West Wireless. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Armistice Centennial Commemoration Monday at Boone Mall; Patriotic Event to Feature Ceremony and Music


    November 12, 2018. Retired New York music professor Don Miller will have his musical tribute to our US military featured in Monday’s 100th anniversary commemoration of the Armistice that ended World War I. The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Watauga Community Band will feature Miller’s piece as part of the 11am program in center court of Boone Mall. Miller based his memorable salute, “Here Rests In Honored Glory,” from the inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The presentation of the piece will follow remarks from Col. Benjamin W. Covington III, (Ret) of the US Army. The Watauga Community Band brass section will accompany vocalists from the band’s ranks, singers who have formed a choral group for the performance of Miller’s piece. They will also accompany the band in a vocal rendition of “Mansions of the Lord” near the closing of the event. Miller with medals he was awarded for Here Rests In Honored Glory. On the left is the George Washington Medal of Honor from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. On the right is a D-Day Medal from the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy in France. Miller’s music has gained international acclaim, including being featured at the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy in France each June 6th in commemoration of D-Day, the battle that signaled beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. / Read more…



  • Sugar Mountain Resort Gets the Ski Season Officially Started By Opening Sunday Morning From Top to Bottom with Five Slopes Open


    November 11, 2018. Kim Jochl, Vice President at Sugar Mountain Resort was all smiles this morning as she was getting ready for her first run of the season. “We have five trails open and two lifts running and open from top to bottom. We have the magic carpet open on our beginners slope, and a 6 to 30 inch base,” said Kim. She says weather looks good through the week for building up the base and getting more terrain open. Kim went on to said. “It’s beautiful out here today and we’ve had great snow making weather. We started making snow Friday night and here it is Sunday morning and we’re open. We added four new snow guns this year adding to our incredible arsenal of snow guns we already have and expanded our snowmaking pond for more water capacity for this season. Getting open in two days is a testament to our snow making capabilities.” Last year Sugar opened on November 20th and had 127 skier days with a total of 75 inches of natural snowfall.  / Read more…



  • The First Good Cold Snap of the Season Has Allowed Local Ski Slopes To Start Making Snow; Sugar Hopes To Open Sunday


    November 10, 2018. The first good cold snap of the season has allowed the local ski slopes to start making snow. Appalachian Ski Mtn. and Sugar Resort fired up their snow making guns last night and Beech Mountain Resort had their snow guns making snow today. Freezing temperatures should allow the slopes to continued making snow throughout today and continuing through tonight. Temperatures are forecast to reach into the teens tonight with a slight warming trend beginning Sunday afternoon through Monday and then temperatures head back into the 20s and teens for Tuesday and Wednesday. Sugar Mountain Resort has plans to open Sunday morning and Appalachian Ski Mtn. plans to open on Friday, November 16. Beech Mountain Resort is still considering their opening day. The next six days are looking good for continued snow making and looking like a great start for the 2018/19 ski season!  / Read more…



  • Veterans Appreciation Night Held At Watauga High School Wednesday Night


    November 9, 2018. Watauga High School hosted its second-annual Veterans Appreciation Night on November 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the school’s auditorium. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Veterans Day, and WHS opted to do things differently at their Veterans Appreciation Night this year. The event opened with Dr. Chris Blanton, the WHS Principal, welcoming the veterans. “Thank you most of all to our veterans. We would not be here tonight if it were not for you. So we hope this is a special night where you feel honored. We want to make sure you understand just how much we appreciate your service to our country. We don’t fully understand the sacrifices you’ve made.” The event then moved into a performance of the National Anthem by the Honors Choir. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner


    November 9, 2018. It’s a sure bet that most cooks who are preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year already have their menus planned and are starting to stock the pantry shelf with ingredients needed for the big day. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll look at ways to make your day less stressful and give you more time to focus on the blessings of life, instead of the burdens. What better way to start than with desserts?. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga County Farmers’ Market November Schedule Underway


    November 8, 2018. Come share the excitement at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon at Daniel Boone Park, Horn in the West parking lot in Boone. From market manager Michelle Slaton: “We need to give a big thank you to Hatchet Coffee for generously donating coffee for sale during the four November market days.  All proceeds from coffee sales will benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, a local, nonprofit land trust dedicated to conserving land and water resources in Northwestern North Carolina, who will be joining us throughout the month.  Come by for a cup of coffee and hear about the good work that these folks are doing right here in our back yard!” The November Market is smaller and more intimate. Instead of the normal 65 vendors, there will be 29 outstanding vendors with lots of excellent local, fresh produce, apples, art work, pottery, value-added products, and of course, freshly brewed hot coffee and scrumptious baked goods.  / Read more…



  • Possible Solutions Considered for Additional Parking in Downtown Boone

    November 8, 2018 At a special Boone Town Council meeting last month, the University of North Carolina School of Government shared plans on new development proposals linking downtown Boone with Appalachian State University. Through the Development Finance Initiative Program, the UNC School of Government works with communities throughout North Carolina to “attract private investment for transformative projects by providing specialized finance and real estate development expertise.” Parking has always been an issue brought forward by Boone residents, App State students, business owners and everyone in between. “As we were brainstorming and coming up with different ideas, there were two main options discussed for potential parking decks,” said John Ward, the Town Manager of Boone. “One of the options was the King Street long term lot next to town hall and as we did the assessments of that, it was determined that the size of the lot become prohibitive because it’s not large enough to warrant the cost of a parking deck.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Farmers Eligible for Emergency Loan Assistance Based on Losses after Hurricane Florence

    November 8, 2018 On October 12, 2018, President Trump declared a major disaster in the State of North Carolina based on losses caused by Hurricane Florence that occurred, September 7, 2018 to September 29, 2018. As a result of this major disaster, 13 North Carolina counties were declared eligible for Federal disaster assistance, including Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency (EM) loans for eligible family farmers. Those primary disaster counties are: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Chatham, Dare, Granville, Montgomery, Person, Randolph, Stanley, Union and Yancey. In addition to those 13 primary disaster counties, 26 additional North Carolina counties are named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA EM loan assistance, in accordance with Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. Those counties are: Alamance, Buncombe, Caswell, Currituck, Davidson, Durham, Franklin, Guilford, Harnett, Hyde, Iredell, Lee, McDowell, Madison, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Moore, Orange, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Watauga and Wilkes.  / Read more…



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