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  • Preventing Trauma, Building Resiliency: Capacity Crowd Attends State of the Child/State of the Community Forum

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    April 17, 2018. The 2018 State of the Child/State of the Community Forum held in Boone on Tuesday, April 17, was a huge success as evidenced by a crowd of 300-plus people filling Mount Vernon Baptist Church for the day-long event. Presented by the Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative, the forum was designed to help community members address the need to prevent trauma and build resiliency. As a follow-up to the local 2107 State of the Child event, an introduction to becoming a trauma-informed community, Tuesday’s event attracted a wide representation of area and regional agencies and other interested individuals. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Train Wreck Earth Ranks Among Top 100 in the 2018 Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition

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    April 18, 2018. Award-winning co-authors David Harman and Appalachian State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Harvard G. Ayers announce that their recently published book, Train Wreck Earth, is among the Top 100 best books in the 2018 Shelf Unbound Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition. Shelf Unbound is an indie book review magazine published by Shelf Media Group. Train Wreck Earth ranks No. 45 in this prestigious competition. / Read more…



  • A Drop in the Bucket: Wine to Water’s Efforts in Solving the Global Water Epidemic

    April 17, 2018.  Thirsty? Grab a glass and fill it to the rim right from the sink. Satisfying, isn’t it, to have the privilege of drinking a glass of clean water whenever you want? To brush your teeth, bathe, and even cook with the water that comes directly from the tap in your home. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many global citizens. Across the United States, most citizens have easy access to clean drinking water. However, not all countries have the ability to obtain clean water. Referred to as the global water epidemic, the inability to access clean water in other parts of the world is causing overwhelming illness and even death in young children and adults. By Savannah R. Watts / Read more…



  • Wind Advisory Remains in Effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday; Gusts over 60 MPH Recorded Across the High Country

    April 17, 2018. After Monday’s nasty wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow, gusty winds took over the High Country on Monday night and Tuesday, even leading to a few power outages in Ashe County. Currently 195 residents in Ashe are still without power as of 4 p.m. In Boone, a wind gust of 63 MPH early this morning was recorded at Watauga Medical Center, according to the National Weather Service. A gust of 52 MPH was reported as recently as 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort Announces New Taproom and Grill; and Director of Food and Beverage

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    April 17, 2018. Beech Mountain, NC – Fresh off being named on the Brewers Association’s list of the “50 Fastest-Growing Small and Independent Craft Breweries in the U.S.”, Beech Mountain Resort is announcing a reconfigured Taproom and Grill.  To help facilitate these exciting changes, Beech Mountain Resort has named Will Young as the new Director of Food and Beverage. Young brings over 15 years of culinary and brewing experience to Beech Mountain Resort and is most noted for his prior ownership of Blind Squirrel Brewery.. / Read more…



  • Watauga High School Playmakers to Perform ‘Cinderella Enchanted’ April 19-21

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    April 17, 2018. A long-standing tradition of presenting an annual musical production enters its 30th year for the Watauga High School drama department. This year, the Playmakers will be presenting “Cinderella Enchanted” starting this Thursday, April 19 and lasting through Saturday, April 21. The musical will take place each night at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the school’s front office from now through opening day. Saturday’s showing will also feature an open gala celebrating 30 years of theater at Watauga High School. Those who have performed in the past are invited to attend. The gala will also honor the directors of the show, Sarah Miller and Zach Walker, who were presented with the North Carolina Theater Conference Excellence in Teaching Award. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • ‘The Grandfather Challenge’ Hiking Program For At-Risk Youth Opens 2018 Season

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    April 17, 2018. James & Cheryl Nipper, the parents of Jason Matthew Nipper, are pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Season of their unique and challenging hiking program for at-risk youth taking place at Grandfather Mountain. This program focuses on teenage students who suffer from mental disorders and/or drug addiction, and also serves kids struggling with other personal problems for reasons beyond their control, including instances of parental abuse or neglect, placement in foster homes, and similar obstacles and challenges in their lives. / Read more…



  • Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Welcomes Scottish Musicians back to the High Country

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    April 17, 2018. Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music welcomes the North Sea Gas band back to the High Country for a special spring concert as part of its 25th Anniversary 2018 Concert Series. This trio of highly entertaining musicians is one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands featuring great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The concert takes place on Saturday, April 21st at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone, at 7:30pm – doors open at 7pm. / 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Named Among Healthiest Companies in America

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    April 17, 2018. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is proud to announce its recognition as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health, a national provider known for its preventive programs that encourage employees to adopt new health habits. ARHS is one of 184 companies across the country recognized this year for empowering employees to make significant and sometimes life-saving changes to improve their health. ARHS is proud to win this award in its inaugural year with Interactive Health. The “Healthiest Companies in America” award means that ARHS has reached or exceeded an exemplary 70 percent participation rate for its employee wellness program, and the workforce’s overall health risk is low. Health risk is calculated for each participating employee based on the results of an annual evaluation that involves a blood draw, health screening and a detailed questionnaire. / Read more…



  • National Gas Price Average Hits Highest Price Since Summer 2015; N.C. Average Currently $2.62 per Gallon

    April 17, 2018. At $2.71, gas prices are at their most expensive point in nearly three years and continue to climb. On the week, the national average increased a nickel. “Expensive crude oil prices, unrest in the Middle East and strong domestic demand, are some of the factors driving spring gas prices toward new heights,” said AAA Spokesperson Tiffany Wright. “Gas prices could increase another 5 to 10 cents this season, but right now we don’t expect we’ll see the $3 mark.” In the Carolinas, pump prices have hit their highest of the year as well. In North Carolina, the state average is currently $2.62, a six cent increase over the past week. In South Carolina, the state average is $2.48, a five cent increase on the week. Despite the increase, South Carolina still ranks among the least expensive states for gas prices in the country. / Read more…



  • It Takes a Village; Working with Those with Disabilities at LIFE Village

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    April 17, 2018. From one tiny house, a community is born. LIFE Village, a local nonprofit currently in the beginning stages of production, has hopes of becoming a lifelong home for those with autism or related disorders as well as for those residents of Boone who want to be part of this community. Candace Lang, the Vice President and Director of Development of this new initiative, has a long history of working with those with disabilities. Her daughter, Erin, 17, is multiply handicapped, and before Erin was born, Lang worked as a speech therapist for nine years. As Lang’s sister is also a special education teacher, Lang would often help out in her classroom. By Kelly Knowles and Jordan Klug / Read more…



  • Disgruntled 5th District Candidates Determined to Fight Incumbent Foxx at the Polls

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    April 17, 2018. With less than a month until primary elections in North Carolina, candidates for various federal, state and local offices are ramping up their campaigns. Jenny Marshall and DD Adams, the two Democratic Party candidates vying for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, are determined to knock Virginia Foxx, longtime incumbent for North Carolina’s 5th District, out of office. Foxx, a Banner Elk resident, was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004, and has been the 5th district’s representative ever since. As the incumbent’s sixth term in congress comes to an end, Marshall and Adams, both residents of Winston-Salem, are on campaigns to replace Foxx in the nation’s capital by winning the general election in November. But only one of the two will make it out of primary elections May 8. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Groundbreaking Underway for Next Phase of Blowing Rock ‘Streetscape’ Enhancements

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    April 16, 2018. It might not have felt like spring outside on Monday in Blowing Rock, but elected officials and town citizens gathered on Main Street for an official groundbreaking ceremony on one of spring’s biggest projects in the town. The Laurel Lane Beautification Project is a three-phase project that started in 2017, made possible through a public/private partnership between The Village Foundation, the Town of Blowing Rock and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • 50 Volunteers Participate in “Kiwanis One Day” Erecting Playground Structures and Sprucing Up Banner Elk Town Park on Saturday

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    April 16, 2018. There were no Amish and no barns involved, but the spirit was just like a traditional Amish barn raising in Banner Elk last Saturday! Only on April 14, different segments of the community came together to erect playground structures and spruce up the Tate-Evans Park in downtown Banner Elk.  Called Kiwanis One Day, this gathering had all the components of an Amish barn raising…it was a frolic, a work event that combined socializing with a practical goal.  At the end of the workday, more than 50 volunteers felt a greater sense of community!. By Jim Swinkola / 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Sun, Rain and Snow; Three Days of Weather!

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    April 16, 2018. Mother Nature just had to bring in one more round of snow showers for the High Country on Monday after heavy rains and thunderstorms dampened the area on Sunday. Boone received almost three inches of rain on Sunday with the official total measuring in at 2.78 inches. Blowing Rock had over three inches of rain at 3.14 inches. Linville had 3.57 inches of rain and Banner Elk got nearly four inches of rain with a total of 3.91 inches. Jefferson and West Jefferson saw right at three inches of rainfall while Phillips Gap at the Blue Ridge Parkway had 3.88 inches. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Meet the Candidates, Enjoy Coffee and Cake at F.A.R.M. Café April 23 Starting at 5 p.m.

    April 16, 2018.   The Coffee, Cake and Candidates forum at F.A.R.M. Café on the evening of Monday, April 23, will allow local voters a chance to meet and learn about candidates for various political offices in upcoming midterm primary elections, according to an event announcement from the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. A number of political candidates, including incumbent U.S. House Representative Virginia Foxx, will engage in a round-robin style question and answer forum following a round of two-minute introductory statements starting at 5 p.m., the statement said. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Dr. Pat Morgan Receives Watauga County Board of Education’s Servant’s Heart Award

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    April 16, 2018. For the past four decades, Dr. Pat Morgan has been a staple in Watauga County Schools, sharing his love for reading with students at Cove Creek, Bethel and Mabel schools. Over the last 41 years of reading in classrooms, Dr. Morgan has left an impression generations of students. This month, in recognition of the long volunteer service,  Dr. Morgan was presented with the Watauga County Board of Education’s Servant’s Heart Award, the highest honor the board presents. / Read more…



  • Watauga’s Local Music Community: The Watauga Community Band Returns to Rosen Concert Hall

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    April 16, 2018. Since their first concert in 1987, the members of Watauga Community Band (WCB) have practiced, played and performed locally, entertaining the masses and building life-long relationships. On May 6, 2018, the band will play its annual spring concert at Rosen Concert Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. Or if you are out around the Rotary Club Gazebo in Blowing Rock on any summer Sunday evening, the red-shirt summer band will play popular tunes for everyone’s listening pleasure. Combining flexibility and creativity the community band creates a space for people to play music for everyone to enjoy. By Lauren Stearley and Hayden Souza / Read more…



  • Spring Litter Sweep Starts this Saturday; Boone Clean-Up Day set for April 21

    April 13, 2018. Volunteers are needed to help keep Boone clean with the annual spring litter sweep starting this weekend and the Boone Clean-Up Day coming April 21. The town-wide clean up initiative from April 14 through April 28 encourages residents to clean their property of litter and debris. Town residents will receive an addition free curbside pickup for trash cleaned up, including household items, yard debris and brush. On April 21, volunteers are invited to come to the Town of Boone Public Works Center at 321 East King Street between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to be assigned a location to clean inside the town limits. Gloves and bags will be provided. From 12-1 p.m. refreshments will be provided at the Public Works Center. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Rain, Thunderstorms and Snow Returning to the Weather Forecast for the High Country

    April 13, 2018. If you have anything you need to do outside, make sure to get it done on Friday or Saturday. After that, it’s going to be a couple of potentially nasty weather days in the High Country. Highs for Friday are expected to reach into the 70s with mostly sunny conditions across the area. Saturday looks like much of the same with a lot of sun during the days and high temperatures in the upper 60s. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Savor Blowing Rock Kicks Off on May 3 with Four Days of Food, Spirits and Fun


    April 13, 2018. Savor Blowing Rock promises to be the same great event, just at a different time of the year. The 2018 event has moved from its usual landing spot on the April calendar to the first weekend in May. Savor Blowing Rock gets underway on Thursday, May 3 and lasts through Sunday, May 6. “This year, Savor will offer a very interactive experience for guests. Events will offer the opportunity to not only sample the latest food trends and beverages from the Carolinas, but to also learn about the process, from cultivation and creation to the table. Our goal is for attendees to walk away from the events being entertained, educated, and inspired to create small magic in their own kitchens,” said Loni Miller of the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Black Violin Continues ‘Classical Boom Tour’ April 20 at the Schaefer Center

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    Apr. 13, 2018. The “The Schaefer Center Presents…” performance series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, concludes its 2017-18 season with Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour on Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for Appalachian faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff and $5 for students and children. For more information, call the Schaefer Center Box Office at 800-841-ARTS (2787) or 828-262-4046, or visit http://theschaefercenter.org/. Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) and joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is Looking for Future Homeowners

    April 13, 2018. On Monday, May 7, those interested in Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing program are invited to attend a homeowner information session at the Watauga County Public Library. The session will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room with light refreshments being provided. Eligibility criteria for a Habitat home include a housing need, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage and a willingness to partner with Habitat. Homeowners assist in building their own home and the homes of others, and attend educational workshops on topics such as financial literacy and home maintenance so they are well prepared to be successful homeowners. / Read more…



  • STEAM Fun at Playhouse BuildFest Saturday April 14 at Watauga High School

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    Apr. 13, 2018. The Children’s Playhouse presents Playhouse BuildFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th at Watauga High School. This free event is part of the 2018 North Carolina Science Festival. There will be a “soft open” for kids with special needs from 9 am-10 am before the event opens to the general public at 10. Now in its fifth year, this free community event regular attracts 1200 kids and parents for a day of learning and fun. Aimed at kids aged 2 to 12, Playhouse BuildFest will offer hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities and engaging demonstrations. There will be all ages activities as well as activities specifically designed for preschool, grades K-3, and grades 4-6. An amazing physics show will be held at 1 pm. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Leads the Movement Toward Compassionate Schools in N.C.

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    Apr. 13, 2018. Adverse experiences in childhood can lead to many negative health outcomes later in life, but for many kids the problems can start much earlier. In the current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, Denise Presnell, a school social worker, writes about efforts in Watauga County to address childhood trauma. Presnell begins her article with a startling statistic: one out of every four children in the classroom has been exposed to trauma, from divorce to abuse, that might make it difficult for them to learn. / Read more…



  • Totally 80s Party Benefits Boone Service League April 14 With Auctions, Games, Food and Dancing

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    Apr. 13, 2018. It’s time to dust off your Members Only jacket and let the Aqua Net fly as the Boone Service League invites you to help us celebrate the ‘80s! The Totally 80s Party brings this unforgettable decade of daring fashion, radical hairstyles and unforgettable tunes back to the future from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Blowing Rock Conference Center Gymnatorium. The event is open to guests 21 and older. Mohr Fun Events will spin you right round with all the hits of the ‘80s, and the event includes food from Gadabouts Catering, a cash bar with wine and Appalachian Mountain Brewery beer, totally tubular live auction packages, games to win prizes, photo booth, best-dressed contest, as well as other fun ‘80s surprises. / Read more…



  • Children’s Hope Alliance Brings Hope and Healing to North Carolina Children

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    April 12, 2018. High in Banner Elk, about 14 miles from iconic Grandfather Mountain, lies the Grandfather Home for Children, a campus of the Children’s Hope Alliance. The campus features elegantly styled, cottage-like residence halls, wide grassy fields and a view of the Christmas trees growing on the nearby hills. This peaceful sight is what greets many of the young people who come into the care of the Children’s Hope Alliance as they begin their journey into recovery. By Katherine Hart and Karrigan Hall / Read more…



  • The Blue Ridge Conservancy Is Keeping Boone Brewing and Protecting Land

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    April 12, 2018. Imagine yourself on a cool morning in the High Country. The morning brings fog that seems to drape over the mountain treetops like a blanket. You take a sip of your morning roast; everything is perfect. The birds are singing and the sun begins to make its way through the clouds. Many of us have experienced this deep appreciation of the environment that surrounds us, but the preservation of these lands that we hold so dear would not be possible without the work of the Blue Ridge Conservancy.. By Frances Costello and Brett Ellison / Read more…



  • Author and Mental Health Advocate Kevin Hines to Speak at Boone United Methodist Church April 16


    April 12, 2018. Kevin Hines, whose book “Cracked, Not Broken” is featured in the community reading program at the Watauga County Public Library, will be speaking at Boone United Methodist Church on Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Hines is also the subject of the documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” which details his attempt to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Miraculously, Hines survived the 220-foot jump attempt in September of 2000. He is the 36th known person to survive a jump off the bridge. Now his life has changed. Hines has become an author and a motivational speaker and works hard to promote mental health awareness all throughout the country. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Newland Aldermen Approve Cruise-In Car Shows for 2018; First Show Coming in May

    April 11, 2018.    The Newland Board of Aldermen approved renewing the Main Street Cruise-In Car Shows for 2018 during their regular monthly meeting April 3. Claude Buchanan, spokesman for Cruise-In asked the aldermen to allow the car show on each first Friday per month from May through October. Buchanan also requested $250.00 from the Town to pay for the show’s expenses such as t-shirts and trophies to be given to its winners. “This (show) is too good for the town to let it go,” Buchanan told the aldermen, who agreed.
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  • Hospitality House Takes on the Stigma of Homelessness in the High Country

    April 11, 2018. Of the entire population in western North Carolina, 43%  of all unsheltered families in North Carolina live in our 7 county region, with the majority being in Wilkes, Watauga and Ashe. According to Todd Carter, the director of development at Hospitality House, those experiencing homelessness often work and live their lives in the same places as the rest of the community. Yet, people still hold prejudices against these individuals, and Hospitality House is working to change that. The non-profit is located in the Boone community and has been “helping rebuild lives since 1984” according to their website. By Michaela Herberg and Victoria Haynes / Read more…



  • Avery Fire Commission Chairman Declares No Funds Missing

    April 11, 2018.    Despite recent speculation about missing funds, Avery County’s Fire Commission’s top official said that none are missing from the Fire/Rescue Tax revenue. Fire Commission Chairman Bill Beuttell explained that due to a “computer clerical error” approximately $179,000 showed up missing in tax funds when in fact all are accounted for. Beuttell added that the computer error has been corrected. The amount speculated as missing was $230,000.00, which Beutell said was an inaccurate figure. 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.

    Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



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