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  • Watauga County Schools Closed for Wednesday, Avery Schools on a Two Hour Delay

    Dec. 13, 2017. Icy road conditions has led the Watauga Country School Weather Team to cancelled classes again for Wednesday. Their statement said, “Due to snow and ice covered roads across our county, there will be no school on Wednesday, December 13th.  Schools in Watauga County will be closed for students, teachers and all 10 month employees.  It will be an Annual Leave Day.  All 11 and 12 month employees may report on a 2 hour delay to ensure safe travels to work. Avery County Schools are on a two hour delay for Wednesday. This will be the fourth day missed for school for Watauga County. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Dec. 5- Dec. 12

    Dec. 12, 2017. 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 Kate Herman



  • Virginia “Ginny” Stevens of Blowing Rock Passed Away December 6th

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    Dec. 12, 2017. Virginia “Ginny” Stevens, a passionate preserver of Blowing Rock history, passed away last Wednesday. Ginny had enormous impact in saving treasures and recording moments that help make Blowing Rock the charming town loved by tourists and locals alike.. By Jan Todd / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – December 12, 2017

    Dec. 12, 2017. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Threatening Weather Later Today Has Schools Closed in Watauga and Avery Again Tuesday

    Dec. 12, 2017. Threatening weather later today has closed schools in Watauga and Avery again today – this now being the third school day in a row. Watauga County Schools’ Weather Team statement said “Due to a likelihood for snow and ice covered roads in the district for today, schools in Watauga County will be closed for students on Tuesday, December 12th.  It will be an Optional Teacher Workday..” Ray’s Weather is forecasting a couple of inches of snow accumulating throughout the day with a strong cold front that is crossing the region this morning. The National Weather Service has also issued an alert for strong winds and cold temperatures that could put wind chill temperatures below zero tonight. / Read more…



  • A Highlight of the Banner Elk Town Council Meeting, New Members Sworn In On Monday


    Dec. 12, 2017. Standing with right hands raised and left hands on the Bible, Mike Dunn (left) and Robert Tufts (right) were given the oath of office by Assistant to Town Manager Cheryl Buchanan on December 11.  Dunn and Tufts recently were re-elected to council seats for the Town of Banner Elk.  Mayor Brenda Lyerly is seated to the far left. / Read more…



  • Scenes From Weekend Snowstorm at Grandfather Mountain


    Dec. 12, 2017. Sharon Glatthorn, who works at Grandfather Mountain, shared her pictures with us of views from the weekend snowstorm at Grandfather Mountain. Her email said ” I work on Grandfather Mountain and captured these images yesterday while we were closed. It was beautiful up there.” / Read more…



  • The Watauga County Clerk of Court Office Wishes Everyone A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year


    Dec. 12, 2017. The Clerk and her staff wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  The Clerk’s office along with other state and county offices at the courthouse will be closed on Dec. 25, 26, & 27th for the Christmas Holiday and will also be closed New Year’s Day. / Read more…



  • The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock Approves Two Grant Requests, Announces New Directors, 2018 Officers

    Dec. 12, 2017. At its December 7, 2017 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Village Foundation of Blowing Rock approved two Grant Requests submitted in the fourth quarter of 2017. The first Grant approved will provide continued funding to the Town of Blowing Rock for winter lighting on Main Street and in Memorial Park. Winter lighting in Blowing Rock has become a feature of the winter season and an attraction for visitors. This Grant will permit expansion and enhancement of this winter attraction. The second Grant approved will provide funding to the Blowing Rock Garden Club to enable the club to enter Blowing Rock in the “America in Bloom” competition among small towns in America. / Read more…



  • Former Newland Town Clerk Sentenced for Embezzlement by Public Official

    Dec. 12, 2017. A former Newland Town Clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement. On December 11, 2017, Priscilla Ann Trivette of Roan Mountain, TN was sentenced in Avery County Court for one count of Felony Embezzlement by a Public Official. Superior Court Judge Gary M. Gavenus sentenced Trivette to serve between 6 and 17 months in prison. That sentence was suspended by the Court, meaning Trivette will not have active prison or jail time, and she was placed on supervised probation for 24 months (two years). As part of her sentence, Trivette also must pay $5,030.00 in restitution up front, which covers the Town of Newland’s out of pocket insurance deductible. The balance of the missing funds ($20,000.68) was returned to the Town through its insurance policy. / Read more…



  • Don’t Wreck the Holidays. Drive Safe and Sober

    Dec. 11, 2017. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you are drunk driving. The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program is partnering with law enforcement across the state during the annual Holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign, which runs now through Jan. 1, removing impaired drivers from roadways. In 2016, 1,442 people were killed in crashes on North Carolina roadways, including 354 alcohol-related deaths. This year so far, there have been 292 deaths resulting from a crash involving an impaired driver. During last year’s Holiday Booze It & Lose It campaign, which ran from December 9 through January 1, there were 893 impaired driving related crashes and 23 alcohol-related fatalities. / Read more…



  • Do You Need Health Insurance? This Friday Is Your Last Chance To Get Covered For 2018 With The Affordable Care Act

    Dec. 11, 2017. If you are uninsured, visit HealthCare.gov now to see if you qualify for lower premiums. More than 80% of people get a discount on their premiums, and most can find health insurance for under $75/month. In fact, 4.5 million Americans can find a plan for $0/month. You won’t know if you qualify unless you shop. Just make sure you do so before the final deadline on December 15th. If you do not get covered now, you may be locked out of health insurance until 2019. / Read more…



  • Watauga and Avery County Schools Closed For Classes Today

    Dec. 11, 2017. Both Watauga and Avery County schools will be closed today. Watauga schools announcement said “Due to many snow and ice covered roads in the district as well as some overnight refreezing, schools in Watauga County will be closed for students on Monday, December 11th.  It will be an Optional Teacher Workday.  Teachers and Staff may report on a two hour delay if needed to ensure safe travels to work.” Avery County also reported that it would be an optional workday for teachers.. / Read more…



  • All High Country Ski Slopes And Hawksnest Tubing Now Open With Great Conditions


    Dec. 9, 2017. All the snow sport resorts were open on Saturday with Appalachian Ski Mtn. and Hawksnest Tubing opening for the first time this season. Beech Mountain opened back up Saturday after being closed for a number of days after their Nov. 24th opening. Sugar Mountain Resort opened back up for skiing on Thursday. Snowmaking temperatures kicked in Wednesday and the resorts have been making snow almost nonstop. With Friday’s snowstorm the resorts were picture perfect postcard beautiful on Saturday and the slopes were full of skiers, snowboarders and tubers. / Read more…



  • It’s a Snowy Saturday Morning in the High Country With 4 to 8 Inches of Snow Accumulations, More On The Way


    Dec. 9, 2017. The High Country woke up to a wintery wonderland Saturday morning with 4 to 8 inches of snow across the area. With temperature in the upper 20s and no wind, it’s a perfect day to get out and enjoy the first snowstorm of the season. Back roads are still snow covered, secondary roads are snowy but passable, and the main roads are becoming more clearer as morning traffic picks up. Ray’s Weather is reporting another 1 to 2 inches is possible this afternoon and then a northwest wind develops tonight carrying with it another possible 2 inches. Skies clear Sunday but it is going to be cold and windy. . / Read more…



  • Town of Boone Decides to Cancel Boone Christmas Parade That Was Scheduled for Saturday Morning

    Dec. 8, 2017. The Town of Boone regrets to inform the public that the 2017 downtown Christmas parade has been cancelled due to inclement weather and impending safety concerns. The latest forecast includes increased snow, freezing temperatures and the potential for dangerous road conditions. While the parade is cancelled, most downtown businesses will still be open, and the Town invites the public to visit the Jones House Cultural and Community Center for free cookies, hot cider, and hot chocolate. The Jones House is decorated for the holidays, including a special spot set up for taking family photographs. / Read more…



  • It’s Snowing! School Cancelled, Up to 7 Inches of Snow Expected Through The Weekend


    Dec. 7, 2017. The High Country woke up to snow this morning that is forecast to last through Saturday evening. Secondary roads were snow covered this morning prompting public school officials to cancel schools for today. The Watauga campus of Caldwell Community College also canceled classes for Friday. Ray’s Weather morning forecast is predicting 2” to 5” inches of snow to fall by Friday evening with another couple of inches expected on Saturday. The cold weather is forecast to last for the next week which is welcomed news for the ski areas. Sugar Mountain re-opened their slopes on Thursday, and Beech Mountain and Appalachian Ski Mtn. are to open Saturday. / Read more…



  • Local Boone Resident, Wayne Sumner, Awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine on Dec. 4

    Dec. 8, 2017. Wayne Sumner, President of Jackson Sumner and Associates from Boone, NC was awarded by Governor Roy Cooper the highly prestigious and honorable “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” award on December 4, at the company’s annual Christmas Party. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is, “among the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina,” its website states. / Read more…



  • The Number Of Christmas Tree Choose and Cut Farms Has Been Shrinking The Last Few Years


    Dec. 7, 2017. Over the past couple of years, Diane Cornett Deal has been seeing a number of new customers visiting the choose and cut Cornett Deal Christmas Tree Farm. This is good news on one hand, but not so good news on the other. Some customers are finding the tree farms they visited in the past are no longer in business. Deal said, “What’s happening is some of the choose and cut farms have closed down, not so much because they’re out of trees, but because the owners are aging out. We’re an aging group of farmers.” / Read more…



  • Todd Bush Shares His Photograph of Sunday’s Super Full Moon Setting Over Beech Mountain


    Dec. 4, 2017. The last Supermoon of 2017 was visible Sunday night thru the Monday morning this week. Here it is setting directly over Beech Mountain’s 5506’ summit (Eastern America’s highest town) seen from just outside Banner Elk, NC Monday morning around 7:30am. A 300mm telephoto lens at f8 for 1/500th of a second was used for this photo. A Supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to Earth in its elliptical orbit during full or new moon. Photo by Todd Bush / Read more…



  • Big Win for WYN! Third Annual Festival of Trees Fundraiser Brings In $30,000 in Funds


    Dec. 4, 2017. The Festival of Trees fundraising event for the Western Youth Network, held November 30-December 3 at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, was a huge success, and will have a large impact on youth in need in the High Country.  This was the third year for the event.  “We’re still finalizing numbers, but we’ve tipped $30,000 in funds this year,” said Jenny Koehn, chair of the Festival planning committee. Over 75 trees and wreaths were displayed and auctioned off to festival attendees.  The trees and wreaths were decorated by local businesses and individuals, and packaged with gift certificates, merchandise and treats. / Read more…



  • The Watauga Community Band Partners with the WHS Band for Holiday Concert on Dec. 7

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    Dec. 4, 2017. The Watauga Community Band and the Watauga High School Band will ring in the holidays with a Christmas concert  on Thursday, Dec. 7, in the auditorium of Watauga High School.  The concert will open with the Watauga High School Band at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Watauga Community Band. By Kate Herman – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Kicks Off Its 50th Anniversary Season With A Party at Their Brewery Friday Night


    Dec. 4, 2017. Beech Mountain Ski Resort kicked off its 50th Anniversary Season with live music and the grand re-opening of their Beech Mountain Brewing Company facilities on Friday night, Dec. 1st. The musical group If Birds Could Fly had the brewery grooving as attendees enjoyed craft beers and fun times. It was 50 years ago on December 1st that Beech Mountain Resort first opened for skiing. / Read more…



  • App State Fan Shots From 63-14 Win On Saturday

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    Dec. 3, 2017 Here are fan shots from Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Appalachian State beat UL Lafayette 63 to 15. App State has won half of the Sun Belt Championship. Photos by Debbie Carter. / Read more…



  • Banner Elk’s Christmas Parade Rolls Down Main Street Saturday Night Under A Full Moon


    December 1, 2017. Under a full moon rising, hundreds of paradegoers lined Main Street in Banner Elk on Saturday night for this year’s Small Town Christmas Parade.  The weather was perfect and the crowds were enthusiastic as floats and cars decorated in Christmas lights made their way along the parade route where it ended in Tate-Evans Park. Many folks along the parade route then made their way to the park where there was a tree lighting, mini-train rides through the lights and luminaries, Christmas music and most important for the kids, a chance to visit with Santa to tell him about their Christmas present wishes. / Read more…



  • Town of Boone Holiday Events: Jones House Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 1 and Boone Christmas Parade Dec. 9

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    Dec. 1, 2017. The Town of Boone is pleased to announce this year’s holiday events: The Jones House Christmas Tree Lighting and the Boone Christmas Parade. These events are free and open to the public. All are invited to join us for our holiday celebrations. Happy holidays! / 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



  • Announcing Beech Mountain Ski Resort’s 50th Anniversary Winter Music Series Beginning Dec. 1st


    December 1, 2017. Beech Mountain Ski Resort is pleased to announce a partnership with Corona Extra to celebrate its 50th ski season in a grand style with a Winter Music Series. Beech Mountain Ski Resort officially opened its doors fifty year ago today, ushering in a new era of snow sports activity on one of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River. As part of this Golden Jubilee year celebration, an exceptional run of shows will be hosted by the resort during the winter of 2017/2018.. / Read more…



  • WYN’s Festival of Trees Fundraiser Now Open at Chetola Through December 3rd


    December 1, 2017. The WYN Festival of Trees made its debut Thursday evening at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Doors opened at 5:00 pm for sponsors and guest for a first glimpse of this year’s Christmas Trees. The trees are decorate with lights, beautiful ornaments, gifts, and tempting treasures. “This is the third year of the festival, and we’re so excited to see how it has grown,” said Julia Roberts, Director of Development and Operations at WYN.  “It is a critical fundraiser for our program.”  The Western Youth Network serves children and youth, striving to build a stronger community for the High Country through after school programs, mentoring, substance abuse prevention efforts, and summer camps. / Read more…



  • App Theatre Invites Community to ‘Save The Drama’ Release Party, Fundraising Auction Dec. 1

    Nov. 20, 2017. The Appalachian Theatre, in collaboration with Appalachian Mountain Brewery, invites you to the Save The Drama Release Party on Friday, Dec. 1 at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue. / Read more…



  • AMTE Presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” on December 1 and 3


    November 30, 2017. The Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble (AMTE), the performance arm of the Appalachian Musical Theatre Club (AMTC) of Appalachian State University, will present the musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone,” winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and Best Original Score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, who also wrote the lyrics. The production takes place at 8 p.m. on December 1 and 3 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 3 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University. / Read more…



  • Hospitality House Unveils Photovoltaic Solar Energy System Dedicated on Giving Tuesday


    November 30, 2017. Giving Tuesday marked a major milestone for Hospitality House, the regional nonprofit homeless services agency based in Boone, N.C., as it unveiled its latest solar project. A ribbon cutting ceremony for a fifty-four panel photovoltaic solar energy system was held at 8:00 a.m. with many local community leaders in attendance. “This is the perfect marriage of the nonprofit community, university community and business community,” said Hospitality House director of development Todd Carter as he opened the ceremony. “In addition to respect, dignity, compassion and integrity, our core values include the sustainability of live, community and environment; as well as, being an innovative leader in our community. We are proud to stand here today celebrating those values. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Seeks Support for Amendments to Proposed Regulations by NCWRC

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    Nov. 29, 2017. Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is asking supporters to reach out to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission prior to a Dec. 1 vote on captivity/enclosure regulations that could affect operations on Grandfather Mountain and spell the end of habitats for cougars, bears and otters on the mountain. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Townsend Stepping Down as ACS Superintendent, Returning To Role as Human Resources Director

    Nov. 29, 2017. Avery County Schools Supt. Ken Townsend is stepping down from his role as head of the school system and returning to his previous position of six years, director of human resources. In June, he succeeded a retiring David Burleson.  By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

    Nov. 29, 2017. An Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Investigation, involving an individual seeking and receiving Child Exploitation Material, led the Boone Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to a private residence off of Quail Ridge Lane in Boone; the residence of Timothy Scott Hardin. / Read more…



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