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  • Best Cellar/Inn at Ragged Garden Making & ‘Buying Boone Lunch’ at F.A.R.M. Cafe on Wednesday February 21

    Feb. 16, 2018. On Wednesday, February 21, between 11 AM and 2 PM F.A.R.M. Cafe will feature a very special menu provided by the Best Cellar of Blowing Rock. As always everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M. (Feed All Regardless of Means) Cafe at 617 West King Street to enjoy a delicious lunch regardless of means. On February 21 the Best Cellar/Inn at Ragged Garden is joining the F.A.R.M. Cafe for another of what is now a successful monthly event where a local business, group, or organization ‘Buys Boone Lunch’. The Best Cellar has been a longtime supporter of F.A.R.M. Cafe and its mission to feed all regardless of means. / Read more…



  • February Only: W.A.M.Y. Community Action’s Have a Heart Program

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    Feb. 19, 2018. During the month of February, help W.A.M.Y have a heart for our community! For only one dollar, you can purchase a heart from one of the participating vendors. Your heart goes right back into supporting your community and helping to break the cycle of poverty in the high country.  / Read more…



  • Dodge Ball for Hope; Fifth Annual Tournament Helps Fund Hope Pregnancy Center on Feb. 23


    Jan. 30, 2018. It’s almost time once again to hit the courts (or the bleachers!) for a good cause as Hope Pregnancy Center hosts its fifth annual Dodge Ball for Hope Tournament. The Friday, Feb. 23 event will be another one for the record books organizers are predicting, as each year the participation, attendance and fundraising efforts and responses increase. Dodgeball has picked up a little speed and popularity in Boone since this tournament began, with the event seeing over 200 “hardcore athletes” on the court last year alone, “battling it out in friendly competition to the very end,” said spokesperson Molly Petrey, the organization’s director of operations. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Tweetsie Railroad Hosts Annual Job Fair on Feb. 24 for 2018 Season

    Feb. 2, 2018. If you’re looking for employment that provides a fun and rewarding work experience, Tweetsie Railroad may be the perfect fit. Plan to attend the park’s annual Job Fair on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Tweetsie Palace (300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock) to learn more about seasonal employment for 2018, including special events positions. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Axes Ailed Trees in Memorial Park


    Feb 16, 2018. Twelve trees in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park were removed due to safety concerns caused by trunk rot and root decay on the week of Feb. 12. Blowing Rock Town Council voted unanimously last December to remove 11 red maple trees and one cherry tree after prolonged discussion dating back as far as 25 years ago, according to town manager Ed Evan. “Somebody told me there was a notation in the minutes from 25 years ago that the trees were being loved to death,” Evans said. “These trees got loved so much throughout their history. That led to their deterioration.” By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Boone’s Andy Wilson Named Most Promising New Filmmaker in Hollywood, His Film “BlindSight” Takes Best Trailer Award


    Feb 16, 2018. If you ask Andy Wilson how a stroke changed his life, the young husband and father from Boone could give you a laundry list of answers. But, recently winning coveted Hollywood awards for his film trailer, nearly a decade after his world was turned upside down, was beyond anything he could have anticipated. It’s apparent that Wilson is no ordinary young man, nor was he willing to succumb to the ravages of a life-altering event that could easily have left him and his life’s dreams deflated and defeated. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Newland Aldermen Hires Police Officer Full-Time and Discuss Personnel and Insurance Issues

    Feb. 16, 20187.   Promoting a police officer to full-time duties was the most noted action taken during the Newland Board of Aldermen’s last regular monthly meeting February 6. All Aldermen (Town Council members) Kenny Caraway, Lauren Turbyfill, Joleta Wise, Jamey Johnson and Greg Seiz were present, as was Mayor Valerie Jaynes. Other town officials attending included: Finance Officer Lisa Meinhardt; Town Attorney Joe Seegers; and Town Clerk and Board of Aldermen secretary Tammy Gardner. Town Administrator Keith Hoilman was absent attending the National Rural Water Convention in Washington, DC on behalf of the town. Police Chief Byron Clawson asked the Board for permission to hire Matthew Potter as a full-time police officer. Potter had already worked part-time for the Town. The Board of Aldermen agreed by consensus (no vote taken) to let Clawson hire Potter. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Rock the Casbah at Beech Mountain’s Retro Ski Weekend Taking Place Feb. 22-25

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    Feb. 15, 2018. Ski back in time and rock the 1980s like never before during the Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend at Beech Mountain. This year’s event takes place Feb. 22-25 with four days of throwback activities, including the best music lineup in the weekend’s seven years of bending the space-time continuum. Saturday night’s headliner at Beech Mountain Resort is Charlotte’s Cassette Rewind, the hottest ’80s tribute band in the Carolinas. Born in the ’80s and raised on radio, Cassette Rewind cues up the ultimate high-energy new wave rock experience. / Read more…



  • Two Rivers Live at Center 45: A Fundraiser for Two Rivers Community School Mar. 3

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    Feb. 15, 2018. Center 45 Climbing and Fitness will host a fundraiser for Two Rivers Community School on Saturday, March 3rd, from 6 to 10 p.m. Two Rivers Live at Center 45 will benefit the school’s Mountain Adventure Program, which provides every student an opportunity to participate on student mountain expeditions. The adult-only event will include live music by Handlebar Betty, a live and silent auction with local auctioneer Jesse Miller, and local foods and beverages by the Tapp Room, Stick Boy Kitchen and Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Tickets can be purchased in advance online by visiting the school’s Facebook page, or at the door the night of the event.  / Read more…



  • Incumbent Foxx, Newcomer Marshall File for Same Seat in U.S. House of Representatives

    Feb. 14, 20187. Virginia Foxx, republican United States House Representative for North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, filed for re-election Tuesday with the state board of elections in Raleigh, making her the second candidate to enter the race behind democrat Jenny Marshall, who filed Monday. North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District stretches across the northwest part of the state, including Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties. Foxx has been the district’s incumbent representative since 2005. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock’s St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church Prepares To Celebrate Centennial Year

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    Feb. 14, 2018. On Sunday Feb. 11, members of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church gathered in celebration of the building’s 100th birthday. The congregation joined in the fellowship hall after attending the 10:10 a.m. service to celebrate the life of the church through food and fun! Members of the church brought a large spread of dishes which were served buffet style. By Kate Herman – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • The Blowing Rock Chamber Presented Its Awards Luncheon On Tuesday at the Green Park Inn

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    Feb. 14, 2018. The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce hosted its 31st Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday at the Green Park Inn. Charles Hardin, president and CEO of the chamber welcomed the packed dining room and gave an overview of chamber news for the past year. The chamber ended 2017 with 519 total members and 28 chamber partners. The luncheon featured award winners and recognitions of chamber members.  / Read more…



  • 2018 Begins With Busy Month of Home Sales; 136 Homes Worth $34.61 Million Sold in January

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    Feb. 14, 2018. Rising interest rates didn’t deter home buyers in January, with local Realtors® marking the new year with continued brisk business. The first month of the year – with its traditional snow and wintry weather mix – is usually one of the calmest, but not in 2018. Home buyers remained active in the High Country area, with sales within Ashe, Alleghany and Avery counties the best in more than a decade. There were 136 homes worth $34.61 million sold in January, according to the High County Multiple Listing Service. It records all Realtor® activity in the four-county area. It was the busiest January since at least 2007, when 112 homes worth $29.26 million were sold. It’s a 32 percent increase from last January (103), and a 19.3 percent increase from January 2016 (114).  / Read more…



  • Avery County Election Update: Eight File as Candidates for 2018 So Far

    Feb. 13, 20187.  This year will feature elections for county, state and national offices. At press time, eight have filed for offices that Avery County voters will elect or help elect. Filing for most county and district offices and some for state and federal offices began Monday, February 12 at 12:00 noon and runs through Wednesday, February 28 at 12:00 noon. Avery County offices open this year include: Commissioners, Board of Education, Sheriff, Clerk of Court and Soil and Water Supervisor. There are three seats open on the County Commission. The two candidates with the most votes will serve four-year terms, while the candidate with the third most votes will serve a two-year term. Two seats are open on the Board of Education. The winners for Sheriff, Clerk of Court, Board of Education and Soil and Water will all serve four-year terms By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Playing, Coaching Success Contribute to Fruitful App State Football Coaching Tree

    Feb. 13, 2018. Page 26 from the 2001 Appalachian State media guide looks like it has been pulled from a time capsule. In a section reserved for App State assistant football coaches, the bio for a fourth-year running backs coach takes up the left half of the page. The bio of a first-year defensive backs coach occupies the other half. Seventeen years later, Scott Satterfield is a record-setting head coach at his alma mater and Steve Wilks is a newly introduced National Football league (NFL) head coach with the Arizona Cardinals. “My first reaction was, ‘Man, how old was I?’ because I looked like I was about 12 in that picture,” Satterfield said with a laugh. “That was pretty cool looking back when Steve was here.. / Read more…



  • Mrs. Hamby Recognized at Board of Education Meeting as Part of Love the Bus Week

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    Feb. 13, 2018. Ann Hamby — Mrs. Ann to her riders — has driven a bus at Parkway School for 45 years, and while transportation has undergone significant changes since the early 1970s, Mrs. Ann said one constant spanned her four-decade career: her dedication to the safety of her students on the way to and from school. Hamby, who began work with Watauga County Schools in 1973, was the first driver in the district to be assigned a school with an automatic transmission. Over the course of her career she has transported three generations of Parkway students.  / Read more…



  • Sugar Mountain Adult Race League Holds Final Race and Awards Ceremony Monday Night

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    Feb. 13, 2018. The Sugar Mountain Adult Race League (SMARL) held its final race Monday night and the award ceremony was held in the Sugar Mountain lodge afterwards. For 6 Mondays beginning January 8, close to 100 skiers and snowboarders representing 12 teams made their way to Sugar for the 6:30 p.m. race. This is the 13th year for the SMARL races and many of the skiers and snowboarders have participated every year.  / Read more…



  • Races Begin in 2018 North Carolina Elections


    Feb 12, 2018. Local government hopefuls lined up outside the Watauga County Board of Elections to file as candidates in the 2018 North Carolina state and local elections Monday at noon. Filing began Monday for the following offices: three positions on the board of commissioners, three positions on the board of education, clerk of superior court, district attorney, and sheriff. After the first day of filing, 14 candidates have signed up to run for public office in 2018, as follows: By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Hobby Lobby to Open Boone Store Early Next Year

    Feb. 12, 2018. Hobby Lobby will open a new store in Boone next January, according to the corporation’s communications coordinator, Bob Miller. The new Hobby Lobby is rumored to take the place of JCPenny and adjacent storefronts in the Boone Mall, according to shop owners familiar with plans. Currently, Hobby Lobby has 28 locations in North Carolina, according to Miller, and opened their 800th store nationwide on Jan. 8. / Read more…



  • The Table Restaurant at Inn at Crestwood Reopens After Remodeling, Restaffing for Spring Season

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    Feb. 12, 2018. The Table Restaurant at the Inn at Crestwood is reopening on Valentines after being closed for the past month for renovations, revamping and re-staffing for the upcoming spring season. On Sunday night the restaurant had a “soft opening” for friends and guests to showcase their new menu. Crestwood’s General Manager, Vanessa Hensley, welcomed diners saying. “We’re looking forward to showcasting our new menu and letting our new staff serve you tonight.” Diners were treated to a four-course meal with wine pairings for each course.  / Read more…



  • Hunters Helping Kids Has Far-Reaching Effect Annual Fundraising Banquet Set for March 2


    Feb 12, 2018. For the last 13 years, a group of local sportsmen have joined forces to raise money and awareness for local kids through their organization known as Hunters Helping Kids, dedicated primarily to inspiring and educating youngsters in wildlife conservation and management. In addition to individual and group events, and teaching a variety of life and safety skills in various settings, the High Country Chapter of the organization has taken the program to far greater heights in helping families with children in need. But, they cannot do it alone. To continue their mission, Hunters Helping Kids will once again sponsor their highly anticipated fundraiser on Friday, March 2. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • A Second Case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Confirmed in Watauga County on Saturday

    Feb. 12, 2018. One case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was confirmed on February 7, 2018 in a Watauga County Schools student attending Watauga High School. On Saturday, February, 10, 2018, AppHealthCare (local health department) became aware of a second case in a student attending Cove Creek Elementary School. School and health officials report both individuals diagnosed with pertussis are being treated, per guidelines established by the State of North Carolina and the Centers for Disease Control, and both are fully cooperating in following isolation instructions / Read more…



  • With Snow Piled Up On Slopes, Local Ski Resorts Ready For Warm Spell

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    Feb. 9, 2018. With a warm and wet weather forecast coming up for the weekend, area ski slopes report they are in great shape to weather the less than ideal forecast. The cold winter weather so far this year has allowed ski resorts to lay down massive amounts of snow on their slopes with snow depths of over 80 inches in many places. Talia Freeman of Beech Mountain Resort reports, “We have a base depth of 34-82 inches.  Our snow has held up well through the rain and I feel confident we will have good conditions moving into the weekend.”  / Read more…



  • Grizzlies Arena Football Team Readies for Training Camp at Business After Hours Meet & Greet


    Feb 9, 2018. The High Country Grizzlies revamped the team and switched arena football leagues in preparation for its second season, kicking off in Holmes Convocation Center March 17. Sponsors of the Grizzlies met with players and staff Thursday night during a business after-hours event hosted at Harvest House by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. William Thompson, General Manager and director of football operations, opened the event with a blessing and remarks, followed by words from part-owner Bryan Bouboulis and newly-appointed head coach Scott Meserve. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • New AppalCart Buses Join Fleet, Replacing Old Models and Expanding Red Route


    Feb 5, 2018. Amidst high demand for public transportation in and around Boone, AppalCart is preparing 10 new buses for service. Nine old buses along AppalCart’s 13 routes will be retired and replaced by nine of the new, more fuel-efficient, lower carbon emissions buses, according to AppalCart director Craig Hughes. Hughes said the tenth new bus will bring the fleet’s number up to 24 full-sized buses and will serve as a second line for red route, which often operates near peak capacity and is expected to see increased ridership when Appalachian State’s Beaver College of Health Sciences opens in the fall. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • 2018 is a Local and State Election Year – Here’s a Look at the Races to Come

    Feb. 6, 20187. Candidate filing begins Monday, February 12, for most offices available in the 2018 North Carolina state and local elections. The following local offices are available for filing starting Feb. 12, according to the Watauga County Board of Elections: three positions on the board of commissioners, three positions on the board of education, superior court judge, clerk of superior court, district attorney, and sheriff. Candidacy may be filed for the above positions at the Watauga County Board of Elections from Feb. 12 at noon until February 28 at noon. By Luke Weir / Read more…



  • Conversation with Seven Devils Mayor Larry Fontaine

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    Feb. 8, 2018  One of the most noted places in the Appalachian Mountains is the small, picturesque town of Seven Devils, located in both Avery and Watauga counties. Around1965 its founders wanted a unique name to attract visitors. Seven Devils was decided upon based on a combination of seven rocky peaks and local history of seven brothers, who at the 19th century were so cantankerous and willing to fight that they were jokingly referred to as the seven devils. Developed in the 1970s as a vacation home community, Seven Devils is home mainly to seasonal residents. Some of the town’s year-round residents earn their living at the resort, while others are retirees. The town’s population was 192 at the last census (2010). Seven Devils may be best known as the site of the popular Hawksnest wintertime tubing resort, which claims it has the largest tubing facility on the East Coast. But the town has various other prominent features. High Country Press reporter Tim Gardner interviewed the Town of Seven Devils Mayor Larry Fontaine about this famous mountain village, mostly concerning governmental issues. Questions and answers from that conversation follow. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Iconic Linn Cove Viaduct to Receive Facelift During Upcoming Closure Beginning Mar. 1

    Feb. 8, 20187. The National Park Service announces the closure of the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway for surface repaving and bridge maintenance from March 1, 2018 through May 24, 2018. These projects require a full closure of the Parkway, including closure of the trail below the bridge; with the reopening coinciding with Memorial Day weekend. The Linn Cove Viaduct is located at Milepost 304. A traffic detour will be put in place from Milepost 298.6 (Holloway Mountain Rd) to Milepost 305.1 (US 221). Gates will be located at MP 303.6, Wilson Creek Overlook on the north and MP 305.1, US 221 on the south end of the work zone. Within the closed area, including the trail areas beneath the viaduct, the Parkway will be closed to all uses including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. The public’s cooperation with these closures will provide for the most efficient work schedule and will ensure the safety of staff and visitors / Read more…



  • Avery Commissioners Hear Multiple Reports and Make Board Appointments at February Meeting

    Feb. 8, 20187. Reports about the arrest success of the Sheriff’s Department’s against drug offenders, various Board appointments and a Heritage Park Vision Plan presentation were among the topics of the regular monthly meeting of the Avery County Commissioners February 5. Commissioners Blake Vance; Wood Hall (Woody) Young, Jr.; Tim Phillips; and Faye Lacey were present. Commission chairperson Martha Hicks was absent from the meeting due to a family illness. Vice-Chairman Vance moderated the meeting in Hicks’ absence. County Manger Phillip Barrier, Jr.; Assistant County Manager and Clerk to the Board Cindy Turbyfill; County Attorney Michaelle Poore; and Finance Director Nancy Johnson also were present. Approximately 30 others attended the meeting. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • One Case of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Confirmed in Watauga County

    Feb. 8, 20187. One case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was confirmed on February 7, 2018 in a Watauga County Schools student attending Watauga High School. School and health officials report the individual diagnosed with pertussis is being treated, per guidelines established by the State of North Carolina and the Centers for Disease Control, and is fully cooperating in following isolation instructions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After cough fits, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths, which result in a “whooping” sound. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old. The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.” / Read more…



  • Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention Returns to App State on Feb. 10

    Feb. 8, 20187. It’s time to rosin up the bow and get ready for some fine fiddlin’ at the upcoming 10th Annual Fiddler’s Convention at Appalachian State University. On Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., hundreds of fans, instrumentalists and vocalists of traditional mountain music are expected to converge upon Plemmons Student Union on the college campus for a day-long event that pays homage to a special blend of music familiar to these hills ­– and one that continues to grow in popularity among all ages and lifestyles. But, it’s not just about the fiddle, according to those working behind the scenes, but rather the event is a celebration of music, history, arts and culture of the Appalachia region, as a whole. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • TAC Talk: Black Mountain College: 1933-1957, History and Legacy, Feb. 15 at BRAHM

    Jan. 29, 2018. This presentation will give an overview of the fascinating story of Black Mountain College and an introduction to the work of the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville. Black Mountain College existed for a mere 24 years, but in that short time, the small experimental college in the Appalachian Mountains just outside of Asheville produced a legacy that makes it central to American culture in multiple ways. While often thought of as an art school, in actuality the arts were just one important aspect of an overarching liberal arts education emphasizing the broader area of the humanities. The college’s influence on the arts and education continues to this day. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is Looking for Big Kahuna Campaign Contestants


    Feb. 8, 2018. Watauga County Habitat for Humanity (WCHfH) is celebrating a new year by planning the 4th annual Big Kahuna fundraising competition in the spring of 2018. WCHfH is currently looking for campaign contestants. Letters requesting participation have been sent to many community leaders. There will be a maximum number of Kahuna Contestants. Since 2015, this fundraising campaign has collectively raised over $110,000, enough to build an entire Habitat for Humanity home. Past winners include Linda K. Robinson of Premier Sotheby’s Real Estate, Justin Davis of Town Tavern Blowing Rock and Jenny Miller, Community Volunteer. Joining this friendly competition is a great way to show your support for Habitat’s work in Watauga County, and participants are encouraged to compete as representatives of their businesses. / Read more…



  • WHS Heath Alert: Case of Whooping Cough Diagnosed at Watauga High School

    Feb. 7, 2018. We have just sent a letter to parents at Watauga High School informing them a case of pertussis has been diagnosed at the school. Attached is the text of the letter parents have received and more info on the condition. We are writing to inform you that a student at Watauga High School has been diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough). AppHealthCare (Appalachian District Health Department) is working with your child’s school to identify students who may have been exposed to this student. The student is receiving treatment and is under quarantine. If your child is identified as having had close contact to this student, you will be notified with a separate letter. / Read more…



  • Charlotte Band Amigo to Rock Boone Saloon Friday With Free Show Starting at 8:00 p.m.

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    Feb. 7, 2018. Live music makes its way to King Street Friday night when Charlotte southern rock band Amigo performs at Boone Saloon as part of their LP release tour, starting at 8 p.m. The Amigo trio will play alongside Sinners & Saints, a duo also from Charlotte, for a one-night only show promoting Amigo’s new album, And Friends, which released Jan. 26. The show is free and open to all ages. The usual Friday Saloon specials, $2 PBR drafts and $3.50 Dale’s Pale Ale pints, will be available, according to the restaurant. / Read more…



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