• 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…



  • Spooky Duke 2018 Scares Up Fun and Funds for High Country Families


    November 8, 2018. Monsters, super heroes and skeletons galore tested their endurance and supported the work of Parent Family Support Network-High Country (FSN-HC) Saturday in the 2018 Spooky Duke Race and Costume Contest at Appalachian State University. A total of 374 racers and 75 volunteers participated in the eighth annual Halloween-themed event, raising awareness and over $11,000 in funds for the work of Appalachian’s Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country (FSN-HC), which supports local families who have children with special needs. An additional $10,000 in matched funds was awarded to Parent to Parent FSN-HC director Kaaren Hayes via a grant from The Health Foundation Inc., bringing the total amount of funds raised through the event to over $21,000. By Jessica Stump / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, October 28 – November 4

    November 7, 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



  • Voting At App State Polling Sites Show Millennial Participation Surges in Midterm Election

    November 7, 2018 For a large majority of Appalachian State students, Tuesday was the first time that they were able to actively influence government by casting their vote. Historically and statistically speaking, young people are not the majority in regards to who participates on Election Day. In the last midterm election, roughly 55 percent of those over 60 voted where less than 20 percent of those between 18 and 24 voted. However, with on-campus registration and voting, students have continuously been pushed to go out and participate. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • Avery County to Host Various Veterans Day Events

    November 7, 2018 Several Veterans Day events will be held in Avery County to honor those who have served in the United State Armed Forces. On Friday, November 9, the Avery County Senior Center will sponsor its annual Veterans Breakfast, beginning at 8:00 a.m. It will be held in the Center’s cafeteria. The center is located at 165 Schultz Center, next to the Avery County Health Department and between the Avery Court House and the Avery Administration building. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Avery County Commissioners Met Monday, Greene Rehired as Finance Officer by Commissioners

    November 6, 2018   The rehiring of a former County Finance Officer and County Manager to the former post was the top action taken during the regular monthly meeting of the Avery County Board of Commissioners November 5. All commissioners-Chairperson Martha Hicks; Vice-Chairman Blake Vance; Wood Hall (Woodie) Young, Jr.; Tim Phillips; and Faye Lacey were present. County Manager Phillip Barrier, Jr.; Assistant County Manager and Clerk to the Commissioners Cindy Turbyfill; and County Attorney Michaelle Poore also were present. By a 4-1 vote, former Avery Finance Officer and County Manager Tim Greene was rehired by the Commissioners as the County’s Finance Officer. Hicks, Vance, Young, Jr. and Phillips voted for Greene’s appointment. Lacey voted against. Greene replaces Nancy Johnson as Finance Officer. Johnson, who resigned earlier this year, had been Avery Finance Officer since February 2015. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Ray Russell Wins N.C. House Seat; Ballard and Foxx Win Easily Over Democratic Challengers


    November 6, 2018. It was a big night for the weatherman. In his first bid for political office, Democrat Ray Russell defeated incumbent Republican Jonathan C. Jordan in the North Carolina House of Representatives District 93 race. Unofficial vote totals had Russell receiving 18,522 votes to Jordan’s total of 17,068. Jordan carried Ashe County, winning with 7,089 votes to Russell’s 4,489. However, in Watauga County, Jordan just could not make up the difference. Russell tallied 14,033 votes to Jordan’s total of 9,979. Russell spoke to reporters at Ransom Café where he along with several other victorious Democrats celebrated their victories on Tuesday night. “I’m so indebted to the people who knocked on doors, made phone calls and were all about making this campaign better. It was a huge effort from a ton of people and it’s really rewarding,” said Russell. “The thing I’m most excited about is the fact that the voters of the district rejected the negativism that was coming from the other side and really focused on moving our state forward, moving our county forward and addressing the issues that really affect people in this district.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Four of Six Constitutional Amendments Pass Statewide; Watauga County Voted Down Five of the Six Amendments


    November 6, 2018. Six Constitutional Amendments were on the ballot for the 2018 Midterm Elections. Four of the six received enough votes to pass across the state. In Watauga County, however, only one of the amendments had enough votes to pass. An overwhelming majority shot down the two amendments that failed. The amendment to create a nonpartisan judicial merit commission was defeated 66.9 percent to 33.1 percent with over two million voters coming out against that amendment. This amendment would have allowed the legislature to fill judicial vacancies instead of the governor. The other amendment that was defeated was the restructuring of the board of ethics and elections. 61.65 percent voted against that measure with once again over two million voters against that constitutional amendment. This amendment would have allowed legislative officials to appoint members to the board. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • District by District Look at Voting Results in the N.C. House and Senate Races and U.S. House of Representatives Race

    November 7, 2018 Two of the three incumbents were able to hang on to their seats with Rep. Virginia Foxx and Sen. Deanna Ballard holding off their Democratic challengers, DD Adams and Wes Luther. In the N.C. House Race, the Democrats were able to win back the seat with Ray Russell defeating Republican incumbent Jonathan C. Jordan. Unofficial vote totals have Foxx receiving 128,817 votes and Adams receiving 105,588. Ballard received 39,552 votes while Luther received 22,779 votes. Russell had 18,522 votes and Jordan finished with 17,068 votes. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Final Results: Democrats Sweep Watauga County Elections; Ray Russell Wins NC House Seat


    November 6, 2018. It was a big night for Democrats in Watauga County. All three commissioner seats, the sheriff’s race, both the N.C. Senate and N.C. House Race as well as the U.S. House of Representative Race all went in favor of the Democrats on Tuesday night.  / Read more…



  • Avery General Election Results… Aldridge, Young, Jr. and Vance Claim County Commission Seats; Local Sales & Use Tax Rejected

    November 6, 2018 Avery voters from nineteen precincts went to the polls in Tuesday’s General Election to decide races for County Commissioner, United States Congress, State House and Senate as well as whether to adopt a new local sales and use tax. Turnout was high as 6,502 out of 12,034 registered voters (54.03 percent) in the county cast ballots.  That included a total of 2,010 who cast their ballots during the Early Voting period between Wednesday, October 17 and Saturday, November 3. Republican incumbents Blake Vance and Wood Hall (Woodie) Young, Jr. and their fellow-Republican Dennis Aldridge were the top three in votes received for the County Commission seats. Aldridge got the most votes with 4,505. Vance followed in second place, receiving 4,354 votes. Young, Jr. came in third with 4,323 votes. Democrat Dick Crews got 1,647 votes.. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Avery County Chamber of Commerce Hosted Annual Celebration on Monday


    November 5, 2018. The Avery County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner at the Crossnore School on Monday night to honor businesses, volunteers, students and non-profit organizations and their successes in Avery County. During the event dinner, there was also entertainment provided by Welter Entertainment and the Crossnore Weavers Fashion Show. Angelina Spencer, the Chief Program Officer for the Crossnore School and Children’s Home welcomed everyone to the school and shared a little information on what they do at Crossnore. “We do care every day for foster children. There are over 12,000 foster children in just the state of North Carolina. Here we have 112 residential beds for children that live here, on our Winston-Salem campus, we have 54 beds licensed right now,” Spencer said. “We also have community foster homes in this area, the Winston-Salem area and the Charlotte area, we now have 47 foster homes, families that commit their time to taking care of foster children. That’s what we do every day and we love that and we’re blessed to be able to do it.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Two New Lifts Installed, Inspected and Ready To Go for the 2018-19 Ski Season at Beech Mountain


    November 6, 2018. Two brand new quad ski lifts have been installed and inspected and are ready to haul skiers and snowboarders to the top of Beech Mountain this winter. One of the lifts replaces another quad lift that was a state-of-the-art detachable quad lift during its time at Beech Mountain when it was installed years ago. The other lift was a two-seat lift that was upgraded to a quad lift. “We got the opportunity to replace lift five and lift six so we put in two new quad lifts that more than doubled our capacity,” said Talia Freeman, the Director of Marketing at Beech Mountain According to Freeman, the new quad lift on lift five has 144 chairs and will be able to accommodate 2,400 skiers per hour and also has a loading conveyor with it. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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