• Jack Sheldon, Famed Trumpeter yet Merv Griffin Sidekick, Dies at 88

    He also voiced singing characters on ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ and was an actor on the 1960s comedy ‘Run, Buddy Run.’ Jack Sheldon, the extraordinary West Coast jazz trumpeter and singer who played “The Shadow of Your Smile” for the big screen, served as Merv Griffin’s sidekick and voiced characters on Schoolhouse Rock!, died Friday, his longtime manager, Dianne Jimenez, reported. He was 88. Sheldon performed the haunting “The Shadow of Your Smile” on the Elizabeth Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, December 9 – December 15

    December 19, 2019. 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



  • Watauga Medical Center Named Among Top 10 Percent for Patient Safety


    December 19, 2019. Watauga Medical Center has received the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award, which recognizes hospital excellence in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay. “I’m so proud of our team for being named among the nation’s top 10% for patient safety,” said Chuck Mantooth, President and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. “This recognition validates our efforts and dedication toward providing excellent healthcare for our community.” Variation in hospital quality can have a significant impact on the quality of care a patient receives. / Read more…



  • Rep. Foxx Votes in Opposition to Articles of Impeachment

    December 19, 2019. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) voted in opposition to the articles of impeachment of President Donald Trump that were considered in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Foxx stated, “When Congress sees fit to exercise its solemn power of impeachment, it is imperative that it does so in genuine pursuit of justice: fairly, transparently, and objectively.  This partisan impeachment has fallen far short of that.  After years of investigations, hearings, and millions of taxpayer dollars, Democrats found no proof that the President committed a crime, as the vague accusations in the articles of impeachment clearly reflected.  These empty, baseless articles exposed for the American people what this is, a desperate, partisan attempt to avenge the loss of the Democrats’ preferred candidate in 2016.” / Read more…



  • Lynne Mason and Marshall Ashcraft Bid Farewell to the Boone Town Council


    December 18, 2019. Two town council members chose not to seek re-election during last month’s election period. Lynne Mason and Marshall Ashcraft both decided to step away from their council responsibilities to pursue other endeavors. Mason had been on the town council for five terms that spanned across 18 years. Ashcraft won a seat on the board in 2017 after retiring from his role as the Public Information Director for Watauga County Schools. Both departing council members were presented with plaques for their service to the town and resolutions of appreciation from Boone Mayor Rennie Brantz. In a previous interview with the High Country Press, Mason said that she is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and still remaining an active member in the community. Mason spoke to the remaining board members as well as the large crowd in attendance that included some of her family. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Conservancy Protects 1,000 Acres on Three Top Mountain


    December 18, 2019. As 2019 draws to a close, Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) wrapped up a series of land protection projects resulting in the conservation of over 1,000 contiguous acres on Three Top Mountain. Three Top Mountain’s rugged terrain of rocky peaks and steep cliff faces may sometimes lead you to believe you’re no longer in the North Carolina Mountains. Local flora and fauna thrive within these rich natural communities which support a remarkable diversity of plant and animal life. Three Top Mountain is named for its three impressive rock outcroppings and is part of the Amphibolite Mountain chain. Located in Ashe and Watauga Counties, the Amphibolites include Howard Knob, Elk Knob, Snake Mountain, Big Phoenix, Paddy Mountain, and Mount Jefferson. The soil composition is rich with calcium and harbors many rare species of plants—quite a few not found anywhere else on Earth. / Read more…



  • Loretta Clawson and Dustin Hicks Sworn In at Boone Town Council Meeting


    December 18, 2019. Loretta Clawson was re-elected for a seventh term as a Boone Town Councilmember and Dustin Hicks is embarking on their first term as a member of the council. Both were sworn in during Tuesday evening’s meeting. Following the county canvas and official tallying of votes, Hicks ended up with the highest vote total during November’s election with 891, followed by Clawson with 880 and Nancy LaPlaca with 863. LaPlaca had a previously scheduled trip out of town and will be sworn in at a later date. Virginia Roseman, who appeared to be an unofficial winner of one town council seat, ended up losing the race and falling to fourth after the official votes were counted. She ended up with 848 votes. Clawson was sworn in on a copy of the Bible while Hicks took a different approach and decided to be sworn in on a piece of custom artwork. Both will serve a four-year term on the Boone Town Council.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Fans Getting Ready for Trip to New Orleans for Bowl Game on Saturday


    December 18, 2019. After solidifying the 4th straight Sun Belt Championship, now for the second consecutive season, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will feature Appalachian State football near the end of December. In the game’s 19 year history, this will be the first time the New Orleans Bowl will feature a ranked team, as Appalachian will be entering at #20 in the College Football Playoff Ranking, playing against the unranked and Conference USA Runner-Up, University of Alabama-Birmingham. For Appalachian, this will be another addition to the program’s five-year bowl run, with a 53-12 record in this time span, resulting in the Mountaineers taking trips to two Camilla Bowls, a Dollar General Bowl and now, two New Orleans Bowls. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • No More Tickets Available for Piedmont Federal Movie Event at Appalachian Theatre this Friday

    December 18, 2019. The community is coming out on Friday for Piedmont Federal Savings Bank’s free showing of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, at Appalachian Theatre. All tickets have been claimed. The event will benefit Hunger and Health Coalition of Watauga County with monetary donations going to the Backpack Food Program for children at risk and non-perishable food items accepted for the Food Pantry Program. This is the first year Piedmont Federal has done the movie event in Boone. Similar free movie showings have been in place in North Wilkesboro and Winston-Salem for several years. “We did not know what to expect with the Boone event, but were hopeful that the community would welcome the free movie and opportunity to support Hunger and Health Coalition of Watauga County,” commented Ginger Salt, Senior Vice President – CMO, Piedmont Federal. “Tickets were made available online and were all quickly claimed by the community letting us see the strong support of our neighbors here in Boone.” / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Start Your Merry Christmas Morning With A Family Brunch


    December 18, 2019. We are in serious countdown mode with just a few days remaining until Christmas. The office parties have mostly passed, the goody bags are being prepared and delivered to the shut-ins, and for many, the gifts are purchased, wrapped and placed beneath the tree. (I know, I said for many!) Before we can take a really deep breath, however, we have to make sure we have everything we need in the cupboard and fridge for Christmas brunch, something that has become a family favorite in many homes across the land. Hopefully, these simple, but delightful ideas will help you plan a special mid-morning meal. From my home to yours, I wish you joy for your heart, peace for your soul and a personal relationship with Jesus, the one whose birthday we celebrate. Merry Christmas! By Sherrie Norris / 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



  • The South’s “Cult Classic” Ski Book Southern Snow is All New for 2019 from the University of NC Press


    December 17, 2019. Who knew people were skiing in the South when the sport was new in Vermont? Randy Johnson’s classic regional ski guide reveals all that and more about the surprisingly snowy, increasingly sophisticated winter offerings found atop Eastern America’s highest mountains. The all-in-one guide to winter recreation in the six-state southern snowbelt is being touted by Amazon.com as the “#1 New Book Release” under skiing travel guides, skiing, and snowboarding. The newly updated, expanded second edition of Southern Snow comes a remarkable 33 years after the 1986 original, and just in time for big Southern ski anniversaries. This winter is the 60th birthday for skiing at Virginia’s Homestead, the first resort designed to operate exclusively on machine made snow, the first of many to follow. It’s also the 50th birthday of Sugar Mountain and French-Swiss Ski College. It includes all the South’s ski and snowboard resorts and cross country ski centers, as well as the snowiest high elevation trails for cross country skiing, winter hiking, and mountaineering. / Read more…



  • Debut Performance of “A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas” Last Weekend at Appalachian Theatre Established New Holiday Tradition in Boone


    December 17, 2019. Local Precision dance troupe The Carolina Snowbelles gathered at the newly renovated Appalachian Theatre last weekend to debut their renowned holiday show with resounding success. Both the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon performances were sold out. The Carolina Snowbelles aimed to create a new holiday tradition in downtown Boone with their debut production of A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas; the 22-member dance troupe has been rehearsing the 90 minute show since August – their most ambitious and comprehensive performance to date. A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas features precision tap and jazz, vocal performance, and ballet, as well as spoken word and audience interaction. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Conservation Trust Acquires 229-Acre Thunder Hill Overlook Property Near Blowing Rock

    December 16, 2019. Thunder Hill Overlook, a 229-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Blowing Rock, N.C., will be permanently free from subdivision, development and logging after being acquired by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC). CTNC plans to donate the Watauga County property to the National Park Service (NPS) for incorporation in the Blue Ridge Parkway park boundary. The Thunder Hill Overlook property is highly visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 290 and 291, and can be viewed from both the Thunder Hill and Yadkin Valley overlooks. This is a significant acquisition for the region with numerous unnamed streams and Martin Branch, one of the primary streams forming the headwaters of the Yadkin River. “As the surrounding towns of Boone and Blowing Rock continue to grow, conserving parcels of this significance is increasingly important. The land not only supports significant wildlife habitat, but also holds the headwaters of the Yadkin River, a water system that supplies provides drinking water to almost one million North Carolinans across 21 counties and 93 municipalities,” said CTNC Executive Director Chris Canfield. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Candidate Filing Closes Friday at Noon

    December 16, 2019. This week is the final week to put your name on the ballot for the 2020 election season. Candidate filing closes Friday, December 20 at noon for anyone choosing to run in the 2020 Elections. Candidates for the North Carolina Senate; North Carolina House of Representatives; County Commissioner Districts 1, 2, and 5; Register of Deeds; or the Board of Education file for office at the Watauga County Board of Elections, 842 West King Street in Boone. All candidates for Judicial, Council of State, or Federal Offices file at the North Carolina Board of Elections, 430 North Salisbury Street in Raleigh. / Read more…



  • Avery County Family’s Journey with Caldwell Hospice with Support Through a Difficult Time


    December 16, 2019. It is one thing to know something with your head, but to experience it with your heart gives you a new perspective. That was the journey for Jeffrey Fulgham as his family went through the illness and loss of his mother Margaret Beckham, a patient with Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. “My mother was wrapped in the wonderful and compassionate care of Caldwell Hospice for just over a month,” he recalls. “Without that support, she would not have been able to easily stay at home.  Our social worker Cameron, nurse Thea (and several others), along with Chaplain Lance, supported mom and our family through the most difficult time of our lives.” For Fulgham, this hospice journey was especially poignant because of his professional background. “I am a former non-profit Hospice executive and later a board member and volunteer,” he explains. “Although I had seen hospice care from the organizational and delivery side, I had never experienced it from the patient/family side. It was a tremendous experience and one I will never forget.” / Read more…



  • Boone Christmas Parade Delights Parade Goers Despite Chilly Drizzle on Saturday


    December 16, 2019. It was a rainy Saturday for the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Boone, but that did not stop people from coming out and having a good time celebrating the holiday season. The parade started near Galileo’s on King Street and continued on all the way to the Legends parking lot. The parade still had a pretty strong turnout even with the damp and chilly weather conditions. Many of the floats and participants were also not scared away by the less-than-optimal dreary day. “Everybody seemed to be in a festive mood and I think 90 percent or so of the folks that planned to participate still showed up and were able to get through the parade,” said Mark Freed, the Cultural Resources Director at the Jones House in downtown Boone. “Santa Clause had a big time and it all went well.” There was a big variety of floats and organizations that were part of the parade lineup, including the popular clogging groups and the Watauga High School band. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Free Showing of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Appalachian Theatre on December 20 Presented by Piedmont Federal Savings Bank


    December 13, 2019. The holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be on the big screen at Appalachian Theatre on Friday, December 20, free of charge. Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, which has served customers in the High Country for 46 years, is taking this opportunity to support the iconic theatre that just reopened in October. “Piedmont Federal is always searching for ways to give back to our communities and has been a supporter of the Appalachian Theatre renovation from the start. When we had the opportunity in 2015 to tour the facility at the beginning of the renovation process, we knew this was the perfect venue and setting to offer the kind of show that has been so successful for the Wilkes and Forsyth County areas,” said Diana Proffit, the assistant vice-president, and branch manager of the Boone office. The idea started with Piedmont Federal partnering with Aperture in Winston-Salem in 2012 on a small scale as an outreach to the community and a way to help local charities. That outreach event went so well that for the last seven years, Piedmont Federal has been holding a similar event at the Liberty Theater in North Wilkesboro. Communities in Schools of Northwest Carolina received enough donations from moviegoers at the Liberty Theater to fill about 250 Christmas stockings for children in Wilkes County.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Icy Roads Force Closure of Area Schools; Snow Day Makeup Procedure Reminder from Watauga County Schools


    December 13, 2019. For the fourth time in the 2019-20 school year, Watauga County Schools were closed due to adverse weather and road conditions. According to the updated Watauga Schools Calendar, this is the third day missed in December, in addition to one day missed in November. Temperatures began to slowly warm up through late morning and mid-afternoon, however, roads were very slick in areas this morning, especially on side roads outside of Boone. As a reminder, North Carolina schools are required to complete 1,025 hours of instruction or a minimum of 185 student days in a school year covering at least nine calendar months. The 2019-20 school calendar for Watauga County started the school year with 180 student days, 10 annual leave days, 11 holidays, nine optional teacher workdays and five mandatory workdays. Weather is the biggest impact on the school calendar, sometimes requiring the use of the optional teacher workdays, holidays and other leave days to be used as makeup days, as well as the possibility of school on Saturday. Those calendar changes and makeup plans are left to Watauga County Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University Commencement Ceremonies Underway Today; Classes Resume January 13

    December 13, 2019. A new group of college graduates from Appalachian State University will celebrate earning their degrees today with commencement ceremonies. Over 1,300 students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree today. The first group of graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, Hayes School of Music and Walker College of Business took the floor at 10 a.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center. The next group of graduates from Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts and Reich College of Education will have their ceremony at 2 p.m. inside the convocation center. Both ceremonies will feature a student speaker from the college that they are graduating from.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • The Duke Endowment Awards $290,000 to Establish Avery Community Paramedicine Program

    December 13, 2019. Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital recently received a three-year grant from The Duke Endowment totaling $290,000. These grant funds will allow Cannon Memorial Hospital and Avery Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to establish a Community Paramedicine Program to serve Avery County. Community Paramedicine is an innovative new healthcare model that seeks to provide underserved patients with improved access to public health and preventative healthcare services. Through the program, specially trained Community Paramedics visit patients in their homes to assess their overall health, living conditions, support structure and other social determinants of health. Avery EMS and Cannon Memorial Hospital will identify potential program participants through primary care referrals and by analyzing the highest utilizers of emergency services. By improving this population’s health, the program will also reduce unnecessary EMS calls and emergency department visits, freeing up these services for true emergencies.  / Read more…



  • Today’s 2020 Candidate Announcements

    December 12, 2019. Note: Each day, the High Country Press will share emails and announcements from candidates that are entering their names into the 2020 primary and general election. Today we received the following announcements from Governor Roy Cooper seeking re-election, Jenna Wadsworth running for NC Commissioner of Agriculture, Ray Pickett running for NC House and Deanna Ballard seeking re-election for NC Senate. After Governor Roy Cooper filed his notice of candidacy and made official his 2020 re-election campaign, he issued the following statement: “As Governor, my team and I have fought tooth and nail for better pay for teachers and other educators instead of sweeping corporate tax cuts. We’ve engineered overwhelming success in recruiting jobs and growing businesses. I’ve vetoed bad Republican budgets that valued corporate tax cuts over investments in education, clean water and better health care and I’ve vetoed extreme right-wing social legislation that’s wrong for our people and our economy. We’ve worked hard and gotten results, but there’s more to do. I’m asking the people for a second term to complete our mission of a better educated, healthier and more prosperous North Carolina.” / Read more…



  • Open Enrollment Deadline Approaching Quickly; Healthcare Signups Continue Through December 15

    December 12, 2019. You still have time to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Healthcare Marketplace if you’re still trying to figure out how to best manage your healthcare coverage. The final day of eligibility is Sunday, December 15. If you are unsure of how to go about this process, there are certified counselors across the High Country that can walk you step-by-step through the process. “We don’t pressure people to sign up for anything. We’re not brokers, so we’re not making a commission or anything. We are certified application counselors here to help people,” said Alex Noriega with High Country Community Health, in a previous interview with the High Country Press. “It’s through the marketplace where people can sign up for their health insurance and apply for a tax credit based on household income and household size. Once we finish the application, it is a real-time process so they are able to immediately see the plans offered to them through the marketplace. I highly recommend people come in and look at all the options being offered, you never know if you might be able to save some money.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Todd Rice and Bill Aceto of Blue Ridge Realty & Investments Announce the Grand Opening of Their Lenoir Office

    December 12, 2019. Todd Rice and Bill Aceto, co-owners of Blue Ridge Realty & Investments announce the Grand Opening of their Lenoir Office located at 215 Chruch Street NW in beautiful downtown Lenoir. The professional team includes Lenoir REALTOR® and Broker-In-Charge, Don Williams; REALTORS® Breanna McKay, Mary Baker, and Beverly Clark; in addition to the Broker Operations Manager, REALTOR® Michelle Hammond. Blue Ridge Realty & Investments is one of the longest established independent real estate companies in Western North Carolina.  The company was founded in 1981 and has consistently been a leader in real estate sales for residential, land, commercial, rentals, property management, and development.  / Read more…



  • Valle Crucis Stream Restoration Project to Begin this December


    December 12, 2019. You might notice some activity at the historic farm adjacent to the Original Mast General Store if you’re driving through Valle Crucis on Highway 194 South this winter. Blue Ridge Conservancy is implementing stream restoration techniques to mitigate soil erosion and streambank degradation along Dutch Creek. The goal is to make the property more conducive for agriculture and make it safer and easier for public access. Reducing the amount of erosion and sedimentation will also protect the water quality of Dutch Creek, which feeds directly into the Watauga River. Dutch Creek is a popular Hatchery Supported trout fishing stream and is designated Trout Waters by the NC Division of Water Resources. The creek flows from Hanging Rock Ridge through the Upper Valle, under Highway 194 South, and through the property owned by BRC. The 21-acre farm, previously owned by John and Faye Cooper, was donated to BRC in 2015. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, December 2 – December 8

    December 11, 2019. 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



  • Beech Mountain Town Manager Fired After 4-1 Vote from New Town Council

    December 11, 2019. Beech Mountain Town Manager Tim Holloman was fired from his position during Tuesday’s town council meeting. “We had a change in our town council and the new council decided to go a different way. They voted 4-1 to dismiss Tim Holloman,” said Kate Gavenus, who is the Director of Tourism and Economic Development for Beech Mountain. Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert “Bob” Pudney was appointed interim manager by a 5-0 unanimous vote. According to Gavenus, the meeting was recessed until Monday, December 23 at 4 p.m. to continue the rest of the agenda with Pudney serving as the interim town manager. Pudney has been the chief of the Beech Mountain Fire Department for 10 years.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • SugarFest Returns to Sugar Mountain for the 17th Consecutive Year this Weekend


    December 11, 2019. Ski Conditions are improving almost hourly as temperatures remain cold enough to continue making snow in preparation for SugarFest at Sugar Mountain this upcoming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “It’s an official kickoff to winter where we bring a lot of fun things together and encourage people to come up and get things started for the ski season,” says Kim Jochl, the Vice-President and Director of Marketing at Sugar Mountain Resort. SugarFest, which has been held each year since 2003, will kick off on Friday with the annual preseason ski clinic that will feature United States Olympian Andrew Weibrecht for the second straight year. The clinic begins at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 7 p.m. The ski clinic also takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday and again from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • High Country Home Sales in 2019 Already Top 2018 Sales


    December 11, 2019. With one month remaining in 2019 local Realtors® have already sold more homes than in all of 2018, according to the latest real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors®. It is the ninth consecutive year of sales growth in the four-county area. It is also the most homes sold in a year by Realtors® in more than a decade. The growth has been powered by a prolonged busy summer selling season. Realtors® have sold more than 200 residential and multi-family homes every month since May, according to the High Country Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The last three months – September, October and November – recorded the highest sales during those months since at least 2005, the earliest MLS data available. / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Christmas Confections to Sweeten the Season


    December 11, 2019. My kitchen pantry is filling up quickly with sugars, nuts and all those other ingredients needed for my annual Christmas cookie and candy-making marathon. I’m not sure when it will happen, but it must be soon— and in addition to an uninterrupted stretch of time and a burst of energy, I’m also waiting for a convenient clear, cold day without rain. The weather affects it, believe it or not, especially when working with chocolate. The following recipes include some of my favorite seasonal delights, or a version of same. I hope you find something here to help with your own Christmas candy-making and baking inspirations. When you see the smiles it all brings to your loved ones, you will realize it was well worth the effort. By Sherrie Norris / 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



  • Small Town Christmas a Big Time Hit in Banner Elk


    December 10, 2019. Santa Clause had a busy weekend in Banner Elk, finding time to take part in a pancake breakfast, take photos with pets, read stories to children and even take a jump into Wildcat Lake for the Polar Plunge. Banner Elk’s Small Town Christmas brought big crowds to Avery County over the weekend that included a wide range of events. The weekend started on Friday with caroling, hot chocolate and the lighting of the Christmas tree donated by Elk River Evergreens in Elk Park. “That was well attended, we had probably 200 hundred people come out for that,” said Nancy Owen, Banner Elk’s Tourism Development Director. Saturday started with the Reindeer Run during the morning sponsored by Williams YMCA of Avery County, followed by a pancake breakfast with Santa Clause. After that, Santa headed to the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce where people brought their pets to have a photo made with Santa, thanks to the Avery County Humane Society.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Shirley Harris ‘Buys Boone Lunch’ in Honor of her Husband Tim’s 75th Birthday on Wednesday


    December 10, 2019. F.A.R.M. Cafe welcomes Tim and Shirley Harris for a special Buy Boone Lunch honoring Tim’s 75th birthday. Tomorrow, December 10, the Harris’ along with friends and family will be on-site volunteering and serving a delicious lunch prepared from locally sourced ingredients. In addition to staffing the event, the Harris’ are generously donating funds to cover the day’s meal cost.   This contribution allows F.A.R.M. Cafe to utilize all additional donations made this Wednesday in its mission to fight food insecurity in the High Country. Just like each day at F.A.R.M Cafe, diners are encouraged to donate what they are able for a great lunch. / Read more…



  • Western Youth Network Festival of Trees in Blowing Rock Raised Over $50,000 Last Weekend


    December 10, 2019. The 5th annual Festival of Trees at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock this past weekend raised almost $50,000 for the Western Youth Network (WYN).  WYN provides unique and quality programming that offers support to over 200 children and youth each year through mentoring, after-school initiatives, substance abuse prevention and summer camps. Themed trees and wreaths, decorated by High Country businesses and individuals, were sold via an online auction while the four day festival was open to the public for their viewing enjoyment. / Read more…



  • Ian McDiarmid Gets a Kick Out concerning Those Bill Belichick-Emperor Palpatine Memes

    “It’s a pretty good impersonation, but he ought to wear black,” the Scottish ‘Star Wars’ actor quipped. Ian McDiarmid can’t help but chuckle when he sees memes comparing New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to his iconic Star Wars villain, Emperor Palpatine.  The comparison has been floating around the Internet for years (mostly side-by-side shots, but also some blended together); Belichick’s gruff personality, along with his sideline wardrobe choices, make him an easy target to poke Read more…



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