• 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



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Granny’s Chicken Soup For The Cure


    January 24, 2019. Maybe our grandmothers were right, after all, especially about chicken soup being the “best medicine” for the common cold and flu. There seems to be growing evidence to prove that ingesting the warm concoction really can help one recover from a cold or the flu. Apparently, there is an anti-inflammatory effect from eating chicken soup that makes people feel better. However, a recent study I read also said that soup, in general, is not a cure-all for everyone. Individuals on low-salt diets, for example, should stay away from many canned soups that are high in sodium unless otherwise labeled. There was also mention of the soup’s effect being therapeutic simply because of the added attention someone is getting when served a piping hot bowl of comfort. Each of us can decide for ourselves what works, but the idea that chicken soup is good for you has been around for centuries. Whether emotionally or physically helpful, no one can argue that a good bowl of hot chicken soup sure tastes good on a cold winter’s day. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Hospitality House’s Todd Carter Chosen as 2019 Big Wig of the Year


    January 23, 2019 Todd Carter, the Director of Development at the Hospitality House in Boone, has been named the 2019 Big Wig of the Year. National Big Wig Day is a fun cause dedicated to raising money for charities and non-profit establishments that bring about a positive impact on people’s lives. Carter was informed last week that he would be the 2019 Big Wig of the Year, which will be celebrated with National Big Wig Day this Friday, January 25. His award came in on Tuesday. “This is a hard time of year after the holidays, suicide rates go up. What a better way to put on a wig and be silly and support your favorite non-profit,” Carter said on Wednesday afternoon. This is the first year that the organization, based out of Los Angeles, has selected a regional non-profit to recognize. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, January 14 – January 20

    January 23, 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 County Library Announces New Project After Receiving Grant from Dollar General Stores


    January 23, 2019 The Youth Services Department of Watauga County Public Library is pleased to announce a new project, coordinated with local reading specialist Laurie Gill. Watauga Library has recently been awarded a $3,000 Youth Literacy grant from Dollar General Stores. The grant will fund the purchase of special (“carefully-calibrated”) little books designed for beginning and primary-grade readers, which can be checked out for reading practice at home. These books, which come in small sets, are easy for novice readers to handle (with a little help), and also interesting and enjoyable for young children. The aim is to give area children free access to the little books that can gently ease their way to success in school. / Read more…



  • Kilpatrick Named New Executive Director at Life Care Center of Banner Elk


    January 23, 2019. Life Care Centers of Banner Elk, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, is welcoming a new executive director, Lynn Kilpatrick. “Lynn has been an integral part of our leadership team in several Life Care centers over five years,” said Jennifer Solomon, regional vice president for the Appalachian Region. “Her experience in long-term care and devotion for the residents and associates that she serves makes her the best choice to lead the team at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.” Kilpatrick is no stranger to the Life Care family. In the five years she has been with the company, Banner Elk is one of the many facilities she has served in. She began as a traveling interim executive director and became licensed in four states while facilities searched for permanent executive directors. / Read more…



  • For the Love of Dogs: Avery Resident Caleb Tolley is a Show Dog Master


    January 23, 2019 Caleb Tolley is a dog lover. And he has taken his passion for man’s best friend to the zenith by competing several of his dogs in numerous talent shows on national and regional levels the past seven years at such places as Houston, TX, Columbus, OH and Raleigh and Hickory, NC. And in February, the 18-year old resident of the Kalmia community in the far Southern part of Avery County will take his Longhaired Dachshund, Devon, to compete in the most prestigious show of them all—the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at famed Madison Square Garden and Piers 92/94 in New York City, New York before thousands and millions more watching on television. Ever the adventuresome sort, Tolley considers competing his dogs in shows as an intriguing and irresistible challenge as he goes through the laborious steps of prepping, training and traveling with them. He has competed many breeds of dogs in shows from Dachshunds to Mastiffs and even a small Pomeranian. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • A Conversation with Toe River Health District’s Jessica Farley


    January 23, 2019 Jessica Farley serves as the Public Information Officer for the Toe River Health District, which encompasses health departments in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. Her primary responsibility is to chronicle and disseminate information about the health district and its services to media on local, state, regional and even national levels as well as residents of the three counties and all others who request it. Farley is a true professional — well-organized and thorough at handling details while performing her job with the Health District, which strives to protect and improve the health of the citizens of the three counties while maintaining an over-all healthy environment. Continue reading for an interview exchange between this reporter (my questions) and Farley (her answers) about the health district and the many, all-important services it offers to Avery Countians as well as Mitchell and Yancey county residents. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • NC State Senator Deanna Ballard Presented the 2018 NC Beer Legislator of the Year Award


    January 22, 2019 North Carolina State Senator Deanna Ballard accepted the 2018 NC Beer Legislator of the Year Award given by the NC Craft Brewers’ Guild at Lost Province Brewing Co. located in Boone on Monday night. Sen. Ballard is the state senator from District 45 who received the award for her outstanding support regarding issues related to the craft brewing community in North Carolina. Each year, the NC Craft Brewers’ Guild works to recognize those who have helped the NC craft brewing industry the most with their legislative efforts. Sen. Deanna Ballard was chosen as the 2018 recipient of the Legislator of the Year Award due to her exceptional efforts dedicated to furthering the NC brewing industry’s success. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Have Questions About Growing Hemp? Information Session Happening in Ashe County on January 30


    January 22, 2019 Hemp production will now be full speed ahead after the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp from the federal controlled substance list. The bill, better known as the 2018 Farm Bill, was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump in December of last year. Hemp plants, which share common traits of marijuana plants, can now be grown legally in the United States with proper permits and as long as the THC levels in the plant are under a certain amount. “The laws in North Carolina and federal changes in the 2018 Farm Bill are very strict on the THC levels being less than 0.3 percent of the biomass. That’s what the Department of Agriculture will be testing permitted growers for and growers are expected to abide by that in their attempt to source these plants,” said Richard Boylan, an Extension Agent at the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in Boone. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Boone Alumni Band “Downtown Abby & The Echoes” Performed at Beech Mountain Saturday


    January 22, 2019 Boone alumni band “Downtown Abby and the Echoes” gave a show at Beech Mountain this past Saturday as part of the Beech Mountain Resort Winter Music Series. The band, who is fronted by App State grads Bailey Faulkner and Abby Bryant is now based out of Charlotte, but got their start in Boone late in 2016 when both were attending App State. “We started with a group of friends and started playing around Boone at house parties and some of the bars, and from there we started to make it our full time endeavor”, says Bryant. At the end of summer 2018 they made their move to Charlotte. / Read more…



  • Photos, Race Results & Team Standings from Second Week of SMARL’s 2019 Season

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    January 22, 2019. The second race of the 2019 Sugar Mountain Adult Race League (SMARL) took place Monday night at Sugar Mountain Resort on Big Birch slope. SMARL takes place on six Mondays in January and February and is now in its 14th year as an after-work, “beer league” for local skiers and snowboarders in the High Country. SMARL is sponsored by Sugar Mountain Resort and Ski Country Sports. Skiers and snowboarders braved the cold temperatures that bottomed out at around 11 degrees for the racing action Monday night.  After this second race Team Sugar and Ski Country A are tied for first place in the ski division and Scooch Legs leads Edge of the World by one point for first in the snowboard category. Austin Oliver had the fastest time down the slope on skis in 19.72 seconds and Austin Burr had the fastest snowboarding time of 25.37 seconds.  / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Could Use Spring Break to Make Up Missed Days


    January 22, 2019 After an exceptionally snowy November and December brought a historic number of snow days to the High Country, Watauga County Schools is looking ahead and planning for how makeup days will be utilized going forward into the final — and typically most severe — weeks of winter. While the approach of February brings us closer to spring, the last few weeks of winter are typically responsible for the majority of Watauga County Schools’ snow days. Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said with 11 days missed already, and a reasonable expectation that more inclement weather will occur before summer, the school system is looking ahead and planning for how makeup days will be utilized going forward. / Read more…



  • Clear Night in the High Country Led to Some Wonderful Photos of the Total Lunar Eclipse


    January 21, 2019 The “Super Blood Wolf Moon” total lunar eclipse lived up to its billing on Sunday night with some breathtaking photos of the last total lunar eclipse until 2021. Sky gazers across North America and South America had the best view for this eclipse. People in Europe and the western parts of Africa also had decent views as everyone kept their eyes in the sky. Local photographer Todd Bush shared some of his best shots with the High Country Press and detailed his experience getting the photos. “I set up on the east side of our house on the deck and I used my body to block the wind as much as I could. I’d go out every 15 minutes or so and take some shots,” Bush said. “I left the camera out there and I was blown away that the battery held u for the two or three hours that it was out there.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Glass’ Underwhelming at Best


    Jan. 21, 2019  Director M. Night Shyamalan is known for his twist endings, and 2017’s “Split” ended on a doozie. It turned out that the movie, which featured an antagonist named Kevin (James McAvoy) with 24 distinct personalities, one of which was a kill-happy Beast, took place in the same world as 2000’s “Unbreakable,” wherein David Dunn (Bruce Willis) discovered he was a superhero destined to one day battle supervillain Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), a mass murderer with a brittle bone disorder that earned him the nickname “Mr. Glass.” Now the highly-anticipated crossover film has arrived, and while nobody excepts it to be a spectacle on par with the Marvel or DC superhero movies, is it too much to ask that it not be so super-dull? The film opens with David foiling a pair of petty thugs, and immediately something seems off. Not only do the two boneheads talk about posting a video of their crime online in dialogue that sounds like it was written by somebody who has just now heard of the concept of posting videos online, but they get their comeuppance in an unsatisfying way off-screen. By Bob Garver / Read more…



  • Morning Temperatures Drop Below Zero Across the High Country; Sugar Mountain Falls to -8 Degrees

    January 21, 2019 It was a bone-chilling start to the week on Monday morning with temperatures all across the High Country in single digits and most areas with temperatures below zero. Sugar Mountain recorded the coldest temperature of the night, according to Ray’s Weather Center. The temperature at the mountain fell to -8 degrees. At Grandfather Mountain, the weather station at the Mile High Swinging Bridge showed -7 degrees at 7 a.m. this morning. The wind chill dropped all the way to -39 degrees at 5 a.m. with the highest wind gust recorded at 77.6 MPH at 3 a.m. Beech Mountain dropped to -6.4 degrees on Monday morning, Snake Mountain bottomed out at -6.3 degrees and Newland’s low dropped to 0. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • NC Rep. Russell “Hits the Ground Running”; Contact Info Now Available


    January 21, 2019 NC Representative Ray Russell (D-Ashe/Watauga) is excited about serving the 93rd District in the 2019 Session that begins January 30. He has been busy setting up the legislative office in Raleigh, meeting with local leaders, and working with other legislators to “hit the ground running” when the session begins. In addition to the work in Raleigh, Rep. Russell is committed to being available to citizens of the district. He is working with local media outlets and setting up social media accounts to provide “News from Raleigh” in a timely manner. And he wants to hear regularly from the residents via social media and town hall meetings. / Read more…



  • Tickets Still Available to See Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys on Saturday in West Jefferson


    January 18, 2019 Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s show featuring Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys at the Ashe Civic Center. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys are celebrating their Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart that was released on Stanley Family Records last year. Even into 2018, the band is still regularly appearing on that coveted Top 15 chart. This self-titled album was the first release for the group since Ralph II took over the Clinch Mountain Boys band name in 2016 per the wishes of his late father Dr. Ralph Stanley. The band includes Clinch Mountain Boy John Rigsby on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Alex Leach on banjo and vocals; Randall Hibbitts on the upright bass and vocals; and Ralph Stanley II on the guitar and lead vocals. This band configuration brings a lot of talent, energy and humor to the stage as they perform old-time favorites, bluegrass hits and new original material. / Read more…



  • Janet Faye Marsh Zeller of Glendale Springs Died Monday: Founder of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League


    January 18, 2019. Janet Faye Marsh Zeller, age 70 of Glendale Springs died Monday, January 14, 2019 at Watauga Medical Center. Janet Marsh founded the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League in 1984.  She served as Executive Director for 28 years.  Janet’s accomplishments are more impressive because she has turned disadvantage to advantage.  Blind from a congenital disorder since her late 20’s, she credits her visionary approach to community leadership to her loss of eyesight. Under Janet’s leadership, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has continued to grow in size and scope, with new issues, new communities, and new methods.  Today the organization spans six states, employs seven community organizers. BREDL won the NC Governor’s Award as Air Conservationist of the year for precedent-setting campaigns to reduce toxic air pollution.  BREDL has collaborated with grassroots organizations in Great Britain, Japan, Russia and throughout the United States. / Read more…



  • Lowest Temperatures of the Winter Season Arriving This Weekend; Single-Digit Lows Are Possible

    January 18, 2019 As the workweek comes to an end on Friday, the weekend weather is shaping up to be damp and cold, according to the latest forecast from Ray’s Weather Center. Saturday, temperatures will not be near as cold as in the coming days, however a steady rain in the afternoon with heavier rain arriving in the evening will be the main story. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s. Temperatures start dropping Saturday night and into Sunday morning with rain turning into snow showers on Sunday morning. The high temperature will likely be in the mid to upper 20s. On Sunday night, low temperatures are expected to be in the single digits in Boone with even lower temperatures possible at higher elevations. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • High Country Ski Resorts Gear Up for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend


    January 18, 2019. A blast of cold air and some snow in the High Country on Thursday has set up the area ski resorts with some good conditions and good snowmaking weather for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. “Everything is fantastic, we’ve got a huge base and 100 percent of our terrain is open so we’re definitely looking forward to the weekend,” said Drew Stanley, the Marketing Director for Appalachian Ski Mountain. “It looks like some cold weather coming in Sunday so we’ll be making snow as temperatures permit. Conditions should be mid peak season this weekend.” All of the terrain parks at App Ski Mountain are open as well. “We’ll have a variety of features out there, we try to put something out for all ability levels especially on these busier weekends,” Stanley said.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Contractors Aiming to Have Water Intake Project Complete Within 30 Days

    January 18, 2019 It has been said before that the New River Water Intake Project is nearing the finish line. At least for now, it appears that contractors are almost done with the work that has taken over two months longer than anticipated to complete. The original contracted completion date was November 7, 2018. As of Friday, the project is now 70 days beyond completion date. “The contractor has indicated that they are shooting for within the next 30 days, dependent on weather and are working on punch list items,” said John Ward, the Town Manger of Boone, on Friday morning. The latest update provided by the Town of Boone on Thursday said that the project has received a certificate of compliance for all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing work done at the water treatment plant. 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



  • Daniel Boone Parkway Added to Latest NCDOT 2020-2029 Division 11 Project List


    January 17, 2019. The creation of the Daniel Boone Parkway appears to be back on the table in Watauga County. The project was added in the most recent NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for the 2020-2029 10-year plan. This is one of 17 highway projects added in Division 11 the covers Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. “Adding 17 projects to this program shows how much growth our area has, and will continue to experience, and how we will help address transportation needs,” said Mike Pettyjohn, NCDOT Division 11 Engineer. “Every citizen in one of the eight counties in Division 11 will benefit from at least one, and probably several, of the projects we have planned.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Local Health Officials Partner to Combat Widespread Flu in the High Country

    January 17, 2019 Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Jennifer Greene, Health Director and CEO of AppHealthCare advised that “the flu season has begun and local public health is monitoring the data.” “We have begun to see a significant increase in flu within the past week,” said Dr. Danielle Mahaffey, Chief Physician Executive for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). “Prior to last week 1 to 2 cases per week was the norm. However, from Friday (December 21) to Wednesday (December 26) eighteen (18) cases had been identified. Seventeen (17) of those cases were influenza A.” / Read more…



  • Town of Newland Receives Positive Audit

    January 17, 2019 The public release of a positive annual audit highlighted the Newland Board of Aldermen meeting January 8. Aldermen (Town Council members)– Kenny Caraway, Lauren Turbyfill,  Dave Calvert and Jamey Johnson were present.  Alderman Greg Seiz was absent. Other town officials present included:  Mayor Valerie Jaynes; Town Administrator Keith Hoilman; Finance Director Lisa Meinhardt; Town Attorney Joe Seegers; and Town Clerk and Board of Aldermen secretary Tammy Gardner. It was the first meeting for Alderman Dave Calvert after he was reappointed to the Board on December 4, 2018 by a 3-2 vote. Calvert will fill the remainder of the two-year term of former Board member Joleta Wise who was killed in a vehicle accident on May 31, 2018. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, January 5 – January 13

    January 16, 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



  • Volunteers Ready to Help Clean Up the Blue Ridge Parkway Once Government Shutdown Ends


    January 16, 2019. As the government shutdown continues on into yet another week with no end in sight, many of the national parks are suffering. With either no staff or very limited staff on hand, parks all across the country are dealing with trash piles, broken bathrooms and areas being destroyed by illegal off-road driving. Here in the High Country, the Blue Ridge Parkway has been able to avoid situations like that for the most part. The FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway chapters are hoping to be able to bring out more volunteers and build interest in the what the group does while being prepared to help clean up areas as needed when the shutdown ends. Ken and Julie Carpenter are the co-chairs of the High Country Chapter of the FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ken said that the National Park Service has asked that the organization avoid going out to clear debris or clean up trash on the parkway until the shutdown is over. “Since everybody is on furlough, they’re nervous about people going out and doing a lot of work so they’re asking us to stand down as well,” Ken said. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Sweetheart Soiree Senior Valentine’s Dance

    January 16, 2019 For the past two years, couples have danced until they couldn’t dance anymore at the Sweetheart Soiree Valentine’s Dance. The first annual Sweetheart Soiree took place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the American Legion. The event was a huge success with dancers and help from the Blowing Rock School, Girl Scout Troop, Watauga High School Student Council, Watauga Community Band, and donations of food and flowers from many local businesses.Blowing Rock’s Sweetheart Soiree is back for its third year. The free dance will feature an afternoon full of music, food, and fun! All members of the community are welcome to attend. The Sweetheart Soiree will be on Saturday, February 16, from 3-6 p.m. at the American Legion in Blowing Rock. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Avery Chamber Holds Business Afterhours at Carolina Barbeque in Newland Tuesday Night

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    Jan. 16, 2018. Avery County Chamber of Commerce held their Business Afterhours at Carolina Barbeque in Newland on Tuesday evening. Chamber members and guests were treated to a buffet of their famous barbeque with all the fixings. Following dinner, chamber executive director Melynda Pepple welcomed the crowd to Carolina Barbeque and introduced Dave Calvert. Dave thanked everyone for coming out to the event and thanked the chamber for all they do for Avery County. He went on to talk about the new outdoor deck that was constructed last year in front of the restaurant. He joked that they built it because, “We thought it would look cool.” He went on to explain that the deck, “has added some space that we hope to use for outdoor music. It also comes in handy when we are at full capacity inside to have the additional space outside.” He said that they look forward to warmer weather to begin outdoor performances again, but for the winter season they have had a snowman-building contest out on the deck during the big December snow, and will have more when snowstorms hit the area. / Read more…



  • Horn in the West Looking for Talented Actors, Singers, Dancers and Technicians at Auditions


    January 16, 2019 Horn in the West is the longest running Revolutionary War outdoor drama in America, and this is its 69th season. As preparations begin for this year’s season, auditions are coming up for all interested actors, singers, dancers and technicians. The 2019 auditions will be held on February 9. Auditions will take place at Chapell Wilson Hall, where the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance is located. The front of the building can be accessed by parking in the large River Street parking lot and going up the hill at the back of the lot to the rock building. Check-in and registration begins at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Chapell Wilson Hall. Acting and singing auditions begin at 10 a.m., and dance auditions begin at 2 p.m. in the dance studios located in Varsity Gymnasium. All call backs will be at 3 p.m. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • A Conversation with Avery County Solid Waste Director Eric Foster


    January 16, 2019. In his position as Avery Solid Waste Director, Eric Foster is another example of a dedicated county employee who is in the trenches every day making decisions in the best interest of the county and its citizens, without expectation of any credit or recognition. Under Foster’s direction, the Solid Waste Department partners with each community in the county to provide exceptional customer service and outstanding waste collection, recycling and disposal services in a safe, efficient, cost effective and environmentally sound manner. The department truly enhances the appearance of the county and its environment as Foster and his dedicated and hard-working staff are always eager to assist Avery’s citizens with their trash disposal and recycling needs. Continue reading for a interview exchange between this reporter (my questions) and Foster (his answers) about various topics, including details of his specific job duties, recognition of his employees, the top changes he’s witnessed in solid waste collection, disposal and recycling and what items can and cannot be accepted at the county’s material recovery solid waste sites and the transfer station and construction/demolition landfill. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • ECRS Launches Community Grant Program to Benefit Local Causes

    January 16, 2019 2019 marks the 30th anniversary for Boone-based technology firm, ECRS. In celebration of their 30th year, the company will focus on giving back to the community that has been their home for the entirety of their history. ECRS’ 2019 Community Grant Program will be looking for projects that make a major, positive impact on the lives of local children and/or young adults in the North Carolina High Country region. For the past three decades, the company has been on a mission more ambitious than simply making a profit; ECRS has been harnessing the power of free enterprise to positively impact lives both far away and close to home. Since 2008, they have donated more than a quarter of a million dollars to the Maison Fortune Orphanage Foundation. The 2019 Community Grant Program is an extension of ECRS’ mission to improve lives in their home community. / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Warm Up To A Bowl Of Chili


    January 16, 2019. It’s that time again when a number of organizations host their annual Chili Cook-off competitions, and cooks for miles around are preparing their favorite recipes. I recall, several years ago, participating in the Winterfest event in Blowing Rock and was astounded that there could be so many types of chili. I always thought chili was simply a pot of beans, ground beef, onions, peppers, tomatoes and seasonings. It was surprising to me just how many variations there were! I was also amazed at some of the ingredients that had been thrown into the pots – including chocolate! I was told that chocolate helps decrease the acidity of tomatoes, which proves that an old dog can learn new tricks! Few winter dishes compare to what a good bowl of homemade chili can do to warm you from the inside out. Young and old alike everywhere easily get “fired up” about this zesty classic that originates from the original Mexican dish known as Chili Con Carne, consisting of minced red peppers and meat. Through the years, cooks have learned other ways to enhance the taste and “stretch it out” by adding beans, as well as other interesting ingredients like mentioned above. What does it take to make a perfect bowl of chili? It all depends on who you ask. When meat is in the mix, beef takes the lead, but chicken and pork have become favorites, too. Some folks add tomatoes for color, some insist on the tint and taste of chili powder, while others leave it to the imagination and count on whatever comes out of the pantry. We have just finished our first pot full of chili the new year, with leftovers spread lightly over tortilla chips, sprinkled with shredded cheese, placed in the microwave for a couple of minutes and garnished with salsa and sour cream. Yummy! If you have yet to discover your favorite chili recipe, hopefully this week’s suggestions will help in your quest. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Former App State Director of Athletics Chosen to Lead Boone Area Sports Commission

    January 15, 2019 Roachel Laney, who served as Director of Athletics at Appalachian State for 14 years, will be the first director of the Boone Area Sports Commission. Laney was a member of the athletics staff at Appalachian for 29 years and has experience serving on organizing committees for both the Southern Conference and the NCAA. Outside of his time with the Mountaineers, Laney also worked with the Carolina Panthers as the Director of Gameday Quality Control for the last nine seasons. In addition to this, Laney is an avid volunteer and coach with the Watauga County Special Olympics and has been a referee and umpire for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. “I am excited to get started and look forward to working with the Boone Area Sports Commission board and other community partners as we work to put our best foot forward in the sports tourism arena,” Laney said. “Boone and the High Country have so many built-in advantages that make our area an attractive destination for participants of all ages. As we get this operation moving, it’s important to involve as many stakeholders as possible so we can work with strong local support behind us as we reach out to potential participants and organizers. I look forward to facilitating these conversations and working to establish a brand that can help bring more visitors to our community.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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