• UPDATE: Teen in Custody Following the Deaths of Two People in Deep Gap Wednesday Night

    April 11, 2019 On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 10:32PM, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1174 Orchard Road in Deep Gap in reference to a suspicious incident. While officers were on scene, deputies discovered a deceased adult male outside the house and a deceased adult female inside. According to Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman, the incident appears to have been domestic in nature, however the investigation is currently ongoing. In additional updates provided by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon, a 17-year-old has been taken into custody in Tennessee and was living in the house where the two adults were found dead.  / Read more…



  • Banner Elk Mayor Shares Updates From the Latest Town Council Meeting

    April 11, 2019 Note: Banner Elk Mayor Brenda Lyerly will be providing the High Country Press with news and updates on projects in Banner Elk. This week, Mayor Lyerly provided us with a news updates from the most recent Banner Elk Town Council Meeting. The Banner Elk Town Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Banner Elk Town Hall. A special presentation was made by Police Chief Kevin Hodges to Officer Scott Wilkerson with a certificate recognizing the Officer for meeting the requirements of the Intermediate Law Enforcement Certification Program. Chief Hodges acknowledged Officer Wilkerson for all his hard work and the many hours he has devoted to earning this certification. / Read more…



  • Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Third Annual 4 Under 40 Awards


    April 11, 2019 Four emerging leaders and a trusted advocate for young professionals were honored during the 3rd annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Awards luncheon. The sold-out event was held Wednesday at The Harvest House in Boone and was presented by Appalachian Commercial Real Estate. Over 40 nominations were submitted by local community members and 16 finalists were recognized during the event. Nominees were sought in the categories of business owner, education, non-profit business professional, and rising star. A biography of each award winner is listed below / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, April 1 – April 7

    April 10, 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



  • Local Real Estate Professionals Recognized at First Annual High Country Top 50 Realtor Gala in March

    April 10, 2019 The Top 50 local real estate professionals gathered at Movement Mortgage on March 29 to be honored for their 2018 success at the first annual High Country Top 50 Gala. The evening began with registration and a happy hour before a dinner at 6:30 p.m., which was provided by CR Catering. The Top 50 High Country Realtors of 2018 were then honored with leadership awards. The Top 50 were selected based on the volume of buyers and agents in 2018, according to presenting sponsor Angela McLean, Senior Loan Officer of Movement Mortgage. McLean spoke about how these Top 50 local real estate professionals stand out amongst their peers before talking about how her goal for the event, “That was my biggest goal: to make them feel appreciated. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Town of Boone and NCDOT Officials to Meet Once Again Discussing Highway 105 Improvement Plans


    April 10, 2019 Boone town officials and representatives from the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be meeting again on Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. to talk about the Highway 105 Superstreet Project. The meeting will be taking place at the town council chambers located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road. The NCDOT will be there with maps to show the updated draft of how Highway 105 Superstreet will look and be there to answer questions from residents and business owners that want to come to the meeting. This meeting is being held by the town council to hear additional community concerns about the project and to have the NCDOT on hand to answer any additional questions. “The Town of Boone appreciates the DOT’s willingness to attend an additional meeting and to provide more information to the community as the town council is faced with making decisions concerning this very important corridor within our town limits. Safety, efficient transportation, bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting, safe crosswalks, existing business impacts and future business development are all factors that must be considered during this process,” said Boone Town Manager John Ward. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Preparing Hearts, Minds and Tables for Easter


    April 9, 2019. In the coming week, we will be preparing for Easter, which is considered by many to be the holiest of all Christian observances. It’s a time for individual introspection, as well as one for families and friends to gather for worship, for fellowship, and as tradition holds in many households across America, for feasting. There is also a lighter side to the celebration for the kids, who have a little fun with dying, hiding and hunting Easter eggs and enjoying related activities. Planning the menu for Easter brunches and lunches is just half the fun for the adults, so this week and next, we will share recipes that will, hopefully, help you host a special gathering to remember. / Read more…



  • High-Energy Fundraiser Between Avery-Watauga Sheriff’s Offices Nets $1,500 for Explorers Program


    April 9, 2019 Two unique teams came together for a good cause on Friday, April 5, at the Avery High School Gym in Newland — and everyone came away with a renewed sense of community spirit. For probably the first time in history, law enforcement officers representing both the Avery County Sheriff’s Office and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office hit the basketball court in a friendly competition, joining forces to benefit the Avery County Sheriff’s Explorers Post 850. And, yes, the Avery County team also earned bragging rights as winners in the inaugural fun-filled, high-energy game, with a final score of 74-61. According to Avery County’s School Resource Officer Luis Sanchez, who coordinated the event, it was a huge success. “Proceeds from the game totaled around $1,500 and will be used to help pay for uniforms, duty equipment (training weapons, handcuffs, duty belt, holsters, flashlights, etc.), protection equipment ( vests, gloves, eye protection) and books,” he said. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain Resort Announces Lineup for 2019 Summer Concert Series


    April 9, 2019 Beech Mountain Resort is excited to announce the 2019 Summer Concert Series presented by Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Happening in June, July and August, the Summer Concert Series 2019 will offer three outdoor shows featuring contemporary roots music greats the Steep Canyon Rangers with Acoustic Syndicate, funk legends Galactic with The Get Right Band and jamband veterans moe. On Saturday, June 15, the award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers will headline the first show of the season. Hailing from the greater Asheville, NC, area, the band won a Grammy Award for their Nobody Knows You album. And, their collaborations with the legendary Steve Martin won the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year Award as well. Their latest album is the well-received Out In The Open. / Read more…



  • Avery Commissioners Approve New EMS Fee Standards and Receive Annual WAMY Report

    April 9, 2019 New fee standards for Avery Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the annual WAMY report were the key topics during the regular monthly meeting of the Avery County Board of Commissioners April 1. Commissioners attending included: Vice-Chairman Blake Vance; Wood Hall (Woodie) Young, Jr.; Tim Phillips; and Dennis Aldridge. Chairperson Martha Hicks was absent due to illness. Vance conducted the meeting in Hicks’ absence. Also present were: County Manager Phillip Barrier, Jr.; Assistant County Manager and Clerk to the Commissioners Cindy Turbyfill; Finance Officer Tim Greene; and County Attorney Michaelle Poore. Ashley Cook and Sara Freer of WAMY gave the Commissioners a detailed update about its history, services and assessment of needs in Avery County. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • 40th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Tournament Held Saturday With Over 100 Fish Registered


    April 8, 2019 The Blowing Rock Trout Derby at Broyhill Park brought out lots of young anglers to celebrate 40 years of trout season’s opening day in Blowing Rock. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission supported the Trout Derby with free “Fish for Fun” bags that included a tackle box, regulation book, bumper sticker, stringer and bobber. There were also free Trout Derby T-shirts given out during the event. According to Kim Rogers, 101 fish were registered in the 5 categories and they gave out 180 t-shirts and over 100 fishing for fun bags from the NC wildlife commission. “We couldn’t have asked for a prettier spring day for this year’s Trout Derby. Here in town, Broyhill Lake stayed busy with Derby participants fishing and learning how to fly fish with Morgan,” said Amanda Lugenbell, the assistant director of the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority. “We hope all the new participants felt as welcome as our seasoned locals. Introducing kids to fishing fun is what the Trout Derby is all about!” Photos by Lonnie Webster / Read more…



  • Watauga County Community Recreation Center Scheduled for Completion in Spring 2020; Watauga County Swim Complex Closing on April 30 to Accommodate Construction


    April 5, 2019 The Watauga County Community Recreation Center, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2020, is currently under construction along Complex Drive in Boone, NC. The Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department will relocate on April 29 to the East Annex (Rock Building) located at 331 Queen Street, Boone, NC throughout the construction period. The Watauga County Swim Complex will be closing on the evening of April 30 after their “Final Splash” event being held throughout the day; the Final Splash will be the last chance to experience the Swim Complex until the Community Recreation Center opens in 2020. The phone numbers for the facilities will remain the same and operations for the Parks and Recreation department will remain as-is, excluding the Swim Complex. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • TVA & Mountain Electric Cooperative Have Scheduled a Major Power Outage Saturday Night

    April 5, 2019   A power outage is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, April 13, 2019. The outage will impact 14,500 customers over much of Avery County including the following communities: Cranberry, Minneapolis, Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain, Grandfather, Montezuma, Linville, Pineola, Crossnore, Jonas Ridge, Newland, and Linville Falls. The outage is necessary to replace and/or repair TVA/MEC high-voltage equipment at the Cranberry Substation. Work should be completed, and power restored by 8:30 A.M. Sunday morning. / Read more…



  • Boone Town Council Holding Special Meeting on April 10 to Discuss Previous Agenda Items

    April 5, 2019 The Boone Town Council will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, April 10 to wrap up the agenda items from the meeting held on Thursday, March 21. With all of the discussion and public comments involving the Highway 105 Superstreet Project, the agenda had to be altered due to meeting length. The special meeting will happen at 9 a.m. at the town council chambers located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road. Items remaining on the agenda are as follows: 1. Consideration of Case PL01817-0823 UDO Text Amendment 2. Consideration of Committee Charge for Sustainability, Economics & Environment Committee 3. Proposed UDO Amendment relating to the process for public hearing and deliberation on UDO Amendments and Conditional District Conditions. / Read more…



  • Dollar Days Began April 1 at Grandfather Mountain


    April 5, 2019 Grandfather Mountain will open its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April, as the park’s “Dollar Days” promotion returns in time for spring. Discounted admission aside, April offers mountains of activities on Grandfather, including the return of animal encounters, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounts on behind-the-scenes habitat tours and more naturalist programs. “We’re always excited for Dollar Days, as the mountain seems to spring to life with warm weather, friendly faces and new activities,” said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville, N.C., nature park. The Dollar Days promotion allows anyone who lives or works in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga or Wilkes counties — along with their guests traveling in the same vehicle — to visit at the discounted rate. Students attending a local college or university are also eligible for the discount. / Read more…



  • MEDLIFE Movement Appalachian State University Chapter Building Mobile Clinic in Tanzania this May


    April 4, 2019 The MEDLIFE Movement at Appalachian State University will be traveling with a group of student volunteers to Moshi, Tanzania, a small town at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, from May 18th to May 26th to set up a Mobile Clinic that brings free, high-quality healthcare directly to communities who lack access to basic health services. The clinics are designed to find patients who are in need of long-term assistance and will be staffed by local practitioners offering basic medical treatment and preventative screens. The student volunteers will shadow the medical professionals and help operate the clinic in order to learn about local medical practices, global medicine, and the effect of poverty on health. In addition to the Mobile Clinic, the MEDLIFE student volunteers will be creating a community development project based off of the wants and needs of the community in Moshi to make sure their community is safe for everyone. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Historical Society Presents $3,500 Check for Restoration Projects at Moses H. Cone Memorial Park


    April 4, 2019 On April 3, the Blowing Rock Historical Society (BRHS) presented the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation with a $3500 check for restoration projects at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. This donation was from the proceeds of BRHS’s 2018 Artists in Residence program. In presenting the check, President Rita White and AiR Chair Tom O’Brien said, “We are so pleased to be able to contribute to this worthwhile cause.  This is AiR’s 10th anniversary at Edgewood Cottage, originally the home and studio of renowned artist Elliot Dangerfield. We feel certain that both he and his friend Moses Cone would be delighted with this donation.” The Artists in Residence program is an annual event held at Edgewood Cottage where area artists spend a week showcasing their art and talent.  Beginning this year in late May, the program not only benefits the artists, but is a destination event for Blowing Rock residents and tourists alike. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, March 25 – March 31

    April 3, 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



  • Appalachian Materials Asphalt Plant Can Proceed After NC Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal

    April 3, 2019 In a recent decision filed on March 27, the North Carolina Supreme Court has determined that the court would not hear an appeal from Watauga County in its ongoing court battle with Appalachian Materials over a proposed asphalt plant. The plant, which can now proceed as planned, will be constructed on Rainbow Trail just off of Highway 194 North outside of Boone. Concerned citizens banded together in 2015 in an attempt to make their voices heard, hoping that Watauga County would deny a high impact land usage permit to Appalachian Materials for the asphalt plant project. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and High Country WATCH were persistent in their efforts to get the county to block the permit. The plea of the citizens appeared to work as the Watauga County Board of Adjustments denied the permit, and that decision was later supported by the Watauga County Superior Court two years later after the ruling stated that the asphalt plant would be within 1,500 feet of an educational facility, the Margaret E. Gragg Education Center. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Arbor Day Foundation Names Town of Seven Devils 2018 Tree City USA


    April 3, 2019 Town of Seven Devils, NC, was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Seven Devils achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual committee forestry budget of a least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. “Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.” / Read more…



  • Huge Crowd On Hand For Saturday’s Empty Bowls Fundraiser at Watauga High School, Updates on Crowd Size and Amount Raised


    April 3, 2019 A huge crowd gathered at Watauga High School on Saturday for the 18th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser. The evening featured a silent auction, desserts and live music. Members of Potters of the Blue Ridge organized this year’s “Teapot Challenge” for the silent auction. Items in the silent auction included gift certificates, merchandise, and artwork from local businesses, restaurants, and artisans. Attendees chose a bowl from the wide selection available that was made by either a student or a local potter. Each bowl was a unique color, size or shape and serves as a reminder that there are always empty bowls and hungry people in the world. They then sat down with friends and family and enjoyed a bowl of soup.  By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Boonies Short Films to Air on UNC-TV, April 2019


    April 3, 2019 ‘boonies,’ a documentary series of short vignettes highlighting small business owners in the High Country, will air on UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina this April. The films will air on the station’s main channel at 7:50 p.m. on April 14 and April 21. Following each broadcast, the episodes will be streaming on the PBS Video app, PBS.org and the UNC-TV video portals. Selena Lauterer, creator and producer of the series, asks: “Why do we choose to live in Boone? Western North Carolina has long been a mystery to folks not living here – we are far away from everything and almost everyone. Season One features Angela Kelly, Jesse Miller and Anna Roseman. / Read more…



  • Winners From the 16th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Announced


    April 3, 2019 Organizers of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition  have announced the winners of the 16th annual competition. Tom Moors  and the image Swimming Hole took top honors, receiving the designation of Best in Show. Tom will take home a cash award of $1,000 furnished through competition proceeds. Cole Siemasko’s image A Horse’s Snowday is the public’s pick in this year’s Footsloggers’ People’s Choice Award and will receive $350 cash award furnished by Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters. / Read more…



  • Two Durham Men Arrested on Multiple Gun and Drug Charges


    April 3, 2019 The Boone Police Department arrested two men on Monday after they allegedly threw out narcotics and a stolen firearm inside the Quality Inn and fled the scene on foot.  According to details provided by Sergeant Geoff Hayes of the Boone PD, officers were dispatched at 3:33pm to the 1200 block of NC Highway 105 in reference to a silver Chevrolet Malibu being operated in a careless and reckless manner. Officers located the vehicle traveling east on East King St. The vehicle turned right on Eastridge Drive at a high rate of speed and continued into the parking lot of the Quality Inn. Based upon further investigation, it was discovered that the two occupants of the vehicle entered the Quality Inn and discarded narcotics and a stolen firearm. The two suspects then fled the scene on foot and officers recovered the stolen firearm and narcotics. / Read more…



  • Rep. Ray Russell’s Raleigh Report: Newsletter Highlighting Info from NC General Assembly


    April 3, 2019 During the past year meeting with constituents in Ashe and Watauga counties, it’s clear that we need more news from state government in Raleigh. What we do in Raleigh probably has greater impact on your daily life than the 24/7 coverage of events in Washington, DC. But there’s almost no news reaching northwest North Carolina from our state government. To address this void of news coverage from Raleigh, I hope to provide a newsletter every couple of weeks to let you know what important issues are being discussed and to let you know what I am doing. You elected me to represent you. You deserve to know what’s happening! I hope you find them helpful and informative.  / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Rhubarb: A Spring-time Favorite


    April 3, 2019. can’t believe it’s time to talk about springtime favorites and traditions, but here we are — already in the month of April, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Rhubarb has been serving as a harbinger of spring since the late 1700s, when it first made its way to America, migrating from older and colder countries by way of Italy. An annual favorite of the older generation especially, I remember, as a youngster, being introduced to rhubarb by my aunt, Dovie Stamey. She always had plenty of it growing along the creek bank near her Avery County home, and loved to share it with everyone who dropped by. While many young folks don’t have a clue what it is, rhubarb is an incredibly versatile food item with many uses. It’s best cooked up with something sweet and made into cakes, pastries, jams, pickles, conserves and sauces. When choosing rhubarb, look for crisp, plump, medium-size stalks, but get rid of the leaves, as they contain a poisonous substance. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain State Park Trail Repairs Require Closures

    April 3, 2019 Last spring, Grandfather Mountain State Park experienced heavy, prolonged rains that severely damaged and eroded park trails, making some areas impassable. Damage to the Nuwati and Cragway trails was so extensive that repairs will require contracting outside work. The wet weather continued as Grandfather Mountain experienced 10 feet of precipitation in 2018, compounding the damage to all our trails. Park staff are working to get contracts underway while repairing what we are able to on the other trails. Trail renovations cannot begin until May at the earliest because there is currently a moratorium on construction work in trout streams or tributaries while the fish are spawning, This is a critical protection measure for trout. Park staff hope to complete work and reopen trails by late summer, but these timelines are difficult to estimate. / 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



  • Investigation Continues Surrounding Saturday Night’s Officer-Involved Shooting

    April 2, 2019 The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is still investigating what exactly happened after a Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed a man on Saturday night. According to details provided by Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman, deputies were dispatched to the area of 2145 Hardin Road to follow up on reports of a suspicious male attempting to gain entry to multiple residences. Deputies responded to the area and began searching for the suspect. Deputy Adam Gragg encountered a male suspect walking in the road and got out of his vehicle to speak with the man. According to Hagaman, after getting out of the car, the man, later identified as Andrew John Mason, attacked Gragg. A violent struggled ensued and Gragg shot Mason. Mason, 22, was transported to Watauga Medical Center and then on to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he died from his injuries. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • First Farm in Ashe County Awarded Top Environmental and Animal Welfare Certification

    April 2, 2019 The herd of goats at The Abandoned Dog in Lansing, NC is now Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World(AGW). A Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW source farm for goats, The Abandoned Dog is approved to raise and sell goats to other AGW-certified farms. This certification and food label lets consumers know these animals are raised outdoors on pasture or range in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S. and Canada, using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent farm. Consumer Reports has rated Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW as a “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability–and the only animal welfare certification in which they have confidence. Like other Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW farmers across the country, Jeff and Nona Cullen recognize the growing consumer interest in how animals are raised on farms. Managing animals outdoors on pasture or range has known benefits for animals, consumers and the environment.  / Read more…



  • Finalists Announced For 3rd Annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Awards

    April 2, 2019 Sixteen members of the High Country community have been selected as category finalists for the 3rd annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards luncheon, Wednesday April 10th, from 11:30 am-1 pm at Harvest House in Boone. The event is presented by Appalachian Commercial Real Estate. Click here to see the finalists for each category. / Read more…



  • Watauga State of the County’s Health Report & Health Ranking; 10th Out 100 N.C. Counties

    April 2, 2019 AppHealthCare has released the 2018 State of the County’s Health (SOTCH) Report. The report includes a summary of demographics, leading causes of death, updates on the community’s top three health priorities and new initiatives. The SOTCH report is released each year between cycles of conducting a community health assessment. The most recent community health assessment was published March 2018.. / Read more…



  • Sugar Mountain “Burns Snow” and Ignites Another Major Improvement With New Chairlift


    April 1, 2019 Closing out the 2018-’19 ski season at Sugar Mountain Resort on Sunday, resort owner Gunther Jochl got cheers from the crowd in the lodge when he announced that the ski area would install a second new high-speed detachable chairlift this summer. The announcement came at the resort’s traditional “Burning of the Snow” ritual where local skiers and the resort’s employees and their families celebrate the end of another ski season with a bonfire on the slope. Sunday was special in a few ways. Not only did Jochl tell guests that the old “brown lift,” a fixed-grip double chair on the Easy Street slope complex, would become a detachable quad this summer, but the resort closed out the longest ski season of consecutively skied days in its history—141 days, almost five months, from November 11, 2018 to March 31, 2019.. By Randy Johnson / Read more…



  • Boone Native Brian Hester to Hold Art Gallery at Mountain Blue Gallery in Banner Elk on April 13


    March 29, 2019 Brian Hester, born and raised in Boone and currently teaching art in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system, will be presenting his artwork in the High Country for the first time at Mountain Blue Gallery in Banner Elk on April 13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hester’s art has been featured in galleries around the Charlotte area in the past; some of his works are currently displayed in the NoDa Brewery in Charlotte as well as the Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone. Hester channels his life experiences through his art, inserting snapshots of his own life into situations you wouldn’t normally expect. For Hester, these life snapshots consist of scenes gathered from his journeys in the High Country, which often means activities conducted in the outdoors such as fly-fishing. Hester’s gallery will include pieces created using various mediums such as acrylic on canvas, watercolors, and sculptures featuring subject matter that pushes the line between real and surreal. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Celebrate Spring’s Return During the Ninth Annual Lees-McRae College Appalachian Heritage Week April 8–13

    March 29, 2019 Join Lees-McRae College in celebrating spring’s return to the mountains during the ninth annual Appalachian Heritage Week April 8–13. Throughout the week the college will highlight unique aspects of our heritage that will enlighten and entertain students and community members. Lees-McRae invites everyone to participate in these activities sponsored by the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. Start the week with an open house for the New Opportunity School for Women from 1–5 p.m. Join Director Jennie Harpold, members of the NOSW advisory council, and past graduates to learn more about the program and celebrate another successful year at the Stephenson Center for Appalachia. The NOSW has changed the lives of more than 140 women in the past 15 years at Lees-McRae and more than 900 in the 32 years since its founding in Berea, Kentucky. At 5 p.m., MacDonald Dining Hall will serve a traditional, Appalachian-themed meal while old-time mountain group Little Stony Nighthawks will perform. While the music will be free, the cost of the meal for those without a college meal plan will be $10.25 plus tax. / Read more…



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