• 63rd Annual Farm City Banquet Happening Nov. 1

    October 30, 2018 The 63rd Annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 1, at 6 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church located on New Market Boulevard in Boone. The theme for this year’s banquet is “High Country Grown” to celebrate the home grown success of our county’s farms and the community and town folk that support them. The banquet and awards ceremony is organized annually by the Town of Boone, ASU, and Watauga County Cooperative Extension. This year, the program includes special guest, Nashville recording artist, and author Radney Foster, who will share music and stories from his collection of short stories “For You to See the Stars.” Radney finished writing and editing this, his first book, right here in Boone! Following dinner, supplied from local farms, awards will be presented to those in our farming, civic, and business community who have made significant contributions to our agricultural economy. / Read more…



  • Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine Raises Over $22,000 for Cancer Patient Emergency Fund


    October 29, 2018. For seven years now, Doc McCoy and Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine has been doing their best to make an impact on the lives of cancer patients in the High Country. Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine presented a check to the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center on Monday morning. The total amount raised was $22,611. McCoy says he does this each year because cancer has had such a devastating impact on so many families, including his own. “I just lost my brother to lung cancer, my youngest sister to breast cancer. My oldest sister is a breast cancer survivor and my mom is a survivor so this is how we fight it,” McCoy said. Each year, Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine hosts a “Mining For a Purpose” day where the money raised goes to the cancer fund. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • TONIGHT: Local Religious Leaders Organize Interfaith Candlelight Vigil Following Saturday’s Shooting in Pittsburgh


    October 29, 2018. On Monday evening, church members of different faiths across the High Country will gather at First Baptist Church in Boone for a candlelight march down King Street mourning the victims of Saturday’s deadly shooting in Pittsburgh. A gunman later identified as Robert Bowers, 46, killed 11 people and wounded two others inside the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning. Four police officers were also injured in the shooting. Bowers was taken into custody. Roy Dobyns, the pastor at First Baptist Church in Boone, quickly offered up his church as a starting location for this evening’s march to the Temple of the High Country. “We are part of the same family, so when one is hurt, we all are hurt. I think we all express our faith differently, we have different beliefs and even worship differently, but this was a hit on a group of people because of their religion,” Dobyns said. “When one brother hurts, we all hurt. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Receives National Recognition for its Flowers


    October 29, 2018. Top honors for the prestigious 2018 America in Bloom National Awards Program were announced at the annual symposium and awards cerebration held in Lexington, KY on September 29. Blowing Rock received a 5-star rating and special recognition for its flowers. Stephen Patagas and Laurie Potier-Brown, America in Bloom judges, spent two days in July touring the community and meeting municipal officials, residents and volunteers. All program participants were evaluated on seven criteria: overall impression, community vitality, environmental efforts, heritage celebration, urban forestry, landscaped areas and flowers. Additionally, they were judged on their community involvement across municipal, residential and commercial sectors. America in Bloom is the only national awards program that sends specially trained judges to personally visit participants. In addition, each participant receives a detailed written evaluation that can be used as a guide for future improvements. / Read more…



  • Early Voting Totals Continue To Be High in Avery County

    October 29, 2018 Early voting statistics released by the Avery Board of Elections Monday morning continue to indicate the county’s voters have a keen interest in the 2018 North Carolina General Election. According to Avery Board of Elections Deputy Director Caleb Hogan, early voting in the county has been “very high” since it began Wednesday, October 17. He said 1,015 have cast their votes as of 8:30 this morning (Monday, October 29) and that 139 already have submitted their votes by absentee ballot. Those totals show that 649 more of the county’s voters have cast ballots since last Monday morning, October 22 (up from 366) and that the Elections Office has received 39 more absentee ballots (up from 100) in the same time span. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Watauga County Commissioner Candidates Speak Out on the Issues


    October 26, 2018. Six candidates are vying for three open commissioner seats during the 2018 general election. Democratic incumbents Larry Turnbow and Billy Kennedy are seeking re-election while David Blust (R), Tim Hodges (R), Tommy Sofield (R) and Charlie Wallin (D) are hoping to get on the board. Each candidate appeared as the Meet the Candidates Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on Tuesday to answer questions and share their thoughts on how to improve Watauga County. Kennedy is being challenged by Hodges in the District 3 race, Turnbow is facing Blust in the District 4 race while Sofield and Wallin are vying for the seat in District 5. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability and the Hunger and Health Coalition Increases Awareness of Food Insecurity


    October 26, 2018. Recent surveys show that two-thirds of students at Appalachian face issues with food security while one in five people in Watauga county are food insecure. Watauga county is considered the third poorest county in North Carolina. However, measures are being made by the community in order to alleviate some of these issues. Appalachian State University’s food pantry first opened during the 2016-17 academic year, providing the Appalachian community with free food and other vital resources through its store, such as clothing. It is located at the Office of Sustainability on the ground floor of East Residence Hall. Because of the increased awareness of food insecurity on campus, the food pantry’s hours have been extended. The pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Office of Sustainability also partners with outside organizations in order to maintain its upkeep and promote food security, specifically the Hunger and Health Coalition. / Read more…



  • Public Comment Period Over for Highway 105 Superstreet Proposal; Next Step Will Be NCDOT Meeting With Boone Officials


    October 26, 2018. Now that the public comment period is over for the proposed Highway 105 Superstreet project, the question is now what happens next? According to local NCDOT board member Cullie Tarleton, the design team, the consultants and other NCDOT officials will review the comments and evaluate the feasibility of those suggestions in around two weeks. They will then meet with Boone town officials and talk about options that might be available. “DOT is not trying to cram something down anyone’s throat, they will listen to the concerns and take it from there,” said Tarleton. “All of this should occur sometime within the next 30 days.” A lot of local businesses and residents have voiced their concerns about the proposed superstreet project that will basically eliminate left hand turns on and off of Highway 105 and will instead require drivers to turn right and make U-turns in specially designed “bulb outs” if they want to go the other direction. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Early Voting Totals Reach Over 8,000 Votes in Watauga County

    October 26, 2018 In the most recent data provided by the Watauga County Board of Elections, a total of 8,275 voters have cast their ballots already for the 2018 general election as of Thursday, October 25. 3,164 of those votes have been Democratic voters while 3,061 were unaffiliated and 1,959 were Republican voters. The Appalachian State University early voting location has seen the most activity with 3,319 votes so far. 2,631 votes have been counted at the Watauga County Administration Building while 729 votes have been counted in Blowing Rock, 669 votes have been counted at the Western Watauga Community Center, 531 votes have been counted at Deep Gap and 396 votes have been tallied in Meat Camp. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Clerk of Court Diane Cornett Deal Faces Republican Challenger Travis Critcher


    October 26, 2018. Democratic incumbent Diane Cornett Deal is seeking a third term as the Watauga County Clerk of Court. Deal was first elected in 2010 and was unopposed in the 2014 election where she earned her second term in office. This year, Republican Travis Critcher is challenging Deal for the seat. Deal is a lifelong resident of Watauga County. Following graduation from Watauga High School, she began working in the clerk’s office where she worked as an assistant clerk for 30 years under former clerks of court John T. Bingham and Glenn Hodges before winning the clerk of court seat in 2010. “I was able to learn all of the different areas of the clerk’s office,” Deal said. Deal has also served on many different committees for the North Carolina Conference of Clerks of Superior Court. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Candidates Speak at Candidate’s Forum


    October 26, 2018. Two of the three candidates in the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor race shared their qualifications and thoughts on why they wanted to be elected to the board. Chris Hughes, Bill Moretz and Joey Clawson are running for two seats on the board. Clawson is currently on the board but did not attend the candidate’s forum. The soil and water conservation board is set up to promote conservation, improve water quality and reduce pollution on agricultural land.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Final Farmers’ Market of the Regular Season is This Saturday


    October 26, 2018. Come share the excitement at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market this Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at Daniel Boone Park, Horn in the West parking lot in Boone. From market manager Michelle Slaton: “It is hard to believe it but this Saturday is the the last Saturday of the Regular Season at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market for 2018. We have had a wonderful year and would like to thank you all for your support and continued patronage. We are certainly planning on ending with gusto. We will be having our 4th annual “Halloween at the Market” this Saturday with costume competitions, dessert walks, photo booth and more! Come out and enjoy this last Saturday of the regular season. Remember that our November Market will be a reduced group of vendors so stop by and check in with all your favorites to find out how to contact them after our season ends. Thank you to all our wonderful vendors and patrons for a fantastic 2018 season.”” / Read more…



  • Hagaman Seeking Fourth Term as Watauga County Sheriff, Faces Challenge From Republican David Searcy


    October 25, 2018. Watauga County Sheriff Len “L.D.” Hagaman, who has served as sheriff for 12 years, is being opposed by Republican challenger David Searcy in the 2018 election. Hagaman, a Watauga County native and military veteran, graduated from Watauga High School and then went on to receive degrees from Wingate University and Appalachian State University. He has served three terms as sheriff and previously served as a Watauga County Commissioner and was the Town Manager of Boone. “For the past 12 years I am daily humbled and honored to note that your sheriff’s office is one of the first to be looked at by the other 99 sheriff’s offices in North Carolina for our innovation, our cooperation, our guidance and advice,” Hagaman said. “I’m proud to serve all and I would be honored and blessed to continue to be your sheriff.” Searcy, who grew up in Catawba County, graduated from Bandys High School and Haywood Community College, has called Watauga County home for the previous 26 years, serving as a member of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Searcy will retire at the end of 2018 with 30 years of service. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • New Court System Allows for People to Sign Up for Text or Email Alerts for Court Date Notifications

    October 25, 2018 A new statewide program in North Carolina went live last week, allowing for people who have upcoming court dates to have email or text message reminders sent to them. Once a person subscribes to this service, they are then notified of court date changes and notified of upcoming court dates, seven days before and one day before their respective date. According to Watauga County Clerk of Court Diane Cornett Deal, all a person has to have to sign up for this service is to know what their case number is. “You have to have your case number to be able to receive these notifications. You can call us at the courthouse and we can provide you with that number,” Deal said.  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



  • Watauga Habitat’s Blueprints and Bow Ties Raises $47000, ReStore Hosts Successful Event


    October 25, 2018. Thanks to community support, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity (WCHfH) and the Watauga Habitat ReStore raised a record-setting $47,000 at their annual event, Blueprints and Bow Ties on Thursday, October 18th. This was the 7th year hosting the celebration, designed to build awareness and support for Habitat’s mission to eliminate poverty housing by building decent, affordable homes in partnership with hard working families in need. This was Habitat’s 3rd year hosting the event at the ReStore. “Our customers and supporters love to see what we’ve done each year when we re-do the ReStore,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development. “Hosting Blueprints and Bow Ties at our ReStore is our way of inviting guests to our home; and home is what we are all about,” said Jennings. / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Happy Halloween!


    October 25, 2018. If you’re planning a gathering for the monsters in your life within the coming week, hopefully these “spooky” recipes will prove to be real treats, no tricks. Keep in mind that there are numerous “alternative” celebrations going on around the High Country, so the kids don’t have to be out on the street going door-to-door for their treats. Taking them to local churches or other venues sponsoring events will keep them safe, while still providing them plenty of opportunities for fun. It will also allow you, as parents, to tag along and have a good time, as well. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Taking a Look at the North Carolina Senate and House of Representative Races in Watauga County


    October 24, 2018. Three of the four candidates for the North Carolina Senate District 45 seat and the North Carolina House of Representatives District 93 appeared at the Meet the Candidates Forum held on Tuesday night, co-sponsored by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Republican incumbent Rep. Jonathan Jordan  and Democratic challenger Ray Russell were there as well as Democratic Senate challenger Wes Luther. Republican incumbent Sen. Deanna Ballard was held up at an event elsewhere and could not make it to the forum. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • The Race for the 5th District: Virginia Foxx vs. DD Adams


    October 24, 2018. Avery County resident and current incumbent Rep. Virginia Foxx hopes to secure another term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 5th District, a seat she has held since 2004. Standing in her way is Democratic challenger DD Adams, a native of Winston-Salem who has served as a city council member representing the North Ward of Winston-Salem since 2009.
    By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, October 15 – October 21

    October 24, 2018. Looking to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Candidates Make Final Pitch to Watauga County Voters at the 2018 Meet the Candidates Forum


    October 24, 2018. A good crowd turned out for the 2018 Watauga County Meet the Candidates Forum at the Watauga County Courthouse on Tuesday night, co-sponsored by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Candidates competing for votes in six different races provided opening and closing statements and answered questions in a round robin format where each candidate answered the same question from a moderator. Candidates for the Watauga County Clerk of Superior Court (incumbent Diane Cornett Deal and challenger Travis Critcher) and candidates for the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor (Chris Hughes and Bill Moretz) were each given time to introduce themselves and explain why they were running for office. Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor candidate Joey Clawson was not at the forum. Incumbent Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx and Democratic challenger DD Adams were the first to answer questions seeking election for the U.S. House of Representatives District 5 seat. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Two N.C. Mega Millions tickets win $1 million in Tuesday’s drawing


    October 24, 2018 North Carolinians won big in Tuesday’s record Mega Millions drawing with nine tickets winning $10,000, two Multiplier tickets winning $30,000, and two lucky tickets winning $1 million. The $1 million tickets matched all five white balls in the drawing. One was sold at the Circle K on Harrison Avenue in Cary and the other at the Zoom Express on Skyway Drive in Monroe. “We can’t wait to meet the two lucky players who won $1 million,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “This record Mega Millions jackpot created a lot of fun and along the way that fun produced a big win for education in our state.” / 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



  • 3rd Annual Fall Dance a Huge Success, “Christmas in August in Banner Elk” Now in Planning Stage


    October 23, 2018 On Saturday, October 6, Sandi Finci Solomon, working in partnership with the Appalachian State University’s Vice Chancellor Randy Edwards, hosted the 3rd Annual Community Fall Dance. This dance took place in the Grandfather Ballroom at the Plemmons Student Union on the ASU campus, and included a delicious catered dinner from the Daniel Boone Inn and a make-your-own ice cream sundae, compliments of Chancellor Sherri Everts. By James Nipper / Read more…



  • Goodnight, Boone Becomes Theme for Downtown Boone Bridal Shop’s Final Month of Business


    October 23, 2018. When Donna Cook announced earlier this year that she would be closing her Boone bridal shop at the end of 2018, it signaled an end of an era for the close-knit downtown family of merchants and shoppers, alike, especially future brides in search of their perfect dresses. The reality became clear recently when Cook and her staff at Did Someone Say Party? completed her storefront window display for the final time, a bittersweet event, indeed. The theme, “Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Boone,” is proving to be the perfect parting message, drawing window shoppers to stop and reflect upon the impressive presentation, which, like all of her exhibits before, is handmade, innovative and reflective. “I’m not leaving Boone completely, but it’s time to put my baby to sleep,” Cook said.. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Leaves Finally Falling into Color with Beautiful Color Displays Across Grandfather Mountain


    October 23, 2018 With the cool temperatures of fall settling into the High Country, the leaves have changed a lot in the last week. First, the tops of the maple trees began to turn red, and now they’re fully red. Everyday, more and more color is appearing throughout the High Country. After a bumpy start this year with storms and warm weather delaying the color change, the colors are starting to reach their peak. From high vantage points, the change in leaf colors becomes even more stark. Grandfather Mountain is the place to be to see the colors. Grandfather offers some of the best color views in the High Country with miles and miles of beautiful mountain landscape visible. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • NCDOT Public Comment Period for Highway 105 Superstreet Project Ends Wednesday

    October 22, 2018 The end is near for the public comment period on the Highway 105 Superstreet Project. The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s final day for commenting on this potential project will be Wednesday, October 24. Comments from local businesses, residents and both town and county officials have made it clear that they would all like to see the NCDOT revisit this current proposal and see if there is a way to come up with something a little bit different to make life easier for drivers on Highway 105 as well as business owners who feel like they will lose business from the current Superstreet proposal. Messages have been left for NCDOT Division 11 Project Manager Ramie Shaw inquiring about the number of comments received so far, however no details have been provided.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • ‘Project: Hope’ Enters Final Week of Accepting Donations

    October 22, 2018 Though the High Country was not severely affected by Hurricane Florence, our neighbors on North Carolina’s coast are still struggling to put their lives back together. Project: Hope has reignited its hurricane relief efforts to bring hope back to our own state’s coast and help hurricane victims in Beaufort, NC. Last year, Project: Hope filled the back of a Sysco truck and sent it to Texas to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. This year, the Project: Hope is close to filling the tractor trailer before heading to the North Carolina coast the first week in November. Project: Hope was formed last fall by Blowing Rock shop owner Sheri Furman to raise funds and items to deliver to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The project was extraordinarily successful and resulted in sending a truckload of goods to Texas and making a brief stop in Louisiana. Last year, Project: Hope involved weeks of collecting donations from the community and restaurants, attending home football games, and more outreach efforts in order to fill the truck. It was a strenuous, taxing project that reaped great reward for the town it was delivered to—originally just a one time project. Sheri says, “I was not planning to start Project: Hope again this year. I told God, ‘No way.’” By Savannah R. Watts / Read more…



  • Woolly Worm Festival Sees Great Turnout on Saturday Before Mother Nature Wreaked Havoc Saturday Night and Sunday


    October 22, 2018. It was not a total loss for the 41st annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk this weekend. Saturday saw a great turnout of festivalgoers, vendors and woolly worm racers that did not let a little rain get in the way of their fun. “Even through the rain, we had a super crowd, we had a diligent crowd that came prepared for rain and had an excellent day,” said Melynda Pepple, Executive Director of the Avery County Chamber of Commerce. “It was a great festival, a lot of the vendors did excellent on Saturday and we had a full house. We had an excellent selection of artists and vendors, great food and happy people.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Time Capsule for Good: Cannon Memorial Hospital Receives Major Gift from the Morrison Charitable Trust

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    October 22, 2018. Most of us do not like to think about end-of-life planning. We view the act of writing a will to be a burdensome acknowledgement of our own mortality; a conversation we would prefer to put off for another day, if not indefinitely. But thoughtful end-of-life planning can also serve as a final gift for prosperity, a tactic to leave things better than we found them. A perfect example of this sentiment can be found in the Morrison Charitable Trust. On November 8, 1964, Robert Foster Morrison, of Pineola, updated his handwritten, 14-page Last Will and Testament to include a trust that would fund the establishment of a local library and benefit the community hospitals in Avery County for years to come. The Morrison Charitable Trust was created following Robert Morrison’s death in July 1968. Morrison specified three charitable beneficiaries: Cannon Memorial Hospital in Banner Elk, Garrett Memorial Hospital (later Sloop Memorial) in Crossnore (these two entities merged into the new Cannon Memorial Hospital in 1999), and the future Avery County Morrison Library in Newland.  By Josh Jarman and Brian Whitfield / Read more…



  • Early Voting Totals High in Avery County

    October 22, 2018 There seems to be a prevalent feeling that there is as much, or even more, interest in the 2018 North Carolina General Election on November 6 in Avery County as any in the past decade. And Avery Board of Elections statistics proves that to be true. According to Avery Board of Elections Deputy Director Caleb Hogan, early voting in the county is “higher than normal” since Early Voting began last Wednesday, October 17. He said 366 have cast their votes as of this morning and that approximately 100 county voters have already have submitted their votes by absentee ballot. Hogan added that the large number of early and absentee votes may indicate there also will be a high voter turnout on November 6. If that happens, it will be a sharp opposite of the county’s May 2018 primary election when turnout was low as only 3,380 out of 11,724 registered voters (28.8 percent) cast ballots then. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Avery Middle School Students Complete ‘The Grandfather Challenge’ at Grandfather Mountain

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    October 22,2018. Ten Students from Avery Middle School in Newland, NC recently completed “The Grandfather Challenge” hiking program at Grandfather Mountain in Linville. “The Grandfather Challenge” program is sponsored by The Jason Project, Inc., which was formed by the parents of Jason Matthew Nipper, who passed away in June of 2014 at age 26. This private foundation was formed to host this unique hiking program, which is designed to build self-confidence in struggling youth, as well as trust and positive rapport with adult mentors. Because of Jason’s abiding love of the outdoors and mountain hiking, James & Cheryl have established “The Grandfather Challenge,” through which students navigate all of the hiking trails at Grandfather Mountain.  Although the program includes at-risk kids suffering from mental problems and/or drug addictions, the program also seeks to assist any special kids who are struggling with personal adversities, including family, school, or other personal problems or challenges.  / Read more…



  • Watauga County Meet the Candidates Forum Happening October 23


    October 22, 2018. Voters in Watauga County have a chance to hear what county commissioner candidates, sheriff candidates and other state and federal election hopefuls have to say about issues that affect their lives. The annual Watauga County Meet the Candidates Forum is set to take place on Tuesday, October 23 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. inside the large courtroom at the Watauga County Courthouse. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce typically sponsors the event, but this year, the chamber is co-sponsoring this event with the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. “The Boone chamber and Blowing Rock chamber combined to co-host the event this year because the races have such a big county-wide impact,” said David Jackson, President/CEO of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce. “In this particular cycle with county commissioners, school board and the U.S. House race, it’s a much larger forum.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Local Businesses and Elected Officials Want NCDOT to Consider Other Ideas For Improving Safety and Traffic Flow on N.C. Highway 105

    October 19, 2018 The concerned voices of business owners, Boone Town Council members and Watauga County Commissioners have been heard this week. Area businesses, with the help of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, put together a letter that they will be sending to the North Carolina Department of Transportation as part of the public comment period in regards to the Highway 105 Superstreet Plan that was rolled out by the NCDOT at the end of September. “The NC 105 corridor serves a vast array of business and community interests. While an important local asset, this thoroughfare’s impact stretches beyond the bounds of Boone and Watauga County, standing as a primary connection vessel for many businesses, residential, and tourism interests across all High Country communities,” the letter states. “NC 105 is a unique economic corridor, housing a high percentage of the area’s hotel inventory, iconic restaurants, and a culture of businesses that provides a diverse mix of offerings not found in other areas of our local community. As this project is addressed, a question must be asked of all parties involved: Is the goal of NC 105 to serve as a designed highway or a business corridor?” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • RaysWeather.com Unveils Fearless Forecast for 2018-19 Winter Season; 42 Inches of Snow Predicted in Boone


    October 19, 2018. In their 16th year of issuing a fearless winter forecast, the staff at Ray’s Weather Center is predicting a slightly snowier winter season than average. Each year, the winter forecast is compiled by founder Dr. Ray Russell and his staff, using both scientific studies and historical analysis. The forecast takes into account possible El Nino or La Nina conditions in the ocean and the historical snowfall totals that have happened during similar conditions. The 2018-19 Fearless Forecast is predicting 15 percent high snow totals than the 10-year averages in the High Country as well as a greater than average potential for ice this winter. The forecast also predicts that temperatures will be between one and two degrees colder than average and that the bulk of the snowfall will happen during January and February. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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