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

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    Jan. 8, 2018. The first 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, 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. There are 12 teams participating this year; 8 teams comprised of skiers and 4 teams made up of snowboarders. Each team member gets two runs on the course with their fastest time determining their score according to an age handicap system. The top four finishers of each team helps determine the team’s overall score and determines weekly standings and ultimately the overall winner at the end of the season. Over 75 racers were on hand for the first race, which saw Trey Woody post the fastest skiing time at 20.96 seconds on his second run. For the snowboarders, Austin Burr posted the fastest time of26.07 seconds on his second run. / 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



  • Avery Schools Adopt Inclement Weather Missed Days Policy; Spring Break Still On for April 19-26

    January 15, 2019 The Avery County Public School System has adopted a new policy about missed days due to inclement weather during the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, according to the system’s Human Resources Director Ken Townsend. Despite already missing 12 days of school due to inclement winter weather (as of Tuesday, January 15) so far during this school year, students, faculty and staff members are not projected to lose any of their Easter (Spring) Break, which will run on Good Friday, April 19, and then the following Monday through Friday, April 22-26. Last week the Avery Board of Education approved a plan for make-up days in the event the county’s public school system has to cancel more days of classes. No days will be made up until the 17th missed day of classes, which would allow for four more days (as of press time) of missed classes. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • MerleFest Adds The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell to 2019 Festival


    January 14, 2019. MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, April 25-28. MerleFest is pleased to welcome these three distinguished artists to the 2019 lineup. “We are extremely excited to be adding these artists to an already stellar lineup for 2019. They represent the diverse talent that Merlefest is famous for,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. The three artists announced today join over 75 artists initially announced in November via Rolling Stone Country and the second wave of artists announced last month. / Read more…



  • Spring Semester Classes Underway at Appalachian State

    January 14, 2019 Monday marked the first day of class for students as they returned to Boone after a long winter break. Students arrived to Boone with about the same view as when they left town back in December with snow on the ground and salt on the roads. 19,108 undergraduate and graduate students will resume their classes for one week before the first holiday of the 2019 spring semester. Next Monday will be Martin Luther King Day, meaning students will be out of class for the day. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Avery Native, David Singleton, Named NC Library Director of the Year


    January 14, 2019. Avery County native David Singleton was recently named the 2017-18 Library Director of the Year by the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association. This award is given annually to a library director who has contributed to the growth and development of their library by providing leadership, inspiration and creativity to staff, patrons and trustees, and has succeeded in providing excellent service to their library and/or the library community. Thus, Singleton’s award comes as no surprise to those who have known him and worked with him during his lengthy career, as they attest that he has met the criteria — and more. Having most recently served over the past decade as Director of Libraries for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Singleton has been described as one who has exemplified the definition of leadership, not only for the CML community, but for libraries and librarians across the country. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Advance Planning to Aftermath Analysis: How Appalachian’s Campus Units Tackled Winter Storm Diego


    January 14, 2019. As Appalachian State University students took their final exams in December 2018, the university’s Physical Plant, emergency response teams, Food Services and Parking and Transportation personnel were undergoing tests of their own. Winter Storm Diego deposited more than 18 inches of snow on campus in a span of 30 hours, exceeding the total snow accumulation for the entire 2016–17 season. The storm’s magnitude, combined with its timing during exam week and the impending exodus of students leaving for winter break, spurred major efforts by Appalachian’s campus operations personnel, who had plans in place to manage the event. Following the storm, departments met to review issues and discuss best practices for handling future snowstorms of Diego’s caliber. Recognizing the efforts of the support staff, Chancellor Sheri Everts said, “Our campus fared well. Crews worked nonstop to clear roads, sidewalks and parking areas. We are accustomed to the challenges of winter weather, and our campus and community personnel manage snow and ice safely, expertly and efficiently.” By Jan Todd / Read more…



  • Community Comes Together for January 26 Fundraiser to Benefit Watauga Native Luke Short


    January 14, 2019. Love traditional mountain music? Love helping your fellowman? Now is the time to mark your calendars for a dual opportunity as the High Country community comes together to lend a hand for one of its own. A fundraiser to help with the medical needs of Watauga native Luke Short will be held on Saturday, January 26, at Boone United Methodist Church. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is hosted by Short’s home church of Bethany Lutheran Church of Boone and will include a square dance with traditional mountain music and cake walks. Short, who moved to Colorado in 2016 with his wife, local journalist/reporter Kellen Moore Short, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in July 2018. He underwent five rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor on Nov. 21, 2018, which includes a lengthy recovery period. Short, 31, is a Deep Gap native, App State graduate and a former 911 tele-communicator for Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Boone Police Make Arrests in Two Breaking and Entering Incidents from November


    January 11, 2019. On November 27, 2018, Farmers Rental and Power Equipment was the victim of a break-in and then on November 28, 2018, High Country 4×4 was the victim of a break-in and thefts from numerous vehicles. As a result of investigations into both incidents three individuals were arrested on charges including felonious breaking and entering, injury to real property, injury to personal property and misdemeanor larceny. Brandon Alan Johnston, 27, of Lenoir, Jonathan Wesley Mays, 35, of Boomer and Ashley Danielle Mays, 34, of Boomer were charged following the investigation. / Read more…



  • USASA Southeastern Series Heading into 3rd Season; Next Event at Beech on January 26


    January 11, 2019. The Southeastern Series is heading into it’s third year with a full calendar of freeski and snowboard competitions. “It’s been a bit of a nerve racking start to this year, we had to cancel this weekend’s event at Ober Gatlinburg, but it looks like winter is back in full force so it’s gonna be another great season!” says Series director, Andy McDaniel. “Last year was awesome despite the weather, we still had a lot of folks come out on contest days. We had a total of 78 athletes join USASA. That was up from our first year when we had 56 members, so we are steadily growing as a series.” / Read more…



  • Half Priced Season Passes for App State Students

    January 11, 2019. Beech Mountain Ski Resort has teamed up with the Appalachian State University Bookstore to offer a mid-week season pass for App State students for only $225, a 50 percent discount on the standard individual student rate. Season passes are only available for purchase at the University Bookstore, located at 219 College St. in Boone. The pass is good from 5 p.m. Sundays to 5 p.m. Fridays during non-holiday hours. On-Mountain Perks: Beech Mountain Resort Season Pass holders receive discounts on the mountain during the ski season when you show your season pass. / Read more…



  • Grandfather Mountain Experiences One of Wettest Years On Record


    January 11, 2019. 2018 made a splash on Grandfather Mountain. As per the recording site at Grandfather’s Nature Museum, where the park’s naturalists gather daily records, some 123.62 inches of precipitation fell on the mountain last year. “That’s 10 feet of water!” said Amy Renfranz, director of education for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville, N.C., nature park. “Though we had several big days of rain and snow, most of it fell in small amounts throughout the year.” The largest precipitation events took place on May 19, 2018, with 6.41 inches of rain and Sept. 17, 2018, with 5.84 inches of rain. “This record year nearly doubles our annual average of 63.13 inches,” Renfranz said. “In comparison, Seattle only received 35.73 inches of precipitation in 2018 — a markedly dry year for the Western states. New York City received 46.78.” / Read more…



  • Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Members Dinner on January 9


    January 11, 2019. The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce had a great turnout on Wednesday, January 9 for the Annual Members Dinner at Stonewalls Restaurant in downtown Banner Elk. Paul and Susie O’Connell were the recipients of the Chamber’s Person of the Year Award. Dick Larson of Feeding Avery Families, Trey Oakley of Williams YMCA, and Gary Smith of Ensemble Stage all related moving stories of how the O’Connell’s have invaluably contributed to their organizations and our local community. Susie O’Connell stated “Paul and I are sincerely honored for the recognition given to us. Our hope is to continue helping with the development and advancement of the Banner Elk community.” / Read more…



  • Winter Storm Watch Issued for Parts of the High Country Through Sunday Evening


    January 11, 2019. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Watauga and Ashe counties that will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday. Other counties affected by the watch from the NWS office in Blacksburg include Alleghany, Surry and Wilkes counties. A storm system will move into the area beginning late Friday night and early Saturday morning with the heaviest precipitation falling Saturday night into Sunday morning, according to the NWS. A wintry mix will be the highlight of this storm with snow and sleet accumulations from 1-4 inches and ice accumulations up to a tenth of an inch. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Next Round of Snowflakes Expected to Fall in the High Country This Weekend


    January 10, 2019. The latest round of winter precipitation will arrive on Saturday and could linger around into Monday, that according to the latest forecast from Ray’s Weather Center. Snowfall will arrive late Friday night and early Saturday morning with the heaviest of the snow happening on Saturday evening. As temperatures warm up Sunday, the snow changes to a wintry mix before ending as snow showers on Monday. This will be the first accumulating snowfall of 2019 if the forecast holds together. Snow accumulation will be dependent on what the temperature is when the moisture comes through the area. While the storm will be nowhere near as big as the one that dumped two feet of snow in some places in the High Country, the National Weather Service is predicting that most area will see from 2-4 inches of snow with locally higher amounts possible. Impacts on travel will be likely, according to the NWS. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Suspicious Vehicle Leads to Foot Chase, Stolen Vehicles and Arrest in Ashe County


    January 10, 2019. Ashe County Sheriff B. Phil Howell reports the arrest of a Winston-Salem man and the recovery of five stolen vehicles after receiving a sport of a suspicious vehicle. On January 4, the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious vehicle in Warrensville. Upon arrival, Sgt. Chris Green discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen from Winston-Salem. Sgt. Green began questioning the suspect, Junior Jack Cobbler. When questioned about the stolen vehicle, Cobbler ran from the responding deputies. After a brief foot chase, Sgt. Green, Deputies Aaron Scott and Nick Johnson apprehended Cobbler. Drug paraphernalia and additional stolen items were located inside the stolen vehicle. Cobbler, 48, of Winston-Salem was placed in the Ashe County Detention Center under a $14,000 secured bond. He was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.  / Read more…



  • Boone PD Searching for Suspect Who Stole Over $3,000 of Nicorette Gum


    January 10, 2019. High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On January 8, a white male stole over $3,000.00 worth of Nicorette Gum from Walmart. The suspect is seen leaving in a dark colored pick-up truck. Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential. High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.  / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, December 25 – January 6

    January 9, 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



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Crock-Pot Cooking Regaining Popularity


    January 9, 2019. There seems to be a resurgence of crockpot cooking these days as the time-saving devices are finding their way out of the storage closets and back to the kitchen. But, don’t we see that happening with most everything? If you keep something long enough, chances are, it will return as the “next best thing,” years later. I can think of a few items that I hope never return —men’s polyester leisure suits to name one! I was involved in the slow-cooker craze back in the 80s for a brief time, but never felt comfortable leaving anything turned on while away all day at work. Now that my schedule is much more flexible and I am not away for 10 hours a day, I’m loving having a hot meal prepared at the end of a cold winter’s day, and especially getting a whiff of the aroma that drifts upward to my home office space from the kitchen below. I’m pulling some of my crockpot favorites out of the archives just for you this week. I hope you enjoy. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Continue to Bolster Security With Two More SROs

    January 9, 2019 Watauga County Schools will have two additional Student Resource Officers stationed at schools throughout the county, bringing the total to five. The two newest hires are Dustin Kerley, who served with the West Jefferson Police Department in Ashe County and most recently worked as a security officer for Samaritan’s Purse, and Paul Scott, who served with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office for more than 10 years and has worked with Watauga Rescue. Kerley will rotate between Parkway School and Green Valley School while Scott will serve Bethel, Cove Creek and Mabel Schools. Those two will join Seth Morrison, who has been an SRO in Watauga County Schools for over a year. Morrison will serve Hardin Park and Valle Crucis Schools. In addition to those three SROs, a Blowing Rock Police Department Officer is stationed at Blowing Rock School and a Boone Police Department Officer is on duty at Watauga High School. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • OASIS Progress, New Strategic Plan and High Tax Collections Key Topics at Avery Commissioners Meeting

    January 9, 2019 A detailed report of the 2018 work of OASIS, the organization dedicated to ending, and helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Avery County, information about a new five-year strategic plan for input from county citizens and tax collections being close to two million dollars higher this past year than in 2017 were among the topics discussed at the regular monthly meeting of the Avery County Commissioners January 7. All commissioners attended, including: Chairperson Martha Hicks; Vice-Chairman Blake Vance; Wood Hall (Woodie) Young, Jr.; Tim Phillips; and Dennis Aldridge. County Manager Phillip Barrier, Jr.; Assistant County Manager and Clerk to the Commissioners Cindy Turbyfill; Finance Officer Tim Greene; and County Attorney Michaelle Poore also were present. Tiffany Moon, spokesperson from OASIS, which serves both Avery and Watauga counties, addressed the commissioners with a detailed update of the organization’s activities involving Avery County for 2018. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian Alpine Women’s Ski Clinic Happening January 12


    January 8, 2019. Join like-minded women for a fun ‘tuning up your technique’ session with simple tips that are individually customized for skiers at Appalachian Ski Mountain on January 12. The program is led by Heidi Ettlinger who brings over 20 years experience in helping women achieve their skiing goals. The morning and afternoon clinic sessions include three hours of coaching, optional video, a women’s specific resource guide and a presentation at lunch on choosing the right skis, improving boot fit for comfort and performance and what’s new for women who like to slide! The two sessions will be from 9 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The cost for each session is $60. Each session is also limited to 12 skiers. Lunch will be provided for each session.  / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Conservancy Purchases 80 Acres of Land in Ashe County


    January 8, 2019. The Blue Ridge Conservancy added another 80 acres to the over 20,000 acres of land that they have already protected to preserve the beautiful natural areas that the High Country has to offer. According to Nikki Robinson, the Communications and Outreach Associate for the Blue Ridge Conservancy, the 80-acre purchase on Three Top Mountain in Clifton was made for $300,000. The property is on the southeastern slope of Three Top Mountain and is adjacent to a 135-acre parcel of land that the conservancy purchased in July of 2018. The non-profit organization has worked tirelessly to protect land in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties as well as working hard to continue the Middle Fork Greenway Project between Blowing Rock and Boone. Other projects that the Blue Ridge Conservancy has been involved in include the state natural areas of Beech Creek Bog, Bear Paw, Tater Hill Bog, Three Top Mountain Game Land, Valle Crucis Community Park, J. Douglas Williams Park in Sugar Mountain and Bullhead Mountain in addition to the 3,600-acre game land preserve on Pond Mountain in Ashe County. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Boone Police Announce Coffee with a Cop Series


    January 8, 2019. The Boone Police Department has announced an upcoming series of coffee with a cop style informational meetings. The overall intention of this series is to help you get to know our community better and help our community get to know us better as well. The specific intention of this series is to get information about our police department out to our citizens. These events will be held inside the Town of Boone Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. on the dates listed on the above flier. the topics for discussion are also included on the flier.  During each session, a Boone Police Officer will do a quick presentation on the particular subject and then the floor will be open for questions about that area of law enforcement. There will be demonstrations by Boone Police Officers, and of course, coffee will be provided by our wonderful local coffee shops. / Read more…



  • Watauga Habitat Looking for Future Homeowners


    January 8, 2019. Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications for their affordable housing program until March 31st, 2019. Eligibility criteria for a Habitat home include a housing need, the ability to pay an affordable mortgage and a willingness to partner with Habitat. Homeowners assist in building their own home and the homes of others and attend educational workshops on topics such as financial literacy and home maintenance, so they are well prepared to be successful homeowners. The home being built will be a 3-bedroom house. Those interested in learning more about Habitat’s affordable housing program can call Jennifer Ramey at 828-268-9545 or email [email protected] / Read more…



  • Ray Russell is Now Officially a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives


    January 7, 2019. Surrounded by friends, family members, volunteers and other local politicians, Ray Russell took his official oath of office on Sunday afternoon at the Ashe County Arts Center in West Jefferson. Rep. Russell was sworn in by John Welch, the chairman of the Watauga County Commissioners as well as Todd McNeill, the chairman of the Ashe County Commissioners around 4:45 p.m. Dr. Dennis Grady, a recently-retired political science professor at Appalachian State University, served as Russell’s campaign chairman and felt like this was one of the best campaigns he had ever been a part of. “This campaign was a fascinating campaign. I’m a political scientist and politics is what I do, I’ve seen lots of campaigns and I’ve never seen a campaign quite like this. Ray put two teams together early on that stayed together,” said Grady. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Construction Progressing on TownePlace Suites Project


    January 7, 2019. The construction of the latest Marriott hotel property in Boone is continuing right along, even with the wettest year on record in Boone and a nearly two-foot snowfall in December. TownePlace Suites hopes to be open by August of this year and some key inspections on the foundation have already been completed, according to Stacey Miller, Inspections Supervisor with the Town of Boone. “I have inspected footers, under slab plumbing and under slab electrical,” Miller said. “Weather has been hampering their efforts somewhat. The original hope was for the hotel to be open by the end of 2018, however the construction delays proved too much to overcome to finish during that timeframe. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Dance Troupe Lights Up the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center


    January 5, 2019. Local dance troupe The Carolina Snowbelles entertained a standing room only audience at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage this Christmas. After working hard to present “A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas,” the ‘belles’ headed to New York City to experience performing arts masterpieces, imagining what it might be like to be on the stage with the likes of the Radio City Rockettes, or the New York City Ballet.   / Read more…



  • Ski Resorts See Record Crowds Over Christmas and New Year Holidays


    January 4, 2019. The holiday season has turned out to be a good one for area ski resorts with some of the biggest crowds they have seen making the trip to the slopes during their time off. Skiers have continued showing up through this week and the resorts are expecting more good turnouts this weekend. “This year was busier for us than last year, I feel like it’s been one of the busiest holiday seasons. We’ve had record numbers this year,” said Talia Freeman, the Director of Marketing at Beech Mountain. Crowds gathered from all parts of the country and even some from outside the United States this weekend at Beech Mountain. “There is a very diverse crowd and a lot of different cultures of people. We’ve had people from all over the southeast, people from Kentucky, Florida, Cuba, a lot of people from Texas. It’s been pretty neat to see a lot of people from the different states and countries they’re coming in from,” Freeman said.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Don’t Hibernate, Celebrate! with Blowing Rock’s WinterFest, Coming Up Later This Month


    January 4, 2019. From January 24-27, Blowing Rock will be bursting with activity as everyone braves the cold to celebrate the 21st annual WinterFest. The festival brings out the fun side of winter and gets families and friends together for some great memories. Regardless if whether it’s a nice 50 degrees or 30 degrees and snowing, attendees make this annual winter festival a must because of its variety of events and entertainment. “It draws people to the area in a slower time of the year,” noted Harrison Herbst. More events have been added since WinterFest began in 1998, however. Ice Carving demonstrations, live music and WinterPaws, a dog show, are just a few of the newer events. There is something for everyone at WinterFest! “There’s lots of events. Polar Plunge is a big one, there’s a fashion show, beer garden, wine auction and tasting, and events and seminars throughout town,” says Herbst. By Hailey Blevins / 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



  • Memorial Service Celebrating the Life of Local Photographer Bob Caldwell Happening on Saturday

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    Jan. 4, 2019 There’s a good chance that if you have ever had children playing sports, a family portrait done or hosted a special event in the High Country, you know who Bob Caldwell is.
    Bob spent 40 years of his life taking photos, developing film and putting smiles on people’s faces in Boone. Bob passed away unexpectedly on December 5 at Frye Regional Hospital in Hickory at the age of 68.
    The memories that his friends and family have will continue on, and the thousands of photos he had taken over the years will always be there to remind everyone how much he appreciated the art of photography and how much he cared about so many of the people that he met during his life. By Nathan Ham. / Read more…



  • Girl Scout Cookie Sales Now Underway!


    January 4, 2019. The 2019 Girl Scout Cookie sales have begun, with thousands of the seasonal favorites expected to arrive in the High Country on January 11. With one of America’s most recognized and popular fundraising efforts currently underway, pre-sales are happening now and booths will be setting up around the High Country on January 18. Who among us — even if we just recently made resolutions to cut down on sweets — can say “no” to the hardworking girls who put their best efforts into their signature fundraising efforts this time every year? How can we possibly deny ourselves the luxury of those mouth-watering Thin Mints (the most popular, representing 25 percent of national sales), Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites and other specialties we’ve come to know and love? We can’t. It’s just that simple.  By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Parkway Still Open During Government Shutdown; Facilities Along the Parkway Remain Closed


    January 2, 2019. As the government shutdown by President Donald Trump enters 2019, federal parks such as the Blue Ridge Parkway remain open, however bathrooms, visitor’s centers and museums along the route will remain closed until the government resumes operation. Parks all across the country are seeing trash pile up from visitors and campers while all non-essential personnel remain out of the job and others are being forced to work without pay. Most of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties is closed due to the previous snowstorm that came through and dropped anywhere between 12 and 24 inches of snow on the road. Those parts will not reopen until the government shutdown is over because crews are unavailable to go out and make sure road conditions are safe. The Parkway from Bamboo Road all the way through into Virginia near the town of Cana is closed under further notice due to snow and ice on the road. The Parkway south from Bamboo Road through Aho and Blowing Rock is currently open.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Boone Finished 2018 With Over 93 Inches of Rainfall, the Most Ever Recorded in Town History


    January 2, 2019. Now that the wettest year in recorded history for Boone is in the books, it’s time to take a look back at just how much rain the town received. According to data provided by Ray’s Weather Center, Boone received a grand total of 93.42 inches of rain. This rain total easily surpassed the previous record of 82.79 inches in 1979. The year started off rather slowly with 4.77 inches of rain in January, 3.93 inches of rain in February and 4.33 inches of rain in March. After that, the rain totals really started piling up. In April, Boone had a total of 9.64 inches of rain. May was the wettest month of the year with a whopping 13.39 inches of rain, the first of five months in the year with double-digit rainfall totals. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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