• Cove Creek School Installs Solar Array; Students Raised Over $14,000 in Support of the Project


    May 21, 2019  Last year, Cove Creek became Watauga County’s second school to be recognized for its dedication to sustainability, earning a designation as a North Carolina Green School of Excellence. This week, with the help of dozens of community members, students at Cove Creek ensured that legacy would reach far into the future, holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school’s newest addition — a 5-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array. Cove Creek worked to install the equipment with the help of NC GreenPower, a group that supports renewable energy carbon offset projects by providing grants for solar installations at K-12 schools across the state. With the help of the SECU Foundation, Climate Voices US, Mast General Store, Haircut 101 and dozens of community members, Cove Creek students raised more than $14,000 to support the solar array’s installation at the school. / Read more…



  • An Evening With Rufus Edmiston: NC Museum of History Hosts Debut of His New Memoir May 30th


    May 21, 2019 The North Carolina Museum of History will host the debut of Rufus Edmisten’s memoir, aptly named “That’s Rufus: A Memoir of Tar Heel Politics, Watergate and Public Life” on Thursday, May 30 from 6- 9 p.m., including a reception to be held in the museum’s lobby. Admission is free, but the museum asks that attendees register in advance to hear Edmisten speak. For the unacquainted, Rufus Edmiston (or just “Rufus”, as he prefers to be called) has been a key figure in both the Watergate investigation and years of North Carolina law and government – he is undoubtedly someone who has stories to tell. Born in 1941 in Boone, NC, to Walter and Neil Edmiston, Rufus’s mountain farmboy upbringing instilled him with an integrity that he maintained throughout his political career. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Friday’s Expo at Boone Mall Honors Senior Adults, Showcases Area Agencies


    May 21, 2019 The 17th Annual Adult Services Expo attracted a large crowd to Boone Mall on Friday, May 17, during which several seniors were recognized, local agency representatives shared valuable information and others came to learn more about available services in the High Country.“I would say that it was a huge success,” said Billie Lister, current chair of the Adult Services Coalition which hosts the event each year. “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, plus we awarded many door prizes throughout the day and were able to give the community an idea of the many adult services that are available in the area.” By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • How Clean Is The Watauga River? Watauga Riverkeeper Releases Latest Test Results

    May 21, 2019 Before you head out onto the water, don’t forget to check Swim Guide for the latest information about the health of the Watauga River. This is the public’s best resource for knowing which streams and river recreation areas are safe to swim in, and which have failed to meet safe water quality standards for bacteria pollution.“Before jumping into the river, it’s great to see how clean the water is.’” says Watauga Riverkeeper Andy Hill, who leads river floats and cleanups throughout the year. “The Swim Guide is the best resource for those of us who love to play on the Watauga. ” / Read more…



  • Mayor Charlie Sellers Seeking More County Tax Dollars for Blowing Rock


    May 20, 2019 Blowing Rock Mayor Charlie Sellers wants to see more county funds coming to his end of Watauga County. Mayor Sellers has told the High Country Press that he intends to speak at Tuesday’s Watauga County Commissioner’s Meeting with the hopes of seeing more county tax dollars to be given to the smaller towns outside of Boone such as Blowing Rock, Seven Devils, and Beech Mountain. One of the main agenda items for Tuesday’s meeting is the public hearing for county citizens to comment on the proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year. That is when Mayor Sellers will make his points to the county commissioners. “My whole issue is that I do not feel like that Blowing Rock reaps a lot of benefits from these property taxes that we are paying to Watauga County,” said Sellers. “Within the city limits of Blowing Rock this year, we pay $3.6 million that goes to Watauga County. We get $12,000 for parks and rec and $35,000 for fire and rescue and that is essentially it.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Spirit Ride’s 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on May 2 Was a Smash Success


    May 20, 2019  Spirit Ride’s 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser on May 2 was a smash success! Attendees streamed in the entrance, anxious to see all that the evening had to offer. Held at the beautiful Rising Star Equestrian Center in Boone, NC, people came from near and far to enjoy the fundraiser again this year. Smiles all-around underlined the energy and excitement this event generated.Wendy Hawk, a longtime Spirit Ride supporter shared, “The derby party was incredible. Seeing so many people come out to support an organization designed to help children warmed my heart. It is evidence of how important this organization has become to the people in this area of North Carolina and that when someone has a dream to do good for others, it is a dream worth investing in.” / Read more…



  • 2019 Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Weekend Plein Air Festival Yields Gorgeous Results


    May 20, 2019  This past Friday and Saturday the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) hosted its annual Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival, which encourages artists to spend two days painting “en plein air” (a French phrase that means “outdoors” or “in the open air”) around the town. While artists have likely been painting outdoors since painting began, the 19th century Impressionist movement and the Hudson River school of landscape painting were particularly concerned with capturing scenes on-location. Since then, plein air painting has entered the popular repertoire; North Carolina has a particularly strong community of plein air painters. Plein air painting takes advantage of the unique lighting and movement of natural subjects – qualities that are often impossible to achieve in a studio. By TzarWilkerson / Read more…



  • Watauga Habitat for Humanity Crowned its 2019 Big Kahuna on Wednesday


    May 17, 2019  For the past ten weeks, 12 community members have been raising money on behalf of the Watauga County Habitat for Humanity for its fifth annual Big Kahuna contest. The original campaign goal was to raise $35,000 but by completion, over $39,200 was brought in. On May 15, the final day of the campaign, $24,000 had been raised and it was unclear whether or not the $35,000 would be reached. However, in the final hours, the Kahunas managed to not only meet but also exceed the goal. “I did not see how we were going to reach our goal. We had originally budgeted $35,000 but I would have been thrilled to raise $30,000,” said Allison Jennings, director of development for Watauga Habitat for Humanity. “But our community pulled together and supported each other because that was what it was all about: supporting people, not just Habitat.” By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • Newland Aldermen Approve Reduced Water Rates to Pool; Approved Funding Requests

    May 17, 2019 The Newland Board of Aldermen approved a one-time reduced water rate for the new Avery County Pool located in the Town and a pair of sponsorships to help with the municipality’s promotional events during their regular monthly meeting May 7th. During his Town Administrator and Water Works report, Hoilman requested that the Board give a “one-time break” to the Avery County government to fill up the County’s new Dive-In Pool with water from the Town. Johnson made a motion to reduce the pool’s water rates in half for the one-time water fill-up. The motion passed unanimously (5-0) By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • The Grandfather Challenge Hiking Program for At-Risk Students Receives Founder’s Gift from ECRS in Boone


    May 17, 2019 Although he was struggling with mental illness throughout his mid-teens and young adult life, Jason Matthew Nipper found peace and serenity as he and his parents hiked the challenging trails at Grandfather Mountain in Linville. Jason passed away in 2014, and his parents James & Cheryl Nipper formed a non-profit entity called The Jason Project, Inc., and launched “The Grandfather Challenge” program in 2015 in honor of Jason. This is a very unique wilderness hiking, adventure, leadership and mentoring program which focuses on teenage students who suffer from mental disorders and/or drug addictions, and also serves kids struggling with other personal problems for reasons beyond their control, including instances of parental abuse or neglect, placement in foster homes, and similar obstacles and challenges in their lives. The foundation provides backpacks, hiking boots, raincoats, and all other costs associated with the program.  / Read more…



  • The High Country’s Cold Spell Comes To An End; Temperatures Warm Up Starting on Thursday

    May 15, 2019 The recent cold front should be coming to an end after today. The low temperatures that we’ve experienced this week will be gradually warming up as we approach the weekend, with highs in the 70s Thursday through Sunday. According to Ray’s Weather Center, “It’s safe to say we won’t experience a morning this cool again until October.”The low temperature in Boone dipped down to 45 degrees on Monday and 43 degrees on Tuesday. Wednesday morning offered up the coldest low temperature of 35.7 degrees, the lowest temperature since April 15 when Boone residents woke up to 35.4 degrees. In Blowing Rock, the lowest temperature reported was 39 degrees on Tuesday morning. It was 43 degrees on Monday morning and 44 degrees on Wednesday morning.At higher elevations, temperatures were even chillier the past three days. On top of Snake Mountain, the low temperature reached 34.3 degrees on Tuesday. At both Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain, the morning temperatures on Tuesday nearly reached freezing at 33.2 degrees. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, May 6 – May 12

    May 15, 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



  • Three Forks Baptist Association’s Executive Associational Missionary Tenders Resignation After ‘Personal and Moral Failure’


    May 15, 2019  The Three Forks Baptist Association’s executive council held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to accept Garland Honeycutt’s resignation. Honeycutt has served as the TBFA’s Executive Associational Missionary since his election on May 1, 2017. Under his guidance, the TFBA had pursued goals of unity and revitalization in the 35 churches in their association. According to a statement from the TBFA, “Garland’s resignation comes after the leadership of the Three Forks Baptist Association and Avery Baptist Association learned of personal and moral failure during his tenure as our executive associational missionary.” Garland has also served for five years as the Director of Missions with the Avery Baptist Association’s 23 Southern Baptist Churches. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Appalachian Celebrates Its Class of 2019 — Nearly 4,000 Students — at Spring 2019 Commencement


    May 15, 2019 The palpable excitement of Appalachian State University’s Class of 2019 — nearly 4,000 students — was evident throughout Friday and Saturday’s commencement exercises. Graduates — including a student veteran, two App State Online students, a bilingual special education major and an aspiring doctor who is an advocate for rural health care — addressed crowds that in turn shared cheers, tears, hugs and laughter. During six commencement ceremonies, approximately 525 graduate students and 3,293 undergraduates decked in black and gold regalia crossed the platforms in the university’s Holmes Convocation Center and Rosen Concert Hall to receive their degrees, turning their tassels toward their future. By Jessica Stump / Read more…



  • Stable Real Estate Sales Growth in the High Country


    May 15, 2019  Home sales in the NC High Country remained strong in April and outpaced activity a year ago, according to the latest real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors.Just over half of the sales activity was in Watauga County, which is seeing a rising trend in sold prices. Local Realtors sold 173 homes worth $51.5 million in April, according to the High Country Multiple Listing Service (MLS). It records all Realtor activity in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, and Watauga counties.Through the first four months of the year, local Realtors sold 649 homes worth $193.75 million. That’s an increase of 4 percent from this time last year (629 homes sold worth $163.13 million) and up 22 percent from 2017 (533 homes worth $137 million). / Read more…



  • Local Mining Companies Considered for Discharge Permit Renewals


    May 15, 2019 Less than a year after an area mineral processing plant illegally discharged hydrofluoric acid into the North Toe River, the facility, along with five other nearby mining facilities, are up for discharge permit renewals from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources. Approximately one hundred concerned citizens, elected officials and representatives from the local mining industry and the Division of Water Resources filled the Mitchell County Senior Center in Ledger May 2, for a public hearing about those draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wastewater permits for the mining facilities in Avery and Mitchell counties. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Celebrating National Egg Month


    May 15, 2019. May is National Egg Month, a celebration of the incredible, edible little oval food staple without which few cooks could make it through the day.According to the American Egg Board, which is the US egg producer’s link to the consumer in communicating the value of the egg, it really is good for us, despite the contrary cholesterol-related data we’ve heard and read about in recent years. Studies now indicate that it’s really OK to eat eggs, without the worry of negative side effects. Those of us aiming for the low-carb, high protein way of life love this tidbit of information.Also, the AEB tells us, eggs age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the fridge, and that white-shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and earlobes, while brown shelled eggs come from hens with red feathers and red ear lobes.Referred to by some old-timers as “hen fruit,” the egg is one of the most utilized kitchen staples. Currently, according to the egg board, each of the roughly 280 million laying birds in the U.S. produces from 250 to 300 eggs a year. In total, the U.S. produces about 75 billion eggs a year, about 10 percent of the world supply. Each year, about 60 percent of the eggs produced are used by consumers, about 9 percent are used by the foodservice industry and the rest are turned into egg products which are used mostly by foodservice operators to make the meals we eat in restaurants and by food manufacturers to make foods like mayonnaise and cake mixes. Using highly sophisticated technology, egg producers have kept prices low. While other food costs have skyrocketed, eggs continue to be one of nature’s best bargains among high-quality protein foodsWe are also told that it takes a hen 24-26 hours to “lay” an egg, from start to finish — and 30 minutes later, she starts all over again! Without the egg, we would never know the joys of omelets, soufflés or quiche, and it’s one of those things, so versatile in nature that it can be fried, scrambled, poached, baked, boiled and consumed in many different ways. Hope you enjoy a few of our ideas. / Read more…



  • Avery County 2019 4-H Summer WOW Gearing Up for Summer and Accepting Applications


    May 14, 2019  Avery County 4-H Youth Development is back for our 19th year of offering school-age youth, quality summer services where they can learn-by-doing and gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. 4-H Summer WOW, (Wonderful Opportunities Waiting), offers parent/guardians and youth a fun, safe, inclusive environment paired with caring adults and researched based resources! 4-H WOW offers many fun, educational activities that develop life skills and are centered on the 4-Hs’: Head to clearing thinking, Hearts to greater loyalty, Hands to larger service and Health to better living for club, community, country and world. 4-H also focuses on three essential elements of positive youth development: belonging, generosity, and independence. 4-H Summer WOW is offering a wide variety of hands-on activities and field trips for youth ages 5 to 13. / 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



  • Grandfather Mountain Welcomes Courtney Lane as New Development Director


    May 13, 2019 The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has named Courtney Lane its new director of development. Lane, whose duties include managing the engagement of donors and supporters of Grandfather Mountain, comes from the Crossnore School & Children’s Home in nearby Crossnore, where she served in advancement for nearly four years. The Crossnore School is a nonprofit residential foster care home for North Carolina children in crisis, and Lane was able to assist in fundraising efforts to help improve the lives of its residents. “I loved working with the kids, and the school’s mission is amazing,” Lane said. “It was also amazing to see how generous and kind people can be in their support and giving.” In joining Grandfather Mountain, Lane is taking her career in philanthropy to new heights — literally. / Read more…



  • Ramp Festival at Old Hampton Store in Linville Happening This Saturday


    May 10, 2019 The third annual Ramp Festival at the Old Hampton Store Barbeque & Tavern in Linville will offer a fun day of music, food and drinks from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. The festival will feature lots of North Carolina foods as well as ramp-flavored food dishes for your enjoyment. In addition to the food and drinks available, there will be numerous craftsmen and artists demonstrating their talents including a blacksmith, potter and wood turner. Food dishes will be available all day as well as craft beers and cocktails to celebrate what will hopefully be a nice weather day. Right now a few showers and thunderstorms are popping up on the weather forecast, however, there should be a good mix of dry weather and sunshine as well throughout the afternoon and evening. Ramp festivals have always been popular in the High Country celebrating the native leafy green plant. As old folklore tales have it, ramps were always the first vegetable of the spring. Ramps have an onion taste to them with a mix of garlic aroma. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Carolina West Wireless Signs Multi-Year Network Modernization Deal With Ericsson


    May 10, 2019 Carolina West Wireless, the premier wireless carrier in western North Carolina, announced it has signed a multi-year network modernization deal with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC).Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide Carolina West Wireless with its Ericsson Fast VoLTE Launch solution building on IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) to enable the carrier to offer HD voice over LTE (VoLTE), Wi-Fi calling, and future-enriched communication services on different devices across LTE, Wi-Fi and future 5G access. The agreement also includes a plan designed for the densification, expansion and upgrade of Carolina West Wireless’ network whereby Ericsson will provide 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software capabilities to allow Carolina West Wireless to deploy 5G when ready. Slayton Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Carolina West Wireless, says: “Ericsson has a field-proven VoLTE solution, and we’re making the investments today that will help us evolve our networks tomorrow. Ericsson has been a long-standing partner of ours, and their end-to-end 5G-ready solution offerings allow us to provide our customers with the most advanced technology.”  / Read more…



  • Mitchell Wright named Watauga County Schools Teacher of the Year


    May 10, 2019 Valle Crucis teacher Mitchell Wright was named Watauga County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year in surprise ceremony held Friday morning at the school. Wright was presented the award by Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, Wright’s family, school board members and North Carolina Teacher of the Year Freebird Mckinney. Each year, Watauga County Schools celebrates its Teacher of the Year winner with a surprise ceremony. Wright was presented his award in front of the school’s students and staff who were assembled in the gym. Valle Crucis Principal Preston Clarke said Wright had a great impact on the students and staff at his school. “One of the most important things a school principal can do is to hire good quality teachers,” Clarke said. “There is almost nothing else that has a greater impact on the culture and quality of a school. I can say for sure that hiring Mitchell Wright is one of the best things I’ve done for Valle Crucis in my time here.”  / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Conservancy’s Annual Gamekeeper Auction Happening on June 5


    May 9, 2019 Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) will host the 19th annual Gamekeeper Auction on Wednesday, June 5 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Barn on the New River, a new event venue in West Jefferson, NC. The Gamekeeper Auction celebrates local businesses and community. Ken and Wendy Gordon of The Gamekeeper will prepare dinner complemented with various beer and wine served.  Local breweries include Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Blowing Rock Brewing, Boondocks Brewing Co., Booneshine Brewing Co., Lost Province Brewing Co., and Molley Chomper Hard Cidery. “BRC is excited to host another Gamekeeper Auction with some great new upgrades, including a plated dinner and a much bigger and scenic venue,” said Nikki Robinson, BRC’s Communications and Outreach Associate. “The essence of the event will be the same. We invite everyone interested in conservation to join us and raise money for the protection of our natural resources.”  / Read more…



  • 27th Annual National ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive, Saturday, May 11: Local Donations Stay in the High Country


    May 9, 2019 The 27th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is set for Saturday, May 11, and is expected to once again have a huge impact in the High Country. Considered the largest one-day event of its kind in the nation, more than 10,000 communities and cities across the country will participate in the food collection effort, in conjunction with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Always held on the second Saturday of May each year, it’s possibly the easiest way ever to help our neighbors who are dealing with food insecurity. And, yes, all food collected in the High Country area will stay in the community. “This is a huge thing for us and the families we serve,” said Elizabeth Young, executive director of the Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone, where the majority of local donations are delivered. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Final Agenda Set for Vision Northwest North Carolina; Economic Leadership Summit Set for May 22

    May 9, 2019 A senior member of the North Carolina Department of Commerce and one of the State’s premier economic development experts round out the agenda for Vision Northwest North Carolina. The one-day summit will highlight local trends in the economic, workforce, and talent development is set for May 22nd at Appalachian State University’s Leon Levine Hall in Boone, North Carolina. Delivering the afternoon keynote address is George Sherrill, Chief of Staff of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. He is a 41-year career state employee, serving many roles during his service, including more than 30 years in various management capacities with the Department’s Community Development Block Grant Program, most recently as its Director. Earlier in his career, Sherrill worked as a grant manager for the N.C. Division of Air Quality and in the Governor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations. / Read more…



  • Overcoming Trauma: McKinney Is Determined to Shatter the Stigma


    May 9, 2019 Watauga High School was filled with expectancy on Saturday morning, May 4, as nearly 600 individuals came together for the Third Annual State of the Child, State of the Community Forum. From the morning’s guest speaker — through multiple breakout sessions and classes offered on various topics — to the final speaker of the day, expectations were not only met, but easily surpassed. Making a lasting impact on the crowd was the strength and courage of two local women who shared their stories of how their early lives were filled with pain and suffering — and how they’ve been able to not only overcome, but to also survive and thrive. It was all about trauma and resiliency, the core of the conference, and how they bridged the gap from one to the other. Even more so, it answered loud and clear the question in the event’s theme: “What’s Strong in You?”. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, April 28 – May 5

    May 8, 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



  • Boone Town Council Votes Against Highway 105 Superstreet Proposal; NCDOT Moving On From the Project


    May 8, 2019 On Tuesday night, the Boone Town Council voted by a 3-2 margin to shoot down the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Highway 105 Superstreet proposal. Mayor Pro Tem Loretta Clawson, Councilman Sam Furgiuele and Councilman Marshall Ashcraft voted against the superstreet proposal while Connie Ulmer and Lynne Mason voted their support for the project. On Wednesday morning, NCDOT board member Cullie Tarleton told the High Country Press that the NCDOT would respect the decision of the town council and move on from any current plans to change Highway 105. “While we respect the vote of council, I’m disappointed for the citizens of Boone that the project is not going to go forward. It has been a safety issue and that’s what it has been about all along,” Tarleton said. “As far as the DOT is concerned, the revised plan that we gave council is what we are proposing, they have turned that down and the project will not be going forward.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Helpful Tips For A Special Mother’s Day Surprise


    May 8, 2019. I’m going to make this very simple. Mother’s Day is just a few days away. Most people who are reading this column are probably mothers. If you are a mother, take notes or make a copy of this column, cut it out and place it where your husband and kids cannot miss it. (Maybe tape it to the remote control or someone’s phone!) If you are someone other than a mother, but you have a mother, do the same and put it where you cannot miss it.Before the weekend, you will need to take this information with you to the grocery store and purchase the ingredients needed for these special Mother’s Day breakfast treats.Take them home and hide them in a safe place until Sunday morning, May 11. You might need to get out of bed a little earlier than usual to prepare this breakfast (or brunch), but the smiles you bring to that special mother’s face will be worth every bit of effort you put forth — especially when you serve it to her in bed.No excuses, ok? Let me know how it works. / Read more…



  • Avery Commissioners Approve High School and Extension Service Community Center Projects

    May 8, 2019 The Avery Board of Commissioners, during its meeting May 6 meeting, unanimously (5-0) approved proceeding with $20-plus million in construction and renovations to the county’s only public high school and building a new community center for the County’s Cooperative Extension Service. Branch Builds, Inc. of Roanoke, VA and Charlotte submitted the lowest bid of $17,225,279.00, which the Avery Board of Education accepted by a unanimous vote (5-0) to perform the project. As a result of the School Board’s bid approval and the Commissioners agreeing the County will fund the project, Branch Builds, Inc. will perform all the necessary work, including general construction and renovations, alternates and contingencies involved in completing the construction and renovations, which consist of 56,468 square-foot and 19,974-square-foot, respectively.     Hicks said the County has committed to funding $20,246,039.00 to cover all miscellaneous and any other costs that may be added to the $17-million plus bid to complete the construction and renovations. By Tim Gardner / 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 and Hailey Blevins



  • Sidney Meadows Earns Girl Scouts’ Highest Honor


    May 7, 2019 Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Sidney Breanna Meadows, Blowing Rock, earner her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Meadows, daughter of David and Vivian Meadows and a member of Girl Scout Troop 10807, worked with Watauga County Department of Social Services to make 83 duffel bags for children in the foster care system in Watauga County. She also put together emergency pick-up kids stocked with shirts, underwear and basic toiletries for children who had to leave their homes on a short notice. By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Meadows has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.  / Read more…



  • Boone Town Council to Take Up Highway 105 Superstreet Project During Tuesday’s Meeting

    May 6, 2019 The Highway 105 Superstreet Project is back on the Boone Town Council agenda with more public comment time and a potential vote on the direction of the project. The meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, will have another public comment period on the Highway 105 Superstreet Project before a possible vote from town council listed as the first item up for discussion by the council. North Carolina Department of Transportation board member Cullie Tarleton has stated on more than one occasion that the NCDOT is asking for a quick decision from the town council. “Time is of the essence. If this project is to go forward, we need a decision. I urge the council to make a decision as quickly as possible because we’ve already lost a lot of time. We need to hear from you so we can make a decision whether or not to proceed with this project,” Tarleton said at a previous town council meeting on April 23. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • A Full Weekend of Events from Savor Blowing Rock is Highlighted By Saturday’s Vintner’s Village


    May 6, 2019 Wine, beer, spirits, and food were all on display this weekend for the annual Savor Blowing Rock event that moved to Main Street for 2019. “It was the first time we have had the Savor event on Main Street, which was a really nice change. Our visitors and ticket holders all really liked the new venue and the new setup. It made for a very open feel,” said Tracy Brown, the Director of the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority (TDA). “Most of our stores and retail merchants on Main Street were very happy to see it. It brought all of that energy right downtown. We were excited to try it and I think that’s the way we’re going to see it going forward, right there on Main Street. Events started on Thursday and Friday and concluded with the Main Street events on Saturday and the Gospel, Grits and Gravy breakfast at Chetola on Sunday morning. In previous years, large tents had been set up for event attendees to the grand wine tasting. This year, while those large tents were gone and the party had a much more open feel to it, the volunteer help was still a huge part of Savor even if there were no large tents to deal with. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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