High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Hunger and Health Coalition Seeks Community Assistance for Sharing Tree Holiday Program

    November 16, 2020  Around this time of year, families are gearing up for the holidays: Switching out short sleeves for sweaters, pulling out the decorations, planning meals, and getting gifts and cards ready to send out to their loved ones. But for those less fortunate, these holiday times add extra pressure. Energy bills will jump up as seasonal summer work tapers off, leaving less money left over at the end of the month. With the added impacts of COVID-19 biting into family budgets, more Watauga families than ever are left to worry about how they will put food on the tables, and what to tell their children and loved ones when there isn’t money to spare for presents. The Census Bureau’s latest data shows more than 42% of Watauga County residents qualify for food assistance, and more nearly 15% have income less than $10,000 annually. These statistics do not account for the harsh blow COVID-19 has struck to our local economy, meaning even more families in our community are struggling to afford necessities. The difference in income turns the holidays from a joyous time into a stressful ordeal for nearly half of our neighbors. / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Freaky’ is A Lot of Fun with Slasher Movie Jokes and Effective Horror Scenes

    image-3November 16, 2020 I wish this movie had been called “Freaky Friday the 13th.” The film is a cross between “Freaky Friday” and “Friday the 13th.” It also takes place on Friday the 13th and annoyingly insisted on opening on a Friday the 13th, causing it to miss a Halloween release during a season that really could have used a better horror movie than “Come Play.” But I say that about the title because it would have been such a nice tribute to late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek to have it fit the format of the show’s “Before & After” category. We don’t get that, but we get a pretty good slasher movie, assuming you think there is such a thing as a “good” slasher movie.   “Freaky” is a lot of fun, with body-switch, high school drama, and slasher movie jokes filling almost every minute of screen time. I can’t say they all land, but the tone is always humorous, save for a few scenes where it’s an effective straight-up horror movie. It’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea with its excessive death and gore, but if you can giggle at “this character is so dead” tropes, you’ll have a good time. By Bob Garver / Read more…



  • David Mayo Shares His Pictures From the App State Home Football Game on Saturday


    November 16, 2020 Local photographer David Mayo was able to make it out to an Appalachian State home game for the first time this season and shared some of his great fan shots and action shots from the Mountaineers’ 17-13 win over Georgia State. Appalachian State is 6-1 overall and remained unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play at 4-0. Georgia State fell to 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the Sun Belt.  Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • North Carolina Provides COVID-19 Tests to Colleges, Universities Across the State to Support Testing Students Before Thanksgiving Break

    November 16, 2020  NCDHHS is sending a total of 74,470 federally-funded rapid antigen tests to public and private colleges and universities across North Carolina, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), to test students before they travel home or celebrate the holidays with people who live outside their household. Additionally, NCDHHS is working with local health departments in Guilford, Harnett, New Hanover, Mecklenburg and Pitt counties to host community testing events near college and university campuses for students who need tests before the end of the semester. These testing efforts are part of an ongoing partnership with colleges, universities and HBCUs across the state. / Read more…



  • Mountaineers Rally Past Georgia State, 17-13


    November 15, 2020  A win is a win no matter how ugly it may be accurately sums up Appalachian State’s 17-13 Sun Belt Conference triumph over Georgia State Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. In an unusual scenario, Appalachian State’s usually more explosive offense was held to its lowest yardage output of the season by the Panthers-310. The Mountaineers had problems for much of the game moving the ball, totaling just 89 total yards at halftime against a Georgia State defense that had allowed 469.2 per game. Appalachian State remains unbeaten in conference play at 4-0. The Mountaineers are 6-1 over-all. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • Watauga Habitat for Humanity Hosts Virtual Blueprints and Bow Ties on Giving Tuesday, December 1


    November 13, 2020 Mark your calendar and save the date. Watauga Habitat for Humanity will be broadcasting its 9th annual Blueprints and Bow Ties event via Facebook Live and YouTube on Giving Tuesday, December 1 at 6 pm. Bidding for the online auction opens at noon on November 17. “As we have all learned during these difficult times, a place to call home is more important than ever,” said Allison Jennings Director of Development at Watauga Habitat. “We know we need to continue raising awareness about the need for safe and affordable housing in Watauga County. The world around us is different this year but we want to continue to help keep our community safe and help stop the spread of COVID-19, while sharing our mission. Though we will miss seeing everyone in person, we are excited to host Blueprints and Bow Ties as an online virtual event,” said Jennings. Watauga Habitat for Humanity is pleased to welcome Lynchburg, Virginia contractor Tom Gerdy as the Keynote Speaker for Blueprints and Bow Ties 2020.  / Read more…



  • Premier Sotheby’s International Realty Achieves Record $60+ Million in Total Sales Volume at the Linville Ridge Community This Year


    November 13, 2020 Real estate sales are at an all-time high in Linville Ridge, a private residential community near Blowing Rock, with over $60 million in total sales volume in 2020. The record-breaking year more than doubles 2019’s closed sales. Developed by The Lutgert Companies, the community recorded nearly $15 million in new construction sales and over $45 million in resale properties. Linville Ridge is marketed exclusively by Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. Summer selling season was extremely strong, according to Premier Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate Jonathan Rivers. “We saw a rise in multiple offers this season, and the biggest difference was the number of sight-unseen buyers,” he said. “Virtual/video walk-throughs and tours were a key component; at least three big sales resulted from the addition of this technology to the sales process.”   / Read more…



  • Beech Mountain to Host Christmas Parade, Festival Dec. 23; Annual Holiday Market Canceled


    November 13, 2020. The Town of Beech Mountain will be hosting its inaugural Christmas parade and festival on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. “It’s a little different timing than most parades are, but for Beech Mountain, that’s when all the people are really up here,” said Sean Royall, Executive Director of Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation. “They start coming up on Christmas week, and that’s why we are doing it that time rather than earlier in the month.” The parade route will begin at Beech Mountain Ski Resort and finish past Town Hall. People should aim to get where they need to go by 3:30 p.m. because the roads will shut down with barricades around 4 p.m. for the start of the parade. “It’s a parade to promote businesses and different people who are around,” Royall said. Royall further said families, residents or anyone who would like to make a float and be in it is welcome. Being their first parade, they are not charging for floats this year and want a good turnout. “Hopefully people will come out or set up a float or drive their car and decorate them,” Royall said.  By Harley Nefe / Read more…



  • First Annual Fall Blast Shooting Competition Raises $20,000 to Support Local Families in Need

    November 13, 2020  With COVID-19 making normal fundraisers impossible, the Hunger and Health Coalition had to get creative this year. On Saturday, October 24, Boone’s longest-running food pantry and only charitable pharmacy hosted the first HHC Fall Blast in conjunction with Chetola Sporting Reserve and the Blue Ridge Mountain Club. Eight teams of four came out to compete for prizes, glory, and the very first Golden Pidgeon trophies to mark their shooting prowess. It was all in the name of supporting the Hunger and Health Coalition’s food and medication assistance programs. Together with the help of our sponsors and guests, we raised more than $20,000 to help sustain our programs through the winter. This help is crucial in a year where every month has been uncertain and more than $100,000 in our normal fundraising income was lost. With the help of the Chetola Sporting Reserve and the Blue Ridge Mountain Club, we were able to host a socially-distanced event that made up for a substantial portion of this lost income. / Read more…



  • Lees McRae Ski & Snowboard Team Hosts Teton Gravity Research Film Tour Friday and Saturday Nights at Banner Elk Park Beginning at 6:00 pm


    November 13, 2020 The Lees-McRae Skiing & Snowboarding Team, in a partnership with the Ski Industry Business and Instruction program will host viewings of this year’s Teton Gravity Research Film on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in a unique setting at the band pavilion in the Banner Elk Park. Jump Boone will be providing a projector and screen that will allow people to sit out under the stars and watch adventure athletes take on some of the most challenging terrains in winter snow sports.   / Read more…



  • Watauga School Board Members Henries and Reese Mark Their End of School Board Service


    November 13, 2020 The Watauga County Board of Education saw the departure of two of its longest-serving members on November 9 as the terms of Board Chairman Ron Henries and Vice Chair Brenda Reese came to an end. Both board members chose to not seek reelection after a combined service of almost 20 years on the school board. Henries, who served ten years on the board, came to public service from a long career in the school system he’d come to represent, beginning his career with Watauga County Schools in 1984.   / Read more…



  • Watauga County Board of Elections Announces Canvass Meeting Today at 11:00 am

    November 13, 2020  In order to maintain the safety of County residents, the Watauga County Board of Elections meeting scheduled for 11 A.M. on Friday, November 13, 2020 will be conducted at the County Administration Building, in the Commissioners’ Board Room, located at 814 West King Street in Boone, and electronically. The public may access this meeting by calling: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) or +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Sweet ‘Taters — Also Known as “Sandy Candy” in Eastern NC


    November 11, 2020. I have been fortunate, these last couple of years, to have a 40-pound box of sweet potatoes hand delivered from a Smithfield farm family by mutual friends in Avery County. The Eldridges simply refer to their products as “Sandy Candy,” something I’d never considered before, but why not? They are as delectable as any dessert I’ve ever eaten and certainly a lot healthier. My penchant for sweet potatoes derives from childhood visits to relatives of my own who raised sweet potatoes in abundance in the red-dirt piedmont area of Rutherford County. I also recall spending as much of my childhood there as possible – and all I have to do now is close my eyes for just a moment, and I’m there once again. Some of my most vivid memories of those times spent with my Aunt Sylvia’s family include rambling around their regal colonial home perched on the hillside overlooking the family dairy, surrounded by lush fields of sweet potatoes and corn, the back porch filled with fruits of the family’s labor as harvest time arrived, the old cook stove heating up the most mouthwatering creamed corn a body every made —or consumed; the quilting frames in the front room weighted down by a colorful project near completion — and that’s just the beginning. As I have grown older, those “good old days” seem to mean more than they once did. And, while those times may be gone forever, the memories remain as a priceless treasure. We don’t have to go to Rutherfordton or to Smithfield for a sweet tater as many upscale restaurants offer them on the menu and most produce bins are now overflowing in anticipation of family traditions we hold dear. Here’s hoping you have an appreciation for this sweet treat, as do I, and are planning to include it in your upcoming holiday meals, whether as a side dish or dessert. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, November 2 – November 8

    November 11, 2020. Looking to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Local Cardiologist Receives International Recognition, Explains Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)


    November 11, 2020 Cardiologist Dr. Andrew Hordes is the Heart & Vascular Center’s Certified Cardiac Device Specialist. He was one of the first to perform internal defibrillator procedures at Watauga Medical Center, as well as the first Micra procedure, using the world’s smallest leadless pacemaker. Dr. Hordes recently renewed his certification for the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE). He placed in the top five percent of all scores and was offered an ambassadorship for the IBHRE. Worldwide, the IBHRE has about 50 ambassadors who assist in writing the exam, as well as mentoring others as they prepare to take the test. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) is a treatment that Dr. Hordes says can make a significant impact on quality of life. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in pacemakers, internal defibrillators, and CRT. / Read more…



  • Outdoor Recreation Management Program at Lees-McRae College Commits to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    November 11, 2020 Lees-McRae College is taking steps to contribute to a more inclusive future in the outdoor industry. Its Outdoor Recreation Management (ORM) program is the first academic outdoor program in the country to sign The Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge. The pledge connects leading outdoor brands with inclusion advocates to advance representation for people of color and other marginalized identities across the industry. “Bringing the outdoor industry together to build a more inclusive future is crucial,” said Outdoor Recreational Management Program Coordinator Katie Wall. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Board of Elections Met Monday Night to Review, Approve Absentee Envelopes


    November 10, 2020 The Watauga County Board of Elections met Monday at 5 p.m. and worked into the night to review and approve absentee by mail ballots that they received. The envelopes, known as supplemental absentee ballots, that board members reviewed Nov. 9 were those that came in after the pre-election date cut off of Nov. 2 and were received by Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 is the historic deadline for absentee by mail after Election Day. However, for the 2020 Election in North Carolina, the deadline for mail-in absentee ballots is Thursday, Nov. 12. This date comes right before the county canvass on Nov. 13 at 11 a.m.  By Harley Nefe / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – November 10, 2020

    November 4, 2020. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Sweet Success for Sugar: TDA Announces New Tourism Website & Marketing Now Online


    November 10, 2020 A new 75-page website (www.SeeSugar.com) for the Village of Sugar Mountain features plenty of things to do in the High Country for both visitors and locals. It’s just one component of a 6-month successful marketing campaign that kicked off in May by the Sugar Mountain Tourism Development Authority. The website, written in a helpful travel guide style, inspires trips to Sugar Mountain during all four seasons. Find photo guides for village attractions including golf, tennis and winter sports, as well as events such as the Fine Art & Master Crafts Show and Oktoberfest. To encourage longer stays on the mountain, website readers also discover things to do within a 20-mile radius including hiking, waterfalls, dining, shopping and Blue Ridge Parkway. A special “Top 10 Things to Do with Social Distancing” was added. / Read more…



  • North Carolina Lowers Indoor Gathering Limit to 10 to Slow Spread of COVID-19 Effective Friday

    November 10, 2020  Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit will be lowered to 10 people in an effort to drive down North Carolina’s key COVID-19 metrics. Executive Order 176 will go into effect on Friday, November 13 and will be in place through Friday, December 4. “This reduction in our indoor gathering limit aims to slow the spread and bring down our numbers,” Governor Cooper said. “It also sends a serious signal to families, friends and neighbors across our state. Success in slowing the spread will help our businesses.” / Read more…



  • On the Same Page with Vivian Howard: “This Will Make It Taste Good!” Coming Nov. 19 Online


    November 10, 2020 “Join us for a virtual book talk by Vivian Howard, NC chef, restaurateur, TV star, and best-selling cookbook author,” invites Jeff Fissel, Executive Director of the Ashe County Arts Council in West Jefferson. The Arts Council and the Ashe County Public Library team up each September to present On the Same Page, Ashe County’s literary festival. This year, of course, the usual three-day festival didn’t happen, but, Fissel says, “We can get together online to celebrate reading, writing, and especially good cooking and food.” Vivian Howard is an award-winning cookbook author, TV personality, chef and restaurateur. The OTSP event will focus on the new book as Vivian shares her inspiration for it and experience in writing it. / Read more…



  • High Country Turkey Trot Goes Virtual; Celebrate the 10th Anniversary From Wherever You Are


    October 20, 2020  The coronavirus pandemic is making everything look a lot different this year and that includes the High Country Turkey Trot 5K. The annual Thanksgiving Day event, benefitting Hospitality House of Northwest N.C., has been taking place on the Boone Greenway Trail since 2011. This year, its tenth anniversary, the High Country Turkey Trot will take place virtually, from wherever the racers, runners and walkers are. “Pivoting to a virtual event was really the only option,” states Hospitality House director of development Todd Carter. This year’s event has gone from a single day, to what’s being billed as, ‘High Country Turkey Trot Week.’ Taking place across multiple social media platforms, including contests and prizes, the event will run from November 19 through November 26.  / Read more…



  • N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein Defends Health Care at the U.S. Supreme Court Starting Today

    November 10, 2020  Attorney General Josh Stein released the following statement as he begins defending the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow. Attorney General Stein, along with a coalition of 19 other states and D.C., is defending the ACA in California v. Texas. “Health care is a matter of life and death – even more so during a devastating global pandemic that has lasted nearly a year and infected more than 290,000 North Carolinians. The Affordable Care Act is central to guaranteeing the health care that so many North Carolinians need. “Eliminating the ACA threatens North Carolinians’ ability to get affordable and accessible health care.” / Read more…



  • Hotel and Short-Term Rentals Bounce Back Strong Across Watauga County

    November 9, 2020 Visitors flocked to the High Country in record numbers in the late summer and fall according to the latest occupancy tax data released by the Boone and Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authorities. “Our August, September, and I’m certain our October numbers are going to be the best we’ve ever had in terms of occupancy tax revenue,” said Tracy Brown, the Executive Director of the Blowing Rock TDA. “We’re hearing from some of our retailers that this is the best they’ve ever seen in the last couple of months. We did not see that coming, particularly when we had hotels and lodging facilities that were virtually closed, but once they started opening back up, folks were ready to get out of the house and go somewhere safe.” Brown said that the major bounce-back began in August, although there were some signs of it starting in late July. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Avery County Has Fourth Coronavirus Death; Recoveries and Active Case Totals Updated

    November 9, 2020 The Avery County Health Department, an entity of Toe River Health District (TRHD), has released notification today of the fourth Coronavirus (COVID-19) associated death in Avery County. It is the second reported COVID-19 death in the county in less than a week. The deceased individual was in his or her 80’s of age and was hospitalized at the time of death, according to the TRHD. To protect the family’s privacy and for legal reasons, no further information about the deceased will be released by the health department or health district By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Let Him Go’ is One of the Best Surprises with Memorable Performances

    image-3November 9, 2020 For once, I have something nice to say about the sparse schedule of theatrical releases while studios push back their surefire hits until they can play to full houses. In a field of blockbusters, the quiet adult drama “Let Him Go” almost surely would have been lost at the box office. But with the release calendar cleared save for one meager release per week, this movie can comfortably open at #1. Granted, it’s a pretty pathetic #1 with many theaters closed or at reduced capacity, but there’s room for this movie to grow through word of mouth, which it decidedly deserves. The film excels in many departments, including lighting, score, and cinematography (if you like gorgeous Midwest scenery, this is the movie for you), but it’s the performances that are most memorable. “Let Him Go” is one of the best surprises of the year. See it while you can, though I hope it has a nice long run in theaters and success at the box office. By Bob Garver / Read more…



  • Representative Virginia Foxx Issued the Following Statement on the Election Process in N.C.

    November 9, 2020  “Transparency in free and fair elections has always been an underpinning in elections past, and 2020 is no different. The American people deserve certainty that their votes count, and that their voices will not be rendered mute. The future of our great republic is hanging in the balance, and it should go without saying that adhering to the rule of law must be our guide. Transparency must be our aim. Integrity must be our touchstone, and the courts must be our final arbiter of disputes. The American people will receive the truth and nothing less.” / Read more…



  • AppHealthCare COVID-19 Situation Update for Watauga County for the Week of October 25-31


    November 9, 2020 For the week of October 25-31 (graphs below) and looking over the past few weeks, we have continued to see a decrease in trends for active cases and those who are in quarantine. However, we have seen an increase this week in the number of people hospitalized locally for COVID-19. Given the spike in cases we experienced a few weeks ago, we urge everyone to not let up on the actions we can take to continue to slow the spread in our community. These metrics are fragile and we must keep up the work to ensure they continue to go in the right direction. Our case trends have continued to increase with the largest percentage of cases in the 18-24 old age group. However, the trend of new cases among this age group has declined.  / Read more…



  • Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Through the Affordable Care Act Runs Through December 15th

    November 9, 2020  With COVID-19 raging across America, it’s more important than ever to sign-up for health insurance. However, most people don’t realize they only have until December 15 to enroll or go without health care for 2021.  According to a new Health and Human Services report, health insurance premiums for benchmark Affordable Care Act exchange plans have decreased in 2021 for the third straight year in a row, and most shoppers will have more plan choices than ever. Here are 5 Vital Facts About Signing Up For Coverage at HealthCare.gov: / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Blast Texas State, 38-17


    November 8, 2020 Appalachian State used a strong running attack, complimented by a potent passing game to beat Texas State 38-17 on Saturday in San Marcos, TX. The Mountaineers are currently 5-1 over-all, including a 3-0 record in the Sun Belt Conference. It marks the seventh straight season in which Appalachian State has put together a four-game winning streak.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian Theatre Honors Junaluska Community; Window Display Celebrates Heritage Association at Theatre’s King Street Location


    November 7, 2020 The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (ATHC) is joining the Junaluska Heritage Association to celebrate their historic community with a large window display at the historic landmark on King Street in Boone. The exhibit may be seen 24 hours a day, seven days a week until late November when it will be replaced with holiday-themed windows. The display consists of historic photographs, artifacts, and signage compiled by Roberta Jackson and other members of the Junaluska Heritage Association (JHA), which works to preserve the only remaining African-American Community in Watauga County. Their mission is to assist interested residents of Junaluska in defining, preserving, and sharing the important history and culture of their mountain community and its origins. The Association also works with the residents of the neighborhood to help ensure the continuing viability of Junaluska as a vibrant and productive community.  / Read more…



  • COVID-19 Update: Positive Cases Continue to Decline in Watauga County

    November 6, 2020  Active COVID-19 cases have remained in double digits over the last week and positive cases on Appalachian State’s campus have now dropped below 30 students according to data updated on Friday. According to AppHealthCare, Watauga County currently has 79 active COVID-19 cases. Ashe County has more cases than Watauga now with 96 active cases. Alleghany currently has 52 active cases. A total of 27 people across the three-county district have now died due to COVID-19 complications, 16 of those lived in Watauga County. One concerning piece of data still exists and that is the number of hospitalizations in the area. As of Friday, 69 people in Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany are currently in the hospital battling the virus. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Attraction Enjoying Successful Year Despite COVID-19 Pandemic


    November 6, 2020 As winter approaches in the High Country and visitors make the switch from summer outdoor fun to skiing, snowboarding, and tubing down the slopes, the Blowing Rock Attraction has still had a good amount of tourism through the summer and fall months. “We have faired very well considering the circumstances. Our admission numbers have been higher than expected for 2020 due to people wanting to visit places that are outdoor venues,” said attraction operator and Blowing Rock Mayor, Charlie Sellers. “I think we are on track for a successful year given the unfortunate circumstances.” Sellers said that looking back at their number of visitors, the Blowing Rock Attraction enjoyed record-breaking weekends in both September and October. “We opened up with consistent traffic, better than expected amidst the mask requirements and the social distancing requirements,” Sellers said. “Our goal was to get open, protect our employees and protect our visitors with all of the protocols in place in an attempt to offer those residents and visitors a place to visit, stretch their legs and enjoy the views.”  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • BOONE DOCS Presents “Waging Change” on November 8th App Theatre Screening Takes On Inequalities of Tipped Minimum Wage


    November 6, 2020 “Waging Change,” a documentary film on the movement to end tipped minimum wage, will be presented in a special online screening by the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country. The film’s award-winning director, Abby Ginzberg, will take part in a post-screening interview immediately following the documentary. The public is invited to view these events online at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2020. “Waging Change” is the third event presented by BOONE DOCS, the newly-launched year-round film series at the App Theatre featuring documentary films that spark community conversation by presenting an independent lens to view our world. Showcasing emerging and award-winning filmmakers and distinct perspectives from across the globe, BOONE DOCS celebrates the creative power of independent film. / Read more…



  • App State Takes on Texas State Seeking to Remain Unbeaten in the Sun Belt Conference


    November 6, 2020 The Mountaineers will look to remain in first place and keep its unblemished conference record this Saturday afternoon against Texas State at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos. Kickoff will be at 3 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN+ with Brant Freeman handling play-by-play duties and Steve Foster serving as the analyst. The game can also be heard live on 97.3 FM (Wilkesboro), 600 AM (Winston-Salem), 1270 AM (Gastonia/Charlotte), and 1450 AM (Hendersonville). App State (4-1, 2-0 SBC) has never lost to the Bobcats, winning all five games that the two teams have played. Last year, the Mountaineers easily handled Texas State (1-7, 1-3 SBC) at Kidd Brewer Stadium by a 35-13 score. Appalachian’s last trip to Texas State came in 2018 when the Mountaineers left with a 38-7 win. The closest game in the series came in 2017 when App State was able to escape with a 20-13 victory.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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