High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Virginia Foxx Announces Her Intention to Seek Reelection in 2020 for North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District


    March 14, 2019 Virginia Foxx today announced her intention to seek reelection in 2020 for North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, which covers much of northwest North Carolina. “To anyone paying attention, it’s become very clear in the first few months of liberal control of the House that the Democrat party has lurched far, far to the left,” Foxx said.  “Our nation is founded on the concepts of individual liberty and personal responsibility.  That’s why I am committed to working to halt the left’s headlong slide into what increasingly looks like socialism.  We cannot afford the out of touch policies peddled by the far-left that will squelch the entrepreneurial, problem-solving, and hard-working ethos that has made the United States the greatest nation in the world. / Read more…



  • Realtor Sales Up 8 Percent to Start 2019


    March 14, 2019 Regional home sales for the first two months of the year have been the busiest in a decade, according to the latest monthly report from the High Country Association of Realtors®. Home sales are up 8 percent compared to the start of last year, and up 29 percent compared to the start of 2017. Meanwhile interest rates continued a slow decline through February, and remain below their levels a year ago. In the first two months of the year, area Realtors® sold 287 homes worth $90 million, according to the High Country Multiple Listing Service. It records all Realtor® activity in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties.  / Read more…



  • Potters of the Blue Ridge Sponsored a Tea Party for Upcoming for Empty Bowls Event on March 30


    March 14, 2019 Empty Bowls at Watauga High School is gearing up…. So have the potters from the High Country. On March 13th, Potters of the Blue Ridge Sponsored a tea party to celebrate the making and presenting of a collection of Tea Pots made for our Local Empty Bowls event. These Tea pots are in Doe Ridge Pottery Gallery and will be on display until they are moved to Watauga High School to be added to the silent Auction at the Watauga County Empty Bowls event. WHS Empty Bowls takes place March 30th from 4:30-6:00 . All proceeds are given back to our county for “families struggling with food insecurity” / Read more…



  • Monkee’s of Blowing Rock Brings Social Media Influenced Fashion Brand to Area This Saturday


    March 14, 2019 Monkee’s of Blowing Rock will be the exclusive seller of the Gal Meets Glam collection from Instagram influencer/blogger Julia Engel. Engel turned her social media following into a fashion empire. 14 Monkee’s boutiques will debut the Gal Meets Glam collection on Saturday, March 16th, including Monkee’s of Blowing Rock. The first ten customers to purchase Gal Meets Glam merchandise will receive a free limited-edition GMG scarf. The Gal Meets Glam features jumpsuits and dresses with a decidedly feminine flair. We invite you to join us at the launch party to see what style conscious customers will add to their closets for spring. / Read more…



  • Town of Boone Celebrates 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 16

    March 14, 2019 The luck of the Irish returns to Boone on March 16, 2019, for the Town of Boone’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Make plans to come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Boone; you might even get a chance to see a real leprechaun! The celebration kicks off on March 16, at 2:00 P.M. on King Street in Boone with the parade. The parade begins at the Poplar Grove Extension traveling east on King Street through Boone, concluding at Appalachian State University’s Legends parking lot, located on Hardin Street.  / Read more…



  • Christie Hughes Named Town of Newland Alderman to Fill Reminder of Term of Greg Seiz

    March 14, 2019 Christie Hughes has been appointed as an alderman in the Town of Newland, its officials have announced. Hughes was approved to be an alderman by a 3-1 vote. Aldermen Jamey Johnson, Lauren Turbyfill and Dave Calvert voted in favor of Hughes, while Alderman Kenny Caraway voted against. Hughes will fill the remainder of the term of former alderman Greg Seiz, who stepped down from the post on February 5. That will give the Town five aldermen—its usual number. Hughes’ appointment will become effective at the April 2 Board of Aldermen meeting when she will officially be sworn in. That meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall, located at 301 Cranberry Street.. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • 2019 Relay for Life Underway and Celebrating 25 Years in Watauga County


    March 14, 2019 If the enthusiasm displayed during the 2019 Watauga County Relay For Life kickoff on Tuesday evening is any indication of success, this year’s main event, celebrating 25 years on June 14, will be one to remember. Approximately 50 cancer fighters rallied at Deerfield United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Boone at 6 p.m. on March 12 to wrap up last year’s event and officially begin a new Relay For Life fundraising season in Watauga County. Among those present were returning captains and team members, including former event chairs, several of whom have been involved since Relay for Life began. Current Relay chair Brian Barker welcomed those present, expressed gratitude for their ongoing support of the event and, in turn, offered encouragement and valuable information to each one in their continued efforts. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Town of Blowing Rock Celebrates Its 130th Birthday With Cake and Awards 2 New Markers


    March 13, 2019 The Town of Blowing Rock celebrated its 130th birthday in the Town Hall on Monday with cake, singing Happy Birthday, fellowship, and the 11th annual presentation of markers. Two properties were awarded markers this year. Jim Freeman, Interim Town Manager, shared his thoughts on the anniversary, “It’s always great to be at a birthday party, as y’all know, especially when it’s not your own. But y’all all have a great community here. I’ve been working with the board and with the community at large, and I am really impressed. I’m impressed with what you have here, and I’m impressed with what Blowing Rock has done… You need to be really proud of yourselves, and happy birthday to all of you!” The first marker was awarded to the oldest property for this year, the Craig Cottage/Knitters Rest, which is currently owned by Bunky and Tina Devant. The second marker was awarded to the Miller/Robbins House. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Celebrates Opening of Trout Season with 40th Annual Trout Derby, April 6


    March 13, 2019 The 40th annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby will take place in Blowing Rock on Saturday, April 6, from sunrise to 4 p.m. No entry fees are required and no pre-registration is necessary. This event has celebrated the opening of trout season for four decades now, encouraging families to get out together to enjoy the outdoors and friendly competition. The casual nature of the Derby makes participation fun- simply catch a trout in Watauga County on April 6, and bring it to Blowing Rock to enter it into the contest. Kids are invited to fish right in town at Broyhill Park. Derby headquarters, where participants’ fish are measured and registered, is at the Blowing Rock Clubhouse at 108 Lakeside Drive. First-place winners will receive trophies in five divisions: Men, Women, Girls and Boys (12-15), and Small Fries (11 and under). / Read more…



  • Department of Theatre and Dance Hosts Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble, March 20–24


    March 13, 2019 Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes the first days of spring with its annual Spring Appalachian Dance Ensemble (SADE), showcasing the talent of students, faculty and guest artists. The show will take place in the Valborg Theatre on the university’s campus at 7 p.m. March 20–23 with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 24. Tickets are $10 for students and $17 for adults. The mission of the Spring Appalachian Dane Ensemble is to showcase original works, and this year is no exception. The production will feature eight new pieces — four choreographed by students, three by faculty and one by guest artist Heike Salzer. SADE coordinator and professor of dance studies Marianne Adams is excited about the diversity of dance styles in this year’s concert. “Overall, the Appalachian Dance Ensemble has been a primarily modern dance ensemble. But in this particular show, I think it’s going to have quite a variety,” she said. By Glenn Ramey / Read more…



  • Rep. Russell Aims to Shed Sunlight on Legislative Process With House Bill 341


    March 13, 2019 This week Rep. Ray Russell (D-Watauga) filed a bill along with three colleagues that would require using modern technology to shed light on the legislative process to make it more accessible for every day residents. “We live in the 21st century when 300 hours of live video are uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day,” Rep. Russell said. “However, the legislature’s public presence, with the exception of its web page, is still living in the 1930s and 40s. It’s past time we make the public’s business available to the public using current technology. “The idea is simple: We propose to live stream sessions and committee meetings via the internet followed by archiving and making the audio/video of these sessions and meetings searchable,” he said. House Bill 341 (North Carolina Sunshine Act) also calls for the creation of a channel guide so the public will know what and when to watch and requires that the Legislature conduct the people’s business when constituents aren’t asleep. / Read more…



  • App State’s Men’s Basketball Falls to ULM in First Round of Sun Belt Tournament 89-80

    March 13, 2019 Justin Forrest tied his season-high with 32 points, but Appalachian State men’s basketball fell to ULM by an 89-80 score in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Tuesday evening. The tenth seeded Mountaineers see their season come to a close with a 11-21 record, while the seventh seeded Warhawks (17-14) advance to take on No. 6 seed Coastal Carolina on Thursday. ULM came out of the gate strong and opened a 17-4 edge eight minutes into the game. Trailing 22-8, the Mountaineers got back-to-back three-pointers from Forrest and Delph to trim their deficit to 22-14. The Warhawks held the lead for remainder of the half and a late tip in from Delph in the final minute of the half cut the ULM lead to 42-36 at the break. In the second half, ULM pushed its lead to 10 points, but App State stormed back and cut the deficit to a point at 57-56 on an old-fashioned three-point play from Forrest with 14:38 left to play. The Black and Gold took its first lead of the night a few possessions later at 58-57 on a layup from Seacat.   / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Leaping Leprechauns, It’s Time to Celebrate


    March 13, 2019. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and most all of us lads and lassies will be found wearing a touch o’ green or gold that pays tribute to the patron saint of Ireland. And the shamrock, which symbolizes the Trinity, is a special St. Patrick’s Day icon for many of us. Whether Irish blood flows through our veins —or not — most of us will celebrate in some fashion and will most likely prepare, serve or eat corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and/or some of the other traditional celebratory foods on the 17th. If you are around Boone on Saturday, the 16th, make plans to enjoy a relatively new march down King Street in the form of a grand parade. I hear that it’s going to be a pretty big deal, so find your spot before the green starts rolling at 2 p.m. Hopefully, the luck of the Irish will be yours fore’er and a day. / Read more…



  • NCDOT and Town Officials Schedule Special Meeting to Discuss Changes to Highway 105 Superstreet Project

    March 12, 2019 A special meeting of the Boone Town Council will be happening this Thursday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at the Watauga County Administration Building in Boone. The purpose of the meeting will be to allow for town council members and local officials to sit down with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and discuss changes that could be made to the proposed Highway 105 Superstreet Project. This meeting is open to the public. At a previous meeting that was not open to the public, town manager John Ward, county manager Deron Geouque and Boone Mayor Rennie Brantz met with NCDOT representatives in the initial stages of changing some of the unpopular parts of the 105 Superstreet proposal. Ramie Shaw, the NCDOT Division 11 Project Team Lead, would not comment at the time on what some of those changes are, however he did say that he felt like the meeting went well and was glad to get together with everyone for a meeting to discuss possible changes. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – March 12, 2019

    March 12, 2019. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    What’s going on in your community? Here’s a brief update on the emails we received today. Check back each day for an updated list of events going on in the area. As always, please feel free to email us about your event or update.

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Watauga County Schools Approves Land Contract for New Valle Crucis School on 14.4 Acre Tract


    March 12, 2019 During its monthly meeting March 11, the Watauga County Board of Education approved a contract to purchase a 14.4 acre tract of land in Valle Crucis for the eventual construction of a new Valle Crucis School. The property is situated along Broadstone Road between the Mast Farm Inn and the Mast Store Annex, approximately one-quarter mile from the existing school. Valle Crucis, along with Hardin Park School, was identified in a 2017 architectural study of Watauga County Schools facilities as requiring complete replacement, alongside significant repair and renovation to the district’s other K-8 schools. The Board of Education entered a contract for the $1,105,000 property by allocating funds from its existing fund balance — money the board has set aside over the past several years / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Feb. 28-Mar. 6: 50 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $6,605,000.00

    Mar. 12, 2019. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • Rob Sanders to Step Down as WHS Basketball Head Coach

    March 12, 2019 Watauga High School Principal Dr. Chris Blanton announced March 12 that Rob Sanders is stepping down from his position as head coach of the men’s basketball team at the school. Sanders has coached basketball at Watauga High School since 2004. He took over as head coach after serving as an assistant to former head coach Bobby Jones. Before coming to WHS, he taught and coached at Parkway School. Sanders ends his head coaching career at Watauga with a career record of 200-181. The Pioneers ended the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 13-13. Recently, Sanders became Watauga Basketball’s winningest coach, surpassing the long-held career wins record of former WHS basketball coach Carter Lentz who held the previous record with 199 wins.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian Mountain Brewery Spring Adult Premier Soccer League Begins March 17


    March 12, 2019 High Country Soccer Adult League, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), is excited to offer the AMB Spring Adult Premier Soccer League.  The AMB Premier League offers is a fun way to stay active and kick the ball around a little while offering three levels of league play; Bronze, Silver and Gold.  The skill levels of the players in the AMB Premier League range from recreational players (Bronze) to highly competitive and former collegiate players (Gold Division). HCSA currently serves more than 300 adult soccer players (in addition to offering youth training) in the NC High Country. The Boone-based soccer club is always searching for new ways to continue building the local soccer community to include all players and skill levels. The AMB Premier League is a 7v7 league played on half of a regulation soccer field going across the field. Each team is comprised of 7-12 players. If you don’t have a team, visit the HCSA website at www.hcsoccer.com and sign up as a free agent to be placed on an existing team at your requested level of play. / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ Well-Meaning But Ultimately Middling Effort

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    Mar. 12, 2019   There’s a weird structure to “Captain Marvel,” the latest entry in the all-powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sent out a distress call to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.” It is no secret that this movie is an origin story set in 1995 (Marvel Studios does not want us to get our hopes up and expect the business with Thanos to be resolved here), so in a way, we already know how this movie ends: Captain Marvel will be alive and reachable by some sort of super-pager, but at the same time be so far removed from relevant action that she hasn’t been a part of the Avengers’ adventures until now. Has she been retired? In hiding? On another planet? Another fair question: who exactly is Captain Marvel? By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • Season Tickets For 2019 Ensemble Stage Shows Go On Sale March 16; Summer Shows Announced


    March 11, 2019 It will be summer before you know it, and with that will be another year of great shows and performances by Ensemble Stage. Season tickets for Century Club members and 2018 season ticket buyers are already on sale, but if you are a first time season ticket subscriber, you can make your purchases beginning this Saturday, March 16. The cost is $84 for each season ticket or $77 for senior citizens, military veterans and students. Single show ticket purchases will go on sale April 1. Ensemble Stage shows take place at the Historic Banner Elk School, located at 185 Azalea Circle in Banner Elk. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Basketball Teams Gear Up For 2019 Sun Belt Tournament


    March 11, 2019 The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Appalachian State are hoping to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the 2019 Sun Belt Tournament held in New Orleans this week. In the men’s tournament, App State got the 10th and final seed for the tournament, hoping to be the ultimate Cinderella story by winning the championship. The final spot in the tournament came down to the last week of the regular season. Thanks to App State’s win over Troy and the sixth loss in a row by Little Rock, the Mountaineers, who finished the regular season at 11-20 and 5-13 in the Sun Belt, got the last tournament spot. The first round of conference tournament action will be two games played at host team sites. #7 Louisiana-Monroe will host #10 Appalachian state on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The game will be on ESPN+ for those that would like to watch and the radio broadcast will be available on each affiliate of the Appalachian Sports Network. The other first round game is #9 Arkansas State at #8 South Alabama. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Common Reading Program Announces ‘Just Mercy’ as Its 2019–20 Selection


    March 11, 2019 The Common Reading Program at Appalachian State University announces its 2019–20 book selection — “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. “Just Mercy” details the injustices of a broken criminal justice system that punishes impoverished people, and Stevenson’s work to improve that system. For the past 22 years, the Common Reading Program Committee has selected a book for incoming first-year students to read together in order to jump-start intellectual engagement both inside and outside the classroom.  By University College / Read more…



  • Jen Mangrum Will Keynote Watauga Democratic Party County Convention on March 30

    March 11, 2019 Professional educator Jen Mangrum, who is a declared candidate in 2020 for Superintendent of Public Instruction, will keynote the March 30th county convention of the Watauga Democratic Party. Her remarks will focus on the proposition “If You Don’t Do Politics, Politics Will Do You.” The Democratic County Convention will begin with a potluck luncheon at High Noon on March 30 for delegates and guests in the lobby outside Courtroom No. 1 in the Watauga County Courthouse, with the convention program set to begin at 1 p.m. Jen Mangrum came to prominence in North Carolina in 2017 when she announced that she would run for the NC Senate against incumbent Phil Berger, the powerful President Pro-Tem who has been a virtual dictator of conservative policies since 2013 when Republicans finally gained control of all levers of power in the state.   / Read more…



  • Appalachian Roller Derby is Back in Action and Ready to Begin Their Season March 30th


    March 11, 2019 After using their off season to recoup, regroup and innovate, Appalachian Roller Derby is back in action and ready to begin their season with a win against Classic City! Appalachian Roller Derby is currently ranked 99 out of 339 qualifying teams in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. This season, ARD is embarking on a new journey, facing difficult teams, and traveling to New York to play in a highly competitive tournament. Thanks to the direction of returning Coach Scott “CoolHandDuke” Herman and Bench Coach Ian “Sinbad” McCauley, these skaters are more than prepared for the perseverance, endurance, and heart they must give on and off the track to earn each and every victory they will receive this season! Join Appalachian Roller Derby in West Jefferson on Saturday, March 30th as they take on Classic City! / Read more…



  • Sky Valley Zip Tours Kicks Off 2019 Season on April 5th with Course Improvements & Special Offer


    March 11, 2019 Since 2012, Sky Valley Zip Tours has been delighting High Country visitors with unforgettable mountain zip line adventures. Easily accessible from Boone and Blowing Rock, but located deep in the woods down a gravel road, the attraction offers a variety of tours to satisfy all ages and levels of thrill-seekers. Each of these experiences begins with an ATV ride and Ground School training with expert Zip Rangers. Over the winter, Sky Valley staff reworked lines 7, 8 and 9 of the Canopy Tour to increase zip line lengths and improve angles for viewing the natural beauty surrounding the course. Lines 7 and 8 border and cross the rushing Flannery Fork Creek and approach a 35-foot tall cascading waterfall. Between lines 8 and 9, guests walk across the swinging bridge over the waterfall. Line 9 now crosses under line 8, allowing guests the joy of viewing others in their party from above or below while in motion! To celebrate the course improvements and the start of their eighth season, Sky Valley is offering a special promotion for their Canopy Tour. Between now and March 31st, buy two tickets for $99 (a 45% discount) / Read more…



  • Missing Boone Man Found Dead Early Saturday Morning

    March 9, 2019 An elderly Boone man that had been missing since Friday was found dead on Saturday morning near Blue Bird Lane just off of Bamboo Road. On Friday March 8 at approximately 7 p.m., the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing person from a home on Green Briar Road. Upon further investigation it was determined that Mr. John Adams, 70, of Green Briar Road was last seen around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning. The Sheriff’s Office along with Watauga County Emergency Management and Boone Fire conducted a search throughout the night of the immediate area around Green Briar; extending to Bamboo Road and Highway 421.   / Read more…



  • ‘828 Lager’ Coming to Rivers Street Ale House and Town Tavern Blowing Rock to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Disease Research


    March 8, 2019 A special tribute beer, the 828 Lager produced by Appalachian Mountain Brewery in special collaboration with Rivers Street Ale House and Town Tavern Blowing Rock will be released on March 15. The beer will be sold exclusively at those two locations and with every pint of the 828 Lager sold at each location, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Alzheimer’s Association. This disease afflicts an estimated 5.7 million Americans and someone is diagnosed with the disease every 65 seconds. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Ski Resorts Still Going Strong with Lots of Snow on the Ground


    March 8, 2019 Unlike some years in the past, this March is certainly shaping up to be a great one for the area ski resorts. Thanks to a lot of cold weather this winter and some occasional snows, ski conditions have been great for most of the ski season. “We have had lots of snow going into March and we’ve had lots of seasons where we didn’t have a lot of snow going into march, but it is really good out there right now. We have a lot of snow and good coverage,” said Kim Jochl, Sugar Mountain Resort’s Vice President and Director of Marketing. Jochl said that with all the cold temperatures, they have been able to make a lot of snow to go with the natural snow that has fallen this winter. “When we do make snow, we made sure to cover the trails that are open relly well. We have a lot of snow we can move around,” said Jochl. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • UPDATE: Gov. Cooper Chooses Hodges to Chair Watauga Board of Elections

    March 8, 2019 The Watauga County Board of Elections has now completed its board. According to an email sent out from the board of elections office at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has chosen Democrat Jane Ann Hodges to be the chairperson of the board. According to Matthew Snyder, the Watauga County Board of Elections Director, the other four appointed members are democrats Matt Walpole and Marv Williamsen and Republicans Eric Eller and Nancy Owen. Each of the 100 counties in the state had to reseat their election boards after a three-judge panel of Judge Jesse Caldwell, Judge Todd Burke and Judge Jeffery Foster ruled by a 2-1 margin that the state elections board was unconstitutionally constructed. The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld that ruling in January. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Volleyball Releases Information on Summer Camps


    March 8, 2019 The Lees-McRae College women’s volleyball team released information on its summer camps on Thursday. Over the course of the summer months, the Bobcats will host three different camps: Elite ID Clinic, Youth Skills Camp, Bobcat Skills Camp. For more information on each, see below. The first camp will be the Elite ID Clinic. This clinic will take place on May 27 from 8 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. It is geared towards girls in grades 9-12 that are looking to continue their playing careers after high school. The clinic will be operated like a normal volleyball practice and attendees will learn all of the skills involved in becoming a better volleyball player. Cost is $130 per camper, which includes meals and a Lees-McRae volleyball t-shirt. The second camp will be the Youth Skills Camp on June 20-21. The session will be 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. This camp is open to all girls and boys in grades 4-8. During this camp these ‘Little Bobcats’ will learn news skills in a fun-filled environment that translates into beginning to play volleyball. Cost is $85 per camper ($100 walk up day of). Meals will not be provided but will offer a concession stand and pizza for purchase. Each camper will receive a Lees-McRae volleyball t-shirt. / Read more…



  • YMCA Volunteer Awards Ceremony Held in Linville

    March 8, 2019 The recent Leonard & Marjorie Williams YMCA of Avery County Volunteer Awards Party recognized achievement and philanthropy from its contributors and other patrons for 2018. More than 75 attended the awards celebration Feb. 26 in the newly renovated Hugh Chapman Center in Linville, a building developed especially for Avery County’s teens. Each award recipient continues to play an important role in moving forward the North Carolina High Country in general and the Avery County community in particular. Everyone touched in various ways by the YMCA has a story to share of its many positive benefits, and every story can be traced back to a YMCA volunteer such as those honored at the ceremony who believed positive change was possible. Of the ten awards presented, one in particular stood out-The George Williams Award, named for Sir George Williams who founded the YMCA in London, England in 1844. The farmer-turned-department store worker became deeply troubled at age 22 as he witnessed other young men turning to dangerous influences.   Wanting to make a positive influence on others, Williams organized eleven friends for Bible study, prayer and escape from life on the streets. Thus the YMCA was formed. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Hosts SoCon Wrestling Championship Sunday


    March 8, 2019 Three teams shared the Southern Conference regular season title. One team will secure possession of the tournament trophy when the 2019 SoCon Wrestling Championship is held Sunday in Boone at the Holmes Convocation Center. Tickets to the all-day event cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 6-12) and $8 apiece for members of a group with 10 or more people. Children ages 5 and under — as well as students with a valid ID from Appalachian State, Campbell, The Citadel, Davidson, Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga and VMI — can attend for free. The Holmes Convocation Center doors will open at 9 a.m. on March 10, with competition scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Semifinals are scheduled for noon, with consolation quarterfinals set for 2 p.m., followed by consolation semifinals. Consolation finals are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., and the championship finals for the 10 weight classes (as well as any true place matches, if needed) will start at 7 p.m. / Read more…



  • Avery Commissioners Announce Award of $610,000 Community Block Grant

    March 8, 2019 Avery County has been awarded a huge amount of funds through the Community Development Block Revitalization Grant, its commissioners announced during their regular monthly meeting March 4. All commissioners attended, including: Chairperson Martha Hicks; Vice-Chairman Blake Vance; Wood Hall (Woodie) Young, Jr.; Tim Phillips; and Dennis Aldridge. Also present were: County Manager Phillip Barrier, Jr.; Assistant County Manager and Clerk to the Commissioners Cindy Turbyfill; Finance Officer Tim Greene; and County Attorney Michaelle Poore. The grant the county received is in the amount of $610,000.00. Although the vote of approval of a grant award is considered a formality, it is required to be voted on by government regulations. It was unanimously (5-0) approved by the commissioners. Hicks said the grant can be used for emergency housing repairs and replacement for locals, and was obtained with through the combined efforts of High Country Council of Governments’ Michelle Ball, Poore and Barrier, Jr. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



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