High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • 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



  • Appalachian State Finishes Football Season Ranked in Top 25 in AP and Coaches Poll


    January 14, 2019. For the first time in program history, Appalachian State finished a season ranked in the top 25 in both the Associated Press Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. The Mountaineers finished the year 18th in the Coaches Poll and 19th in the AP Poll. The polls were released this morning following last night’s national championship game that saw LSU defeat Clemson 42-25. The Mountaineers completed the 2019 season with a 13-1 record that included the team’s fifth bowl game victory in as many tries and the best record of any Group of Five conference team. This is also the first time a Sun Belt team has finished the season ranked in one of the two polls. The Mountaineers just missed that record after the 2018 season, finishing with the 26th most votes in the AP Poll.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • From the Mayor’s Desk: Blowing Rock Town Council Holds Annual Retreat


    January 14, 2020 Note: Blowing Rock Mayor Charlie Sellers will be providing the High Country Press with news and updates on projects in Blowing Rock. This week, Mayor Sellers shared updates on some items discussed at the town council’s annual retreat. Town of Blowing Rock Council Retreat was held on January 6, 7 and 8 at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Listed below are the top ten items that are the focus of the council and Department supervisors over the next 12 months and items that were discussed that were previously approved and are ongoing projects.   / Read more…



  • High Country Citizens Hosts Successful Winter Coat Drive for Avery County Residents on Sunday


    January 14, 2019. As 2020’s winter weather begins to make its stride here in the High Country, residents of Avery County have collectively taken to the task of helping out those in need by hosting a Winter Coat Drive on January 12th. Avery County native Elizabeth Hempfling along with the High Country Charitable Foundation and Feeding Avery Families, are among those responsible for spearheading this idea, which has resulted in huge donation amounts from businesses and individuals alike. “Not only did we have individual donations from people who had purchased new items just to drop them off, but for example, we had the Leonard family from Ski Country Sports donate a whole bunch of brand new gloves from the shop, Footsloggers and the Miller family donated new items including jackets as well,” Hempfling commented. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘1917’ A Wonderful Film With Terrors Aplenty – Oscar Contender

    1917
    Jan. 14, 2020 Back in 2014, my favorite movie of the year was “Birdman,” a chaotic comedy about a Broadway show gone wrong. The Academy agreed with me, awarding it the Oscar for Best Picture. The film took a unique approach to storytelling, making several weeks’ worth of action appear to take place in one unbroken shot. The idea was that the characters had no time to rest in preparation for their show, and consequently neither did we. Now comes Sam Mendes’ “1917,” a film with a similar one-shot no-rest approach. But the similarities to “Birdman” end there. Whereas that film was tight and funny, this film is expansive and merciless. By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • “For Such a Time As This” Rev. Bill Warren, at 86, Holding a One-Day Revival, Saturday, Jan. 25


    January 14, 2019. Anyone who knows the Rev. Bill Warren knows that he doesn’t waste any opportunity to share his faith and to tell others about Jesus. A recent vision has led the 86-year-old retired minister to return to the pulpit, if for just one day, to follow what he said is something special God is leading him to do. “For Such A Time as This, a one-day revival, is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 2 p.m. at Beech Valley Missionary Baptist Church in Sugar Grove. The theme of this historic event is simple: “Whosoever will, let them come — today is the day.” According to his family, this could possibly be one of the greatest days, if not the greatest, in Warren’s lengthy ministry, as he makes the effort to reach out to those who need the Lord. “Preacher Bill,” as he is known throughout the High Country area and beyond, will be assisted at this event by his grandson, the Rev. Toby Oliver, current pastor of Liberty Grove Baptist Church in Ashe County, and other family members who will be helping with music. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Heritage Homestead Featured in F.A.R.M. Cafe’s First ‘Local Lunch’ of 2020 on Thursday, Jan. 16


    January 14, 2020. F.A.R.M. Cafe is excited to feature Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy for the first ‘Local Lunch’ of 2020. Not only does our organization strive to feed all, regardless of means- F.A.R.M. Cafe believes in increasing access to high quality, locally sourced meals and supporting our local food system and economy.  While we offer a selection of local ingredients whenever possible, the upcoming ‘Local Lunch’ event allows us to showcase some of the amazing products grown and available right here in the High Country. On Thursday, January 16, from 11-2pm the lunch menu will feature ingredients sourced from Heritage Homestead Goat Dairy, located in Crumpler, NC.   In addition to pimento cheese and a special ginger-mango goat cheese dessert, lunch will include a Southwest inspired entree highlighting the farm’s pork. The well-fed pigs at Heritage Homestead enjoy a diet of whey from the cheesemaking process and a variety of garden vegetables before being finished on apples and chestnuts. This diet leads to a flavorful and unique product which we can’t wait for you to try. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is Recruiting Teams for 2020 Big Kahuna Campaign


    January 14, 2019. Do your friends or place of business have what it takes to be crowned “The Big Kahuna”? Watauga County Habitat for Humanity is currently recruiting teams for their 2020 Annual Big Kahuna Campaign. A Kahuna Team is a group of four community- minded people who volunteer to help raise money for Watauga Habitat’s affordable housing program. Teams solicit their network of personal and business contacts to donate to Watauga Habitat in their name. “This will be our 6th Kahuna Campaign,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development at Watauga Habitat for Humanity. “In the past, participants have been local, individual ‘movers and shakers’.  This year we are changing things up a bit and recruiting teams instead of individuals.” This friendly competition kicks off March 2nd, 2020. At the conclusion of the contest, the results will be announced at a fun social event known as the “Don Ho-Down” on May 15th at Appalachian Mountain Brewery. / Read more…



  • The N.C. Education Lottery Develops New Responsible Gaming and Prevention Program


    January 14, 2020. The N.C. Education Lottery begins a new program today called Play Smart™, becoming the first U.S. lottery to start an original player-focused responsible gaming and prevention program centered on the education, encouragement and empowerment of lottery players. “Most people who play the lottery play responsibly and do not develop a problem,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the lottery. “To ensure responsible play continues, we needed a program that not only provides the resources and tools players need to make smart decisions before they play, but also encourages players to adopt behaviors that can reduce the risk of developing a problem.” Play Smart is like a lottery coach, educating players on how its games work, encouraging sensible and responsible play, and empowering players to recognize when playing the lottery is no longer fun and what to do if that happens. / Read more…



  • The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock Approves Grant Requests, Announces New Directors and Officers for 2020


    January 14, 2020. At its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on December 5, 2019, The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock announced that two new members will join its Board of Directors in 2020. Melissa Pickett, who previously served on the Foundation board, will rejoin the board. In addition, Zak Ammar, the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, will join the Foundation Board as an ex-officio member. The Foundation also announced that the following officers will serve the foundation in 2020: Jim Pitts, President; Cathy Robbins, Vice President; Kent Tarbutton, Secretary/Treasurer; and Jim Clabough, Immediate Past President.The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock is a 501c3, a North Carolina non-profit corporation dedicated to economic development and business education in Blowing Rock. / Read more…



  • WAMY’s Santa for Seniors Drive Exceeded Expectations Bringing Smiles and Holiday Cheer to Community’s Shut-Ins this Christmas Season


    January 13, 2019. WAMY’s inaugural Santa for Seniors program exceeded everyone’s expectations in 2019, bringing over 750 gifts and Christmas joy to those around the community who were not able to leave their homes during the holiday season. WAMY (Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Community Action Inc.) began the Santa for Seniors program to partner with shut-ins and hospice patients throughout the community; the program aims to bring these isolated people Christmas cheer in the form of gifts containing basic items that are useful to those who cannot leave their home such as socks, lotion, chapstick, and other items. “The Santa for Seniors program came about because we wanted to help those in our community who are elderly; specifically those who are shut-ins,” said Ashley Cook, Development Director of WAMY. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Classes Resume at Appalachian State and AppalCart Returns to Normal Route Schedule

    January 13, 2020. Appalachian State University students headed back to their dorms and classrooms on Monday with spring semester classes getting underway. A total of 19,280 students were enrolled to begin the 2019-20 academic year and approximately 1,300 students graduated in December’s commencement ceremony. Looking at the rest of the 2020 spring calendar, the university will be closed next Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Spring break is scheduled for March 9-13 and early enrollment for the 2020 fall semester will begin on April 1 and continue through April 15. The university will be closed on Friday, April 10 for Good Friday. The last day of classes will be April 29 and final exams will start on May 1 and continue through May 7. Commencement ceremonies will take place on May 8-9.   By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • MerleFest Announces Lineup Additions For 2020 Festival: Melissa Etheridge, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Marcus King Band, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and John Cowan


    January 13, 2020. MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the next round of artist additions for MerleFest 2020, which will be held April 23-26. Melissa Etheridge, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Marcus King Band, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, and John Cowan will be joining the annual homecoming of musicians and music fans on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Today’s lineup announcement adds five great artists to MerleFest’s already stacked lineup. Tickets for next year’s festival are on sale now and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. / Read more…



  • MerleFest Announces Trent Wagler (of The Steel Wheels), Darrell Scott, and David Holt as Judges for 28th Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest


    January 13, 2020. MerleFest, presented by Window World®, is pleased to announce Trent Wagler (of The Steel Wheels), Darrell Scott, and David Holt as judges for the 28th Annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC). CASC is one of the most acclaimed songwriting contests in roots and Americana music and has a reputation for launching careers as well as drawing attention to important new talent. The contest is split into four genre-based categories including bluegrass, general, gospel, and country. First through third place winners will be chosen in each category at MerleFest 2020, set to take place on April 23 – 26, 2020. Finalists will be invited to the final round of the competition, which takes place Friday, April 24, during MerleFest. First-place winners will receive $600 cash from MerleFest, a performance slot on MerleFest’s Cabin Stage on Friday night, and a shared 30 minute set on Saturday. / Read more…



  • Number of High Country Homes Sold up 11 Percent in 2019


    January 13, 2020. Homebuyers could not get enough of the High Country market in 2019, according to the year-end real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors. Realtors set a new high mark in home sales, registering 11 percent growth over 2018. The total sales dollar value was up 34 percent thanks in great part to the demand in high dollar homes. Realtors sold more million-dollar homes last year than in all of 2018 and 2017, combined. Sales occurred as interest rates fell to near-record lows in September. At the start of 2019, the 30-year fixed-rate averaged 4.51 percent. They remain below 3.75 percent heading into 2020. The falling rates helped spur year-long activity in the High Country. Realtors sold a total of 2,617 residential and multi-family homes worth $809.07 million. That’s according to the High Country Multiple Listing Service, which records all Realtor activity in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties. / Read more…



  • Under Dick Larson’s Leadership, Feeding Avery Families Continues Bountiful Accomplishments and Anticipates Another Productive Year In 2020


    January 13, 2019. While expanding its services and adding new programs, the Feeding Avery Families organization has achieved milestones of astounding proportions the past two-and-a-half years.  This was especially true in 2019, and FAF expects another record-breaking year in 2020 with even more future growth in the following years. Founded in 2005, Feeding Avery Families (FAF), Inc. is a non-profit Christian-based organization in Avery County dedicated to eliminating hunger by any means possible including monetary donations, volunteerism, or food donations. While FAF requires a total team effort from its dozens of volunteers, its Executive Director Dick Larson is given credit by those most familiar with the organization for much of its success. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Flu Cases Decreased Locally and Throughout North Carolina Last Week, But Deaths Statewide from the Disease Had Dramatic Increase

    January 13, 2020. Officials from the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, based in Boone, released the following numbers of patients have been treated for Influenza (flu) at its hospital facilities from Sept. 30, 2019 through Jan. 9, 2020: 34 at Watauga Medical Center on Boone and 29 at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. The Watauga and Linville hospitals reported only one flu case combined this week from the previous week. There were 4,836 flu-like cases reported throughout North Carolina last week, down from 4,883 during the week that ended Dec. 28 and 3,360 during the week that ended Dec. 21. Fortunately, this region has not suffered any fatalities stricken with the disease. But sadly, the number of North Carolinians who have died during the current 2019-2020 influenza (flu) season more than doubled over the past week to 21. That number included the state’s first youth victim, the N.C. Division of Public Health reported Thursday, Jan.9. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Eagles Nest Group Honored by Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce with Person of the Year Award


    January 10, 2019. The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at Stonewalls on Wednesday, which included the person of the year award and a couple of other awards that brought some laughter to the crowd. “Every year, the Banner Elk Chamber presents an award to the person or persons of the year. This year we have gone a step further, giving the award to Mary Sue Street and Will and Mark Adkins of the Eagles Nest group,” said Jo-Anne McMurray, the President of the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, during the award presentation. McMurray got emotional when speaking of the late Chris Adkins, who passed away in 2018 and was also an integral part of the Lodges at Eagles Nest. Jo-Anne’s husband, Tom, shared some of the highlights of what the group has accomplished. “Eagles Nest came in and took over a project that was not doing great and have turned it into one of the premier gated community developments in the High Country,” he said. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock WinterFest Returns Jan. 23-26 with Various Seasonal Events and Volunteers Needed


    January 10, 2019. The first Blowing Rock WinterFest was presented in 1998, created to bring celebration to a sleepy season. More than two decades later, the festival continues with a refresh of past events and a reprise of the newest ones. At the 2020 edition of Blowing Rock WinterFest on Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26, everyone is again encouraged: don’t hibernate; celebrate! This year’s WinterFest events include old favorites and new traditions alike such as the chili challenge, the Polar Bear Plunge, the K-9 Keg Pull, the winter fashion show, a benefit concert for the Blowing Rock School auditorium, a wine tasting and auction at Green Park Inn, Cork and Canvas hosted by BRAHM, and more events being hosted throughout the weekend in Memorial Park. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Our State Magazine Features Boone, Beech Mountain and Blowing Rock in its January Issue


    January 10, 2019. Three locations in the High Country got some extra publicity this month with the release of the January issue of Our State magazine. The Horton Hotel in downtown Boone, Blowing Rock’s WinterFest and Beech Mountain’s cover story were all included in this edition. “They reached out to us expressing more interest in the hotel so we had them come and stay and oriented them to who we are and what we have to offer,” said Denise Lovin, co-owner of the Horton Hotel. “The editor stayed with us and another writer came and spent some time here. They really got to know us and the hotel, and they frequented other places downtown and in the High Country.” The hotel story also featured the trendy rooftop bar that so many visitors rave about, even when the weather isn’t always perfect outside. Denise says they have already had guests come in with a copy of the magazine that stayed a couple of nights and was carrying the magazine with them to try and do everything mentioned in the articles.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Hunger and Health Coalition Hosting Its Own Birthday Party Jan. 15: Community Invited To Celebrate 38 Years Of Feeding the Hungry


    January 10, 2019. For 38 years, the Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone has been feeding the hungry and meeting needs in a variety of other ways for the residents of the High Country and beyond. What better way to honor such a great milestone than to throw a party to celebrate? That’s exactly what Executive Director, Elizabeth Young, and the folks at HHC are doing — and you are invited to join in the fun. They tell us it’s all about celebrating its accomplishments — in addition to the ongoing support it receives from the community. The party will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the HHC on Wednesday January, 15. Young hopes that “anyone and everyone who wishes” will stop by and stay for as long as they please. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • NASCAR Legend Rusty Wallace Selling Linville Ridge Home


    January 9, 2019. Frequent High Country visitor and NASCAR Hall of Fame Driver Rusty Wallace has recently put his Linville Ridge house on the market for a cool $1,559,000. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is located at 1020 Ridge Drive inside the luxurious Linville Ridge private residential community. Wallace will still be living in the Linville Ridge community, but just decided that his family needed a larger home. “The reason we are selling our home is because of our growing family. We bought the home in 2006 when our three children were younger. We have many great memories in the house,” said Wallace. “The floor plan lives beautifully and it has been very easy to maintain. The home is in absolutely perfect condition. We will miss it but with four grandchildren in just the last two years we just needed more room.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds -Jan. 2-8: 27 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $12,040,000.00

    Jan. 09, 2020. 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…



  • Ashe County Man Charged in Boone PD Arson Investigation


    January 8, 2020. On December 26, 2019, at 9:19 p.m., the Boone Fire Department and the Boone Police Department responded to an uninhabited house fire located at 651 Old East King Street. It was determined that an unknown suspect set multiple fires within the structure. This structure had been vacant for the last four years and was a common area for homeless individuals to be found sleeping and taking shelter from the weather. Upon completion of the joint investigation between the Boone Fire Department and Boone Police Department and collection of several pieces of evidence, it was determined that Bobby Allen Pennington, 41, of Ashe County was the primary suspect. Detective Corporal Candace Burlingame, of the Boone Police Department, located Mr. Pennington who was in custody at the Ashe County Dentition Facility on a parole violation for Burning of Personal Property and Calling in a False Bomb Report on a Public Building. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, December 30 – January 5

    January 8, 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



  • ‘It Felt Like the Old Days’: Holiday Tourists Pack the High Country as Ski Resorts Bring Them In


    January 8, 2019. A lot of tourist industry workers in the High Country are finally able to catch their breath after one of the busiest holiday seasons in recent memory for a lot of local establishments. Fred Pfohl, owner and operator of Fred’s General Mercantile in Beech Mountain, said his longtime employees felt like it was the 1980s again with the long lines and big crowds at the general store and other businesses around Beech Mountain. “It was an unbelievable holiday period. All of our customers seemed to be happy and we took care of them as best we could. Hopefully, they will remember Beech Mountain when they leave and go back home and tell somebody else about us too,” said Pfohl. Jim Brooks can attest to just how crowded things were at the mercantile.  “There was a night when they were out the door on one side and the line from the counter went all the way to the office. Those that have been around for a while were saying that it felt like the old days,” said Brooks.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • SmileOn ADG Presents WinterFest Beer Festival at Beech Mountain Ski Resort this Saturday


    January 8, 2019. SmileOn ADG presents the 2020 WinterFest Beer Festival at Beech Mountain Resort this Saturday, January 11, from 5 pm to 9 pm. The 2020 WinterFest Beer Festival at Beech Mountain is an indoor event for patrons 18 years or older featuring craft brews from thirteen different breweries, a wide selection of Americana food made by The Beech Mountain Taproom and Grill, and live music from The Harris Brothers at 5:15 pm and The Commonheart at 7:15 pm to accompany the night of festivities. Alcohol will be served from 5 pm to 9 pm. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door; designated driver tickets will also be available for $15. Food must be purchased separately. There is a limited capacity and tickets are going quickly, make sure to buy your tickets in advance by visiting the following link: Beech Mountain WinterFest Tickets By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Terms of New App State Head Football Coach Shawn Clark’s Five-Year Contract Released


    January 8, 2020. Terms of new Appalachian State head football coach Shawn Clark’s contract were released to the public on Appalachian State’s athletics web site on Dec. 26, 2019. And thanks to the university’s financial generosity, the Head Mountaineer will likely never again struggle financially if he ever did. A trend the last 30-plus years of major college coaches making piles of money and being given various colossal incentive perks continues and Clark’s contract is similar to many of his head coaching peers. Clark signed a five-year deal with a base salary worth $425,000 per year on Dec. 13. The contract ran until Dec. 31, 2019 and then from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 per each year from 2020 through 2024. Clark is eligible for numerous bonuses, including a retention bonus of $15,000 a month per year of the contract. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Avery Commissioners Allocate Additional Funds for County Buildings Repairs During Jan. 6 Meeting

    January 8, 2020. During their regular monthly meeting January 6th, the Avery Commissioners unanimously (5-0) voted to amend an allocation to a new total of $130,000.00 for repairs to the Avery County Court House.  That includes already approved funds of $98,700.00 for the Court House roofing project with additional funds of $31,300.00 for needed heating and elevator repairs to the Court House, Jail and  County Administration buildings..  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Cold Days of Winter – When Comfort Foods Reign


    January 8, 2020. During this time of year, many of us are vacillating between what we know to be the right thing to eat and simply what we want to eat. We all have that special dish (or two!) that brings us comfort, even if it’s just temporary before the guilt returns. It is so easy to warm up to traditional, comfort foods on these soggy January days. We’re here to help make it as simple as possible and hope these recipes bring delight to your dinner table as the winds of winter continue to blow. We’ll talk healthy again later! By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • App State Wins Thriller Over Rival Georgia Southern During Three-Game Hoops Homestand


    January 7, 2020. Appalachian State was able to win just one of their three home games in the last five games, but it was certainly a game to remember on Saturday for App State fans who might have wanted to get a little revenge on Georgia Southern. Junior guard Justin Forrest poured in 25 points, including the game-winning three-point basket with less than a second left on the clock. Trailing by two points, Forrest proved to be too clutch for Georgia Southern as he nailed a step-back three-pointer to give the Mountaineers a 74-72 win. The play also appeared on ESPN’s Top Plays countdown. App State trailed by 10 points at halftime but was able to rally back and get the team’s third Sun Belt Conference victory of the young season. O’Showen Williams added 20 points in the win, Kendall Lewis had 11 points and Isaac Johnson scored eight points to go with seven rebounds. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

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

    Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • NC Parks and Recreation Moves Toward Beginning Major New Developments at Elk Knob State Park


    January 7, 2019. During a meeting on December 17, the NC State Department of Parks and Recreation moved one step closer toward the execution of a master plan for Elk Knob State Park that seeks to implement major additions to the park’s facilities and services. Representatives from NC Parks and Recreation displayed images of their current master plan for various would-be implementations to Elk Knob State Park. These additions to the park were determined via previous community surveys; now, NC Parks and Recreation are in the stage of the planning process in which they need to determine which additions are priorities for the community. Hypothetical new installations to the state park include a visitor’s center with a gift shop, information center, nature playground, and warming foyer, a day use area with picnic setups and a pavilion, backcountry trails with shelters and tent platforms, and The Peak Campground which would include cabins and campgrounds for tents. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – January 7, 2020

    January 7, 2020. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Registration Open for Inaugural Beech Mountain Resort Adult Racing League


    January 7, 2020. Beech Mountain Resort is opening its very own adult racing ski and snowboard league that will begin on January 16. Registration for the racing league is now underway. The league is sponsored locally by Appalachian Mountain Brewing Co., Ski Southeast, and Root Down Hair Studio. Other participating sponsors include Alpine Ski Center, Ride Snowboards, Rossignol, Dragon Alliance, Armada, Blackstrap. Races will be held each Thursday night for six weeks and the racing format will be a giant slalom. Teams consist of six racers ages 18 and older and each racer will compete for the fastest time down the hill. Each team will select a team captain and NASTAR Handicaps will be used. At the end of the season, there will be prizes and trophies for the top three teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500 and third place will receive $250.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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