High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Lees-McRae Men’s Basketball Begins its 2018-19 Season With Three Games This Week


    November 6, 2018. The Lees-McRae College men’s basketball team will open its 2018-19 season this week with three games on tap. LMC will start the week with an exhibition contest at Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday before competing in a pair of neutral site games in Bristol, Tennessee against Columbus State and Flagler on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tip-off time, while Friday’s and Saturday’s tilts are slated for 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. start times, respectively. New Year, New Team – Bobcat fans will see several new faces on the court for the team this season. Just four players (Quay Kimble, Malik Wright, Dylan Gollihar and Juwan Blanton) on the current active roster were on the conference championship team from a season ago. Overall, there will be 13 players making their Bobcat debut this week. Preseason Prognostication – The Bobcats were selected to finish fifth in the annual Conference Carolinas Coaches’ Poll last month. Kimble, Wright and Gollihar were tabbed as players to watch for Lees-McRae this season. / Read more…



  • Boone Police Are Searching For Armed Suspect Who Stole an SUV at Gunpoint

    November 6, 2018 High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On November 5 at approximately 6:19 PM, a black male wearing a black hoodie, dark pants, and a bandana with a white pattern over his face, accosted a female at gunpoint in the parking area of 369 Madison Avenue. The suspect demanded the victim’s vehicle keys. The suspect left in her silver 2002 Nissan Xterra with North Carolina registration plate BHX-4369. The vehicle has an App State sticker across the top of the rear windows. The rear window also has a monogram sticker, a sigma alpha omega sticker, a red adventure sticker, and a contra dance sticker. Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900. You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.  / Read more…



  • Election Day: Voters Head to the Polls This Morning; Polls Will Remain Open in North Carolina Until 7:30 p.m.

    November 6, 2018 It’s officially Election Day all across the country with voters making their voices heard in thousands of races from coast to coast. In North Carolina, polls opened at 6:30 a.m. this morning and will remain open until 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget that as long as you are in line to vote by 7:30, you are allowed to vote.  If you are unsure of what precinct you are registered to vote at, visit this website and enter your address. Unlike early voting, those that have chosen to vote on Election Day will need to go to the precinct that they are registered at to vote. Watauga County has 20 different precincts. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Moose Charity Ride for HCBCF Raises Over $3,000


    November 6, 2018. The Boone Moose Lodge 1805 and the Boone Moose Riders held their first benefit ride for the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation on Saturday, October 6th and through its efforts, raised $3,178 for the local charity. The motorcycle ride will become an annual event replacing the decade old Hospice Charity Ride that has raised more than $31,000 over the years. Organizers expect to surpass the old totals going forward with new momentum and focus. Motorcycle riders from the Boone Moose Lodge rode 120 miles across the region visiting other Moose Lodges along the way while collecting donations and visiting with friends. / Read more…



  • App State Habitat for Humanity Hosts 8th Annual Gingerbread Building Competition, November 14


    November 6, 2018. Join us for Appalachian State Habitat for Humanity’s 8th Annual Gingerbread Building Competition. This exciting annual event will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at 6 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of the Student Union on campus. There will be Christmas karaoke, free food, prizes, and gingerbread building like you’ve never seen before! All proceeds raised during the event will go to Watauga Habitat for Humanity and help build an affordable house for a local family in need. Builders of all ages are invited to join in the fun and create a gingerbread house masterpiece for this worthy cause. Teams will have just over one hour to build their masterpiece and will be provided graham crackers and icing to help start their structures. It is encouraged to bring additional building structures such as candy to make your house stand out. / Read more…



  • CCC&TI Receives Grant to Help Students with Financial Challenges

    November 6, 2018 Students at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute who are close to finishing their credential but are facing unforeseen financial emergencies jeopardizing their ability to stay in school may be eligible for help from the new Finish Line Grant program. CCC&TI is one of 34 community colleges statewide chosen for $1.8 million in Finish Line Grant funds, which are administered in partnership with local Workforce Development Boards. CCC&TI was awarded $30,000 for the 2018-2019 school year. To be eligible for the grant, students must have completed 75 percent or more of a Workforce Development Board-approved training program and be meeting satisfactory progress through their education program.  / Read more…



  • Watauga Campus Final Carry Out Cuisine Event of the Semester Is On Tuesday Beginning at 4:30

    November 5, 2018 All semester, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus has been offering “Carry Out Cuisine” events in which members of the community can pay a reasonable price for international cuisine prepared by CCC&TI’s culinary students. The Watauga Campus has had a professional kitchen on site since 2015, allowing its students to build and practice their culinary skills. On Tuesday, November 6th, beginning at 5:30pm, second year culinary students of the Global Cuisine course will host the last “Carry Out Cuisine” event of the semester, focusing on Mexican cuisine. As an additional bonus to this final event, students will also be offering a “Chef’s Table” event at the same time, in which community members can purchase tickets, in addition to making a donation to the program, to a three course meal prepared right in front of them by the students. This provides the students with an opportunity to practice their skills in a real-world setting while also allowing the community to connect over reasonably priced food. By Megan Raymond / Read more…



  • St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church to Host Classical Music Concert this Thursday


    November 5, 2018. This Thursday, Nov. 8, John Taylor Ward and Daniel Schlosberg will be performing at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock (140 Chestnut Dr, Blowing Rock). Taylor, a bass/baritone, and Schlosberg, a composer and pianist, will perform works by Fauré, Stravinksi and Vaughan Williams, as well as selections from the American Songbook. The concert begins at 6 p.m. / Read more…



  • Early Voting Concludes in Avery County with Extremely High Volume

    November 5, 2018 Final Early Voting statistics released by Elections Boards from the State of North Carolina and Avery County indicate that Avery’s voters have as much interest in the 2018 North Carolina General Election as perhaps any election in memory. This interest seems spurred by several factors that include a sharp ideological divide among some candidates for the same office as well as Donald Trump’s performance as United States President and which local, regional and state/national office candidates support or do not support him and his policies and actions during his two years of his current four-year term. According to Avery Board of Elections Deputy Director Caleb Hogan, early voting in the county was “in extremely large volume” since it began Wednesday, October 17 and ended on Saturday, November 3. A total of 2,010 of the county’s more than 12,000 registered voters cast their ballots early. 1,921 were cast at the Elections Board Office and 89 by mail. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Football Roundup: Watauga Finishes Unbeaten Regular Season, Ashe Wins Conference Championship, Avery Drops Final Regular Season Game


    November 5, 2018. The Watauga Pioneers and Ashe County Huskies will head into the playoffs on a high note with both capturing their respective conference championships on Friday night. Watauga finished off a perfect regular season with a 62-0 win over West Caldwell. The Pioneers will enter the playoffs with an 11-0 record. They finished the Northwestern 3A/4A season with a 7-0 record. It has been a historical season for the Pioneers. This is the their first conference title since 2007 and the first outright conference title since 1980. This is also their first unbeaten regular season since the Pioneers went on to win the 3A state championship in 1978. That season, Watauga finished 13-0-1. The game was never in doubt early on as Watauga built a 49-0 lead by the halftime break. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Western Watauga Community Center and Branch Library To Celebrate 30 Years of Success Nov. 14


    November 5, 2018. The coming week marks an incredible milestone for the Western Watauga Community Center/Project on Aging and the Western Watauga Branch Library, as together, they celebrate 30 years of service to the community. A celebration to commemorate the successful venture — “while looking forward to the next 30 years,” organizers said — will take place on Wednesday, November 14 from noon- 2 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by two senior musical groups, and hopefully, some of the senior crafters will display their talents, with lots of good food served and great door prizes available. An interesting power point presentation will depict life at the center/library, including scenes from those early days to the present. The drop-in event is free and open to the public. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Over 15,000 Watauga County Residents Took Advantage of Early Voting for the 2018 Midterm Election

    November 5, 2018 Early voting officially wrapped up on Saturday afternoon and 15,238 voters in Watauga County went ahead and made their votes official prior to Election Day this Tuesday. A total of 767 voters made it to the polls on Saturday. Overall, 5,744 people voted at the early voting site on Appalachian State’s campus, 4,821 voters voted at the Watauga County Administration Building, 1,375 people voted in Blowing Rock, 1,293 voted at the Western Watauga Community Center in Sugar Grove, 1,161 votes were counted in Deep Gap and 844 votes were counted in Meat Camp. Unaffiliated voters had the highest turnout for early voting with 5,700 votes counted. Democrats were second with 5,295 votes and Republicans had the third highest total with 4,104 votes. The Libertarian Party had 83 early votes, the Green Party had five early votes and the Constitution Party had two early votes. Of the 47,231 registered voters in Watauga County, 32 percent of those voted early. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Men’s Basketball Tops Ferrum 97-44 in Exhibition


    November 5, 2018 Appalachian State men’s basketball saw six players reach double figures in a 97-44 victory over Ferrum in an exhibition contest on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center. Justin Forrest led the way for the Mountaineers with a game-high 16 points and a game-high tying eight rebounds. Isaac Johnson tallied 12 points, four rebounds and four steals. Bennett Holley had 11 points and six rebounds, Tyrell Johnson scored 11 points and added five rebounds and Ronshad Shabazz tallied 11 points to go along with four assists. Joseph Battle chipped in with 10 points for the Black and Gold. App State closed the final seven minutes of the first half on a 22-7 run to turn a 28-21 lead into a 50-28 halftime advantage. / Read more…



  • 63rd Annual Farm-City Banquet Honors Agricultural Excellence Across Watauga County


    November 2, 2018. A sellout crowd gathered at Boone United Methodist Church on Thursday for the 63rd Annual Farm-City Banquet. The theme for this year’s banquet was “High Country Grown” that included even the catering and the gift baskets with all items from somewhere in the High Country. The Farm-City movement started in 1955 when a train conversation between Charles Dana Bennett, a Vermont businessman and Merle H. Tucker, the Chairman of the Kiwanis International Agriculture and Conservation Committee, discussed the troubles that agricultural business were facing, the strong urban influence on agricultural policies and the decline in family farming. Both men felt that the relationships between “the farm and the city” needed to be better, thus the creation of the National Farm-City Committee created by Kiwanis International. The Kiwanis Club continued to lead the committee until 1988 when the American Farm Bureau Federation took over coordination of the committee. “This banquet and this tradition here in Watauga has a history behind it that we’re proud to continue, and we’re proud of the many organizations and businesses in the community that support this banquet and what it represents,” said David Jackson, who was the emcee for the event. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • U.S. House: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Virginia Foxx and DD Adams Opening and Closing Statements On Why You Should Vote For Them

    October 31, 2018. Featured here are the opening and closing statements of Virginia Foxx and DD Adams from the Election Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on October 23. Foxx’s segment is 6 minutes long, Adams’ segment is 5 minutes long. / Read more…



  • N.C. House: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Jonathan Jordan and Ray Russell Opening and Closing Statements On Why You Should Vote For Them

    October 31, 2018. Featured here are the opening and closing statements of Jonathan Jordan and Ray Russell from the Election Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on October 23. Jordan’s segment is 5 minutes long, Russell’s segment is 5 minutes long. / Read more…



  • N.C. Senate: IN HIS OWN WORDS: Wes Luther’s Opening and Closing Statements On Why You Should Vote For Him

    October 31, 2018. Featured here are the opening and closing statements of North Carolina Senate candidate Wes Luther from the Election Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on October 23. Luther’s segment is 2 minutes and 34 seconds long. / Read more…



  • County Commissioners: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Larry Turnbow, David Blust, Billy Kennedy, Tim Hodges, Charlie Wallin and Tommy Sofield Opening and Closing Statements On Why You Should Vote For Them

    November 1, 2018. Featured here are the opening and closing statements of Larry Turnbow, David Blust, Billy Kennedy, Tim Hodges, Charlie Wallin and Tommy Sofield from the Election Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on October 23. Turnbow’s segment is 2 minutes long, Blust’s segment is 2 minutes long, Kennedy’s segment is 4 minutes long, Hodges’ segment is 4 minutes, 30 seconds long, Wallin’s segment is 6 minutes long and Sofield’s segment is 5 minutes long. / Read more…



  • School Board: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Jason Cornett, Danny Watts, Steve Combs, Jay Fenwick and Gary Childers Opening and Closing Statements On Why You Should Vote For Them

    November 1, 2018. Featured here are the opening and closing statements of Jason Cornett, Danny Watts, Steve Combs, Jay Fenwick and Gary Childers from the Election Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on October 23. Cornett’s segment is 2 minutes, 30 seconds long, Watts’ segment is 2 minutes long, Combs’ segment is 3 minutes, 30 seconds long, Fenwick’s segment is 3 minutes, 30 seconds long and Childers’ segment is 3 minutes, 30 seconds long. / Read more…



  • Watauga Sheriff: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Len Hagaman and David Searcy Opening and Closing Statements On Why You Should Vote For Them

    October 31, 2018. Featured here are the opening and closing statements of Len “L.D.” Hagaman and David Searcy from the Election Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on October 23. Hagaman’s segment is 3 minutes long, Searcy’s segment is 4 minutes long. / Read more…



  • Soil & Water Supervisor: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Chris Hughes and Bill Moretz Introductory Statements On Why You Should Vote For Them

    October 31, 2018. Featured here are the introductory statements of Chris Hughes and Bill Moretz from the Election Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on October 23. Hughes’ segment is 2 minutes long, Moretz’s segment is 2 minutes long. / Read more…



  • Clerk of Court: IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Diane Cornett Deal and Travis Critcher Introductory Statements On Why You Should Vote For Them

    October 31, 2018. Featured here are the introductory statements of Diane Cornett Deal and Travis Critcher from the Election Forum held at the Watauga County Courthouse on October 23. Deal’s segment is 2 minutes long, Critcher’s segment is 2 minutes and 30 seconds long. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Defeats Coastal Carolina 23-7 to Become Bowl Eligible

    November 4, 2018 Appalachian State keeps making record-shattering milestones after its transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision level. Playing without their first-string quarterback, the Mountaineers used a stingy defense and a strong running attack to beat Coastal Carolina 23-7 in a Sun Belt Conference game in Conway, SC Saturday and become bowl eligible. It marked Appalachian State’s sixth win in eight games this season, including its fourth in five conference tilts. Appalachian State is the only program with a bowl win in each of its first three eligible seasons after the complete transition from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) ranks. The Mountaineers won the 2015 and 2016 Camellia Bowls and the 2017 Dollar General Bowl. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Higher Elevations of The High Country See Their First Snow of the Season


    November 3, 2018. The higher elevations of the High Country saw their first sites of snow this morning. Ray’s Weather reported on their site this morning, “Flurries made their way down from the higher elevations this morning to give us our first widespread glance of snow this season. It’s a solid coating for the higher elevations.” While there was just a dusting at the higher elevations surrounding Boone, Fred Pfohl of Fred’s General Mercantile on top of Beech Mountain reported that close to an inch of snow fell on Beech Mountain. Fred said this morning. “We got almost an inch of snow this morning and the ground is covered and flurries were still coming down until about 9:00 this morning.” Fred said the folks on Beech were excited about their first snow of the season especially since the Beech Mountain Resort just had final inspection done on their new ski lifts. Fred said it looked like winter time on Beech. “I just ran into a family from Greensboro who drove up this morning just to see the snow.” Low temperatures around the High Country were 25.7 degrees on Beech, 31.8 in Banner Elk and a little above 33 in Boone and Blowing Rock. / Read more…



  • Last Chances to See Films, Boone Film Festival Events Continue This Evening and End Saturday


    November 2, 2018. The 2018 Boone Film Festival started on October 30th and is drawing to a close for the 3rd year. Tonight and tomorrow feature the last films from the 31 films selected. Over 50 films were submitted from across the U.S. and 7 different countries. Tonight, three films will be shown in Belk Library, Room 114 for free. Tomorrow afternoon, three more films will be shown in Room 114 for free. The final films will be shown tomorrow evening in the Schaefer Center. Three categories of film will be judged: Appalachian Culture, Appalachian Adventure and Appalachian Environment. There was also a youth category, which was shown yesterday at Watauga High School’s Ross Auditorium. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday after the evening screenings. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Oct. 25-31: 43 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $9,488,500.00

    Nov. 2, 2018. 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…



  • Stephen Stills and Judy Collins Perform at the Schaefer Center Next Thursday, November 8


    November 2, 2018. Over 50 years ago, Stephen Stills met Judy Collins and their tumultuous love affair was immortalized by Stills with his composition “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash on their landmark debut. Both artists would go on to shape modern music with visionary approaches, but Stills and Collins’ short fiery union remains a transformative era for the two artists. These music icons will pull from their rich catalogs and share warm and intimate stories from their journeys and the 1960s folk and Laurel Canyon scenes they helped build. They will perform at the Schaefer Center on November 8 at 7 p.m. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Oct. 18-24: 51 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $13,650,500.00

    Nov. 2, 2018. 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…



  • Early Voting Ends on Saturday; Over 27 Percent of Registered Voters Have Already Voted in Watauga County

    November 2, 2018 Early Voting will officially come to a close on Saturday and it has been a strong turnout so far in Watauga County. A total of 12,915 citizens have already voted in Watauga County and over 1,000 people voted on Thursday alone. 4,933 votes have been counted at the early voting site on Appalachian State’s campus. 4,114 voters cast their ballots at the Watauga County Administration building, 1,173 people have voted early in Blowing Rock and 1,086 voters have voted early at the Western Watauga Community Center. 924 votes have been counted at Deep Gap and 685 votes have been counted at Meat Camp. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Preparing for Winter Weather


    November 2, 2018. With another High Country winter well on its way, Watauga County Schools would like to remind families how we make and communicate decisions about the operation of school during inclement weather. Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said during severe weather, he considers every possibility to keep school open and on a regular schedule, but certain conditions often force delays and cancellations. “I don’t take the decision to delay or cancel school lightly,” Elliott said. “We know changes in the school schedule have a huge effect on our families, so I want to be sure we do the best-possible job to communicate those changes when they are necessary.”  / Read more…



  • Picture Perfect Day For Halloween In Downtown Boone With Hundreds Dressed For The Occasion


    November 1, 2018. Yesterday evening, Downtown Boone’s King Street was closed off from Appalachian Street down to Water Street starting at 4:30 p.m. for the 18th annual Boone BOO! Over 70 businesses participated in the event, handing out candy, dressing up and decorating. Boone experienced a warmer Halloween that usual this year. The wind that has plagued the High Country for the past few weeks seemed to let up for the event, though it is back today. Lane commented on this, “It was a perfect day, perfect weather. Just a wonderful event!” By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Set Your Clocks Back an Hour: Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday Morning


    November 1, 2018. Everybody gets an extra hour of sleep this weekend with the end of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. That does mean that it will get darker earlier on in the evening as winter approaches. On November 4, the sun will rise at 7:02 a.m. and will set at 5:18 p.m. Daylight Saving Time was first used in Ontario, Canada in 1908 but really became popular in 1916 when Germany instituted Daylight Saving Time in for the entire country. In the United States, Daylight Saving Time dates all the way back to March 31, 1918 when people first set their clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall. The belief was that Daylight Saving Time would allow for people to have more daylight to work in while also conserving energy. The initial rollout of Daylight Saving Time was not overly popular with some states and cities abiding by the time change and others not doing it. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Look to Get Back On Winning Track Saturday at Coastal Carolina


    November 1, 2018. As is often the case, and especially in late season games, Saturday’s (November 3) Sun Belt Conference East Division clash between Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina features several subplots. The game will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. in Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC and is the second of three straight league road games for Appalachian State. The Mountaineers’ 4-0 record in this series features home wins by scores of 37-29 last year in their first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) meeting, 55-14 in 2012, 45-28 in the first round of the 2006 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs and 30-3 in 2005, which was Coastal Carolina’s third season of competition. Coach Scott Satterfield’s Mountaineers are 5-2 over-all, including a 3-1 conference record. They had won five in a row before being trounced 34-14 last week at Sun Belt foe Georgia Southern. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

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

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • Watauga County Arts Council Sponsors 8th Annual ‘Celebrate Singing!’ Event on Nov. 2

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    October 22, 2018. The Watauga County Arts Council will sponsor “Celebrate Singing!” on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church, 471 Market Street in Boone. The event fosters the enjoyment of singing as a lifelong hobby in the community and will feature a number of singing styles and groups from the High Country.  Included will be the Treble Attraction women’s group and the Higher Ground men’s group from Appalachian State University, the 5th Edition Quartet, and singers from all Watauga County elementary schools and the high school.
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