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  • Renowned Theologian and Author Norman Wirzba to Give Lectures at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on September 15 and 16


    September 10, 2019. Norman Wirzba, professor of theology, ecology, and agrarian studies at Duke Divinity School and author of many books, will be speaking at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church at 1218 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC on Sunday, September 15 and Monday, September 16. Wirzba will be covering various topics during a Q & A with the audience at 9:30 a.m. on September 15, with an 11:00 a.m. Worship Service following the proceedings. 5:00 p.m. on September 15, Wirzba will give a lecture entitled “Discovering Sabbath/Discovering Life”. On Monday, September 16, Wirzba will give a lecture at 9:30 a.m. entitled “The Spirituality of Eating”. Childcare will be provided for attendees with small children. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain on September 21


    September 10, 2019. Visitors are familiar with Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals, including black bears, bald eagles, cougars, river otters and elk. But what do they do after dark? Guests can find out Saturday, Sept. 21, at Grandfather Mountain’s annual Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight, a nighttime event that features fun and spooky stories told by firelight, along with rare after-dark tours. From 6 to 9:30 p.m., guests young and old can enjoy hot chocolate and warm apple cider by the glow of a bonfire. The event is BYOS (Bring Your Own S’mores), but the park will provide marshmallow roasting sticks, cider, hot chocolate and seating. From there, guests will join Grandfather staff members on a nocturnal trek to the top of the mountain (via shuttle) and the environmental wildlife habitats. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College and Town of Banner Elk host second annual Family Picnic and Concert Thursday, Sept. 19


    September 10, 2019. Lees-McRae College and the Town of Banner Elk invite the High Country community to the second annual Family Picnic and Concert on Thursday, Sept. 19. Starting at 5 p.m. in Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk, the evening will feature live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, inflatable games for all ages, and interactive novelties. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to Feeding Avery Families. Free parking will be available at the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School and Banner Elk Town Hall parking lots. The evening’s musical performances will feature Boone-based songwriter and musician Shay Martin Lovette and Southwest Virginia-based band If Birds Could Fly. / Read more…



  • September Exhibits at Blue Ridge ArtSpace Featuring Studio 12; Exhibition Celebration on September 14


    September 10, 2019. The Blue Ridge ArtSpace, a community arts hub filled with four galleries, classrooms, and a Gift Shop, is the home of the Watauga County Arts Council. During the month of September, the Main Gallery will feature an eclectic collection of works of art from the group called Studio 12. Co-founded in January 2011 by Anne Welch and Judy Prevost, Studio 12 members meet monthly at the Caldwell Arts Council to critique each other’s work and to encourage an exchange of ideas for becoming better and more prolific painters. Periodic field trips to museums and other points of artistic interest contribute to the artists’ awareness of new ideas, materials and techniques. The group’s 13-member roster includes seasoned artists who have enjoyed former careers in teaching, nursing, journalism, marketing, the military and other fields. They have been brought together by a common desire to increase their productivity and to fine-tune their individual levels of expertise as painters. Members work in watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, pastel and mixed media and represent a wide range of subject matter and styles. / Read more…



  • Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival Announces Vendor Lineup for September 20-21 Event in Wilkesboro


    September 10, 2019. Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival, presented by Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, announces a diverse and exciting lineup of food trucks and beverage vendors for the two-day event slated for September 20-21 in Wilkesboro. Food trucks competing in the festival’s Food Truck Championship include PorterHouse Burger Truck, Wingz On Wheelz, Bleu Barn Bistro, The Hillbilly Philly and Kalman’s Bon Apetit. The grand prize winner will receive $500.00 and a championship trophy and truck sticker. Additionally, the trucks will be competing for the Best Themed Truck trophy. “We have a great variety of food trucks for the competition this year” says Championship Director Caitlen Wurdeman. “Everyone should find a few favorites to enjoy during the festival.” / Read more…



  • Walker College of Business Graduate Programs ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ AT F.A.R.M. Cafe Sept. 11


    September 10, 2019. F.A.R.M. Cafe welcomes Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business Graduate Programs as September’s Buy Boone Lunch sponsor. Wednesday, September 11, students and staff will be on-site volunteering and serving a delicious lunch prepared for our Real.Good.Community. Associate Dean, Dr. Sandra Vannoy, shares “F.A.R.M. Cafe’s mission to feed all regardless of means resonates with Graduate Programs in the Walker College of Business.  We not only believe strongly as a team in addressing hunger needs in the surrounding area, we want to impart to our students the importance of giving back to one’s local community.  We volunteer annually as a team at the F.A.R.M. Cafe, and look forward to participating in our first Buy Boone Lunch.” / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over UNC Charlotte

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    Sept. 10, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 56-41 victory over UNC Charlotte.  With a White Out crowd of 29,182, it was a beautiful day to be an App fan. App State has a bye week this Saturday and then will travel to Chapel Hill on the 21st to take on UNC.  Photos by Debbie Carter. / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Repetitive Scary Moments, But With Great Actors

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    Sept. 10, 2019 Back in 2017, the big-screen version of Stephen King’s “It” became the biggest horror movie of all time with a domestic gross of over $327 million. The film probably would have gotten a sequel based on its box office alone, but it helped that King’s book takes places in two different time periods, making a follow-up practically a necessity. So now we have “It: Chapter Two,” a film that has some big floppy clown shoes to fill. The horror movie certainly isn’t afraid to deliver in quantity, with a 170-minute runtime. I think the logic is that you can afford to spend more time with the film because it’s so scary that you won’t be able to sleep after it’s over. I barely made it through the film without falling asleep. By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock Chosen as Start Town of 21st Annual Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Bicycle Ride


    September 9, 2019. For the second time, Blowing Rock has been chosen as the starting Host Town for the Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride. More than 1,000 cyclists from 40 states and three foreign countries will gather in Blowing Rock on Saturday, September 28, 2019 to begin the weeklong, 483-mile, recreational trek along the state’s scenic back roads from the “mountains to the coast.” “We’re excited to begin the ride again in Blowing Rock. We were able to start the Mountains to Coast ride in Blowing Rock back in 2009 and have really wanted to come back. This year, schedules worked out and our participants could not be happier. Blowing Rock has a great reputation for hospitality and riders from across the country are looking forward to being there. With everything within walking distance, our participants can easily explore what the town has to offer. We’ve got a great leadership team made up of local officials and cyclists; that’s exactly what it takes to make this event a success,” said Chip Hofler, Cycle North Carolina Director. / Read more…



  • App State Celebrates Founders Day and 120 Years of Education Leadership


    September 9, 2019. The campus and local community celebrated Appalachian State University’s 120-year legacy of educational leadership with the second annual Founders Day celebration Sept. 5. The day included dedication of the Lillie Shull Dougherty statue, the ringing of the Founders Bell, a panel discussion with past leaders, and research by faculty, staff and students. “What began as Watauga Academy in the late 1800s has flourished into Appalachian State University — the premier, public undergraduate university in North Carolina,” Chancellor Sheri Everts said at the afternoon Founders Day Ceremony in Founders Plaza. The principles set forth by our founders have guided us to be the forward-thinking university we are today. Examining our past reminds us of our resiliency and our commitment to increasing access to education for all.” Founders Day honors the first day of classes at Watauga Academy in 1899 and recognizes founders B.B. and D.D. Dougherty, who were brothers, and Lillie Shull Dougherty, wife of D.D. Dougherty. By Linda Coutant / Read more…



  • Community Care Clinic Will Host Annual Barn Raising Event at The Apple Barn This Friday


    September 9, 2019. On September 13, 6 P.M., at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, the Community Care Clinic will host their second annual Barn Raising event. The event parallels CCC’s overall mission: helping the community, with the theme of neighbors helping neighbors. CCC provides free healthcare to low-income members of the community, aiming to address the critical health needs of people who can’t afford insurance. Having started off in the back of a station wagon in 2005, CCC has since grown to over a hundred medical and non-medical volunteers, providing high-quality healthcare to those who need it thanks to donations and volunteers in the community, as well as events such as this one. This year’s Barn Raising will echo that of last year’s, with a silent auction followed by a reception with live music, dinner, and refreshments. By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Prevail 56-41 Over Charlotte 49ers In Gridiron Shootout

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    September 5, 2019. It was the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It was fireworks on the Fourth of July. It was perhaps anything but what the general college football enthusiast and prognosticators would have expected from Saturday’s Appalachian State -Charlotte game at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Appalachian State began and ended the first half in impressive fashion to help key its 56-41 victory. And Running Back Darrynton Evans answered each big second-half play from the 49ers to keep heavily-favored Mountaineers from suffering an upset. In a White Out game that drew 29,182 fans, Evans rushed for a career-high 234 yards and totaled four touchdowns, including an 87-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and a 68-yard touchdown run after Charlotte had sliced its deficit to 42-34 midway through the fourth quarter. By Tim Gardner. Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Signs Guaranteed Admission Agreement with Blue Ridge Community College


    September 6, 2019. Lees-McRae College in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) will now offer guaranteed acceptance to all BRCC graduates as part of a recently signed articulation agreement between the two institutions. Called the Promise Program, the articulation agreement will enable eligible students from BRCC’s campus to complete their four-year degree at Lees-McRae. President Lee King and Laura B. Leatherwood, president of BRCC, signed the agreement on the campus of Lees-McRae on Thursday, Sept. 5 in the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons. Lees-McRae Vice President for Enrollment Management Erin Healey said, “Opportunity happens when people put their minds together to create positive change. We are working to remove barriers and are dedicated to making education accessible to our communities.” / Read more…



  • Fourth Annual Community Fall Dance to be Held in Grandfather Mountain Ballroom at App State on September 13


    September 6, 2019. The fourth annual Fall Community Dinner and Dance Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 13 in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom located in the Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University. Tickets are $25 for adults, who must be 18 years or older, and $10 for App State college students. Student ID is required at the door for student attendees. Dinner will be catered by the Daniel Boone Inn and served in a buffet-style setup. Purchase of a ticket includes two drinks of either beer or wine as well. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and dancing will last from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Lucky Strikes will be performing live music during the event and pre-recorded music is on hand for attendees to keep on dancing after the concert has concluded. The Appalachian State University television channel will be present to film the events’ proceedings. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Highlander’s Grill & Tavern Provides Electric Entertainment and Delicious Food in Banner Elk


    September 5, 2019.  Highlander’s Grill & Tavern has quickly become an entertainment, food, and drink destination for the Town of Banner Elk since its initial opening in June of 2018. Highlander’s offers a wide selection of food items and beverages in an atmosphere dedicated to keeping guests entertained and happy during their visit. Highlander’s is located in the Shoppes of Tynecastle shopping center in the same location as the now-closed Nick’s restaurant that had been in operation for 32 years serving the High Country. Dave Marich, owner of Highlander’s Grill & Tavern, purchased Nick’s in 2018 and decided to renovate the property and make several major changes in order to improve the atmosphere and products offered by the establishment. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Calling All Dogs! SNIPS 2019 Dog Jog is September 7


    September 6, 2019. The annual Dog Jog fund raiser for the Watauga Humane Society, sponsored by SNIPS*, will take place on Saturday, September 7th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Brookshire Park, 250 Brookshire Rd., in Boone.  The registration fee is $15 per dog through September 1st and $20 thereafter, including on-site registration the day of the event.  A special $10 registration fee for students is good through Sept. 7th. We interviewed Clifford P. Dolder, Jr., SNIPS’ Esteemed Honorary Fundraising Chair and Mascot, about the exciting upcoming event. Here’s what he had to say: / Read more…



  • Founders Bell Pavilion Harkens to Days of Old — A Behind-the-Scenes Look


    September 5, 2019. Skilled workers in Appalachian State University’s Physical Plant have recreated a piece of history in Founders Plaza, just in time for Founders Day. Founders Bell Pavilion, constructed in July, is a reproduction of the characteristic roofline of Watauga Academy, the school founded in 1899 that would later become Appalachian State University. The pavilion contains the Founders Bell, a representation of the first bell that called young people to education at the school founded by brothers B.B. and D.D. Dougherty and D.D.’s wife, Lillie Shull Dougherty. The pavilion is among the latest additions to Founders Plaza, located at the campus entrance near Hardin Street. By Linda Coutant / Read more…



  • Ensemble Stage in Banner Elk to Show Three Exhilarating Productions During its Fall 2019 Season


    September 5, 2019. Ensemble Stage, a 99-seat professional theatre that has presented over 80 productions with over 300 performances at the Hahn Auditorium in Banner elk, will be showing three separate productions during their fall 2019 show season. Beginning the season’s production schedule is Sleeping Indoors, a comedy romp following a family who takes in a homeless man with exceptional hidden talent, with showings from September 13 through September 23. Next up on the Ensemble Stage schedule is War of the Worlds on October 25 and 26, based on the classic tale created by H.G. Wells in 1897 and famously broadcasted over radio airwaves in 1938 and narrated by Orson Welles. Finally, the fall season at Ensemble Stage will culminate with the fast-paced holiday musical production that has become a local tradition entitled A Banner Elk Christmas 2 supplying holiday joy to the High Country on December 6, 8, 20, 21, and 22.
    By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Officials Claim Parking and Traffic Flow Went Smoothly Near Construction Sites and Report No Problems From Alcohol Sales In Kidd Brewer Stadium

    September 5, 2019. A sure sign of how much growth any university is experiencing is evidenced by construction on its campus. Therefore, it’s obvious that Appalachian State University is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. Appalachian State’s new four-story, 477-space parking deck opened on Aug. 14 — just in time for the start of fall classes in the 2019-2020 school year and its new $38.2 million north end zone project at Kidd Brewer Stadium is progressing. Additionally, construction is also underway on four new residence halls on campus. The new parking facility is located at the site of the former Winkler Residence Hall, with access at the lower level from the stadium parking lot and at the top via access behind Bowie and Eggers residence halls. Project leaders worked feverishly to complete the parking deck in time for the start of the fall semester and the first home football game against East Tennessee State on Aug. 31. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Impressions: Bill Brown’s Refugee Series Featured at the Turchin Center Through December 7


    September 5, 2019. For many people around the world, both those with a citizenship to some place and those without, the global crisis of increased refugees and migrants have impacted the spaces of their world in an innumerable amount of ways. According to the Global Citizen there are an estimated 25.4 million refugees worldwide and that number is growing. The UN Refugee Agency reports that of that number, over 52% are children. While these sorts of complex and disheartening issues exist on such massive scales that at times it may feel out of our reach to actually bring a change to them, local artist, Bill Brown, has sought to bring support and awareness to this crisis through his sculptures, Refugee Series, currently on display at the Turchin Center. The exhibit is foundationally based in the creative expression of craft to bring about attention and awareness to organizations that provide direct support to refugees, and Brown shares this information with collectors of the sculptures. The organizations supported include: Proactive Open Arts, UN Refugee Agency, International Refugee Committee, and two NC organizations. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Community Members Pack Valle Crucis School Gym for Meeting to Discuss New School Location


    September 5, 2019. Valle Crucis parents, teachers and community members, as well as elected officials, gathered for a special joint meeting between the Watauga County Commissioners and Watauga County Board of Education on Tuesday to speak their minds about the location of a new Valle Crucis School. The information session included data and comments from Watauga County Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott and Clark Nexsen architect Chad Roberson. Following that, the public was invited to comment and share their thoughts either in support of the proposed location for the school or against it. “After lots of talk and lots of consideration, the priority was given to first make every effort to keep a school in Valle Crucis, whether that be on-site or a different site,” said Dr. Elliott. “I believe that a school is a place where children and families come, live and exist and we certainly want to continue to be a positive member of the community.” Elliott added that the school system had “no intention of building what might be described as a large institutional structure.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Christmas in August in Banner Elk and the Carolina Snowbelles Rocked the House with Outstanding Performance to a Sellout Crowd at Lees McRae


    September 5, 2019. “Oh the weather outside was delightful, and the cooling AC so helpful, and since we had somewhere to go, what a show, what a show, what a show!” Christmas in August in Banner Elk and the Carolina Snowbelles rocked the house (and no, it wasn’t reindeers on rooftops). Tho, with all the decorations, excitement and holiday spirit you would have thought it was a snowy wintry day in Banner Elk, North Carolina. And yes, this extravaganza featured the Carolina Snowbelles, a beautiful precision dance troupe based here in the high country. The audience was treated to the same show the Carolina Snowbelles performed last December at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. What a treat and how lucky for those attending. The evening included a montage of extraordinary talent, including gifted singers, a hammered dulcimer duet, energetic cloggers, a surprise comical contortionist and a beautiful audience sing-a-long. Oh, and of course we were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, visiting direct from the North Pole. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Aug. 29-Sept. 4: 41 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $10,592,000.00

    Sept. 5, 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…



  • App State To Host Charlotte 49ers Saturday In Kidd Brewer Stadium


    September 5, 2019. This Saturday’s “White Out” game will be only the second-ever meeting between Appalachian State and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte football programs and the first showdown in Boone.  Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. in Kidd Brewer Stadium. During Appalachian State’s 45-9 victory at Charlotte in 2018, quarterback Zac Thomas was on fire, completing all 14 of his pass attempts for a career-high 295 yards. Wide Receiver Thomas Hennigan also scored on a 59-yard punt return and the Mountaineers limited the 49ers to a trio of field goals. This year’s in-state matchup will pit the nation’s sixth-youngest Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coach in Appalachian State’s Eliah Drinkwitz (36 years, 4 months) against the third-youngest FBS head coach in Charlotte’s Will Healy (34 years, 7 months). They both won their debuts at their new schools in Week 1. The Mountaineers rolled past East Tennessee State 42-7 and Charlotte beat Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Gardner-Webb 49-28. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, August 26 – September 2

    September 4, 2019. Looking to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your neighborhood? Want to keep an eye on criminal activity in your area? Take a look at these recent incident and arrest reports from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Boone Police Department. Read more…
    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • The 2019 Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair Starts Wednesday Evening and Runs Through Saturday Night


    September 4, 2019. The Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair opens tonight and will also be held on Thursday (September 5), Friday (September 6) and Saturday (September 7). It will be hosted out of the Heritage Park property located at 661 Vale Road in Newland, approximately one-half mile behind the Ingles Markets Grocery Store. Various rides, exhibits, demonstrations and competitions ensure there’s plenty to see and do at the Avery A&H Fair. There is even a beauty pageant on Saturday. There will be various food and drink vendors set up throughout the fairgrounds to satisfy the appetites and thirsts of those attending. Gates will open by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday (September 4); 3:00 p.m. on Thursday (September 5); 5:00 p.m. on Friday (September 6); and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday (September 7). Admission at the gate is free all days of the Avery A&H Fair. Ride bracelets are: $20 for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and $15 on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and $20 from 6:00 p.m. to closing at 11:00 p.m. Amusement Rides open at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Banner Elk Planning Board Meets With Old Cannon Memorial Hospital Purchaser As Possibility Of New Development At Its Property Gains Steam

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    September 4, 2019. The old Charles H. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Banner Elk has sat vacant for many years. About the only activities occurring on the blighted property since then have been ghost hunting, acts of vandalism and grass and weeds growing high in the spring and summer. Occasionally, various entities expressed interest in using the old facility and grounds to make some sort of development. But each time, nothing materialized to see that to fruition. It is visible from the road on Highway 184, has sat dormant since it closed in 1999. But the possibility of a development at the old hospital has experienced much progress during the last year after being purchased by Landsdowne Village, an LLC created by Steven Cuff of Steven Cuff Construction, headquartered in Huntersville, NC. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Beans: They Really Are Good For Your Heart


    September 4, 2019. It’s one of the few healthy green vegetables that even kids love to eat. Most often referred to simply as green or string beans, they’re now being harvested from local gardens and are abundant in produce stands everywhere this time of year. They are relatively easy to grow, and at their best, should be bright green without blemish. The pods should be crisp, with the best bean being slender in size. Beans may be steamed or boiled uncovered until tender. They may also be used in a variety of other ways: stir-fried as well as sautéed, in casseroles, etc. Beans are the seeded pods of the legume family; a food staple in many countries for thousands of years. Today, beans remain an important product grown by farmers the world over and are nutritious as well as good to eat. There are literally hundreds of varieties of beans, but we will focus on the “snap” bean common to our area. Here are a few ways to make the simple green bean a bit “extraordinary.” By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – September 3, 2019

    September 3, 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



  • Kyle Ritter is the Organist for Recital and Evensong at St. Mary’s in Blowing Rock on September 8


    September 3, 2019. The next organ recital and Evensong of the season will be Sunday, Sept. 8th at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock. Guest organist for this recital will be Kyle Ritter, Canon Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville.  This free concert begins at 3 p.m., and is immediately followed by Choral Evensong. Ritter earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Indiana University, where he was a pupil of Robert Rayfield and Marilyn Keiser. Ritter is active in the Association of Anglican Musicians, has led conferences on church music throughout the Southeast, is an adjunct faculty member at Brevard College, and chairs the Liturgy and Music Commission of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, in addition to his duties at the Cathedral. / Read more…



  • September is Library Card Sign-Up Month at Watauga County Public Library


    September 3, 2019. This September Watauga County Public Library is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to remind parents, caregivers and students that a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. A library card opens a world of infinite possibilities through resources and services that give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond. From STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, daily family storytimes, to in-person technology help and or community reads, libraries transform lives through education. / Read more…



  • Sixth Annual Blowing Rock Music Festival on September 14


    September 3, 2019. The Blowing Rock Music Festival once again welcomes a variety of talent to the event stages at the Blowing Rock Attraction in Blowing Rock, NC on Saturday, September 14. Charlie Sellers, proprietor of The Blowing Rock, said, “This year’s Festival has a few newcomers, like Larry Sparks. The others are performers that are tried and true for Blowing Rock audiences, and attendees will have an excellent range of entertainment, as always.” Headline entertainers for 2019 include the Harris Brothers, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Shelby Rae Moore Band, Soul Benefactor, Jeff Little Trio, and Wayne Henderson. Other acts cover a wide range of musical genres, and include The Neighbors, Charlie Carpenter, Cecil Palmer and Gloria Coffey, & Mitch and Masten. / Read more…



  • Registration Underway for Appalachian Mountain Brewery 2019 Fall Adult Soccer League


    September 3, 2019. High Country Soccer Association, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), is excited to offer the 9th Annual AMB Premier Adult League this fall, with three levels of league play: Bronze, Silver and Gold.  The skill levels of the players in the AMB Premier Adult 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 Adult League is a 7v7 league played on half of a regulation soccer field. Each team is comprised of 7-10 players. If you don’t have a team, visit the HCSA website atwww.hcsoccer.com and sign up as a free agent to be placed on an existing team at your requested level of play. / Read more…



  • North Carolinian Cultural Author Georgann Eubanks to Speak at Ashe County Lit Festival


    August 21, 2019. At the Ashe County Literary Festival next month, some of the most prominent local authors in the High Country will be gathered for workshops, readings, and discussions about some of their past and more recently created projects. Thursday, September 19th, will feature Georgann Eubanks, author of the Literary Trails series commissioned by the NC Arts Council and published through the UNC Press. She has published poetry, fiction, profiles, reviews, and essays, in many magazines and journals such as Southern Cultures, South Writ Large, Our State, and Oxford American. Since 2000, she has been a principal with Donna Campbell in Minnow Media, LLC, and Emmy-winning multimedia company. After serving as Duke University’s Writers Workshop for close to 20 years, she is currently the director of the Table Rock Writers Workshop, a program for adult writers of all levels of experience held each fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a founder and member of the board of trustees of the NC Writers’ Network. She has also taught creative writing in public schools, universities, prisons, and corporate settings. By Colby Gable / Read more…



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