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Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Blowing Rock’s Concerts in the Park Series Presents King Bees as Next Performance June 16

    June 11, 2019. Blowing Rock is a quaint little town that’s always bustling with life. The setting is perfect for families looking to enjoy a Sunday evening concert in Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park. Sing, clap and dance along with The King Bees this Sunday at 4 p.m. The King Bees is a Blues and American Roots band. Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville and Penny “Queen Bee” Zamagni call the mountains of NC home, but they also travel the world with their music. The band is in its 31st year this year and continues to bring fun as they share their love of Blues and American Roots music everywhere they go.  By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Grab Your Copy of the June Edition of the High Country Magazine


    June 11, 2019. The June edition of the High Country Magazine is officially back and ready to pick up at your favorite businesses across the High Country, or at our office located at 1600 Highway 105 in Boone. You can also read the magazine cover to cover online if you are not in the area. This year’s June edition features stories on the High Country United Way, the Western Youth Network, Mt. Bethel Reformed Church, Rev. Edgar Tufts, local designer Dianne Davant Moffitt and the 100th anniversary of the Tweetsie Railroad. / Read more…



  • Dr. Scott Elliott Named Regional Superintendent of the Year


    June 11, 2019. Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott was recently named Northwest North Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the Northwest Regional Educational Service Agency (NWRESA), an organization that provides professional services, staff development and support for public schools in the region. The Regional Superintendent of the Year Award winner is chosen by fellow superintendents from the 12 school districts in Northwest North Carolina. Award winners from each of the eight regions are eligible to go on to win statewide recognition for their work. NWRESA Executive Director Don Martin said Elliott was chosen for the award for his dedication to public education and commitment to Watauga County Schools. “Elliott was selected by his peer superintendents for this award because they recognize his hard work and leadership both in Watauga and the state and regional levels,” Martin said. “He is well known and highly respected across our state as a vocal champion for both Watauga County Schools and for public education.” / Read more…



  • Tomorrow: Lees-McRae College Stephenson Center for Appalachia to Kicks Off Summer Programming

    June 11, 2019. The Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College is kicking off a summer full of traditional mountain entertainment and insight into the area culture starting Wednesday, June 12. With additional events on June 19 and 26, the center will host everything from musicians and area nonprofit leaders, to writers and photographers. All events will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dotti M. Shelton Learning Commons and are free to the public. The event on June 12 will feature area musician Floyd Townsend and musicians from Avery JAM to perform a concert of mountain music. A longtime Banner Elk fixture as an educator and musician, Floyd has mastered everything from traditional bluegrass, and old-time mountain, to gospel and more.  / Read more…



  • Phil Norman Named the New Principal at Hardin Park School


    June 11, 2019. The Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday, June 10 to appoint Phil Norman Principal of Hardin Park School. Norman is set to take the job at Hardin Park after an extensive interview and vetting process led by Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott. The process is designed to evaluate candidates for administrative roles in the district. The hiring process began with a stakeholder survey in which teachers, parents, students and community members were given the opportunity to express traits they’d like to see in a leader at their school. Hardin Park’s survey received 416 public responses. Norman, who has served as Principal of Green Valley School for the past five years, was chosen after a four round interview process with an interview committee of 30 people and a one-on-one interview with Elliott. Elliott said Hardin Park, Watauga’s largest K-8 school, required a skilled and experienced candidate to lead effectively. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – May 30-June 5: 49 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $12,958,500.00

    June 11, 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…



  • Hardin Park’s “Love Bus” Spreads Kindness Throughout Watauga County on Friday


    June 11, 2019. The rain on Friday, June 7, did nothing to dampen the spirits of 125 fourth-grade students, five teachers, several volunteers and the school superintendent from delivering random acts of kindness throughout Watauga County. In fact, the “Love Bus” participants made 60 stops along their designated route as unsuspecting public servants, community leaders, business owners, medical staff and patients in various healthcare settings, individuals and many others were astonished by being handed a gift certificate, flowers, coins at the laundry, snacks and a plethora of other thoughtful gifts. While the unique community outreach might still be the best kept secret around, it has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s humble beginning five years ago.  By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Highly Recommended, Better Than the First

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    June 11, 2019  I just barely enjoyed 2016’s “The Secret Life of Pets.” The cutesy animated movie about house pets had to scratch and claw its way to a Two and a Half Star rating (now a B-) from me. I remember that the main story about cozy domestic dog Max (Louis C.K., a bad casting choice at the time and an even worse one in hindsight) having his world turned upside down by overbearing rescue Duke (Eric Stonestreet) and the two having to learn to cooperate and share did nothing for me. Fortunately, that movie was saved by its supporting players, especially villainous bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart). Now comes a sequel that does not need to be saved by Kevin Hart (of all people), it’s funny at every turn. By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • Avery County Has Only Minor Problems from Weekend’s Rains

    June 11, 2019 Six to near-ten inches of rain fell across Avery County from late last Thursday night into Monday evening, resulting in some flooding. However, the problems it caused were only minimal when compared to other nearby regions such as Watauga County, which suffered major flooding issues in some regions. “We dodged a big bullet from these rains,” said Avery County Manager Phillip Barrier, Jr. “The situation certainly wasn’t as bad as it could have been and there were only a few problems. Most of rivers, streams and creeks in the county reached capacity, but did not exceed their banks. Our fire departments, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), communications and sheriff’s departments as well as various volunteers did a wonderful job of helping anyone in need during this period of near-continuous and sometimes heavy rain.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI Host Elderly Financial Scam Informational Seminar in Charlotte


    June 10, 2019. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and the FBI hosted an informational seminar today in Charlotte, to educate older adults about financial scams and how to prevent becoming victims of fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray. Scammers are targeting seniors at an alarming rate. Across the country, victims of all ages lost $2.71 billion dollars to fraud in 2018, according to statistics collected by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. Victims over the age of 60 account for $649,227,724 of those losses. According to the same statistics, in North Carolina, more than 7,500 people lost more than $137 million dollars. In March 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI announced the Western District’s Elder Justice Initiative, which aims to combat elder financial exploitation by expanding efforts to investigate and prosecute financial scams that target seniors; educate older adults on how to identify scams and avoid getting ripped off by scammers; and promote greater coordination with law enforcement partners. / Read more…



  • Despite Heavy Rains and Flooding, Saturday’s Watauga County Community Plant Sale Was A Huge Success


    June 10, 2019. The Community Plant Sale began at 7 a.m., on a particularly stormy Saturday morning, with hundreds of undeterred plant fanatics in attendance. Jerry Williamson, an organizer for the sale, described the crowd: “Despite flood conditions, hundreds of people showed up and were cheerful, in a good mood, with water streaming down their faces. So despite everything, it was a successful day.” Indeed, judging from the photos of participants, everyone in attendance was enjoying themselves to the fullest! Williamson joked about the rainy event “I’m now calling it ‘Yard Bird’s Mud-Stomp and Community Plant Sale.’ Our yard is, in fact, tapioca pudding now, it’s an incredible mess, but it will recover and we are not concerned.” The nickname seems appropriate, given the torrential rains that hit the high country over the weekend.  By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • Chestnut at Blowing Rock Offers New Luxury Residences Just Moments From Main Street


    June 10, 2019. An elegant penthouse in Chestnut at Blowing Rock has just sold for $2,005,228, the first sale in the new luxury enclave of 23 single-story luxury residences. The penthouse encompasses 2,860 square feet of open concept living, barrel cathedral ceilings in the great room, four bedrooms, four full baths and a full laundry/pantry. Marketed exclusively by Ashley Hutchens and Jerry Hutchens of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Blowing Rock office, new residences in Chestnut at Blowing Rock are available. “Sales in Chestnut at Blowing Rock are off to a strong start. We are very pleased to have closed the beautiful penthouse residence; with numerous upgrades, it offers the new homeowner a luxurious retreat. We anticipate a busy summer for this exclusive neighborhood, which features stunning amenities and is close to all the restaurants and shops on Main Street,” said Ashley Hutchens.  / Read more…



  • Candlelight Ghost Tour’s this Saturday, June 15th


    June 10, 2019. The Wilkes Heritage Museum will host Candlelight Ghost Tours in historic downtown Wilkesboro on Saturday, June 15. Ghost tours are 90 minute walking tours that begin at 7:30 pm and 8 p.m. The tours are led by costumed guides. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations for Ghost Tours are suggested. Highlights of the tour include the Old Wilkes Jail, Cleveland Cabin, and Tory Oak. Learn all about the hauntings of Historic Downtown Wilkesboro. Additional dates for the 2019 Candlelight Ghost Tour season include July 20, August 17, October 19 and October 26t. / Read more…



  • Heavy Rains Across the High Country Cause Major Flooding Issues Over the Weekend


    June 10, 2019. Steady rains arrived on Thursday and hung around the High Country all weekend long, bringing along with it some serious flooding issues in Watauga, Avery and Ashe counties. Many roads were closed and even some of the main highways in and out of Boone had brief lane closures, including Highway 421 in Deep Gap where a mudslide closed one lane. One of the hardest hit areas in Watauga County was Valle Crucis where approximately seven inches of rain fell and left much of the Valle Crucis Community Park underwater. and many side roads closed. Valle Crucis Elementary School was also hit hard again in the storm as is typical for large rainfall events such as this one. “We saw impacts from this weekend’s storms across the county affecting several of our schools in different ways. Valle Crucis was affected most directly. We saw flooding there that’s unfortunately very typical for this type of storm at that school. Several classrooms in the lower lying areas of the school were flooded with groundwater,” said Garrett Price, Director of Communications for Watauga County Schools.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Nature Programs for Kids This Summer at Valle Crucis Community Park


    June 10, 2019. Valle Crucis Community Park will offer a series of free nature programs for kids on Thursdays throughout the summer. Beginning next Thursday—the day after Watauga County Schools get out—the Park will kick off its programs for kids with a “Wonders of Wetlands” program led by Laura England, Park board member and faculty member in Appalachian’s Department of Sustainable Development. “We’re so excited to explore the fascinating natural world around us with kids of all ages,” said England. “We have a wide range of topics and experts who will be leading programs with us.” The Park’s summer environmental education programming will be held weekly from mid-June through mid-August. / Read more…



  • Summertime Brings Appalachian Summer Festival to the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts


    June 10, 2019. An Appalachian Summer Festival offers unique and enriching arts experiences to audiences across the Southeast, combining world-class performing and visual arts programing in a spectacular mountain location in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. During an Appalachian Summer Festival, the Turchin Center hosts a variety of visual arts exhibitions and programs that dovetail with the performing arts. The community is invited to a Summer Exhibition Celebration on July 5 from 6–10 pm. During this event, held in conjunction with the First Friday Downtown Boone Art Crawl, the Turchin Center will celebrate five new exhibitions and participating artists from as far away as Australia will be in the galleries. / Read more…



  • Vacation Bible Schools in the High Country

    June 3, 2019 With June on its way, churches are readying themselves for this summer’s Vacation Bible Schools. These “schools” focus on making religion easy to understand and fun for kids, often introducing them to God for the first time. VBS is an easy way to get kids involved in church while giving you the opportunity to meet them people within the church too. Children learn stories from the Bible that go along with the theme of the VBS. Churches usually hold week-long events with classes, crafts, games and snacks for kids of various ages. Check out these VBSs in the High Country for your kids this summer. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • Mountainside Lutheran Church Recognizes Two of Its Members

    June 10, 2019. During a recent Sunday worship service at Mountainside Lutheran Church in Linville, the congregation paid tribute to two long-time members who have helped the church to grow and thrive over the past fifteen years. Don Baker and James Stanton were presented with plaques in recognition of their many contributions to the church. “Both men helped shape this congregation as a community centered in the Word of God, in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit to help us love one another and serve our neighbors,” states Pastor Bryan Chestnutt. / Read more…



  • Deep Gap Ruritan Club Presents Scholarships


    June 10, 2019. The Deep Gap Ruritan club recently presented six scholarships to deserving students for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. Five one thousand dollar scholarships were made possible through the generous support of community members who purchase a ticket to the annual steak dinner fundraiser. Recipients included: Hannah Taylor, Samantha Watson, Jonathan Hodges, Sydney Watson and Alison Cook. Lisandra Mejia received a $2500.00 award from the Charles Rogers Scholarship fund, given in memory of club member Charles Rogers who passed away last year. / Read more…



  • Beppe Gambetta and Swing Guitars Play Next Summer Concert at Jones House This Friday


    June 10, 2019. Guitar maestros will be the theme of the day at the Jones House, as Italian acoustic guitarist and singer Beppe Gambetta and gypsy jazz aficionados Swing Guitars continue the 2019 Summer Concerts at the Jones House series on Friday, June 14, starting at 5 p.m. Gambetta, a native of Genoa, is a renowned guitarist, composer, teacher, author, and researcher of traditional music, and he was heavily influenced by the playing of Watauga County’s Doc Watson. “Beppe reached out to us because he had heard about the Doc Watson Day Celebration,” says concert organizer, Mark Freed. “I was already a fan and thrilled to hear from him, but his schedule didn’t allow him to come for our Doc Day festivities.” Swing Guitars will take the stage following Gambetta, featuring the jazz-guitar styling created and popularized by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s and 40s. The band features several busy local and regional musicians, who collaborate as Swing Guitars for a limited number of gigs to share their love for “Django music.” / Read more…



  • Watch Shaft 2019 Online Directors By Tim Story Warner Bros

    The new “Shaft” Full is an upgrade that’s also a downgrade. It’s not a Shaft 2019 Online movie, whatever that would now Free like (at this point, the concept is meaningless). It is, rather, a rudely conventional, entertainingly junky badass-for-the-megaplex action comedy. Yet since the film has the audacity — or maybe it’s just the shameless huckster savvy — to go out with the exact same title as the 1971 Gordon Parks classic, Read more…



  • Newly-Opened Horton Hotel Combines Sophistication and Unique History with its Rooftop Lounge and Bar


    June 7, 2019. Boone’s first and only boutique hotel and rooftop bar, the Horton Hotel, has been open for 4 months now, but service on the 900-square foot rooftop bar has recently become available within the month just in time for the summertime. The building was first built in 1929 by Henry Walter Horton, whose picture now hangs near the entrance of the modern hotel. The original one-story edifice was a Studebaker dealership before it was later replaced with a five-story department store and apartment building. The 9,000 square-foot-building is today owned by Fulton and Denise Lovin, founders of Boone’s White Fence Farm event venue. The two, who have been married for 21 years, have presented their own version of the Horton Hotel which puts emphasis on local businesses as well as remembering the history behind the building by incorporating a 1920’s aesthetic with a modern spin. By Gianna Holiday / Read more…



  • App State to Host 2020 Sun Belt Volleyball Championship


    June 7, 2019. Appalachian State has been selected to host the 2020 Sun Belt Volleyball Championship, the league announced Friday. This marks the first time the Mountaineer volleyball program will host the Sun Belt Championship since joining the league. The tournament will take place in the Holmes Center. “We are excited to have been chosen to host the 2020 Sun Belt Volleyball Championship,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “While they are focused on the upcoming 2019 season, I know our players will be fired up for the opportunity to play for a conference title in Boone next year. It will be a great experience for the App Nation.” App State most recently hosted the 2018 Sun Belt Football Championship game and the 2017 Sun Belt Cross Country Championships. The Black and Gold will also host the 2019 Sun Belt Men’s Soccer Championship. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Takes Next Step to Building Senior Living Community in Blowing Rock


    June 7, 2019. If everything goes as planned for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, there will soon be a senior living community in Blowing Rock. According to Vicki Stevens, the Director of Marketing for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, an agreement for a partnership between ARHS and Liberty Senior Living has been reached to develop a senior living campus on the 68-acre tract of land at Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock. Liberty Senior Living is based in Wilmington and prides itself on being a family-owned and operated company. Liberty Senior Living currently has five senior living campuses operating in North Carolina, one in South Carolina, and two others currently being developed in North Carolina. Chestnut Ridge is where the Foley Center is located, another ARHS facility for post-acute treatment for patients “healthy enough to be discharged from the hospital but not quite ready to safely return home.” Chestnut Ridge is also home to the Harriet and Charles Davant, Jr. Medical Clinic and Boone Drug’s Village Pharmacy. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • TONIGHT: Ensemble Stage Summer Season Begins with Premiere of ‘Fortune’


    June 7, 2019. The 2019 Ensemble Stage Professional Summer Season gets underway on Friday night with the Deborah Zoe Laufer’s romantic comedy “Fortune.” “Fortune” will be performed from June 7 through June 15 at the Ensemble Stage Professional Theatre in Banner Elk. This is a special moment for Ensemble Stage as it is the season opener but it also marks the North Carolina premiere for “Fortune.” “Fortune” is the story of Maude, a lonely, surly, storefront psychic has accepted that love is not in the cards for her. She can see the future and knows this to be her fate. But when she takes pity on a love-hungry customer whom she tells is destined to the same fate, she decides fate is in need of a real butt-whipping. Thus begins a hilarious and clever, no-holes-barred, wrestling match, pitting love against predestination. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – May 23-29: 32 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8,483,500.00

    June 7, 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…



  • Mayor Attends Installation of ‘Share my Whirled’ Public Art Sculpture on Main Street at Chetola Resort


    June 6, 2019. The installation of the large-scale kinetic sculpture by renowned sculptor, Mike Roig occurred on June 3 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Main Street at Chetola and marks the beginning of the inaugural cultural event, The Sculpture Walk on Chetola Lake August 9-11  from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Town of Blowing Rock approved the sculpture placement and the 900 lb., 13-foot tall kinetic sculpture will enhance the sidewalk along Main Street, (US 321) for a period of one year.  The sculptor was contacted by organizers of this major cultural event. Norma Suddreth, Arts Advocate and the First Sculpture Chair of The Sculpture Celebration, Lenoir, NC advocated Mr. Roigs work as he is distinguished nationally.  She relates, that a signature piece by Mr. Roig became the first public art piece to be placed along the US 321 corridor in Lenoir, NC.  “ A public art initiative enhances and provides visitors a first impression of how art can transform communities.” , Ms. Suddreth stated. / Read more…



  • Two Hikers Rescued by Helicopter at Grandfather Mountain State Park; Incidents Occurred 11 Days Apart


    June 6, 2019. Two separate rescues took place at Grandfather Mountain State Park to bring injured hikers to safety. The first incident happened on May 26 near MacRae Peak. The most recent incident happened on Wednesday, June 5 after a hiker broke his ankle and had to be rescued by members of the North Carolina Helo-Aquatic Rescue Team (NC HART). The injury was reported late Wednesday morning, allowing for area rescuers to reach him on foot to provide on-site treatment. However, with the steep terrain and being roughly 1.5 miles from the nearest parking area, the decision was made to request a helicopter rescue. According to Frank Ruggiero, the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the hiker was injured near Attic Window inside Grandfather Mountain State Park. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – May 16-22: 43 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $12,033,500.00

    June 6, 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…



  • Grandfather Mountain’s Animal Birthday Party Returns June 12


    June 6, 2019. This June, visitors to Grandfather Mountain will be able to meet some true party animals. On Wednesday, June 12, the Linville, N.C., nature park will host its annual Animal Birthday Party, a day of celebration and special events designed to honor the black bears, bald eagles, river otters, cougars and elk that call Grandfather Mountain home. Most activities are included with regular admission to Grandfather Mountain. “This is a great way to celebrate all of the habitat animals, from our oldest bear, Gerry, at 30 years old, to Uno, our youngest river otter, who’s only 2,” said Christie Tipton, animal habitats curator for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the park. “We want to use this day to thank the animals for all they do to enrich our lives and to educate people about our native wildlife.” / Read more…



  • Avery High Culinary Arts Benefit Dinner To Be Held at Grandfather Club Wednesday, June 12th

    June 5, 2019 Any classically trained chef will tell you that the best meals begin with good stock and those attending a benefit dinner given by the Avery High School Culinary Arts Club on Wednesday, June 12th, will experience some mighty fine cuisine. The dinner will start at 6:00 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. and is hosted by the Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville. Avery High culinary arts students will prepare the meal under the aid and supervision of the Grandfather Club chef. Tickets to the benefit dinner are $100 and may be purchased online at leadershipavery.org. A ticket includes two drink tickets and a 4-course meal prepared by culinary arts students at the high school. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, May 20 – June 2

    June 5, 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



  • Commemorate Boone Golf Club’s 60th Anniversary, a Long History of Hard Work and Great Fun, June 13th


    June 5, 2019. 60 years ago next Thursday, Wade Brown finally teed off for the first game of golf at the Boone Golf Club after 19 years of working tirelessly with landowners, stockholder, and course builders to make it possible. He was joined in that first game by Ellis Maples, the architect who designed the course. At the time, Maples was a young up-and-coming architect, but he had learned his craft from his father, who worked as construction superintendent for the celebrated architect, Donald Ross. Ellis Maples became one of the most respected architects, with many of his projects becoming the top ranked golf courses in North and South Carolina. The Boone Golf Club is one such masterpiece. The Boone Golf Club will be holding a membership dinner on June 13 to celebrate and remember 60 years of Boone golfing. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • An Appalachian Summer Festival Will Showcase Some Legendary Talents for Its 35th Season


    June 5, 2019. This July’s annual Appalachian Summer Festival will be one to remember. Appalachian State’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs are clearly going all-out for the 35th season of the event. Listed in the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” and consistently included in The New York Times “Summer Stages” issue, An Appalachian Summer Festival is a month-long celebration of the arts, with the stated goal of enhancing the Appalachian community’s “cultural life.” The performances take place in several venues around campus, and usually attract about 26,000 audience members of the course of the month. By Tzar Wilkerson / Read more…



  • The Jason Project Launches ‘Appalachian Trailblazers’ Program For At-Risk Youth


    June 5, 2019. Although he was struggling with mental illness throughout his mid-teens and young adult life, Jason Matthew Nipper found peace and serenity as he and his parents hiked the beautiful, challenging trails in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Jason passed away in 2014, and his parents James & Cheryl Nipper formed a non-profit entity called The Jason Project, Inc., and launched “The Grandfather Challenge” program in 2015 in honor of their beloved son. James and Cheryl believe that this was a perfect way to fulfill Jason’s desire to help others and to create a legacy for their son and provide meaning to his life. Although The Jason Project programs serve at-risk kids suffering from mental problems and/or drug addictions, it also assists any middle and high school youth who are struggling with personal adversities, including family, school, or other personal problems or challenges beyond their control. / Read more…



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