High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • New Stadium Parking Deck to Open This Week; How Will That Affect Football Tailgating?


    August 12, 2019. The new parking deck in the Stadium Lot is all set to open for the 2019 fall semester at Appalachian State University. The deck will be open for students moving in this weekend after a final inspection and a Certificate of Occupancy from the town of Boone, according to construction updates provided on August 5 by Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Matt Dull. “We are down to the last, really, week and a half of the parking deck,” Dull said last week. “So the most significant things are finalized for that deck, literally down to the last little things to clean up some paint that fell on the floor or all sorts of little touches that you just want to make sure are right when you get a new building.” Dull said that Monday is the target date for getting their official Certificate of Occupancy from the town of Boone. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Welcomes Back Green Grass Cloggers and Little Stony Nighthawks on August 17


    August 8, 2019. Gather round High Country folks and get ready for a “Calico Uprising”! Featuring flying fiddle bows and swirling, twirling costumes, Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music welcomes back the two-time World Champion Green Grass Cloggers of Asheville, NC and the Little Stony Nighthawks from Boone, to present an exciting and lively concert! The show will be staged at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium this Saturday night, August 17th as a part of the JSMHM 2019 Indoor Concert Series. The show begins at 7:30pm, with the doors opening at 7:00pm. / Read more…



  • Center Stage With Dr. Janet Speer – A Highly Accomplished Professional Career; A Life Well-Lived and Recipient Order of the Long Leaf Pine


    August 12, 2019. Janet Barton Speer is an interesting person and a likeable one. She’s also an achiever, a giver, a passionate patron of the North Carolina High Country in general and Banner Elk, Avery and Watauga Counties and Lees-McRae College in particular. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Texas State University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Dr. Speer has worked at Lees-McRae College since 1976. She is a retired professor there, but remains the creative director of its acclaimed Summer Theatre program. To list all Dr. Speer’s community activities and service awards would fill a book. They include: The North Carolina’ Governor’s Volunteer Award; Avery County Woman of the Year (twice); the North Carolina Theatre Conference Service Award; Outstanding Educator at Lees-McRae College; and most recently The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is given by North Carolina’s Governor and is the state’s highest state-service award.. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Back 2 School Festival Assists Over 1,100 Local Children at Watauga High School on Saturday


    August 12, 2019. The 7th annual Back 2 School Festival was held on Saturday, August 10, at Watauga High School, providing school supplies and shoes to over 1,100 area children. “This is absolutely our biggest event ever.” Said Festival Director Kendra Sink. “1,100 children and their families attended the event. By the time we’re finished packing bookbags and sending them to the schools, the number affected will be much higher.” With the average cost of school supplies around $160 per child (not including shoes or clothing), the Back 2 School Festival provides relief for families who may be struggling to meet that cost. Its mission is to provide school supplies, new shoes and socks, backpacks, haircuts, activities, helpful information and healthy food in an atmosphere of fun, dignity and respect so that every child in the county can start off the school year confident and prepared with the tools they need to succeed. Photos by Joan Brook / Read more…



  • Discharge Permit Renewals Soon to be Approved or Denied For Avery, Mitchell Mining Companies

    August 12, 2019. An announcement is expected soon about whether five mining facilities in Avery and Mitchell Counties will be reissued wastewater discharge permits by the State of North Carolina. Sibelco has four facilities vying for permit renewal. One is in the Kalmia Community on the far Southern end of Avery County called Sibelco’s Schoolhouse Facility, located on Harris Mining Company Road. Mitchell County has the other three Sibelco facilities: the Crystal Facility on Crystal Drive in Spruce Pine and the Red Hill Facility, near Bakersville and its Quartz Facility on South Highway 226 in Spruce Pine. The Quartz Corporation wants permit renewals for a pair of its facilities, both of which are also located in Mitchell County – one (Feldspar) on Altapass Highway and the other (K-T Feldspar) on South Highway 226 Bypass. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • The Blowing Rock Civic Association Announces Tim C. Gupton has been Elected President and CEO

    August 12, 2019. The Blowing Rock Civic Association, a community organization with more than 300 members who are dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of life in Blowing Rock, is pleased to announce that Tim C. Gupton has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer. Gupton, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has over 40 years of experience in public accounting, 19 with KPMG Peat Marwick and 21 as an owner of HPG LLP in Raleigh. Gupton also served as an officer of four very successful startup companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Gupton has been very active in the Blowing Rock community serving on the Boards of the BRCA and the Village Foundation. He is also active in the Chamber of Commerce. George T. Wilcox, who previously served as President/CEO and Chairman of the Board of the BRCA was elected to continue as Chairman of the Board.  / Read more…



  • Lost Province Brewing Celebrates Five Years in Boone, Announce Expansion That Will Begin in 2020


    August 9, 2019. This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Lost Province Brewing Company opening its doors in downtown Boone and the celebration also announced some exciting news for local craft beer fans in the High Country. The brewery is an independent, family-owned and operated brewery that first opened its doors to customers on August 8, 2014. On Thursday night, Lost Province had a special night of drinks, pizzas and more to celebrate making it to the fifth anniversary. “We had a great turnout last night. We started the celebration of our anniversary week and will continue with food specials through the weekend and brought back two favorite pizzas that are no longer on the menu,” said owner Lynne Mason. “We are also bringing back some musicians that have been with us since the beginning to play Friday and Saturday night. We’re just continuing the celebration and appreciative of our local community for their support over the years.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Rep. Ray Russell Forced to Change Offices During Legislative Session


    August 9, 2019. In a controversial decision that was first made known by WRAL in Raleigh on August 1, Representative Ray Russell was told to clear out his office and move to another location inside the capital, one that was used as a copy room and storage space until now. While none of the general voting public will probably ever know the true reason as to why Rep. Russell, who represents Ashe County and Watauga County in the North Carolina House of Representative, was forced to switch offices during an active legislative session, both Russell and a spokesperson for House Speaker Tim Moore have their versions of the story. 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.

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



  • High Country Soccer Association Accepting Fall 2019 Registrations for U6-U10 Academy and U9-U15 Challenge Soccer


    August 9, 2019. Are you interested in playing soccer? High Country Soccer Association is accepting registrations for youth players ages U6 to U15 for the fall 2019 season. The U6, U8, and U10 Academy programs are designed to teach kids the fundamentals of soccer and prepare them for travel soccer. The U9-U15 Challenge programs are designed for kids who have aged out of Academy but do not want to commit to travel soccer. Travel soccer teams for the 2019/20 year have already been set. All Academy and Challenge Soccer programs will be held at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Brookshire Road in Boone. Each team will be assigned a licensed, paid coach. HCSA, which opened in 1986, offers soccer training to youth ranging from U6 to U18 and competes in the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association. HCSA also operates adult leagues and winter futsal youth training. In all, HCSA has more than 600 youth players and more than 300 adult players from Avery, Ashe, Caldwell, Wilkes, and Watauga counties.  / Read more…



  • Public Health Officials Provide Update to Foodborne Illness Cases in Boone

    August 9, 2019. Local and state public health officials have identified the likely source of illness from a recent foodborne incident at the Masonic Snow Lodge barbecue fundraiser held on Friday, July 19 in Boone. Samples of food served at the barbecue were collected and sent to the NC Department of Agriculture for testing and Staph aureus enterotoxin was identified in the barbecue pork. This toxin can produce foodborne illness symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramping, which was consistent with symptoms reported from people who were ill. The Masonic Snow Lodge has been working closely with health officials and remains cooperative with the investigation. “We regret this event and want to thank the health department for all their work and collaboration, and want to thank the community for their continued support and for following the guidance from our local public health staff,” stated Kenny Kaufman, Master of the Boone Masonic Lodge.  / Read more…



  • Avery County Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival Happening August 9 to August 11


    August 8, 2019. Join us for our summer Fine Art & Master Crafts Festivals! The first will be held on July 19-21, 2019 and the second will be held on August 9-11, 2019. These juried festivals feature hand-crafted wares from more than 60 vendors. Photography, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, and pottery are just some of the crafts on offer. Presented by the Avery County Chamber of Commerce at the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School. Show Hours:  Friday: 1pm-5pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm / Read more…



  • On The Same Page Literary Festival Presents 2019 Authors and Events


    August 8, 2019. Plans for the September 2019 On the Same Page Literary Festival are taking shape and many outstanding opportunities for readers, writers, and book fans of all ages are scheduled for the Festival in its 12th year of celebrating reading in North Carolina’s Ashe County. Once again, opportunities for attendees to hear and interact with renowned authors through readings, workshops, informal meals, and keynote events are on the schedule. And it’s not too early to begin looking through the lineup of authors and events and begin reading—in fact, the kickoff discussion of Dopesick, this year’s Festival Read, is coming up on August 8. / Read more…



  • Vintage Valle Music Bids Goodbye to Summer on August 18


    August 8, 2019. The last days of summer are upon us.    Come to Vintage Valle Music at Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church for our goodbye to summer, the last performances in our 8th summer of community music!  Come join us in August, on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 4 – 6 p.m.  Admission is free. Back for their 7th year, by popular demand, favorites Folk & Dagger join us for our final show of this summer, offering our community an opportunity to enjoy their hybrid fusion of folk and popular culture songs, hidden gems they’ve discovered, and beautiful, soulful originals penned by Doris Bazzini Crothers.   / Read more…



  • Fall Session of Town of Boone’s JAM Program Resumes on August 29 at the Jones House


    August 8, 2019. The fall session of the Town of Boone’s JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) program resumes on August 29 at the Jones House, featuring group music lessons in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmony singing, and string band taught by local musicians steeped in regional old-time and bluegrass styles. Lessons are open to students ages seven through adults, from beginning through intermediate levels. Classes are taught in small groups on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Jones House. Each class lasts 45 minutes and starts at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, or 6:30, depending on the instrument and playing level. Typically beginner classes and younger students are assigned earlier time slots, while older and intermediate players the later slots. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, July 29 – August 4

    August 8, 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



  • Sixth Annual Back 2 School Festival at Watauga County High School on Saturday August 10


    August 7, 2019. The sixth annual Back 2 School Festival will be held at Watauga High School on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Back 2 School Festival provides school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, new shoes and socks, healthy food, activities, and helpful information in an atmosphere of fun, dignity, and respect for all attendees. The festival is designed to offer relief for local parents who are working hard to make ends meet and to help teachers by providing the tools their students need to succeed. The Back 2 School Festival welcomes any family that is struggling to afford the high costs of back-to-school shopping. If you wouldn’t normally ask for help but you or your child needs it, please do not hesitate to attend the B2SF. By Joe Johnson / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Aug. 1 – 7 : 39 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $11,731,500.00

    Aug. 8, 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…



  • Avery Board of Commissioners Learn Teenage Foster Care Needed; Receive News About County’s New Innovative Hospital Facilities

    August 8, 2019. Updates about foster care in the county and Charles H. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital and recognition of the Avery Morrison Library Board of Trustees members headlined a light workload during the Avery Commissioners meeting on August 5. Commissioners Martha Hicks (Chairperson); Wood Hall (Woodie) Young, Jr.; Tim Phillips; and Dennis Aldridge were present. Commissioner Blake Vance (Vice-Chairman) was absent. Other top county officials attending included: County Manager Phillip Barrier, Jr.; Finance Officer Tim Greene; Assistant County Manager and Clerk to the Board Cindy Turbyfill; and County Attorney Michaelle Poore. The Library Trustees were introduced and they and the library staff praised for providing the county what Avery Commission Chairperson Hicks called “the highest professional library service available.” The Library Trustees include Steve Bender, Clayton Harpold, Josh Smith, Kathee Massee, Susie Potter, and Aneda Johnson. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian State’s Fan Fest on Saturday to Run from 3-6 P.M.


    August 8, 2019. Appalachian State Athletics will celebrate the beginning of the 2019-20 athletic calendar with Fan Fest, presented by Wake Forest Baptist Health, on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The event will run from 3-6 p.m. and include an open football practice (starting at 3 p.m.) as well as on-field activities and engagements post-practice with a variety of entertainment and local vendors.  The event will also allow fans to engage with the App State football team and other fall sports squads. Fans will have allotted time on the field from roughly 4-4:45 p.m. to interact with and collect autographs from their favorite student-athletes and coaches. There will be free popcorn available to fans. Water and Gatorades will be available for purchase.  / Read more…



  • High Country Land Sales Spike in July; 54 Land Tracts Sold for $10.25 Million


    August 8, 2019. As home sales remained brisk throughout the month of July, local Realtors recorded strong sales in both land and commercial property, according to the latest real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors. Local Realtors sold 54 land tracts worth a combined $10.25 million, the highest value recorded in a month in at least nine years. One listing accounted for almost half that value. It was a 7.88-acre site off Shadowline Drive in Boone which sold for a reported $4.875 million. Even accounting for that one listing, the $5.37 million in other July land sales combined with the 45 land tracts sold in June for $5.72 million represented the highest dollar land transactions recorded in back-to-back months since July and August of 2017 ($11.7 million). / Read more…



  • Winners Announced for the 33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Walk Competition


    August 7, 2019. During the last weekend in July, on a day with beautiful sunny skies and ideal temperatures, art enthusiasts attended the 33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror. This year’s juror, regionally beloved sculptor Bill Brown from Anvil Arts, offered participants a compelling narrative of each sculpture as the group visited each of the ten works located on campus in the vicinity of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. For the last 33 years, the annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition has showcased contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University. The sculptures in this year’s competition represent a diversity of styles. From whimsical to profound, the artists have expressed their three-dimensional concepts with expert craftmanship utilizing a variety of materials, designs and techniques to create their sculptures. The winners of the Martin & Doris Rosen 33rd Rosen Sculpture Competition are as follows: First Place $3,000: Bob Doster A Memorial, 2014-2018, Stainless steel, Lancaster, SC. Second Place $2,000: Glenn Zweygardt, Adam Meets Eve, 2018, Fabricated and cast bronze, steel, cast glass, granite, Alfred Station, NY. Third Place. $1,000: Derek Chalfant, Back Home Again, 2016, Stainless steel, Elmira, NY / Read more…



  • SNIPS of Watauga Humane Society Holding Parents’ Night Out Event for Children on August 10


    August 7, 2019. Are you looking for a safe, fun and affordable way to entertain your children while you enjoy an evening out? SNIPS* has the answer! On Saturday, August 10, at 5:00 pm, you may deliver your child/children to Watauga Humane Society, at 312 Paws Way, in Boone, for an evening of organized play and merriment. The cost is $25 for one child and $15 for each additional sibling. Pick up is no later than 9:45 p.m. Kids will participate in games and craft-making, learn about shelter animals (and even get to meet a few!) and enjoy a special appearance by Ms. Sparkle Spayde, SNIPS celebrity. A simple dinner along the lines of sandwich, pizza slice, chips, fruit, veggies, etc. will be served, followed by a special showing of the family-friendly movie Bolt, complete with popcorn and Kool-aid. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Board of Education Announces Appointment of Three New Principals


    August 7, 2019. The Watauga County Board of Education announced the appointment of three new principals at a special called meeting held Aug. 1. The new hires are set to fill vacant positions at Mabel, Green Valley and Valle Crucis Schools. Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said the appointments were a result of the district’s exhaustive interview and vetting process that takes feedback from parents, teachers, students and staff at each school to develop a leadership profile of traits each school would like to see in a leader. / Read more…



  • International Guitarists, Local Rocker Performing at Jones House Friday August 9


    August 7, 2019. The Town of Boone continues the Summer Concerts at the Jones House this Friday, August 9 at 5:00pm with three acts set to take the stage. This concert will feature an eclectic mix of three solo guitar performers, each bringing something different to the table: Hiroya Tsukamoto, Jimmie Griffith, and Melissa Reaves. “Don’t let these one-person acts fool you,” says Brad Farthing of the Jones House, “Each performance will pack a punch with creative, real-time looping and overdubbing techniques that construct a powerful sound.” / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – August 7, 2019

    August 7, 2019. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Riders In The Sky Returns to Tweetsie Railroad for a Weekend of Entertainment August 17-18


    August 7, 2019. In August, America’s Favorite Cowboys, Riders In The Sky, will return to Tweetsie Railroad for a weekend of Western music and comedy. Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, 2019, catch one (or both!) of two performances at noon and 3:00 p.m. This will be the legendary group’s 22nd anniversary appearance at Tweetsie Railroad. For more than 40 years, Riders In The Sky has been entertaining audiences all over the world “the Cowboy Way.” The group is comprised of Ranger Doug, an incredibly talented guitarist and yodeler; Too Slim, the bass player and star comedian; Woody Paul, the King of Cowboy Fiddlers; and expert accordionist Joey “the CowPolka King.” The group has won two Grammys and is the only exclusively Western group of artists to join the Grand Ole Opry, all while keeping their performances fresh and engaging. / Read more…



  • Boone Native, Award Winning Violinist and Fiddle Champ Maura Shawn Scanlin Returns to the High Country on August 10


    August 7, 2019. Boone native, award winning violinist and fiddle champ – Maura Shawn Scanlin – returns to the High Country! Acclaimed violinist and Scottish Fiddle Champion, Maura Shawn Scanlin, returns to her hometown of Boone to make an appearance at Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music this Saturday, August 10th. She will be joined by her musical partner, Conor Hearn, on guitar. Their duet, Rakish, will present an evening of classical inspired violin and Celtic fiddle music at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone at 7:30pm. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College is Named a College of Distinction Earning the National Designation for the Third Year in a Row

    August 7, 2019. Joining alongside 13 of North Carolina’s top institutions—including Appalachian State University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Western Carolina University in the public sector, and private institutions including Elon University and Wake Forest University—Lees-McRae is named a College of Distinction. Additionally, the business, education, and nursing programs were recognized for extraordinary professional programming. Colleges of Distinction, an online resource for students researching both private and public institutions across the U.S., reviews and compiles lists of colleges they believe to be the “best places to learn, grow, and succeed,” according to the website.  / Read more…



  • Celebrating Rachel Deal: Benefit Luncheon for the Avery County Humane Society on August 22


    August 7, 2019. The community is invited to pay tribute to Rachel Deal at a luncheon to be held in her honor on Thursday, August 22 at Stonewalls Restaurant in Banner Elk. Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction will benefit the Avery County Humane Society (ACHS). Sometimes referred to as “The Mother of Avery County,” Deal has given a lifetime of volunteer service, advocating for animals, children, women, education, medical care and seniors. She will celebrate her 90th birthday in November. Deal is a past recipient The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina to individuals who have demonstrated years of extraordinary service to the state. She was one of the charter members of the Senior Tar Heel Legislature, an organization promoting aging issues before the North Carolina General Assembly. By Jan Todd / Read more…



  • Bethany Lutheran to Host Annual Fundraiser Aug. 10; Proceeds Benefit Summer Feeding Program


    August 7, 2019. Bethany Lutheran Church in the Green Valley Community just north of Boone is hosting its second annual fish fry on Saturday, August 10. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the community’s summer feeding program, as well as other church-related mission projects in and around the area. Last year’s inaugural fish fry was a tremendous success, said Pastor Laura Weant, and helped raise money to replace the church’s badly needed steeple. Patrons will be able to see the new steeple atop the church when they return on Saturday. The event will be held in the church fellowship hall between 4 – 7 p.m., during which guests are invited to drop in at any time and either eat on premise or take out. The menu will include fried flounder, coleslaw, baked potatoes, hush puppies and cookies. Hamburgers and hotdogs will also be available. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Watermelons: It’s What the Angels Eat


    August 7, 2019. Mark Twain had the right idea about many things, and in particular one of my favorite summer treats. He once stated, “When one has tasted watermelons, one knows what angels eat.” I have to believe it. And nothing says “summer” better than a big juicy watermelon. With its deep pink flesh, slick black seeds and thick green skin, the simple, sweet watermelon has been enjoyed for centuries around the world. We have certainly eaten our share of watermelons this summer, and are loving that our grandchildren seem to enjoy it as much as we do. History tells us the first recorded harvesting of watermelon was about 5,000 years ago in Egypt, where watermelons were grown and regarded not only for their flavor, but for their beauty, as well, and often depicted in early paintings. From Egypt, watermelon’s popularity spread with traders who sold the seeds along Mediterranean routes as they made their way into Italy and Greece. In later years, watermelon was lauded for its sugary flavor, which intensifies in hotter climates, like those in China. By the 13th century, the harvesting and eating of watermelon had spread into the rest of Europe. Apparently, the word “watermelon” first appeared in the English language at around 1615, according to John Marianis who tell us in his book, “The Dictionary of American Food and Drink,” that watermelons have been cultivated not only in the middle East, but also in Russia, for thousands of years. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • A Monumental Exhibition of Sculpture at Chetola Begins this Weekend with Friday Ribbon Cutting


    August 6, 2019. Over 50 large, mid-scale and small sculptures will be exhibited August 9-11th on Chetola Lake. The Public is invited to stroll around the lakeside at Chetola Resort to meet renowned sculptors and view their award-winning works of art.  Activities all weekend long create a family-friendly destination.  Special evening events feature art icons, Bob Timberlake and Joe Miller on Friday night 6:30-9:30 pm. Sculptors will compete for cash awards totaling $6,000.  Dr. Lawrence Wheeler, CEO and Director of the NC Museum of Art,(ret.) is hosting Saturday’s evening event,  “Starry Night” dinner, dancing under the stars with The Starlighters Orchestra and a sculptors awards program.   Reservations and tickets are required for evening events. Free Family Friendly, ArtSplash will be happening Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature Virtual Reality Games with artist Alan Gordon. Volunteers will offer sculpting with Kids Clay Corner and lawn games including creating a squirt-gun painted large masterpiece. / Read more…



  • Ten Year Old Asha Batchelor Visits Horn in the West Play and the Hickory Ridge Museum


    August 6, 2019. Horn in the West is a play performed and located in Boone NC and is based on what the America’s pioneers had to go through in daily life as well as during the revolutionary war!   There is also a living museum called “Hickory Ridge!” It is an outdoor museum in the forest with original log cabins of the times that the pioneers lived in!  Not only was life difficult in the mountains but dealing with the British soldiers added to their challenges of survival. The pioneers had to bicker against the redcoats, survive in the world and help the Indians!  In this play you will see professional dancing, singing, fighting, drama, romance and a lot more! By Asha Batchelor / Read more…



  • Avery High Football Looks To Be Improved in 2019

    August 5, 2019. In Mac Bryan’s first year as Avery High’s head football coach (2018), the Vikings struggled to find their new identity, only finishing 2-9 over-all and 1-4 in the Western Highlands 2-A, 1-A Conference. Their victories came over 2-A schools Draughn (32-28) and Madison (48-46), the latter a conference foe. 2019 football practice started for North Carolina High School Athletics Association schools August 1, and indications point to the 1-A Vikings being improved. Some publications are predicting Avery could be one of the area’s surprise prep teams this season. Nothing would please Bryan any better. The veteran coach has had coaching tenures as either an assistant or head coach at thirteen schools on various collegiate and prep levels, including a highly successful one as Lees-McRae College’s head coach. There he went 44-10-1 and led the Bobcats to a No. 1 ranking in the final National Junior College regular-season poll and the National Championship game in 1987. Bryan has compiled a 153-122-1 overall high school coaching record. He has the second most prep wins of any active head coach in the Western Highlands 2-A, 1-A Conference behind Polk County’s Bruce Ollis (217-154 over-all). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



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