High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • The High Country Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign To Hold Their Second Meeting Jan. 15

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    Jan. 10, 2018. The High Country Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign will hold their second meeting at 5:30 p.m. on January 15 at the Harvest House in Boone. Their first meeting on December 4 was part of the nationwide launch of a “new/old” campaign led by Rev. William Barber. The movement’s goal is to revive the Poor People’s Campaign, a national effort originating 50 years ago during Dr. Martin Luther King’s era.. / Read more…



  • Winter Makes a Returned Appearance With Temperatures Forecast to be Below Freezing for the Week

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    Jan. 13, 2018. Winter returned with a cold front that roared through the High Country Friday night with 20 mph winds, gusting to close to 40 mph. A dusting of snow has turned the ground white again as snow flurries are expected through the day on Saturday. Ray’s Weather is forecasting blustery winds tonight that will drive wind chills before zero and minus 20 degrees on mountaintops. The four-day warm spell brought with it over 3 inches of rain, the first decent rain in over a month. Ski slope operators said the rain was a blessing for them as their water reservoirs for snowmaking were getting depleted after a 10 day run of almost continuous snowmaking. / Read more…



  • The Winterfest 2018 Series: Everything You Need to Know About Winterfest Jan. 25- Jan. 28

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    Jan. 12, 2018. It’s that time of year again- Winterfest is right around the corner! Blowing Rock’s Annual Winterfest will be held on Thursday Jan. 25 through Sunday Jan. 28. Winterfest 2018 is unique to years in the past due to new additions including Ice Skating in Memorial Park and an improved format of Winterfeast. Winterfest offers a plethora of shopping opportunities, wine tastings, dining opportunities, winter athletics, and musical opportunities for all to enjoy.   Complied by Kate Herman – Photos by The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce / Read more…



  • Mark Ivey Promoted to App State Assistant Head Football Coach

    Jan. 12, 2018. Appalachian State University head football coach Scott Satterfield has named Mark Ivey, an App State alumnus and a member of the football staff since 2012, as the program’s assistant head coach. Ivey has served as an Appalachian State assistant coach for the past six seasons, including the last four overseeing the defensive line. He coached outside linebackers from 2012-13 and oversaw the special teams from 2012-14. “Mark Ivey bleeds Black and Gold,” Satterfield said. “Not only does he define what it means to be a Mountaineer, but he is a proven coach and a great mentor for the young men on our football team.”  / Read more…



  • Uno the River Otter Joins Grandfather Mountain Family as its Latest Rescue Animal

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    Jan. 12, 2018. Things are looking up for a certain pup. Uno, a North American river otter, has joined the Grandfather Mountain family. The otter pup came to the mountain in November 2017, having been found orphaned in the Asheville area earlier that year. In April, he was brought to a Lincolnton, N.C.-based wildlife rehabilitator, the same who helped rehabilitate four of Grandfather’s other river otters. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Across the Country Universities Are Facing An Epidemic of Student Housing and Food Insecurity

    Jan. 12, 2018. Letters to the Editor. BY CHRIS GENTRY / Dear Editor, Appalachian State University has a history of being a rural teacher’s college designed to educate the rural, often less economically privileged, mountain communities. The recent changes in Appalachian State’s housing approach are a shift away from that history. Across the country universities are facing an epidemic of student housing and food insecurity. The effective privatization of the Appalachian State housing system is only going to fuel further student instability and threatens every value that the university claims to hold.   / Read more…



  • Iconic Bridal Store to Close at Year End, Donna Cook Announces Retirement


    Jan. 12, 2018. Donna Cook publicly announced recently via social media that she had decided to retire and would be closing her Boone bridal shop at the end of 2018; immediately, former brides and mothers of brides, both near and far, began responding with comments about their dream (wedding) dresses and how their special occasions would not have been the same without Cook’s assistance. By Sherrie Norris / 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 Kate Herman



  • Water Line Has Been Fixed; Restaurants Are Open In Banner Elk; Advisory Still in Effect

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    Jan. 12, 2018. The water line has now been repair but water advisory still in effect. The Banner Elk Chamber reports that restaurants are open in Banner Elk. To comply with the advisory there are limited drink selections, canned soda, and bottled water will be available. Water consumers of the Town of Banner Elk in Avery County may experience periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a Water Main Break / Read more…



  • The 2017 Banner Elk Chamber Person of the Year Goes to the Deserving Alan Bolick

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    Jan. 11, 2018. The Banner Elk Chamber held its Annual Dinner Wednesday night at The Barn at Cornerstone in Banner Elk for dinner, socializing and the presentation of its Annual Person of the Year Award for 2017. Chamber President Jo-Ann McMurray presented the award to Alan Bolick for his continuing self sacrifices and dedication to the renovation of the Historic Banner Elk School. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Announces Ticket Promotions for Upcoming Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games

    Jan. 11, 2018. Appalachian State athletics has announced special ticket promotions for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball games on Thursday and Saturday inside the Holmes Center. On Thursday against Georgia State, App State has partnered with the Hunger and Health Coalition to collect food items. When the gates open at 4 p.m. fans can bring any three non-perishable foods to the gates at Holmes Center. Any store-bought, non-expired goods will be accepted, but there is a special need for peanut butter, oatmeal/rolled oats, dry beans, rice, pastas, breakfast cereals, jelly, tuna, spaghetti sauce and all canned fruits and vegetables. Fans that supply three items will be given one free ticket to be used at that game. Only one ticket will be given per group.  / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Jan. 4-10: 25 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $6,894,500.00

    Jan. 11, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • Zionville’s Amy Nelson Named Category Winner in Pillsbury Bake-Off


    Jan. 11, 2018. After competing with thousands of cooks from across the country, Zionville resident Amy Nelson has been named a category winner in the 48th Pillsbury Bake-Off. Claiming her title in the Breakfast Category with her Bejeweled Cranberry-Orange Rolls recipe, Nelson is among four category winners who will be featured in Food Network Magazine, receive a trip to New York for an appearance on Food Network’s hit show The Kitchen, a suite of GE Appliances and $5,000 in cash. Nelson will also be competing for the grand prize, which includes a trip to New York for an appearance on The Kitchen, a kitchen makeover from GE Appliances and $50,000 in cash. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga Schools Will Not Hold Saturday School Session Originally Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13

    Jan. 11, 2018. Due to forecasts of freezing rain and snow Friday evening into Saturday morning, Watauga County Schools will not hold the Saturday school session originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13. Monday, January 15 will be an Optional Teacher Workday as previously planned. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 16. “Typically, when severe weather is anticipated, our road check team attempts to gather as much real-time information as possible about road conditions and forecasted precipitation before making the call to cancel or delay school,” Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said. “But in the case of holding Saturday school this weekend, we wanted to give everyone as much advance notice as possible. We don’t want to take the chance that we wake up on Saturday and end up having to cancel school.”  / Read more…



  • The Watauga County Library Hosts Jessica Lidh, Presenter for the High Country Writers, 1/11

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    Jan. 10, 2018 Local author Jessica Lidh will be the featured presenter at the regular meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 10:00 am. Lidh will discuss her challenges, her selection process, and will give advice to aspiring authors and fellow writers. The program is free and open to the public. / Read more…



  • Town of Newland to Pay Candidate Contestation Bill and Hire New Police Officer

    Jan. 10, 2018. Before a small gathering the Newland Board of Aldermen (Town Council) approved paying an elections board bill and hiring a new police officer during their first meeting of the 2018 year, January 2. Aldermen (Town Council members) Lauren Jaynes Turbyfill, Joleta Wise, Jamey Johnson and Greg Seiz were present. Alderman Kenny Caraway was absent. Other town officials attending included: Mayor Valerie Jaynes; Town Administrator Keith Hoilman; Finance Officer Lisa Meinhardt; Town Attorney Joe Seegers; and Town Clerk and Board of Aldermen secretary Tammy Gardner.  / Read more…



  • Final 2017 App State Football Statistical Breakdown and Column Notes

    Jan. 10, 2018. College football season ended this past Monday night with Alabama’s overtime win against Georgia in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) national championship game. Four months earlier, Georgia opened its season by facing Appalachian State, which went on to win a second straight Sun Belt Conference title, post a third straight bowl victory and record the only shutout of the 2017 bowl season. With the 2017 season officially over, here’s a look at how the Mountaineers and some of their standout players fared statistically.  / Read more…



  • App State Repeats as Sun Belt Conference Football Attendance Leader

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    Jan. 10, 2018. Fans flooded the field to celebrate another Sun Belt Conference championship with Appalachian State’s football team following the December 2 home finale. The crowds in Kidd Brewer Stadium also earned top billing in the Sun Belt. Appalachian State led the Sun Belt in home football attendance for the second consecutive year, averaging 25,787 fans during its six games in Boone. / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, Jan. 1- Jan. 9

    Jan. 10, 2018 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 Kate Herman



  • CCC&TI Announces Spring Performing Artist Series

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    Jan. 10, 2018. Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate of Fine Arts – Music Program has announced the schedule for the Spring Semester Performing Artist Series on the Caldwell Campus. It will feature six free performances, including local artists and a variety of musical genres. The Spring 2018 series will kick off with The Mercury Dames, a Boone-area trio who combine eclectic whimsy with jazz, blues and country standards to create a sassy, Vaudeville-inspired, vocally-driven offering. The Mercury Dames are Kim France, Lauren Hayworth and Kathryn Chaffin. / Read more…



  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institue’s Jessica Alexander Accompanies Carolina Panthers PurrCussion Drumline

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    Jan. 10, 2018. Jessica Alexander, who teaches Music Appreciation at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus in Boone, performed Christmas songs with the Carolina Panthers PurrCussion Drumline during the first and third quarters of the Dec. 24 game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Alexander, who is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the San Francisco Conservatory, played horn on the group’s renditions of “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” A native of High Point, Alexander now lives in Boone and has been teaching on the Watauga Campus since the Fall 2016 semester. / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

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

    Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Former Appalachian State Coach and Avery Resident Mack Brown to be Enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

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    Jan. 9, 2018. The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame has announced the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class, which includes 10 First Team All-America players and three standout coaches. The class was announced Monday in Atlanta in conjunction with the College Football Playoffs National Championship game. The star-studded list of inductees has a strong North Carolina and High Country connection as it includes former Appalachian State and University of North Carolina head coach and part-time Avery County resident Mack Brown.” / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – January 9, 2018

    Jan. 9, 2018. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Photos, Race Results & Team Standings from First Week of SMARL’s 2018 Season

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    Jan. 8, 2018. The first race of the 2018 Sugar Mountain Adult Race League (SMARL) took place Monday night at Sugar Mountain Resort on Oma’s Meadow slope. SMARL takes place on six Mondays in January and February, is now in its 12th year as an after-work, “beer league” for local skiers and snowboarders in the High Country. There are 12 teams participating this year; 8 teams comprised of skiers and 4 teams made up of snowboarders. Over 90 racers were on hand for the first race, which saw Erich Schmidinger post the fastest skiing time at 29.76 seconds on his second run. For the snowboarders, Jeff Johnson posted the fastest time of 37.80 seconds on his first run. / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Insidious: The Lost Key’ Completely Standard Installment of a Franchise

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    Jan. 9, 2018 “Insidious” is one of those horror franchises that likes to jump around a lot in its timeline. “The Last Key” takes place second out of the four films. The story follows paranormal problem-solver Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her techies Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) as they investigate yet another haunting… but this time, it’s personal! Okay, we never get that cheesy line, but it is personal, and I wish we did.

    The haunting is happening in Elise’s childhood home in Five Keys, New Mexico. We get flashbacks to a fateful night in which Elise’s father punished her for her paranormal visions by locking her under the floor. By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – Dec. 21-Jan. 3: 70 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $18,088,000.00

    Jan. 9, 2018. A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. Compiled by Debbie Carter / Read more…



  • Bryan Brown Promoted To Defensive Coordinator and Dale Jones to Co-Defensive Coordinator for Appalachian State

    Jan. 9, 2018. Appalachian State University Football looks to continue its tradition of lock-down, tenacious defense under new defensive coordinator Bryan Brown, who was elevated to the role by head coach Scott Satterfield on Monday. Also on Monday, Satterfield announced that longtime Mountaineer assistant coach Dale Jones would be promoted to co-defensive coordinator. Jones will be responsible for the running game defensive plan.  / Read more…



  • Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Awards 2017 Watauga County Business of the Year

    Jan. 9, 2018. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce announced its winners of the 2017 Watauga County Business of the Year Awards during the High Country Economic Kickoff Breakfast Tuesday morning at Appalachian Ski Mountain. The awards were sponsored by the Watauga County Economic Development Commission. Nominations were submitted by chamber members seeking to reward businesses who exhibited staying power, growth in sales and/or workforce, innovative products and services, strong response to adversity, contributions to community-oriented projects, and use of local resources. The 2017 Watauga County Business of the Year Award winners are: Small Business – Vidalia Restaurant and Wine Bar. Large Business – Charles Eyler Agency – Nationwide Insurance and Investment. Startup Business – Hatchet Coffee   / Read more…



  • Watauga & Avery Schools On a 3 Hour Delay Today

    Jan. 9, 2018. Due to a number of frozen roadways with road bed temperatures still below freezing in many parts of the district, Watauga County Schools will operate on a three (3) hour delay for students on Tuesday, January 9th.  Staff may report on a two (2) hour delay if needed to ensure safe travels to work.  Buses will travel Limited Routes A.  As a reminder, please be aware that schools will now be in session this Saturday, January 13th.  On Saturday, January 13th, schools and itinerant teachers will follow a MONDAY schedule and will also follow an early release schedule with K-8 schools dismissing at noon and WHS dismissing at 1P.  Lunch will be served and the buses will run their usually routes.  Please remember that the Afterschool Program will not operate on Saturday. Avery County schools are also on a 3 hour delay for Tuesday.   / Read more…



  • Thank Your Mentor Day and Mentoring Month Proclamation

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    Jan. 8, 2018. January 2018 will mark the 17th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people. National Mentoring Month celebrates the benefits of youth mentoring across the country. Every day in communities across the country, caring adults volunteer their time with mentoring programs to create consistent and supportive relationships to young people.  At its most basic level, mentoring is successful in real life because it guarantees a young people has an adult to turn to and that they have a guiding hand to help them in dealing with day-to-day challenges. At a more complex level, there is a powerful mentoring effect that ultimately makes our communities stronger . / Read more…



  • Watauga Medical Center Earns 4-Star Rating for Quality

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    Jan. 8, 2018. Watauga Medical Center recently received an above average 4-star rating for its quality of patient care services from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) scores more than 4,000 hospitals across the country using a Hospital Compare rating system ranging from 1 to 5 stars (5 being the best). The CMS ratings are publically available on the Hospital Compare website and are intended to help consumers more easily decide between hospitals in their area. / Read more…



  • AMB Host Official Bottle Release Party Jan. 13 Benefiting Blue Ridge Conservancy

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    Jan. 8, 2018. Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s Old Orchard Creek Blueberry Sour Ale will now be available in 16 ounce bottles and on draft. Join AMB and the Blue Ridge Conservancy on Jan. 13 from 12 p.m.- 11 p.m. in celebration of the bottle release. 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to Blue Ridge Conservancy. / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

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

    Read more…
    Compiled by Kate Herman



  • Beech Mountain Resort Hosted Their Annual Winterfest Beer Festival on Saturday

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    Jan. 8, 2018. Beech Mountain Resort hosted their annual Winterfest Beer Festival on Saturday at the Beech Tree Bar and Grille. Fourteen breweries were present offering over 50 ales and ciders that attendees were able to taste and enjoy. The event started at 4:00 with music by Unicorn Meat. The Asheville based band Dr. Bacon took the stage at 6:00 performing their danceable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop that they described as “Appalachian Funk-Rock.” The 7 member band featured an array of instruments including guitars, resonator, harmonica, bass, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone drums, trombone, violin, pedal steel, mandolin, kazoo and more. / Read more…



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