High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Flash Flood Watch Issued as More Rain Expected in the High Country Thursday and Friday

    May 17, 2018. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch for Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties until 8 p.m. Friday evening. Avery County is also under a Flash Flood Watch until 8 a.m. Friday morning. After a soaking rainfall for most of the High Country on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday look to have the same amount of rainfall in the forecast. According to the National Weather Service, another two to four inches of rain could fall over the next two days. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Banner Elk Café and Lodge Tavern to Have Grand Opening this Saturday for New Addition

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    May 17, 2018. The Banner Elk Café and Lodge Tavern will have its grand opening this Saturday, May 19. Owners Les and Cindy Broussard have been running the Banner Elk Café for the better part of 30 years. Every so often, they’ll see fit to add to their creation and the new additions have always been a success. The Café is located at 324 Shawneehaw Ave S, and the Broussard family and the employees of the Café proudly invite locals and visitors to come enjoy a day of fun to celebrate the much-anticipated addition By Chloe Shanes / Read more…



  • 34th Season of An Appalachian Summer Festival Announced; Taking Place July 1 – August 4

    May 17, 2018.  Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts attraction, An Appalachian Summer Festival, announces the 34th season to take place July 1- Aug. 4, 2018. The 2018 schedule presents a diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film events and attracts over 27,000 visitors to the High Country each summer. Tickets for festival events go on sale online and at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office on Tuesday, May 1. For more information, visit www.appsummer.org or call the box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. / Read more…



  • Boone Woman Wins $1 million Lottery Prize

    May 17, 2018.  Nancy Eastman is the latest person to play the Carolina Millions scratch-off game and win $1 million. Her good fortune happened when she bought the $10 ticket at the Circle K on State Farm Road in Boone. She claimed her prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. She had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. She chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $423,009. / Read more…



  • Boone Resident Launches Mental Health Non-Profit Focused On Community Based Peer Support

    May 16, 2018. This Friday, Out of Your Mind, a newly established non-profit organization, is launching an 18-month pilot program in the town of Boone. Out of Your Mind is a creative resource to mental health in the local community. Founded by local resident, Kat Dolan, Out of Your Mind will serve as a platform to combat social isolation through creative peer support and reframe mental illness as a mental opportunity. Members of the community are invited to The Jones House Cultural and Community Center on Friday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the official launch. “I grew up repeatedly hearing the tired phrase, ‘You are not alone’ without any physical evidence to back this. Out of Your Mind provides a space for others to see how ‘not alone’ they truly are,” said Dolan. “This is not a ‘tell all’ space. Out of Your Mind intends to provide exactly what the name implies—a chance to step outside the rabbit hole of circular thinking and share an experience with others who understand the importance of maintaining a healthy mindset and growing in emotional intelligence.” / Read more…



  • Weekly Crime Reports: Activity and Arrests in Boone and Watauga County, May 7 – May 14

    May 16, 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 Nathan Ham



  • Special Night Flight Tour this Saturday at Sky Valley Zip Tours; First of its Kind in the Area


    May 16, 2018. If you’ve ever wanted the opportunity to zip through the trees and jump off a rock cliff at nightfall, this Saturday is your chance. Sky Valley Zip Tours between Boone and Blowing Rock is offering their first ever “Night Flight” zipline tour. “One of the things we came up with a couple years ago that we’ve been working on is a night flight,” said owner Jack Sharp. “We’re providing the opportunity to get a zipline experience in the woods at night.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Paul Brown and Across the Blue Ridge Will Be in Boone on Saturday, May 19 for a House Concert


    May 16, 2018. Old-time musician, journalist, and radio host, Paul Brown comes to Boone Saturday, May 19, to present a house concert featuring local old-time and roots musicians and bands, to be recorded for an episode of Across the Blue Ridge. The concert takes place at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center in downtown Boone and will feature performances by Brown and his partner, Teri McMurray, in addition to Trevor McKenzie, The Sheets Family, Strictly Strings Trio, and Rick Ward.  Portions of the performances will air on Across the Blue Ridge, locally on WFDD, in addition to other stations and on the Internet. / Read more…



  • Rock Dimensions Summer Camp Will Bring Adventure to the High Country Soon, First Session Starts on June 18

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    May 16, 2018. Starting soon, the Rock Dimensions Climbing and Outdoor Adventure Camp will be returning to the High Country, providing kids of all ages with the opportunity to climb, explore, learn and build a community with one another through the week-long sessions. By Katie Benfield – Photo Courtesy of Rock Dimensions / Read more…



  • Over 3,500 students receive degrees at Appalachian during commencement ceremonies, May 11-12


    May 16, 2018. BOONE, N.C. — Six commencement ceremonies were held at Appalachian State University over two days, Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. Chancellor Sheri Everts began the ceremonies warmly by telling graduates, “Congratulations on your accomplishments and this achievement. I personally find great hope for our community, state, nation and world in the promise you take forward into a future made all the brighter because of you.” A total of 3,229 undergraduate students and 369 graduate students received degrees. / Read more…



  • Avery Humane Society Is Celebrating Its 40th Year with a Birthday Bash Fundraiser on May 19


    May 16, 2018. The Avery Humane Society is celebrating its 40th year of service to Avery County this year. To celebrate, the Humane Society is holding its 6th Annual Birthday Bash and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you’re invited! / Read more…



  • Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Announces its 2018 Indoor Concert Line-up

    May 16, 2018.  In celebration of its 25th Anniversary Season, Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music is pleased to announce its 2018 Indoor Concert line-up! This years line-up features 5 matinees and 10 evening concerts presented at comfortable climate-controlled venues, including the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone and the Blowing Rock School Auditorium in downtown Blowing Rock. / Read more…



  • Winner of the 2018 Big Kahuna Campaign to be Announced at the Don Ho-Down Thursday

    May 16, 2018.  On Thursday, the winner of the 2018 Big Kahuna Campaign will be announced at the Don Ho-Down at Lost Province Brewing Company. The celebration will take place from 5:00 until 8:00pm and the crowning of the Big Kahuna happening at 8:15pm. Donations to the eleven Kahuna Campaigns will be excepted until the crowning takes place that evening. Music will be provided by the Dashboard Hula Boys. Watauga Habitat for Humanity is closing in on the final days of the Big Kahuna campaign. Since March 1st, eleven community leaders have been advocating and raising money to support Watauga Habitat’s home building efforts. In this friendly competition, the Kahuna who raises / Read more…



  • LETTERS / The County Budget Hearing

    May 16, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY KAREN CARTER / Dear Watauga Commissioners, It’s apparent, once again, that you are just going through the formalities, and the huge recreation center decision has already been made, even years ago. County officials are admitting there is a big sum of taxpayer money accumulated for this particular project, which is one of the reasons you are very reluctant to disclose to citizens the ample fund balances in any category. However, as before, it is unfortunate that most citizens, the taxpayers themselves, are unaware of such ‘accumulated’ funds for this totally unnecessary, costly, and predetermined, special interest project. Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: It’s Strawberry Time!


    May 16, 2018. For those of you who have followed my cooking column over the years, you know that my favorite fruit is the strawberry. The “blood-type diet” and a remote diagnosis of diverticulitis both tell me that I should not eat these luscious little jewels, but it’s easier said than done. I am often reminded of a quote I ran across ages ago from William Butler, a 17th century English writer, who said, “Doubtless, God could have made a better berry, but doubtless, God never did.” After having just enjoyed our first sampling of this year’s crop from Eastern North Carolina, I have to agree, once again, with Butler. Not only are strawberries delicious, but they also have many health benefits as a good source of Vitamin C, folate and potassium, pectin and other soluble fibers that help lower cholesterol — and they contain only about 40 calories per cup. Additionally, they are thought to provide substances that help prevent cancer. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – May 15, 2018

    May 8, 2018. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • 2018 LEGO Competition to Raise Money for Watauga Humane Society is this Saturday, May 19


    May 15, 2018. Lego lovers of all ages are invited to the annual Boone Brick Building Contest, which will return to the Central Plaza at Boone Mall this Saturday, May 19 from noon until 4 p.m. to showcase local Lego talent and craftsmanship. The event will bring together novice to advanced Lego builders to raise funds for the Watauga Humane Society. Participants can compete to build the best piece for their category or bring one that is already built for the Display Only category. The contest is divided into seven separate competition categories. By Hailey Blevins / Read more…



  • WNC Oasis Shriners Return to Blowing Rock for Another Ceremonial Weekend June 1, 2


    May 15, 2018. The WNC Oasis Shriners are bringing their Spring Ceremonial, induction of new members and parade to the town on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. The Shriners Parade will take place along Main Street starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. “We’re excited to have the Oasis Shriners back in Blowing Rock for another Ceremonial Weekend. Hundreds of Shriners and their families come to town and that has a very positive impact on our local economy. Besides, the parade and interactive festivities that the Shrine brings really makes for a fun weekend. We’re always happy to host the Shriners,” said Tracy Brown, Executive Director of the Blowing Rock TDA. / Read more…



  • Art Cellar Gallery Kicks Off Season with Dynamic Two Woman Show, Opening May 26


    May 15, 2018. The Art Cellar Gallery is excited to kick off the season with a dynamic two woman show, “Two Views, New Works in Clay by Pam Brewer and Lisa Stinson.” Whether it is inspiration in the landscape of the mountains and rivers of North Carolina, the sculptural curves of flora and fauna, or the physical working of the earth in clay bodies, these artists capture Mother Earth in each of their works.  / Read more…



  • Third Annual Marathon Jam Coming to the Ashe County Arts Center this Saturday, May 19


    May 15, 2018. Ashe County musicians and quilt makers will come together for a good cause this Saturday, May 19 for the third annual Marathon Jam to honor veterans and raise money for the Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune Fisher House Foundation. The Marathon Jam will take place at the Ashe County Arts Center and musicians will start playing at noon and jam until midnight Sunday morning. The Jam will feature acoustic musicians of all different ages playing several different instruments all day and evening long. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Sixth Annual Hunter’s Heroes Events Kick off Friday, Race on Saturday


    May 15, 2018. The High Country was shattered by the July 26, 2012 death of Deputy Sheriff William Mast, Jr., and the circumstances that surrounded the tragedy for all involved. However, thanks to the caring community that we are — and one that sticks together in good times and bad — a bright light was illuminated through a memorial event the following year which continues to grow brighter every year. This coming weekend, Hunter’s Heroes, an event named for Mast’s son, who was born 17 days after his father’s death, will once again bring the community together as one in an effort to not only remember a fallen hero, but to help others in their time of need. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • “Music on the Lawn” is Back for Another Summer at The Inn at Ragged Gardens

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    May 15, 2018. For seven years, on each Friday from May through October, the Inn at Ragged Gardens has hosted “Music on the Lawn.” The Inn at Ragged Gardens invites you to Blowing Rock this summer to attend this favorite outdoor concert series. On each Friday of this summer, a different band will play from 5:30 in the evening to 8:30 at night, weather permitting. By Andrea Rodriguez-Ortiz / Read more…



  • Summer Exhibition is BRAHM’s Biggest Celebration, Coming on May 24

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    May 15, 2018. Visit BRAHM, the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, on Thursday, May 24 for the Summer Exhibition Celebration. A reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., during which time visitors can enjoy drinks, Hors-d’oeuvres, and music while meeting museum staff, exhibiting artists and featured historians. Visitors can enjoy their selves while discussing the latest exhibition pieces with fellow cultural and art enthusiasts. By Hailey Blevins / 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



  • Midnight at the OASIS Celebrating 40 Years of Service to the Community Friday, May 18

    May 14, 2018. Forty years of service to any community effort is a huge milestone, but four decades of service to the High Country and its victims of domestic abuse is an especially great achievement to celebrate. The party is just days away and will be combined with the annual “Midnight at the OASIS” fundraiser for OASIS, the non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Watauga and Avery Counties since 1978. The 15th Midnight at the Oasis will be held on Friday, May 18 from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn & Suites in Blowing Rock. The signature event will feature live music by Soul Benefactor with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a Middle Eastern themed food and a cash bar. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Senior Adults Honored During Friday’s 16th Annual Adult Services Expo at Boone Mall

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    May 14, 2018. The 16th Annual Adult Services Expo attracted a large crowd to Boone Mall on Friday, May 11, during which several seniors were recognized, local agency representatives shared valuable information and others came to learn more about available services in the High Country. Now in its 16th year, the expo is always held in May, which is celebrated across the nation as Older Americans Month. The event, free and open to the public, is hosted annually by the Adult Services Coalition of Watauga County. “The Adult Services Coalition is a group of service agencies — non-nonprofit organizations and businesses — that work with aging adults,” said Charity Curlee, with Watauga County Project on Aging, who helped serve as emcee on Friday. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • North Lincoln Middle School students complete ‘The Grandfather Challenge’ at Grandfather Mountain

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    May 14, 2018. Nine Students from North Lincoln Middle School in Denver, NC recently completed “The Grandfather Challenge” hiking program at Grandfather Mountain in Linville. “The Grandfather Challenge” program is sponsored by The Jason Project, Inc., which was formed by the parents of Jason Matthew Nipper, who passed away in June of 2014 at age 26. This private foundation was formed to host this unique hiking program, which is designed to build self-confidence in struggling youth, as well as trust and positive rapport with adult mentors. Because of Jason’s abiding love of the outdoors and mountain hiking, James & Cheryl have established “The Grandfather Challenge,” through which students navigate all of the hiking trails at Grandfather Mountain.  Although the program includes at-risk kids suffering from mental problems and/or drug addictions, the program also seeks to assist any special kids who are struggling with personal adversities, including family, school, or other personal problems or challenges.  / Read more…



  • Annual Benefit Auction Party for the Children’s Council Is Sunday, May 20th

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    May 14, 2018.   What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than by supporting young children and their families at a gorgeous location with delicious food, a cash bar, awesome people and GAMES? This years Annual Benefit Auction, Party With A Purpose, is slated to be the most fun and engaging event in the High Country this year! We are bringing in Michael Parker of the Michael Parker Benefit Auction Company to lead us in an interactive and FUN event. You will not be bored with small talk at this fundraiser! Games will be encouraged such as the Wine Toss, Bling Buckets, Blue Line-Yellow Line, and Heads and Tails! As stated on his website, “Michael Parker’s distinctive rhythmic chant and down home humor have made him an exciting crowd pleaser at charity events for more than 35 years.” He is an auctioneer and crowd pleaser extraordinaire and will add an element to this years event that has not been offered at events here in the High Country before now. / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Life of the Party’ Another Bad Comedy from McCarthy and Falcone

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    May 14, 2018 For those of you who think I spent too much time last week whining about “Overboard” not being funny, just a heads up that “Life of the Party” this week is going to be more of the same. It’s no surprise that neither movie is any good, their studios sent them out to die against “Avengers: Infinity War”. Both comedy bombs lucked out because that movie got moved up a week at the last minute, so they got to open on weekends when people had already seen the superior blockbuster. They still got crushed, just not as badly. Anyway, at least this movie doesn’t have the incredibly uncomfortable bits about exploiting a character with amnesia, so it’s got that in its favor. By Bob Garver. / Read more…



  • Northwestern Studios Proudly Presents Three Different Performances Coming May 18-20

    May 8, 2018.  Northwestern Studios proudly presents “Dancing On the Moon: A Dance Revue” and “The Enchanted Island: A Comedic Children’s Ballet.”  The performances showcase our talented dancers, May 18-20th. All shows are at Ross Auditorium on the campus of Watauga High School. “Dancing On the Moon: A Dance Revue” will feature Northwestern Studios’ dancers performing various styles of dance including tap, contemporary, and hip hop.  The performance will also feature the award winning performance dance team – The Northwestern Starz. Showtimes for “Dancing On the Moon: A Dance Revue” are Friday, May 18th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, May 19th at 2:30 pm. / Read more…



  • Blowing Rock School’s Terri Hodges Named Watauga County Schools District-Wide Teacher of the Year


    May 11, 2018. Blowing Rock School’s Terri Hodges was named Watauga County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year in surprise ceremony held Friday morning at the school. Hodges was presented the award by Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott along with Blowing Rock and WCS central office staff. Each year, Watauga County School celebrates its Teacher of the Year candidate with a surprise ceremony. Hodges was honored in front of the school’s students and staff who awaited her entrance in the gym. This year marks Hodges’ fourth teacher of the year nomination since 1990, and Blowing Rock’s third-consecutive teacher of the year award.. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center Throws Fundraising Event, A Kentucky Derby Party

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    May 11, 2018. Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center just held their first fundraising event, a Kentucky Derby Party, , at the beautiful Rising Star Equestrian Center in Boone, NC. People came from near and far to attend this much anticipated event. Many locals, as well as part-time residents, attended the first annual Derby Party benefitting Spirit Ride. Ladies donned beautifully designed hats and intricate fascinators while the men sported bowties, classic seersucker plaid sport coats and colorful pocket squares. “The High Country really showed up for this event!” says Patty Adams, Executive Director of Spirit Ride. Adams continues, “So many people told us how excited they were to dress up for such a fun charity benefit, and I’ve heard that people are already shopping for their hats for next year!” / Read more…



  • High Country’s First Food & Faith Gathering Scheduled for May 19th

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    May 11, 2018. With daily headlines providing us with valid reasons to be increasingly concerned about our food, food sources and our neighbors who don’t know from where their next meal will come, the timing could not be more perfect for the High Country’s First Food & Faith Gathering. A collaboration between faith leaders in the High Country and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, the event is scheduled for May 19 at Boone United Methodist Church. It is being made possible by a coalition of faith-based and community groups joining together to discuss and explore some very important topics related to the food we grow, eat and share with others. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Town and Business Leaders Provide Update on Middle Fork Greenway Project in Blowing Rock


    May 10, 2018. Boone and Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce as well as local business leaders and project supporters came to Appalachian Ski Mountain on Monday to hear about the progress of the Middle Fork Greenway Project. The Blue Ridge Conservancy has spearheaded the project that will eventually connect to the existing Boone Greenway. The Middle Fork Greenway is designed to follow along the Middle Fork of the New River and connect Blowing Rock to Boone. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Deeds – May 3-9: 28 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $8,169,000.00

    May 10, 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…



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