High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • Sen. Jeff Jackson Will Headline Watauga Dems Fall Rally on Oct. 5


    October 1, 2019. The Appalachian State College Democrats will once again host the Fall Rally of the Watauga County Democratic Party on Saturday, October 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Roess Dining Hall on the ASU campus. The Rivers Street Parking Deck will offer free parking that evening, with easy access to the Rally site via the elevated pedestrian crosswalk above Rivers St. Senator Jeff Jackson of Mecklenburg County will be the keynote speaker. Sen. Jackson has become during his tenure in the Senate one of the leaders of the Democratic resistance and was prominently promoted as a logical recruit to run for the US Senate against Sen. Thom Tillis. Jackson, the youngest member of the NC Senate, joined the Army after 9/11 and was deployed to Afghanistan. He remains to this day in the JAG Corps with the Army National Guard, having earned his law degree after Afghanistan.  / Read more…



  • Abigail Swanger Chosen to Elite Class of 15 ‘Afterschool Ambassadors’ in America


    October 1, 2019. Abigail Swanger is an interesting and highly-accomplished individual with a tremendously deep passion to help and be a mentor and positive influence on children. And her honorable efforts are being recognized across the nation—literally. The Afterschool Alliance has announced that Swanger, Family and Community Coordinator at WAMY’s Community Kids Afterschool Program for Avery County, has been selected to serve as an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance in 2019-2020. Swanger, a Greenville, SC native and Appalachian State University graduate, is one of just 15 leaders in the United States chosen for this prestigious honor this year. Ambassadors will continue their work supporting local afterschool programs while serving the one-year Afterschool Ambassador term, organizing public events, communicating with policymakers and community leaders and in various other ways increasing awareness and support for afterschool and summer learning programs. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Avery Native and Former McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene a Candidate for State House of Representatives


    October 1, 2019. Avery County native and former McDowell County Sheriff Dudley Greene announced in a press release Wednesday, Sept. 25, that he will file as a Republican candidate in next year’s election for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Greene is 56 years old. He will be seeking the seat currently occupied but being vacated by his fellow-Avery native, Josh Dobson, representing the 85th District consisting of Avery, Mitchell and McDowell counties. Dobson is not seeking re-election to the post and has announced he is a candidate for North Carolina Labor Commissioner in 2020. Greene is a 1981 graduate of Avery County High School and a 1985 graduate of Mayland Community College, where he earned a degree in criminal justice. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Fan Shots From Appalachian State’s Victory over Coastal Carolina Sept. 28th

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    Oct. 1, 2019 Here are some fan shots from Saturday’s 56-37 victory over Coastal Carolina. With a sold out crowd and a two hour weather delay, it was a long, full day of football. Our fans were excited and ready to watch their team win their first conference game this year. App State travels to Louisiana on Wednesday, Oct. 9 for their next showdown. Photography by Debbie Carter. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Cycling Captures Another SECCC Championship


    October 1, 2019. The Lees-McRae College cycling teams captured the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Varsity Championship this past weekend in Columbia, Kentucky. It marks the 13th straight season that the Bobcats have won the league title in the mountain bike discipline. Lees-McRae not only won the team omnium championship over the weekend but it also had two individual champions. Maria Doering won the women’s individual omnium, while David Kahn finished atop the men’s. Additionally, Veronica Laughton (2nd), Andrew Sparks (2nd) and Max Beaupre (3rd) also finished the mountain bike season with top three finishes in the season-long omnium. “All our riders performed consistently well throughout the season, but Maria and David were exceptional. It is exciting to see a freshman and sophomore on the top step wearing our jersey,” said Coach Tim Hall. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / The Current Proposed Building Site for Valle Crucis School Needs to be Reexamined

    October 1, 2019 Letters to the Editor. By Sally Pressly Ballmer / Dear Editor, I am writing in protest of the proposed new school construction site in Valle Crucis, NC on the Hodges Farm property on Broadstone Road. My parents moved to Valle Crucis in 1984 and purchased a dilapidated homestead that they then restored to historic and architectural preservation guidelines and opened the Mast Farm Inn in 1985.  Serving hundreds of dining and lodging guests each year, the Mast Farm Inn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, became known as a place of refuge and nostalgia for a simpler time, when food prepared was grown in the garden and air conditioning was a cool breeze through an open window.On October 1 at 6:00pm at the Methodist Church in Valle Crucis, the Valle Crucis Historic District Commission will meet to discuss the changing of commission guidelines, unprecedented by any other construction. The meeting is open to the public. Read more…



  • An Evening of Hope: Large Crowd Attends Fundraising Banquet for Local Pregnancy Center


    October 1, 2019. Approximately 250 people gathered on September 19 to celebrate the success of Hope Pregnancy Center, a local nonprofit organization that has a proven track record of changing lives. The 29th annual fundraising banquet was held at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone with center staff and clients sharing testimonials about the services they provide and receive. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Before People had an Easy Way to See Video Footage of Police Murders

    October 1, 2019 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, “We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.”   Woodrow Wilson We’re secretly one of the most peaceful cultures on the planet. We voted for Bush, because he promised us a non-interventionist foreign policy. Obama promised to bring the troops home from the Bush wars. Trump promised to end foreign adventures. We’ve been voting for peace for years, and all we get is war. American democracy doesn’t care what you want and is never accountable. The state always gets its way. So when ‘our’ government wants a war, it will happen. ‘Our’ government works to reduce support for citizens at home so it can war on foreign citizens. Read more…



  • Town of Boone Enters into Agreement to Purchase 2.95 Acres of Land Adjacent to Daniel Boone Park


    September 30, 2019. At the 2019 Town Council retreat, the Boone Town Council identified as a main priority the need for expanding and protection of parking in the Town of Boone. To support this goal the Town of Boone has agreed to purchase 2.95 acres adjacent t the existing Daniel Boone Park located at Hone in the West Drive from the Winkler family. The heavily wooded property is located adjacent to the Strawberry Hill Arboretum in Daniel Boone Park. The total purchase price approved by the Town Council is $200,000. The property will be combined with the existing Daniel Boone Park property, to expand the park to 34.20 acres. / Read more…



  • Dry and Unseasonably Warm Weather Will Continue into October; More Record-Breaking High Temperatures Possible

    September 30, 2019. If you didn’t know that the season had changed on the calendar, you would have no idea that autumn has arrived. More very dry and very warm weather is on top as the first week of October begins on Tuesday. According to Monday’s weather forecast from Ray’s Weather Center, there will be a chance to set some more record high temperatures this week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures are predicted to reach the upper 70s on Tuesday and the lower to mid-80s on Wednesday and Thursday. The current record high for October 1 was 81 degrees set in 1933. The record for October 2 is 79 degrees set in 1951 and the record for October 3 is 81 degrees set in 1954. Both of those last two records are certainly in jeopardy if the current forecast holds out. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Two New Street Names Coming To Boone: One Honoring a Slave and One for Martin Luther King


    September 30, 2019. On October 1, two streets will have new names. The front portion of Hunting Hills Lane, from State Farm Road to the bridge, will be called Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, and the entirety of S. Water Street will be called Burrell Street. This decision came on August 15 at a Boone Town Council meeting, to honor Dr. King’s legacy, as well as the legacy of a lesser-known figure of Boone’s history: a slave named Burrell. Sam Furgiuele, a lawyer and member of the Town Council, pushed especially for the latter. Sam explained in an email, “It’s not surprising that there is little information about Burrell on the internet, since with few exceptions, American history hasn’t exactly honored the achievements of many slaves. The story is compelling for several reasons and has what I consider enormous local significance.” By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Named Accomplished District by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


    September 30, 2019 Watauga County Schools has been named an Accomplished District by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a national non-profit organization that certifies teachers based on a rigorous set of evaluations and standards. The honor is given to school districts in which 20 percent or more of teachers have achieved National Board certification. Watauga County is one of just 81 school districts across the nation that were awarded the Accomplished District designation. To a achieve a National Board certification, teachers must prepare a series of essays, presentations and videos that demonstrate their content knowledge, differentiation in instruction, command of teaching practices and learning environment, and their abilities as an effective and reflective practitioner of teaching. / Read more…



  • Middle Fork Greenway Round Up Goal Reaches $182,000; Challenge Donor Match Calls to Fill the Gap to Reach $200,000


    September 30, 2019 An unprecedented number of businesses collaborated to raise money in support of constructing the next section of greenway that will eventually connect the towns of Blowing Rock and Boone with a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly alternate route that benefits residents, visitors, and businesses of Watauga County. The Round Up for the Middle Fork Greenway (MFG) rallied support with its 2nd community-wide fundraiser. One hundred and thirty Watauga County businesses participated by asking their customers to round up their purchase to the next dollar or give to a donation jar. Some businesses gave a percentage of their sales for the month or gave a one-time donation. The collective effort raised $182,000 and counting. There were also over 50 individuals that donated. / Read more…



  • From Foundation to Roof: ‘App Builds a Home’ Takes Shape During Blitz Build


    September 30, 2019 A chorus of hammers was set in motion over the last weekend, when more than 200 volunteers gathered at the App Builds a Home (ABAH) job site in Boone’s GreenWood subdivision to begin constructing a home in partnership with Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. Since last fall, Appalachian State University’s ABAH team has been raising money and volunteer support for the project, which began to take physical shape during a “blitz build” on Sept. 21 and 22. Student, staff, faculty and alumni volunteers from Appalachian worked alongside the Habitat for Humanity Road Trip Crazies — a team of 50 Habitat enthusiasts who travel the country to kick-start home builds. / Read more…



  • Fall Color Guy Gives Latest Update on Leaf Colors as Drought Continues But Conditions Improve


    September 30, 2019. Around this time of year when the color starts to change in the trees, we pay attention. Most of us watch the leaves turn in real time. Others work to skip ahead, to predict when exactly we’ll see our fall colors, how vividly, and how long. One such person is Dr. Howard Neufeld, a professor of biology at Appalachian State University. Better known by the public as the Fall Color Guy, he monitors the weather, temperature, and color activity here in the mountains, and makes predictions accordingly. In the recent weeks, the Fall Color Guy has paid visits to the mountains, reporting his thoughts on the colors developing in the trees. These visits are documented at the Fall Color Report, with pictures and additional comments posted to his Facebook. By Adam Estabrook / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Abominable’ It’s Fine, But it isn’t Terribly Inspired Either

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    Sept. 30 When I first heard that I’d be reviewing an animated movie called “Abominable” this weekend, I was excited. I couldn’t wait to see a movie about a bovine that swallows an incendiary device. Sadly, this movie is about a yeti and not, as I had hoped, a bomb in a bull. Between this movie, this year’s “Missing Link,” and last year’s “Smallfoot,” all the yeti and Sasquatch jokes in existence have been made, so the bull joke is all that’s left. By Bob Garver / Read more…



  • App State Mountaineers Roar Past Coastal Carolina, 56-37 After Two Hour Weather Day

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    September 29, 2019 Appalachian State recorded a win in its Sun Belt Conference opener Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone to remain unbeaten, ripping Coastal Carolina 56-37. Neither Coastal Carolina’s defense, nor a horrid weather delay because of lightning, could slow down Appalachian State’s offense. “It was a unique game today with the delays and having to deal with the lightning,” Appalachian State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. “I thought our guys handled the adversity well. We also had the factor of where we spent a lot of energy last week against UNC, so to be able to come back and sustain that energy for as long as we did today made me real proud of our guys.”. By Tim Gardner / Photography by David C. Mayo / Read more…



  • TODAY: N.C. Attorney General Rufus Edmisten “Coming Home” to Boone for Book Launch at 5 p.m.


    October 4, 2019. He has been described as perhaps one of the country’s most colorful politicians in the last half-century — and he’s coming home to Boone to launch his autobiography. Thanks to the efforts of the Watauga County Historical Society and The Jones House Cultural and Community Center, native son Rufus Edmisten returns for a special event at which he’s looking forward to reminiscing with old friends, meeting new ones and signing his recently released autobiography, “That’s Rufus: A Memoir of Tarheel Politics.” The event gets under way at the Jones House on Friday, October 4 beginning at 5 30 p.m., just one of several efforts spearheaded by the Watauga County Historical Society in an effort to preserve local history and celebrate the people who made it what it is. “We are delighted to be hosting Rufus Edmisten as he comes home to Boone,” said Bettie Bond, president of the WCHS. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • High Country Charitable Foundation Grant Recipients Grateful for Help from the Avery County Community


    September 27, 2019. It was another great year of fundraising for the High Country Charitable Foundation. Over $630,000 was raised from donations and auction items at the Fifth Annual High Country Charitable Foundation Dinner and Dance that took place in July to go with other numerous donations to the fund throughout the year. The HCCF was first organized by a small group of Avery County residents that saw the many great needs of children, families and animals in the county. The funds raised throughout each year are provided to local non-profit organizations and programs through grants. After speaking with many of the grant recipients, one thing was for sure: A lot of the things these organizations do would not be possible without help from the High Country Charitable Foundation. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • High Country Toastmasters’ 10th Anniversary Celebration to be held on October 1 at St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church 5:30-7pm


    September 27, 2019. Toastmasters is a Global Professional Education organization that promotes leadership, mentor-ship, communications, critical thinking skills and time management all via a platform of Public Speaking. Anyone aged 13 to 100 who is interested in any or all of the following can benefit from Toastmasters… – Life Long Learning – Building Confidence – Improved ability to think on your feet – Strong Communication Skills – Personal & Professional Growth – Career Advancement – Leadership
    Not only is this event a great opportunity for folks who might be curious about Toastmasters to learn more, but it’s a fantastic chance to meet a star of stage and screen in person that actually lives here in the High Country – David Andrews. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • App State Football Coaches to Raise Awareness for Muscular Dystrophy During Saturday’s Game


    September 27, 2019 This Saturday versus Coastal Carolina University, Appalachian State football coaches will be wearing patches supporting Coach to Cure MD, a foundation partnered with the AFCA and PPMD (Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy) dedicated to raising awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Since 1994, PPMD has been dedicated to helping those victimized by MD and invested in a variety of therapeutic possibilities for Duchenne, a genetic disorder that involves progressive muscle degeneration and weakness caused by a lack of dystrophin protein in the body. In 2008, the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) adopted the Coach to Cure MD as one of their primary charity efforts. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Hit-and-Run Driver from the NC High Country Who Allegedly Mowed Down 91-Year-Old Holocaust survivor Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter


    September 26, 2019 A High Country native who hit a 91-year-old survivor of the Nazi occupation as he walked his dog in California, then drove over him as she fled the scene, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and several other felonies. Joyce Bernann (Joy) McKinney, 68, originally from the Minneapolis Community in Avery County, struck Gennady Bolotsky on June 17 in the Los Angeles area of North Hollywood on Monday, June 16, around 5:40 in the morning, and drove off, according to prosecutors. Bolotsky later died at a hospital. “McKinney is charged with running over Gennady Bolotsky as he walked his dog in a marked crosswalk,” prosecutors said. “Bolotsky died as a result of his injuries and the defendant allegedly did not stop and render aid.” Law enforcement authorities also allege that McKinney “inflicted great bodily injury on the victim who was 70 years of age or older,” the prosecutor’s office said. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Family and Faith Remain Focus of Cherokee Cove Christian Camp


    September 26, 2019. Just a short drive from Boone and Mountain City, tucked away in the beauty of nature near the North Carolina-Tennessee border is one of the area’s best kept secrets known as Cherokee Cove. Previously owned and operated for more than 15 years by the Stu Stephens family, the Christian-based camp is under new ownership and anxious to reconnect to the High Country and beyond. With over 200 acres and surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, the “diamond in the rough” as it is easily described, can house around 100 people at any given time, offering private cabins, bunkhouses, family duplexes, treehouse tent platforms, and multi-use conference centers. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Autumn Falls into Color at Grandfather Mountain


    September 26, 2019 As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to myriad species of plants and hardwood trees that range from pumpkin-colored beech trees to blood-red sourwoods and rusty red oaks. For a surefire glimpse of the autumnal brilliance, leaf-lookers can partake in Grandfather’s Fall Color Ramble, a series of guided walks through the mountain’s most colorful locations. These easygoing rambles, led by members of the park’s naturalist staff, give guests an opportunity to learn more about color change and explore the species of plants and trees native to Grandfather Mountain. / Read more…



  • Cycle North Carolina ‘Mountains to Coast’ Tour Begins This Saturday in Blowing Rock


    September 26, 2019 For the second time, Blowing Rock has been chosen as the starting Host Town for the Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride. More than 1,000 cyclists from 40 states and three foreign countries will gather in Blowing Rock on Saturday, September 28 to begin the weeklong, 483-mile, recreational trek along the state’s scenic back roads from the “mountains to the coast.” This 21st annual ride is scheduled for a Blowing Rock to Atlantic Beach trek, from September 28 to October 5.  With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” route is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation. / Read more…



  • James H. Fisher Memorial Grand Prix Raises Over $100,000 for Hunger


    September 26, 2019 It was a perfect fall day on Saturday, September 21st, as approximately 500 spectators gathered at the Broyhill Equestrian Preserve to cheer on horses and participate in a lively Calcutta where riders were “auctioned off”. Proceeds supported MANNA FoodBank in Asheville and The Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone. One-hundred percent of auction funds and ticket sales were donated to the two charities. The winning “bidders” of the top 6 finishing horses received prizes valued at over $20,000; including a week’s stay on the Caribbean Island of Bonaire. Sponsored by the James H. Fisher Memorial Foundation, the event was produced by the family in memory of their son and brother, a young and popular horseman who grew up riding Grand Prix Show Jumpers. / Read more…



  • Watauga High School Hosts Inaugural Senior Mini-Conference


    September 26, 2019 As high school seniors prepare to graduate, they are asked to make a series of difficult decisions. Choices that will affect their secondary education or career training — choices that, in short, that have the potential to alter the course of their entire lives. With these pivotal moments in mind, staff at Watauga High School set out to connect its senior class with the tools and skills it needs to tackle just those kinds of decisions with its inaugural Senior Mini-Conference. Laura Turner, WHS GEAR UP Coordinator, who helped to plan the event, said the goal was to host a session for seniors that looked and felt like a professional development conference their teachers might attend in the course of their ongoing career training. “The idea behind the Senior Mini-Conference was to help these students prepare for what’s next,” Turner said. “It was really geared towards helping students have a good start on the experiences and challenges they will face as they prepare to graduate high school.” / Read more…



  • Boone Fire Department Reminds Residents: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape!

    September 26, 2019. Boone Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. NFPA statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day from 2012 to 2016. “These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.” / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Conservancy Continues Pursuit of Land Protection on Paddy Mountain with 71-Acre Purchase


    September 26, 2019 The High Country is under ever-increasing pressure: Housing and commercial development are rapidly consuming land, and the effects of a changing climate threaten our landscape and our economy. Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) is a nonprofit land trust that partners with landowners and the local community to protect land and natural resources in northwestern North Carolina. Paddy Mountain is a familiar and recognizable mountain northwest of West Jefferson in Ashe County. The eastern slope is known to many as the “backdrop of downtown.” Recently, BRC purchased 71 acres on the western slope of Paddy Mountain and transferred its ownership to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Plant Conservation Program. The land will be managed by the Plant Conservation Program as part of the greater Paddy Mountain Preserve, which includes 355 acres of conserved lands. / Read more…



  • Blueprints and Bow Ties Live Auction and Reception to be Held October 3


    September 26, 2019 Watauga Habitat for Humanity will hold its 8th annual Blueprints and Bow Ties Live Auction and Reception on Thursday, October 3. The acclaimed auctioneer Jesse Miller, of First Security Insurance, will be soliciting the bids for items including weekend beach getaways in Ocean Isle and Myrtle Beach, golf packages, catered shopping sprees, gift certificates to the trendiest local eateries, and much more. This once-a-year event promises some exhilarating, high energy bidding with great food from Reid’s Catering and DJ services provided by Mohr Fun Entertainment. / Read more…



  • Board of Trustees Members Sworn in at Appalachian State


    September 26, 2019. New and reappointed members of Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees were sworn in during the board’s Sept. 13 meeting held on Appalachian’s campus. North Carolina District Court Judge Rebecca Eggers-Gryder ’83, of Boone, administered the oath of office to six trustees, including returning members John M. Blackburn, of Linville; Mark E. Ricks ’89, of Bluemont, Virginia; and senior DeJon Milbourne, of Fayetteville, who is president of Appalachian’s Student Government Association (SGA). Newly appointed members are James “J.K.” Reaves ’93, of Kernersville; Kimberly Shepherd ’97, of Warrensville; and Thomas Sofield ’76, of Boone. James M. Barnes ’84, of Raleigh, will be sworn in at the board’s Nov. 22 meeting. The Board of Trustees approved the following officers for the upcoming year: Blackburn as chair; Scott Lampe ’94 as vice-chair; Ricks as secretary; and Dawn Antonucci as assistant secretary. These appointments became effective immediately. By Megan Bruffy / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Player Spotlight: Corey Sutton


    September 26, 2019. After sitting out of the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines, Appalachian State wide receiver Corey Sutton was forced to miss the first two games of the season this year due to a violation of team rules. Head coach Eli Drinkwitz has never officially commented very much past giving updates on Sutton’s eligibility status, but the suspension is suspected to be from an arrest for marijuana possession in June following a traffic stop. The incident came after a team-leading season in passes caught at 44, receiving yards at 773, and ten touchdowns, providing vital offensive production during a season where App’s starting running back, Jalin Moore Jr., was injured and missed part of the season. Last Saturday however, Sutton returned as a Senior in Keenan Memorial Stadium versus UNC, and helped win a hard-fought game ending with 8 catches for 78 yards. Not only was Sutton able to make an impact with his own play on the field like catching a tough screen pass in the second quarter for a first down to set a big Darrynton Evans touchdown, his taller frame at 6’4 and quick speed shifts the focus of the defense in ways we haven’t seen yet this year, and allowed for other players like Thomas Hennigan and Malik Williams to be more involved in the passing game than we were accustomed to last season. By Colby Gable / Read more…



  • Sherrie Norris Lovin’ Spoonful Cooking Column: Potatoes: World’s Most Widely Grown Vegetable


    September 25, 2019. No matter how you say it — Kennebec, Russet, Irish or Red, or how you fix it — baked, mashed, fried, in a casserole or soup— the potato can be one of the most versatile vegetables to have on hand. With virtually hundreds of ways to prepare it, the potato is known as the world’s most widely grown vegetable and is consumed in many different ways. Potatoes in the United States are grown in nearly every state, although about half of the crop comes from Idaho and Washington, with North Dakota and Minnesota not far behind Not only are they good, but potatoes are good for you; containing many vitamins, including niacin, riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin C. They are also rich in such minerals as calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphates, sodium and sulfur. While not a low-carb favorite, potatoes are not laden with fat, unless, of course, we top them with popular add-ons such as butter, sour cream and cheese. An average-sized (baked) potato, weighing from 6-8 ounces contains only about 100 calories. By Sherrie Norris / Read more…



  • Watauga, Avery Obituaries – September 24, 2019

    September 24, 2019. The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

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

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    Compiled by Nathan Ham



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