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Unemployment Rates Decline in 72 Counties in August, Over-the-Year Rates Down in 92 Counties Across NC

Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Oct. 3, 2012. The High Country experienced over-the-year drops. Watauga County unemployment dropped .7 percent to 8.3 percent. Ashe County unemployment dropped .3 percent to 11 percent, and Avery County unemployment dropped .1 percent to 10.4 percent. Read more...
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Sunday Feature: Justifying the Lion

Published Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:11 am
Sept. 30, 2012. Just before 7 a.m. on a September morning in Boone, the sun has yet to rise over the mountains eastward. The early morning skyline is streaked orange and grey as it awaits the rising sun. The air has a stinging chill and is eerily still. In the Watauga Village Shopping Center, Walmart’s parking lot is already coming to life, with handfuls of shoppers scattered across the black top. Read more...
BY ETHAN WOODHOUSE
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Weekend Roundup: 17 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out: Sept. 28 to 30

Published Friday, September 28, 2012 at 2:52 pm
Sept. 28, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
COMPILED BY REBECCA GITLEN
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Local Author Turns Kid’s Attention To Generosity for Those in Need, To Appear at Library Thursday at 11 a.m.

Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm
Sept. 26, 2012. Bethanie Campbell, author of the children's book Freddy Sinclair's Double Dare, will appear at the Watauga County Public Library for a book signing and reading during story time on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. Read more...
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Billed as ‘Most Important Political Rally in County History,’ ASU Hosts Democratic Fall Rally on Saturday

Published Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Sept. 20, 2012. A slue of state-wide candidates are scheduled to attend: Current Lt. Governor Walter Dalton who is running for governor; N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell; Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, N.C. Auditor Beth Wood; and N.C. Supt. of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Two Seminars on Health Care Reform and its Impact on Small Businesses in the High Country To Take Place

Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:50 am
Sept. 19, 2012. Two firms specializing in employee benefits will address the impacts of the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on small businesses at two seminars - one on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and the other on Friday, Oct. 5. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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The Fritz Comes to Murphy’s Sept. 22

Published Monday, September 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Sept. 17, 2012. Infectious grooves, intoxicating guitar lines and a relentless drive of soul and passion describes one of the Southeast’s newest sensations, The Fritz. On Saturday, Sept. 22, you can be part of the experience at Murphy's in Boone. Read more...
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High Country Small Plate Crawl In Progress Through Thursday in Boone, Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis

Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm
Sept. 4, 2012. The first annual High Country Small Plate Crawl takes place Tuesday to Thursday, Sept. 4 to 6, and is sure to please the palate. Fifteen independent restaurants from Boone, Blowing Rock and Valle Crucis are participating in the three-day event. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Watauga Democratic and Republican Chairs Speak to High Country Press About Mobilizing for Election Day

Published Monday, August 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm
Aug. 27, 2012. With two months left until Election Day, Watauga County Republican Party Chair Matt Snyder and Watauga County Democratic Party Chair Diane Tilson spoke about their involvement in the party; preparations for the upcoming election; collaborations with party leaders; and core issues. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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200+ Tickets Left for High Country Beer Fest on Sept. 1, Organizers: Should Sell Out by End of This Weekend

Published Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Aug. 23, 2012. Organizers and merchants selling tickets expect the event, a popular annual festival held outside the Broyhill Events Center on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m., to sell out by the end of this weekend. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Festival Atop Beech: ‘LSD, Mushrooms, Ecstasy. You Name It’s Here,’ Influx of Thousands: ‘Good for Business’

Published Friday, August 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm
Aug. 10, 2012. “It’s been interesting – to say the least.” Referring to The Festival of Gnarnia taking place until Sunday morning, that phrase is recurring among locals atop Beech Mountain. With an influx of 5,000 people, many of them tour kids from out of state who are following the festival circuit, Beech is experiencing a bit of a culture shock. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Weekend Roundup: 25 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans: Aug. 10-12

Published Friday, August 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Aug. 10, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
COMPILED BY REBECCA GITLEN
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New Races at Blue Ridge Mountain Throwdown Sept. 21 to 23 – Run, Cycle and/or Kayak on Cooper’s Farm

Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm
Aug. 7, 2012. The Blue Ridge Mountain Throwdown is a 3-day weekend of 7 races, based at Cooper’s Farm on the New River. Since 2010, Cooper’s Farm in Brownwood in Todd has dished-out a beast of a running course. Now in 2012, athletes can test their moxie on foot, on wheels, and in the water. Read more...
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Moore ‘Airs Dirty Laundry’ at Media Day as ASU Football Ushers in New Era & Enthusiasm for 2012 Season

Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Aug. 7, 2012. This offseason, members of the ASU football squad have been in the news more than once for off-the-field incidents – something that Head Coach Jerry Moore addressed, along with airing other “dirty laundry,” this weekend during media day. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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‘Poor Wicked Souls’ Serenade Proper Patrons

Published Monday, August 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Aug. 6, 2012. Since Angela Kelly opened Proper in May of 2010 the quaint building has grown to be a staple of the Boone restaurant scene. Located in the old jail house building, Proper's selection of food blends perfectly with the ancient building's atmosphere. Adding some down-home traditional folk music would seem to make sense, given Proper's unique sense of style and service.Enter Clifton Hicks, Jeremiah Campbell and Douglas Francisco, or the Poor Wicked Souls, if you please. Read more...
BY ETHAN WOODHOUSE
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Search Warrant Obtained by SBI for Deputy Mast Shooting Released: Short Description of Shooting, Items

Published Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:50 am
Aug. 3, 2012. The Watauga Clerk of Court released the search warrant for 2130 Hardin Road near Deep Gap obtained by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation from Superior Court Judge Phil Ginn in the hours following the shooting of Deputy William Mast Jr on July 26. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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One-Mile Traffic Jam As Customers Show Support for Traditional Marriage/Free Speech at Boone Chick-fil-A

Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm
Aug. 1, 2012. Across the country – including the High Country, people are flocking to Chick-fil-A today to support traditional marriage. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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August Art Crawl Again Offers Friday Night Fun in Downtown Boone; Round-up of Events Included

Published Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm
Aug. 1, 2012. On Friday, Aug. 3, downtown Boone businesses will participate in the monthly First Friday Art Crawl. Per usual, this month's installment will feature free food, drinks, and music along with work and exhibitions from local artists. And as always, locals and tourists young and old are invited to attend and enjoy the Friday night fun. Read more...
COMPILED BY GREG HINCE
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The High Country Bucks State Trend: Foreclosure Filings Drop Nearly Double State Average, ‘Buyers’ Market’

Published Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm
July 31, 2012. Though the High Country – Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties – has experienced nearly 250 foreclosure filings this year, the percentage of local foreclosure filings has actually dropped 17 percent during the same period last year – from January through June. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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MerleFest 2013 Will Host Chris Austin Songwriting Contest; Submissions Can be Made Starting Aug. 1

Published Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:54 am
July 31, 2012. MerleFest, presented by Lowe's, is proud once again to host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Read more...
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Speculation of Ambush in Shooting, Deputy William Mast Jr: ‘A Young Champion,’ Partner Preston Russell Speaks

Published Friday, July 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm
July 27, 2012. Deputies William Mast Jr. and Preston Russell were partners, who came on the force at the same time nearly four years ago. They were best friends. Mast was 23 and Preston 27. Their wives were close, too – both expecting children within five days apart. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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The 7th Annual Tater Hill Open Paragliding and Hang Gliding Competition Launches 50-Mile Flights July 29

Published Monday, July 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm
July 16, 2012. This time of year offers an opportunity for some great cross country flights for this paragliding and hang gliding competition in the beautiful mountains surrounding Boone. Last year attendees saw 40-and 50-mile Paragliding flights from Tater Hill during the first week in August. Read more...
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Recess Ramps Up Business; Board of Adjustments Votes Unanimously to Approve Skate Ramp on Thursday

Published Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:11 am
July 13, 2012. Recess Skate & Snow was granted a variance and special permit from the Boone Board of Adjustment for a skateboard ramp Thursday, July 12. Read more...
BY BEN WOFFORD
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ASU Fraternity Member Curtiss Stafford, Treasurer for Alpha Phi Alpha, Charged With Embezzlement

Published Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm
July 12, 2012. Boone Police have charged Curtiss Stafford, age 24, of Boone, NC with three counts of felony Embezzlement. This was subsequent to an investigation into several checks that were written and cashed for personal use out of his fraternity’s account, in which he was the acting treasurer. Read more...
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Multiple Deer Sightings in Downtown – Is an Urban Archery Season Needed for Municipalities in Watauga?

Published Friday, July 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm
July 6, 2012. Two hours before Blowing Rock’s July 4 parade, a erratic deer ran right down the middle of Main Street for at least 15 seconds before veering off the road, out of sight, and last week a deer darted across downtown King Street, disappearing somewhere behind Ram’s Rack Thrift Store. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Music on the Mountaintop Announces More Performers for Three-Day Music Festival in Boone on August 24-26

Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 10:18 am
July 4, 2012. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Naked Gods, Rose's Pawn Shop, Salem Speaks, and DJ Sahgah have been added to the lineup of the fifth annual three-day music festival Music on the Mountaintop. Early bird ticket sales end today, July 4. Read more...
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Celebrate July 4 Tomorrow with Parades, Fireworks, Barbecue and Kid’s Events: Click to View Extensive List

Published Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:28 am
July 3, 2012. Celebrate Independence Day tomorrow - and through the week - with parades, barbecue, fireworks and games for the kids. Check out our extensive list of July 4 events. There is something for everyone throughout the small towns and municipalities in the High Country. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Frye Care Physicians to Host Grand Opening June 13

Published Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 10:14 am
June 7, 2012. Stop by and welcome Frye Care Physicians to the business community at their 'Official' Grand Opening Wednesday, June 13, 4 - 6 p.m. at 178 Highway 105 Extension, Boone Point, Boone. Parking will be under and behind the building. Read more...
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June’s Art Crawl Offers Boone Residents Many Options For Entertainment Downtown Friday Night

Published Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm
May 31, 2012. Friday, June 1, several area business will host the monthly First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Boone. This month's installment will feature free food, drinks, art and music as usual, and will include some one of a kind performances. Read more...
COMPILED BY GREG HINCE
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Jones House Holding Free Summer Concert Series

Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm
May 30, 2012. The Jones House will be holding free weekly concerts in downtown Boone every Friday at 5 p.m., beginning this week and lasting through September. Read more...
BY GREG HINCE
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Area Gas Prices Higher than State Average; Relief May Be on the Way; ‘Prices Have Started Dropping Off’

Published Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm
May 16, 2012.As summer sets in, many families are taking to the road for vacation and various travels. With fiscal responsibility of the utmost importance, s many travelers have taken to the web to locate the cheapest gas in their area of travel. But in these times, even the cheapest gas raises eyebrows and empties pockets. Read more...
BY ETHAN WOODHOUSE
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The F.A.R.M. Café Opens Tuesday for Lunch at 11 a.m.

Published Monday, April 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm
April 30, 2012. After three years of pondering, planning and renovating, the F.A.R.M Café opens to the public for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day’s main entrees include grilled chicken with mango chutney and whole wheat penne pasta with spinach, tomato and red pepper sauce. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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From 20-Minute Babble over Copier in Jones House to Wat. Arts Council Finding New Home After 20+ Years

Published Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm
April 14, 2012. This development isn’t surprising to anyone who has followed the rocky relationship between the Boone Town and the Watauga Arts councils that flared up last spring and has soured to the point that the Arts Council will lose its downtown home in July. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Hagan Holds ‘Conversation with Kay’ in Boone

Published Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 10:10 am
April 5, 2012. Includes photo gallery! U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) brought her traveling Conversations with Kay program to the Lois. E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone. Conversations with Kay are held regularly across N.C. and provide an opportunity for members of the community to talk with her about their concerns. Read more...
BY RON FITZWATER
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Char’s St. Patrick’s Day DJ Dance Party on Saturday; Freebies, Green Beer and Discounts on Irish Drinks

Published Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm
March 11, 2012. Char celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with giveaways, discounts on drinks such as Guinness, Jamison, Baileys and more. Also, Char will serve green beer. The cover charge is $2 for gentlemen over 21, and women over 21 get in free. Read more...
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