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Watauga County Deeds – Oct 16-22 : 22 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,487,500

Published Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:26 am
A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. See more...
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The Annual Shag at Sugar Mountain Held Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Sugar Mountain Golf Clubhouse

Published Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm
After being postponed due to rain earlier this month, the annual Shag at Sugar Mountain will finally take place on Saturday, Aug. 23. The event will be held from 4:30-9 p.m. at Sugar Mountain Golf Clubhouse located at 1054 Sugar Mtn Dr. in Sugar Mountain. "The first one was in 2010 to celebrate our 25th anniversary as a township," said Tammy Floyd, Clerk at the Village of Sugar Mountain. "But people loved it so much and asked for it again and again so we obliged and made it an annual event." Read more...
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Tales of Mystery and Imagination Dinner Kicks Off Third Annual High Country Fetsival of the Book

Published Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:02 am
The third annual High Country Festival of the Book kicks off with a dinner and program June 27 featuring bestselling author Lynn Cullen, whose historical novel "Mrs. Poe" was inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle. Lynn Cullen is the author of "The Creation of Eve," named among the best fiction books of 2010 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as an April 2010 Indie Next Selection. She is also the author of numerous award-winning books for children. Read more... Continue reading

Sprucing Up the Banner Elk Band Shelter

Published Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:23 am
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The Town of Banner Elk, the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and Lowe's Home Improvement have teamed up to paint and repair the band shelter in Tate-Evans Park. Lowe's Home Improvement generously donated paint, caulking, siding and labor to help improve the band shelter. The shelter gets a lot of use each summer as hundreds of people come to see concerts in the park. It is also used throughout the year for town celebrations, Tai Chi classes and even Santa! Read more… Photo by Liz Lanham Continue reading

Local Farmers Markets Starting Up Again; Where to Go for Your Fresh Produce, Crafts and More This Year

Published Monday, April 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm
Spring is now in full swing (even if it is a little chilly) and that means that soon enough the local farmers' markets will be gearing up for the 2014 season. The markets provide a rare chance to see where your food and other items are coming from, and meet all of the people in person who make it happen. So grab the family and your reusuable shopping bags and head down to your local market to see what your community has to offer. Read more...
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Check Out the Results from the High Country Junior Race Series Competition at Sugar Mountain Resort Feb. 9

Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:20 am
ast weekend’s High Country Junior Race Series race at Sugar Mountain Resort. was the fifth race of the season and competition is already fierce. The race results for the Feb. 9 race are as follows. The next race is scheduled for Feb. 23 at Beech Mountain Resort. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out, Make Plans Feb. 7-9

Published Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm
On this beautiful winter weekend, the High Country has so many exciting 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...
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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out, Make Plans Jan. 24-27

Published Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm
Even in the middle of winter, the High Country still has so many exciting 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...
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High Country Junior Race Series Holds Next Race at Beech Mountain Resort on Sunday, Jan. 26

Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm
This weekend, Beech Mountain Resort will host the third race in the 2014 High Country Junior Race Series. On Sunday, Jan. 26, the athletes ranging in age from 4-18 will compete for the fastest times on the mountain in hopes of making the podium and earning the most points for their team. Read more...
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Featured Photo: The High Country Transforms Into a Winter Wonderland as Snow Accumulates This Afternoon

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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Snow accumulations continue throughout the High Country as precipitation continues to fall throughout the afternoon. Accumulations ranging from two to seven inches are expected for different parts of the area. Check out some photos of the winter wonderland. Read more… by Madison V. Fisler - Photo by Ken Ketchie Continue reading

Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:38 am
What is going on in your community? Here is a brief update on the emails that 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.

 

  • MerleFest Adds Old Crow Medicine Show to 2014 Lineup
  • Habitat for Humanity Hosts Breakfast at Bella's in Banner Elk on Saturday, Jan. 18
  • Baha'i Prayer Vigil for Prisoners of Conscience on Wednesday, Jan. 22
  • Watauga Parks and Rec Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at The Rock held Saturday, Feb. 1
  • Breakfast at the Post held Saturday, Jan. 18 hosted by The Watauga American Legion Post #130
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Five Hotels and Two Restaurants Honored With North and South Carolina AAA Five Diamond Award

Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:23 am
AAA Carolinas honored five hotels and two restaurants at the North and South Carolina AAA Five Diamond awards dinner at The Fearrington House Inn and Restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 5. The Five Diamond rating is the top designation awarded each year by AAA to an elite group of qualified hotels and restaurants after an anonymous overnight visit or dining experience by full-time specially trained inspectors. Read more... Continue reading

2014 Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games – Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Results Announced

Published Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm
More than 100 Special Olympics athletes from North Carolina and Virginia competed in the 2014 Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games - Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding Jan. 5-6 hosted by the French Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain between Blowing Rock and Boone, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President and CEO Keith L. Fishburne. Read more... Continue reading

What’s Playing at the Movies? Jan. 9-16: Lone Survivor, Paranormal Activity, 47 Ronin and More!

Published Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm
Check out all of the great films that you can catch this week at the movies. Trailers included! Read more...
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ASU’s Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program Offers Affordable Craft Instruction This Spring

Published Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm
For many High Country residents, the Michael R. Patricelli Craft Enrichment Program offered each year at Appalachian State University is a welcome outlet for creativity and a great way to learn a new craft or hobby. This year, classes will be offered in glass fusing and slumping, digital photography, weaving, welding and metalworking, stained glass, lampwork and beadmaking, jewelry, wood bowl-turning, fiber spinning, sewing, painting, basket making and pottery. Read more...
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Siren Mountain Jam, A Celebration of Women’s Music and Art, Hits High Country Fairgrounds June 21-22

Published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm
June 21, 2013. For two days, the High Country Fairgrounds will be taken over by the first annual Siren Mountain Jam, a two-day frestival showcasing women's music and art in the High Country of North Carolina. On June 21 - 22, the festival will showcase a dozen musical acts, over 30 artist vendors, a healing arts village, workshops, food vendors with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options and on-site camping. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: Things to Do This Weekend in The High Country; Check it Out and Make Plans: May 17-19

Published Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:52 am
May 17, 2013. 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...
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High Country Residents and Visitors Get into the Green Spirit as They Welcome Earth Week This Week

Published Monday, April 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm
April 22, 2013. It's Earth Day! Here in the High Country, like many other places around the country, residents, students and visitors alike are all getting into the green spirit. The High Country boasts many activities to help everyone in the area celebrate Read more...
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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 12, 2012

Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Dec. 12, 2012. Recent obituaries in Watauga County compiled on Dec. 12, 2012. Read more...
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Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 4, 2012

Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm
Dec. 4, 2012. Recent obituaries in Ashe County compiled on Nov. 30, 2012. Read more...
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Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 4, 2012

Published Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 10:36 am
Dec. 4, 2012. Recent obituaries in Avery County compiled on Dec. 4, 2012. Read more...
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LUNAFEST; 12th Annual National Touring Film Festival Comes to Boone

Published Monday, October 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm
Oct. 29, 2012. LUNAFEST, the fund raising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmaker and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by Earth Fare, Appalachian Women's Fund and Girls on the Run of the High Country. Films will be shown at the Greenbriar Theater in the ASU Plemmons Student Union on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Read more… Continue reading

Blue Ridge Electric on High Alert for Severe Weather

Published Monday, October 29, 2012 at 9:31 am
Oct. 29, 2012. Line technicians and all other employees of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are on high alert, ready to respond should outages occur as a result of a major storm event predicted for the cooperative’s service area. Read more... Continue reading

Don’t Forget: Boone Chamber Hosts ‘Meet the Candidate Forum’ Tuesday, Oct. 9, Format is Question and Answer

Published Monday, October 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm
Oct. 8, 2012. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Meet the Candidate Forum” on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. The event, which includes question and answer – not debate, takes place in the large courtroom of the Watauga County Courthouse on King Street in downtown Boone. Read more...
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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...
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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...
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Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled Aug. 8, 2012

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm
Aug. 8, 2012. Recent obituaries in Ashe County compiled on Aug. 8, 2012. Read more...
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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... Continue reading

Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Ashe, Wilkes, Watauga Counties Until Late Tonight

Published Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm
July 24, 2012. A severe thunderstorm watch, flash flood watch and hazardous weather outlook are in effect for parts of the High Country until late tonight, according to the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm watch 510 is in effect until 8 p.m. for Ashe, Wilkes, Watauga and Yadkin counties. Read more...
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Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled July 17, 2012

Published Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm
July 17, 2012. Recent obituaries in Ashe County compiled on July 17, 2012. Read more...
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Blood Sweat & Gears Bicycle Ride Set For June 23

Published Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm
June 19, 2012. The 14th annual Blood Sweat & Gears (BSG) bicycle race, presented by Mast General Store, will take place Saturday June 23 at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, approximately 5 miles south of Boone. Read more...
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British Soccer Camp Comes to High Country throughout Summer; Space Limited, So Sign Up Soon

Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

May 29, 2012. As one of the fastest growing sports in America, the number of soccer players in the U.S. is nearing 20 million. In response to this growing popularity, the number one soccer company in the U.S. and Canada, Challenger Sports, will be hosting one of their British soccer camps in Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Wilkes counties this summer. Read more... Continue reading

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...
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Recent Frost Wipes Out Half of Grandfather Vineyard’s Crop; Growers are ‘Still Not Out of the Woods Yet’

Published Friday, April 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm
April 13, 2012. Recent cold temperatures devastated at least one grower in the area – Grandfather Vineyard and Winery. Last night, a frost wiped out nearly 50 percent of its grape crop. The vineyard survived a mediocre frost a few days ago but not Thursday night’s cold-weather assault. Read more...
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Updated: Avery County Obits – Compiled April 3, 2012

Published Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Recent obituaries in Avery County compiled on April 3, 2012. Read more... Continue reading
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