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Watauga Arts Council Seeks Applications for Artist Support Grants for 2021–2022

August 16, 2021. The Watauga Arts Council seeks applications for Artist Support Grants for 2021–2022. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2021. These grants support artists in all disciplines with funding for projects that will have a significant impact on the advancement of their professional artistic careers. The Artist Support Grant program is managed through a partnership with North Carolina Arts Council to serve artists in Ashe County, Alleghany County, Watauga County, and Wilkes County. Funding is provided by the North Carolina Arts Council. Artists at any stage of their careers, emerging or established, are eligible to apply for grants in all disciplines, such as visual art and craft, traditional art forms, music composition, film/video, literature and playwriting, and choreography and dance. Types of fundable projects include the creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, and professional development workshops.

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Watauga High School Senior Hayes Henderson Makes it Official, Signing with Guilford College


May 2, 2018. Watauga High School senior Hayes Henderson is planning on spending the next four years of his life playing baseball at Guilford College. Henderson made the signing official on Monday afternoon at Watauga High School. The baseball standout made his verbal commitment to Guilford earlier in the year. Henderson played more of a utility role for the Pioneers this season, spending time at second base, third base and first base. By Nathan Ham

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Get Your Head Wet at Valle Crucis Community Park; American Fisheries Grant Promotes Aquatic Exploration

April 24, 2018.  Valle Crucis Community Park will offer masks and snorkels for visitors to explore local waterways this summer, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. The snorkels were provided by Two World Divers of Boone, and will be available for checkout from the park office. According to Kevin Hining, Northern Mountain Education Specialist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, “The snorkels will provide an excellent opportunity for park visitors to better explore the many unique aquatic critters in the Watauga River.” Snorkel users should exercise caution when moving rocks or other aquatic habitat so as not to disturb these vital ecosystems. “Moving too many rocks can change the environment in ways that could potentially harm delicate species such as salamanders and insect larvae. Carefully turning over rocks to see what lies beneath is the goal,” according to Andy Hill, Watauga Riverkeeper and Valle Crucis Community Park Board Member.

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Watauga High School Playmakers to Perform ‘Cinderella Enchanted’ April 19-21


April 17, 2018. A long-standing tradition of presenting an annual musical production enters its 30th year for the Watauga High School drama department. This year, the Playmakers will be presenting “Cinderella Enchanted” starting this Thursday, April 19 and lasting through Saturday, April 21. The musical will take place each night at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the school’s front office from now through opening day. Saturday’s showing will also feature an open gala celebrating 30 years of theater at Watauga High School. Those who have performed in the past are invited to attend. The gala will also honor the directors of the show, Sarah Miller and Zach Walker, who were presented with the North Carolina Theater Conference Excellence in Teaching Award. By Nathan Ham

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The Schaefer Center Presents “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on April 13-15

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April 6, 2018. The “The Schaefer Center Presents…” performance series, a program of Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, continues its 2017–18 season with a collaborative production of the Tony Award-winning best musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at 7 p.m. on April 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. on April 15 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Appalachian faculty/staff and retired faculty/staff, and $10 for students.

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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.

  • Mayland Community College Courses
  • Public Water and Sewer System Development Fee Act
  • Grandfather Mountain State Park 2018 Annual Wildflower Walks Free and Open to the Public
  • Public Comment Period on Proposal to Move Confederate Monuments to Close, 4/12
  • Mayland Community College Plant Swap, 4/28
  • Announcing: The First Ever Fundraising Event For Spirit Ride, 5/5
  • Watauga County Public Library, Author Visit Program: “Kirk’s Raiders”, 4/19
  • JAM Day Planned at Blue Ridge Music Center, 5/19
  • Ashe County Marathon Jam, 5/19
  • Caldwell Arts Council Call for Artists for “Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour” to be Held 6/23

Compiled by Kate Herman

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Boone Area Lions Hold Country Breakfast on Saturday April 7 from 7 a.m.- 11 a.m.

April 4, 2018. Where can you get all you can eat country breakfast for only $7?   Eggs, pancakes, bacon and country ham will be on the menu when the Boone Area Lions Club holds its annual Country Breakfast on Saturday, April 7 from 7:00 – 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Boone on King Street. All are invited to eat in or take out. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults and $4 for children 6 and under.

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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.

  • MerleFest Announces 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Finalists
  • Town of Boone Outside Agency Funding Notice
  • Invisible Theatre Pop Up Play, 4/6
  • Mayland Community College Star Party, 4/21

Compiled by Kate Herman

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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.

  • Prestigious Full-Tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship Recipients Announced
  • Camp GOTR (Girls on the Run)
  • Watauga County Parks and Rec Pickleball for Seniors
  • High Country Local First Memberships- New!
  • Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company, 4/4- 4/14
  • App State Emergency Siren Test, 4/4
  • Tweetsie Railroad Opening Day, 4/6
  • BRAHM’s Upcoming Events: Gentle Yoga, 4/6
  • Boone Area Lions Hold Country Breakfast, 4/7
  • Watauga Humane Society’s Tour for Life Adoption Event, 4/8
  • BRAHM’s Upcoming Events: Traveling Smithonian through 4/28
  • Spirit Ride’s Kentucky Derby Fundraiser, 5/5
  • Upcoming Sparta Events, Starting in June

Compiled by Kate Herman

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Watauga Veterans Memorial Construction Begins; Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Set For April 7


March 29, 2018. Groundbreaking for the Watauga County Veteran’s Memorial on King Street started this week with a little over two months until the memorial will be dedicated on July 4. The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (HCCMOAA) still needs your help in completing the fundraising effort for the memorial. The sixth annual Military Officers Association of America Pancake Breakfast will take place on April 7 from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Applebee’s Restaurant. Tickets will be available at the door. The proceeds fro this event will go towards the veteran’s memorial. By Nathan Ham

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Girls on the Run Recieve $12,000 Donation From Triple Crown; Jesse Miller receives the Leigh Cooper Wallace Making a Difference Award

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March 28, 2018. As the result of the dedication of hundreds of runners and community sponsors, The High Country Triple Crown donated $12,000 to Girls on the Run of the High Country at the annual Luck o’ the Lassie Celebration on March 18.  Local auctioneering legend Jesse Miller was honored as the sixth recipient of the Leigh Cooper Wallace Making a Difference Award during the celebration.

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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.

  • Writers Advocate to Speak in Boone, 3/31
  • Get a Taste of Technical Theatre with Wilkes Playmakers: Backstage Courses Series, March-May
  • Appalachian Gastroenterology Will Join Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, April 1
  • Boone Area Lions Hold Country Breakfast, 4/7
  • High Country Writers Guest Speaker, April 12
  • Day Trips With Watauga County Parks and Rec, April 18-May 25
  • Men’s Senior Softball League Signup, June- September
  • Caldwell County – Call For Artists – Caldwell Visual Artists Competition, Submission Deadline Mid June

Compiled by Kate Herman

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The High Country Writers Welcome Featured Speaker, Susan Rivers, on April 12


March. 26, 2018. Susan Rivers will be the featured speaker at the regular meeting of the High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 10:00 am.  She will also be doing a reading and book signing at the library at 2 pm on April 12. The programs are free and open to the public. Her talk is titled Be Secret and Exult…Writing through the Doubt and the Difficulties.  “For the fiction writer toiling away in anonymity, the publishing world can often seem like a rigged game, inscrutable and impenetrable,” she said. 

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Saturday: Slots Available for Participation in The Town of Boone St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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March 16, 2018. For those who wish to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, you can thank your lucky stars! By the luck of the Irish, slots are still available for floats and parade participation. The Town of Boone’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to take place this Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m., on King Street. All are encouraged to watch the parade. Candy and other goodies will be distributed by parade participants. By Kate Herman – Photos by The Jones House

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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.

  • Notice of Special Meeting, 3/21
  • The Banner Elk Easter Egg Hunt, 3/24
  • Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Health and Wellness Expo, 4/15
  • The Award-Winning Virginia Creeper Fest Returns to Abingdon, 4/28
  • Joint Kiwanis-Rotary Meeting, 6/12
  • Watauga County Democrats Saw Historic Increase in Precinct Meeting Attendance in 2018
  • High Country United Way Accepting Applications for Funding
  • NC Science Olympiad Results
  • Mayland Community College Classes

Compiled by Kate Herman

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March 17: The Daniel Boone Rail Jam, Presented by Appalachian Mountain Brewery


Mar. 9, 2018. For those who love to shred, Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s Daniel Boone Rail Jam is taking place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. ‘Rail Jam’ is an outdoor skiing and snowboarding competition in which the proceeds go to the Revamp the Amp project. There will be food and beverages available for purchase.  All are welcome to participate or spectate at the event. By Kate Herman

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