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  • The 15th Annual Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5K and Kids Fun Run Takes Off Running on Saturday, Sept. 20

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    The 15th annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run/Walk and Blue Ridge Pediatric Kids 1-Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20. The proceeds from this annual event benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, which “works with willing landownwers and local communities to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value in northwest North Carolina. Read more…

  • Makoto’s and The Rock Host the First Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Boone

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Makoto’s Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar and The Rock Sports Bar and Grill will host the First Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Boone Golf Club to benefit Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. food pantry. Teams are already registering, so get in quick while you can!Read more…

  • Goodnight, Texas to Perform at Appalachian Mountain Brewery Friday, Show to Raise Funds for Area Farmers

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm
    Goodnight, Texas was founded by singer-songwriters Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf in San Francisco.

    On Friday, Sept. 19, Appalachian Mountain Brewery will host Goodnight, Texas and special guest The Bones of J.R. Jones for a concert raising funds for New River Organic Growers, a nonprofit cooperative of High Country farmers that the brewery and its partner food truck Farm to Flame work closely with. Goodnight, Texas is currently on a cross-country tour promoting their second album “Uncle John Farquhar.” Read more…

  • Business Spotlight: Banner Elk Consignment Cottage Expands into Niche for High Country Home Goods

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:58 am
    When Susan and Mike Brown purchased a commercial building as an investment property in 2007, they never expected that they would become owners of a successful consignment business. Seven years later, Susan and Mike are the owners of Banner Elk Consignment Cottage – a unique business that has fit like a glove to a hand in this thriving mountain community. Read more… By David Coulson – Photos by Ken Ketchie

  • ASU’s Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) Hosts the Fifth Annual Volunteer Fair Sept. 17

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

    In need of volunteer opportunities and internships? ACT (Appalachian & the Community Together) will host the fifth annual ACT Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The event will be held in Grandfather Ballroom on the first floor of the ASU Plemmons Student Union from 12-2 p.m. Read more…

  • The Art Cellar Gallery Presents the ‘Animals of Farm and Field’ Exhibition Displayed Sept. 18 – Oct. 18

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

    The Art Cellar Gallery is pleased to present “Animals of Farm and Field” from Sept. 17 through Oct. 18. This exhibit features the paintings from four accomplished gallery artists: Carolyn Blaylock, Nancy Oppenheimer, Margaret Salisbury and Walter Stanford. Each artist will be sharing their representations of animals from bears to sheep, during the gallery’s animal focused show.Read more…

  • Email Announcements Received Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

    What is going on in your community? Here is 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.


    • Gamekeeper Hosts Boone Alum for Wine Dinner
    • Fall Art Education Series Announced by Watauga County Arts Council
    • The High Country Triple Crown Introduced The Bonk
    • First Year Student Showcase Highlights Comedy and Fresh Talent Sept. 25-28
    • Ensemble 322 Presents “Musica Latina!”
    • Faculty Recital Features Andrea Cheeseman from the Hayes School of Music
    • Latin American Film Festival Features “Elsa y Fred” Sept. 18 at ASU
    • Solar Energy Products and Developments Discussed Sept. 17

    Read more…

  • LETTERS / ‘Boone’s Water Theft’

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Letters to the Editor. BY Karen Carter / Dear Editor, Quint David, Boone Town Councilman David, is apparently easily offended that he does not receive specific “questions” or, as a councilman, personal correspondence directly from citizens. Councilman David says that the New River Advocates’ analysis does not include questions. Read more…

  • Boone Police Chief Releases Lengthy Statement on Anna Smith’s Death: No Information Pointing Towards Homicide

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    On Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, after the discovery of a deceased individual in a heavily wooded area off Poplar Grove Road in Boone, the Boone Police Department began an investigation into the death of Anna M. Smith. Read more…

  • ‘Mourning Anna Smith’ by Cartoonist Andrew Cox

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    Andrew Cox, a former editorial cartoonist with The Appalachian, the student newspaper at Appalachian State University, penned this cartoon titled, “Mourning Anna Smith.” Smith’s body was found in a wooded area near Poplar Grove Road on Saturday. She had been missing for nearly two weeks. Read more…
    Cartoon by Andrew Cox

  • Tickets Now Available for the Watauga Humane Society’s 17th Annual Fur Ball Held on Saturday, Oct. 4

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    The Watauga Humane Society has announced that tickets are now available for the highly-anticipated Fur Ball. The 17th annual event will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Blowing Rock Country Club. This event is the largest fundraiser for the Watauga Humane Society, and is a means to help the nonprofit organization to manage the annual operations budget. Read more…

  • Boone Town Council Sets Meeting, Press Conference To Select, Announce New Town Manager Sept. 19

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm
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    The Boone Town Council has scheduled a special meeting on Friday, Sept. 19, to approve a contract for the new town manager. The meeting, held in the Council Chambers on Blowing Rock Road, starts at 3 p.m. A press conference will follow. Read more…

  • Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts ‘Meet the Candidates’ Forum Oct. 21 in Courthouse

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    Chamber of Commerce

    The Boone Area Chamber will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The forum takes place in the large courtroom of the Watauga County Courthouse on King Street in Boone. Read more…

  • Boone Staff Defines ‘Hardship Connection’ Policy for Council To Consider After Halting New ETJ Connections

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    In July, the Boone Town Council agreed with the town’s Water Use Committee and voted to continue serving the 398 water users in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and suspend any new water connections in the ETJ until “hardships” were defined. Read more…

  • Heritage Hall Theatre’s Fall Lineup Includes Plenty of Concerts, Stage Plays and More This Season

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    This fall, Heritage Hall Theatre in Mountain City, Tenn. has yet another great lineup of concerts, plays, musicals and more set for the season. From a musical showcase featuring Wayne Henderson to the hilarious productions of Barter Theater, this season’s lineup has something for everyone to enjoy.Read more…

  • After Being Evicted from ‘Horn in the West’ Facilities, SAHA To Request Amendments To Modified Lease

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    After being evicted from “Horn in the West” facilities in August by the Boone Town Council, Southern Appalachian Historical Association (SAHA) will request amendments to the lease the town modified last month at a council meeting on Thursday. Read more…

  • Ashe County Arts Council and Public Library Host Seventh Annual ‘On the Same Page’ Literary Festival

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Ashe County’s seventh annual On the Same Page literary arts festival will take place Sept. 16-20, scattered around different locations in downtown West Jefferson. Each year the Ashe County Arts Council in collaboration with the county’s public library hosts several bestselling writers for the five-day festival, which features lectures, workshops, sit-down meals with some of the authors, a book fair and more literary-themed fun.Read more…

  • Boone Town Council To Consider Adopting Whistleblower Protection Resolution at Thursday’s Council Meeting

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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    The Boone Town Council will consider adopting a resolution to protect whistleblowers at its council meeting on Thursday. A summary of the resolution included in the meeting packet reads: “This policy allows an employee of the Town of Boone to report an activity that he or she considers to be illegal or dishonest to the town manager without fear of being threatened, discriminated or retaliated against.” Read more…

  • Co-Founder of SPLC, Morris Dees Kicks Off Civil Rights Lecture Series at Appalachian State on Wednesday

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Morris Dees, a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 1971, begins a star-studded, so to speak, lecture series by the University Forum Committee (UFC) on the campus of Appalachian State University for the 2014-15 school year. The theme of the series is “The Civil Rights Act After 50 Years: Is There Justice for All Now?” Read more…

  • Monday Music Mash-Up; Our Listing of Live Music from Around the High Country for Week of Sept. 15-21

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Nothing says summertime like live music, and the High Country has enough live music events to keep you tapping your toes all summer long. Each week, the Monday Music Mash-up is your go-to spot to find the latest news on concerts, shows and gigs all throughout the High Country. Check out the website every Monday for the latest lineup, and make a plan to enjoy some tunes this summer. Read more…

  • Movie Review: ‘Dolphin Tale 2′

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

    2011’s “Dolphin Tale” told the story of Winter, a rescued dolphin who was missing her tail. The humans around her worked tirelessly to help and in the process they learned to help themselves. Needless to say, it was a super cheesy movie, the sort of cutesy inspirational fluff that adults have seen countless times (including “Air Bud” by the same director) but kids probably enjoy when it’s new to them. Now comes “Dolphin Tale 2″ which is pretty much more of the same. Read more…

  • Email Announcements Received Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:08 am

    What is going on in your community? Here is 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.


    • Watauga NAACP to Hold Branch Elections in November
    • High Country United Way Offers Triple P Positive Parenting Program Grant Funds
    • 39th annual Grayson Highlands Fall Festival Held Sept. 27-28
    • High Country Audubon Society Meets Sept. 16
    • Regional Farm Tour Showcases Appalachian Farming and the Future of Food
    • Solo Piano Works Performed Sept. 18 at ASU

    Read more…

  • Elon Poll: Hagan Leads Tillis With Wide Gender Gap Among Likely Voters in NC Senate Race

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:06 am
    U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has opened a four-point lead over her challenger in the November elections, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Hagan leads Thom Tillis, the Republican speaker of North Carolina’s House of Representatives, by a 45-41 margin among likely voters. Nine percent of likely voters said they plan to support another candidate, and 5 percent are undecided on their vote. Read more…

  • The Blowing Rock Attraction Thinks ‘Outside the Box’ With Americana Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:00 am
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    Music will accompany perhaps the sweetest view of the John’s River Gorge on Saturday, Sept. 20, when The Blowing Rock attraction hosts a two-stage, music festival featuring Wayne Henderson, Lacy Green, The Harris Brothers, Moore Brothers Band and several other acts in the Americana genre. Read more…

  • Weekly N.C. Lotto Winner Wrap-Up, Lottery Prizes Top $26.2 Million Last Week

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 9:39 am

    A 3-3-3 combination in the Carolina Pick 3 game highlights a week where lottery winners across the state scratched and matched their way to $26.2 million in total prizes. Six big prizes of $100,000 to $2.6 million were awarded to players this week. Read more…

  • Federal Indictment Charges Six Men with Conspiracy to Make Meth, Two From Vilas & Banner Elk

    Monday, September 15, 2014 at 9:24 am
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    A federal indictment has charged six men with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which oversees the Charlotte District Office and Sheriff Len D. Hagaman of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. Read more…

  • Boone PD: Initial Evidence Indicates Body Found off Poplar Grove Road is Missing ASU Student Anna Marie Smith

    Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Story updated – The Boone Police Department sent out a release just before 5 p.m. Saturday stating that “initial evidence located at the scene indicates” that the body found near Poplar Grove Road is Anna Marie Smith, the missing Appalachian State student. Read more…

  • The Best From High Country Magazine

    TOM ROBBINS: An Imaginative Life

    Friday, September 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    There is a saying oft applied to the High Country; ‘If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute and it will change.’ The same can be said of the resident population, especially in the summer. When the temperature swelters off the mountain caravans arrive carrying heat-weary flatlanders in need of a respite from the fevered and hectic worlds they endure. That influx transforms drowsy Blowing Rock, NC, with an official population of just under 1,200, into a lively, bustling village that can swell to more than 8,000 in any given summer weekend. It’s been this way since the 19th century.
    Read more…
    By Melanie Bullard

  • Blowing Rock Hosts Plethora of Special Events for Author Jan Karon; Meet and Greet, Tea, Concerts and More!

    Friday, September 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Tent space for the Jan Karon meet and greet at Chetola Resort Sept. 14 is currently filled. But have no fear, Mitford Series lovers, there is still plenty to do to celebrate the release of the newest book in the series, “Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.” Local Author Jan Karon is the New York Times-bestselling author of 23 books including the Mitford novels, the Father Tim novels, a popular cookbook, the Mitford Bedside Companion and several books for young readers.Read more…

  • Boone United Methodist Church Hosts Fall Bazaar Sept. 19-20 to Benefit Church and Community Organizations

    Friday, September 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Since 1984, Boone United Methodist Church has hosted what many have come to call the unofficial kickoff event for the autumn season. The event started out 30 years ago as a fundraiser and turkey dinner to help raise money to buy furniture for the church. But what started as a small local fundraiser has grown into what is now one of the largest yard sales and recycling events in the High Country. Read more…

  • See How Former Mountaineers Fared in NFL’s Week One

    Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    Former Mountaineer Brian Quick had a huge game for the Rams last weekend. Photo Courtesy St. Louis Rams

    Five former Appalachian State University football standouts are currently on active National Football League rosters. Here is a look at how the former Mountaineers fared in Week One action. Read more…

  • U.S Rep. Meadows Named ‘Friend of the Farm Bureau’

    Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    This week, the American Farm Bureau Federation named Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) a Friend of the Farm Bureau for the 113th Congress. According to the Farm Bureau, the award is given to individuals who “have supported Farm Bureau issues, as demonstrated by their voting record.” Read more…

  • Fall Festival Guide 2014: Your Guide for the Best Fall Festivals to Attend When the Leaves Start Changing

    Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Are you looking for a great way to welcome in the autumn season that is fun for the entire family? The High Country is home to a plethora of fall festivals and autumn activities that provide great fun for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy. Find the section for your area and check out all of the great things there are to do here in the High Country after you’re done watching the leaves turn. Read more…

  • Boomer Bytes #35: Climate Change Reality

    Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Passionate individuals on both sides of the climate change issue rail loud and long supporting their particular points of view. One side keeps bringing up and using the term “global warming,” but this is a red herring to divert attention from what the other side of the debate is saying. After last winter here in Boone, with all the cold temperatures we experienced, the question becomes “What warming?” Read more…

  • Legendary Jerry Moore To Be Honored Oct. 4, Multiple Events Planned Week of South Alabama Matchup

    Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm
    Former Appalachian State University Head Football Coach Jerry Moore - Photo courtesy of ASU

    Legendary Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moore will be honored in conjunction with Appalachian State’s inaugural Sun Belt Conference home game versus South Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 4, the University announced on Thursday. Read more…

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