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High Country Press

Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  • LETTERS / Call Your Elected Representatives To Get Money Out Of Politics

    Letters to the Editor. BY JOAN BRANNON, PAULA FINCK & DAVID FINCK / Dear Editor, We in the United States have long prided ourselves on having a government of the people, by the people, and for the people — one person, one vote. We now find ourselves as a country at a great turning point where our government is quickly transforming into one of, by, and for the the extremely wealthy and their corporations. One dollar, one vote is replacing one person, one vote. Read more…



  • Everts To Be Installed as ASU’s 7th Chancellor April 17, Gov. McCrory & Rep. Foxx to Speak

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    March 31, 2015. Dr. Sheri N. Everts will be installed as Appalachian State University’s seventh chancellor on Friday, April 17, in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. The public is invited. Judge Gary L. Henderson, an Appalachian graduate, will administer the oath of office. Speakers at the installation include N.C. Gov. Patrick L. McCroy, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, N.C. Rep. and Appalachian alumnus Nelson Dollar, UNC President Thomas W. Ross and Chancellor Everts. / Read more…



  • Police Seek Public’s Help in Assault Near the Moose Lodge in Boone on Sunday

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    March 31, 2015. Early Sunday, March 29 at around 2 a.m., a 21-year-old Troutman man was assaulted and robbed while visiting the Boone area. The victim was reportedly attending a social event at the Moose Lodge, located at 607 Deerfield Road in Boone, when he was attacked. / Read more…



  • App Mountain Brewery Enters Distribution Agreement With Craft Brew Alliance

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    March 31, 2015. Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. a leading craft brewing company, announced today it will distribute beers for NC-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc. as part of a master distribution agreement between both brewing companies. The distribution agreement marks the next phase in CBA’s strategic partnership with the fast-growing NC brewery, and will help extend AMB’s reach in time for North Carolina Beer Month. / Read more…



  • Hardin Park Gold Team Wins WCS Battle of the Books For Elementary Grades

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    The Hardin Park Gold Team includes (students left to right) Lily Wilson, Angela Claire Henderson, Ellery Rushing, Makayla Barnes, Lydia Rothrock, and Ella Triplett. The coaches are Corrie Freeman (on left) and Emily Rothrock (at right).


    March 31, 2015. The Hardin Park School Gold Team won the elementary grades championship in the Watauga County Schools Battle of the Books held Tuesday, March 17 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The Hardin Park Gold team includes Makayla Barnes, Angela Claire Henderson, Lydia Rothrock, Ellery Rushing, Ella Triplett, and Lily Wilson. / Read more…



  • Avery, Watauga Obituaries – March 31, 2015

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    Recent obituaries in Watauga County and Avery County compiled on March 31, 2015. Read more…
    COMPILED BY JESSE WOOD



  • 20th Annual Appalachian GuitarFest Brings World-Class Talent To Boone April 9-12

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    March 31, 2015. The 20th annual Appalachian GuitarFest and Solo Guitar Competition will be held at Appalachian State University from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12, and the event has come a long way since it was founded two decades ago. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Cooler Weather in Forecast for ASM’s Middle Fork Greenway Easter Ski Fundraiser

    Easter eggs iMarch 31, 2015. Easter Weekend is fast approaching and cooler weather is on the way. While folks might be dreading temperatures in the low 30’s next weekend, it’s a good forecast for the Easter Weekend fundraiser that Appalachian Ski Mtn. is spearheading for the benefit of the Middle Fork Greenway. So far nearly 50 businesses are participating in donating a portion of revenues from business during Easter Weekend. In February, Appalachian Ski Mtn. President Brad Moretz announced an extended ski season at the resort through Easter Weekend – Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5 – and that all ski-ticket sales on Saturday will be donated to the Middle Fork Greenway initiative. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Social Entrepreneurs Hendley, Davis to Speak at Global Opportunities Conference at ASU

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    March 31, 2015. Wine to Water founder Doc Hendley will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Global Opportunities Conference: Business for a Better World to be held Friday, April 10 at 9 a.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Ballroom at Appalachian State University. / Read more…



  • With Warmer Weather, Local Law Enforcement Warns Residents of Increasing Scam Reports

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    March 31, 2015. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police Department have seen an increase of scams reported to authorities in the past month and want to warn residents to take precautions. Boone Police Chief Crawford said Boone citizens, and even off-campus students, have been hit with several scams lately. / Read more…



  • 12th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Winners Announced

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    “Dawg with Plotts” by Kelly Clampitt – Winner for Best in Show

    March 31, 2015. Organizers of the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition today announced the winners of the 12th annual competition. Kelly Clampitt and the image Dawg with Plotts (below) took top honors receiving the designation of Best in Show. Kelly will take home a cash award of $1,000 furnished through competition proceeds. William Mauney’s image The Table Rock Fire Star Trails (below) is the public’s pick in this year’s Footsloggers’ People’s Choice Award and will receive $350 cash award furnished by Footsloggers Outdoor and Travel Outfitters. Over 2,300 votes were cast in this year’s People’s Choice Award. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Joe Chamberlain named 2015 Realtor of the Year by High Country Association of Realtors

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    March 31, 2015. Early in his career, Joe Chamberlain learned how to react to the unexpected. More than once the Ashe County realtor would be busy taking potential buyers to a property for sale when the hazards of mountain driving called for quick action. “I can recall on a few occasions having to yell for clients to get out of my vehicle as I found myself sliding back down an icy road towards a steep cliff,” he said. / Read more…



  • Registration for Nature Photography Weekend at Grandfather Mountain Opens April 1

    http://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556 March 31, 2015. Online registration begins Wednesday for Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend, an exciting workshop for photographers planned for May 29-31. The event features presentations from five renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the mountain and a friendly but competitive photo contest. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Americans Are Drowning In Propaganda

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, John Pilger speaks of growing up inside The Matrix as we all did: “I grew up on a cinematic diet of American glory, almost all of it a distortion. I had no idea that it was the Red Army that had destroyed most of the Nazi war machine”. American war dead were about 450,000 worldwide where Russian war dead were more than twenty million. Read more…



  • When ‘Burning of the Snow’ Smoke Clears New Hi-Speed Lift Coming To Sugar Mountain

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    Sugar Mountain Resort announced huge changes to the slopes on Monday morning. Photo by Randy Johnson


    March 30, 2015. Sugar Mountain Resort just celebrated its ritual “Burning of the Snow” to end the ski season yesterday but there won’t be time to rest. Starting immediately, the resort will start installing a new Doppelmayr high-speed, six-passenger detachable chairlift to the summit of the mountain. In time for next ski season, the brand-new modern lift is expected to reduce the ride to the top from thirteen minutes to five, said Sugar Mountain Resort owner Gunther Jochl early on Monday morning. Jochl said Sugar was “way overdue to put in a new lift to the top,” and that the new lift will make it “easy and comfortable to reach the summit.” By Randy Johnson / Read more…



  • Local Lowe’s Store Nets $6,000 for MDA With Pig Kissing Challenge, Other Fundraisers

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    William Burgess, an employee at Lowe’s Home Improvement, participated in the “Kiss the Pig” challenge to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Photo submitted


    March 30, 2015. The Lowe’s Home Improvement in Boone has raised nearly $6,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since March 1. The spring fundraiser, which is held each year across the corporation, ends April 1. While the local store raised more than $5,000 for MDA with the help of customers purchasing shamrocks in a number of monetary increments, local employees joined the cause by holding a “Kiss the Pig” challenge recently in view of customers and an in-house silent auction. The staff “Kiss the Pig” challenge raised $987. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Blue Ridge Community Theatre Offers Basic Acting, Theatre Classes for Adults in April, May

    March 30, 2015. The Blue Ridge Community Theatre is offering something new this spring: beginning acting and theatre classes for adults. The six-week class starts on Monday, April 13 and runs through Monday, May 18. Classes take place on Monday evenings in the Boone Mall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • From the Desk of ACS Supt. David Burleson: Spring is Here, Keep Fingers Crossed

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    March 30, 2015. Even though spring is officially here, last weekend reminded us that winter has not lost its grip. We all that know that late March and early April can bring some snow and bad weather to Avery County. Currently, our last scheduled day of school for students is June 12, and, unless we get more inclement weather, we will be having three days of Spring Break; April 3, 6, & 7. By ACS Supt. David Burleson / Read more…



  • Movie Review: ‘Home’ is Annoying To No End and A Mess on Several Other Levels

    DreamWorks-Home-Movie=Poster March 30, 2015. Oh, the main character of “Home,” is really annoying. It’s hard to get past that fact. Everything else about this movie could be excellent and it would still be awful overall because of Oh (and to be clear, this is not an otherwise excellent movie). Oh gets his name from the groaning sound that his fellow aliens make any time he’s around. It’s a wonder his name isn’t Idontlikeyougoaway. Oh is voiced by Jim Parsons, best known for playing the aggravating Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory.” Instead of getting him for 24 minutes, you’re getting him for 94. Unlike Sheldon, Oh at least attempts to be pleasant, but he’s rendered insufferable by his bumbling nature and awkward syntax. You probably know from the trailers that he speaks mostly in broken English that the movie thinks is funny. I assure you that prolonged exposure to this speech does not make it more tolerable. By Bob Garver / Read more…



  • NC’s Bee Aware Team Visits White House, Oversees Bee Haven Installation at Grandfather

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    Bee Aware team members Claudia Button, Kate Fitzpatrick and Nathan Button stand before the White House, where they were invited to exhibit their science project Monday for the White House Science Fair. Photo courtesy Jenny Fitzpatrick.


    March 30, 2015. North Carolina’s Bee Aware Team, which features four home-schooled students from the High Country, has been the buzz lately after exhibiting their enterprising honeybee project at the Fifth annual White House Science Fair last week. They were one of 36 teams from across the nation to present at the fair. By Jay Salton / Read more…



  • Barium Springs & Grandfather Home Come Together to Form Children’s Hope Alliance

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    Barium Springs, NC – Two of the Southeast’s most historic and prominent child welfare organizations have teamed up and now fall under a new umbrella name. Last April, Barium Springs and Grandfather Home for Children merged, making the combined agency one of the largest child service providers in North Carolina. Over the past year, Barium Springs and Grandfather Home operated together, but under two separate names. On Monday, March 30, the two agencies will begin operating as one cohesive organization under the name “Children’s Hope Alliance.” / Read more…



  • Eight Appalachian State Students to Bring Clean Water to Honduras This Summer

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    March 30, 2015. This summer, a group of eight Appalachian State students will travel to Honduras to work in a remote community alongside the Mosquito Coast. During this 10-day adventure in Central America, the students will help build and repair wells, teach hygiene and sanitation skills to the locals, and participate in community outreach activities. / Read more…



  • “Assassins” Musical to be Presented April 2

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    March 30, 2015. Marking the 150th anniversary of the April 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble (AMTE) presents the multi-award winning musical “Assassins” by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. The single performance takes place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on the Appalachian State University campus. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College To Expand Athletic and Recreation Facilities by Fall 2015

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    March 30, 2015. Thanks to generous donations and partnerships, Lees-McRae is pleased to announce plans to enhance Bobcat athletic facilities by adding three new venues to the existing athletic complex by fall 2015. Scheduled enhancements include the addition of a media room, indoor training facility, locker rooms, study lounge, and captain’s meeting room as well as remodeled bathrooms and shower facilities and a renovated student recreation center. These enhancements increase the existing athletic footprint by 10 percent and serve over 300 student-athletes participating in one of the College’s 19 athletic teams. / Read more…



  • 10th Annual Tom Moore 5k Raising Awareness for Huntington’s Disease on April 11 at ASU

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    March 30, 2015. Students at Appalachian State University are planning the 10th Annual Tom Moore 5k raising awareness for Huntington’s Disease Society of America. The 5k will be held April 11th, 2015, 9 a.m., at the Boone Greenway in honor of a High Country Resident, Tom Moore. / Read more…



  • Samaritan’s Purse Deploys Disaster Relief Team to Oklahoma Tornado Disasater

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    A series of dangerous tornadoes swept through eastern Oklahoma last Wednesday, leaving behind massive devastation. The tornado killed one person in the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs and injured at least two dozen.


    March 30, 2015. Help is on the way for victims of three deadly tornadoes that hit several towns in eastern Oklahoma on Wednesday. On Thursday, international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse deployed disaster relief experts from its headquarters in North Carolina to help tornado victims with cleanup efforts. / Read more…



  • Today’s Email Announcements

    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.

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    COMPILED BY JAY SALTON



  • Vidalia Re-Opens After Impressive Expansion, Interior Renovations, Deck Project Next

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    Vidalia just re-opened after expanding the interior of the restaurant.


    March 19, 2015. Closed since New Year’s Day because of renovations and expansion, Vidalia, a restaurant and wine bar on King Street, is back open for business. The renovations were extensive as Vidalia expanded into next door. The dining capacity is now double, accommodating 80, which was much needed because of the demand of seating. A new 18-foot copper bar was installed into the new space and wraps seamlessly through the restaurant into the kitchen, which was also expanded. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Boomer Bytes #63: Starbucks, Race, and Other Things

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    March 27, 2015. Over the past week or so there was an unusual thing that was happening at Starbucks (yes the coffee place) dealing with discussion of race. The project was started by the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, and the President and Publisher of USA Today, Larry Kramer, to get people talking about the multiple effects of race in our country. By Steve Canipe / Read more…



  • Boone Area Lions Hold Benefit Country Breakfast on Saturday, March 28

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    March 23, 2015. All you can eat eggs, pancakes, bacon and country ham will be on the menu when the Boone Area Lions Club holds its annual Country Breakfast on Saturday, March 28 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. 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. / Read more…



  • Rave Reviews for ‘Dearly Departed’ Dinner-Theatre Performances, Closes This Weekend

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    The cast of Dearly Departed rehearses at the Fairway Cafe and Venue days leading up to opening night, which was March 19.


    March 27, 2015. The BeanStalk Community Theatre is nearing the end of its eight-night run of “Dearly Departed” at the Fairway Café and Venue in the Boone Golf Club, and so far things are going great. “It’s been going really well. It’s been very well received and everybody is raving about the food, so we are very happy about it,” Amy Beane, creative director of the BeanStalk Community Theatre. By Jesse Wood – Photo by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Mystery Hill Announces Dollar Days for All North Carolina Residents in April

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    March 27, 2015. Beginning April 1 and for the entire month of April Mystery Hill is excited to announce North Carolina Dollar days! All residents of North Carolina along with families and guest are invited to visit Mystery Hill for only $2 each throughout April as part of “Dollar Days.” Mystery Hill located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Hwy 321 has been entertaining visitors to the North Carolina High Country since 1948. / Read more…



  • Dusting of Snow on Friday Morning, Cold Weather To Remain Through Weekend

    http://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556 March 27, 2015. Some residents of the High Country woke up to a dusting of snow before the rain washed it away. The chilly weather will continue through the weekend. RaysWeather.com’s forecast notes that Boone will have a low of 22 on Friday, low of 19 on Saturday and a low of about 33 on Sunday and Monday. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Appalachian Ski Mtn. Winds Down Season With Meltdown Games March 28 & 29

    http://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556 March 27, 2015. The annual Meltdown Games at Appalachian Ski Mountain is just around the corner. On March 28 and 29, skiers and snowboarders will participate in an array of competitive “beach themed” events to celebrate the end of Appalachian Ski Mountain’s 53rd ski season. In conjunction with the Meltdown Games, Neff’s Annual Beach Bash will take over on Sunday, March 29th, offering $5oo in prize money and lots of Neff prizes as part of the snowboard contest and beach themed party. / Read more…



  • Comedian Ron White to Perform at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone April 16

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    March 27, 2015. Comedian Ron White will perform at Appalachian State University Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Holmes Convocation Center. Tickets are $15 for students and $30 for the public, both in advance and at the door. To order, visit theholmescenter.com or call 828-262-7890. / Read more…



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