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  • ASU’s Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series Kicks Off with Allen St. John on Thursday, Sept. 4

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    The first visiting writer of the academic year will be Allen St. John. St. John is Appalachian State University’s Common Reading Author and an award-winning journalist. His resume includes columns for the Wall Street Journal, pieces for the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Maxim, Salon, Popular Mechanics, Playboy, Men’s Journal and more. Read more…

  • Pizza Hut, Then Old Library Pub & Restaurant and Now Home of Mixed-Use Project With Apartments, Retail Space?

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 11:37 am
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    Under the Clement Blowing Rock Rd, LLC, John Winkler of the Winkler Organization has applied for a Special Use Permit for a mixed-use development at 603 Blowing Rock Rd., which is the former location of Pizza Hut and, more recently, the defunct Library Restaurant and Pub. Read more…

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

    Tuesday, September 2, 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.


    • Baha’i Devotional Meeting Held Sept. 7
    • Girl Scouts Enter Free at Grandfather Mountain Sept. 13
    • Watauga County Historical Society Meets Sept. 10
    • Boone United Methodist Fall Bazaar Held Sept. 19-20

    Read more…

  • Latest Fall Color Report: ‘Leaf Lookers, Hang in There,’ Higher Elevations Should See Turning Next Two Weeks

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 9:50 am
    On Aug. 26, Grandfather Mountain posted this photo on its Facebook page with the caption: I spy something orange in MacRae Meadows! #fallcolor

    “This past week, the weather has moved back to a more normal pattern for this time of year and we’re back to our usual ‘dog days’ of August. As a result, there is not much to report with respect to fall colors aside from what I wrote last week. The forests here are still very green,” the Fall Color Guy wrote on Sunday. Read more…

  • Autumn at the Art Cellar; Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk Continues an Exciting and Diverse Season of Art

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will continue an exciting and diverse season of art with several upcoming autumn events. The Art Cellar Gallery will be spotlighting four of its artists in the upcoming exhibition, “Animals of Farm and Field.” Read more…

  • Appalachian Chancellor Sheri N. Everts Announces Members of the Athletic Director Search Committee

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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    On Friday, Aug. 29, Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri N. Everts released a statement directed at the members of the Appalachian community. In her statement, Everts shared that after she announced that Athletic Director Charlie Cobb had stepped down as Appalachian State University’s Director of Athletics, she would now share the members of the search committee charged to find his replacement. Read more…

  • The 21st Annual Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair Held Sept. 9-13 at Heritage Park

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    As the end of the summer rolls by, fair season is rolling in. Kicking off what is sure to be yet another fantastic season of High Country fairs, the 21st annual Avery County Agricultural and Horticultural Fair will be held Sept. 9-13 in Newland. This popular fair is a family-oriented event that strives to preserve mountain heritage.Read more…

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

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm
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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…

  • Monday Music Mash-Up; Our Listing of Live Music from Around the High Country for Week of Sept. 1-7

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:50 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: ‘As Above, So Below’ is Just a Film with Nothing Going for It; Some is Bad, But Most is Dull

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’m giving “As Above, So Below” my lowest rating of one star, but it isn’t a film that constantly insults my intelligence, patience of taste. Quite frankly, it doesn’t have the ambition to do any of that. It’s just a film with nothing going for it. Some of it is bad, but most of it is dull. If I could think of one thing I liked about this movie I’d bump it up another half star. I like that I’ll probably have forgotten about it by this time next week, but that doesn’t count. Read more…

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

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:17 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.


    • Photos Needed for 2015 Blowing Rock Community Calendar
    • Watauga Humane Society’s Fifth Annual Best Ever Plant Sale Held Sept. 6
    • Last Chance Golf Tournament Held Sept. 22
    • Baby Otters Arrive at Grandfather Mountain
    • Beginning Pastured Pork Workshop Held at Springhouse Farm

    Read more…

  • Cash 5 Jackpot, Three Instant Tickets Bring Big Wins, Powerball Jack Pot Jumps To $54.9M

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

    A Carolina Cash 5 jackpot winner and three big instant scratch-off winners highlight a week that brought more than $18.5 million in prizes to lottery players across the state. The largest win of the week went to Robert Gallen, a retired textile plant engineer from Casar in Cleveland County. Read more…

  • ASU’s Football Notebook: More on Upshaw’s Big Collegiate Debut With 109 Rushing Yards at The Big House

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 9:58 am
    With 109 rushing yards against Michigan on Saturday, redshirt freshman Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview) became the first Appalachian State University player in 40 years to rush for 100 yards in his collegiate debut. The last Mountaineer to accomplish the feat was quarterback Robbie Price, who ran for 140 yards and a touchdown on just 18 carries against East Tennessee State on Sept. 7, 1974. Price was a sophomore playing in his first varsity game after quarterbacking Appalachian’s junior varsity squad in 1973. Read more…

  • LETTERS / Let Us Know

    Monday, September 1, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Letters to the Editor. BY PAULA FINCK / Dear Editor, Elected officials and candidates, I am especially addressing this letter to you. Please help make my voting job easier in the upcoming Nov. 4 general election. Announce to your constituents that you 
will help overturn Citizens United, McCutcheon and other Supreme Court decisions which shifted control of our elections from the will of the people to the wallets of the super-rich. Do it now. Read more…

  • No Mountaineer Magic This Time Around as Michigan Wolverines Routes App State 52-14 in Ann Arbor Saturday

    Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8:24 am
    Redshirt freshman Terrence Upshaw ran for 109 yards in his collegiate debut on Saturday at Michigan. Courtesy: App State Athletics - David Scearce

    On a cloudy, hot Michigan Stadium afternoon, there were no bolts of lightening to bail Appalachian State’s football team out of trouble on Saturday in a 52-14 loss to Michigan before 106,811 spectators. Returning to the scene of one of college football’s most historic upsets nearly seven years ago to the day, the Mountaineers were overwhelmed almost from the start in this rematch, which was the first game for App State as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision. Read more…

  • The Best From High Country Magazine

    TIM MILLER: Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery – An Artistic Frame of Mind

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    In an unassuming corner of Blowing Rock, there sits a little shop on the corner filled to the brim with beautiful artwork of all kinds. If you take a saunter through the rooms, you will be greeted by paintings and sculptures from many esteemed artists like Wiili Armstrong, Elliott Daingerfield, Lita Gatlin, George Snyder and countless others.
    Read more…
    Photo by Ken Ketchie

  • Raising the Ante on the ALS Bucket Challenge, Parkway School Staff Doused on Friday Afternoon

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm
    Watauga County Schools Supt. Dr. Scott Elliott and Parkway School staff cool off on a hot Friday before Labor Day weekend. WCS spokesman Marshall Ashcraft noted that staff upped the ante on the ALS bucket challenge with the help of the Deep Gap Volunteer Fire Department. Read more…

  • It’s All in a Fog – Beech Mountain Downhill Race Series II

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm
    July, August, and September in the Southeast seem to be a replay of Snowshoe one week, Beech the next, a couple weeks to collect yourself and take care of the necessities of life, then back on for two weeks to do it all over again. A week and half go it was Snowshoe and Chomolungma for 30,000 feet of descent. This past weekend it’s a bit closer to home, Western North Carolina and Beech Mountain for the second of the three race series.
    Read more…
    Article by Jay Schultz
    Photos by Jay Schultz

  • Appalachian V. Michigan: An Upset for the Ages

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    It was a gorgeous, sun-kissed day seven years ago on a Labor Day Saturday as I made a short trip from a hotel near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Michigan Stadium on the opening weekend of the 2007 college football season. None of the 109,218 fans that filled the largest sports stadium in the U.S., the players, coaches, support staffs or any of the throngs of media that were there that afternoon had any idea that we were about to witness one of the most improbable sporting events in college history as unheralded Appalachian State stunned Michigan, 34-32. Read more… By David Coulson – Photo by Dave Mayo

  • Weekend Roundup: Exciting Things to Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans Aug. 29-31

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially on summer weekends! 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…

  • Appalachian’s Performing Arts Series Lineup Announced; Music, Dance, Theater Come to ASU This Fall

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Appalachian State University is back in session, and with the influx of students comes a deluge of quality performance events brought to you courtesy of the ASU Performing Arts Series. This year, the series will bring more music, more dancing, more theater and more excitement to the campus for the university body and the community to enjoy. This year’s lineup is stellar, and new events are still being added. Read more…

  • Listen To Radio Call From The 2007 Upset, Saturday Rematch on ESPN 2, Where are Viewing Parties?

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Appalachian State University football begins a new era at The Big House, the site of the most notable upset in college football history, when it opens the 2014 campaign against the Michigan Wolverines, the nation’s all-time winningest program. Kickoff is noon on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Read more…

  • Boomer Bytes #33: Reunions and Such Things

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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    Last Saturday, August 23, 2014, I participated, along with 33 of my high school classmates, in the high school reunion phenomenon. In this case our 50th. Wow, it does not seem like 1964 was that long ago. Some of us could not come to the reunion including a number who have passed away. Read more…

  • The 25th Annual Walk for Awareness Takes Place at Appalachian State University on Tuesday Sept. 2

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

    In 1989, The Appalachian State University Community started the Walk for Awareness event. The Walk came to be after university employee Jeni Gray was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered, and Appalachian Alumna Leigh Cooper Wallace survived an assault by the same man and later helped to bring him to justice. The Walk for Awareness, which serves as a reminder to the campus and community members about the importance of personal safety while at the same time commemorating lives lost to violence and supporting victims and survivors, will begin on Sanford Mall at ASU. Read more…

  • Watauga Commissioners Accept John Winkler’s $160,000 Offer for Oak Street Property, Upset-Bid Process Begins

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:27 am
    The Oak Street property.

    The Watauga County Board of Commissioners accepted a $160,000 offer from real estate agent John Winkler for county-owned property located at 347 Oak St. at a special meeting on Thursday evening. Now, the upset-bid process begins. Read more…

  • Appalachian’s Fall 2014 Visiting Writers Series features Allen St. John, George Ella Lyons and Shira Dentz

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:22 am
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    An award-winning journalist, a poet and a writer of multiple genres will read from and talk about their work as part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University. The series begins with a reading by Allen St. John Sept. 4 on behalf of the university’s Common Reading Program, followed by a reading Oct. 2 by George Ella Lyons, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing for fall semester. The series also brings poet Shira Dentz to campus Nov. 13. Read more…

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

    Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:02 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.


    • LMC Women’s Cross Country Tabbed Tenth in Coaches Poll
    • The Blowing Rock Music Festival Held Saturday, Sept. 20
    • B2B Barter 101 Workshop Held Sept. 4
    • Ranger Programs at the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Read more…

  • Blowing Rock Town Council Member Dan Phillips Felt ‘Pressured’ To Approve Mountainleaf Development CUP

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    During the Blowing Rock Town Council special meeting last night, Councilman Dan Phillips said that he felt “pressured and … pushed into a corner” to approve the conditional use permit for the controversial Mountainleaf development. A divided council eventually approved the permit, but not without Phillips making a passionate plea for Blowing Rock to “remain a village” and expressing what he called a “disturbing” process regarding the drafting, recommendation and approval of the conditional use permit. Read more…

  • It’s a Breeze to Fly Kites a Mile High Over Labor Day Weekend at Beech Mountain Town Meadow

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm
    Kite Festival 001 - CREDIT Terry Murray

    The 12th annual Mile High Kite Festival takes place on Sunday, Aug. 31, in the Beech Mountain Town Meadow. Located at more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level. The festival includes kite-flying music and announcing provided by Terry Murray and Will Smoot of the Richmond Air Force Kite Club from Virginia. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest kite, smallest kite and best decorated kite. Read more…

  • NCDOT Scheduled To Finish One Bridge Replacement Project, Begin Another in Ashe County

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing to replace a bridge on Roundabout Road over Cabbage Creek in Ashe County and will install an off-site detour during construction. The Roundabout Road project will begin immediately after completion of a nearby bridge replacement project. Read more…

  • The Art Cellar Gallery Hosts Final Coffee Talk of the Season on Saturday, Aug. 30 with Zoey Brookshire

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    On Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. until noon, The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will host the last of many coffee talks of the summer season. This Saturday’s coffee talk will feature noted painter Zoey Brookshire. Read more…

  • Local Favorite, The Whip Daddy’s, Play Season Finale of Banner Elk’s Concert Series Thursday, Aug. 28

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    On Thursday, Aug. 28, Banner Elk will host its last concert of the 2014 season. The band, The Whip Daddy’s, will play beach, motown and classics. This band has been playing regularly in Banner Elk for the past 15 years. The Whip Daddy’s energetic sound has closed the concert series for several years in a row. Read more…

  • N.C. Court of Appeals Sides With Avery County: Grandfather Mountain’s Not Exempt From Property Taxes

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    N.C. Court of Appeals recently concluded that the N.C. Property Tax Commission “erred” in granting the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation tax-exempt status in 2013. The ruling came down on Aug. 19, and now the foundation has 30 days from the ruling to appeal to the N.C. Supreme Court. Read more…

  • What’s Playing at the Movies?Aug. 28-Sept. 3 : The November Man, If I Stay, The Giver and More

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Check out all of the great films that you can catch this week at the movies. Trailers included! Read more…

  • 2014-15 ASU Forum Series Focuses on ‘Justice for All’

    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Leaders of the social justice, civil disobedience and civil rights movements will speak during the 2014-15 Forum Series at Appalachian State University. The series theme is “The Civil Rights Act After 50 Years: Is There Justice for All Now?” Morris Dees will present the talk “With Justice for All” Wednesday, Sept. 17. Timothy DeChristopher will speak on “A Movement with Soul” Monday, Oct. 20, and Dr. Mary Frances Berry will present “Whatever Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?” on Monday, March 23, 2015. Read more…

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