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WHS Student Places in National Competition

After placing first in Cosmetology Skills at the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, Watauga High School's Sierra Mueller placed 16th in the same competition at the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri in late June. Full Story

July Programs for Kids at Grandfather Mountain

This July at Grandfather Mountain, Kindergarten-age kids through 3rd graders can enjoy special programming, geared toward further exposing young children to the environment.  Child participants in these events will enjoy reading books, singing songs, playing games and exploring, Full Story

Two Dates to Remember for High Country Women

Friday, July 13: Janice Holly Booth provides the keynote address at the High Country Women's Fund Power of the Purse Luncheon at the Blowing Rock Country Club, 200 Country Club Drive, Blowing Rock, 11 am - 2 pm. Tickets available online at, Full Story

Newland Riverwalk Concerts Kick Off Friday

Newland Riverwalk Summer Concert Series 2012 kicks off this Friday, and will be held every Friday night across from Lowes Foods, Downtown Newland from 6-9 pm. running thru August 31, rain or shine. The rain location has been moved to the Rock Gym located adjacent to Newland Elementary School. Full Story

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games After Dark

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Highlands of Scotland firsthand though traditional music, food and activities.  But what some might not realize is that when the sun goes down, the fun is only beginning. Full Story


The Grandfather Mountain Naturalist staff has made several additions to this year's first annual Grandfather Mountain Campout.  Hosted by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the Campout offers participants unique, never-before-available opportunities on the Mountain and takes place July 27-29. Full Story

Appalachian Roller Girls at Holmes June 23rd

If you haven't been to an Appalachian Rollergirls (ARG) action packed bout, then you are definitely missing out on some great entertainment for the entire family.  ARG is an all female adult roller derby team in Boone N.C.  The team is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that Full Story

Wheels & Wings Air and Car Show at Ashe Airport

With a personality as large as the skies he flies, Johnny White is the hardest working man in the air show business.  Living his perilous passion from dawn to dusk, like other great artists, he is obsessively driven to develop, produce and perform.
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Boone Chamber Celebrates Membership with Parade

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is CELEBRATING BUSINESS...and recruiting new members!  Toward that end, the chamber will take to the streets on Monday, June 11th, with a parade showing off the colors of business in the High Country.  Don't know what that means? Full Story


June 13 marks a special day at Grandfather Mountain.  The Grandfather habitat staff has prepared a birthday celebration for the animals, providing programs and games for the Mountain's guests as well as birthday treats for Grandfather's furry and feathered residents. Full Story


On Saturday, June 9th, Nora Percival, author of ‘Weather of the Heart’ and ‘Silver Pages on the Lawn,’ will officially introduce her third memoir, ‘The Whirligig of Time,’ at the Watauga County Library, from 10 a.m. to noon. She hopes many of her enthusiastic readers Full Story

Cyclo.Via Back to Boone June 24th

Boone Area Cyclists is presenting our second annual Cyclo.Via on Sunday, June 24th from 11-5 pm.  This is a street festival celebrating human powered fun.  Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and open for fun with or without wheels.  BMX trick team The Freestyle

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Moves at LifeStore Insurance

Jan Noffsinger, former owner of Parkway Custom Insurance Associates, Inc., has joined LifeStore Insurance. “We are pleased to have Jan as a member of our staff,” commented Jody Brown, President of LifeStore Insurance. “Jan’s knowledge and experience will be invaluable Full Story

Scholarships Available to ASU Math Camp

Summer is finally here, which means it is time for Math Camp at Appalachian State University. And for those in need, there is scholarship help available, thanks to the generosity of local citizens, as well as the American Association of University Women and the Boone Kiwanis. Full Story

Annual Women of Vision Luncheon Set at Linville Ridge

A woman’s work is never done, as the saying goes.  That statement is especially true for the supporters of the Appalachian Women’s Fund.  Now in their 5th year, plans for the annual Woman of Vision Luncheon are completed and tickets are on sale for the June 21st event at the Linville Ridge Country Club. Full Story

Annual Women of Vision Luncheon Set at Linville Ridge

Five years ago the Appalachian Women’s Fund joined forces with Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer, owners of Westglow Resort & Spa to establish this area’s leading and largest independent women’s fund.  For the fifth consecutive year, the Schaefers are the Premiere Sponsor and underwriters Full Story

Hospitality House Surpasses Feinstein Goal

The 2012 Feinstein Challenge has come to a close with Hospitality House surpassing its goal and raising $81,500 in their bid to eradicate hunger in the High Country.  A record number of individuals, schools, businesses and churches came together to put Hospitality House over the top in food, Full Story

Newland Businesses Prepare for Tourist Season

The Newland Business Association discussed the branding and marketing of Newland at its monthly meeting Tuesday. Membership of the NBA is now at 90 members, the highest in the organization’s history. Members present were told that the promoting of Newland is picking up speed as Full Story

Boone PR firm honored for electric cooperative communication

Local public relations and advertising firm, G&T Communications, Inc. was recently named in four national awards for its work with electric cooperatives. One of those was the Edgar F. Chesnutt award, the “best of the best” within the Spotlight on  Excellence awards program’s category for Best Total Communication Program. Full Story

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