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Smokefree Countdown Underway

“Dining out in North Carolina will become healthier starting Saturday, January 2, when the state’s new smokefree restaurants and bars law goes into effect.


The local health department encourages local residents to celebrate Tasty Tuesdays.  Anyone can participate in Tasty Tuesdays by visiting any local restaurant for one meal every Tuesday in January.  It’s a great way to show appreciation to local restaurants for cooperating with the new law.


To report a possible business violation of the smokefree restaurants and bars law, call the local health department, or visit, or call the Care-Line at 1-800-662-7030.


 North Carolina - now serving smokefree air!”
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Christmas Choral Concert This Thursday

fall_09_concert_publicity_photo.jpgThe High Country High School Community Chorale will perform their Christmas choral concert on Thursday, December 17, 2009.  The performance will take place in Hayes School of Music in Rosen Concert Hall on A.S.U.’s campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.    


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Santa's Toy Box Kick-Off

sherry_takes_donation.jpgSanta's Toy Box collection effort kicked off Friday with a day-long effort in front of Mast General Store in downtown Boone.  Hopes for a successful effort were raised with the generosity of folks who stopped by and gave new toys or money.

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Christmas Drama at Oak Grove

oak.jpgOak Grove will host a special outdoor Christmas drama next Friday Dec. 11 at 6:30pm called "Journey to the Cross". The performance is free and open to the public. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be served. For more information call (828)268-1143.

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Holiday Farmer's Market in Ashe

ashe_farmers_market12-2009_12010096.jpgAshe County Farmer's Holiday Market will be open again this Saturday, from 10-3 on the Backstreet of West Jefferson.

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More Weather Pix 12-02-09

img_9745_closeupheatherturner3.jpgimg_9748heatherturner4.jpgFrom Heather Turner









im001591leebecton4.jpg im001590leebecton6.jpgLee Becton, Land Harbor









rainbow120209-jason_cornett.jpg Jason Cornett 

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Rainbow Over Boone

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Multiple High Country residents shared their rainbow pictures and accounts after a Wednesday filled with rain, wind and cold temperatures. Click on Read More link for more.


 * photos captured by Billie Jo Greene via mobile phone while leaving the ASU campus around 5pm. and Lee Becton at Land Harbor* If you have pictures of events in the High Country email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Highland Camerata To Present Winter Concerts

larissa_v-color_headshot_final.jpgThe region’s premier chorus, The Highland Camerata, will present its annual set of winter concerts on December11, 13, and 15.  On Friday, December 11 at 7:30 pm, the concert will be held at Brush Creek Hall. 

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ASU Freshman Wins Second Place in Global Ski Design Competition

joseph.jpgBOONE – Joseph Toney, Boone native and Appalachian State freshman majoring in graphic design and minoring in entrepreneurship, won second place in a global ski design competition sponsored by one of the world's top professional freestyle skiers, T. J. Schiller.

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Ashe High in Charlotte Parade

achs_in_holidaycaravanwh09_w300.jpgSpecial to Go Blue

Ashe County High School Marching Band in the 2009 Carolina’s Thanksgiving Parade.

  (photo courtesy the Salisbury Post)

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'Tommy' Reprise to be Fish Finale-UPDATEmini-04_17_09_463.jpgThere have already been a number of ‘Fish Finales’ this fall as the curtain draws on the long High Country career of broadcaster and musician Bill Fisher.  Festivities and a performance this Friday may be the final act, barring one final home ASU football game. 
(photo supplied--Bill Fisher second from right)
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Frosty Grandfather Pictures

half_moon_peaks1.jpgEmployees came back from their Thanksgiving break to a beautiful winter scene at Grandfather Mountain on Friday.  Gusts to 80 mph have kept the top half of the Mountain closed but visitors have still been able to enjoy a dusting of snow and ice coating the trees.


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Spectacular Blowing Rock Sunrisebr_sunrise112409-1.jpgbr_sunrise112409-2.jpg Sunrise on the parkway near blowing rock this morning was very inspirational! Full Story
Happy Birthday to...
...Hannah and Katelyn Tester a Happy Birthday on Tues Nov.24th. They will be 9 years old.
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Happy 19th Birthday to...
...Sarah McAnallen aka Sarah Mac from Mom--have a great FRIDAY THE 13TH!
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Boone Service League Holiday EventsHoliday Market at the Boone Armory Full Story
Great Season for Twisterstwister_pic1.jpgCongratulations to the Tri-County Twisters 16U Fast Pitch Softball Team on a winning season!  Full Story
Faith Chapel Annual Fall Festival

Come join us at Faith Chapel CCCU in Fleetwood N.C.


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Showers for Halloween? Great DRY Fun!Showers on Halloween (Saturday) afternoon AND evening?!?  Keep the kids dry AND happy by bringing them to the Sugar Grove Halloween Festival from 3 to 6 PM.  Don’t worry if you don’t have costume(s) for the kids because there will be a “Green Costume” table that will have previously used, donated costumes as well as other homemade things to dress the kids up.  (If you have any costumes you would like to re-cycle, bring them along.  Each costume you donate will get you $1 off the $8 price of the event.)  Another table that has been added since the earlier press release is a Halloween Cookie Decorating Table with pre-baked cookies just waiting to be frosted and decorated by the kids.  
The Haunted Hallway for kids 10 & over will be from 7 to 10 PM. Full Story
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