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Blowing Rock Hosts Debut Fall Classic Bike Ride September 26

BLOWING ROCK N.C. (September 2015) – For many years, late September was the time when cyclists from all over the Southeast made their way to Western North Carolina for the Bridge to Bridge ride from Lenoir to the top of Grandfather Mountain. Bridge to Bridge is no more...however, this year there’s a new ride that promises to bring riders back to the High Country: The Blowing Rock Fall Classic ride on Saturday, September 26.

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Fall Concert Series

Summer has come and gone and it’s time to begin planning for the most beautiful time of the year here in the High Country. Yes, autumn has arrived, and the folks at Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music are excited to announce their 2015 Fall Concert Series. Rodney Sutton, JSMHM director says, “We are presenting a total of eight concerts beginning in October that feature some of the region’s favorite musicians and bands, but we will also be introducing some exciting new groups to our audiences.”

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Appalachian Storytelling with Dr. Charlotte Ross

Charlotte T. Ross, also known as “the Legend Lady,” has collected or composed more than 3,400 tales of legends and laughter from Appalachia. She is an energetic performer, playwright, folklorist, story-teller, and speaker with experience in storytelling concerts, theatrical performances, conferences, school residencies, and workshops. Above all, she is a teacher.

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Hospitality House to Hold Eternal Hope Luncheon

BOONE, NC – August 12, 2015: Executive Director Tina Krause, along with the Hospitality House Board of Directors will be hosting its annual Hope Luncheon on Friday, August 21 in the heart of the High Country at Blue Ridge Mountain Club, where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Blue Ridge Parkway. Presented by the Robinson/Turner Real Estate Team, this year’s luncheon, Eternal Hope, will commence at 11:00 a.m. with a silent auction and wine social. Lunch will be served at noon with the program slated to end at 1:00 p.m.

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Student Makes Big Move to Learn from the Best

Mary Opila, an architect and former college instructor, recently decided to make a career

change and dive into the world of furniture re-upholstery. The Midwest native knew that

training was in order and sought out the best in the country. Appropriately, she landed in

Western North Carolina, the furniture capital of the world.

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Financial Literacy for Teens

Attention all teens! Do you think getting ready for your financial future is a game? Well you’re absolutely correct! The Watauga County Public Library is presenting Moneytopia – an electronic hands-on game which teaches teens and young adults how to begin their money map to a successful future.

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Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Indoor Summer Concert Series is proud to announce the return of one of the High Country’s most popular trio’s – Strictly Clean and Decent. Fans of this dynamic group of talented musicians know that when SC&D rolls into town, an entertaining evening of musical variety and laughs will take center stage. This go-round, Strictly Clean and Decent will be joined by three of the most impressive young performers in Western North Carolina: multi-instrumentalist, Liam Purcell from Deep Gap; guitarist, Presley Barker from Traphill; and singer/song writer, Alyssa McLean from Lenior.

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Registration for Girls on the Run begins Aug. 10

BOONE: Local girls in grades 3 through 8 are invited to participate in Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR-HC). Registration for the fall semester will begin online Aug.10 at and the program will begin the week of Sept. 8.

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16th Annual Mayview Madness 5k Set for Saturday, Sep. 19

BLOWING ROCK N.C. (August 2015) – The 2014 running of the Stick Boy Mayview Madness drew more than 320 preregistered runners, ages 3 to 84, including more than 60 under 13. This year’s event takes place here on Saturday, September 19 on a course that winds through the historic Mayview neighborhood, with magnificent views along the route. With average race day high and low temperatures of 67 and 49 respectively, conditions should be perfect for running.

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Summer Operations Interns Selected At Blue Ridge Electric

Lenoir, North Carolina (July 31, 2015) — Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation has selected four interns to work with the operations crews in Ashe, Alleghany, Caldwell, and Watauga counties. The interns are learning different aspects of line construction and maintenance of the cooperative’s existing systems.

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Come find faith, fellowship and fun as the annual Wagon Train Revival & Ride rolls through Ashe County on June 12, 13 & 14th 2015. Evangelist B.J. Grimmett, is the featured speaker with a powerful, dynamic message that changes lives.  Friday check-in begins at 5:00 pm with free hotdogs, a

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Hearts of Hospitality House Golf Tourney Set

Get ready to tee off on June 6, 2015 with Hearts of Hospitality House and Mountaineer Cleaners as they host the 1st Annual High Country Charity Golf Tournament. Taking place at Boone Golf Club, the four-person scramble format tournament has a shotgun start of 8:00 AM that Saturday Full Story

Northwestern Studios Present "Jazz, Tap & More Revue”

Northwestern Studios will present two family friendly dance productions this weekend.  Jazz, Tap & More Revue” will be presented on Friday, May 22nd at 7:00pm.  A comic children’s ballet “The Sun and The Moon” will be performed on Saturday, May 23rd at 7:00pm and Sunday, Full Story

Family Fun Festival Saturday A WHS

A Family Fun Festival at Watauga High School on Saturday, May 16 will offer local families the chance to enjoy a great time while supporting the Extended Learning Center (ELC) afterschool program of the Watauga County Schools.  The event, which runs from 1-5 p.m., will feature Full Story

Green Valley School Willy Wonka Play At WHS

Green Valley School has embarked on a new project – THEATRE!  For the first time since anyone can remember, Green Valley is producing a theatre production, Willy Wonka.  Auditions were last December and the children have been rehearsing ever since.  The cast and of course, their parents! Full Story

F.A.R.M. Café Pop-Up Saturdays!

F.A.R.M. Cafe is pleased to announce it will be taking its mission to feed all regardless of means out into the High Country region beyond Boone. Thanks to a generous donation received through the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge. The first F.A.R.M. Pop-up Cafe will be held this Full Story

Chamberlain named Realtor of the Year

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 Full Story

Valle Crucis Teacher Wins Wellcome Award

First grade teacher Katie Matthews of Valle Crucis School has been chosen as a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers, a highly competitive grant that provides $175,000 over five years to support exemplary and Full Story

Building a Buzz for Bees

An ambitious group of High Country students is setting up a honeybee colony at Grandfather Mountain in an effort to educate thousands about the pollinator's plight. But a recent reduction in grant funding for the project means the group needs additional support to fuel the Full Story

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