August 9, 2022

Doc Watson Day at App Theatre in Boone August 19th

  Doc Watson Day at App Theatre in Boone August 19th Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Highlight Doc Watson Day App Theatre, Town of Boone Partner to Celebrate Local Legend BOONE, NC – The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is proud to collaborate with the Town of Boone to observe Doc Watson Day on Friday, August 19, 2022. This event is an annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of its namesake, Doc Watson. Due to the generous support of First Horizon, the App Theatre will host a live performance by Grammy Award-winner Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper at 7:30 p.m. at the historic venue in downtown Boone, NC. Tickets are only $25. A fiddle virtuoso from an early age, Michael Cleveland is a 12-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Fiddle Player of the Year” and a 2020 Grammy Award winner, among a litany of other accomplishments. Having played alongside some of the industry’s greats and performed at the most famous of venues, Cleveland now tours with his own band, leaving audiences with jaws dropped in amazement. This performance will mark Cleveland’s debut performance at the Appalachian Theatre. Vince Gill described Cleveland as follows: “Michael plays fearless, and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you play fearless. He takes no prisoners, but he plays with restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon. It’s wicked to see how much music he pulls out of a bow. He’s untouchable.” […]
August 9, 2022

Husky Athletics Schedule for Week of 8-8-22

  August 8th-August 13th   Monday 8/8- NO EVENTS   Tuesday 8/9-NO EVENTS   Wednesday 8/10 Varsity and JV Football Scrimmage @ Surry Central 6:00   Thursday 8/11 Varsity and JV Soccer Scrimmage Home VS East Wilkes 5:00   Friday 8/12 Varsity Football Scrimmage @ Watauga 6:00        
August 9, 2022

App State’s Jones Named PFN Preseason All-American

  BOONE, N.C. — App State cornerback Steven Jones Jr. has been named a second-team preseason All-American by Pro Football Network. Jones adds the PFN recognition being a second-team preseason All-American from Walter Camp and making watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defender), Bednarik Award (nation’s top defender) and Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back). Last season, Jones tied for second place nationally and first in the Sun Belt last season with five interceptions. He led the country with three pick-six interception returns for touchdowns, ranked in the top 20 nationally with 13 passes defended (counting eight breakups) and finished the season with 51 tackles. Heading into the 2022 season, Jones has seven career interceptions, four interception returns for touchdowns and five total touchdowns.  
August 9, 2022

App State vs. The Citadel Sold Out of Reserved Seats

  BOONE, N.C. — As App State fans continue to purchase tickets and support their football program at a record pace, the Mountaineers’ Oct. 1 home game against The Citadel is officially sold out of reserved seats.   To allow families of App State students the best opportunity to attend the Family Weekend game, the only tickets available will be student guest tickets at $30 each, while supplies last. App State students will receive information via email today about how to reserve their tickets and purchase student guest tickets. (NOTE: Student guest tickets are not available for the Sept. 3 North Carolina game, but will be available for all other home games at the beginning of each game week following the same protocols as last year.)   This is the latest in a trend of Kidd Brewer Stadium sellouts. App State announced July 19 that football season tickets are sold out for the first time in school history after approximately 11,000 had been sold. The next day, the Sept. 3 season opener against North Carolina officially became a sellout.   Single-game tickets are on sale to the general public for other home games. Families, friends and alumni are encouraged to consider tickets for remaining home games such as Homecoming (Oct. 29) to visit campus this fall.   There are a limited number of tickets available for The Rock Garden – a premium on-field area in the north end zone – […]
August 5, 2022

WCC holds 34th Annual Dental Assisting Pinning Ceremony

WCC holds 34th Annual Dental Assisting Pinning Ceremony WILKESBORO, N.C. – The Wilkes Community College Dental Assisting Program held the 34th annual pinning ceremony on August 2, 2022. Eighteen dental assisting students were presented with pins to signify their successful completion of the one-year diploma-level program. The graduates are Karsyn Michelle Bates, Boonville; Samantha Gabrielle Bell, North Wilkesboro; Annalese Marie Bovender, Clemmons; Alexa Taylor Church, North Wilkesboro; Savannah Ann Grogan, Jefferson; Taylor Elizabeth Harrold, North Wilkesboro; Raegan Lane Johnson, Union Grove; Grace Marie Manners, Union Grove; Kathryn Elizabeth Matheson, Purlear; Simone Gabrielle McFarland, Sparta; Monica Vanessa Meyer, North Wilkesboro; Brandi Dyan Miller, Union Grove; Cassidy Brooke Miller, North Wilkesboro; Silvia Nunez, Union Grove; Heli Pinalbhai Patel, Wilkesboro; Maribel Rayo, Dobson; Brittany Nicole White, Ferguson; and Gracie Abigail Wood, Elkin. The ceremony began with Karsyn Bates, a 2022 graduate, delivering the student-led invocation. Dr. Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College, welcomed guests to the ceremony. Dr. Christopher Dirig, Dental Assisting faculty, was the guest speaker. Jennifer Hastings, lead instructor of Dental Assisting, provided special recognitions. The Patient Care Award was given to Silvia Nunez; the Outstanding Chairside Dental Assisting Award was given to Raegan Johnson; and the Scholastic Achievement Award was given to Brandi Miller. Dr. Yolanda Wilson, vice president of instruction, announced each graduate as faculty members Jennifer Hastings, Melissa Holloway, and Annette West presented the pins. Once all graduates received their pins, they said The Dental Assistants Pledge. […]
August 3, 2022

WCC Congratulates Medication Aide Program Graduates

  WCC congratulates Medication Aide program graduates WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College congratulates our recent Medication Aide program graduates taught by instructor Sonya Jordan, RN-BSN. The graduates are Katie Barnette, Wilkes County; Kaitlin Beane, Wilkes County; Katriena Curry, Ashe County; Amber Hedrick, Surry County; Jessica Henriquez-Amaya, Wilkes County; and Melissa Raya-Aguilar, Iredell County. Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world. PHOTO: l-r: Jessica Henriquez-Amaya, Amber Hedrick, Katriena Curry, Melissa Raya-Aguilar, Katie Barnette, and Kaitlin Beane.
August 2, 2022

Raleigh Flute Choir Concert at St. John’s Church

Raleigh Flute Choir Next Summer Concert Series Event at St. John’s Acclaimed Chamber Ensemble Performs at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7 VALLE CRUCIS, NC – The popular Summer Concert Series at historic St. John’s Church in Valle Crucis continues in early August with a performance by the Raleigh Flute Choir. The highly acclaimed chamber music ensemble, based in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, will be marking their debut performance on the concert series. The eight member ensemble graces the chancel at St. John’s at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022. It will be their farewell concert immediately prior to the group’s departure for Chicago where they will be performing at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention. Founded in 1986, the Raleigh Flute Choir is a chamber ensemble of professional flutists from central North Carolina. They have distinguished themselves as one of the nation’s leading flute choirs. Utilizing all members of the flute family, they perform an exciting repertoire spanning the centuries from the Renaissance to the present, including transcriptions and original compositions. Their current “Folklore Concert Tour” features folk tunes of the Appalachians as well as music inspired by tango and Greek mythology. Artists of the Raleigh Flute Choir include Irene Burke, Kim Bridgers, Amy Holt, Andrea McKerlie Luke, Thomas Mease, Emma Morris, Lauren RobbinsPollack, and Rosene Rohrer. A summer mission of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, the picturesque St. John’s chapel, consecrated in 1862, is located […]
August 2, 2022

Greenway Trail Robbery Arrest

Greenway Trail Robbery Arrest On July 31st, 2022, at 5:53 p.m., the Lincolnton Police Department arrested Artemio Jesus Nanez Perez on two counts of Attempted Robbery, two counts of Assault, and one count of Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device. Perez was given a $30,000 bond for the Robbery charges. Perez was not given a bond for the charge of Interfering with an Electronic Monitoring Device and will be held for a parole hearing. Perez is currently being held at the Watauga County Detention Center.     The Boone Police Department would like to thank the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Appalachian State Police Department, the North Carolina Department of Corrections, and the community for its assistance with this investigation. The Crime Stoppers post generated multiple tips leading to the identification and arrest of Perez.    
August 1, 2022

Lady & The Tramp at App Theatre August 13th

APP THEATRE GOES TO THE DOGS! Free Screening of “Lady and the Tramp” Set for Saturday, August 13 BOONE, NC – Grab your flea collars and head to the Appalachian Theatre on Saturday, August 13 when the much-loved Disney animated classic “Lady and the Tramp” will be screened for the first time in over fifty years as part of the inaugural Saturday Morning Family Film Series. Due to a generous sponsorship by Allen Wealth Management, “Lady and the Tramp” is being offered free of charge to the general public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022. The film follows the upcoming screening of “Mary Poppins” the prior week on Saturday, August 6. This is the fifth of six family-friendly movie classics being presented during the summer months on select Saturday mornings through August 27. “Lady and the Tramp” was first shown at the Appalachian Theatre in September 1955 and was brought back by popular demand in both 1962 and 1972, but was last seen over half a century ago. It was the first animated movie to be filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen film process, as well as Disney’s first animated film to be distributed by their then-new Buena Vista division. The film runs one hour and fifteen minutes in duration. The free screening begin at 10 a.m. and is followed by a tour of the newly-renovated and restored 1938 vaudeville theatre and cinema. Please note that attendees under the […]
August 1, 2022

2022 Carolina Renaissance Festival

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Renaissance Festival New Ticket Program and On Sale Date Announced!   Tickets for the 29th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival go on sale Friday, August 5th kicking off the start of several new changes Festival organizers have planned for the upcoming season. Recently, the Festival announced a list of changes planned to improve traffic conditions for the 2022 event season that include a major revision of how festival admission tickets will be made available. Tickets are now event date specific, limited in availability per each event date, and sold online at the Festival website at while each event day ticket supply lasts. General admission tickets valid any of the event dates are no longer available at retail locations statewide as in the past. “This is the most significant operational change in the Festival’s near three-decade history. We encourage visitors to reserve their date and purchase tickets in advance online while they last. Tickets will be offered at the Festival on-site box office only on event days not sold out in advance,” stated Matt Siegel, the Festival’s Director of Marketing. The Festival is open rain or shine. Ticket holders will receive a refund should the Festival not open on an event date due to extreme unsafe weather conditions, a very rare occurrence according to Festival organizers. Additionally, the Festival’s online ticket provider works with FanShield ticket protection to present purchasers an option to buy, at a modest […]
August 1, 2022

App Theatre Seeks Suggestions for their Cinema Classics Series

App Theatre Seeks Suggestions for their Cinema Classics Series Input Sought on Musicals, Sci-Fi, Western, and Holiday Films BOONE, NC – The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is soliciting input from audience members and the general public to help select films to be shown in its Cinema Classics Series this fall. Four specific genres are scheduled for screening at the historic landmark on King Street in downtown Boone, with movie musicals scheduled for September and sci-fi films in October, followed by beloved westerns in November, with classic holiday movies slated for December. The App Theatre Cinema Classics series is generously sponsored by Nancy and Neil Schaffel. “Many of our most successful events at the theatre have been suggested by patrons,” said Jason Deathridge, patron services manager. “Here’s your chance to give us your two-cents worth without spending a dime.” Deathridge said suggestions can be emailed to between now and August 12, 2022, when the theatre staff will make and announce the final programming decisions. Board Chair Keith Martin, who also teaches musical theatre history at Appalachian State University, said, “This effort reminds me of an old Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller tune from 1935, just a few years before the theatre first opened. The refrain of the song, with lyrics by Andry Razaf, are as follows: ‘Find out what they like and how they like it, then let ‘em have it just that way!’ “It’s so easy to tell us […]
July 28, 2022

High Country Crime Stoppers & Boone Police Seek Public’s Assistance Locating Robbery Suspect:

  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in locating the following subject:   On July 28th, 2022, the Boone Police Department obtained warrants for the arrest of Artemio Jesus Nanez Perez, DOB 3-22-2002, for two counts of Attempted Robbery and two counts of Assault. These warrants were obtained from an incident that occurred on the Boone Greenway Trail on July 26th, 2022. In addition to the Robbery warrants, Perez has a probation post-release warrant. Mr. Perez also removed his electronic monitoring device. Perez was last seen in the 300 block of Wildcat Road in Deep Gap. Perez was seen wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt. Perez’s hair has recently been cut and is shorter than the previously posted photos. A photo has been attached of a recent picture of Perez with shorter hair.   The Boone Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding the location of this suspect, is asked to call Crime Stoppers or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.      
July 28, 2022

High Country Crime Stoppers & Boone Police Seek the Public’s Assistance

  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following incident:   On July 26, 2022, around 3:15 p.m., Boone Police officers responded to a robbery at the Boone Greenway Trail entrance on Deerfield Road. The suspect assaulted the victim and then attempted to steal the victim’s car. The suspect then fled the scene on foot toward State Farm Road and the victim pursued him. The suspect assaulted the victim again and continued to flee. The suspect was described as a young Hispanic male with dark hair and an average build.   The Boone Police Department is seeking to identify the individual in the attached photos.  They are also seeking any witnesses to the incident or those who may have been present when the incident occurred. The Boone Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding this incident or of the identity of those involved, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.    
July 26, 2022

WCC Hosts Open House Celebration for Pardue Library / Bowman Rare Book Room

  WCC hosts an open house celebration for Pardue Library / Bowman Rare Book Room   Wilkesboro, N.C. – Wilkes Community College hosted an open house in celebration of the newly-renovated Pardue Library and the addition of the Bowman Rare Book Room on Thursday, July 21, 2022, in Window World Hall.   “The Pardue Library staff are delighted to share our newly-renovated facility, which features a Learning Commons that unites the library with the Academic Support Center, and the Bowman Rare Book Collection,” stated Christy Earp, WCC Pardue Library librarian. “This is a unique collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century young adult fiction that encapsulates an era in which literature for children was basically invented and grew into an entertaining and lucrative business.”   The Bowman Rare Book Room dedicated in 2020 houses books from the private collection of Dr. Tom Bowman. Primarily consisting of first, early, and important editions of popular serial fiction titles for adolescent boys and girls, the collection includes works by American and British authors that span the late-19th to mid-20th centuries, an era considered by many to be the golden age of children’s publishing. The titles in this collection established such iconic characters as Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Tarzan. Writers like Horatio Alger, Jr. introduced readers to exciting careers and encouraged them to pursue the American Dream. Other series in this collection allow readers to immerse themselves in a variety of adventures, […]
July 26, 2022

Blue Ridge Brutal Cycles Through Ashe

Blue Ridge Brutal Cycles Through Ashe The 32nd annual Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022, by the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. The ride offers options of 50-, 70-, and 100-mile routes, all including scenic stretches, elevation changes, and stunning long-range views throughout Ashe County. After completing one’s chosen course, riders may elect to take on the Assault on Mount Jefferson. Its 1,476-foot elevation gain within 3.4 miles would undoubtedly make an unforgettable ending to an already memorable ride. In past years, the Brutal has had approximately 400 participants, with the vast majority being visitors to the High Country. The resultant economic impact of the 2021 ride on the region’s economy was more than $180,000 spent in local restaurants, accommodations, and other businesses by visiting riders and their families, making the Brutal a significant component of Ashe County’s annual tourism spending. Not only is the ride’s effect on the area economy well-matched to the Chamber’s mission of driving local tourism, but the Brutal also serves as a fundraiser for the Ashe Advantage Project, the Chamber’s non-profit scholarship program that benefits Ashe County High School, homeschool, and Ashe Early College students. Riders can be proud to support a worthy cause, helping students pursue bright futures while pushing themselves to meet new challenges. Or, if you’d like to contribute to the Blue Ridge Brutal as a volunteer, there are numerous opportunities to help. Please call […]


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