November 20, 2022

Darius Rucker to Headline An Appalachian Summer Festival 2023 at Kidd Brewer Stadium

  Three-Time Grammy Award Winner Darius Rucker Headlines An Appalachian Summer Festival 2023 The rock-turned-country star plays an outdoor concert at Kidd Brewer Stadium on July 29, 2023. Tickets go on sale to the public on March 20.   BOONE, NC— Appalachian State University’s An Appalachian Summer Festival, in partnership with App State Athletics, announces three-time Grammy Award-winning singer Darius Rucker as the festival headliner. Rucker will perform an outdoor concert at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, March 20 at 10am, and can be purchased in person at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office, online at, or by phone at 828-262-4046. Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, including their Diamond-certified debut, Cracked Rear View, which remains among the Top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. Since releasing his first country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus 10 No. 1 singles at country radio, and 11 Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum certified hits. Rucker was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2012, and in 2014 he won his third career […]
November 17, 2022

RLP Press Release for David Shane Simmons

  Shane Simmons Press Release 11.17.2022 (2)
November 17, 2022

AMOREM Board of Directors Recently Approved New Officers

LENOIR – The AMOREM Board of Directors recently approved a slate of new officers to its executive committee.     The new officer appointments include Jordan Greene as the newly elected chairman, Dr. Gregory Jones, vice chairman, Peg Broyhill, secretary, and Rob Hinman as treasurer. Both Greene and Jones reside in Burke County and Broyhill and Hinman are Caldwell County residents. In May of 2021, with a desire to maintain local, community-based hospice care, Burke Hospice and Palliative Care and Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care integrated to form AMOREM. Members of the two separate boards that represented each legacy organization formed the AMOREM Board of Directors. At the time of the integration, Marc Carpenter, who served as the board chairperson for Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, was named the first chairperson of the AMOREM Board of Directors.  Carpenter served on the Caldwell board for more than 30 years, with the last nine of those as the board chairperson.   “I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors at AMOREM for over 30 years including for the last nine years as Chairperson,” Carpenter said. “I consider my time spent on the AMOREM, and previously the Caldwell Hospice Board, as one of the highest honors of my life. Working with the other dedicated board members and the outstanding AMOREM CEO and staff has been very rewarding and educational. I am so proud of the excellent level of care provided by the […]
November 17, 2022

App State Sports News

App State Sports News   November 16, 2022 Contact: Matt Present – pr******@ap******.edu Baseball ONLINE: COMPLETE SCHEDULE: BOONE, N.C. – App State has announced its baseball schedule for the 2023 season.   Fans will get their first look at the Mountaineers February 17-19 when they play a three-game weekend series against Queens at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory.   Head coach Kermit Smith’s Mountaineers will play 28 home games this season at Beaver Field at Jim and Betty Smith Stadium, beginning February 25 when they take on North Carolina A&T.   “We are excited about our 2023 schedule,” Smith said. “We look forward to playing in front of our amazing fans in Boone, as well as in Hickory, Shelby and across the region. Playing quality opponents throughout the year is essential to preparing our team for the Sun Belt Conference and postseason play.”   The non-conference home schedule is highlighted by weekend series against Gardner-Webb (March 3-5) and Campbell (March 10-12).   Prior to the contest on Saturday, March 11, the Mountaineers will host their annual baseball brunch, in which they will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1973 conference championship squad. Registration information will be released at a later time.   App State will also host Big 12 foe West Virginia in a midweek two-game set March 14-15 and square off with the College of Charleston on March 21. The Black and Gold will also tangle with Wake Forest on April 11 and renew […]
November 14, 2022

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

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following incident:   On November 8, 2022, Damage to Property was reported at the Snow Masonic Lodge, located at 240 Temple Drive, in Boone, North Carolina.   Members of the lodge reported vandalism in the form of spray painting on the building of derogatory terms and symbols. The Boone Police Department is seeking to identify the individual/s who committed this crime and identify and possible witnesses to the incident.  The damage was incurred sometime between October 31, 2022 and November 8, 2022.   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.      
November 7, 2022

Ashe County’s Christmas In July Festival Receives Statewide Honor

Ashe County’s Christmas In July Festival Receives Statewide Honor West Jefferson, NC – Carolina Country magazine published by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives who provide electricity to one million homes and businesses across North Carolina named the 2022 Carolina Finest Awards. Ashe County’s Christmas In July Festival received the honor of “Finest Festival.” The awards selected by the readers of Carolina Country magazine who nominated their favorites for the Carolina’s Finest awards. Carolina Country said in their November issue, ‘Our readers were not shy about nominating their favorites for this year’s Carolina’s Finest Awards, and the winners won’t disappoint.” The categories include everything from finest BBQ to Finest Sports Mascot, Finest Doughnut, Finest Food Truck which Ashe County’s Hooked on Smoke won, and Finest Festival won by the Christmas In July Festival which has a 34 year history. “We were honored to be named by Country Country as the Finest Festival,’ commented Judy Current marketing coordinator for the festival. “There is no greater test than your audience whether it’s the loyal festival goer, the newcomer who came for the first time, or a vendor who puts us on their calendar every year. We appreciate all the support and look forward to seeing everyone in 2023. We are already busy making plans and will soon announce our entertainment line-up.” The Christmas in July Festival introduced a whole new look in 2022 which included festival craft vendor tents and non-profit vendors located on […]
November 4, 2022

Dr. Yolanda Wilson named president of the College of Southern Maryland

Dr. Yolanda Wilson named president of the College of Southern Maryland Wilkesboro, N.C. – Dr. Yolanda Wilson, WCC vice president of Instruction, Ashe Campus and Alleghany Center, has been named the sixth president of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) on Thursday following a special meeting of the CSM’s board of trustees on Nov. 3.   Dr. Wilson joined Wilkes Community College in 2020 as the vice president of instruction. Prior to joining Wilkes Community College, Wilson held the position of associate vice president for business, computer, arts and sciences, and dean of the learning commons at York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C. Dr. Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, and her Doctor of Education (Ed. D) in Adult and Community College Education from NC State University.   “I remember telling some of our leadership team when we hired Dr. Yolanda Wilson that we would be lucky to keep her for more than two or three years because she was going to be a president somewhere sooner rather than later,” said WCC President, Dr. Jeff Cox. “She possesses a unique blend of deep knowledge across several areas of community college leadership, and she has exceptional interpersonal skills that allow her to be a very effective leader. Dr. Wilson has made a significant impact in the two-and-a-half years she […]
November 3, 2022

Lonestar Delivers Phenomenal Performance

  Lonestar delivers phenomenal performance Wilkesboro, N.C. – “Lonestar’s performance at The Walker Center on Friday, October 28, 2022, was phenomenal,” stated Tabitha Hudler, Walker Center director. “They sang hit after hit and finished up with a medley of Van Morrison, Tom Petty, and rock stars of old. The crowd was on their feet; couples were slow dancing in the aisles during the performance of Amazed.” This event was sponsored by Carolina West Wireless. The next Walker Center Season show will be Charles Billingsley’s “It’s Christmas Time Again” on Thursday, December 1, 2022. A limited number of tickets are available for this performance. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at 336-838-6260 or wa**************@wi******.edu. Visit the Walker Center online at or on Facebook at   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.
November 2, 2022

North Carolina Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program.

North Carolina Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program. NC Space Grant announces the third annual class of the North Carolina Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program. NC Space Grant expanded the number of ambassadors this year, with 16 teachers from 12 counties — including one from your coverage areas — in the statewide network of master teachers who deliver NASA educational content to their local students, schools, and communities. For the complete news release and statewide listing of ambassadors, go to the NC Space Grant news page. The NCSEA program is offered in collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. NC Space Grant partners with NASA education specialists from various NASA centers, including Langley, to provide professional development seminars following NASA Next Gen STEM education themes. Ambassadors earn NASA digital badges as they participate and progress in professional development opportunities. “We are pleased to welcome our newest group of Space Education Ambassadors,” says Jobi Cook, the associate director of NC Space Grant. “These teachers offer a diverse range of creativity and demonstrate an eagerness to collaborate, which will make for a productive year. I am excited to witness their growth as they professionally develop and expand their network to include NASA leaders.” The newest ambassadors include: Charlene Horton   Charlene Horton, Earth and Environmental Science Teacher Ashe County Middle School; Warrensville, Ashe County “Under the umbrella of NASA and space education are numerous careers giving students real-world, tangible learning. We […]
November 2, 2022


ASHE COUNTY WILDLIFE CLUB WILL SPONSOR a FREE PISTOL INSTRUCTION DAY FOR WOMEN ON SATURDAY, NOV. 12 AT 10:00 A.M. The Ashe County Wildlife Club at 3220 Big Peak Creek Road, Laurel Springs will hold its Women’s Pistol Instruction Day at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10. This event is free and open to all women. No one has to be a member of the Wildlife Club. The range is about 12 miles east of Jefferson, off N.C. 88 on the way to Sparta. There is no pre-registration. “All women are invited to come out to our pistol range with their own pistol and ammunition. We will open the morning with basic safety instructions on how to handle a pistol. We will then move to the 10-yard range where each participant will receive individual instruction on shooting at our steel and paper targets,” said Kelly Diamond, chair of the Club’s pistol committee. “As long as the weather is not rainy or cold, we will stay as long as everyone is comfortable handling their pistols and having a good time.” This event is for women of all shooting skill levels, but is particularly directed at women who are unfamiliar with pistols and who feel they want personal instruction on the safe handling of firearms.
October 27, 2022

App Theatre Announces Classic Western Film Series in November “Shane,” “High Noon” and “Tombstone” Top Audience Movie Survey BOONE, NC – The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is proud to announce its inaugural Classic Western Film Series with three of the top films suggested by audience members and the general public in a recent survey of desired screenings at the venerable cinema landmark on King Street in downtown Boone. All three movies will be shown at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesday nights during the month of November 2022 at a general admission ticket price of just $5 per person The Academy Award-winning movie “Shane” (1953) led the voting with the most submission in the classic western film category, and will lead off the series on Tuesday, November 8. It will be followed one week later by “High Noon” (1952) on November 15, and “Tombstone” (1993) on Tuesday, November 22. Sponsored by local film enthusiast and theatre trustee Chris Petti, the selections on the Classic Western Film Series were chosen from hundreds of suggestions made by audience members and the general public. All three movies begin promptly at 7 p.m., but PLEASE NOTE that films @TheApp are shown without trailers, so please arrive a few minutes before the listed start time to secure tickets and purchase concessions. Shot in technicolor, “Shane” is an American Western film starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Van Heflin. Released by Paramount Pictures, the […]
October 27, 2022

November Student of the Month

  November, 2022 Student of the Month Senior, Dylan Carpenter has been selected by Mr. Walter Pugh as CTE student of the month for November 2022. Dylan is an excellent student in Carpentry 2 Honors. He works hard on assignments and projects, he also has a love for the building trades. He takes pride in the building of projects. He is willing to help other students that are struggling in the classroom, shop, and has an ability to take responsibility for his work. Dylan is very deserving of this reward.  Thanks to Rick Woodie, Parker Tie, and DeWalt for this wonderful opportunity for our students at Ashe County High School.
October 27, 2022

New High-Speed Quad at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort isn’t the Only Upgrade

Another New High-Speed Quad at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort isn’t the Only Upgrade Sugar Mountain Ski Resort, North Carolina – Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – The Oma’s Meadow chairlift— a high-speed, detachable, four-passenger— is the newest member to join Sugar Mountain Resort’s uphill transportation system. The 2,225’ long Doppelmayr chairlift cuts travel time from nine minutes to just over two minutes and carries 2,400 passengers per hour from the lift’s base elevation of 4,451’ to its summit elevation of 4,915’. Additionally, the new installation makes way for the reconfiguration and widening of the lower portion of the Oma’s Meadow slope, creating a comfortable and roomy loading experience and a clear path for bypassing skier and snowboarder traffic. To improve the newcomers’ guest experience this winter, the Magic Carpet conveyor lift located at the base of the ski resort features a clear, UV-resistant Polycarbonate gallery enclosure which will shield skiers and snowboarders from winter weather and ensure consistent operation. Sugar Mountain Resort wouldn’t be Sugar Mountain Resort without the consistent investment in snow making. This season even more snow will pour down on the slopes of Upper Flying Mile and Sugar Slalom and Oma’s Meadow. Six new fully automated SMI snow making machines join the already massive armada. On the inside, the locker room, adjacent to the equipment rental shop has been refurbished with new large and small, user-friendly, electronic lockers and coded with Sugar Mountain Resort slope names like Sugar […]
October 26, 2022

Boone Drugs Inc. Announces Free Vitamin Program

Boone Drugs Inc. Announces Free Vitamin Program  Free multiple vitamins are available at every Boone Drug location  Boone, NC: Area residents are encouraged to visit their local Boone Drug location and register to receive free vitamins for every member of their household.  A 30-day supply of Good Neighbor Pharmacy Complete Multi Vitamins for children, adults, seniors and pre-natal customers, are available free of charge from the only locally owned and independent drug store in the area. Your neighborhood Boone Drug pharmacist can assist you in getting started with this free program. While it does seem too good to be true, there is never a cost to the customer and insurance is not required.    “We are committed to the health of our community. This is one way that we can support and care for our neighbors and we’re happy to do it.” says Corporate Pharmacy Manager, Spencer Hodges.     Here is what you need to know. Visit any of the Boone Drug locations and request to participate in the Free Vitamin Program. You will work with the pharmacist or a pharmacy technician to gather basic information needed for the program. You can sign up for every member of your household to receive one 30-day supply of Good Neighbor Complete Multivitamin per month. You will be able to take your first bottle with you when you sign up, or due to demand, may be asked to return the following day to pick up your family’s vitamins. You can return each month to get your next 30-day supply at no charge to you.    About Boone Drugs, Inc: Boone Drugs, Inc was founded by Dr. George Kelly Moose in 1919. Company history is closely tied with the development of […]
October 26, 2022

Boone Arrest of Cosean Patrick Patterson

Boone, NC – Arrest   On Thursday, October 20, 2022, Boone Police investigated an incident that resulted in an arrest of a local resident involving several serious crimes. The victim reported the suspect, identified as Cosean Patrick Patterson (DOB 7/17/1993) of Boone, physically assaulted her. After the investigation, arrest warrants were issued for the following offenses: First Degree Kidnapping, Assault by Strangulation, Assault on a Female, Communicating Threats, Interfering with Emergency Communication, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.  Boone Police arrested Patterson in the area of Summer Drive in Boone. Patterson was taken before a Watauga County Magistrate where he received a $100,000.00 secured bond. Patterson is next scheduled to appear in court on November 21, 2022.


336-846-WINS (9467)

Main Office Number - 336-846-WKSK (9575)


Join WKSK on Social Media