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history
        Faces in the news

                                     YEAR IN REVIEW
Chronology of the year’s events


arts




      Performances galore


business




                                      A Comprehensive Look Back at the Events, Controversies
   Regional economic drivers
                                      and Personalities that Defined the Year ... With Pictures!
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Watauga County Sheriff Mark Shook (left) handily defeated Republican              Retired high school teacher Mary Moretz (left) defeated Democratic            Watauga County Commissioner David Blust (left) defeated incumbent
challenger Joe Moody in the May primary, but two wrongful termination             challenger Doug McGuinn in the May primary and then unseated                  NC State Senator John Garwood in the May primary, but lost the general
lawsuits filed in June by female former employees of the Sheriff ’s Office—one    incumbent Watauga County Commissioner Keith Honeycutt (right) in              election to retired minister and political newcomer Steve Goss (right).
alleging sexual harassment—raised questions about Shook’s management              the general election. During the campaign, Moretz was a strong supporter      Throughout his last year on the county commission, Blust opposed plans
of the department. Democratic challenger L.D. Hagaman (right)                     of the construction of a new high school and declared her intention to take   to construct a new high school, maintaining that the taxpayers would be
defeated Shook in the November general election by 118 votes.                     strong and unwavering stands on issues.                                       better served by renovating the current facility.


                                                                                            North Carolina lost one its
                             Tireless proponent of envi-                                    most prolific and accom-
                             ronmental       sustainability,                                plished photographers and                                   Virginia Foxx won a
                                                                                                                                                        second term in the U.S.                                      The        Mountaineers’
                             Matt Cooper had a busy                                         the High Country lost one                                                                                                mascot had a busy
                                                                                            of its most tireless promot-                                House of Representatives,
                             year in 2006, spearheading                                                                                                                                                              and exciting football
                                                                                            ers and strongest advocates                                 defeating Democratic
                             the development of the Leola                                                                                                                                                            season as the team won
                                                                                            when Hugh Morton                                            challenger Roger Sharpe,
                             Street Community Garden,                                                                                                                                                                its second consecutive
                                                                                            died on June 2 at the age                                   but she failed to carry
                             collecting food for the Hun-                                                                                                                                                            Division I-AA National
                                                                                            of 85. Morton’s accom-                                      her home county of
                             ger Coalition and advocating                                                                                                                                                            Championship. We’ve
                                                                                            plishments and awards                                       Watauga. Foxx’s refusal
                             for green initiatives. Cooper                                                                                                                                                           always heard that the
                                                                                            would fill a book, and his                                  to answer questions
                             lobbied the school board and
                                                                                                                                                        from the floor during                                        true identity of Yosef
                             the county commissioners to                                    legacy includes Grandfather                                                                                              is a well-guarded secret,
                                                                                            Mountain, two published                                     her listening tour last
                             consider a high school design                                                                                                                                                           known only to a few
                                                                                            books of photographs, the                                   January and her refusal
                             that would incorporate alter-                                                                                                                                                           select folks, and that’s
                                                                                            North Carolina ridge law, a                                 to introduce a bill to
                             native energy, water capture                                                                                                                                                            just fine because Yosef
                                                                                            60-year photographic port-                                  declare the Globe a
                             and daylighting—all fea-                                                                                                                                                                can stand on his own—
                                                                                            folio in the UNC-Chapel                                     national scenic area in
                             tures that local officials have                                                                                                                                                         proud and big headed.
                                                                                            Hill library and the Linn                                   September angered some
                             agreed they want to build
                                                                                            Cove Viaduct.                                               local residents.
                             into the new school.




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                                                  2006 The World in Review
                 Jan 2 – Records set worldwide for highest number of major weather occurrences in a day
                                                                                                                            Jan   19 -- Bin Laden warns of al-Qaeda plan to attack the United States




                                                                                                                JANUARY
                                      Jan 2 – Explosion traps 13 miners in West Virginia; all but one dies
                                                                                                                            Jan   19 – Soul pioneer Wilson Pickett dies at age 64
            Jan 3 – Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleads guilty to fraud, public corruption, tax evasion
                                                                                                                            Jan   31 – Samuel Alito replaces Sandra Day O'Connor on Supreme Court
              Jan 5 – Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon suffers massive stroke; replaced by Ehud Olmert
                                                                                                                            Jan   31 – Coretta Scott King dies at age 78
                                                      Jan 8 – Price of a first-class stamp increases to 39¢




                                                                                                                FEBRUARY
                          Feb 4 – Betty Friedan, feminist author of The Feminine Mystique, dies at age 85                   Feb 16 – UN Report calls for closure of Guantánamo Prison
                                            Feb 10 – The XX Olympic Winter Games open in Turin, Italy                       Feb 20 – sportscaster Curt Gowdy dies at age 86
                          Feb 11 –Dick Cheney shoots Texas lawyer Harry Whittington while quail hunting                     Feb 24 – Don Knotts, better known as Barney Fife, dies at age 81




                                                                                                                MARCH
                                              Mar 2 – Senate renews PATRIOT Act in a vote of 89 to 10                       Mar 28 – Caspar Weinberger, cabinet official for Nixon/Reagan and central to the Iran-contra scandal, dies at age 88
             Mar 11 – Slobodan Milosevic, former president of Yugoslavia, dies of a heart attack at age 64                  Mar 29 – Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff sentenced to six years in pri




                   Apr 4 – Saddam Hussein charged with genocide for the 1988 Kurd massacre of 50,000                        Apr 18 – Centennial of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake




                                                                                                                APRIL
                Apr 4 – Texas Rep. Rep. Tom DeLay announces resignation because of ties to Jack Abramoff                    Apr 19 – Press Secretary Scott McClellan announces his resignation
                                              Apr 12 – Massachusetts enacts universal health coverage                       Apr 20 – FDA rejects medical use of marijuana




                         May 3 – Zacarias Moussaoui sentenced to life in prison for his role in 9-11 attacks                May 16 –Nearly 13 inches of rain fall in New England, causing the worst flooding in 70 years
                                                                                                                MAY

                                 May 5 – CIA Director Porter Goss resigns; replaced by Michael Hayden                       May 25 – Enron execs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling convicted of fraud and conspiracy
                                      May 15 – Saddam Hussein indicted for crimes against humanity                          May 27 – Indonesian earthquake kills more than 5,700 people; almost 500,000 homeless




                                            Jun 8 – FDA approves Gardasil, a vaccine for cervical cancer                    Jun 22 – Senate rejects proposals for removing troops from Iraq in votes of 86-13 and 60-39
                                                                                                                JUNE




                                       Jun 10 – Three detainees hang themselves Guantánamo Prison                           Jun 24 – Patsy Ramsey, mother of murdered JonBenet Ramsey, dies at age 49
                      Jun 16 – House rejects deadlines for removing troops from Iraq in a vote of 256-153                   Jun 28 – Worst flooding in decades from Virginia to central New York


                          Jul 4 –Discovery lifts off for 13-day mission to the International Space Station                  Jul   19 –Bush vetoes stem cell bill
                  Jul 5 – Convicted Enron founder and exec Kenneth Lay dies of a heart attack at age 64                     Jul   20 – Senate extends Voting Rights Act for 25 years in a vote of 98–0
                                                                                                                JULY




             Jul 13 –Hezbollah fires rockets into Israel; Israel launches a major military attack in response               Jul   23 – Saddam Hussein hospitalized and tube fed after a two-week hunger strike
                                                                            Jul 17 –Discovery lands safely                  Jul   28 – Audit finds accounting scheme used to mask budget overruns on Iraq projects
                                               Jul 18 – More than 800 people die in Indonesian tsunami                      Jul   31 – Ill Fidel Castro temporarily relinquishes control of Cuba to his brother


                    Aug 3 – U.S. General John Abizaid says violence in Iraq could deteriorate into civil war                Aug 21 – Saddam Husseinʼs trial begins for the Kurdish genocide in 1988
                                                                                                                AUGUST




                         Aug 10 – British police arrest 24 British Muslims for plotting to blow up planes                   Jul 24 – Pluto loses its status as a planet
                           Aug 16 – In Bangkok, John Mark Karr confesses to killing JonBenet Ramsey                         Jul 28 –John Mark Karrʼs confession about JonBenet Ramsey exposed as false


                                    Sept 4 – Croc Hunter Steve Irwin dies at age 44 from a stingray stab
                                                                                                                SEPTEMBER




                                                                                                                            Sept    21 –Atlantis lands after a 12-day mission to the International Space Station
                     Sept 7 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair announces plans to resign within one year
                                                                                                                            Sept    23 – Intelligence report says Iraq war has made terrorism problem worse
                          Sept 9 –Atlantis lifts off after several weather and mechanical postponements
                                                                                                                            Sept    24 – Etta Baker, influential blues guitarist, dies at age 93
                  Sept 11 – Fifth anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon
                                                                                                                            Sept    29 – Fla. Rep. Rep. Mark Foley resigns for sending sexual messages to teen male pages
                        Sept 12 – Pope Benedict outrages Muslims with a quote from a 14th century text
                                                                                                                OCTOBER




                        Oct 2 – Charles Roberts kills 3 and wounds 8 girls at an Amish School; kills himself                Oct 14 – UN Security Council passes resolution to punish North Korea for nuclear testing
                         Oct 9 – North Korea tests a nuclear missile, provoking international condemnation                  Oct 17 – U.S. population officially reaches 300 million
                        Oct 11 –Plane carrying Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashes into a New York building                  Oct 19 – Maj. Gen. William Caldwell says troop attacks have soared in Baghdad since August
                                                                                                                NOVEMBER




                       Nov 5 –Iraqi court convicts Saddam Hussein and sentences him to death by hanging                     Nov 8 –Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announces resignation
                                             Nov 7 – Democrats take over Congress in midterm elections                      Nov 9 –Ed Bradley, CBS newsman, dies of leukemia at age 65




                                            Dec 4 – John Bolton, US Ambassador to the UN, steps down
                                                                                                                DECEMBER




                                                                                                                            Dec 25 – James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, dies at age 73
                                          Dec 6 – Robert Gates confirmed as new Secretary of Defense
                                                                                                                            Dec 26 – Gerald Ford, 38th president of the United States, dies at age 93
                   Dec 14 – Ban Ki-moon sworn in as the secretary general of the UN replacing Kofi Annan
                                                                                                                            Dec 30 – Saddam Hussein hanged in Baghdad
                    Dec 18 – Pentagon reports attacks on Americans and Iraqis average about 960 a week
4                                                                  two-thousand and six Commemorative issue                                                      High Country Press ~ January 4, 2007
           2006
                                                                                                                                          M a R c H 16 , 2 0 0 6

        NUMBeRs                                                                OF THE yEaR                                                1989
                                                                                                                                          The year the Appalachian Cultural
Ja N Ua Ry 5 , 2 0 0 6         F E B RUa Ry 2 , 2 0 0 6             MaRc H 2, 2006                   according to Construction            Museum was established. Until this
$766,000
The amount of state funding
                               160                                  106
                                                                    The number of inmate beds
                                                                                                     Control Corporation, a con-
                                                                                                     struction management com-
                                                                                                                                          year, the museum has been located
provided to Watauga County     The total number of avian            available in the new Watauga     pany based in South Caro-            at University Hall.
                               (bird) flu cases reported world-     County Detention Center, 95      lina and Virginia.
for daycare subsidies ad-
                               wide since the virus emerged         for males and 11 for females.                                    that have been leveled by           County; the statewide per-
ministered by the Depart-
                               in 200, according to the World                                       a p R i l 13 , 2 0 0 6
ment of Social Services in                                                                                                           mountaintop removal coal            centage is 17%.
                                                                    MaRc H 9, 2006
                                                                                                     $251,000
                                                                    $8.3 billion
fiscal year 2005-06.           Health Organization.                                                                                  mining.
                                                                                                                                                                         JUNE 29, 2006
                                                                                                     The amount of federal mon-
J a N U a R y 12 , 2 0 0 6     F E B RUa Ry 9 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                    The current gross value of       ey Avery County has spent
                                                                                                                                     M ay 11, 2 0 0 6                    135 feet
$19,166                        67
                               According       to     Watauga
                               County Schools Superinten-
                                                                    real property in Watauga
                                                                    County.
                                                                                                     on new voting equipment:
                                                                                                     22 ballot-counting machines
                                                                                                                                     8,700
                                                                                                                                     The number of pounds of
                                                                                                                                                                         The maximum height per-
                                                                                                                                                                         mitted for a small wind en-
Amount of the Blue Ridge                                                                                                                                                 ergy system turbine in the
                                                                                                     and 20 handicapped-acces-
                               dent Dr. Bobbie Short, the



                                                                    31.3¢
                                                                    MaRc H 23, 2006                                                  non-perishable       food   that    proposed Watauga County
National Heritage Area grant                                                                         sible voting machines.
                               number of outside doors at                                                                            the Watauga County Food             Ordinance to Regulate Wind
awarded to ASU for creating
                               Watauga High School.                                                  apRil 20, 2006                  Bank collected during last          Energy Systems.
a Web-based museum ex-
hibit of Western North Car-    F E B R U a R y 16 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                    The revenue-neutral ad va-
                                                                                                     $624,100                        year’s Stamp Out Hunger
                                                                                                                                     Food Drive.
                                                                                                                                                                         J U ly 6 , 2 0 0 6
olina traditional songs from   $1,039,390,739                       lorem tax rate in Watauga        The total amount of bonuses                                         95 percent
the years 1825 to 1945.                                                                                                              M ay 18 , 2 0 0 6
                               In 2002, the cost to North           County, after adjusting for      paid to 162 NC lottery staff-                                       The percentage of hemlock
J a N U a R y 19 , 2 0 0 6     Carolina taxpapers of teen           average annual growth. The       ers as a reward for launch-     $75,000                             trees the hemlock wooly
1955                           pregnancies, according to            county’s current tax rate        ing the state lottery opera-    The amount of money pre-            adelgid has killed in north-
                               the Adolescent Pregnancy             is 39.5 cents per $100 of        tion by the target date.        sented to the Boone Collab-         ern Virginia.
The year ASU’s Broome-Kirk
Gymnasium was built. The       Prevention      Coalition      of    value.                                                           orative Biodiesel Project on
                                                                                                     a p R i l 2 7, 2 0 0 6                                              J U ly 13 , 2 0 0 6
                               North Carolina.                                                                                       May 10 in Washington D.C.
                                                                                                     $60
                                                                                                                                                                         65
building will be demolished
                                                                    MaRc H 30, 2006                                                  after the local team built a
in February.                   F E B RUa Ry 2 3 , 2 0 0 6           26,670                           The cost of having a boot
                                                                                                                                     $10,000 biodiesel processor         The number of professional
                               $75,000,000                          The number of confirmed child    removed from an illegally




4¢
Ja N Ua Ry 2 6 , 2 0 0 6                                                                                                             and won one of six prizes
                               Suggested asking price for                                            parked vehicle in downtown                                          musicians in the North Caro-
                                                                    abuse victims in North Caroli-                                   through the EPA’s P Sustain-
                               the Watauga County High                                               Boone.                                                              lina Symphony. The orches-
                                                                    na in fiscal year 2004-05.                                       able Design Competition.
                               School site proposed by Al-                                                                                                               tra will give four concerts
                                                                    apRil 6, 2006                    M ay 4 , 2 0 0 6                                                    in the High Country in the
                                                                                                     600
                               len Trivette, Board of Edu-                                                                           M ay 2 5 , 2 0 0 6
The cost of producing one
kilowatt hour of electricity
                               cation candidate and former          $34.9 million                                                    12 million
                                                                                                                                                                         coming week.

                               county commissioner.                                                  The number of square miles




                                                                                                                                                                         $50
with wind energy.                                                   The estimated cost of reno-                                                                          J U ly 2 0 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                                                     of West Virginia’s mountains    The number of barrels of oil
                                                                    vating Watauga High School
                                                                                                                                     needed to produce a year’s
                                                                                                                                     supply of grocery bags for
                                                                                                                                     the world
                                                                                                                                                                         The fine for violating the
                                                                                                                                     JUNE 2, 2006                        Ordinance to Regulate Haz-
                                                                                                                                     85                                  ardous Recreation Parks in
                                                                                                                                     The number of teams par-            Watauga County. The ordi-
                                                                                                                                     ticipating in this year’s Re-       nance requires skaters to
                                                                                                                                     lay For Life campaign. Par-         wear helmets and pads at the
                                                                                                                                     ticipants are hoping to make        new Appalachian Skatepark.
                                                                                                                                     this the sixth year in a row
                                                                                                                                                                         J U ly 2 7, 2 0 0 6
                                                                                                                                     in which Watauga County
                                                                                                                                     has led the nation in fund-         63 miles
                                                                                                                                                                         The trout stream length that
                                                                                                                                     raising for counties its size.
                                                                                                                                                                         will be protected by conser-
                                                                                                                                     JUNE 8, 2006                        vation easements and home-

                                                                                                                                     10 million                          site buffers at Laurelmor

                                                                                                                                     The number of individuals in        aUgUS T 3, 2006
                                                                                                                                     America who are estimated
                                                                                                                                     to be suffering from Osteo-         231 acres
                                                                                                                                     porosis.                            The number of acres that the
                                                                                                                                                                         Forest Service is planning to
                                                                                                                                     JUNE 22, 2006

                                                                                                                                     20.4%
                                                                                                                                                                         harvest in the Globe area.


                                                                                                                                     The percentage of over-
                                                                                                                                     weight children in Watauga
                                                                                                                                                                             CONTiNUED ON PaGE 19
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2006 iN REviEW                                                                                   Clear A Path to Our
   Let’s look back at 2006. Taking a “big picture” view, we
started 2006 with neutral El Niño/La Niña (ENSO) signal
and ended the year with a weak El Niño. However, the
ENSO signal did not play a huge impact on our weather
                                                                                                            WINTER
                                                                                                          CLEARANCE
until the fall. Last winter was dominated by strong west-
erly winds aloft that swept across the Continental US out
of the Pacific, making it very difficult for cold air to move
south out of Canada. Cold air was trapped on the “wrong”




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side of the North Pole in Russia (where they had the cold-
est winter in 50 years), and in turn, precipitation here
last winter was well below normal and temperatures were
above normal. The most significant item of the summer
and fall was the lack of Atlantic tropical development: only
9 named storms, 5 of those reaching hurricane-strength,
and only 3 tropical storms affecting the United States
(Alberto, Beryl, and Ernesto). This welcome absence of
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tropical activity was probably the result of the developing
weak El Niño and a more influential than usual Saharan
Air Layer (SAL) carrying dry, dust-laden air over the tropi-
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cal Atlantic. During the fall, we began to feel the effects
of the weak El Niño in the form of frequent lows affecting                                    Reduced Fall/Winter
the southern United States and more precipitation than
normal in September, November and December.
   Temperatures in 2006 were .5 to 1 degree above nor-
                                                                                                 Merchandise                                        *

mal. The average temperature in 2006 in Boone was
                                                                                                                   * Some Exclusions Apply
52.10 degrees compared to a 70-year average of 51.10.
On Beech Mountain, the average temperature was 46.37
compared to a 15-year average of 45.88. There was only
                                                                                                                              Herringbone Naturals
one significant cold snap of note: on December 8 the tem-
                                                                          Women’s                 Men’s                      Men’s
perature atop Beech fell to -1 and Boone recorded a low
of 8.6. In contrast, the warmest temperature last year in
Boone was 87.8 on August 1. We had 50 days in Boone
in 2006 when the temperature reached 80 degrees. The
average number of days with a high of 80 or more is 38.
(The least number of days with temperatures 80 or above                  Plush
was 3 in 1974, and the greatest number of days with tem-
                                                                        Synchilla              Balboa
peratures of 80+ was 107 in 1941—glad I wasn’t around
for that one.)
                                                                        Hoodies                Moleskin                    Fouat  r
   Total precipitation for the year was 53.32”, almost ex-                                      Pants                      Greds!
actly average. However, the first five months were drier                & Pants                                            Pl a i
than normal (April was the only exception), and the last
seven months were wetter than normal. Snow? Oh my,                                                                                 Plaid Shirts
are the snow dogs are howling? Last winter, Boone record-
ed only 26” of snow (13” below normal) and Beech Moun-                   Reg. $70.00           Reg. $54.99                            Reg. $39.99
tain recorded 79” of snow (just slightly below normal).                  Sale $54.95           Sale $34.95                            Sale $19.99
However, we kept enough cold in place last winter for the
ski slopes to keep all the slopes in good shape virtually all           NOW $38.46             NOW $24.46                          NOW $13.99
winter long. So far this winter (November and December),
the snow drought continues with only 2” in Boone and 10”


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on Beech. The fleeting cold blasts so far this winter have
barely kept the ski operators “noses above water.”
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   At one point, we called the winter of 2005-2006 the
“Winter of Wind” with more wind events than snow events.
Wind is the most difficult weather element to summarize
                                                                                                              Jan. 12-15 • Fri–Mon.
                                                                                                                                Men's Large, Women's
across the region; wind speeds at a particular location de-
pend on elevation, orientation and nearby obstructions.
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an anemometer just east of Boone as the most represen-
tative for the region. The highest wind gust recorded there
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was January 24 at 62 mph. For a variety of reasons, we                       Downtown Blowing Rock                             Fleece • Accessories
                Moon Phases
suspect that wind gusts recorded on this particular gauge
are about 10% less than the actual wind gust. This ane-
                                                                               1087-3 Main Street                                Little Red School House
mometer recorded wind gusts over 50 mph in 10 days last                          (828) 295-8733                              Behind Original Store • Valle Crucis
year, 7 of those in January. Of course mountaintops have
much higher wind gusts. A good estimate of mountain-
top wind gusts would be to double the readings from this
anemometer; that technique would render an estimated
strongest wind gust of roughly 125 mph last year on the
mountaintops.
   Finally, we are all indebted to the good folks at Fred’s
General Mercantile atop Beech Mountain for providing
data about “the air up there.” Also, with the redevelop-
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ment of the raysweather.com website in June 2006, we
have far greater capacity to record and analyze archived
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data from our 33 weather stations. Next year, we will be
able to provide far more year-end tidbits. The only limita-
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   From all of us at raysweather.com, Have a great 2007!                                       SALE GOOD THRU JAN. 9
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          2006
                                                                                                                                                                     F E B RUa Ry 2 3 , 2 0 0 6

        qUotes                                                                          OF THE yEaR
                                                                                                                                                                     $5,324,381 has been spent on high
                                                                                                                                                                     school projects. in contrast, we are
                                                                                                                                                                     sometimes compared to Watauga
Ja N Ua Ry 5 , 2 0 0 6                                                            F E B R U a R y 16 , 2 0 0 6                                                       Medical Center which has spent
  “North Carolina is the only state in the country that                             “The idea that teaching kids about sex makes them
requires county participation in Medicaid.”                                                                                                                          approximately $38 million dollars
                                                                                  promiscuous is totally false. and quality sex education and
                  Watauga County Director of Social Services Jim Atkinson
              explaining to the Board of Commissioners why county money
                                                                                  good religious teaching are not mutually exclusive.”                               during the past eight years for
                         supplies almost 50 percent of DSS’s annual budget              Marriage and family therapist Lynn Coward, Ph.D., LMFT, commenting
                                                                                          on Watauga County’s increase in teen pregnancies this school year          renovations and additions.”
J a N U a R y 12 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                                  MaRc H 2, 2006                                                                                                    Watauga County Schools
 “This is such a great resource and it’s underutilized.
                                                                                    “You can’t do anything in a jail cell that can’t be seen.”                                                Superintendent Dr. Bobbie Short
We need to push it more.”
                                                                                            Watauga County Sheriff Mark Shook, commenting on the security
           Appalachian Regional Library Director Mary Sizemore discussing                       camera system and communications center at the Watauga
                    NCLIVE, a free online reference collection of databases,                    County Detention Center, scheduled for move-in on March 8        apRil 6, 2006
                  encyclopedias, readers’ aids, magazines and newspapers
                                                                                                                                                                   “When renovation costs equal or exceed 70 percent of
                                                                                  MaRc H 9, 2006                                                                 new construction costs, it’s very wise to look closely at
J a N U a R y 19 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                                     “I’m just speaking for Jim Deal, but I’m absolutely                         a new building.”
  “I’m saddened by what appears to be the priorities of
                                                                                  confident that the tax rate will be lowered—and lowered                               Lee McClure, PE, board chair of Construction Control Corporation, the
the university as regards our culture.”
                 Local attorney Charlie Clement commenting at a meeting
                                                                                  significantly.”                                                                       firm that prepared the renovation estimate for Watauga High School
             about ASU’s plan to move the Appalachian Cultural Museum’s                             Watauga County Board of Commissioners Chair Jim Deal
                                                                                                                                                                 a p R i l 13 , 2 0 0 6
                   collections into storage and create a “living museum” of
                             selected exhibits dispersed across the campus        M a R c H 16 , 2 0 0 6                                                           “There’s no doubt in my mind taxpayers are entitled
                                                                                    “This is a sad day for this place.”                                          to know if their return is being prepared overseas.”
Ja N Ua Ry 2 6 , 2 0 0 6                                                                                 NASCAR legend Junior Johnson at the farewell party                                IRS Commissioner Mark Everson commenting on the
   “We were attacked on 9/11. The United States is not                                                               for the Appalachian Cultural Museum                                  increasingly common practice among large tax firms
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to offshore the preparation of U.S. tax returns
an aggressor nation. i think what the president has done
                                                                                  MaRc H 23, 2006
is appropriate.”                                                                                                                                                 apRil 20, 2006
             U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx (R-5) commenting on the war          “The people in North Fork don’t ask a lot of the county,
                                                                                  but they are citizens of the county and are entitled to                          “We’ve been hoodwinked and we need to let them
                     in Iraq during her Listening Post appearance in Boone
                                                                                  the right to vote without undue inconvenience.”                                know we don’t appreciate it.”
F E B RUa Ry 2 , 2 0 0 6                                                                            Watauga County Board of Elections member Stacy Eggers                      Watauga County Commissioner Keith Honeycutt, commenting
                                                                                                  IV addressing the Watauga County Board of Commissioners                       on Governor Mike Easley’s reported plan to shift money out of
  “avian flu is scary, but what should scare us all is                                                                                                                              the education budget and replace it with lottery proceeds
                                                                                                     regarding the proposed closing of the North Fork precinct
getting traditional flu vaccines.”
           Appalachian Regional Health Department Director Danny Staley           MaRc H 30, 2006                                                                a p R i l 2 7, 2 0 0 6
         commenting on the risk of contracting avian (bird) flu compared to                                                                                         “We have found that private property owners have
        the risk of “regular” flu and the problems the health department has        “You and I can help keep children safe by doing
               had in getting adequate vaccine supplies in the past five years    something as simple as being a resource for single or                          tried every way to stop trespassers from using their
                                                                                  stressed parents.”                                                             property in the past and have had very little success.
F E B RUa Ry 9 , 2 0 0 6                                                                                   Laura Hickey, Director of the Residential Treatment   Some of the methods that have been tried are towing,
  “i think this will be as big an issue as zoning.”                                                               Program at Grandfather Home for Children       verbal warnings and written warnings. after switching
    Watauga County Commissioner David Blust commenting on opposition                                                                                             to immobilization methods, abuse has dropped as much
              to the Board of Education’s plans to build a new high school
                                                                                                                                                                 as 92 percent over a one-year period in most of the lots
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   What a Year!                                                2 0 0 6                                     i N                    R E v i E W
                                                                                            By Kathleen McFadden
  jaNUaRY ‘06
                                                                                              A   side from the nostalgia factor, the coolest aspect of a yearlong news retrospective is its
                                                                                                  fresh look at how we arrived where we are today, providing both context and history.
                                                                                              in 2006, a number of projects made it out of the conceptual world and into reality—the Mariam
• WAR: Members of the National Guard                  interest” in the former Shad-
                                                      owline factory in Boone.              and Robert Hayes Performing arts Center being one of the most notable—and significant progress
  1451st transportation unit prepared for de-
  ployment to Iraq. The Watauga High School                                                 was made on other projects, such as the new high school in Watauga County.
                                                    • ANIMAL CARE: Dr. Da-                     The high school emerged as one of the significant issues of the year, along with the Boone Town
  gym was packed on January 29 with com-
                                                      vid Linzey, DVM, opened
  munity members and family for a farewell                                                  Council’s steep slope regulations, the demise of the Appalachian Cultural Museum, the construc-
                                                      Animal Emergency Clinic of
  ceremony for the soldiers.                                                                tion of Laurelmor and the proposed logging of the Globe area.
                                                      the High Country in Boone.
                                                                                              The 2006 election was noteworthy for its Democratic sweep in Watauga County, a sweep that
• PEACE: The I Have A Dream Task Force              • ASU: New York residents
  presented a week’s worth of programs for the                                              ousted an incumbent commissioner, sheriff and State House representative. although she won
                                                      Bill and Maureen Rhinehart            district-wide, incumbent U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx did not carry her home county of
  annual Unity in Diversity I Have A Dream
                                                      donated more than 600 rare            Watauga in the election.
  Week. The Watauga County Board of Com-
                                                      books on British history to
  missioners voted to designate Martin Luther                                                 In addition to highlighting a number of local notable events by month, we’ve compiled longer
                                                      ASU’s Belk Library.
  King Day as a holiday for county employees.                                               pieces on some of the significant happenings in 2006. We hope you enjoy the journey.
                                                    • ASU: The university an-
• MONEY: In Watauga, Department of So-                nounced that the Quality Inn
  cial Services Director Jim Atkinson reported                                                           County; received a $30,000 grant for the         Spinnaker Development’s plans to build an
                                                      would be renovated for a dormitory and
  that DSS would have to cut daycare subsidies                                                           Parents as Teachers program.                     assisted living facility in Elk Park.
                                                      would be completed by fall 2006.
  for low-income families because of reduced
                                                                                                       • PROTEST: Friends of the Blue Ridge             • TAXES: Property owners in Watauga
  state funding.                                    • NEXT DOOR: The Newland tag office                  Mountains continued to meet in opposition        County received their reevaluations.
                                                      reported booming business from Watauga
• APATHY: Few residents showed up at the              County customers in the wake of the tag of-
                                                                                                         to the Ginn Development, citing impacts on
                                                                                                                                                        • COME BACK: Blue Ridge Parkway of-
  joint meeting on January 9 of the Boone                                                                the viewshed, water supply and land values
                                                      fice closure in Boone.                                                                              ficials announced a 6.3 percent decline in
  Area Planning Commission and the Boone                                                                 and other environmental concerns.
                                                                                                                                                          visitation in 2005 compared with 2004.
  Town Council to comment on the updated            • SCENERY: In Avery, a motion billboard            • ELECTION 2006: Local candidates
  Boone Comprehensive Plan.                           was installed on Highway 184 above Sugar-
                                                                                                         filed in Watauga County: Mark Shook, Joe
                                                                                                                                                        • DEVELOPMENT: Angelo Accetturo
                                                      foot Shops.                                                                                         presented plans to the Newland Board of Al-
• POLITICS: Representative Virginia Foxx                                                                 Moody and Len Hagaman for sheriff; com-
                                                                                                                                                          dermen to build a gated community with an
  held a listening tour on January 25, an-                                                               missioner candidates Keith Honeycutt,
                                                                                                                                                          18-hole golf course called Wilderness Trail
  nounced as an opportunity for the Con-
  gresswoman to hear from her constituents.
                                                       FEBRUaRY ‘06                                      Mary Moretz, Doug McGuinn, John Coo-
                                                                                                         per, David Triplett, James Coffey and Billy
                                                                                                                                                          on 883 acres at the western edge of town.
  Most of the meeting, however, consisted of        • WAR: Soldiers of the 1451st transportation         Ralph Winkler; NC State House candidates       • UPWARD TREND: Engineering firm
  presentations from civic and government             unit left Boone en route for training in Indi-     Gene Wilson, Dan Hense and Cullie Tar-           W.K. Dickson revises the estimate for the
  officials, with little time devoted to fielding     ana, followed by deployment in Iraq.               leton; Board of Election candidates Lowell       Howard Street renovation project from $3.6
  questions from the large crowd that attend-                                                            Younce, Ron Henries, Lee Warren, Alan            million to $4.2 million.
                                                    • WEATHER: Grandfather Mountain re-
  ed. Several attendees objected.                                                                        Utter, Allen Trivette, Al Wheeler and Phil
                                                      ported record-breaking wind gusts of more                                                         • ARRESTED: Avery County Clerk of
                                                                                                         Smalling. School Board Chair Andy Reese
• DEFERRED: Executive Director Jeff                   than 200 mph on February 1.                                                                         Court Robert “Nub” Taylor was arrested and
                                                                                                         does not run for reelection.
  Clark announced construction delays at the        • RELOCATION: The Hunger Coalition                                                                    removed from office on charges of altering
  Mariam and Robert Hayes Performing Arts             announced plans to move from its location
                                                                                                       • VOTING: Watauga County Board of Elec-            court documents.
  Center and that the facility would open in                                                             tions agreed to move three polling places:
                                                      on Meadowview Drive to the old health de-
  August rather than July.                                                                               Boone 1 from the county courthouse to the

• LAND: The Western Youth Network asked
                                                      partment building off Bamboo Road.
                                                                                                         county administration building; New River        MaRCH ‘06
                                                    • RELOCATION: Watauga County admin-                  3 from Mutton Crossing to the National
  the Watauga County Board of Commissioners           istrative and finance office staff moved from      Guard armory; Boone 3 from the Agricul-        • PUNISHMENT: New Watauga County
  to provide land at the Brookshire Road prop-        the courthouse to the renovated building           tural Conference Center to ASU’s Newland         Law Enforcement Center opened on Oak
  erty for the construction of a youth center.        next door.                                         Hall. The board tabled pro-                      Grove Road. The facility cost $5.9 million.
• HEALTH: Watauga County High School                                                                     posals to move Brushy                                            • TRAGEDY: Four Ban-
                                                    • RELOCATION: High Country Press                     Fork and Boone 2, as well
  goes smoke free.                                    moved from its office on Howard Street to                                                                           ner Elk firefighters died
                                                                                                         as a consideration to close                                      in a boating accident off
• FAREWELL: Watauga County Library                    new digs at 130 Depot Street in downtown           North Fork.
                                                      Boone.                                                                                                              the coast of Oak Island on
  sponsored its last Watauga High School                                                                                                                                  March 15.
  Quiz Bowl on January 21.                                                                             • APPLAUSE: Former
                                                    • NEW FACES: Kraut Creek Committee                   Boone Mayor Velma
                                                      hired Jocelyn Elliott as project manager for                                                                        •        GOOD NEWS:
• PROTEST: Friends of the Blue Ridge                                                                     Burnley received the Al-                                         High Country United
  Mountains held a meeting on January 26              developing a plan for the creek’s restoration.     fred Adams Award in                                              Way exceeded its 2005-
  to discuss their opposition to the proposed       • KUDOS: The Commission on Cancer of                 recognition of her many                                          06 campaign goal, raising
  Ginn Corporation development near Heav-             the American College of Surgeons reaccred-         years of public service. At                                      $406,520.
  enly Mountain.                                      ited Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center          the awards banquet, Employer of the Year
                                                      with the highest rating a community pro-           awards were presented to the law firm of       • PROTEST: Five petitioners filed a lawsuit
• GRANTS: During the first grant cycle of                                                                                                                 against annexation by Sugar Mountain.
                                                      gram can receive: Three Year Approval with         di Santi, Watson, Capua and Wilson and to
  the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the
                                                      Commendation.                                      Gunther and Kim Jochl of Sugar Mountain        • CONGRATS: Vilas resident and wood-
  Crossnore School received a grant to reno-
                                                                                                         Resort.                                          carver Tony Bua came in a winner at the
  vate the school’s Weaving Room and de-            • ASU: ASU announced the selection of
  velop new exhibits; ASU received a grant            Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen        • GENESIS: Collaborative Biodiesel Project         East Carolina Wildife Arts Festival for his
  to develop a Web-based museum exhibit of            Dubner as the summer read for incoming             held a fundraiser to help complete a biodie-     carving of a goldeneye drake.
  North Carolina traditional songs from the           freshman, making it the Watauga Reads se-          sel processor to be entered in a national
  years 1825 to 1945.
                                                                                                                                                        • FOR SALE: A spokesperson for Heavenly
                                                      lection.                                           competition for a $75,000 grand prize.           Mountain reported that the resort had not
• BUILDINGS: Dan Godwin of Weber,                   • PREGNANCY: Children’s Council re-                • DEVELOPMENT: Avery County Eco-                   been sold but was on the market.
  Hodges & Godwin reported “a great deal of           ported a rise in teen pregnancy in Watauga         nomic Development Council announced
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     of Boone in the Food Lion Shopping Center                                  • JANUARY:       founding members of the Appalachian         • MAY:    Four members of the Appalachian Skatepark
                                                                                  Skatepark Council created a logo and took weekend            Council took out a $60,000 loan to pay a portion of the
                                                                                  trips to view other skateparks in the region. County         purchase price of prefabricated skatepark components
                                                                                  Commissioner Keith Honeycutt sent a letter to the            for the new skatepark. Watauga commissioners
                                                                                  council saying that although the commissioners had           awarded a $20,000 match grant to the aSC. The aSC
                                                                                  not made any definite plans, they supported the idea         announced a partnership with WaMY for nonprofit
                                                                                  of locating the skatepark at the county’s Brookshire         fundraising purposes and ordered the skatepark
                                                                                  Road property. Members of the aSC explored partnering        components.
                                                                                  with the Western Youth Network for tax-deductible
                                                                                  fundraising purposes.
                                                                                                                                             • JUNE:     The skatepark opened at the site of the
                                                                                                                                               old tennis courts at the Watauga County Parks and
                                                                                • FEBRUARY:        The Appalachian Skatepark Council           Recreation complex off Hunting Hills Lane.
                                                                                  approved a mission statement and pitched Watauga
                                                                                  County Parks and Recreation Director Stephen Poulos
                                                                                  with the idea of locating the skatepark at the site of     • JULY:    More than 00 people attended the park’s
                                                                                  the tennis courts off Hunting Hills Lane in Boone. aSC       grand opening celebration on July , with many
                                                                                  members continued to debate the pros and cons of a           participating in skateboard competitions, enjoying live
                                                                                  prefabricated park versus a concrete park.                   music, food provided by golden Corral and beverages
                                                                                                                                               provided by Red Bull. Mayor Loretta Clawson, Town
                                                                                                                                               Council member Bunk Spann, County Commissioner
                                                                                • MARCH:      Watauga County Commissioners approved            Keith Honeycutt and Sheriff Mark Shook attended and
                                                                                  the Appalachian Skatepark Council’s request to locate        gave brief remarks. Later that month, the Watauga
                                                                                  a skatepark on the site of the tennis courts off Hunting     County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance
                                                                                  Hills Lane. Dozens of skatepark supporters attended          requiring helmets and pads at the skatepark.
                                                                                  the meeting wearing green T-shirts calling for “A Safe
                                                                                  Place to Skate.” The Town of Boone agreed to donate
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                                                                                                                      ing place from ASU’s Newland Hall to       • HONORS: Dr. Phillis Crain, direc-
                                                                              MaRCH ‘06 CONT.                         Farthing Auditorium. Board member
                                                                                                                      Stacy Eggers’s motion to move Boone
                                                                                                                                                                   tor of Crossnore School, proposed
                                                                                                                                                                   that a section of Highway 221 in Av-
                                                                                                                      2 from the ASU Student Union to Leg-         ery County be named in honor of Dr.
                                                        • DENIED:                       Seven Devils denied           ends died for lack of a second. Board        Mary Martin Sloop who with her hus-
                                                                         Hawksnest owners Lennie and Leon-            members Stella Anderson and Eggers           band founded Crossnore School.
                                                                         ard Cottom a special use permit to ex-       presented opposing opinions to the
                                                                         pand the ski resort.                         Board of Commissioners regarding           • ASU: The McKinney Geology Teach-
                                                                                                                      the proposed closure of the North Fork       ing Museum opened in the Rankin
                                                        • VOTING: Responding to university                                                                         Science South Building.
                                                                         concerns, the Watauga County Board           precinct and Board Chair Jim Deal ex-
                                                                         of Elections changed the Boone 3 poll-       pressed his hope that the Board of Elec-
                                                                                                                      tions would not close the precinct.                   CONTINUED ON NExT PAgE
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                                                            • FIRE: A 30-acre             • BOOTS: The booting battle heated
                                                           wildfire closed Highway          up in Boone, with some local business                      fine down products
                                                                                            owners and many parking violators
                                                           321 north of Lenoir on
                                                           April 5.                         protesting the methods used by con-                      in the High Country
                                                                                            tractors of Lot Management Solutions
                                                           •    FIRE: Boone and
                                                           Blowing Rock Fire Depart-
                                                                                            to enforce parking restrictions in pri-                            since 1982.
                                                                                            vate lots.
                                                           ments burn the old Castle
                                                           Hotel to make way for a        • CARE: The Rainbow Center’s Ku-
                                                           Ginn Resorts sales center.       lynych Family Life Center opened in
                                                                                            Wilkesboro, offering expanded coun-
                                                           • WIND: Wind ex-                 seling programs for families.
                                                           perts convened at Grand-
                                                           father Mountain to brain-      • DEVELOPMENT: Newland ap-
                                                           storm the ideal location         proved Angelo Accetturo’s pro-
                                                           for a wind gauge. Some           posed 883-acre Wilderness Trail
                                                           weather experts had dis-         development.
                                                           puted the accuracy of wind     • PROTEST: The Watauga County
                                                           speed measurements be-           Board of Commissioners unanimously
                                                           cause of the location of the     passed a resolution opposing the pub-
                                                           anemometer.                      lic auction sale of up to 200,000 acres
                                              • SNOW: Myra McCoury’s Snow Kid               of national forest land.
   MaRCH ‘06 CONT.                              Sledder won first prize in the Avery-
                                                Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce
• ASU: Whitener Hall demolished to
                                                Snowman Contest.
                                                                                             MaY ‘06
  make way for a parking deck.                • EXPANSION: Ginn Company an-
                                                nounced the signing of a letter of in-    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY: High Country
• ASU: The university announced the             tent to purchase part of the Leather-       News turned one year old on May 4.
  availability of applications for its new
                                                wood Mountains development off Elk        • KUDOS: Farmer, educator and vol-
  nursing program.
                                                Creek Road in Ferguson.                     unteer Robert Shipley was inducted
• WATER: Three ASU professors in-             • VOTING: Sheila Ollis hired as di-           into the Western North Carolina Ag-
  stalled gauges to monitor flow, chemicals                                                 ricultural Hall of Fame on May 17, one
                                                rector of the Avery County Board
  and stormwater impact in Kraut Creek.                                                     month before his 94th birthday.
                                                of Elections.
• WATER: Hydrogeologist Dr. Wil-              • PLAY: The Beech Mountain Recre-           • KUDOS: Makoto’s named the Boone
  liam Anderson announced the need                                                          Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small
                                                ation center opened April 18.
  for access to unused private wells for                                                    Business of the Year.
  his research of the area water supply.      • PLOW: Volunteers broke ground at
                                                the Leola Street Community Garden         • KUDOS: Blowing Rock Elementary
• KICKOFF: Relay for Life kicked off            site on Easter weekend, a project con-      fourth-grade teacher Marsha Ander-
  2006 campaign.                                                                            son named Watauga County’s Teacher
                                                ceived and spearheaded by Matt Coo-
• NATIONAL EXPOSURE: The                        per. Percheron draft horses plowed          of the Year.
  Weather Channel broadcast live from           some of the site, but the soil was too    • KUDOS: High school science teach-
  Grandfather Mountain on March 11              hard-packed and a tractor had to finish     er Roger Wise named Avery County’s
  and 12.                                       the job.                                    Teacher of the Year.
• AG ISSUES: NCA&T kicked off                                                             • FLYING: Inaugural Tater Hill Para-
  Small Farms Week celebration in                                                           gliding Open held May 7 to 13.
  Boone, featuring a tour of What Fir!
  Tree Farm owned by North Carolina’s                                                     • ASU: Construction began on ASU’s
  2005 Small Farmers of the Year, Na-                                                       skywalk spanning Rivers Street.
  thaniel and Kirby Maram.
                                                                                          • ASU: The university reported a 7
• FIRE: Because of dry conditions,                                                          percent increase in applications for the
  the Blue Ridge Parkway temporarily                                                        2006 fall semester compared to fall se-
  banned campfires and charcoal fires                                                       mester 2005.
  along the Parkway corridor.
                                                                                          • ASU: The university demolished
• REQUIEM: Local storyteller Jim                                                            the 51-year-old Broome-Kirk Gym to
  Wolf died on March 21, one week after                                                     make way for a new dining hall.
  his 75th birthday.
                                                                                          • ART: Artist Ben Long began sketch-
• TAXES: Watauga County Tax Ad-                                                             ing children at the Crossnore School
  ministrator Kelvin Byrd announced                                                         to be included in his new fresco at the


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  of 31.3 cents, down from the previous
  year’s rate of 39.5 cents.
                                                                                          • WINNERS:           The Collaborative        dewoolfson
                                                                                            Biodiesel Project won one of six top
• HEALTH: Hunger Coalition an-                • OPENING: Closed since the floods            honors at a competition in Washing-        9452 Highway 105      9 miles South of Boone
                                                in September 2004 washed out the            ton, D.C., receiving $75,000 to conduct    CHARLOTTE • BLOWING ROCK • HILTON HEAD/BLUFFTON
  nounced plans to start a free health
                                                road, the 8-mile stretch of the Blue        further research and add to the team’s
  clinic.
                                                Ridge Parkway from Linville Falls to        closed loop biodiesel processor.
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• GAMBLING: Lottery tickets debut               Spruce Pine opened.
  statewide on March 30.
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                                                                                                     MaY CONT. ‘06
                                                                                                   • TAXES: Avery County Board of Commis-             an unfavorable performance review. In the
                                                                                                     sioners announced the 2006 revenue-neu-          complaint, Shook also alleged a hostile work
                                                                                                     tral tax rate of 37.4 cents.                     environment for female employees at the
                                                                                                                                                      Law Enforcement Center.
                                                                                                   • FIRE: Fire destroyed the Best Cellar res-
                                                                                                     taurant in Blowing Rock.                        • OPENINGS: Watauga County Dog Park
                                                                                                                                                      opened June 24.
                                                                                                   • HONORS: The Avery County commis-
                                                                                                     sioners approved a request to name a por-       • OPENINGS: Disc golf course opened at
                                                                                                     tion of Highway 194 in the Three Mile sec-       Ashe County Park.
                                                                                                     tion of the county in honor of Lulu Belle and
                                                                                                                                                     • TRADITION: Horn in the West opened
                                                                                                     Scotty Wiseman.
                                                                                                                                                      for its 55th season.
                                                                                                   • TRADITION: Tweetsie Railroad opened             • GENESIS: First Watauga County Summit
                                                                                                     for its 50th season on May 5.
                                                                                                                                                      on Youth held June 19 to identify and dis-
                                                                                                   • NEW YORK: Members of the Appa-                   cuss the needs of area youth.
                                                                                                     lachian Coalition for Just and Sustain-
                                                                                                                                                     • GENESIS: Watauga County submitted an
                                                                                                     able Communities, including several High
                                                                                                                                                      application to the DMV for a county-oper-
                                    Bobby Ginn, of Ginn Resorts                                      Country residents, attended the 14th ses-
                                                                                                                                                      ated tag office.
                                                                                                     sion of the United Nations Commission on
                                                • ELECTION 2006: The May 2 primary                   Sustainable Development as part of the first    • CULMINATION: Relay for Life took over
  MaY CONT. ‘06                                     winnowed the field of candidates, knock-         Coalfields Delegation.                           the Watauga High stadium on June 16 and
                                                                                                                                                      17, a change in location from previous years
                                                    ing out commissioner candidate Doug Mc-
                                                    Guinn, school board candidate Phil Small-                                                         at Valle Crucis Park, and ending the 2006
• HONORS: The Avery County Board of
 Commissioners approved a resolution re-            ing, sheriff candidate Joe Moody, state           jUNE ‘06                                        fundraising campaign.
                                                    senate candidate John Garwood, state house
 questing that a portion of Highway 184 be                                                         • REQUIEM: Hugh McRae Morton, owner               • NEW BEGINNINGS: Ray’s Weather
 named in honor of Grover C. Robbins, Jr.           candidate Dan Hense and U.S. Congress
                                                                                                     of Grandfather Mountain, died at age 85.         launched a new Website.
                                                    candidates Syndi Holmes, Roer Kirkman
• KICKOFF: Mountain View Corrections                and Mark Glen.                                 • WAR: After months of training in Indiana,       • RESTORED: The rebuilding of Boone’s
 Institution kicked off the New Leash on Life                                                        the members of the 1451st transportation         Greenway bridge, washed out in 2004, was
 program in which inmates are assigned shel-    • DEVELOPMENT: Red Tail Mountain                                                                      completed.
                                                    Golf Course—formerly named Roan Val-             unit arrived in Iraq. Military Appreciation
 ter dogs to train.                                                                                  Day held in Boone on June 24.
                                                    ley—opened after winter renovations under                                                        • BOOTS: The Boone Town Council passed
• GENESIS: Developer Jack Stout an-                 the new ownership of New Horizons Prop-        • SHE SAID, HE SAID: Former Watauga                a town code amendment requiring park-
 nounced plans to build Elk Creek Junction,         erties. The S.C. development company pur-        County Chief Deputy Paula Townsend filed         ing lot enforcement personnel to remain in
 a new town near the Ginn Resorts Laurel-           chased 8,600 acres with plans to develop an      a sexual harassment lawsuit against Sheriff      plain view.
 mor development.                                   upscale residential community.                   Mark Shook and Watauga County. Shook            • MONEY: Watauga Commissioners passed
• DEVELOPMENT: Ginn Resorts an-                 •   GREENING: Blue Ridge Energy League               denied the discrimination allegations.           the $39.4 million general fund FY 2006-07
 nounced plans for Laurelmor: 1,500 single-         proposed a plan for the High Country busi-     • SHE SAID, HE SAID: Former com-                   budget with a vote of 3 to 1. Commission-
 family lots on 6,200 acres, 425 multifamily        ness community to go greener with four           munications chief Patricia Shook filed a         er Keith Honeycutt was not present at the
 units and amenities including golf, swim-          levels of participation involvING steps from     complaint with the U.S. District Court al-       meeting, and Commissioner David Blust
 ming, fishing, tennis, horseback riding and        purchasing alternative energy power to in-       leging that Sheriff Mark Shook wrongfully        voted nay.
 more.                                              stalling alternative energy systems.             fired her after she gave a male subordinate                      CONTINUED ON NExT PAgE
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   jULY ‘06
• HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Watauga
 Medical Center celebrated its 75th
 anniversary.
                                            an inaugural raffle giving Fair Share
                                            givers the opportunity to win a new
                                            car and a Power of the Purse cam-
                                                                                     The High School Debate
                                            paign focused on women and chil-            The most controversial issue in Watauga County           Opponents pointed out that the figure was not
• EXPANSION: Construction be-               dren.                                    in 2006 was the high school.                             a true renovation estimate because it included ad-
 gan on the addition to the Boone
                                                                                        By the beginning of 2006, the Watauga County          ditions to the complex, but the focus of the oppo-
 ABC store.                               • ASU:     “Ladybird Farthing,” the
                                            duck who nested right outside Far-       Board of Education, after more than two years of         sition was shifting in light of additional interest in
• CONSERVATION: Ginn Resorts                thing Auditorium throughout June,        study, planning and public input, had decided to con-    the property from other potential buyers. RID raised
 partnered with Blue Ridge Rural            hatched her eggs, increasing the ASU     struct a new high school at the current school site.     concerns that the property would be sold too cheap-
 Land Trust to place up to 2,750 acres      population by five.                      The school board maintained that new construction        ly. In the meantime, the search was on for an alter-
 of the 6,000-acre development in a                                                                                                           nate site.
                                          • LEAVINGS: Banner Elk Town                was a better choice than renovation, citing factors
 conservation easement.
                                            Manager Bill Cook resigned, and          including economics, square footage and technology         In April, another group formed around the high
• FREE: AppalCART marked the                Town Clerk Linda Smith retired.          needs, safety and class disruption. Because a search     school issue: Citizens for Children, a nonpartisan
 one year anniversary of fare-free ser-                                              committee had been unable to find an acceptable          organization supporting the construction of a new
 vice.                                    • DENIED: Leonard and Lennie Cot-          alternative site, the board, in consultation with an     high school.
                                            tom lost their Superior Court appeal
• BOOTS: Boone Town Council                                                          architectural firm, determined that best alternative        In May, the Boone Town Council approved a
                                            of the Seven Devils’ decision to deny
 members met with Jon Tate of Lot                                                    available was to construct the new building in the       change in zoning for the site from R-3 (multi-fam-
                                            them a special use permit to expand
 Management Solutions to discuss the        Hawksnest ski resort.                    high school parking lot and then to demolish the old     ily residential) to B-3 (general business), a request
 effect of new signage requirements                                                  school when the new facility was completed.              made by the school board to increase the property’s
 on parking violations.                   • OPENINGS: Country Inn & Suites              In February, a group of citizens including County     marketability.
                                            Hotel opened across from New Mar-
• KICKOFF: The High Country                                                          Commissioner David Blust, former County Com-                On July 25, the Watauga County Board of Com-
                                            ket Center.
 Soccer Association kicked off its                                                   missioner James Wilcox and local businessman Gayle       missioners and Watauga County Board of Education
 fundraising campaign for a new soccer    • ART: Ben Long and his associates         Henson began publicly questioning the decision to        held a public meeting to announce the decision to
 complex at the Brookshire Road prop-       continue work on the fresco at the       build a new high school. The Citizens for Renovation     build a new high school in Perkinsville. Commission
 erty owned by Watauga County and           Crossnore School chapel.                 of Watauga County High School called for renovation      Chair Jim Deal said that board members had investi-
 announced that the complex will be                                                  of the current facility, maintaining that the building
                                          • GRANTS: Western Youth Network                                                                     gated several available sites, but that the Perkinsville
 named for Ted Mackorell, the former                                                 could be cost effectively upgraded and that renova-
                                            received $72,400 for its mentoring                                                                site, made up of several tracts (the largest owned by
 owner of Makoto’s who died in 2005.
                                            program from the Sisters of Mercy        tion would save county taxpayers millions of dollars.    ASU), not only offered the most land area, but also
• KICKOFF: High Country United              Foundation.                              One repeated criticism from the group was that the       would require the least amount of land preparation.
 Way announced its 2006-07 cam-                                                      school board had not determined the true cost or fea-       The argument changed from renovation to the
 paign fundraising goal of $500,000,                                                 sibility of renovation, but had instead simply agreed    method of financing the new school, with opponents
                                                                                     to the architects’ recommendations.                      of the project calling for a bond referendum, running
                                                                                        Full-page ads opposing the construction of a          more ads and circulating a petition to show public
   aUGUST ‘06                                                                        new high school appeared in local newspapers. The        support for the opportunity to vote on the issue.
                                                                                     group amended its name to RID (Republicans, In-             Opponents pointed out that without voter approv-
• WIND: The Watauga                                                                  dependents and Democrats) Citizens for Restoration       al via a bond referendum, the county would pay a
 County Board of Com-                                                                of Watauga High and registered as a political action     higher interest rate on the project, and also criticized
 missioners unanimous-                                                               committee.                                               the purchase prices of several tracts at the Perkins-
 ly passed a wind energy                                                               Also in February, a prospective buyer made a           ville site, pointing out the differences between the tax
 ordinance, the first
                                                                                     tentative offer for the purchase of the current high     appraisals and what the county was offering for the
 county in the state to
                                                                                     school site, causing the school board to suspend the     properties. Other criticisms were traffic congestion
 do so, that established
 permitting      require-                                                            architectural design work on the new high school         in the area and the proximity of the Boone wastewa-
 ments for small- and                                                                building.                                                ter treatment plant.
 large-scale wind tur-                                                                  Shortly afterward, Superintendent Dr. Bobbie             In September, the Boone Area Chamber of Com-
 bine installations.                                                                 Short released a statement about the high school         merce endorsed the building of a new high school
                                                                                     planning process, explaining that the planning           via resolution presented by Chamber President Dan
• HE SAID, SHE                            • OPENINGS: The Mariam and
  SAID: Watauga County Sheriff                                                       team’s original dream school was a 264,000 square        Meyer to the commissioners.
                                            Robert Hayes Performing Arts Cen-
 Mark Shook filed suit against former                                                foot facility with an estimate cost of $56 million.         From October through the end of the year, the
                                            ter in Blowing Rock opened on Au-
 Chief Deputy Paula Townsend, deny-         gust 12 with the lavish fundraiser El-   The planners scaled back and agreed on a 239,000         Watauga County Board of Commissioners took
 ing her charges of sexual harassment       eganza, followed by a formal ribbon      square foot facility at an estimated cost of $43 mil-    several steps forward, obtaining Local Government
 and wrongful termination and suing         cutting on August 18 and then by the     lion. Short cited a number of deficiencies with the      Commission approval for a $7 million installment
 her for slander.                           Blowing Rock Stage Company’s pro-        current building that made renovation impractical,       purchase contract to provide short-term financing
• NEW FACES: Steve Smith hired              duction of Robert Inman’s play Cross-    including classroom sizes, security and supervision      for the land purchases; closing on all but one tract
 as town clerk in Banner Elk.               roads, its first in the new theatre.     concerns, disability access, overburdened electrical     at the site; authorizing architectural work, environ-
                                                                                     service, corroded plumbing and heat pipes and wa-
• FACELIFT: The Downtown Boone            • KICKOFF: Watauga Arts Coun-                                                                       mental studies and a construction request for pro-
                                            cil launched the Junior Appalachian      ter leaks.                                               posal; obtaining a water allocation from the Town of
 Development Association began
                                            Musicians program, designed to              In response to RID’s concerns that the true cost      Boone; and working with the town and the DOT to
 the process of obtaining agreements
 from property owners to provide            teach kids how to play fiddle, banjo     of a renovation had not been determined, the school      further the plans for developing a new road to the
 rights of way for the Howard Street        and guitar in traditional styles.        board tasked Construction Control Corporation            site and creating cul de sacs to prevent drive-through
 Restoration project.                     • ASU: ASU opened its community            with preparing a comprehensive renovation cost es-       traffic in existing neighborhoods.
                                            music school, offering lessons in sev-   timate, and company representatives presented the           Despite the opposition and criticism, the high
• DEVELOPMENT:              Developer                                                results in April. The estimated tab was $34.9 million,
 Jack Stout held an information meet-       eral instruments to adults and chil-                                                              school project has steadily gained momentum and
                                            dren in the region.                      a figure that included the addition of a new wing for    the results of the November election ensure that it
 ing at Powerhorn Mountain to ex-
                                                                                     an auditorium and 16 classrooms, as well as interior     will continue. All of the school board and commis-
 plain his concept for the new town of    • CHANGES:        Hunger Coalition
 Elk Creek and invite investments in                                                 and exterior renovations.                                sioner candidates elected support the new school.
                                            changed its name to the Hunger and
 the concept.
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JUNE 2, 2006
  “These are young people who don’t have a
good time in school. it’s a deficit that they’ll
                                                                      aUGUST ‘06 CONT.
face every day and they are young people well                          Health Coalition, reflecting its dual                                                                •     PEACE: Boone Town Council
deserving of celebration.”                                             focus on providing food and free                                                                     passed a resolution recognizing Inter-
                         Saul Chase, Curator of the 10th Annual        medical care and prescriptions to                                                                    national Day of Peace, and local orga-
                            Brian Ayers Memorial Art Exhibition
                                                                       low-income people in the region.                                                                     nizers planned three days of commem-
                                                                                                                                                                            orative activities.
JUNE 8, 2006                                                         • BOOTS: Several downtown busi-
  “Wind is clean energy—inexhaustible and                              ness owners spoke in favor of parking                                                                •      ASU: Artist in residence Nina
inexpensive—and it will help us to create new                          lot enforcement at a special meeting                                                                 Hole, with the help of teams of art stu-
                                                                       of the Boone Town Council.                                                                           dents from ASU and other state universi-
jobs and industry in this region.”
                                                                                                                                                                            ties, constructed a fire sculpture on the
      ASU Appropriate Technology Professor Dr. Dennis Scanlin        • HEALTH: The Watauga County
                                                                                                                                                                            university campus and fired it on Sep-
                                                                       commissioners adopted a no-smok-
                                                                                                                                                                            tember 14.
JUNE 22, 2006                                                          ing policy for county employees and
                                                                       visitors to county properties to be ef-
  “We have people who move here, and when
they have a problem, they say ‘that’s not how
                                                                       fective January 1, 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                OCTOBER ‘06
we did it in town X.’ and we politely remind                         • KICKOFF: High Country United
                                                                       Way held its first Power of the Purse                                                                •      PROTEST: The NC Depart-
them that’s why they left town X.”
                                                                       luncheon, inviting area women to con-                                                                 ment of Transportation released the
                Davidson, NC Town Manager Leamon Brice
          commenting on the town’s development regulations             tribute to a special fund earmarked                                                                   Final Impact Statement for widening
                                                                       for women’s and children’s projects                                                                   the Highway 321 Bypass in Blowing
                                                                       and raising more than $60,000.                                                                        Rock, thereby starting the clock on the
JUNE 29, 2006
                                                                                                                       photo by jamie goodman                                comment period that ended November
 “I am ready to go to court and defend                               • KICKOFF: A Triad-to-Boone bus                                                                         27. A group in Blowing Rock has been
myself.”                                                               route began August 24, with service                                                                   fighting the widening plan for well over
                                                                                                                          lina West District, encompassing 82 clubs
         Watauga County Sheriff Mark Shook, commenting on              to Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, Winston-Sa-            with 2,400 members.                              a decade.
       two discrimination suits filed against him and Watauga          lem and Greensboro.
             County by former employees of the Sheriff’s Office
                                                                                                                        • FINALLY: Contractors finally finish            • PLAY: Organizers of the Tot Lot reno-
                                                                     • BALLOONING: Boone Town Coun-                       the repaving job on the portion of High-         vation campaign held a community day
J U ly 6 , 2 0 0 6                                                     cil approved an amendment to the town’s                                                             on October 1 to raise funds for new play-
                                                                                                                          way 421 in front of New Market Center.
  “To live in the mountains is to live in a                            Unified Development Ordinance estab-               The job began in July, but weather and           ground equipment. Toyota of Boone owner
permanent state of poetry.”                                            lishing a permitting process for large in-         potholes caused delays.                          Norman Cheek challenged area businesses
          doris davenport, performance poet, writer, educator,         flatable signs such as hot-air balloons.                                                            to donate $1,000 each to the project, with a
       dancer and artist who was seleced to deliver the Seventh                                                         • HONORS: Avery County Board of                    stated goal of 100 participants.
           Annual Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture at        • KUDOS: Norman Cheek, owner of                      Commissioners voted to name the new
         ASU’s Belk Library as part of An Appalachian Summer           Toyota of Boone, received the Toyota               health department building after local         • LEARNING:           Rotary and Kiwanis
J U ly 13 , 2 0 0 6                                                    President’s Award for the second year in           doctors Emma Fink and Eustace Smith.             Clubs initiated Dictionary Project for
 “To me, Mozart is the greatest apostle of                             a row and was featured in a Toyota ad in                                                            Watauga County schools, distributing
                                                                       Time magazine.                                   • KUDOS: Parkway School Principal                  715 dictionaries, atlases and thesauruses
musical joy that ever lived.”
                                                                                                                          Billie Hicklin named Watauga County’s            to students in all nine local schools.
               Maestro William Henry Curry, resident conductor
                                                                                                                          Principal of the Year.
                              of the North Carolina Symphony
                                                                        SEPTEMBER ‘06                                                                                    • ELECTION 2006: The Boone Area
                                                                                                                        • TRAGEDY: An apartment fire on the                Chamber of Commerce hosted two polit-
J U ly 2 0 , 2 0 0 6                                                                                                      Highway 105 Bypass claimed the lives
                                                                     • KUDOS: The Society of American                                                                      ical forums: one for local candidates and
  “The more we raise, the more we need.”                               Travel Writers named the Woolly Worm               of three young girls, all members of the         one for state candidates.
                   High Country United Way Executive Director          Festival one of the top fall festivals to at-      Flores family.
                Jenny Miller, commenting on the $500,000 goal
                                                                       tend in the United States.
                                                                                                                                                                         • TRASHY: The Boone Town Council
                         for the 2006-07 fundraising campaign                                                           • ELECTION 2006: The Republican                    passed a resolution in support of a zero
                                                                     • GRANTS: The Blue Ridge Parkway As-                 and Democrat parties opened their head-          waste plan for the town.
J U ly 2 7, 2 0 0 6                                                    sociation received a $438,000 National Sce-        quarters and the campaigning for the No-
  “We’re not someone who is going to sell a                            nic Byways grant to market the Parkway.            vember election began heating up, with         • GENESIS: Ground for the new Avery
                                                                                                                          political signs crowding the roadways,           County YMCA was broken on October 8.
piece of property and move on.”
               Developer Bobby Ginn, announcing the grant of
                                                                     • RENOVATION: Workers begin phase                    candidate mailings packing mailboxes,            The $6 million construction and renova-
               a permanent conservation easement protecting            II of the Jones House renovation, replac-          endorsements flying and ads appearing            tion project will be completed in two phas-
                    a minimum of 2,000 acres at Laurelmor, an          ing the front steps, installing a new mar-         in local newspapers.                             es, with a grand opening of the completed
                          upscale development of 6,000 acres           quee, lighting the trees and replacing the                                                          facility projected for January 1, 2008.
                                                                       lights on the lampposts.                         • PROMOTION: Sergeant Eric Brown
aUgUS T 3, 2006                                                                                                           was announced as the new Blowing Rock          • GENESIS:         Local musicians Mark
                                                                     • NOT FOUND: Volunteer SCUBA div-                    Chief of Police, replacing the retiring Owen     Welsh and Travis Reyes announced plans
  “I don’t believe in inspiration other than
                                                                       ers searched a Johnson County quarry,              Tolbert. Brown took office December 1.           to start an independent record label based
being alive. Everybody has their birthright to                         but did not find the body of Jade Cham-                                                             in Boone and called Fronteer Records.
creative spirit.”                                                      bers—missing since February 10.                  • KUDOS: The Watauga County Chapter
             Abstract painter Herb Jackson, whose work was on                                                             of the NC Council for the Blind named          • BOOTS: The Boone Town Council held
                   exhibit at The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk   • RELAY REP: Relay for Life organizer                chapter of the year.                             a summit to hear reports on the status of
                                                                       Sharon Trivette traveled to Washington,                                                             the parking situation downtown. Coun-
a U g U S T 10 , 2 0 0 6                                               D.C. as Watauga County’s representative          • TRASHY: During Boone’s fall clean-               cil members maintained, as they had for
 “Unless we stand up, they will continue in                            at the American Cancer Society’s Cel-              up day and the Watauga watershed Big             several months, that adequate parking is
what they are doing and only get worse.”                               ebration on the Hill.                              Sweep on September 23, volunteers gath-          available downtown. Police Chief Bill Post
            Blowing Rock property owner and forest protection
                                                                                                                          ered more than one ton of trash.                 reported that no recent complaints about
       activist Lamar Marshall, commenting on the U.S. Forest
                                                                     • GREENING: High Country Biofuels                                                                     private parking lot enforcement had been
             Service proposal to log 231 acres in the Globe area       announced three levels of membership             • COOL: Sierra Club named Boone a
                                                                                                                          “Cool City” for saving taxpayer dollars          made, probably because the public was
                                                                       in a co-op that will supply members with                                                            well aware of the consequences of park-
                                                                       biofuels: standard or individual mem-              and improving public health by reducing
a U g U S T 17, 2 0 0 6                                                                                                                                                    ing illegally in some downtown lots.
                                                                       bership, small business membership and             energy waste and pollution.
  “I still think that Boone’s a tough place to
                                                                       fleet membership.                                • BIKERS: Cycle North Carolina brought           • CONSERVATION:              Grandfather
make a living, but it’s such a great place to                                                                                                                              Mountain and the Nature Conservancy
bring up children. Do you want to spend your                         • CONGRATS: Gene Swift elected Opti-                 1,000 bicycles to High Country roadways,
                                                                                                                          as the group of began their cross-state          announced a conservation easement cov-
                                                                       mist Club governor for the North Caro-
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  Boone’s Steep Slope and Viewshed Regulations
      The most controversial issue of the year in      ing life, property and views without unfore-
   the Town of Boone was the town council’s adop-      seen or negative consequences.
   tion of development regulations applying to steep      In July, the taskforce presented its recom-
   slopes and the town’s viewshed.                     mendations to the town council. That’s when
      In the wake of criticism about the Villages      the real outcry began. The taskforce recom-
   at Meadowview apartment complex above               mended adopting the geohazards map; requir-
   Wal-Mart, in 2005, the council appointed a          ing a geologic survey to determine land stability;
   taskforce to study the issues of multifamily and    and setting minimum lot sizes and maximum
   steep slope development.                            land disturbance, square footage and impervi-
      The taskforce met for 18 months. Its recom-      ous surface for developments 100 feet above the
   mendations regarding multifamily develop-           valley floor.
   ment, presented to the council early in 2006,          In August, the opposition united into the
   occasioned little public comment. But its rec-      Committee for Responsible Environmental
   ommendations regarding steep slope and view-        Regulation, a group led by local businessmen
   shed development, provoked a virtual firestorm      Jeff Templeton and Rob Holton. The group Photo by Greg Williams
   of controversy.                                     proposed alternatives to the taskforce’s recom-
                                                                                                          mortgage rates/approval and resale value of      the revisions regulations and expressed con-
      In February, the town council approved the       mendations and ran full-page ads identifying
                                                                                                          homes in high hazard areas; and infringement     cerns about inaccuracies in the redrawn view-
   taskforce’s request for development of a geo-       properties in Boone and its extraterritorial ju-
                                                                                                          on personal property rights.                     shed map.
   hazards map that would classify land in Boone       risdiction in the hazard zones defined by the
                                                       geohazards map.                                       At the close of the hearing, council member      At a special meeting on October 2, despite
   and its extraterritorial jurisdiction into high,
                                                                                                          Lynne Mason made a motion to rewrite the         the Boone Area Planning Commission’s rec-
   medium and low development hazard zones.               The committee mobilized the owners of ap-
                                                                                                          proposed ordinance. Among the changes she        ommendation that the revised regulations not
      On April 24, the taskforce held a public in-     proximately 1,400 properties to submit protest
                                                                                                          requested were eliminating the geologic haz-     be passed, the town council approved the regu-
   formation session to present the preliminary        petitions to Boone’s Development Services De-
                                                                                                          ard map, defining steep slopes as those of 30    lations with a vote of 4 to 1, with Dempsey Wil-
   geohazards map prepared by Trigon Engi-             partment.
                                                                                                          percent or greater (instead of 15 percent) and   cox casting the dissenting vote.
   neering. At that meeting, people started pay-          Approximately 50 people attended a public eliminating the minimum lot size and maxi-
                                                                                                                                                              A few weeks after the vote, council members
   ing attention. The town council chambers was        information session in early September to voice mum land disturbance areas for single family
                                                                                                                                                           Lynne Mason and Bunk Spann prepared a sum-
   packed with developers and property owners,         concerns. But the scope of the opposition came homes and redefining the viewshed. The mo-
                                                                                                                                                           mary of the new regulations and a comparison
   and several speakers at the meeting raised the      into full focus at the public hearing on Septem- tion passed by a vote of 4 to 1, with Dempsey
                                                                                                                                                           between the taskforce recommendations and
   same concerns: over-regulation, increased costs     ber 14 when an estimated 400+ people packed Wilcox voting in opposition, maintaining that
                                                                                                                                                           the far less restrictive regulations the council
   of development, impact on affordable housing,       the large courtroom at the Watauga County the proposed regulations needed more work
                                                                                                                                                           adopted that ran in High Country News. How-
   land-use restrictions, land devaluation and         courthouse. More than 60 people offered com- and study before being considered by the Plan-
                                                                                                                                                           ever, members of the opposition maintain that
   property rights.                                    ments on the taskforce’s recommendations, ning Commission.
                                                                                                                                                           the regulations significantly impact a property’s
      At the conclusion of the session, taskforce      with the overwhelming majority in opposition.
                                                                                                             At a second public hearing on September 25    development potential and have indicated that
   chair Dr. Harvard Ayers asked those present to      The list of objections was long and included
                                                                                                          to consider the revised regulations, the Boone   they may seek legal redress for the property
   help the taskforce develop recommendations          concerns about property valuation; increased
                                                                                                          Town Council chambers was filled to capacity,    rights infringement.
   that would achieve the desired goals of protect-    development costs; impacts on insurance,
                                                                                                          and 21 of 24 speakers expressed opposition to




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whole life worried about money, than what
the quality of life is like?”
                           Bill Parish, owner of Highway Robbery
                                                                         OCTOBER ‘06 CONT.
                                                                        ering 73 acres that enclose the low-
aUgUS T 24, 2006                                                        er sections of the Profile Trail. The
  “We always knew that passing the Smokestack                           tract represented the final parcel in
act would not give us any cleaner air.”                                 approximately 3,700 acres of land
         Matthew Wasson, conservation director of grassroots            owned by Grandfather Mountain,
             environmental organization Appalachian Voices              Inc. and protected under agree-
                                                                        ments started in 1990.
S E p T E M B E R 7, 2 0 0 6
                                                                       • PROGNOSTICATIONS: Dr.
  “It is a good event; it is a fun event and it                         Ray Russell of Ray’s Weather fame
deserves to be on the list, but to be named                             predicted 120 to 130 percent of
one of the best on the whole North American                             normal snow in the High Country
continent is amazing.”                                                  this winter, translating into 50 to
              Catherine Morton, president of the Avery Chamber          55 inches of snow in Boone, 54 to
              and marketing director for Grandfather Mountain,          59 inches in Banner Elk, 34 to 38
                     commenting on the Woolly Worm Festival’s           inches in Jefferson and 100 to 108
                 selection as one of the nation’s top fall festivals
                                                                        inches on Beech Mountain.
S E p T E M B E R 14 , 2 0 0 6                                         • TOP WORM: Woolly Worm
  “If this thing passes, it is going to be a                            Jerry Garcia, owned by Katie Berry
nightmare.”                                                             of Boone, beat all competitors at the
                   Local developer Phil Templeton, commenting           Woolly Worm Festival, winning his
                  on Boone’s proposed steep slope development           owner $1,000 and himself the right
                     regulations at a public information session        to predict the winter weather.                                                                 photo by jim morton

                                                                       • TOP ROCK: For the 13th year,
S E p T E M B E R 21, 2 0 0 6
                                                                        Hound Ears hosted the opening event of
                                                                                                                     • DOG MATTERS: Watauga County                 • KUDOS: The North Carolina Local
  “...global crises impel all citizens to                                                                             Board of Commissioners held a pub-            Health Department Accreditation Board
                                                                        the Triple Crown Bouldering Series, at-
work toward converting humanity’s noblest                                                                             lic hearing on proposed changes to the        recognized the Appalachian District
                                                                        tracting climbers from all over the South-
aspirations for world peace into a practical                                                                          county’s animal ordinance and several         Health Department as one of the first lo-
                                                                        east.
reality for future generations.”                                                                                      speakers objected to the implication in       cal health departments to be accredited in
        From the Resolution for The International Day of Peace
                                                                       • TOP WINE: Banner Elk Winery won              the ordinance that certain breeds have a      the state.
            passed by the Boone Town Council in August 2006             an award for best blueberry wine in North     tendency to exhibit dangerous tendencies.
                                                                        Carolina at the North Carolina State Fair.    The board deferred action and did not ad-
                                                                                                                                                                   • MONEY: The Watauga County Com-
                                                                                                                                                                    munity Foundation announced the John
SEpTEMBER 28, 2006                                                                                                    dress the question of a mandatory spay/
                                                                       • NEW FACES: Hugh Montgomery                   neuter provision.
                                                                                                                                                                    and Ruth Blue Scholarship, a new $5,000
  “One in four people who have the virus                                hired as town manager in Banner Elk.                                                        annual award that will go to a Watauga
don’t know they have HiV.”                                                                                           • NEW NAME: We changed the name                County student for postsecondary educa-
               Danny Staley, director of the Appalachian District
                                                                       • ELECTION 2006: Citizens for Chil-            of the paper from High Country News to        tion. The first scholarship will be awarded
                  Health Department, commenting on the CDC’s            dren, a group in favor of constructing a
                                                                                                                      High Country Press with the November 2        in spring 2007.
               recommendation that all Americans between the            new high school in Watauga County,
                                                                                                                      issue.
                    ages of 13 and 64 be routinely tested for HIV       hosted a candidates’ forum for the six                                                     • WITHDRAWN: Developer Doug Gale
                                                                        school board candidates.                     • SCHOOLS: Seven Watauga County el-            abandoned plans to develop a mixed-use
OcTOBER 5, 2006                                                                                                       ementary schools dropped one rank from        complex on West King Street when he
  “Overall, everyone has been very                                                                                    their designation last year in the state’s    could not negotiate a purchase agreement
cooperative, very supportive about the                                   NOVEMBER ‘06                                 ABCs accountability results for the 2005-     with the property owners.
project and wants it to happen.”                                                                                      06 school year.
                                                                                                                                                                   • REPAIRED: Repairs on four of the
        DBDA Project Manager Jessica Montford, commenting
                     on the Howard Street Restoration Project
                                                                                                                     • PEACE: Arun Gandhi, grandson of              condemned homes in the White Laurel
                                                                                                                      Mohandas K. Gandhi, spoke at Lees-            subdivision, undermined by slope failure
                                                                                                                      McRae about the lessons he learned from       in 2004, were completed.
O c T O B E R 12 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                                                                      his grandfather.
  “I’m where I am with playwriting because                                                                                                                         • WAR: The Red Cross and the Family
of the Stage Company.”                                                                                               • TRADITION: Watauga County Co-                Readiness Group provided the means for
          Writer Robert Inman commenting on the support he                                                            operative Extension held its 51st annual      families and friends of the soldiers of the
          has received from the Blowing Rock Stage Company                                                            Farm-City Banquet.                            1451st transportation unit to film video
          on the occasion of his third play premiere in Blowing                                                                                                     greetings to send to Iraq.
            Rock, the first at the Hayes Performing Arts Center                                                      • DEVELOPMENT: The Ginn Com-
                                                                                                                      pany sold 240 lots valued at $150 million    • APPROVED: The Caldwell County
O c T O B E R 19 , 2 0 0 6                                                                                            during a one-day sales event on Novem-        Board of Commissioners approved a zon-
  “I’m not interested in creating jobs                                                                                ber 11.                                       ing change for a 603-acre property located
at this point; I’m interested in creating                                                                                                                           off Old John’s River Road south of Blow-
                                                                                                                     • FINAL NUMBER: Relay for Life an-             ing Rock that would allow the construc-
entrepreneurs.”                                                                                                       nounced a fundraising total of $286,553 in
              Keith Honeycutt, Watauga County Commissioner,                                                                                                         tion of planned unit development called
                                                                                                                      Watauga County for the 2006 campaign.
                      commenting on the opportunities a new                                                                                                         Backbone Ridge, consisting of 300 single-
                     Watauga High School will offer in terms of        • FINALLY: The Watauga County tag             • CLOSED: The board of High Country            family homes, a 50-unit hotel/condo com-
                          training and economic development             office opened on King Street across from                                                    plex and commercial facilities. A group of
                                                                                                                      Amigos announced that the organization
                                                                        the courthouse on November 16.                will close at the end of 2006.                Blowing Rock residents opposed the zon-
                                  CONTINUED ON PAgE 1                                                                                                              ing change.
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 The End of a Museum
      Last January, the ASU News Service an-             for a long-term commitment.
   nounced that the Appalachian Cultural Mu-                Following that meeting, both Chancel-
   seum would be closed, the exhibits placed in stor-    lor Ken Peacock and Provost Stan Aeschle-
   age at the old Belk Library and the Turchin Center    man confirmed the university’s commitment
   and assorted buildings around campus would host       in writing to the continued operation of the
   exhibits of the museum’s collection. The release      museum and maintained that storage of the
   said that the university would prepare a brochure     museum’s artifacts, if necessary, would be
   outlining a walking tour of the exhibits.             temporary.
      Persistent rumors had hinted for months that          At a meeting in February, Baumhover said
   the museum was moving, but museum director            that the university had worked hard to find
   Chuck Watkins had declined to comment.                a new home for the museum, adding, “I am
      However, once the university announced             more encouraged this week than I have been.
   the museum’s closure, the lid flew off the con-       I wish I could tell you about the sites, but a
   tainer. It turned out that university officials had   certain amount of confidentiality is required
   decided to locate a communications disorder           in any real estate transaction.”
   clinic at University Hall and move the museum            But nothing happened.
   out of the building. Museum staffers learned of          On March 11, the museum that opened
   the decision in late 2005, and a committee was        at University Hall in 1989 closed its doors at
   been formed to find an alternative location for       University Hall. One of the visitors on that last Photo by Kelly Jordan
   the museum.                                           day was NASCAR legend Junior Johnson who             At their retreat in April, members the Boone   he could not reach a satisfactory purchase
      However, museum staffers and committee             had loaned vehicles and memorabilia for an ex- Town Council discussed the possibility of lo-        agreement with the sellers.
   members were not given a heads up about the mu-       hibit at the museum.                               cating the museum at Horn in the West. In           Museum staffers have been reassigned to new
   seum closure notice and the walking tour idea.           Approximately 50 percent of the museum’s June, the council approved a request from the           jobs within the university. All of the children’s
      Consequently, the committee meeting on             collection was on loan and several owners, in- Friends of the Appalachian Cultural Museum           programs ended in the summer, and the adult
   January 13 was tumultuous, with committee             cluding Johnson, asked for the return of their to investigate the feasibility of locating the       travel programs are now a thing of the past as
   members angrily protesting the decision to            artifacts.                                         museum at Horn in the West. But those plans      well. No support staff exists to handle book-
   ASU Chief of Staff Lorin Baumhover.                      On March 17, two of Junior Johnson’s race- have gone nowhere because the group did not           ings, payments and arrangements, and while
      Committee members had identified six               cars, exhibited at the museum since it opened, receive the planning grant it hoped would fund       volunteer Bettie Bond, who led the popular
   possible sites for the museum, but the uni-           were loaded on trucks and taken to the NAS- the study.                                              tours for several years, was willing to continue
   versity had rejected all of them, including the       CAR museum in Darlington, S.C.                       Developer Doug Gale briefly raised hopes of    leading the tours, she was unwilling to assume
   committee’s recommendation—a building in                 After the museum closed, staffers sorted and a new home in November when he proposed             responsibility for logistics and finances.
   downtown Boone that was offered rent free for         packed the artifacts for storage, while continu- providing space for the museum at his planned         And that’s the story of how a cultural trea-
   one year with an option to purchase—because,          ing to offer the museum’s children’s programs mixed-use complex on West King Street. But            sure—identified as a must-see in a New York
   Baumhover said, the university had no funding         and travel opportunities.                          Gale abandoned his development plans when        Times article—was destroyed in 2006.




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                                                                                          Favorite Pictures                                                                 From 2006




 Tennessee barn scene, photo by Jamie Goodman




                                                              Winterfest polar
                                                              plunge, photo by
                                                              Kelly Jordan




                                                                                                                                                                   Jones House jam session, photo by Ellen Gwin




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Flower girl at the Farmer’s Market, photo by Jamie Goodman




                                                                       Face painting at the Woolly Worm Festival, photo by Ken Ketchie
                                                                                                                                                                                Aho Castle controlled burn, photo by Sam Calhoun




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nina Hole fire sculpture, photo by Kelly Jordan

                                                                                                                    Spring snow, photo by Kelly Jordan                                                                                                                                                              National Guard deployment, photo by Jamie Goodman
                                                                                                                                                                    Relay for Life, photo by Jamie Goodman
                                                             Contra dancing, photo by Kelly Jordan
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      2006


     qUotes                              OF THE yEaR

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                                                                           2 0 0 6                                      i N                        R E v i E W                 CONTINUED FROM PAgE 14
OcTOBER 26, 2006
  “I am a peace farmer and I plant these seeds                       NOVEMBER ‘06 CONT.
of peace. Some germinate and some don’t.”
            Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, who           • ELECTION 2006:
         delivered the keynote address at Lees-McRae College’s
                  Global Community Week, Pathways to Peace
                                                                     The mid-term election
                                                                     was a clean sweep for
                                                                     Democrats in Watauga
N Ov E M B E R 2 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                     County, with Demo-
  “Requests for appointments from the Boone                          cratic candidates com-
area are higher than any other satellite location                    ing out on top in all of
that we serve.”                                                      the partisan races. L.D.
         Celeste Collins, executive director of Consumer Credit      Hagaman defeated in-
          Counseling Service in Asheville, commenting on the         cumbent sheriff Mark
      agency’s twice-montly counseling sessions in Boone. The
     Asheville office serves 18 western North Carolina counties.     Shook. Mary Moretz de-
                                                                     feated incumbent com-
N Ov E M B E R 9 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                     missioner Keith Hon-                          Gene Wilson for a seat in the state house.     ty, voters returned incumbents Lowell
                                                                     eycutt. Billy Ralph Winkler maintained        And in Watauga County, Roger Sharpe            Younce and Lee Warren to the board and
 “In Raleigh they’re calling this the                                his commissioner seat despite a challenge     received more votes than Virginia Foxx in      elected newcomer Ron Henries over Alan
miracle campaign.”                                                   from James Coffey, and John Cooper de-        the race for the U.S. House of Representa-     Utter, Allen Trivette and Al Wheeler.
                     Steve Goss, Democratic Party winner of the      feated David Triplett for the seat vacated    tives. Foxx won the race districtwide.
                     NC Senate seat for District 45, commenting      by David Blust. Blust lost his bid to be-                                                  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The Watauga
                         on his win over Republican David Blust      come state senator by losing to Steve        • ELECTION 2006: In the nonparti-               County Chapter of the American Red Cross
                                                                     Goss. Cullie Tarleton defeated incumbent      san school board race In Watauga Coun-         marks its 89th anniversary on November 28.
N O v E M B E R 16 , 2 0 0 6
  “Timing is the number one reason this
place is closing; a number of years ago people
weren’t looking far enough ahead.”                                   DECEMBER ‘06
      Acting Executive Director Janet Pepin commenting on the       • DOUBLES: The ASU Mountain-
          closing of High Country Amigos at the end of the year
                                                                     eer football team went the distance
                                                                     this season, winning its second
N Ov E M B E R 2 2 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                     consecutive NCAA Division I-AA
  “The visual sensitivity we’re giving to                            national championship by defeat-
Blowing Rock is the highest level of sensitivity                     ing the University of Massachusetts
that we can give—it’s the same we give to the                        Minutemen 28-17 on December 15
Blue Ridge Parkway.”                                                 in Chattanooga.
          North Carolina National Forest Service spokesperson
                Terry Seyden, commenting on the revised plan
                                                                    • PIONEERING: For the first time
                          for timber harvest in the Globe area       in years, Watauga High School field-
                                                                     ed a championship football team that
N Ov E M B E R 3 0 , 2 0 0 6                                         progressed to the western regional
  “It’s unreal the amount of food that’s going                       final but lost to the West Charlotte
out of here.”                                                        team on December 1.
     Kim Winebarger, client services and volunteer coordinator      • CHANGES: Superior Court Judge
          at the Hunger and Health Coalition, commenting on
                                                                     Phil Ginn swore in all new Watauga
           the number of food boxes distributed by the agency
                 in November and the number of clients served        County elected officials on Decem-
                                                                     ber 4. Following the ceremony, John
D E c E M B E R 7, 2 0 0 6                                           Cooper and Mary Moretz took their
  “I was willing to commit to the ultimate                           seats for their first commissioners’
                                                                     meeting.                                     • BEGINNINGS: The Avery County                • SPEEDY: A rockslide closed one lane
promise of the proposed project, but after                                                                         YMCA began its charter membership              of Highway 321 south of Blowing Rock
months of seller negotiations and lack of                           • CHANGES: Kevin Frye was sworn in             drive.                                         on December 6, but DOT crews had the
ASU support, I decided to back away from                             as new sheriff in Avery County on De-                                                        slope stabilized and normal traffic pat-
                                                                     cember 4, along with new commissioners       • ORNAMENTAL: Ornaments from                    terns resumed by December 19. The DOT
additional expense with a low probability of a                                                                     western North Carolina artisans adorned
positive outcome.”                                                   Scott Heath and Dan South.                                                                   initially estimated that the work would
                                                                                                                   two Christmas trees at the White House,
             Developer Doug Gale, commenting on abandoning                                                                                                        not be completed until January 5.
                                                                                                                   and a delegation of more than one dozen
                        his plans to build a mixed-use retail and
                   residential development on West King Street
                                                                                                                   people representing the Home of the Per-     • ASU: The ASU Board of Trustees ap-
                                                                                                                   fect Christmas Tree project and Mitchell       proved student fee and tuition increases
D E c E M B E R 14 , 2 0 0 6                                                                                       Country traveled to Washington, D.C. for       for the 2007-08 school year of more than
  “People come in the store and say they’ve                                                                        a private tour of the West Wing.               $200.
been in New York and that our windows look                                                                        • WINNER: Banner Elk Winery learned           • ASU: Jim Deal took office as the new
better than anything they saw in New York.”                                                                        that its Cabernet Sauvignon won a double       chair of the ASU Board of Trustees, re-
     Martha Spann of Carriage Trade Antiques in Blowing Rock,                                                      gold medal at the North Carolina State         placing Robert Fox.
          commenting on the store’s holiday window displays                                                        Fair, beating selections from Biltmore Es-
                                                                                                                   tate and Childress wineries.
                                                                                                                                                                • FINALLY: Repairs to the Sims Creek
D E c E M B E R 21, 2 0 0 6                                                                                                                                       Bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway that
  “[The players] gave me a night that I would                                                                     • EXPANSION: The Wellness Center                closed a section of the roadway and de-
                                                                                                                   addition opened to the public, nearly          toured traffic to Highway 221 all summer
never forget. it was electric. You could feel
                                                                                                                   doubling the size of the facility on Boone     and fall were completed. The work was
the energy, the enthusiasm. it was even better
                                                                                                                   Heights Drive.                                 supposed to be completed in August.
than the first time.”
               ASU Chancellor Ken Peacock commenting on the                                                       • WINNER: Georgia McLean of Ban-              • CONSERVATION: The Southern Ap-
               Mountaineers’ win against UMASS on December                                                         ner Elk won the inaugural High Country         palachian Highlands Conservancy pur-
               15, giving the team its second consecutive NCAA                                                     United Way car raffle and drove home a         chased a 97-acre tract of land on Hump
                      FCS/Division 1-AA National Championship
                                                                                                                   new PT Cruiser for Christmas.                  Mountain in Avery County, site of the
                                                                                                                                                                  headwaters of both the Elk River and
                                                                                                                                                                  Cranberry Creek.
  High Country Press ~ January 4, 2007                             two-thousand and six Commemorative issue                                                                                          19


      Harvesting the Globe
        Another highly controversial issue in 2006      ignating a portion of the Pisgah National
     was the U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to har-     Forest as a national scenic area. The South-
     vest timber on 231 acres in the Globe area.        ern Environmental Law Center in Asheville
        Last February, the Forest Service sent re-      drafted the proposed bill.
     leases to area media inviting public comment          But a bill needs a sponsor, and the group
     on a proposed project to “balance age-class        hasn’t been able to find one. Rep. Patrick
     distribution, create permanent grass and           McHenry deferred to Rep. Virginia Foxx,
     forb openings for wildlife, create a network       and Foxx declined the invitation, saying that
     of old-growth area and control invasive/ex-        the Globe issues had been mischaracterized
     otic species with herbicides” in the Pisgah        as logging but were in fact daylighting for
     National Forest.                                   fire protection. Foxx said that federal legisla-
        The press release did not mention that the      tion wasn’t the answer.
     harvest area was just south of Blowing Rock.          However, in September, the Forest Ser-
        The implications didn’t break until early       vice announced that it was going back to
     August when locals became aware that the           the drawing board to come up with another
     acreage being considered for timber harvest        alternative for the Globe Area that would re-
     was in the Globe Area. Comments on the             spond to residents’ concerns.
     plan were due to the Forest Service by Au-            In the meantime, the Wildlife Resources
     gust 10. A public meeting on August 9 drew         Commission endorsed the Globe plan, Photo by Ken Ketchie
     a standing-room only crowd, with most              maintaining that the habitat created would
     of the attendees opposed to the plan. In a         be vital for several declining songbird spe-     by dropping one of the more visible units,         In December, the Blowing Rock Town
     special meeting on August 10, the Blowing          cies, as well as wild turkey, bear and deer. reducing the size of another unit and in-            Council passed another resolution opposing
     Rock Town Council passed a resolution op-          The next month, the Ruffed Grouse Society creasing the number of “leave trees”—those              the Globe harvest plan and calling for the
     posing the timber harvest, and close to 1,200      also endorsed the Globe plan.                    that will not be cut—in the areas that are po-   scenic area designation.
     citizens submitted written comments on the            In mid-November, the Forest Service re- tentially visible from Blowing Rock from the             Public comments on the new alternative
     plan, the majority in opposition.                  leased its revised plan, reducing the proposed originally proposed 15 to 20 trees per acre to     were due by January 2, and a final decision is
        In mid-August, a group called the Friends       timber harvest area by 19 acres. According to 30 trees per acre.                                  expected in late winter or early spring.
     of Grandfather/Blowing Rock Scenic Views           the revised Environmental Assessment, the          The Forest Service held an open-door
     released a proposed congressional bill that        new alternative was developed to further re- info session on December 7, a day of terrible
     would permanently protect the area by des-         duce the overall visual impact of the harvest weather that limited attendance.




           2006                                                                                                            OcTOBER 26, 2006                         N Ov E M B E R 3 0 , 2 0 0 6

                                                                                                                           603                                      118
        NUMBeRs                                                           OF THE yEaR
                                                                                                                           Number of acres in a proposed
                                                                                                                           residential and commercial devel-
                                                                                                                           opment off Old John’s River Road,
                                                                                                                                                                    Number of votes that gave L.D.
                                                                                                                                                                    Hagaman victory over incumbent
CONTINUED FROM PAgE 4                                                                                                      five miles south of Blowing Rock.        Mark Shook in the Watauga County
                                                                                   OcTOBER 5, 2006                                                                  sheriff’s race. Both candidates re-

                                                                                   715
a U g U S T 10 , 2 0 0 6                 S E p T E M B E R 7, 2 0 0 6                                                      N Ov E M B E R 2 , 2 0 0 6


                                                                                                                           $1,200
                                                                                                                                                                    ceived 50 percent of the vote.
$8,261,758                               54
                                         Number of disc jockeys at WASU,                                                                                            D E c E M B E R 7, 2 0 0 6
The anticipated two-year DOT al-                                                   Number of reference books—dic-
location for paving and maintain-
                                         the university’s radio station at
                                                                                   tionaries, atlases and thesaurus-
                                                                                                                           Average annual credit card inter-        $133,213
                                         90.5 FM.                                                                          est payment in the United States.
ing secondary roads in Watauga                                                     es—distributed to Watauga County                                                 The cost to replace and install the
County.                                  S E p T E M B E R 14 , 2 0 0 6            school children by the Rotary and       N Ov E M B E R 9 , 2 0 0 6               conveyor belt and track for the

a U g U S T 17, 2 0 0 6                  1,400                                     Kiwanis clubs in Boone.                 98
                                                                                                                           Number of votes that separate
                                                                                                                                                                    bailer at the Watauga County Re-
                                                                                                                                                                    cycling Center.
70,000                                   The    approximate        number    of    O c T O B E R 12 , 2 0 0 6
                                                                                                                           Watauga County Sheriff candi-
The annual cost of maintaining           properties whose owners have              110                                                                              D E c E M B E R 14 , 2 0 0 6

the Valle Crucis Community Park.
On Saturday, august 26, the park
                                         filed protest petitions related to
                                         Boone’s proposed steep slope de-
                                                                                   Number of students enrolled in
                                                                                   aSU’s Community Music School.
                                                                                                                           dates Len Hagaman and Mark
                                                                                                                           Shook. Hagaman has the lead in           0
                                                                                                                           the race.                                Number of tickets available for
will host an auction fundraiser to       velopment regulations.                    Four are adults; the rest are chil-
                                                                                   dren.                                                                            the NCAA Division 1-AA national
offset this cost.                                                                                                          N O v E M B E R 16 , 2 0 0 6
                                         S E p T E M B E R 21, 2 0 0 6                                                                                              championship game in Chatta-
                                                                                                                           $5,000
aUgUS T 24, 2006                         5                                         O c T O B E R 19 , 2 0 0 6                                                       nooga Friday when ASU plays the


150,000                                                                            $1.2 million
                                                                                                                           The annual amount to be awarded
                                         Number of methamphetamine lab                                                                                              University of Massachusetts.
                                                                                                                           to the Watauga County high school
                                         responses by law enforcement in
                                                                                                                           grad selected to receive the just-       D E c E M B E R 21, 2 0 0 6
                                         Watauga County from January 1
                                                                                                                                                                    $7.95 million
                                                                                   The purchase price of a 14.8-acre       announced John and Ruth Blue
The maximum square footage per-          through august 30, 2006.                  tract in the Perkinsville area, part    Scholarship.
mitted for large-scale retail build-
                                         SEpTEMBER 28, 2006                        of the land acquisition for the new                                              The estimated cost of right-of-

                                         1,000
ings in Boone. The Boone Town
                                                                                   Watauga High School.                    N Ov E M B E R 2 2 , 2 0 0 6
Council approved the limitation                                                                                                                                     way acquisition on Highway 21

last week.                               Number of cyclists on High Coun-                                                  $14 million                              from Blackberry Road to US 221 in
                                                                                                                           The estimated economic impact            Blowing Rock, a process scheduled
                                         try highways this Sunday when
                                                                                                                           of the choose and cut Christmas          to begin in 2008.
                                         participants in Cycle NC, a cross-
                                         state bike ride, leave Banner Elk.                                                tree industry in Watauga County.
20                                                                two-thousand and six Commemorative issue                                                          High Country Press ~ January 4, 2007




Ethan Greyson Lee Is Watauga County’s New Year Baby 2007
 Story by CeleSte von Mangan

    The waxing moon on New Year’s Eve night delivered heavy rains to
 the High Country. As the downpour started, labor pains also began for
 one expectant mother in Watauga County. By the afternoon of Janu-
 ary 1, 2007, the rain had ended, the skies were clear and a new life had
 begun. Ethan Greyson Lee was born at 2:18 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 8
 ounces and stretching 21 inches in length.
    On the following day, his parents, Justin and Susan, celebrated their
 baby’s birth with a special meal provided by the Birthing Center at
 Watauga Medical Center. The luncheon included steak, chocolate iced
 layer cake, sparkling grape juice served in Champagne glasses and
 powder blue bubblegum cigars with “It’s A Boy!” emblazoned across
 them.
    Baby Ethan arrived right on schedule.
    “My due date was January first,” said Su-
                                                   Timeline For A
                                                   BABy Born in 2007
 san. “I was at home when I went into labor
 and we left for the hospital Birthing Center       2025..................... 18 years old
                                                            .
 around 11:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. I was
 in labor for 12 hours, and Dr. Bruce Jackson        2047..................... 40 years old
                                                            .
 was the attending physician.”                       2072..................... 65 years old
                                                            .
    The family resides in Deep Gap, their
 home of six weeks. Ethan is the new sibling         2107................... 100 years old
                                                            .
 of older sister Alayla and older brother Lu-
 cas.
    “We’re from Dunn, North Carolina,” said Justin. “I was offered a
 job in Ashe County a month and a half ago so we moved to Watauga
 County.”
    Driving up from Dunn, paternal grandmother Sallie Carrol, ma-                             The first baby of the 2007 New Year was
 ternal grandparents Nancy and Fred Hawley and aunts Chesley and Kathy                                                                born in Watauga County at 2:18 p.m.
                                                                                              Ethan Greyson Lee is pictured with his                                         on New Year’s Day.
                                                                                                                                     parents Susan and Justin. Photo by Cele
 arrived to meet and greet the newest member of their clan. High spirits pre-                                                                                               ste von Mangan




                    ❄❄
 vailed, and when the classic question arose of what Ethan might become or
 do when he grows up, his father had the perfect answer:
    “He can do whatever he wants to do.”



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                                                                                                                                     O
  Shelter
                                                                                                                                             n May 25, 2006, High Co
                                                                                                                                                                        untry Press—High Coun
                                                                                                                                             News at the time—added                                try
                                                                                                                                                                        a new section in the pap
                                                                                                                                             called Shelter. Devised as                             er
                                                                                                                                                                         a weekly guide to home
                                                                                A YeAr
                                                                                                                                    and land, green practices                                        s
                                                                                                                                                               and initiatives, lifestyles
                                                                                                                                    and businesses and servic                              and living
                                                                                                                                                              es in the High Country,
                                                                                In revIew                                           was and is the new home                              Shelter also
                                                                                                                                                              of the growing classified
                                                                                                                                      The front cover of Shelter                          section.
                                                                                                                                                                  in 2006 regularly contai
                                                                                       by SaM Calhoun
                                                                                                                                                     Business Spotlight colum                ned the
                                                                                                                                                                                  n—a weekly fea-
                                                                                                                                                     ture on a local High Co
                                                                                                                                                                                untry business, its
                                                                                                                                                     secrets and its owners—and
                                                                                                                                                                                     a cover feature
                                                                                                                                                     story.
 EnErgy                           Biodiesel, Hybrid Cars, and A Solar Christmas                                                                          These cover feature storie
                                                                                                                                                                                      s in 2006 often
                                                                                                                                                      dealt with alternative
     This past year was a big one for alternative energy in Watauga and Avery counties. Appal-                                                                                    energy initiatives
                                                                                                                                                      such as biodiesel, hybrid
     CArT and the ASU motor pool went green, hybrid vehicles gained popularity in the High                                                                                          technology and
                                                                                                                                                      solar and wind energy,
                                                                                                                                                                                  but also spanned
     Country and the ASU Sustainable Energy Society held its 11th annual solar Christmas tree                                                         to cover the hemlock
                                                                                                                                                                                 wooly adelgid—a
     lighting at the Jones House. All of these alterative energy happenings were covered in                                                           tiny insect threatening
                                                                                                                                                                                  to wipe out the
                                                                                                                                                      entire East Coast hemloc
     full on the cover of Shelter.                                                                                                                                                  k population—
                                                                                                                                                      tobacco farming, hawk
                                                                                                                                                                                  migrations, new
                                                                                                                                                      home building, organic
                                                                                                                                                                                   vegetable grow-
                                                                                                                                                      ing, composting, recycl
                                                                                                                                                                                  ing, credit card
 HyBrid CArs & AlTernATive Fuels                                                        points in the region.                                         debt and the controver
                                                                                                                                                                                   sy surrounding
                                                                                        When asked if he has                                       the Globe Project—a pla
 HyBrid CArs And                            per gallon. This manipulation can be        ever suffered the “oomph,” or ac-        231 acres in the Pisgah                      n to timber harvest
 AlTernATive Fuels:                                                                                                                                        National Forest in the Blo
                                            as easy as cutting back on “jack-rabbit     celeration/torque problems in the        viewshed.                                               wing Rock
 THe FuTure is Here in                      starts” and easing off the gas in coast-    mountains that has been reported           Here’s a look back at tho
 THe HigH CounTry                                                                                                                                             se cover feature stories tha
                                            ing situations. One American couple,        with some of the earlier (early         the cover of Shelter over                                  t graced
    July 20, 2006 Issue                     determined to find the Prius’s full po-     2000s) hybrid models, Bush re-                                      the past year. For the com
                                                                                                                                ries, click to www.highcou                                plete sto-
    Local photographer Todd Bush and        tential, supposedly drove 1,000 miles       plied, “We’ve never felt like we suf-                                 ntrypress.com and search
                                                                                                                                chives using the dates list                                 the ar-
 his wife Lorie discussed their Toyota      on one tank of gas, averaging just less     fered the oomph problem with this                                  ed.
 Prius for an article on hybrid vehicles.   than 100 miles per gallon.                  vehicle.”
    The Bushs purchased a 2006 Prius—          But these high gas mileage figures          The article explored what a hy-
 the number-one selling hybrid vehicle      aren’t reserved for flat areas of the       brid is and how it works. Also
 in America and the first commercially      country—the Prius seems to perform          included was a rundown of the local
                                                                                                                                      A solAr CHrisTmAs
 mass-produced and marketed hybrid          well in the High Country as well.           dealers who sell hybrid vehicles.                November 23, 2006 Issue
 vehicle in America.                           “Mountain driving is all we do,”                                                          On Friday, December 1, 500 white LED lights illuminat-
    “Our motivation was to try and          said Bush, who lives with Lorie at                                                        ed the small tree next to the Jones House Community Cen-
 see what we could do as individuals        an elevation of 4,400 feet in Banner                                                      ter in Boone thanks to the ASU Sustainable Energy Society
 to help the environment,” said Bush.       Elk and drives regularly to all                                                           (ASUSES). The lights were powered entirely by solar power
 “And it’s cutting the price we pay for                                                                                               and remained lit until January 1. This was the 11th year that
 gas in half.”                                                                                                                        ASUSES conducted the lighting.
    Their new hybrid is advertised as                                                                                                    “The purpose of this event is to bring
 getting 54.8 miles per gallon, but Bush,                                                                                             the greater ASU, Boone, Watauga
 a closet number cruncher, found that                                                                                                 community together for a holiday
 the worst gas mileage the Prius has                                                                                                  celebration and to inform the
 gotten is 47 miles per gallon and                                                                                                    public about the benefits and
 the best is 54.8 miles per gallon.                                                                                                   importance of clean, renew-
    Bush has discovered that if                                                                                                       able sources of energy, such
 drivers learn how to manipulate                                                                                                      as solar, wind and hydro
 the Prius’s engine to its full poten-                                                                                                power,” said Quint David,
 tial, the four-door car can reach                                                                                                    president of ASUSES, on
 upwards of 60 to even 100 miles                                                                                                      November 21.




                                                                    AppAlCArT, Asu moTor pool go green
                                                                       rei, Asu & AppAlCArT                      ity off State Farm Road in
                                                                       To mAke FleeTs run                        Boone. In conjunction
                                                                       on Biodiesel                              with AppalCART, the
                                                                          October 12, 2006 Issue                 REI approved the purchase
                                                                       Asu rei To HosT riBBon                    and funded the installation of the tank
                                                                       CuTTing AT sTATe FArm                     and also worked out a deal to purchase
                                                                       roAd pHysiCAl plAnT                       biodiesel from World Energy of Char-           “We live in
                                                                       FACiliTy THis FridAy                      lotte. The alternative fuel is shipped to   an area with a
                                                                          November 30, 2006 Issue                Boone via tanker.                           high concentration
                                                                          The ASU Renewable Energy Initia-          With the switch, ASU reduced its         of air pollutants and this
                                                                       tive (REI) in conjunction with ASU        harmful emissions by 20 percent. That       will be the next step, the next sys-
                                                                       and AppalCART switched 13 Appal-          reduction enabled ASU to meet the           tematic change for cleaner air,” Parks
                                                                         CART buses and a portion of the         state-mandated reduction of emis-           said. “Through this project, we want
                                                                         ASU motor pool to biodiesel before      sions by 20 percent for public institu-     to show that it’s possible—that it will
                                                                         the end of 2006. Currently, all the     tions by the end of 2007.                   work, even though most people don’t
                                                                         vehicles mentioned are running on          “By putting these fleets on B20, we      realize that diesel engines were origi-
                                                                         B20 biodiesel—a blend of 20 per-        will take care of that mandate,” said       nally built to run on peanut oil.
                                                                       cent biodiesel mixed with 80 percent      REI Public Relations Director Matt             “This is largely an educational proj-
                                                                       petroleum diesel—filling up from the      Parks, who added that similar initia-       ect. It’s part of a push nationwide to
                                                                       REI 10,000-gallon biodiesel tank lo-      tives are taking place in Asheville and     reduce dependence on foreign fuels,”
                                                                       cated at the ASU Physical Plant facil-    Durham.                                     Parks added.
                   Shelter
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                                                                      A YeAr
                                                                      In revIew


   HEMLOCKS                           Going, Going, GONE? Can We Save Our Hemlocks From The Wooly Adelgid?

   During July and August 2006, readers of
Shelter read a six-part series—titled Going,
Going, Gone? Can We Save Our Hemlocks
From The Wooly Adelgid?—on the devas-
tating effects of the hemlock wooly adelgid
(HWA) and got a crash course on the tiny
insect that is killing trees thousands of times
its size all over the East Coast. The series be-
came so popular that it is posted in its en-
tirety online at www.highcountrypress.com/
features/hemlocks/. The website has a forum
where readers can post comments and share
expertise.                                            year, but isolated infestations have been dis-
pArT 1: An inTroduCTion                               covered far ahead of the main front. Wind,
To THe HWA                                            birds, deer and vehicles are helping to spread
   July 6, 2006 Issue                                 the infestation.
   In Part I of the series, forestry professionals    pArT ii: A FirsT look AT
told readers that the HWA is potentially even         TreATmenT opTions
more devastating than the chestnut blight be-            July 13, 2006 Issue
cause when the chestnut trees died, oak trees            In Part II of the series, readers learned from
partially filled the void they left. No species       HWA treatment specialists how to diminish
will be able to fill the void left by the hemlocks,   the killing force of the HWA.
and an ecosystem will be lost along with the             Treatment experts explained how beetles
trees.                                                have been tested at Lees-McRae College with
   Over the past several years, the HWA has           limited effect, but the tests have proved that
swept like a giant wave from the northeast            beetles—crucial to maintaining a biological
down south and the High Country sits at the           balance with the HWA—can live and breed in
crest of that wave.                                   this area. In addition, regional experts are rear-
   There’s no inventory of the number of hem-         ing new types of beetles in the hope of launch-
locks in our area, but experts guess that we          ing a four-season attack on the HWA.
have millions of them. They dominate our                 The series continued with a look at chemi-
forests, build our houses and are ornamental          cal options—ones that homeowners can apply
features in many of our landscapes.                   themselves and ones that experts do best. From
   The HWA is a tiny, reddish-purple, aphid-          soaps to chemicals, from sprayers to intrave-
like insect 1 to 2 mm long and about 1/32-inch        nous injections, Part II’s overview covered the
thick. As it matures, it produces increasing          costs and actions involved in saving small trees
amounts of a protective white wooly wax. In-          and large ones.                                       for treating large and small trees and ex-             Fred P. Hain, professor and director of
fested branches become covered with circular,                                                               plained when residents need an expert                     graduate programs in the Department
                                                      pArT iii: A seCond look AT
fluffy white blobs that usually collect near the      TreATmenT opTions                                     to handle the job and when and how                             of Entomology at North Carolina
base of the needles.                                                                                        they could handle it themselves.                                State University, was discussed
                                                        July 20, 2006 Issue
   HWA infests the Eastern Hemlock (com-                                                                                                                                    that stated his concern that no
                                                        In Part III of the series, readers learned          pArT iv: good neWs
mon throughout the eastern states) and Car-                                                                 ABouT THe FuTure From                                            scientific studies to date have
                                                      about organic treatment options for killing the                                                                        demonstrated an impact by the
olina Hemlock (found only in the southern                                                                   dr. riCHArd mCdonAld
                                                      HWA. After treating well over 5,000 trees, Ap-                                                                         predators when released in the
Appalachian Mountains)—species that have                                                                       July 27, 2006 Issue
                                                      palachian Tree Care has not lost a single tree                                                                         East. The email was composed
shown little or no resistance to HWA.                                                                          In Part IV of the series, readers
                                                      and shared the systemic and topical treatment                                                                          after Hain read Part IV of the
   Estimates on how fast the HWA is spread-           options that save the surrounding environ-            got some good news concerning the
                                                                                                                                                                             series and Dr. Richard McDon-
ing range from 17 kilometers (10.5 miles)             ment from ill effects while effectively killing the   future of our hemlock population
                                                                                                                                                                             ald’s explanation that bracketing
to 30 kilometers (almost 19 miles) per                HWA. The experts gave specific instructions           from Dr. Richard McDonald who
                                                                                                                                                                             the HWA with three species of
                                                                                                            explained that bracketing the HWA
                                                                                                                                                                             beetles will achieve the balance
                                                                                                            with three species of beetles will
                                                                                                                                                                             that can save the High Country’s
                                                                                                            achieve the much-needed balance
                                                                                                                                                                             forests from the HWA.
                                                                                                            that will save the High Country’s for-
                                                                                                            ests from the HWA.                                  While agreeing that the work with predators
                                                                                                                                                             should continue, Hain said that before spend-
                                                                                                            pArT v: undersTAnding WHAT                       ing large sums of money for mass rearing and
                                                                                                            denoTes A sAFe pesTiCide                         releasing predators, the players involved in
                                                                                                            For FigHTing HWA
                                                                                                                                                             fighting the HWA need some assurances that
                                                                                                              August 3, 2006 Issue                           the predators will work.
                                                                                                              In Part V of the series, Avery County Co-         “Pesticide companies are not allowed to
                                                                                                            operative Extension Agent Jerry Moody ex-        market new insecticides until they have accu-
                                                                                                            plained what constitutes a legal pesticide for   mulated sufficient data to demonstrate the effi-
                                                                                                            use in the fight against the HWA and provided    cacy of the compound,” Hain wrote. “The same
                                                                                                            information to help protect the consumer as      criteria should apply to biological control. My
                                                                                                            well as the environment.                         fear is that an overzealous emphasis on preda-
                                                                                                            pArT vi: THe rACe AgAinsT                        tor releases will divert funds from other areas
                                                          Bracheting the hemlock wooly adelgid              Time versus sCienTiFiC dATA                      of research that are critical in understanding
                                                          with predator beetles may help control the
                                                          insect’s destruction of Appalachian trees.          August 17, 2006 Issue                          and managing the hemlock woolly adelgid
                                                                                                              In Part VI—the conclusion of the series be-    problem.”
                                                                                                            fore it made its web debut—an email from Dr.
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                                                            A YeAr
                                                            In revIew


  grEEn THingS                            The Growing Season of Fall, Composting and Tobacco Farming


  i   n a section such as Shelter where green
      technology is the focus, other green things
  come into play as well, including organic
  green practices and planting plants. in 2006,
  we looked at fall planting, composting and
  tobacco production.



THe groWing
seAson oF FAll:
iT’s noT over yeT
   September 14, 2006 Issue
   Many trees, bulbs and perennials can thrive in
the local fall climate during those last days of pro-
longed sunshine and warmer temperatures.
   Readers learned that crops of endive, lettuce,
arugula, spinach and Swiss chard are good to plant in                                       Cool weather crops include swiss chard, spinach,
early September and that seeds for those crops should                                       cabbage and lettuce.
be bought from companies up north that have simi-
lar climates. Those crops, if planted in September,
should be ready for consumption by late October or                                                                                                  WHere HAve All THe
early November.                                                                                                                                     ToBACCo Fields gone?
   Cooperative Extension agents explained that                                                                                                         September 28, 2006 Issue
container-grown plants should be planted in late
                                                                                                                                                       Tobacco has historically been an important compo-
fall, evergreens should be planted in mid-August to
                                                                                                                                                    nent of North Carolina’s economy and although produc-
September and that deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted
                                                                                                                                                    tion of the cash crop is up statewide, farmers in the High
from August through early November. Readers also learned that
                                                                                                                                                    Country no longer have as heavy a hand in the process
early fall is an excellent time to plant, move or divide many pe-
                                                                                                                                                    because of recent deflations in value.
rennials, such as peony, daylily, garden phlox and Oriental pop-
py. October is the ideal time to plant tulips, daffodils and other                                                                                     According to North Carolina Agricultural Extension
spring-flowering bulbs.                                                                                                                             Tobacco Specialist and Plant Pathologist Kelly Ivors,
                                                                                                                                                    around 25 percent of tobacco farmers in western North
                                                                                                                                                    Carolina have dropped out of production over the last
                                                                                                                                                    two years, and that’s a rebound from the end of 2004
                                                                                                                                                    when almost 50 percent of farmers called it quits.
                                          ComposTing                                                                                                   The reason that most growers dropped out, according
                                                                                                                                                    to Ivors, was the tobacco buyout of 2004. According to
                                           reCyCling yArd And kiTCHen WAsTe
                                                                                                                                                    NC State University, the tobacco buyout was included in
                                           WHile reduCing gArBAge
                                                                                                                                                    the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 that was signed
                                             September 21, 2006 Issue                                                                               and enacted on October 22, 2004. The buyout termi-
                                             As part of the growing trend in the High Country       HigH CounTry
                                                                                                    ComposTing Tip                                  nated federal tobacco price support and supply control
                                          to protect the environment, composting yard and                                                           programs, leaving many farmers doing the same work
                                          kitchen waste is becoming more and more popular.          The High Country has a cold                     for less money.
                                             The Town of Boone supplied composting bins             climate, so compost piles                          And western North Carolina—more specifically, the
                                          free to residents in conjunction with a free Home         may go dormant during the                       mountain counties—took a hit. The Burley Belt, as west-
                                          and Backyard Composting Workshop set up by the            winter months. But don’t                        ern North Carolina is known, produced air-dried pipe
                                          Cooperative Extension. Although the workshop                                                              and cigarette tobacco for $2 per pound before 2004, said
                                                                                                    worry—the composting will
                                          has passed, town residents who live in the Boone                                                          Ivors, but after the buyout the price dropped to $1.50.
                                                       town limits can still receive the com-       continue again when the
                                                                                                                                                    Suddenly, farmers needed more acreage to make the
                                                       posting bins by calling Suma Bolick at       spring thaw comes.                              same profits. As a result, a lot of those regional farmers
                                                      828-262-4560.                                                                                 have switched to other crops or retired. Perhaps more
                                                    Readers learned that composting is the decomposition of                                         likely the latter—Ivors said that the average age of a
                                                  plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly                    farmer in North Carolina is 55.
                                                 substance that is excellent for enriching garden soil. Composting recycles yard                       According to North Carolina Agricultural Extension
                                             and kitchen wastes and helps to reduce the volume of garbage sent to landfills for                     agent Callie Birdsell, there are currently 20 to 25 tobacco
                                          disposal.                                                                                                 farms in the High Country, compared to at least three
                                            In the article, readers also learned what to know before you compost, what to com-                      times that number just a decade ago.
                                          post and what not to compost.




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  August 17, 2006 Issue                      turn 20 in 2007.                            220,000 volunteers have collected more
  The North Carolina Big Sweep will            The Watauga County Big Sweep took         than 7.5 million pounds of trash from
                                               place on September 23 on the Watauga      North Carolina watersheds statewide
                                               River Basin and the purpose was to rid    during the Big Sweep.
                                               the watershed of litter. The Watauga
                                               County Cooperative Extension pro-
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   December 7, 2006 Issue
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       Shelter
                                                                                    2006


                                                 by SaM Calhoun                  Business SpotlIghtS
    T
          he High Country—or any community for that mat-
          ter—is defined by its local business people. Wheth-          column to celebrate these businesses and the people
          er born and raised here or from out of town, these           who run them.
    entrepreneurial spirits believe in the area so much that             From learning about the dreams that led to new hous-
    they have decided to meld, share and align their business          ing developments to the compelling back stories behind
    passions with the everyday goings-on of the region.                a local cab company, from getting to know the owners
       Over time, these businesses become the community.               of many downtown businesses to unearthing the secrets
    They are the community landmarks that visitors and lo-             that help them survive, it was a pleasure to hear their
    cals could not imagine Boone, Blowing rock, Seven Dev-             stories and hopefully was a helpful insight for our read-
    ils, Foscoe, Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain with-               ers.
    out.                                                                  The Business Spotlight will continue in 2007 but here’s
      Starting in May 2006, High Country Press created a               a look back at who we visited in 2006.



RazzbeRRy’s CeleBrATes A BirTHdAy,                                    said Crippen. “Everybody has stepped it up.”
A move, An old Friend                                                    But Crippen implements change often at his establishment
                                                                                                                                            mainstays.
   Published May 25, 2006                                             to keep it fresh. From offering the unique chocolate steak to host-
                                                                      ing theme dinners, from aligning with many annual festivals in           Charlotte’s Green House is a multifaceted operation. In their
   Boone’s natural food market, Razzberry’s, marked its 17th                                                                                two greenhouses, the two women grow 12 varieties of specialty
                                                                      Blowing Rock to filming a live cooking show, Crippen’s is con-
year in business in 2006. In the past few years, the store owned                                                                            lettuce, as well as annuals, perennials and herbs.
                                                                      stantly reinventing itself—a theme that will continue in 2007.
by Buzz Beeson moved                                                                                                                           More than 400 varieties of plants are available at Charlotte’s
from its longtime                                                        For more information, call 828-295-3487.
                                                                                                                                            Green House, and Sharlie also has a complementary business in
location at the now-                                                                                                                        edible flowers, including nasturtiums, tuberous begonias, violas
demolished Log Vil-                                                   baCk FRom the ashes                                                   and pansies.
lage on Blowing Rock
                                                                                                                                               While the lettuce operation remains strong, the flower end
Road to the Heritage
                                                                                                                                            of the business has changed over the past five years with the
Court shopping cen-
                                                                                                                                            growth of plant sales at big box stores. Impulse buys at the large
ter on Highway 105
                                                                                                                                            stores have had an impact on sales at Charlotte’s Green House.
to its current location
at Winkler’s Creek                                                                                                                             Contrary to what some consumers believe, the big chain
Crossing        behind                                                                                                                      stores that sell plants do not buy their stock locally, but pur-
Boone Mall.                                                                                                                                 chase from huge factory-type farms in warmer climates with
                                                                                                                                            acres and acres of greenhouses and enormous labor forces. The
   Beeson and his
                                                                                                                                            price competition posed by such operations and the easy ac-
store manager Dee
                                                                                                                                            cessibility of blooming plants in stores’ parking lots along High
Dee Grant expressed their goal for preserving local, indepen-
                                                                                                                                            Country highways makes it difficult for small family-owned op-
dently owned businesses, discussing how their operation faces
                                                                                                                                            erations such as Charlotte’s Green House to remain viable.
from chain stores, corporations and franchises.
                                                                                                                                               One of the strategies the two women has devised is to raise
   “If people don’t shop at independent stores, this is a dino-
                                                                                                                                            new colors of flower varieties each year for returning customers.
saur,” said Grant.
                                                                                                                                               For more information, call 828-963-5974.
   Beeson continued, “Shoppers will determine if Boone is a
place for locally owned businesses or a corporate town. It’s a de-    THe BesT CellAr in BloWing roCk:
cision that each person makes to determine the town’s future.”        neW Beginnings, sAme sTyle
   At the new location, Beeson and Grant welcome customers               Published June 8, 2006
to shop for specialty groceries, organic produce, health supple-         On May 1, 2006, one of the oldest restaurants in Blowing
ments, beauty supplies, pet needs, organic wines and products         Rock—The Best Cellar—burned to the ground, destroying al-
to treat the body, mind and soul.                                     most everything. Owners Rob Dyer and Lisa Stripling and their
   For more information, call 828-265-2700.                           employees were devastated, as were many locals and visitors
                                                                      who had religiously frequented the old log cabin behind Food
CRippen’s CountRy inn & RestauRant:                                   Lion in Blowing Rock.
sTill Cooking WiTH “pAssion”                                             But you can’t keep a good restaurant down. On June 12, the
  Published June 1, 2006                                              restaurant reopened its doors at a new location—The Inn at
                                                                      Ragged Gardens on Sunset Drive.
  Since January 1995, Crippen’s Country Inn & Restaurant has
been a fixture on the Blowing Rock dining scene, receiving praise        What was thought to be a temporary move turned into a per-
not only from loyal customers, but also from newspaper and            manent one. Toward the end of 2006, plans to rebuild on the
magazine critics in North Carolina and as far away as New York.       charred restaurant’s footprint were abandoned and a new chap-
                                                                      ter in the restaurant’s history began. Dyer and Stripling bought
  Relying on a menu that brims with inventive takes on what
                                                                      The Inn at Ragged Gardens and settled at the new location—a
                                                                                                                                            banneR eLk WineRy and the ViLLa
                                owner and chef Jimmy Crippen
                                                                      location where guests can now spend the night if they wish.           at the bLuebeRRy FaRm
                                calls “modern American cuisine,”                                                                            THe HigH CounTry’s FirsT Winery
                                the restaurant and several dedi-         The new location is in addition to The Best Cellar at Linville.
                                                                         For more information, call 828-295-3466.                              Published June 22, 2006
                                cated employees made it to their
                                twelfth year of operation in 2006.                                                                             In 2006, the High Country got its first winery—a winery that
                                   While a number of estab-           LettuCe and LobeLia                                                   has gone on to win multiple awards throughout the year, name-
                                                                                                                                            ly for its blueberry wine and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dr. Richard
                                lishments have come and gone          CHoiCes ABound AT
                                                                      CHArloTTe’s green House                                               Wolf—the same person responsible for setting up test vineyards
                                during the restaurant’s tenure
                                                                                                                                            around the High Country, prodding along the ASU viticulture
                                on Sunset Drive, Crippen in-             Published June 15, 2006
                                                                                                                                            program and being a forefather for the southwest Virginia wine
                                sisted that the feel of Blowing          Down a gravel drive off Dewitt Barnett Road in Valle Crucis is     industry—proved many naysayers wrong by growing grapes in
                                Rock has more or less remained        a 100-year-old family farmhouse with a nursery on the grounds         the High Country. Told that the mountains of North Carolina
                                the same.                             that celebrated its 30th year in 2006. Charlotte’s Green House—
                                   “The biggest change in town        the business of mother and daughter team Charlotte Frost and                                              COnTinUED On nExT PAgE
                                has been the quality of food,”        Sharlie Siegmund—is one of the High Country’s agricultural
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were too high and cold for good grape growing,
Wolf answered by growing French-American
                                                       Business SpotlIghtS
hybrid and American grapes that flourish at
elevations above 3,000 feet and can withstand     an equestrian center, multiple barbecue pavil-     and one that we are about to
the High Country weather. On the property         ions, rope bridges, art centers and many more      experience. In this upcoming
co-owned by Wolf and Banner Elk business-         activities for homeowners and visitors to ex-      “cooling period,” he expects
man Angelo Accetturo, the Banner Elk Winery       plore while high on a mountain.                    middle- to low-income fami-
is selling as much wine as it produces and has      For more information, call 828-898-8645.         lies to have a better chance to
plans to expand its stock in 2007.                                                                   live where they work.
   For more information, call 828-898-9099.       John daVis & banneR eLk ReaLty                        Davis said his business se-
                                                  selling THe pAsT And FuTure                        cret of success is listening to
                                                  oF THe HigH CounTry                                his customers to find them                            consistency in both food and service.
                                                     Published July 6, 2006                          exactly what they want.
                                                                                                                                                             For more information, call 828-963-4573.
                                                     Real estate is one of the most vibrant eco-        For more information, call 828-898-9756.
                                                                                                                                                           grAndFATHer TrouT
                                                  nomic markets in the High Country and John
                                                  Davis of Banner Elk Realty helped illuminate       gRandVieW RestauRant                                  FArm: An Anglers’
                                                                                                                                                           desTinATion For 22 yeArs
                                                  some of the buying and selling trends associat-    AlloWing people To
                                                                                                     sleep in And sTill geT
                                                                                                                                                             Published July 20, 2006
                                                  ed with the last few decades of the trade. Davis
                                                  explained two terms of “explosive growth” of       BreAkFAsT For 30 yeArs                                  It’s hard to find an owner such as Bill
                                                  High Country market conditions in the arti-           Published July 13, 2006                            Wilkinson of the Grandfather Mountain Trout
                                                  cle—one in 1983, 1984 and 1985 and one over                                                              Farm who has worked harder trying to pre-
                                                                                                        Thirty years ago, there wasn’t a place to find a
                                                  the past three years. He also covered the slow-    good cup of coffee between Boone and Banner                            COnTinUED On nExT PAgE
the Lodges at eagLes nest                         downs in the market—one from 1986 to 1990          Elk. That all changed when Debbie
summer CAmp For AdulTs…                                                                              and Greg Cairns, united in marriage
THAT you CAn live in                                                                                 for 33 years, opened the Grandview
   Published June 29, 2006                                                                           Restaurant on Highway 105 near
                                                                                                     the entrance to Seven Devils.
   Readers got a glimpse into the mind of
builder John Turchin as he explained his im-                                                            Working off a romance that began
petus for creating a summer camp for adults                                                          at an IHOP in Miami, the Cairns
on the south side of Beech Mountain—The                                                              have made a living operating a busi-
Lodges At Eagles Nest.                                                                               ness—with a grand view of Grand-
                                                                                                     father Mountain—that has stood
   Perched on over 1,300 acres, Turchin cre-
                                                                                                     the test of time by serving breakfast,
ated as much a lifestyle as he did homesites at
                                                                                                     lunch and dinner all day long. With
Eagles Nest. Based on memories from summer
                                                                                                     a host of regulars and longtime em-
camps romanticized in imagination, Eagles
                                                                                                     ployees, survival has been based on
Nest features a toy barn, a large amphitheater,



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serve his passion. His longest stint without a day
off is 210 days, showing that his determination for
                                                               Business SpotlIghtS
survival is still as strong as it was 22 years ago when
he first began stocking his trout ponds and teaching                  ing coffee clubs in the area—it’s even got a drive-thru window.
visitors and locals how to fish, mountain style.                        If you can’t find it at Phil’s, you don’t need it.
   He has stood by his land on the Watauga River in Foscoe for          And like others visited through the Business Spotlight, Hal-
more than two decades watching other trout farms go out of            bedel’s a workaholic—he’s hardly ever taken more than two
business and battling the raging mountain waters as multiple          days off in a row.
hurricanes have wreaked havoc on his fishing sanctuary. Each            For more information, call 828-268-0555.
time he survives, either changing his tactics of business or re-
building his walls on the river.
   For more information, call 828-963-5098.                           WiLdCat FLea maRket
                                                                      From kiTCHen sinks To Wedding

peabody’s Wine & beeR meRChants
                                                                      goWns sinCe 1972
                                                                        Published August 10, 2006
                                                                                                                                            CaRoLina shutteR Company &
         sTill drinking Well AFTer 29 yeArs                             “We have sold everything from kitchen sinks to wedding
                                                                                                                                            CaRoLina WindoW Fashions
               Published July 27, 2006                                                                                                      meTiCulous ATTenTion To EvEry deTAil
                                                                      gowns and that’s the truth,” said Wildcat Flea Market co-owner
               In the current era of Wal-Martization, when an         Elaine Richardson.                                                       Published August 24, 2006
             increasing number of mom and pop business opera-           Richardson, her husband Jack and their son Kevin have oper-            Meticulous attention to detail—that’s the watchword at Caro-
             tions are succumbing to growing corporate entities,            ated their eclectic business from May to October annually       lina Window Fashions, a division of Carolina Shutter Company.
              some businesses seem to defy all odds                                                            for 34 years, in recent         The company—based in Newland—manufactures custom
                 by not only surviving, but thriving.                                                          years dealing with the       shutters directly for consumers, as well as a select group of area
                     Now in its 29th year, Peabody’s                                                            fact that with the new      retailers in an exclusive arrangement, offering customization in
                   Wine and Beer Merchants has not                                                              expanded      Highway       any stain or color to match any décor. In addition, the company
                   only become a symbol of the in-                                                              421 into Boone their        carries a full line of Hunter Douglas and Prestige window fash-
                    dependent business, but also a                                                              business is now located     ions and other select brands that give consumers more options
                    High Country institution for beer                                                           on Old Highway 421.         than the standard big box store or single product retailer.
                     and wine lovers who come from                                                              That change meant less         Greg and Shannon Seiz own the company, with Larry Za-
                     all over to take advantage of the                                                          stop-in business and a      lewski overseeing the retail division. Forty percent of the
                     region’s largest selection.                                                                battle with the North       company’s business comes from the three-county area—pri-
                         A stroll through Peabody’s                                                             Carolina Department         marily in Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and the large de-
                      double doors and customers are                                                            of Transportation for       velopments—but the company also gets many jobs in Florida
                      immediately confronted with                                                               better signage.             through word of mouth, as well as in Winston-Salem, Asheville
                      wine and beer stacked from floor to ceiling.      Through it all, the family team has maintained a consistent         and Johnson City.
                      Arranged by region, style and price for easy    customer base, an ever-changing stock of hard-to-find items              For more information, call 828-733-3318.
                    browsing, the range and depth of brands is        and a thriving community of vendors—some who have been at
staggering. In addition to beer and wine, Peabody’s stocks ci-        the market for over 25 years.
gars, fine cheeses, imported chocolates and gourmet foods.              For more information, call 828-264-7757.
                                                                                                                                            maRk haRRiLL: king
   “Nobody can compare with the expertise of the staff, the                                                                                 oF the mountain
quality of the selection and the hours that we are open,” said                                                                              loCAl developer
co-owner Jeff Collins, who owns the store with Gregg Parsons.         highWay RobbeRy                                                       inTroduCes pHAse
“We’re still looking to see how we can fill the space more and                                                                              iii oF eCHoTA
                                                                      A FronT roW seAT To king
still have people be able to walk through.”                           sTreeT For 35 yeArs                                                      Published August 31, 2006
   With regular trips to tastings all over North Carolina, as well       Published August 17, 2006                                             During 2006, Mark Har-
as visits to foreign countries, Collins and Parsons have gone to         Nestled in a shotgun-style boutique in the heart of King           rill, owner of Echota in Fos-
extraordinary lengths to ensure that the wine selection at Pea-       Street, Bill Parish has watched the High Country world go by          coe, added a third phase to
body’s is not only extensive, but also of a great value to custom-    for almost 36 years. If you live in or have visited the High Coun-    his “peaceful haven” (Echota
ers of all kinds.                                                     try, chances are that Parish has welcomed you with a smile and        in Cherokee)—17 new lots
   For more information, call 828-264-9476.                           hospitable words.                                                     ranging in price from $215,000 to $265,000—that already en-
                                                                         Along with his wife Patricia, Bill, 60, has owned the self-de-     compasses 120 acres with 556 units.
                                                                      scribed “little college kid boutique” called Highway Robbery             A High Country local since the age of two, Harrill took many
phiL’s Citgo                                                          since 1971, selling “a little bit of everything,” such as clothing,   jobs in the region before devising plans to rescue area develop-
WHere THe universiTy And THe ToWn meeT                                jewelry, antiques and all kinds of accessories, including hats,       ments that had fallen into bankruptcy. From that job, Harrill
  Published August 3, 2006                                            bags, gloves—you name it.                                             was able to find enough capital to finally purchase the land that
  If you live in Boone, you probably know Phil Halbedel. The             He is the new generation of a mountain man—with a trade-           Echota rests upon—an area he describes as “just special.”
owner of Phil’s Citgo since 1997, Halbedel operates a one-stop        mark furry mustache, engaging                                                      The newest member of the Echota family is Mor-
shop community cornerstone that knows no stranger.                    personality, freethinking opin-                                                 gans Ridge—a plot of land where customers can pur-
  With six smiling employees, two full-time mechanics and, of         ions, a love for humanity, an                                                   chase lots that either look at Grandfather Mountain
course, Halbedel, Phil’s Citgo is open seven days a week, offer-      obsession with antiques—and                                                     or Valle Crucis and beyond.
ing beer, wine, cigarettes, snacks, sundry items, lottery tickets,    he loves downtown Boone.                                                           For more information, call 828-963-7600.
gas, car repair, camaraderie and one of the most popular morn-           Although he’s seen the town
                                                                      experience great change dur-
                                                                      ing his tenure, his merchan-
                                                                                                                                                      Wasu
                                                                      dise remains mostly the same                                                    roCking THe roCk sinCe 1972
                                                                      as when he opened, helping to                                                      Published September 7, 2006
                                                                      preserve a part of the culture of                                                  Since 1972, WASU has had music through the wazzou.
                                                                       a mountain town that is often                                                     Found on the dial at 90.5 and online at www.wa-
                                                                              lost with time.                                                         surocks.com, WASU is the student-run, alternative,
                                                                                  For more informa-                                                   modern rock, ASU radio station—streaming 24 hours
                                                                               tion, call 828-264-7604.                                               a day from Boone to Blowing Rock, from Valle Crucis
                                                                                                                                                      to Rutherwood.
                                                                                                                                                         “We’ve got everything from bluegrass to metal,”
                                                                                                                                                      said WASU General Manager Dan “Vallie” Hill.

                                                                                                                                                                                COnTinUED On nExT PAgE
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                                                                               Business SpotlIghtS
                                                                             doWntoWn boone deVeLopment assoCiation
                                                                             developing our FuTure
                                                                                Published September 21, 2006
                                                                                A thoughtful force has been guiding the progress of down-
                                                                             town Boone since 1993—the Downtown Boone Development
                                                                             Association (DBDA).
                                                                                Currently led by Executive Director Tuesdae Rice, the DBDA’s
                                                                                                                                                                            sunFast pRoFessionaL tanning
                                                                                                                                                                            Bronzing Boone sinCe 1997
                                                                                                                      mission “is to improve
    With 12 part-time paid student management posi-                                                                   the central business dis-                                Published October 5, 2006
tions and 54 disc jockeys, WASU has been entertaining                                                                 trict of Boone.”                                         Valerie and Tom Hutchens know everything about tanning—
Boone audiences young and old for 34 years—and has                                                                                                                          in fact, they believe in it. As the owners of Sunfast Professional
big plans for the future.                                                                                                In 2007, the DBDA is
                                                                                                                      continuing work on the                                Tanning, which has two locations in Boone and a soon-to-be-
   Already heralded by other college radio station broad-                                                             Public Art Project—led                                open location in Lenoir, the couple has gained a dedicated cus-
casters around the nation as one of the best college radio                                                            by project coordinator                                tomer base of locals, sharing their knowledge that stems from
stations, WASU, under the direction of Hill, will enter un-                                                           Mary Baker—and hopes                                  Tom’s father who is credited as being one of the first inventors
charted radio territory in 2007. Hill has organized a new                                                             to move along with the                                of the tanning bed.
Radio Farm System Institute at ASU with the help of a                                                                 Howard Street Resto-                                     Valerie pointed out that new medical research has shown that
$500,000 grant from friend and fellow broadcaster Art                                                                 ration Project—led by                                 light therapy via tanning beds can be an effective treatment for
Kellar—the first program like it in the world, much less                                                              project coordinator Jes-                              some skin disorders, and she has seen more and more custom-
North Carolina. ASU will set up a professional radio sta-                                                             sica Montford. This work                              ers coming into her shop for that reason. Also, when the Boone
tion on the ASU campus, find and attract young broadcast                     is in addition to the multiple festivals and events they organize                              winters cause days without sunshine, her shop is bustling with
talent and work as a farm system for major radio markets.                    and implement and the help they grant to local businesses.                                     people attempting to reset their body clocks by accumulating
   For more information, call 828-262-3170.                                     For more information, call 828-264-4532.                                                    missing Vitamin D through tanning.
                                                                                                                                                                               For more information, call 828-264-9992.
                                           stiCk boy bRead                   dan’L boone inn RestauRant                                                                                                         COnTinUED On nExT PAgE
                                           Company                           serving FAmily sTyle From
                                           Boone’s “reAl”                    THe Corner sinCe 1959
                                           BAkery For                           Published September 28, 2006
                                           Five yeArs And
                                           CounTing                             In 2006, the Dan’l Boone Inn Restaurant re-
                                                                             ceived some much-needed renovations to its fa-
                                         Published September 14,
                                                                             cility on the corner of Highways 421 and 321 in
                                     2006
                                                                             Boone. The restaurant closed for much of the year
                                         It’s hard to believe that           leaving many visitors and locals without the fam-
                                     it’s only been five years               ily-style country cooking landmark. But in Sep-
since Stick Boy Bread Company has been open across from                      tember, the restaurant re-opened its doors. Since
the ASU campus, what with the constant bustle of regulars and                then, the customers are back in earnest—as well as
widespread appeal of its array of bakery products.                           the tour buses.
   Since Carson and Mindy Coatney opened the store, a baker has                 The renovations in 2006 included work on the
been baking 24 hours a day seven days a week. It’s that passion for          heating and air conditioning units, an expanded
great-tasting baked goods that has made a name for Boone’s only              kitchen and aesthetic improvements to the dining
real bakery. And that passion continues—the Coatneys recently                room.
purchased a $70,000 bread oven and expanded their store.
                                                                                For more information, call 828-264-8657.
   For more information, call 828-268-9900.




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                                                                                                                                              pool room and grill,” said Aldridge. “Pool rooms histori-
                                                             Business SpotlIghtS                                                              cally have not been conducive for kids or females, but at
                                                                                                                                              our place, everyone feels comfortable. There’s no smoking
                                                                                                                                              and no beer.”
                                                                      Walking into Watsonatta is like walking into a cowboy para-
                                                                   dise. Customers drive from all over the east coast to buy their        But it’s not just a pool hall. Aldridge runs a pool table re-
                                                                   annual pair of boots or to see what jacket designs Darrel has       tail business and an extremely popular food business that feeds
                                                                   added to its collection.                                            families, locals and workers on a daily basis.
                                                                      Darrel is somewhat of a cowboy himself, tending to cattle on        For more information, call 828-963-6260.
                                                                   his time off and dressing in his best western wear on a daily ba-
                                                                   sis. With his wife of 28 years Ellen, he has survived with an eye   sos pRinting inC.
                                                                   for western fashion and a mouth for friendly conversation.          dependABle, Friendly serviCe sinCe 1973
                                                                      For more information, call 828-264-4540.                            Published November 16, 2006
                                                                                                                                          “There’s an old say-
makoto seaFood and steakhouse oF Japan                                                                  neW RiVeR                      ing, ‘Price, Qual-
THe BesT TAsTing sHoW in                                                                                buiLding suppLy                ity, Service—choose
                                                                                                                                       any two,’” said Linda
ToWn For 25 yeArs                                                                                       neW sHoWCAse
                                                                                                        And design                     Steele, co-owner of
  Published October 12, 2006
                                                                                                        CenTer exTends                 SOS Printing. “The
  Great Food. Great Service. Great Show.                                                                TrAdiTion oF                   greatest of those is
  This phrase often adorns the sign in front of Makoto Sea-                                             QuAliTy And                    service and we de-
food and Steakhouse of Japan and serves as a perfect synopsis                                           serviCe                        sire to give people
for the Asian enclave that has been a High Country staple for                                                Published November 2,     all three.”
25 years.                                                                                                  2006                           That desire has
  Co-owners Gwen and Ronald Dhing explained the res-                                                         Contractors and home-     been the tie that has
taurant’s operation after the passing of longtime owner Ted                                                owners got a welcome gift   bound SOS Printing
Mackorell, who died from cancer in 2005. The couple didn’t                                                 in 2006—the New River       Inc. since 1973. In November, the printing company celebrated
change much but went to great lengths to preserve the atmo-                                               Showcase and Design Cen-     33 years of serving the High Country.
sphere, food quality and service that had become associated                                           ter on Highway 105. The cen-        Co-owned by Linda and Steve Steele, and Kevin Conway,
with the restaurant for a quarter of a century.                    ter is the third member of the Boone-based New River Building       SOS Printing Inc. has two locations—one in Boone at 967 Riv-
  For more information, call 828-264-7976.                         Supply and Lumber Company family.                                   ers Street and one in Banner Elk on Highway 184 across from
                                                                      The center allows customers and contractors to see the latest    the entrance to Sugar Mountain.
                                                                   in the design industry as they tour hundreds of displays and
eRiC FidLeR’s aCe Cab Company                                      vignettes showcasing fine home products such as windows,
                                                                                                                                          According to the owners, SOS Printing Inc. is the oldest own-
                                                                                                                                       er-run printing company in Boone—a feat accomplished with
                                                                   doors, cabinetry, light fixtures and log home products.             perhaps the smallest amount of employees as well.
                                                                      For more information, call 828-268-0450.                            With only four full-time employees—Kevin, Linda, Steve and
                                                                                                                                       Donna Sollecito—and three part-time employees, it’s hard to
                                                                                                                                       imagine how the minimal crew handles the workload. But they
                                                                   FamiLy biLLiaRds                                                    do and plan on continuing to do so in 2007 and beyond.
                                                                   one deCAde in FronT
                                                                   oF THe 8-BAll                                                          For more information, call 828-264-4262.
                                                                      Published November 9, 2006
                                                                      Chris Aldridge, co-owner of Family                               boone maiLing CenteR
                                                                   Billiards in Foscoe, has been in front                              promoTing CommuniTy in THe
                                                                   of the 8-ball for one decade.                                       CommuniTy—And sHipping Too
                                                                      Surrounded by nine, nine-foot,                                      Published November 23, 2006
                                                                   $8,000 pool tables, a raised wood-                                     “Being kind to people,” answered Whit Whitley, co-owner of
                                                                   en bar, comfortable seating, a                                      both locations of Boone Mailing Center, when asked his secret
HAuling THe HigH CounTry                                           host of regulars and family, Al-                                    to success.
For over A deCAde                                                  dridge has achieved his dream of                                       His strategy is working. After a year in business, Whit and
   Published October 19, 2006                                      owning his own pool hall.                                               his wife Marie just opened their second location of Boone
   Cabs are not a common sight in the High Country, nor are           Since July 12, 1996, Family Bil-                                         Mailing Center at 276-Suite H Watauga Village Drive in
people waiting on the street corner with their hands extended      liards, located at 9021 Highway 105,                                          Boone next to Wal-Mart. The original location is the
in the air flagging them down. But that doesn’t mean that they     has offered what few pool halls in the                                         log cabin at 1095 East King Street in Boone.
don’t exist.                                                       nation do—a non-smoking, alcohol-                                                  Boone Mailing Center is an all-inclusive operation,
   Driving the Ace Cab for more than a decade, Eric Fidler dis-    free, family-friendly environment. And                                          offering shipping via UPS, FedEx and the United
cussed exciting moments on the job, balancing working as a         Aldridge has been successful doing it.                                          States Postal Service; a total of 260 24-hour mailboxes
cabbie while going to school for nursing and how he met his           “Family Billiards is a family-owned                                         between the two stores; a variety of printing services,
wife on the job.                                                                                                                                 including brochures, business cards, presentations and
   For more information, call 828-265-3373.                                                                                                    invitations; online
                                                                                                                                           auction manage-
                                                                                                                                          ment through eBay;
Watsonatta WesteRn WoRLd                                                                                                               international shipping;
serving THe Horse And THe                                                                                                              and a full-service copy
Horse’s Boss For 37 yeArs                                                                                                              center.
  Published October 26, 2006                                                                                                              The Whitleys opened
  As the owner of Watsonatta Western World, Darrel                                                                                     their first location in
Watson, 59, has had a front row seat to King Street for                                                                                September 2005 and
almost four decades, selling cowboy boots, hats, caps,                                                                                 their new location on
men’s and lady’s clothes, leather coats, genuine furs,                                                                                 November 16, 2006.
purses, leather handbags, saddlebags, belts, belt buckles                                                                                 For more informa-
and some of his own designs. He’s brought the great                                                                                    tion, call 828-264-
American west to Boone for 37 years.                                                                                                   4524.
  “We sell everything for the horse and the horse’s
boss,” said Darrel. “Nothing cheap. We specialize in                                                                                         COnTinUED On
quality. Everything’s the real thing.”                                                                                                          nExT PAgE
  High Country Press ~ January 4, 2007                            two-thousand and six Commemorative issue                                                                                                           31
                 2006


              Business SpotlIghtS                                                                                    The Sterling Company
                                                                                                                              REAL ESTATE
COnTinUED FrOM PrEviOUS PAgE                                                                                        (828) 898-5225 (877) 778-1800
                                                                                                                          898-5525
                                                                                                                      www.thesterlingcompany.com
bob CaLdWeLL photogRaphy
memoriAlizing our
CommuniTy For 28 yeArs
   Published November 30, 2006
   Talking. Chatting. Listening.
   These aren’t the first activities that come to
mind when you think about having a photog-
rapher memorialize your family, yourself or
a special occasion. Instead you may think in
terms of a snap of a picture here and there, awk-
ward poses in a studio foreign to you, or the un-
                                                    FosCoe CountRy CoRneR                                 Spectacular View in High atop Beech Mtn.
                                                                                                          Open 4BR/3.5BA floorplan. Level Entry
                                                                                                                                                                   New Upscale Home w/View in Apple
                                                                                                                                                                   Orchard: 3BR/2.5BA approx 2,300 sq ft. home
                                                    A CommuniTy CornersTone                               w/master on main. Sold furn. & w/Beech Mtn.              w/solid 6 panel wood doors, T&G vaulted
comfortable feeling that does little to help pro-   like no oTHer                                         Club Memb. $495,000 #65124.                              ceiling, in charming n'hood in Banner Elk.
duce memorable and cherished photographs.                                                                                                                          $461,000. #61609.
                                                      Published December 14, 2007
   But that’s not the case at Bob Caldwell Pho-
                                                      Foscoe Country Corner is the place where
tography and it’s exactly the tactics
                                                           everyone knows your name.
that have kept his business
alive for 28 years in the                                        Co-owned by Billy and Nicole
High County. Paired                                              Shoemake, the Country Cor-
with his wife and pho-                                             ner is an all-purpose country
tographer Sharon, the                                                store with that small town feel
couple moved their                                                    that is almost gone from the
business in 2006                                                      business landscape today. A
from 130 Highway                                                      bustle of regulars—construc-
105 Extension to                                                      tion workers, skiers, business      Total Privacy w/Magnificent Long-Range                   Crooked Creek: Walking distance to town.
                                                                                                          View: Prime location near golf course. Large             Spacious 3BR each with its own private bath,
211 Keystone Drive                                                    owners and locals—flows in          decking to enjoy the seclusion. Beautiful                dual zone heat & AC, private deck, stone FP
in Boone and added a                                                and out of the double-glass           furnishings included. Club Memb Incl.                    with gas logs & 2 car garage. $429,000. #65628.
                                                                                                          $449,000 #63821
new studio at the office                                          doors. Smiles beam from faces
of High Country Press on                                        behind the register; friends greet
Depot Street. Although most                                  each other by name en route to the
of their photographs are taken on                      deli counter; there’s talk of politics and fish-
location or outside, the move has helped their      ing, sons and daughters, old friends and new,
business by creating more space for customers       the weather.
to sit with Bob and Sharon to review work and         Foscoe Country Corner is a true community
chat about upcoming projects.                       meeting place.
   For more information, call 828-264-9026.           For more information, call 828-963-9512.

                                                                                                          Authentic Antique Log Home: Stone fp, over               Sugar Mtn: 3BR/3BA home, with 2 living
                                                    ChRistmas in bLoWing RoCk                             10,000 board ft of cherry, walnut & chestnut
                                                                                                          create a truly mtn feel, waterfall, only 2 mins
                                                                                                                                                                   rooms, 2 stone FPs, hdwd floors, vaulted
                                                                                                                                                                   ceilings, spacious decking, bonus room, lovely
                                                    FiFTeen yeArs oF yeAr-                                from Newland. Must See $375,000 #64489                   gardens, close to all area amenities $345,000
                                                    round HolidAy CHeer                                                                                            #63394
                                                      Published December 21, 2006
                                                      Christmas in Blowing Rock is a 15-year-old
                                                    year-round Christmas gift-buying boutique in
                                                    Blowing Rock owned by Sue and Milt Thomp-
                                                    son.
                                                      “We’re not a typical Christmas store,” said
                                                    Sue. “We view Christmas as a gift-giving time,
                                                    so we stock unusual gifts and different gifts.”
                                                      Sue and Milt are both in their 70s and split
abC stoRe oF boone                                  the year between Charlotte and Blowing Rock,
                                                    but they are determined to keep their store
                                                                                                           Sugar Ski & Country Club: Fully remodeled
                                                                                                           with many upgrades. 2BR/2BA next to red lift
                                                                                                                                                                  Convenient to Downtown Banner Elk, Beech
                                                                                                                                                                  Mountain, and Lees McRae College: Six Town
Boone’s lone liQuor sourCe                                                                                 on Sugar. FP, wet bar, tile. Superior ski access.      homes, duplex buildings, new modular
For 20 yeArs geTs A renovATion                      open and thriving for many years to come.              Furnished with exceptions. $245,000 #59843             construction for a small family or mountain
                                                      For more information, call 828-295-9696.                                                                    retreat. Will be completed by 12/30/06.
   Published December 7, 2006                                                                                                                                     $239,900/each. #64438.
   In 2006, Boone’s lone source for liquor—the
ABC Store of Boone—celebrated 20 years of
liquor sales and underwent its third renova-
tion—an 875 square foot addition to its sales
area that cost roughly $320,000.
   The renovation came from financial success,
which has been a growing trend for the opera-
tion since it opened in 1986. During fiscal year
2005-06, the ABC Store of Boone posted $3.7
                                                                                                           Spectacular Long-Range View: New windows,              Fantastic Views: 4BR + office/4BA with upper
million in gross sales and by statutory require-                                                           doors & decks & recently painted & stone FP.           level family room & play room. 3 FPs, covered
ment paid the Town of Boone $319,000. Since                                                                Furnishings can be purchased for additional            & open decking, wood & tile flooring through-
                                                                                                           $7,500. Beech Mtn Club. $229,000. #64616.              out, 2 car garage, many extras. $829,900 #61814
the store opened, the operation has produced
$4.4 million in revenues for the town.
   For more information, call 828-262-3616.
                                                                                                              Office: (828) 898-5525                              www.thesterlingcompany.com
                                                                                                               FAX: (828) 898-5511
                                                                                                                                                               realestate@thesterlingcompany.com
         Click to www.highcountrypress.com for all the 2006 business spotlights.                             Toll Free: 1-877-778-1800
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