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Avery High School assistant principal to resign after short stay  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery County High School Assistant Principal April Pittman will be transitioning back to her position as a fourth-grade teacher at Freedom Trail ...



Avery County native Paul Johnson resigns as Georgia Tech's Head Football Coach; App State's Scott Satterfield Listed as Possible Replacement  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. Ironically, one coach with North Carolina High Country ties has just taken over a major college football program, while another has just retired.



Avery County Chrismas Tree makes its way to Washington  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Christmas tree grower Larry Smith has capped off a year of accolades and media attention with a trip to The White House and his presentation of ...



Schools preparing for annual Back to School Bash  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery County Schools will be welcoming families to Avery High School Gymnasium for its annual Back to School Bash on Aug. 11.



Avery County Schools to Open Monday  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. Approximately 2,200 students will head back to classes in Avery County Schools on Monday, August 20, to open the 2018-19 academic year.



Schools hire new high school principal, swear in new board members  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Two new members were sworn in to the Avery County Board of Education at the board's last regular meeting on Tuesday, July 10.



Griffin, Dellinger to be reassigned | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery County Schools Superintendent Bryan Taylor confirmed the decision has been made to reassign Avery County High School Principal Dr.



Crossnore High School celebrates 99th Reunion, honors final 50-year class  Avery Journal Times

CROSSNORE — The alumni of Crossnore High School held its annual reunion in the gymnasium on the campus of Crossnore's Williams Academy during a ...



High Country Fraser fir makes its way to Washington  Watauga Democrat

Christmas tree grower Larry Smith has capped off a year of accolades and media attention with a trip to the White House and his presentation of the tree that will.



Love, loss and a community that cares for Avery basketball player  Asheville Citizen-Times

Avery County basketball star Heaven Nelson celebrated great success on the court and tremendous personal loss after her mother's death.



50 years after closing, Cranberry High School still going strong  Avery Journal Times

CRANBERRY — The Historic Cranberry High School held its annual all-class reunion on the morning of Saturday, July 21.



Third man arrested in connection to exploitation case  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — A third suspect connected to a sexual exploitation case has been arrested in the past week.



Peering into Avery's Past | Avery  Avery Journal Times

From our newspaper archives: 50 years ago: In the Aug. 8, 1968, edition of The AJT, a report appeared on the Dedication of the new Avery County High School ...



Avery County Tree Farmer Larry Smith to Provide 2018 White House Christmas Tree  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. Avery County has long been known as one of “The Christmas Tree Capitals of the World.” Therefore, it seems only fitting that a Christmas tree ...



High-scoring Homecoming: Last-minute score propels Avery past Patriots  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery County High School's 50th annual Homecoming football game was a contest for the history books, complete with fireworks on the field with ...



Love, loss and a community that cares for this North Carolina high school girls basketball player  USA TODAY High School Sports

NEWLAND, N.C. — The memories Heaven Nelson carries from her mother are a painful collection of love and regret. She can still see her mother beaming on ...



Commissioners, BOE view presentation for $19 million high school renovations  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The Avery County Board of Commissioners and Avery County Board of Education held a joint meeting at Avery High School on Monday, April 23, ...



Avery track and field off and running for 2018  Avery Journal Times

Avery County High School's track and field team opens its season this week, as it prepares for its first meet of the 2018 season at McDowell High School.



Rickey Edward Hodges | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Rickey Edward Hodges, 56, of Elk Park, NC, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at his residence surrounded by family and friends. He was born Aug. 2, 1962, in ...



The White House Christmas Tree Cut Wednesday, November 14; Avery County's Larry Smith Provides Another Classic Example of The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. In 1988 the term “The Year of The Perfect Christmas Tree” originated in Avery County and became nationally famous. Thirty years later in 2018, ...



Newland Town Alderman Joleta Wise Perishes in Automobile Accident Last Thursday  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. On Thursday afternoon, May 31, Town of Newland Board of Aldermen member Joleta Karol Wise, age 45, was killed in a two-car collision ...



Budget proposes new challenges and advantages to school system  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The Avery County Board of Commissioners held a budget workshop Tuesday, May 29, attempting to produce a completed proposed budget.



Avery County Commissioners Adopt New 2018-19 Budget  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Avery County Commissioners approved a 2018-19 fiscal year county budget of $29,638,311.00 during their ...



Avery sports roundup | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The Avery Vikings tennis and cross country teams battled across the state last week. Each team fought with determination to represent the Big ...



Inside Special Olympics Avery County | Avery  Avery Journal Times

AVERY COUNTY — Special Olympics Avery County is back in action! Both of the Spring sports teams began practice and are hard at work preparing for future ...



ACHS Chorus hosts dinner, music fundraiser | Avery  Avery Journal Times

The Avery County High School Chorus performing at a fundraiser dinner and concert at Crossnore First Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 10. The spaghetti ...



Avery grads net $958,600 in scholarships | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — While paying for college may be a difficult and costly endeavor, many graduating seniors at Avery County High School have taken the first steps in ...



A Conversation with Elk Park Mayor Daniel Boone  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. The Town of Elk Park's Mayor is Daniel Boone, who is from one of the Town's and Avery County's most prominent families. Boone's father, John ...



BOC, BOE review possible plan for ACHS | News  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The Avery County Board of Commissioners and the Avery County Board of Education came together for a joint meeting on March 30, hosting ...



ACHS Class of 1972 reunites after 45 years | Community  Avery Journal Times

It was a full weekend of events for the Avery High School Class of 1972.



ACHS hosts 10th Annual Viking Classic | Avery  Avery Journal Times

On Saturday, Sept. 26, nine marching bands representing schools across North Carolina and Tennessee attended the 10th annual Viking Classic Tournament of ...



Cranberry High School shows New Life | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Forty-seven years ago, Cranberry High School closed its doors. As the graduating class of 1968 set out into the world, the students that remained joined others ...



Newland rebuilds police force, continues cleanup efforts | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — A new addition has joined the force that makes up the Town of Newland's police department.



Avery County Commissioners Met Monday, Greene Rehired as Finance Officer by Commissioners  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. The rehiring of a former County Finance Officer and County Manager to the former post was the top action taken during the regular monthly ...



James 'Hardrock' Stamey | Avery  Avery Journal Times

James “Hardrock” Stamey, age 48, of Jonas Ridge, NC passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Hardrock was born on Nov. 5, 1968 in Spruce ...



Lyons honored as ACS Teacher of the Year  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — It has been said many times that, “it takes a village to raise a child.”



Teacher reprimanded for spanking student on birthday | WSOC-TV  WSOC Charlotte

An Avery County teacher who Channel 9 is not identifying was reprimanded after an incident that was caught on a student's cellphone in March during a class at ...



'We are all Vikings': Cranberry, Avery middle school football programs to merge  Avery Journal Times

An announcement from Avery County High School Athletic Director Jay Smith last week signaled a big change for Avery County football, as teams from Avery ...



Avery County billed for high school schematics  Avery Journal Times

For the past five years, Avery County High School has been a hot topic in local politics. Built as a showpiece model school in the late 1960s, the building is.



The Rivalry: A look back at the epic battles between Marion High and Avery  McDowell News

The Avery-Marion high school basketball rivalry began to take shape when consolidation came to McDowell County's neighboring northern county.



Inside The Chart: Friday Night Re-Lit – Football — Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets  Georgia Tech Official Athletic Site

Georgia Tech players and coaches reminisce about their favorite Friday night football memories.



Dogtown Wrestling excels in Winston-Salem | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Dogtown Wrestling Club had a very successful weekend in Winston-Salem. There are many “State Championship” tournaments. Every organization seemingly ...



ACHS Wrestling takes mat at Dekota Smith Invitational  Avery Journal Times

SAWMILLS — On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Avery County High School wrestling team officially opened its 2017-18 season, as it held its own in its first match of the ...



Scientific Success: ACS students bring home gold in state competitions  Avery Journal Times

Avery County students brought home the gold at the state level of the North Carolina Student Academy of Science competition in Durham on April 8. With a total ...



HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: 5 Mountaineers qualify for individual state championships  Spruce Pine Mitchell News

NEWLAND – Mitchell Wrestling qualified five wrestlers for the individual state championships this coming weekend in Greensboro and finished 5th overall out of ...



Legends of Avery County — Tommy Burleson | Avery  Avery Journal Times

The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for this year's Legends to be turned in. July 17 is the last day nomination forms can be turned in to the Williams.



Fire consumes residence on Elk River Road | Avery  Avery Journal Times

ELK PARK — A structure fire on Elk River Road claimed a family home last week, prompting responses from five Avery County fire departments on the afternoon ...



Kiwanis Club, Avery High Key Club and Community Members Clean Tufts Park and Wildcat Lake  High Country Press

Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk, the Avery High Key Club and the High Country community gathered at Tufts Park and Wildcat Lake last ...



Individuals, Businesses, Nonprofits Honored at Avery Chamber's 2017 Awards Presentation  High Country Press

Standing with Avery Chamber Director Melynda Pepple, Jim Swinkola was named Volunteer of the Year at the chamber's annual awards celebration on ...



Stonewalls Owners Scott Garland and Tim Heschke Celebrate a Year of Updates at a Local Favorite  High Country Press

The High Country is filled with staple restaurants that keep visitors and locals coming back year after year. One of those High Country-famous restaurants is ...



Legends of Avery County — John Blackburn | News  Avery Journal Times

(Article six of a 15-part series). At 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Chapman Center on the Cannon Hospital campus, the best of the best in Avery County — the new ...



'Laws of the Game': LEOs raise $10000 for family of Lt. Keith Laws  Avery Journal Times

In an overwhelming show of support for a fellow officer, law enforcement from across Avery County gathered in the gym of Avery County High School on Jan.



Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Dec. 20, 2016  High Country Press

Mary Tester Matheson (Nov. 24, 1932 – Dec. 19, 2016). Matheson. Mary Tester Matheson, 84, of John Ward Road, Sugar Grove, passed away Monday morning, ...



Nance bags first place at Dixie Deer Classic  Avery Journal Times

Avery County High School sophomore and seasoned hunter Hayden Nance brought home first place from competition in Raleigh from March 3 to 5 at the Dixie ...



Georgia Tech coach may run a boring offense, but he’s anything but boring  Lexington Herald Leader

Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson runs the “flexbone spread option” which rarely throws the ball. Yet he ranks fifth among active coaches in victories. And he's ...



Avery Baseball claims first win | Sports  Avery Journal Times

ROAN MOUNTAIN, Tenn. — It took eight games, but Avery baseball was able to earn its first win on Friday, April 7, as the team took down non-conference rival ...



Avery County Obituaries - Compiled April 15, 2014  High Country Press

Avery County Obituaries – Compiled April 15, 2014. Shook. Christina Gail Shook, D. April 14, 2014. Christina Gail Shook ,age 43, of Banner Elk passed away on ...



Farmers grow Christmas trees full of spirit  Hickory Daily Record

It's a Smith family reunion nearly every day at the Mountain Top Fraser Fir Christmas tree lot just off Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir.



Fire marshal honored for 50 years of service to Avery County  Avery Journal Times

Charles David Vance was honored at the Monday, April 6, Avery County Commissioner's meeting for 50 years of *service* to the Avery County Fire *Service* and ...



Mountain Rooster Produce gets fresh start  Avery Journal Times

A familiar stop along Tynecastle Highway has been reborn as Mountain Rooster Produce. The indoor/outdoor produce market, formerly Clemmons Produce, ...



Newland Celebrates 100 Years of Heritage and History, Plans Two-Day Festival Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6  Hcpress

By Mariel Gambino. July 5, 2013. At 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5, the town of Newland kicks off the celebration of the town's 100th birthday. The festival continues ...



Interactive Map: FBS Head Coaches Who Started in High School  HERO Sports

Gus Malzahn is one of two current FBS head coaches who began their careers coaching Arkansas high school football.



Highway Patrol releases names of Hwy. 221 crash victims  Avery Journal Times

MCDOWELL COUNTY — The North Carolina Highway Patrol has released the names of three individuals killed in a March 23 motor vehicle accident on US ...



ACC Barnstorming Tour takes over North Carolina  247Sports

Do you want to see your favorite college players in action again? A number of well-known North Carolina and ACC seniors are...



Roan Scholar Connor McClelland has his eye on politics  Kingsport Times News

GRAY — A future politician and statesman may be about to graduate from a Washington County high school. And his friends and family will have no trouble ...



Fire Forged: Local Blacksmith wins History Channel's 'Forged in Fire'  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — A traditional weapon amongst the Gurkha people of Western Nepal, Kora swords have a long history of use in both ceremony and battle. Whether ...



Mission to Lumberton: ACSO responds to flooding in Eastern NC  Avery Journal Times

LUMBERTON — Early on the morning of Oct. 10, a team of four deputies from the Avery County Sheriff's Office hit the road headed east for Robeson County.



Roan Scholar Adam Rosenbalm 'leads with action'  Kingsport Times News

BLOUNTVILLE — Being genuine, showing love always and building up people around you are important to Tri-Cities Christian School senior Adam Rosenbalm, ...



NC school districts fail to meet security deadline  WRAL.com

Time is crucial when responding to emergencies, especially at schools. First responders need to know how to get inside and where to go, but some North ...



Highland Games bring crowds to Linville  Asheville Citizen-Times

The 59th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are July 10-13.



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