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Avery Commissioners Honor Airport Authority as Part of 'Celebrate County Government'  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. The Avery County Airport Authority has been honored by the Avery County Commissioners. As part of Avery's “Celebrate County Government,” ...



Construction under way at Avery County High School  Avery Journal Times

The front stairs and ramp at Avery County High School have been torn out in this July 22, 2019, photo as construction continues on the $20 million renovation ...



Avery County High School to Host 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 7th  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. Avery County High School will commemorate its 50th Anniversary with a Golden Jubilee Celebration, showcasing an exciting journey through ...



Avery County Schools Superintendent Bryan Taylor Announces Resignation  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. Avery County Schools Superintendent Bryan Taylor has formally announced his resignation. Bryan Taylor. Taylor told the Avery County Board ...



High School to begin year without heating and air  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery County High School will be without heating and air conditioning as school begins due to the ongoing construction project at the school.



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 ...



Marion Police Officer Ruled Not At Fault in Accident Killing Avery County Man on Jan. 30  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. District Attorney Ted Bell of the State of North Carolina Prosecutorial District 4, comprised of McDowell and Rutherford Counties, released a ...



Avery Calendar — June 5, 2019 | Calendar  Avery Journal Times

Editor's Note: In order to ensure that your calendar entries are published, please submit information to carl.blankenship@averyjournal.com at least two weeks ...



ACS Transportation gets 'impossible' efficiency rating | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery County Schools' transportation department runs and maintains all of the system's vehicles, including the fleet of buses that transports kids to ...



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, ...



New pool 'The Dive-In' opens for business  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The county's new pool facility, “The Dive-In,” across the street from the Rock Gym and Newland Elementary School, officially opened to the public ...



ACHS administration in place as school commences | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery County High School Principal Phillip Little, who was recently selected himself to fill that role, has hired April Pittman, fourth-grade teacher at ...



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 High School and Crossnore School, Inc. to receive additional state funding  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — A pair of notable earmarks involving Avery County are present in North Carolina's proposed state budget for the coming fiscal year.



Taylor tapped by Stokes County schools  The Stokes News

A Mount Airy native and former administrator in both the Mount Airy City and Surry County school systems has been named assistant superintendent of the ...



Avery County FFA adds five American Degrees for 2018  Avery Journal Times

INDIANAPOLIS — Premier leadership, Personal growth, and Career success through Agricultural Education is the Mission of the National FFA Organization.



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.



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.



ACHS hosts Viking Classic marching band competition | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery County High School hosted its Viking Classic Tournament of Bands on Saturday, Sept. 29.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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.



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 Todd ...



Avery Board of Commissioners Adopt 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget at $30-plus Million  High Country Press

By Tim Gardner. The County of Avery will have a $30-plus million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. During their regular monthly June 3rd, the Avery ...



Avery Cares tackles addiction control methods as group moves forward  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Avery Cares, the recently formed group of local officials, health professionals and community members addressing addiction locally, delved ...



Carolina Snowbelles bring Christmas to August in Banner Elk  Avery Journal Times

BANNER ELK — Thanks to the work of the entire community of Banner Elk, Christmas will come early to Lees-McRae's Sandi Finci Solomon Stage at 7 p.m. on ...



Getting ready for Avery Wrestling season | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — As fall turns to winter and leaves leave their branches, Avery County High School is hanging up its football jerseys and don its wrestling uniforms ...



Avery BOE taps Taylor as new school superintendent  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Following a search process encompassing several months, Avery County Schools approved the hiring of Dr. Bryan Taylor as its new ...



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 ...



Watauga, Avery Obituaries – June 25, 2019  High Country Press

The following are recent obituary notices from Austin & Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. Eleen Trivette Hodges



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, ...



ACHS culinary program receives $20,000 donation | News  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The culinary program at Avery County High School received a total of $20000 after a group of alumni from the Leadership Avery program ...



ACHS Graduation 2018 in pictures | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Students, family and friends gathered on Friday, June 8, to celebrate at Avery County High School's 2018 commencement ceremony at MacDonald Stadium, ...



Pool project under way as county moves forward  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Ground was broken on the new county pool project during the morning of last Thursday, Aug. 2, marking the latest step in a long process ...



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 ...



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 ...



Nelson signs to play basketball at Mars Hill  Avery Journal Times

Avery High School senior basketball player Heaven Nelson signing on to play basketball at Mars Hill University. Pictured from left are Avery High School ...



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 ...



Vikings junior varsity basketball tips off season | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The Avery Vikings junior varsity basketball teams began their seasons last week, facing off against North Wilkes High School on Monday, Nov.



ACHS set to perform 'The Sound of Music'  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — This weekend, the Avery County High School drama club will perform “The Sound of Music” for the first time in school history.



Diver rescued at Buckeye Reservoir, Beech Mountain mandates code red water restrictions  Avery Journal Times

BEECH MOUNTAIN — A malfunctioning gate release valve at Buckeye Reservoir has led to the emergency rescue of a diver as well as mandated water ...



Avery, Mitchell seniors are Midwest All-Stars  Asheville Citizen-Times

Four basketball players from Avery County and Mitchell have been selected to the West vs. Midwest All-Star games which are March 18 at Avery County.



LLH 9-Hole Ladies Golf Association announces summer schedule  Avery Journal Times

Land Harbor Ladies Golf Association raises thousands of dollars each year during its annual cancer charity golf tournament. This year's tournament is scheduled ...



NC Wildlife Resource Commission notes | Avery  Avery Journal Times

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted recently to adopt rules related to wildlife, fisheries, and game lands management for the 2018-19 ...



Newland Elementary hosts Fall Festival | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Newland Elementary School's Annual Fall Festival fundraiser packed the back parking lot and lower portion of the school with kids, parents, ...



JROTC Rifle Team qualifies for national competition | Avery  Avery Journal Times

The Avery County JROTC Rifle Team qualified for the National Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio, during an event from Feb. 16 to 18. The team placed fourth ...



Local farmer's tree selected for White House | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — A local Christmas tree farmer has been awarded a rare opportunity: One of his trees will be featured in the White House.



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 ...



Henderson crowned Miss Asheville 2019 | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Avery County native Paige Henderson was crowned Miss Asheville 2019 on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the 2019 Miss Asheville-Miss Blue Ridge Valley Scholarship ...



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 ...



Head of the Class: ACS holds Employee of the Year Banquet  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Gracing the bottom cover of the 2017 Employee of the Year Banquet program was a quote from Robert H. Shaffer which reads, “We must view ...



Picker Paradise: New antique shop open in Newland  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Back Alley Pickers is a new antique shop that can be found by venturing down the alley next to Puerto Nuevo Taqueria, or next to Premier ...



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.



Virginia (Granny) Ruth Coffey | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Virginia (Granny) Ruth Coffey, 85, of Newland, North Carolina passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC.



What's in a name? For two Paul Johnsons, it's plenty  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Ask Paul Johnson about Paul Johnson, and you'll get an earful. After all, the two share more than a name. Paul Johnson, the evening news anchor for WCYB ...



Union Civil War soldiers buried in Avery County  Avery Journal Times

Four weeks ago, we looked at some of the Confederate soldiers buried in Avery County and examined what their war experience was like. In this week's column, ...



Newland swears in two officers | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The town of Newland's Police Department is officially back to full strength this week, following the swearing-in ceremony for a pair of new officers ...



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 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 ...



Tom Pillion performs for Linville Falls Winery | Avery  Avery Journal Times

LINVILLE — Linville Falls Winery hosted its final live music event of this season on Sunday, Oct. 28, featuring local solo artist Tom Pillion and his mellow, ...



Local man loses life in ATV crash | Avery  Avery Journal Times

PYATTE — A fatal ATV crash in the Pyatte community claimed the life of a local resident on Wednesday, July 25.



Seniors honored at Boosters banquet | Avery  Avery Journal Times

LINVILLE — Parents, coaches and teachers gathered together on May 23 at the YMCA's Hugh Chapman Center to honor graduating ACHS seniors who have ...



Avery Vikings basketball tips off next week  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Led by its third head coach in the past four years, the Avery Vikings basketball team is looking for new strategies and tactics to ensure a ...



Miller takes reins at ACS, search begins for permanent superintendent  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — There's a new (interim) sheriff in town at Avery County Schools.



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 ...



Teacher reprimanded for spanking student on birthday  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 ...



VIKING STRONG: Avery Football poised for bounce-back 2019 season  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Coming off a two-win season in 2018, the Avery Vikings varsity football team knew it had to begin the ascent back to the top by working on ...



Mountain Blue Gallery concludes seasonal art receptions | Avery  Avery Journal Times

BANNER ELK — Mountain Blue Gallery, located in downtown Banner Elk, hosted its last art reception of the season on Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring glasswork ...



Nieland faces additional charges | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to reflect a change in the original story regarding the accused's relationship with ACSO.



Fire Commission invests in smaller, used ladder truck  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — The Avery County Fire Commission recently purchased a smaller, used ladder truck.



ACHS Drama Dept. presents 'Meet Me in St. Louis' this weekend  Avery Journal Times

Meet Me in Saint Louis” is coming to the Avery County High School stage this weekend. This turn-of-the-century comedy takes place at the World's Fair, and thus ...



Grubb resigns as Avery boys basketball coach | News Alerts  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Scott Grubb, who has led the Avery High School boys basketball team as head coach to a 45-12 record in his two seasons in charge, has stepped ...



'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 ...



Newland man faces felony marijuana charges | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — A Newland man has been charged in connection of a package delivery last week containing three and a half pounds of marijuana with an ...



Little League All-Star roundup | Avery  Avery Journal Times

11- and 12-year-old Avery All-Stars exits district tournament after dropping pair to McDowell.



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.



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.



Avery County HFH rallies the community to get involved with National Women Build Week  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year's ...



Bill Hicks | Obituaries  Avery Journal Times

Bill Hicks, age 76, of Elk Park, NC passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at his home in the Buck Mountain Community of Elk Park.



Art Cellar Gallery hosts pottery showcase | Avery  Avery Journal Times

BANNER ELK — Tim Turner's Pottery Showcase was held at the The Art Cellar Gallery from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, featuring ...



Quick response quells fire at Pixie Inn | Avery  Avery Journal Times

LINVILLE — A small fire, believed to be electrical, damaged a laundry room at the Pixie Inn on Friday, Aug. 3.



Newland Mayor receives HCCOG award | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Newland Mayor Valerie Jaynes (right) received the 2018 Outstanding Elected Official award at the High Country Council of Governments' annual banquet in ...



Grubb, Vikings seek to continue historic success | Avery  Avery Journal Times

A new era in Avery boys basketball has begun. For the past three seasons, the Avery Vikings varsity boys basketball team has been among the best 1A clubs in ...



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 ...



Yellow Mountain's Treasure Box hosts Grand Opening | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Yellow Mountain Enterprises Treasure Box Thrift Store held its official grand opening on Saturday, May 19.



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 ...



Head-on collision sends two to hospital | News Alerts  Avery Journal Times

LINVILLE — A head-on collision at the intersection of N.C. Hwy. 181 and Hospital Drive resulted in significant injuries for two drivers on the morning of Oct. 24.



New apple variety discoveries | Avery  Avery Journal Times

I hope you are eating mountain apples and drinking cold sweet cider. Fall is finally here, time to celebrate! Like many local apple growers this year, I had a lot.



Early and absentee voting options across NC | Avery  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Early voting is under way in North Carolina and in Avery County. The early voting period began Thursday, April 19, and concludes on Saturday, ...



Mitchell Mountaineers celebrate Homecoming by thumping Hilltoppers | Avery  Avery Journal Times

LEDGER — There are wins, and then there are dominating performances. The effort of the Mitchell Mountaineers in its game on Sept. 21 against the R-S Central ...



Passing fancy: Vikings hone skills in 7-on-7 passing event  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — Depending on who you ask, the merits of a 7-on-7 passing league exhibition can be many, or some may deem it as a glorified practice.



BORDER BLITZ: Mitchell runs past Avery in AJT Border Battle Classic  Avery Journal Times

NEWLAND — After a two-week excursion on the road that resulted in a pair of conference defeats at Owen and Polk County, the Avery Vikings returned to the ...



Avery vs Cloudland: Darrell Brewer interview pregame | Sports  Avery Journal Times

Avery Vikings head football coach Darrell Brewer discusses tonight's opening-week matchup with Cloudland.



The heritage of Heirloom apples of the Southern Highlands  Avery Journal Times

Throughout the 20th century, Southerners from the piedmont of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia have headed north into the mountains of their states ...



Rev. Ragland Nathaniel Fletcher | Avery  Avery Journal Times

The Rev. Ragland Nathaniel Fletcher, 100, of Newland, NC, died February 21, 2018 in Raleigh, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Nathaniel ...



Newland Elementary School hosts woolly worm races | Avery  Avery Journal Times

Newland Elementary School conducted school wide woolly worm races on Friday, Oct. 20, in advance of this year's woolly worm festival. Pictured on the front ...



Old Hampton Store open for season | Avery  Avery Journal Times

LINVILLE — With the weather warming up, spring flowers are returning and the Old Hampton Store is opening its doors again.



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 ...



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