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WeCAN Observes Ten Years of Crisis Assistance

This year the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) observes its tenth year of helping community neighbors in crisis.  Conceived, organized and funded by the faith community in 2002, WeCAN is administered by Hospitality House and serves as a clearing house of benevolence assistance Full Story

Watauga High HOSA Students Win District

Watauga High School students Maggie Cook and Austin Wilcox, first place winners of a HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) regional competition in CPR and First Aid.  The competition included 200 students and 100 teams from NW NC.  The students are shown with Regina Alford, Full Story

Lifestore “Feeding Families For Christmas” Program

Many families live in poverty and are unable to celebrate Christmas around the kitchen table enjoying their favorite holiday foods.  And many families here in Watauga County are struggling to feed their children. We invite you to help us bring Christmas to these families by donating food items to help those in need.

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Bluegrass & Barbecue to Aid Blowing Rock Man

Blowing Rock, NC resident, Robin Coffey, was in an accident on August 30th, 2012.  He fell approximately 25’ from a roof, sustaining a skull fracture, broken cheek bones, a broken rib, and shattered wrist.  He was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center, where he stayed until September 7. Full Story

Boone Chamber "Community Showcase" 11/28

New members of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will be featured at an event on the evening of Wednesday, November 28th.  The Chamber and Community "Showcase" will be held in conjunction with the ASU-Duquesne basketball game for an evening fit for families and all interested in High Country community life. Full Story

"Honor Card" Fund Raiser Starts Wednesday

William Mangum, North Carolina’s Artist, will visit the High Country on November 14th to kickoff of his signature philanthropic initiative – The Honor Card. Taking place at Boone’s Jones House Cultural and Community Center from 12pm – 2pm, Mangum will unveil this year’s painting, “The Climb” Full Story

WHS Playmakers in Play-Offs

The Watauga High School Pioneer Playmakers received nine awards and were selected to advance to the State High School Play Festival on the strength of their original production of the one- act play “schuld” last weekend at the high school.  The Pioneer Playmakers production is one of just 18 chosen Full Story

Navy Jazz Ensemble to Play at WHS

The “Commodores”, the United States Navy Band’s jazz ensemble from Washington, D.C. will present a free concert at the Watauga High School Auditorium on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm.  Sponsored by the Hayes School of Music and Watauga High School Band, this concert features Full Story

Snow Punkins

Alecia Aldridge submitted her orange snow punkins, "I made this snowman today, in the shape of a pumpkin, since tomorrow is Halloween." Aldridge said the people in the photo are Dutin Aldridge, and her son Parker Aldridge--and that no snowballs--nor pumpkins--were harmed in her art. Full Story

Mabel School Remembers Deputy Mast

Mabel School honored one of its own Wednesday as the school remembered William Mast Jr., a deputy in the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office who was killed in the line of duty last July.   The school dedicated a tree to Officer Mast, a former student of Mabel, and placed a memorial plaque in his honor next to the tree. Full Story

Connecting the Pieces a Gala for Autism

Appalachian State students will host a Gala for Autism to raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. The event will take place on November 9, 2012 at Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock from 6pm to 10 pm. Connecting the Pieces a Gala Full Story

Bandanas Event to Benefit WYN

On Monday, October 29th from 5pm to 9pm Bandana’s BBQ & Grill will host “Give Back Night,” featuring members of the ASU football team to benefit Western Youth Network.  The event will be held at Bandana’s BBQ & Grill, Highway 105, Boone, NC. At the event, Full Story

Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series at Lees-McRae College features Dr. Ralph C. Wood

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series at Lees-McRae College is pleased to host Dr. Ralph C. Wood on October 22-23 in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center on the campus of Lees-McRae College.  He will present two lectures: “J.R.R. Tolkien: Full Story

“Fueling the Fight” for Breast Cancer Prevention

Giving back to help a cause that’s close to the hearts of customers and employees is what “Fueling the Fight” is all about for Blue Ridge Energies, the propane subsidiary of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation. If you’ve seen the pink propane delivery trucks driving around Full Story

Lees-McRae Invites Homecoming Participation

Lees-McRae College invites community businesses and organizations to participate in the annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m. on Main Street in Banner Elk. Join parade grand marshal Dr. David Burleson, Avery County Superintendent of Schools, Full Story

52 Weeks of Hope--Hospitality House

The Hospitality House Board of Directors invites the communities of its seven mountain county region to join them at 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 28 for their 7th annual luncheon. This years’ theme, Fifty-Two Weeks of Hope will celebrate the restored hope, Full Story

Blowing Rock Moves to the 'Beach'

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce welcomes The Embers and Chairmen of the Board to an outdoor concert this Friday September 14th at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club.  Gates open at 4:00 and local favorite, Soul Benefactor gets the show started at 4:15. Full Story

Watauga River Partners Gets Grant

Watauga River Partners, a nonprofit environmental organization based out of Boone, N.C., has received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources to develop a watershed rehabilitation plan for Beaverdam Creek, Full Story

Beech Bark Park Hosts Event

Beech Mountain's new Bark Park was a big hit as it hosted the town's 6th annual dog show Labor Day weekend. A total of 48 dogs competed and those four dozen furry competitors drew quite a crowd. Nearly 300 people watched dogs prance through the big dog pen

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