Community and Business

Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014. Now in its 22nd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals,

Registration is open for the ZAP Fitness Girls on the Run 5K to be held May 3 at 10:30 a.m. The non-competitive run will begin at Appalachian State University’s Kidd Brewer Stadium and follow a mostly flat course through campus.

Applications for pre-kindergarten classes in the Watauga County Schools will be available beginning April 7. The classes are part of the state’s NC Pre-K program and are open to four year olds that meet state eligibility requirements.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will begin registering new students for the Summer 2014 semester on April 10 on both the Caldwell and Watauga Campuses. Final registration for summer will be held on Tuesday, May 13. Summer classes begin on Thursday, May 15.

CCC&TI English Instructor Nancy Posey recently traveled with relief organization Healing Hands International to an area near Port-au-Prince, Haiti where she worked with local teachers.