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Emergency Management Needs Input

We need your help! The Counties of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes are currently engaged in a planning process to become less vulnerable to natural disasters, and your participation is important to us!
The Counties, along with participating local jurisdictions and other participating partners, are now working to prepare a multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Dr. Michael Joslin presents Our Living Heritage November 17 at Lees-McRae College

If the natural and human history of Southern Appalachia interests you, come to Lees-McRae College on November 17th to participate in the John B. Stephenson Lecture Series.  Dr. Michael Joslin will lead a discussion of life in the Toe River Valley with his slide presentation Our Living Heritage beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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Vets Day a Day Early at Cove Creek

On Thursday, November 10th, PreK-2nd grade students at Cove Creek Elementary welcomed veterans from the community to join in a small ceremony to honor those who have served.  The youngest and oldest veterans in attendance were honored for their service:  Chris Bowen, age 25, who served in Iraq and Robert Shipley, age 99, Full Story

Teachers Win Bright Ideas Grants from Blue Ridge Electric

As part of its commitment to local education, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation presented Bright Ideas grants totaling more than $5,300 to six educator teams during a luncheon ceremony honoring the teachers at the Watauga district office. Bright Ideas is an academic grants program sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Full Story

Alleghany County/ Golden LEAF Community Assistance Initiative – community forum

The public is invited to attend a community forum hosted by the Golden LEAF Foundation and Alleghany County on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sparta Elementary School Cafeteria at 450 North Main Street in Sparta. The purpose of the forum is to continue the Golden LEAF Foundation’s Community Assistance Initiative process. Full Story

da Capo Brass Makes a Joyful Noise in Valle Crucis

The da Capo Brass, national touring and recording ensemble based in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, will present a free concert in the High Country on Sunday, November 27.  The brass quintet will deliver a variety of exciting tunes ranging in style from classical to jazz and Renaissance to gospel, including new music premieres

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Five Visiting Teachers Bring the World to Watauga High School

Five teachers visiting Watauga High School this fall from other countries are helping bring new perspectives and broader horizons for high school students, faculty, and each other as they work toward professional development on an international level.  One teaches English in a Palestinian refugee camp, Full Story

"Pack the Pantries" at WHS

Watauga High School's final regular season home football game last Friday was also "Pack the Pantries" night, when fans received a $1 off on the price of admission if they brought canned food for donation to the food pantries in the elementary schools.  The pantries assist students and families who struggle to keep enough food on the table at home. Full Story

Yellow Mountain Treasure Box Opens November 1st

Yellow Mountain Enterprises is proud to announce the opening of the Yellow Mountain Treasure Box on November 1st at 9:00 am.  Yellow Mountain Enterprises has operated a thrift store for several years and is moving to their new location directly across the street from the First Citizens Bank, located near the Avery County Courthouse. Full Story

Boone Rotary Club -- Students of the Month Honorees

The Rotary Club of Boone honored two Watauga High School seniors, Emily Haas and Rosa Goetz, for their accomplishments. They were named Students of the Month for September and October 2011.
Emily Haas plans to attend a four year institution to major in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and follow it up by attending a culinary school. Full Story

NCNG-UNC Campuses to Partner

Army Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina, and Thomas W. Ross, president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina, signed a cooperative agreement at the new North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters here today formalizing the ongoing partnership between the Guard and The University of North Carolina in support of national defense. Full Story


MerleFest 25, presented by Lowe’s, is proud once again to host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Now in its 20th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers Full Story


The North Carolina Society of Historians held their annual, statewide banquet in Mooresville, Saturday, October 22, 2011. Organizations and individuals from Alleghany County received over 10 percent of the total awards given. Out of 742 submissions, 109 received awards and 12 of those were to Alleghany.

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Wilkes "Circles" Seek to Impact Poverty

This past weekend, CBS aired a story in Springfield, OH to follow their local community campaign to show how building strong relationships across class and cultural lines can, in fact, impact poverty.  I have included a link to that video from the October 22, 2011 CBS Evening News below. Full Story

Appalachian offers Challenging Weekend for Middle and High-School Students

On Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6, Appalachian State University will offer academically gifted students in 7th – 12th grade a challenging learning experience through the Mountaineer Student Enrichment Program. In this weekend of creative and interactive learning activities, students will enroll in one class and explore in-depth material typically not included in school curricula. Full Story

About 890 served through Impact Kids Day

On Saturday, Oct. 8, more than 100 volunteers met at Boone United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Churches (UMC) of Watauga County sponsored the event, but a substantial percentage of the volunteers were not members of any Methodist church in the county.

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Molly & Peanut Butter at Woolly Worm

Molly L of Todd won second place in race 5 on Sunday at the Woolly Worm Festival with her speedy woolly worm named "Peanut Butter".  Peanut Butter had no black on his body which indicates a very mild winter.

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Parkway Fall Festival at Apple Barn Saturday

Meet the rangers at the Bass Lake Parking Area off of Highway 221 in Blowing Rock.  Wear your hiking boots and warm clothes.  Bring water.  Hike 1 mile to the Historic Cone Apple Barn.  Event will take place outside of the Apple Barn.  Restrooms and indoor area are inaccessible while at the barn. Full Story

Poplar Grove Baptist Women Hold Pinto Supper
The Women on Mission at the Poplar Grove Baptist 
Church is having a pinto bean supper on Friday
night October 21 from 6-8 pm at the church
fellowship hall. Take outs will be available.
All proceeds to go the Lottie Moon Christmas
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