Community and Business

Callie Tester, who had been homeschooled since the first grade, was nervous about starting college. But her fears were alleviated when she arrived at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus, where she not only found a comfortable place to pursue a college education, but also excelled to new heights.

The Oasis Shriners will honor U.S. military veterans on June 4, starting at 2 p.m. with its “Salute to Our Veterans” Spring Ceremonial and Grand Parade beginning in downtown Blowing Rock's Memorial Park on Main Street. Oasis Shriner’s chief executive officer, Potentate Johnny King, has declared this year’s parade a “civic parade” with participation of Lady Shriners and The Watauga High School Marching Bands, along with Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts.

Fourth grade teacher Martha Trimble of Blowing Rock School has been chosen as the Watauga County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2016-17.

The Watauga County Arts Council is once again offering a grant and scholarship initiative designed to promote training in the vocal arts.

On Monday May 9th, the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center held their annual Mother’s Day Bake Off event.