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Low-Income Fuel Program Begins Friday

Watauga Crisis Assistance Network’s (WeCAN) Warm Hearts Warm Homes campaign raises money to buy heating fuel for low-income community members in need. Anyone in a low-income home is eligible to request fuel gifts, which are available beginning Friday, Nov. 1. Full Story

 
WHS JROTC Marks Milestone

The JROTC program at Watauga High School marked an important milestone on October 2nd with the promotion and appointment of cadets to leadership positions. Senior Instructor Lt. Col Gerald Harper, USMC, (Ret)  described the event as "an important first step in building Full Story

 
ASU Equestrian Team’s Katelyn Young accepted to Young Trainers Symposium

Greensboro native and Appalachian State University Senior Katelyn Young (’13), the immediate past President of the ASU Equestrian Team has been accepted to participate in the US Dressage Federation’s 2013 Young Horse Trainers Symposium to be held in Chesapeake City, Maryland Full Story

 
Record Adoptions at Avery Humane Society

The Avery Humane Society ended the August with a record breaking 105 adoptions. The Bill and Kathy Avery Foundations sponsored AHS' cat promotion, which helped 65 cats find new homes in August.

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AWF Grants $57k to Area Nonprofits

Appalachian Women's Fund recently distributed $57,000 in grants to fourteen deserving organizations across our mountain communities. Full Story

 
Healthcare Reform Info Series at Libraries

Healthcare Reform is here. Are you ready? The Watauga County Public Library will be hosting information sessions on the Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, Sept. 25th at 9:30 am, the speaker will be Ruben D. Rivera, Registered Health Underwriters (RHU), Registered Employee Benefits Consultant, Full Story

 
Blowing Rock Rotary Charity Auction a Huge Success

The First Annual Blowing Rock Charity Auction held August 24 was a resounding success netting over $25,000 to be donated by the club to various charitable organizations. An estimated 300 residents and visitors to the High Country assembled at Blowing Rock's American Legion Building Full Story

 
Williams 'Y' Gathers Backpacks for Schools

The Williams YMCA of Avery County visited area schools last week, delivering backpacks filled with school supplies. The backpacks were given to the YMCA as part of the August “Back 2 School” membership drive. For the month of August, The Y waived the joining fee for new members Full Story

 
'Keeping Arts Alive' Awards Teachers

The four elementary/middle school art teachers in the Watauga County Schools will each receive $1,000 in art supplies for their schools through the “Keep Arts Alive Awards” made possible by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC). Full Story

 
Children's Activity Book To Be Widely Distributed to Watauga Co. Students

Each year, the Watauga Cooperative Extension assists Watauga County's Soil and Water Conservation District with Environmental Field Days. Over 300 of the county's 5th graders from the county schools come out each year to the Valle Crucis Community Park to learn about our environment, rotating through different stations. This year’s event will be held on Sept. 12 and 13. Full Story

 
Wilkes United Way Grants Help in Watauga

For the second year, United Way of Wilkes County’s Board of Directors has committed resources obtained from its annual community campaign to address unmet or under-met needs in Wilkes County.  These funds have recently been awarded in the form of Venture Grants Full Story

 
Letter: Capstone Criticized for Cottages of Boone

It amazes me to no end that the management Capstone Collegiate (Cottages of Boone)knew of the building delays and proceeded to lie to the parents/students/families on when they can take occupancy is unethical. To be told the delay would only be 30 days and no more, Full Story

 
Tickets on Sale for ASU's Performing Arts Series 2013-2014 Season

The 2013-14 Appalachian State University Performing Arts Series season has been announced and all the events will take place in the newly renovated Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

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Anderson named Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian

A focus on excellence in teaching and providing students a high-quality education are among the factors that interested Dr. Cynthia M. Anderson in a new position in Appalachian State University’s Department of Psychology. Anderson holds the Stanley R. Aeschleman

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Raining Again?

First it was mist then a drizzle
Sprinkle then downpour, even cats and dogs
Roaring sky menacing cumulus alive with light
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Teachers become students during Research Experience for Teachers at Appalachian

A dozen teachers from Western North Carolina participated in a six-week summer program at Appalachian State University and learned to use computer visualization and other computer applications to create lesson plans and labs Full Story

 
$59,000 in Grants From HCWF

The High Country Women’s Fund (HCWF) has announced $59,000 in grants this year for 10 area agencies to support women and children in need. “In Watauga and Avery counties, there are over 15,000 women and children living in poverty,” said Becka Saunders, Allocations Chair Full Story

 
Blueberry Adventure

At the end of a bumpy mountain road lies a hideaway from Watauga's usually College town bustle. Follow the neatly painted wooden signs off of Highway 421 and onto Brownwood in Deep Gap to Mr. Chuck Lieberman's family farm. Mr. Lieberman has been a neighbor for 29 years, Full Story

 
Appalachian Women's Fund raises over $70k

The Appalachian Women's Fund 6th annual Women of Vision Luncheon was a smashing success, raising over $70,000. Held at Linville Ridge Country Club on June 27, the luncheon was attended by more than 220 people.

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