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High Country Audubon Announces Research Grant

High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support bird research in the High Country of North Carolina.  HCAS is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina, serving Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany and Avery counties.

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Highland Games Tix On Sale

A sure sign of the summer season; advance tickets are now available for the 57th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. The games are July 12-15 at McRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain, and are considered the greatest of America’s Scottish Games because of the spectacular mountain setting Full Story

Basic Obedience at Puppy Kindergarten Class

Melissa MacKinnon, owner of Woof Pack Pet Services, is offering a Puppy Kindergarten Class and a Basic Obedience Class in the Watauga Humane Society’s Community Room, 312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607. At 6pm, beginning Tuesday, May 1st and continuing for 6 weeks, the Puppy Kindergarten Class Full Story

Appalachian Women’s Fund Award Luncheon Set

The Appalachian Women’s Fund will hold their annual Grantee Award luncheon on April 17th at Casa Rustica in Boone.  Representatives from the dozen agencies that received grant money for 2012 will share the ways in which the lives of impoverished women and girls have been improved through innovative programs and initiatives funded by the AWF. Full Story

The Avery County Humane Society is Moving Soon!

The dogs, cats, kittens and puppies of Avery County Humane Society will be on the way to their new animal shelter on New Vale Road in Newland on April 16 and the shelter will open to the public on April 19!   Staff and board members are already preparing for the move. Full Story

Community offers support for needy families to get their plates in shape

March is National Nutrition Month. Each March, the annual campaign organized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association, brings awareness to smart food choices and physical activity practices. This year, the theme is, “Get Your Plate in Shape.” Full Story

Appalachian State University’s Best Recreational Day Camp Returns for a Fourth Summer

Calling all kids of the High Country!!  Camp UREC is back in action for the sixth summer in a row, and with many new activities planned; this summer promises to be the best one yet.  For six summers, Camp UREC has set the precedent as being the most energetic, most creative, and most fun day camp of the High Country. Full Story

Playhouse Baby Fair and Consignment Sale Toddles to Town on March 30 & 31

Did last week’s warm weather prompt you to pull out the kids’ summer togs only to find that, oops, that cute t-shirt dress from last year is now on a halter top?  The seventh annual spring  Playhouse Consignment Sale and Baby Fair will allow you to update everyone’s wardrobes for a song Full Story

Great Friend to Families Nominees Sought

The Children’s Playhouse is searching for a resident of the High Country whose greatest joy comes from helping kids and families, the 2012 winner of the Great Friend to Families Award. Nominations for this award are due on April 5th.
The fourth annual Great Friend to Families award Full Story

Garden to Provide Food for Hospitality House

“Community groups will join together this spring in a truly ‘groundbreaking’ project by planting a summer garden providing fresh vegetables for our residents,” said Lynne Mason director of Hospitality House which serves seven High Country counties. “We are also committed to offering healthy food selections and produce Full Story

Feinstein Challenge to Help “End Hunger in the High Country”

Be a part of fighting hunger in the High Country by taking the Feinstein Challenge now through April 30. For the fourth consecutive year, Hospitality House has partnered with the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation, who will divide $1 million Full Story

'Artie' Popping Up in High Country

Artie the Autistic Traveling Awareness Bear has been exploring the High Country.  Artie comes from a progressive program originating in Missouri, USA.  Here is what he wants to share: “I am a bear from the Traveling Awareness Bears located in Missouri USA.  My website is: Full Story

Dinner with Greg LeMond March 24 at Lees-McRae

Lees-McRae College, in partnership with the Avery Chamber of Commerce, presents dinner with cycling legend Greg LeMond Saturday, March 24 on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk.
This fundraiser for the Lees-McRae College Cycling Program will include a ride with Greg LeMond Full Story


Resident mascot, Sugar Bear and long-time ski patroller Fay Binning visited the Valle Crucis Elementary School with the mission to teach the third and fifth graders the seven points of skier safety. Full Story

Leap Day FUNraiser for Watauga Community Band at Canyons

So what do you do with your ‘extra’ day this leap year? Come to Canyons this Wednesday night and help the musicians of our community as Canyons continues doing their part to help the non-profit organizations

of Watauga County.  Finish off your leap day as Canyons donates 10% of their take to the Watauga Community Band, Full Story

F.A.R.M. Needs Kitchen Items

From salt and pepper shakers to soup kettles and a commercial refrigerator, gently used kitchen items are needed and welcomed by F.A.R.M Cafe as it prepares for its April opening. The pay-what-you-can community café is releasing its wish list, which contains items community members may have and no longer use,

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$1000 Scholarship to Mabel Student

Mabel eighth grader Justus Saunders has been awarded the Middle School Summer Enrichment Scholarship by the NCASFAA North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NCASFAA) for the summer of 2012.  The scholarship provides up to $1,000 (Justus Saunders celebrates her award) Full Story

Making New Friends at Humane Society

Cove Creek second graders visited the new Watauga Humane Society shelter to meet the dogs and cats available for adoption. They learned about humane care of animals and safety around animals. With the help of their teachers, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Reece, they raised enough money to sponsor an animal. (photo by Ree Strawser) Full Story

Animals and Christianity at L-MC

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Series will feature Dr. Laura Hobgood-Oster on Tuesday, February 21 in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center on the campus of Lees-McRae College.  She will present two lectures on the topic of animals and Christianity.

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