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Open Letter from Hospitality House

Dear High Country Community, Are you familiar with the phrase, “If you build it, they will come?” Since moving to our new shelter in March 2011, we’ve been constantly reminded of that saying because we now embody and live it each and every day. Moving to our new facility increased our capacity by 68% and almost immediately we were completely full, Full Story

High Country Chapter of Smile for a Lifetime gives the gift of smiles this holiday season

With the holidays fast approaching we are reminded of what is truly important this time of year, the spirit of giving. The Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to acquire assistance. Nationally launched in 2008, the local Boone chapter with Drs. Mayhew and Scheffler Full Story

Appalachian District Shines as North Carolina Rises in National Health Ranking

As North Carolina moves up in the ranking for overall health in the nation, the Appalachian District, consisting of Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties, is being highlighted as a leader in the fight against the rapidly rising obesity rates among North Carolinians.  The Health Rankings report released this week profiles all 50 states in a variety of health measures. Full Story

Seven Watauga County Schools Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards has announced that seven additional teachers in the Watauga County Schools have achieved National Board Certification, the highest professional credential available in the teaching profession  
This year’s newly certified teachers include Kelly Beckley and Disa Mast-Herring of Hardin Park, April Eichmiller of Green Valley,

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Give Children's Playhouse Gift Memberships

Playhouse Gift Memberships—The Family Friendly Gift that is Local, Green, and Tax-deductible! Why give toys that are going to break in a few weeks? Want to buy local and help a worthy nonprofit at the same time? When you give your favorite family a membership to The Children’s Playhouse, the High Country’s only nonprofit children’s museum, Full Story

Watauga Habitat for Humanity Recruiting Families

Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will host an informational meeting Dec.14, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Appalachian Regional Library in hopes of recruiting potential families in need of housing. At the meeting, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity will recruit families for homes in their new 20 home development, GreenWood, Full Story

Jingle Bell Walk in Newland

Yellow Mountain Enterprises’ Exceptional Citizens will be exercising Avery County Humane Society’s adoptable shelter dogs at the Jingle Bell Fun Walk and Silent Auction on Saturday, December 10, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30a.m., in Newland.   So put on a warm coat, show your support and contribute to these good causes by walking along! Full Story

"Maintain, Don't Gain" Holiday Health Goal

Did Turkey day weigh you down this year? With more holiday celebrations ahead, many of us wonder how we will survive the seeming inevitable holiday pounds.  Many North Carolinians gain between one and five pounds every holiday season. It may not sound like much, but most people who gain weight during the holidays Full Story

Two Watauga High School Students Win State Music Honors

Watauga High School students Doria Kosmala and Willa Finck have been selected for the North Carolina All-State Honors Orchestra, a group composed of 127 of the state’s finest high school musicians.  Both Kosmala and Finck are violinists and were placed in the first violin section of the Honors Orchestra by audition. Full Story

Five Ladders Replaced on Grandfather's Most Famous Trail

Hikers taking the trek across Grandfather Mountain's ridgeline can now enjoy five new ladders on the Grandfather Trail.  The new ladders on MacRae Cliff replace the old ones that had been up for decades on what many people consider to be one of the most exciting spots along the ridgeline hike. Full Story

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

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