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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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WYN Executive Director invited to speak to young nonprofit leaders

WYN's Executive Director, Jennifer Grubb was selected to be one of three panelists presenting on "Growing the Next Generation of Leaders" at the NC Center for Nonprofits 2011 Conference & Public Policy Forum for NC's Nonprofit Sector. On September 22nd Jennifer joined her colleagues Full Story

Children’s Literature Symposium Features Noted Author

Elementary school teachers, media specialists, and anyone interested in Children’s Literature are invited to attend a Children’s Literature Symposium November 5, 2011. All events are sponsored by, and will take place in, the new Reich College of Education building and the Carol Grotnes Belk Library

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2nd Annual Embers Retreat

High Country Hospice is hosting their 2nd Annual Embers Retreat Event on Saturday, October 15th from 10am-5pm at Greenway Baptist Church Gymnasium.  This retreat is for any individual between the ages of 13-18 who have experienced a loss or other major transition. Full Story

Daniel Vaughan Takes Watauga Spelling Bee

After 2 practice rounds and a record 19 rounds of competition, seventh grader Daniel Vaughan of Cove Creek School emerged as the winner of the Watauga County Schools Spelling Bee for 2011-12.  Christian Colby, a sixth grade student at Parkway, was runner up Full Story


The 56th Annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 6:00PM at the Boone United Methodist Church located on New Market Boulevard in Boone. The theme for this years banquet is “High Country Grown” as we celebrate our High Country grown produce, programs, and people. Full Story

BR Parkway Volunteers of the Year

Jasa and Justice Woods have just received the "Blue Ridge Parkway Volunteers of the Year 2011 - Young Adult Category" as chosen by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. Jasa is a senior, graduating in December from ASU. Full Story

Robbins Honored for Lifetime Achievement

There’s a chance that the name, Spencer Robbins, may not be familiar to you. But, if you have spent any time in the High Country, you have definitely been touched by his work. Together with his brothers, Grover and Harry, Robbins helped create Tweetsie Railroad, the Hound Ears Club, Full Story

DBDA 2011 Membership Meeting RESCHEDULED to OCTOBER 25, 2011

We apologize for the need to reschedule the DBDA 2011 annual meeting; however, we have spent the past few months diligently working with the Town of Boone to restructure the relationship between the Town and the DBDA with a goal of securing active, positive change in downtown Boone. Full Story

Christy Welch is Watauga County Schools Counselor of the Year

Mabel School Counselor Christy Welch has been chosen as the Watauga County Schools Counselor of the Year for 2011-12.  Her selection was welcomed by Mabel Principal Mark Hagaman, who praised Welch for “consistently going far above and beyond the requirements Full Story

Lees-McRae College Homecoming is Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Good times are elevated during Lees-McRae College’s Homecoming Weekend 2011!  Homecoming events include seven official reunions, NCAA soccer and volleyball, the annual parade down Main Street, a Bobcat Tailgate, the Bobcat Mixer, Athletics Hall of Fame dinner Full Story

BRF&R Conducts Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection Clinic

In conjunction with Nation Child Passenger Safety Week, Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue and Safe Kids Watauga County will be holding a child passenger safety seat inspection clinic. The Clinic will be held on Saturday September 24th from 10am till 2pm. The clinic will be at Shoppes on the Parkway in Blowing Rock. Full Story

Appalachian Women's Fund Helps a Dozen Agencies

The Appalachian Women’s Fund has completed grant allocations with a record breaking $68,000 total to twelve non-profit agencies serving impoverished women and children.  While funds were granted to agencies in four mountain counties, two of those recipients serve populations in seven nearby counties.

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Sustainable Business Summit Coming to Boone September 30

If you are interested in growing your business with sustainable business practices and principles, exploring sustainable business opportunities, sharing your sustainable business experiences and hearing those of others as well as understanding how to use sustainable practices Full Story

Democratic Women's Club to Feature BOE Member

Watauga County School Board member John Welch will address the September luncheon of the Democratic Women’s Club on the future of the local school system and the challenges presented by the new state and county budgets, both under the control of new Republican majorities.

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