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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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Pinto Bean Supper at Bethelview

A Pinto Bean Supper will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Bethelview United Methodist Church, located on Ridge Road just off Castle Ford Road in Boone.  The menu includes pinto beans, cornbread, slaw, variety of potatoes, variety of desserts

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Craft Enrichment at Appalachian State offers Something for Everyone

The Fall schedule for Craft Enrichment classes includes pottery, painting, spinning, bowl turning, basket making, quilting, collage, jewelry, stain glass, and glass fusing. Classes meet once per week, and both day and evening classes are offered. Whether you are a hobbyist,

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CCC&TI Student Wins Statewide Student of the Year Award

Boone, N.C. - Marcia Alayon, an English as a Second Language student at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus, recently brought home a statewide award from the annual North Carolina Community College System’s Basic Skills and Full Story


GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC - On Saturday, September 10, Grandfather Mountain will offer a fun-filled opportunity for families to enjoy the nature and culture of the North Carolina mountains. Kidfest provides children of all ages with entertaining activities Full Story

CCC&TI announces Caldwell Cuisine fall schedule

HUDSON, N.C. – Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Culinary Arts program has announced the dates and menus for its fall semester installment of Caldwell Cuisine. Each of the six meals will be served at 6 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir

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Cove Creek Farm Heritage Day marks the beginning of the fall harvest season with a celebration of Watauga County’s farming community and rich cultural traditions. Presented by Cove Creek Preservation and Development, in conjunction with the Watauga County Cooperative Extension, Full Story

National Megan’s Law Helpline & Sex Offender Registration Tips Program

The National Megan’s Law Helpline (888) ASK-PFML (888) 275-7365, is available to provide support to communities: on issues related to accessing sex offender registration information; responsible use of information; sexual abuse prevention resources; and accessing crime victim support services. Full Story

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