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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

Family, friends and the local community are coming together to hold a sale to benefit two families.

Danny Campbell recently lost his battle with Leukemia. Ethan Love, 10 months old, has been diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis. The sale benefits these two local families. Both the Campbell and Love families live in Watauga County NC.

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CIT Training Mayland Community College-Avery Campus

A total of 16 participants including officers from Avery County Sheriff’s Office, Boone Police Department, Appalachian Regional Health Care, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, ASU and Marion Police Department completed Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) at Mayland Community College Avery Campus the week of August 1-5, 2011. Full Story


Grandfather Mountain recently installed its first interactive exhibit since opening the Nature Museum in 1990. Made possible by a partnership between NASA, Appalachian State University and the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the exhibit focuses on weather and climate. Full Story

Fall Programs for Watauga Parks & Rec

Watauga County Parks and Recreation is now offering the following fall programs: Full Story

Watauga Arts Council Workshops on August 10 and 16

The Watauga County Arts Council is offering two workshops this month that focus on marketing and entrepreneurial skills for artists. “The Portfolio Makes the Artist” with Scott Ludwig will be held on Wednesday, August 10th, from 5:30-8:30 pm. Scott will help you boost your art career by developing a more marketable, digital portfolio. Full Story


The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation recently partnered with the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. Jennie Abbott, an intern from the program, shadowed the Mountain’s naturalists for two weeks this summer. Full Story

Scagnelli Named Director of Parks and Recreation Department

The Town of Beech Mountain has promoted Daniel Scagnelli to oversee its parks and recreation department. Scagnelli took over as director of parks and recreation on June 29. He was elevated from fitness and wellness coordinator after a long interview process that included several candidates. Full Story

Talk to Me! Breastfeeding: A 3D Experience

August 1-7 has been designated as World Breastfeeding Week. The theme is “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding - A 3D Experience.” Moms can stay connected with breastfeeding support by linking with other breastfeeding mothers, trained health care providers, WIC peer counselors, and parent support groups. Full Story

First Day of School for Watauga is August 10

The first day of the 2011-12 school year for the Watauga County Schools will be Wednesday, August 10th.   August 10th will be a regular school day.  School buses will run their usual routes, lunch will be served, and the after school program will be open to students registered for the program. Full Story

Watauga Family Wins Big in Energy Efficiency Competition

Getting the kids involved in a fun summer challenge has paid off for a Watauga County family.    “It was a lot of fun for the whole family and I think the biggest shocker for us was how much hot water we were using,” said Nancy Isaacs, whose family was the grand prize winner of the Watauga County Home Energy Savings Challenge sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation. Full Story

Town of Boone Wins Statewide Planning Award

Mayor Loretta Clawson is pleased to announce that the Town of Boone has received the 2011 Marvin Collins Statewide Planning Award for the Boone 2030 Land Use Plan.   Mayor Clawson expressed her appreciation to the members of the Boone Town Council, Town Staff, and the community Full Story

Stephenson Lecture Series on Appalachia concludes with historian Dr. William Turner

BANNER ELK—Dr. William Turner, Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies and Regional Ambassador from Berea College, will present a program as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia’s Summer Lecture Series this Wednesday, July 27th, at Lees-McRae College in the Carson Library. Full Story

Ashe Relay for Life Starts Friday

Relay For Life of Ashe County is on Friday, July 15th. Opening ceremony begins at 6pm at Ashe County High School. There will be lots of activities. Inflatable slides and bouncies for the children, good food and lots of music. Full Story

Firefighters' Burned Children Fund Day at Tweetsie

The Watauga County Firefighters' Association, The NC Firefighters' Burned Children Fund, the Chapel Hill Burn Center, the Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center and Tweetsie Railroad sponsored a day for Western NC burn survivors on Saturday. The day was provided as a way to meet other burn survivors from the western part of North Carolina. Full Story

Boone Wants Your Old Toilet--For Cash

The Town of Boone wants your old toilet.  Really, they do—and they’re willing to pay.  One hundred bucks per commode—up to three for homeowners in the town.  Boone is adding “WaterSense” high-efficiency toilet rebate program to their ‘every drop counts’ program, according to Lane Weiss of the town of Boone, Full Story

Green Drinks Boone on July 12 Hosted by Upper Watauga RiverKeeper / Appalachian Voices in Sugar Grove

The July 12th meeting of Green Drinks Boone will be hosted by Upper Watauga Riverkeeper Donna Lisenby at her newly constructed home in Sugar Grove. Donna’s home was designed by Boone Architect Amy Tyson and Donna’s partner Nita O’Brien.  It was constructed by Sunny Day Homes with featured elements made by local craftsmen and suppliers, many of whom will be on hand to answer questions about their work. Full Story

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