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Gospel Dramas at St. Elizabeth

runyan.jpg Frank Runyeon, star of As The World Turns will be performing two one-man Gospel Dramas this Thursday, October 22nd at 7pm.  Sermon on the Mount followed by Hollywood vs. Faith will be performed.  Tickets are $10 each or $30 for a family.  This dramas are appropriate for teenagers and above. 

St. Elizabeth Catholic church is on Pilgrim's Way in Boone, just off Meadowview Drive.  Phone 828-264-8338.

See http://www.frankrunyeon.com/ for more information about this amazing performer. 

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Dinner, Drink, Silent Auction and Music--Only $6!The Annual Kiwanis Spaghetti Supper is this Friday at Appalachian Brian Estates in Boone. Spaghetti, salad, drink and dessert--all for only $6!  Members of the Watauga Community Band will provide music during the event, and there will be great items for the silent auction. 
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Raleigh Concert Band Joins Watauga Community Band For Sunday Concert
The Raleigh Concert Band is coming to Boone this weekend for a joint concert with the Watauga Community Band. The concert is Sunday afternoon at 3 in Rosen Concert Hall on the ASU campus, on River Street.
The two bands have been practicing the music separately, and will bring it together for this event, so it will be lots of fun!
It will be a Sunday afternoon of great entertainment--and it's free!
October 14th thru October 6th
 
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Citizens' Plan for Watauga to Hold Community MeetingsPUBLIC NOTICES FOR “CITIZENS’ PLAN FOR WATAUGA” COMMUNITY MEETINGS


In 2007, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners authorized the preparation of a comprehensive plan for the County and appointed a seven member Plan Oversight Group to guide in the preparation of the plan, which has been entitled the “CITIZENS’ PLAN FOR WATAUGA”.  In late 2007 and early 2008, the   Plan Oversight Group sponsored a series of community meetings to hear public input regarding important community issues and priorities and agreed to convene future meetings to review the progress of this planning process with the public.  These follow up meetings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

•    Cove Creek Elementary School                   November 2, 2009        6:00 PM
•    Parkway Elementary School                        November 3, 2009        6:15 PM
•    Watauga County Administration Building     November 5, 2009        6:00 PM

Draft copies of the plan may be seen on the County’s website (www.wataugacounty.org) or at the offices of the Watauga County Planning & Inspections Department.  Comments about the plan may be made on the County’s website. Following these meetings, the Plan Oversight Group will review the comments received, revise the draft plan as needed, and present it to the Board of Commissioners for their review and consideration.

We sincerely thank the citizens of Watauga for your input and support of this important planning initiative and we encourage your participation.

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2nd ANNUAL CHANGE OF LEAVES FESTIVAL

Wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of a crowd of car enthusiasts, members of the community, the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department and Habitat for Humanity volunteers.  Crown Point developers invited the community to spend the day on Saturday October 10 at their lavish facilities to enjoy the environment, tour the new homes, and help raise funds for Ashe County Habitat for Humanity and Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department.

 

The event, featuring a collection of Porsche and BMW sports cars from across the southeast, was the second annual Fall Concours to benefit community organizations.  Judging of the cars is usually preceded by hours of polishing and primping of the vehicles.  This time, the process was pre-empted by judges in raincoats watching the rain glisten on the cars.

 

The new Ashe County Habitat for Humanity affiliate, formed a year ago, is a Christian housing ministry dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing in the community.  Habitat is not a hand-out program, but rather a hand-up opportunity for members of the community to earn their home through sweat equity….that is, physically working on the building of their own home.  Homeowners must qualify for and pay a mortgage for their home.  The cost of the home does not include any profit or the cost of the volunteer labor used to build it, thus making it more affordable.  Homeowner mortgage payments are subsequently used to fund the building of additional homes for others.  Habitat does not just build houses, but rather a homes and community.

 

Community support for the event was overwhelming.  Local businesses that provided door prizes included Stephen Shoemaker Gallery, Everything I Love Gift Shop, Ashe County Ford, Ana Maria Gift Shop, The Cutters Edge Salon, Pam’s Unique Boutique, Style Depot, McNeill’s, The Cabin Store, Shatley Springs Jewelry & Gifts, Hobby Barn, Spin A Yarn – Weave A Web, Deluxe Barber Shop, Reflections Hair Salon, and the Cutters Edge Salon.

 

Scott Roberts, managing partner of Crown Point, has been dedicated both to Habitat and the community.  “We want to make sure that we are part of the community by inviting our friends to celebrate with us and by working side by side with community members to make Ashe County a better place for everyone.”

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Fun in the Park Kudos
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The Town of Boone’s “Fun in the Park Day” held on Saturday, October 3rd was a huge success with Mayor Clawson and the Beauti-Fly in tow.  The event was an educational outreach program to teach children the importance of being good stewards of our planet by recycling, conserving water and keeping our community free of litter.  Kudos to all who made this possible.

 

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Ride To Recovery

Benefit Ride For Stroke Victim To Take Place Saturday.

 

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Change of Leaves Festival
2nd ANNUAL CHANGE OF LEAVES FESTIVAL
A Fun Afternoon for the Whole Family at Crown Point!


Bring the whole family to Crown Point in West Jefferson, NC for a great afternoon of food, fun and friends designed to benefit the local Ashe County chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department.  The event will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 12 noon to 4 PM, rain or shine.


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The Miracle of Jilly--A Survival Story

Editor's Note:  We're running a multi-part story of the survival of Jilly, a collie that was lost this summer in the High Country, and the miraculous discovery of the dog over three weeks later.  The WATA Pet Patrol and Pet Patrol Page on GoBlueRidge.net followed the search and offered our on-air and on-line help.  Jilly's owner, Linda Plaster is the writer.

 

FINDING JILLY (condensed version)

 

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Dr. David Linzey came out to my SUV, picked Jilly up and carried her to an exam table.  Two vet techs, Caitlynne Garland and Patterson Gelok, worked to immediately shave her front leg and get an IV started.  She seemed really happy to see people and to have us all around her – she just layed there while the team worked on her.  They also quickly shaved Jilly’s behind right away as they could tell something was wrong back there – hair was completely missing on part of her tail.  The flies had been all over her when I found her and Dr. Linzey told me that she had “fly egg casings and some mature larvae” (a euphemism for maggots) on her hindquarters.  She had a wound and skin inflammation on her hindquarters that may have attracted the flies, or she could have been incontinent attracting the flies, or both.  One of the vet techs cleaned the wounded area and Dr. Linzey examined Jilly and put her on the scale – she had gone from 57 pounds to 44 pounds.  Incredibly, she shuffled off the scale and wanted to walk around.  She was smelling around and I’m sure thinking – I’ve been through all this, now where’s the food – I really want food…

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The Miracle of Jilly--A Survival Story

Editor's Note:  We're running a multi-part story of the survival of Jilly, a collie that was lost this summer in the High Country, and the miraculous discovery of the dog over three weeks later.  The WATA Pet Patrol and Pet Patrol Page on GoBlueRidge.net followed the search and offered our on-air and on-line help.  Jilly's owner, Linda Plaster is the writer.

 

FINDING JILLY (condensed version)

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    Then, on Sunday, 8/30, I had the car packed to go poster a 25 mile radius starting down in Lenoir (20 miles away) …had postering supplies, purse, cell phone, and had locked the front door…decided to go down the mountain behind our house one more time.
    Unlike any other day since Jilly went missing, I just couldn’t get going…I didn’t get the car packed until around 4:00…I had taken some quiet time and had been contemplating going down the mountain behind our house one more time….  We had searched down the mountain 4 other times, twice with tracking dogs.
    A few things led up to looking down the mountain again, but never really thinking that I was really going to find Jilly: (1) I learned that the little dog I found while searching for Jilly, which we were fostering and named Watson, was a Feist – a breed I’d never heard of until the tracker arrived with her dogs – one was a Feist.   By chance, I gave him Jilly’s scent article 4 times within a minute or so and asked him to find Jilly.  Later (can’t remember how much later), I saw Watson go down the mountain behind our house.  He may have done it more than once; and (2) a friend had told us that a client’s dog had tried to dig its own grave the day prior to its death.   
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Girl Scout Workshop--Topic Instructors NeededHello, my name's Alex Cobert. Myself and two others are in charge of planning and setting up a Girl Scouting event called "The Girls Rock Junior Jam" for our Recreation Program Planning class. We are looking for volunteers to teach these girls some new things from dancing, cooking, the outdoors, etc. Anyone that could help instruct any type of workshop beneficial for these girls would be tremendously appreciated. The event will take place on November 14th at the Holmes Convocation center from 9am-4pm. Volunteers are definitely not required to stay the entire time; the day will be broken up into 55 minute sessions so even a few hours will greatly help. If you or anyone affiliated with your group can volunteer please do so and just shoot me a reply E-mail. Full Story
 
The Miracle of Jilly--A Survival Story

Editor's Note:  We're running a multi-part story of the survival of Jilly, a collie that was lost this summer in the High Country, and the miraculous discovery of the dog over three weeks later.  The WATA Pet Patrol and Pet Patrol Page on GoBlueRidge.net followed the search and offered our on-air and on-line help.  Jilly's owner, Linda Plaster is the writer.

 

FINDING JILLY (condensed version)

 

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  Jilly (a smooth, short-haired collie) and Peanut (a rough, long-haired collie) have been with me and together
since Jilly was 6 months old and since Peanut was a year old.  Jilly is a full-breed smooth collie – her parents
were both champion show dogs.  Peanut, on the other hand, is a three-legged rescue collie that’s also a pet therapy dog.  Peanut has inspired many ill, injured and elderly patients with his determination to overcome his own handicap.  He’s visited Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, nursing homes, etc.  Peanut and Jilly are inseparable – when they can lay anywhere in our house or backyard, they typically lay touching each other, often back to back.

 

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UNEWZ SUBMISSION: Don't Throw that Bottle Away!

Did you know that come Oct. 1, that will be illegal to throw plastic bottles in the trash can?

 

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Green Fun at 'Fun in the Park Day'100_0232.jpgAs part of the Town of Boone’s ongoing commitment to water conservation,  recycling and a litter free community the Public Utilities Office and the Public Works Office are co-hosting the 3rd Annual Fun in the Park Day on October 3rd  at the Boone Jaycee Park located on Horn in the West Drive. 

Bring the Family and pack a picnic.  This year’s theme is “Green is Keen!”  The event is from 10am until 2pm and will feature three giant bounce houses and slides, Myrtle the Turtle the Children’s Council RV, free reusable grocery tote, balloons, paint sheets, stickers and much more.  The first 50 kids will receive a free tee-shirt or aluminum water bottle! Also given away will be reusable totes while supplies last.   Drawings will be held throughout the day for conservation kits and other door prizes.

This event is FREE to everyone!  So come on out on October 3rd at the Boone Jaycee Park from 10am until 2pm.  To learn more about this event or about the Town’s Water Conservation and Recycling Programs, contact the Public Utilities office at 268-6250…See you there.

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Grayson Highlands Fall Festival

Grayson Highlands Fall Festival


Region: Blue Ridge Highlands
Locality: Grayson County

Grayson Highlands State Park
829 Grayson Highland Lane
Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363

Driving Directions

Virginia's unique, traditional mountain culture comes alive during this two-day festival when the air fills with sounds of bluegrass and old-time music and the sweet smell of barbecued chicken and sorghum molasses. Take in the crafts fair and numerous demonstrations of pioneer living. It's sponsored by the Rugby Rescue Squad and Ladies Auxiliary. There's also a wild pony sale, sponsored by the Wilburn Ridge Pony Assoc., at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Date/Hours:
Saturday, September 26, 2009 - Sunday, September 27, 2009 (10:00 AM-6:00 PM)


Admission Fee: $6/person per day

Children Welcome
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High Country Young Professionals Meeting Held Thursday

youngprof.jpgHigh Country Young Professionals is a new group to the High Country, founded in 2009 by a group of young professionals in the area along with the support of the Boone Chamber of Commerce.

 

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Military Support GroupI would like to start a group for military members, past and present, who would like to talk about any issues they may be having. Also, I would like to invite family members who may have lost a loved one in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, or other conflicts or wars. I realize that family members of service members can be just as affected as the service members themselves. I have no meeting place or meeting time. I would like to get some input from people on GBR, and see what they think. Please keep political comments out. This is not here to complain about why we are in Iraq and Afghanistan, but a disucssion to help us join together and support each other. I would really appreciate any input, and any advice. As a veteran myself, I know that there are no groups like this in the area, or at least none that I know of. I look forward to hearing from everyone! Full Story
 
Ashe Antique Event
WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT'S WORTH ???

 

COME TO JEFFERSON, NORTH CAROLINA ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19 AND FIND OUT.

THE ASHE COUNTY ANTIQUES FAIR WILL BE OPEN FROM EIGHT IN THE MORNING UNTIL FOUR IN THE AFTERNOON.  TWENTY APPRAISERS WILL BE THERE, ASSISTED BY KEN FARMER WHO IS OFTEN SEEN AS A GUEST APPRAISER ON THE POPULAR TV PROGRAM "ANTIQUES ROADSHOW." 
A FIVE DOLLAR PER ITEM APPRAISAL CHARGE BENEFITS HISTORIC PRESERVATION.  AND FOR THE OLDEST DATED ITEM APPRAISED THERE’S A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR U S SAVINGS BOND PRIZE. 
THAT’S THIS COMING SATURDAY AT THE FAMILY CENTRAL GYM NORTH OF JEFFERSON.  COME ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON FROM ONE UNTIL FIVE O’CLOCK FOR A PREVIEW SHOWING AND SALE OF ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES, WITH LIVE MUSIC, AND DOOR PRIZES EVERY HOUR. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PHONE 336-982-3261 IN JEFFERSON.


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Dance!
HAVE FUN, LEARN TO LINE DANCE
Beginner classes every Friday Night 6:30-8:30 starting September 18th
Regular Classes every Thurdsay Night 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Mountain Music Jamboree Hwy 16 North, Glendale
Springs
Admission:  $6.00
For more information call 336-957-7211, or
336-877-6648
email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or just show up for class.
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