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Banner Elk Concerts in the Park; Week 2

The second concert of the summer series “Concerts in the Park” will be The Major Sevens.  The concert is on Thursday, June 26th at 6:30pm and is free. The band is made up of guitarist Brooks Forsyth, fiddler Drayton Aldridge and Robert Hunt, contributing the mandolin and backup guitar. Full Story

 
Blowing Rock Gets Set for July 4th Festivities

The Fourth of July is upon us and that means lots of fun family entertainment. Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation is having their annual Fourth of July Festival again on Saturday, July 5th and Sunday, July 6th in Memorial Park on Main Street. Activities on Saturday begin with an Adult Horseshoe Full Story

 
Additional Space Available in Pre-kindergarten Program

Spaces remain available in local pre-kindergarten classes for four year olds that meet state eligibility requirements and parents are being encouraged to apply for the open slots. “Thanks mostly to a new collaborative effort sponsored by the Lucy Brock Child Development Center, we have more Full Story

 
High Country Farm Tour June 28th-29th

Join Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) for the 2014 High Country Farm Tour June 28th and 29th, from 2-6 PM. The High Country Farm Tour, now in its 8th year of success, is an event hosted by Blue Ridge Women In Agriculture (BRWIA) aimed at facilitating relationships between Full Story

 
School Bus Driver Training Set for July

School bus driver training will be offered at Watauga High School July 9-11. The classes are free and run from 8:30-3:30 each day. Before attending the class, anyone who is not a current Watauga County Schools employee must have a recommendation from the principal or assistant Full Story

 
F.A.R.M. Fresh Project Funded by Grant

F.A.R.M. Cafe is pleased to be the recipient of $3,000 in grant funding from the Watauga Community Foundation in support of the F.A.R.M. Fresh Project.   This project will increase the amount of local, fresh food that F.A.R.M. Cafe serves and enable the Cafe to strengthen partnerships with local Full Story

 
The Write Stuff

The Third Annual High Country Festival of the Book is almost upon us!!! The festival is organized by the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library to draw attention to the importance of books, reading and literacy, with two special ticketed events on June 27 and a day-long Book Festival on June 28. Full Story

 
High Country Audubon Announces Research Grant

High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to support bird research in the High Country of North Carolina.  HCAS is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society and Audubon North Carolina, serving Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany and Avery counties. Full Story

 
Watauga County Community Foundation Awards Grants

The board of advisors of the Watauga County Community Foundation announces 2014 grant awards from the Watauga Legacy Fund, WCCF’s community grantmaking fund, according to Brian Crutchfield, Chair of the Grants Committee. WCCF awarded eleven grants totaling $18,200 through Full Story

 
Riverfest Floats into Valle Crucis

Riverfest, a festival celebrating the Watauga River and the High Country’s natural resources, will take place at Valle Crucis Community Park June 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.

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90th 'Singing' Dedicated to Arthur Smith

The 90th annual Singing on the Mountain at Grandfather Mountain will pay tribute to the late Arthur Smith, a legendary country, bluegrass and gospel musician and entertainer who died April 3. The free gospel music festival, set for Sunday, June 22 at MacRae Meadows in Linville, Full Story

 
Grandfather Mountain Welcomes Iconic Blooms

The vivid fuchsia blooms of the Catawba rhododendron are beginning to emerge at Grandfather Mountain in Linville, revealing a spectacular annual show sure to impress even the most seasoned observer. "Out of all the diversity we have here on the Mountain Full Story

 
Free Summer Meals at Cove Creek School

Free breakfast and lunch will be available to children and youth ages 18 and under at Cove Creek School on Mondays through Thursdays from June 16 through July 22.  This summer feeding program will provide a free breakfast between 8:00 - 9:00  a.m. and a free lunch between 11:30 a.m. and Full Story

 
Perry Receives $494,000 NSF Grant

Baker Perry has been studying precipitation and climate change in the Andes for more than 15 years – even longer if you consider the time he spent as the child of rural health workers in Bolivia and Peru.
Perry is an assistant professor of geography in Appalachian State University’s Full Story

 
Banner Elk Nurse Director of Nursing of the Year

Tammy Banner, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Banner Elk, was named Director of Nursing of the Year for Life Care Centers of America’s Eastern Division on Monday, May 19. The award was presented during Life Care’s annual Directors of Nursing Meeting held at the company’s Full Story

 
Caldwell JAM to Perform at Arts Day in Raleigh

The Caldwell Arts Council is pleased to announce that several Caldwell JAM students will be performing and representing our county in front of our state legislators at Arts Day on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in Raleigh. About Arts Day: Arts Day is the annual North Carolina Legislative event that Full Story

 
Art in the Park Opens in Blowing Rock

Now in its second half-century, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast. More than 35,000 people will attend the shows this year, choosing from handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, Full Story

 
WHS Students Take 1st place in the Ford/AAA Student Competition

Watauga High School students Nick Caudill and Ryan Austin took 1st place in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills state competition at the Charlotte Motor Speedway May 1st. In addition to receiving free tools from the Snap-on tool company, each student was offered $40,000 in scholarships Full Story

 
Rare azaleas in bloom on Grandfather Mountain

The stunning and rare pink-shell azalea is now in bloom on Grandfather Mountain, offering visitors unparalleled access to the shrub native to only a few western North Carolina counties. The delicate pink blossoms typically appear in late April or early May, arriving even before leaves appear on the hardy branches. Full Story

 
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