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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


BOONE, NC - Stretching from Grandfather Mountain to Kingsport, Tenn., the Watauga River is a valuable resource to thousands of people and countless animal populations. The Watauga River Partners’ Picnic in the Park is an opportunity for the community to learn about the Watauga River and ways to protect and preserve it. Full Story

Humorist Jeanne Robertson is coming to Ashe County

Nationally known humorist Jeanne Robertson will perform at the Ashe Civic Center on Friday, July 22 in a fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity.  Doors open for a Silent Auction at 6:00 pm. Performance is at 7:30 pm.  Whether regaling audiences with her experiences as a 6'2" Miss Congeniality in the Miss America Pageant Full Story

“Wine & Wickets” to Benefit the High Country Women’s Fund August 21st

Linville, NC –The High Country Women’s Fund invites the public to its inaugural Croquet Tournament at the Eseeola Lodge Croquet Court on August 21st.  Registration begins at 1:00 pm and play starts at 2pm. Members of the High Country Women’s fund are organizing this event to raise money and awareness of their mission to inspire, educate and empower women toward self-sufficiency.

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“Picture Yourself Here”: BRAHM Benefit Auction Opportunity to Enjoy Evening of Food, Fun and Fine Art

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum’s “Picture Yourself Here!” Benefit Auction will begin with a pre-auction reception at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Blowing Rock Frameworks and Gallery. Approximately 30 exceptional pieces from regional artists and collectors will be available for purchase. Full Story


Watauga County ranks 7th  in the state for recycled materials recovery out of 100 total counties according to a recent report released by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR).  Watauga County has ranked 8th and 9th respectively in the state for the two previous years. Full Story

Steppin' Up for Yellow Mountain

With the shrinking of state, local, and county funds, most agencies are feeling the pinch—or the bite—or the crash, depending on the impact on their budgets.  In Avery County, one organization is launching an effort to make back $25,000 of the funds they will be missing from state and local budgets with “Step Up for Yellow Mountain,” an event this weekend.

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Motors for Moses Rolls Saturday

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Lees-McRae College introduces the Summer Lunch and Learn Series

Lees-McRae College is pleased to announce a new “Lunch and Learn Series” on Thursdays at noon this summer beginning June 16.  Everyone is invited to attend the series that features faculty of Lees-McRae College lecturing from their respective fields while enjoying lunch in MacDonald Dining Hall. Full Story

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