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Highland Camerata to Present Winter Concerts

The Highland Camerata, the region’s premier chorus, will present its annual set of Christmas concerts on December 7, 10, and 12.  On Tuesday, December 7, Sparta Presbyterian Church will host the concert at 7:30 in the evening.  On Friday, December 10 at 7:30 pm, the concert will be at Brush Creek Hall, home of the Camerata. Full Story

What Season?

Snow on the flowers and the pumpkin outside

Mountainside Lutheran Church after an early

season snowfall. Full Story

Go Apps!

I may be young at heart but I have that football spirit.

Go Apps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Many items normally used around the house such as paint, cleaners, motor oil and pesticides are considered hazardous waste and could pose a serious threat to your family's health and/or the environment. To know whether a product is hazardous, read the label. If you see words like "danger," "warning," "caution," or "poison," these materials are hazardous and can not go into the trash, washed down storm drains or household drains.

The Watauga County Sanitation Department will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day (HHWD) on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide residents a safe, convenient and environmentally responsible way to dispose of their household hazardous waste. No commercial waste will be accepted.

In order to ensure a safe collection of these materials:

  • Please stay in your vehicle during the entire collection. This is for your safety and is required by our disposal contractor’s permit. We will take care of everything, so just sit back and relax.
  • Bring your waste in their original containers whenever possible. Please make sure all containers are closed. It is dangerous to transport open containers.
  • Do not mix different products.
  • Collect your waste containers in disposable boxes or bins, which should be transported in your trunk. Do not put your HHW in the backseat with your children or pets.
  • No smoking in your car--most HHW are flammable.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010

9:00 a.m.— 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Watauga County Landfill

336 Landfill Road

WHAT: Paint (If there is only a small amount of paint left in can, open container and let dry or add kitty litter or oil dry. Once dry, this can be disposed of in the garbage.)

Household Batteries

NiCad Batteries

Lead Acid Batteries (Car Type)

Antifreeze, Ethylene

Gasoline, Lighter Fluid

Solid And Liquid Pesticides


Used Oils

Household Cleaners

Fluorescent Lights

HHWD is sponsored by the Watauga County Sanitation Department, the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture with special thanks to the Watauga County Maintenance Department and the Town of Boone for their support during collection. Please call 828-265-4852 or 828-264-5305 for more information about HHWD.

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The North Carolina Army National Guard Interactive Game Experience is coming to Appalachian State University on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  This free Exhibit is open to all students and electronic gamers in the Boone area from 10am until 2pm on campus at the Holmes Center, 111 River Street, Boone.
The Interactive Game Experience, visiting college and university campuses across North Carolina, is an innovative outreach by the North Carolina Army National Guard to showcase the career and educational opportunities available to young men and women as they gather to play this year’s latest video games. Full Story

Bethelview Pinto Bean Supper


Pinto Bean Supper
Saturday, September 25, 2010
5-7 p.m.
Bethelview United Methodist Church
193 Ridge Road,
just off Castle Ford Road
in Boone.

Menu includes pinto beans, cornbread,
slaw, variety of potatoes, variety of
desserts and variety of beverages.
Take-outs will be available.
Donations for the supper will be accepted.
For more information call, 263-0433.


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TRAIL WORKDAY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 – Emerald Outback Trails, Beech Mountain, NC

Beech Mountain, NC – Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation has announced a collaborative trail workday with ASU Cycling on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010, in preparation for the ASU home mountain bike race to be held on the trails Sunday, September 26th, 2010.
Over the past 6 months many area residents have banded together to create what will soon be the Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park, a comprehensive public trail park totaling 20+ miles of trail for hiking, biking, running, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing use. Full Story

Mabel School Fall Festival

Mabel School Fall Festival & Bingo
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Games/Air Walks/Vendors 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Silent Auction/Raffle 4:45 pm
Come join us for hot dogs, pizza and more! - starting at 1:00 pm
Bingo- Doors open at 6pm -Food will be served all night

Contact Misty Gregg for more information 297-5323

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Fund Raiser for Cranberry Middle School

8:00 AM - UNTIL


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Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC Receives City Proclamation for Hunger Action Month

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina received a proclamation from the Town of Boone stating that September 2010 is Hunger Action Month. The proclamation was presented on August 26, 2010. Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 589,154 pounds of food into Watauga County in 2009-2010, saving partner agencies in that county $682,146.

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Don't Take a Chance...


****Saturday, September 11, 2010.****

Microchipping is the process of embedding a tiny identification microchip under a pet's skin, which can be scanned and read at shelter facilities to identify the pet's owner. Saturday microchip clinics are held bi-monthly at the Animal Medical Center of Boone, 1582 Old 421 South, from 11:30 am until Noon. The $25 microchip fee benefits the Watauga Humane Society. Please bring proof of current rabies vaccination.

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Kick Off Fall at Boone United Methodist With Annual Bazaar

The unofficial kick-off of autumn in the High Country is right around the corner – the Fall Bazaar at Boone United Methodist Church. The event has become so popular over the past 26 years that now thousands attend – in search of hidden treasures and bargains, good food and fellowship.  Located at 471 New Market Blvd, directly behind the New Market Shopping Center, the church’s annual Fall Bazaar will be Friday, September 17th, from 7:30am until 7pm and on Saturday, September 18th, from 7:30am until 11:00am.  Features include furniture, computers and electronics, sports equipment, clothing of all kinds, handmade crafts, Christmas items, jams and jellies, baked goods, chicken pies, new and previewed books and videos, yard sale items, as well as “down home” country cooking.  Breakfast will be served Friday and Saturday mornings plus lunch and dinner on Friday. Full Story





The Thirteenth Annual Fur Ball is the most important night of the year for the homeless animals of Watauga County and it is just days away!

This is the "FEEL GOOD" event of the year! Don’t miss your chance to DRESS UPSTEP OUT…and RAISE MONEY for our precious, homeless animals.

Schedule of events is as follows:

5:30 to 6:20 PM…Silent Auction and Cocktail Party
6:30 - 8:30 PM…Silent Auction, Dinner, Live Auction and Wine Raffle Drawing
8:45 PM - 11:30 PM…Music Begins with The Fabulous Kays, a great band from Charlotte, NC
9:00 PM… Silent Auction Ends

Wine Raffle…this is a new addition to the Fur Ball this year.  Tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50.
Winner takes all and there will be a minimum of 60 bottles of wine in the auction.  The winner MUST be present to win and MUST be a Fur Ball guest.

Silent Auction… consists of over 150 items gathered from all over the United States and consists of gift certificates donated by restaurants, spas and fitness centers, golf and tennis clubs, etc. Businesses have donated home accessories, clothing, free oil changes for the car, pet supplies, and plants just to name a few!

Art In the Bark…
is a part of the Silent Auction and consists of paintings, jewelry, pottery and much more.

Live Auction…1) Original Painting by Nancy Brittelle, a fabulous Blowing Rock artist.
2) A one week stay (between October 1, 2010 and May 1, 2011) at a lovely six bedroom beach home at Emerald Isle, NC.
3) A dinner for 10 prepared by a chef in ones home… and much more!

***Tickets are $110 each or a table of 10 is $1100.00. Please contact Jan Watson at 828-264-1743 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Daniel Boone once Ran the Gauntlet in his famous prison escape….. and you can too!
Coming this September 4, 2010

Gauntlet [gawnt-lit] noun, consecutive tasks endured sequentially; as these do not cause serious injuries, only bearable pain; they are sometimes eagerly anticipated by the initiate as a sign of acceptance into a more prestigious group.

Extreme 4.3 Mile Run ● Intense Obstacles ● Muddy Mire ● Creek Crossings

Cooper’s Farm
Boone, North Carolina
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Entry Fee: $45 / runner
1, 2, and 3 Runner Teams

Run the Gauntlet is an intense 4.3 mile, primarily off-road test of endurance, agility, and grit.

* Man-made obstacles
* Huge mud pit
* Fields
* Hay bales
* Wooden Barriers
* Extreme terrain challenges
* Creek crossings
* Primitive logging roads
* Wooden walls
* Tunnels

Featuring … The Monster (a big hill…a seriously big hill!)

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The spirit of Christmas paid an early visit this year to a select group of teenagers, including a Liberty University student who traveled to Bolivia July 17-25 as a volunteer with Operation Christmas Child.

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Mountain Madness 3v3 a Success

The first annual Mountain Madness 3v3 Soccer Tournament was held at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex on Saturday July 17.  Hosted by High Country Soccer Association, the event saw 50 teams from around the state and as far away as South Carolina come to compete for an opportunity to play in the 3v3 State Cup to be held later in the month. 

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Cranberry Middle School Fundraiser

The up and coming 8th grade class of Cranberry Middle School will be holding a yard sale fundraiser this Saturday, July 10th from 8 am to 12 pm in the Cranberry Middle School parking lot.  Tables can be reserved for $5.00.  All proceeds will go to the 2011 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip.  Concessions will also be sold. Cranberry Middle School is located in the Cranberry community of Avery County.  To reserve a table or for more information please call 828-260-3720.  Please come and shop or sell your own items.  We would greatly appreciate any support for our school!


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Safety Tips For Pets on the 4th of July


Safety Tips For Pets on the 4th of July and Beyond


On the Pet Patrol Page, Andy and I see the number of missing pets (mostly dogs) rise dramatically during thunderstorms and holidays where fireworks are used. While Andy and I do everything we can to reunite families with their precious 4-legged family members, sadly, we are not always successful. So, and follow the safety tips from the ASPCA to help insure your pet has a safe and happy 4th of July!

If the unthinkable should happen and your pet does escape on the 4th of July or any other day, please email or call us to have him/her put on the Pet Patrol Page and the Pet Patrol Broadcast. Also, keep your veterinarian's number and the number to the local emergency hospital close by at all times! 

High Country Radio/Pet Patrol...828-264-2411

Happy and Safe 4th of July,

Cindy and Andy

4th of July Dog

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestion, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
***Thank you to the ASPCA for these very helpful safety tips.
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