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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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Boone’s Community Care Clinic is ready to accept new patients, announced Marian Peters, Clinic Director. The Clinic, which provides free medical care to low-income, uninsured members of the community, will be open on a longer weekly schedule of day and evening hours.

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Work Day Set for Beech Mountain Adventure Trail Park

Beech Mountain, NC – The Beech Mountain Bike Club has announced a collaborative trail workday on Sunday, July 11th. 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

Gearing Up for The Grizzly

Western Youth Network is preparing for the 4th Annual Grizzly Ride, a 65 mile bike race that attracts cyclists from all over the state and beyond for what has been named one of the most challenging routes in the area.

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Bluegrass Series to Benefit Son's Light Ministries

A new bluegrass series  will be held at  Son's Light Coffee House at 174 Boone Heights Drive (beside Los Arcoiris Mexican Restaurant).   Full Story

'Rollin' for Owen' Seeks to Help Cancer Victim


Rollin' for Owen is a motorcycle ride, car show and BBQ lunch to benefit Owen Miller and his family. It will be held on June 26, 2010 (Rain Date: July 17, 2010) at the Old Watauga High School located at 400 High School Drive in Boone, N.C.  info:

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Cherry Bear

Took this picture this evening from our bedroom window.  This full-grown bear just wandered into our back yard and sat down under the cherry tree and began eating the cherries. He was there long enough for me to get my camera and take his picture, but the flash must have startled him and he moseyed off.
John Ferguson
Banner Elk

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King Bees Kick Off Todd Summer Music


Free summer music in the park kicks off this weekend in Todd with hometown blues favorites The King Bees.

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Grandfather Mountain, NC-- On June 27 Grandfather Mountain will host the 86th Annual Singing On the Mountain in MacRae Meadows.

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Emergency Fest This Saturday at ASU

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High Country Hospice Gearing Up for Annual Bazaar

BOONE, NC -- High Country Hospice is getting things organized for the 3rd Annual Bazaar. Full Story

Blue Star Mothers of the High Country MEETING on Sunday, June 13

A meeting for military mothers will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the National Guard Amory at 2:00.   Full Story

Westwood Elem PTO Holds Golf Tourney

Westwood Elementary School's PTO has been an incredible source of support to the school, the students, and the faculty and staff this year. Despite the struggling economy in our county, this group of parents and teachers has raised amazing amounts of money. Full Story

What is the A Cool 5 Race Weekend?



The A Cool 5 Race weekend is a compilation of events that began in the summer of 2008 on Beech Mountain. Full Story

Making Faces

Awesome shot of my niece and my Boston terrier

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Open House Benefits Watauga Education Foundation

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Lessons at Glendale Springs

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