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Yadkin Bank gives $100,000 to Appalachian’s Walker College of Business

A $100,000 gift from Yadkin Bank to Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business will support the college’s Honors Convocation, an annual event and reception attended by the college’s highest academically achieving students, their families and members of the business faculty.

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Hardin Park Team Takes Battle of the Books

The Hardin Park School Gold Team has won the elementary grades championship in the Watauga County Schools Battle of the Books competition held Tuesday, March 18th, duplicating the achievement of a different Hardin Park Gold Team in the middle school Battle of the Books held one week earlier.

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Blue Ridge Electric, Energies Named Two of North Carolina's Best Employers

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and its propane and heating fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, were recently named as two of the top 30 Best Employers in North Carolina for 2014. Full Story

 
Watauga High School Choral Groups Win Superior Ratings

The Watauga High School Honors Chorus and Advanced Women’s Chorus each received ratings of “Superior” at the North Carolina State Music Performance Adjudication (MPA) held at Wake Forest University Tuesday, March 11, marking the seventh year in a row that both choirs have received the highest possible rating at this event. Full Story

 
CCC&TI to Offer Extreme Super Summer Camp for Kids

This summer, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Continuing Education Division will once again offer “Extreme Super Summer Camp” for kids ages 5 and up. Full Story

 
Anne Donadio is WATA's Teacher of the Month

Boone's heritage radio station AM-1450 WATA and Clark Tire New Market Center are proud to present the Teacher of the Month award to Cove Creek School's Anne Donadio. Full Story

 
Hardin Park Gold Team is Golden in Battle of the Books

Hardin Park School’s Gold Team won the middle school championship in the Watauga County Schools Battle of the Books competition held Tuesday, March 11.

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Watauga Extension Spotlight

It's just about spring birthing time in the High Country! Livestock Agent Eddy Labus recently visited the Watauga Extension Spotlight to talk about the various animals giving birth to offspring in the next few weeks and what livestock owners can expect.

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Banner Elk Easter Egg Hunt in Tate-Evans Park

The Town of Banner Elk, and the Tourism Development Association have collaborated to bring an Easter Egg Hunt to Downtown Banner Elk on Saturday, April 12. Full Story

 
Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries Nov. 1

MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, now offers three ways for aspiring songwriters to enter the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. The contest will accept mail-in applications from aspiring songwriters beginning Nov. 1 Full Story

 
Boone Chamber to Honor Charles Church

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the 2013 Tuckwiller Award for Community Development will be presented in honor of Charles Church. The theme for the 58th Farm City Banquet is "A Heritage of Innovation". Full Story

 
Low-Income Fuel Program Begins Friday

Watauga Crisis Assistance Network’s (WeCAN) Warm Hearts Warm Homes campaign raises money to buy heating fuel for low-income community members in need. Anyone in a low-income home is eligible to request fuel gifts, which are available beginning Friday, Nov. 1. Full Story

 
WHS JROTC Marks Milestone

The JROTC program at Watauga High School marked an important milestone on October 2nd with the promotion and appointment of cadets to leadership positions. Senior Instructor Lt. Col Gerald Harper, USMC, (Ret)  described the event as "an important first step in building Full Story

 
ASU Equestrian Team’s Katelyn Young accepted to Young Trainers Symposium

Greensboro native and Appalachian State University Senior Katelyn Young (’13), the immediate past President of the ASU Equestrian Team has been accepted to participate in the US Dressage Federation’s 2013 Young Horse Trainers Symposium to be held in Chesapeake City, Maryland Full Story

 
Record Adoptions at Avery Humane Society

The Avery Humane Society ended the August with a record breaking 105 adoptions. The Bill and Kathy Avery Foundations sponsored AHS' cat promotion, which helped 65 cats find new homes in August.

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AWF Grants $57k to Area Nonprofits

Appalachian Women's Fund recently distributed $57,000 in grants to fourteen deserving organizations across our mountain communities. Full Story

 
Healthcare Reform Info Series at Libraries

Healthcare Reform is here. Are you ready? The Watauga County Public Library will be hosting information sessions on the Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, Sept. 25th at 9:30 am, the speaker will be Ruben D. Rivera, Registered Health Underwriters (RHU), Registered Employee Benefits Consultant, Full Story

 
Blowing Rock Rotary Charity Auction a Huge Success

The First Annual Blowing Rock Charity Auction held August 24 was a resounding success netting over $25,000 to be donated by the club to various charitable organizations. An estimated 300 residents and visitors to the High Country assembled at Blowing Rock's American Legion Building Full Story

 
Williams 'Y' Gathers Backpacks for Schools

The Williams YMCA of Avery County visited area schools last week, delivering backpacks filled with school supplies. The backpacks were given to the YMCA as part of the August “Back 2 School” membership drive. For the month of August, The Y waived the joining fee for new members Full Story

 
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