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Watauga Schools Recognition...

Kerin Kiser, assistant to the superintendent and office manager, was presented with the Servant's Heart Award as Dr. Elliott praised her for superb organizational skills, concern for others, and a calm, patient demeanor that helps everyone else in the office work more effectively and efficiently.  Board Full Story

Golfers Doing Good; Hound Ears Fund-Raiser

Golfers doing good—that the result of a successful fundraising effort; the 14th annual Hound Ears Open back in early August. Building on a rich history of service to the High Country community, Hound Ears Club presented proceeds from the Open—as well as other donations— exceeded $130,000. Full Story

Boone Meet the Candidates

Monday, October 19, 2015 at 5:30pm, Boone Town Council Chambers, Blowing Rock Road

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Halloween Masquerade Ball

The Hunger and Health Coalition will be holding it’s first ever HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE BALL on Friday, October 30th at the Meadowbrook Inn and Suites. This will truly prove to be an evening of “tricks and treats” complete with dancing to great music throughout the night as well as performances by Ensemble Stage and ASU Theatre Department.

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Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

For twenty-two years, Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music has been presenting concerts in the High Country, but JSMHM’s upcoming show – “Wayfaring Strangers”, will mark two “first” for this popular entertainment series. It will be the first time of holding a show on a Monday night and the first time JSMHM has staged a multi-media event and this one features a book! Yes, that’s right – the star of this production is the New York Times Best Seller – “Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia” by Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr.

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Medical Tourism: Seasonal resident opts for surgery and rehab on the mountain

September 29, 2015 (BOONE, NC) - For city slicker Barry Hersh, a native of Brooklyn, NY and a long time resident of Miami, FL the initial thought of having surgery in the rural mountains of North Carolina seemed out of the question. However, that all changed last year after meeting Dr. Evan Ekman of Appalachian Regional Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center (AppOrtho) at Hound Ears Club.


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High Country Turkey Trot 5K Registration Now Open

BOONE, N.C. – September 28, 2015: – For the fifth consecutive year the High Country Turkey Trot 5K will take place Thanksgiving morning on the Boone Greenway Trail at the Clawson-Burnley Park entrance. This year, for the first time, fully automatic chip timing will be utilized for the 5K Race. The race will kick off at 9:00am with the Fun Run, for casual runners, joggers and walkers immediately following. Hearts of Hospitality House, the ladies ambassador group for Hospitality House, is helping to organize the event with 100% of proceeds going to provide food, shelter and life-changing services to individuals and families living in need.

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Dixie Dawn Concert

“Who’s Gonna Fill their Shoes”? That is the question on the minds of David Johnson and the legendary country band, Dixie Dawn, as they kick off the Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music’s Fall Concert Season on Saturday night, October 3rd at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. The doors open at 7pm and this much anticipated Dixie Dawn concert begins at 7:30pm. Johnson and the band always pick a theme for their special JSMHM yearly performance, and with the lost this past year of some of Country Music’s biggest stars, they decided to pay tribute to many of their musical heroes.

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Merlefest 2016 Vendor Applications

WILKESBORO, N.C. (September 24, 2015)—MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, will begin soliciting applications on October 1 from vendors and artisans interested in participating in the 2016 festival.

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The Breast Center of ARHS Significantly Increases Cancer Detection

September 24, 2015 (Boone, NC) - Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is excited to offer Hologic 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening. 3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

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Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteers Recognized

Linville, NC (September 22, 2015) - Cannon Memorial Hospital volunteers were honored for their dedicated service at a luncheon held September 17, 2015.

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Watauga Students Soar with Butterfly Garden project

A special project has recently enabled Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s College Compass program students on the Watauga Campus to take flight, while at the same time further beautifying the most picturesque community college campus in North Carolina.

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Smart Investing


Managing your budget is a little bit like getting the oil changed in your car, it should be done regularly to keep everything running smoothly. The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join us for a financial tune-up. Mend the $pend is the first in a series ofFinancial Literacy Workshops for adults, which will be held on September 24 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the NC Works Career Center, 130 Poplar Grove Road Connector in Boone with Dr.

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F.A.R.M. Café Holding Pop-Up at Green Valley School

With summer coming to an end, F.A.R.M. Café is excited to bring community and fresh food to the Green Valley School in Boone, N.C. on Sept. 19, 2015. The local donate-what-you-can eatery will be partnering with Grace Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran Church in hosting a Pop-Up Event at the cafeteria of Green Valley School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of thetwo local churches will be on hand as volunteers and hosts.

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The Blue Ridge Conservancy’s annual 5K fundraiser is happening in Blowing Rock

The 2015 Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5K returns to the High Country for its 16th year this Saturday, September 19th. With the Blue Ridge Mountain vistas and cooling air temperatures, it will make for a great morning event in Blowing Rock. Along with the 5K run, there will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids sponsored by Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Run the race and enjoy post-race celebrations after crossing the finish line at Bistro Roca.

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Foundation of CCC&TI in honor of the late Adam Klutz

The Blue Knights NC XXIV International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Inc., has made a $500 gift to the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Adam Klutz Scholarship, which supports students in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.

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The North Carolina State Employees Credit Union has awarded two $750 Continuing Education Scholarships to students from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

The recipients, both photographed with Elaine Lockhart, CCC&TI's Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, are: Hunter Houston of Granite Falls (a graduate of the Electrical Lineman program) and Luis Sanchez of Boone (a graduate of the Basic Law Enforcement Training program).

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Second Annual ‘Paws for a Cause’ Returns October 3

Come join the many businesses and community volunteers that will be taking part in the Second Annual Paws for a Cause on Saturday, Oct. 3, an event to benefit the Avery County Humane Society.

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’Toons in Boone: New TCVA Show Celebrates the Center for Cartoon Studies, Starting October 2

Boone, NC—In a village in Vermont, there’s a school where the library is named after Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts), students enroll in such classes as Survey of the Drawn Story (“From the tapestries of Medieval Europe . . . to the modern graphic novel”) and the visiting faculty has included the comic-art luminaries Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer and Chris Ware. Even the diploma is a cartoon. While old fogies might scoff that cartoons are for kids, at Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS)—the nation’s premiere school for aspiring literary cartoonists—they’ve been training students for over a decade in the grown-up business of comic art, which happens to be one of the oldest forms of communication known to man (think cave paintings, illuminated manuscripts, hieroglyphics).

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