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Perfect: 1st ASU BSN Students Pass State Exam

One hundred percent of the first graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Appalachian State University passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).  In addition, 100 percent of these students Full Story


Lifelong Watauga County resident Karen McNeil has joined the LifeStore Insurance team as an account executive in the Boone office, located at 1675 Blowing Rock Road. Karen lives in the Watauga County community of Rich Mountain Full Story

LifeStore Names Boone Insurance Manager

LifeStore Insurance recently named Sandra Storie Williams as VP and Branch Manager of LifeStore Insurance in Boone. Sandra will be assuming the management role of Pam Fisher who retired earlier this summer. Sandra brings 30 years of experience Full Story

150+ Attend BREMCO-ARHC Health Fair

Thanks to Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation , Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, and a grant from the Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation, services worth more than $30,000 were given during a recent health fair

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Hospitality House Dinner, Open House

Hospitality House invites the communities of its seven mountain county region to join them for dinner and open house on Thursday, August 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Hospitality House resident chef Allison Jennings, along with the Unitarian Full Story

OASIS, Inc. Announces Crisis Line Volunteer Training

OASIS, Inc.  (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) is a private, non-profit volunteer organization that has been serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga County since 1978. OASIS provides: Full Story

LMC Award of Merit Winner for Restoration

Lees-McRae College is pleased to announce that Preservation North Carolina awarded Deborah Buxton and the College a 2012 Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit for the restoration of the Daniel Boone VI Cottage. The Carraway Awards are presented

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Families To Benefit from Ashe Fundraiser

Bake Sale and Silent Auction for Angel Trippe & Trethan Ham. At Faith Fellowship, August 18th from 11am-2pm. Local business are donating items to be auctioned off. Barker Stone of Lansing has donated at Amish made rocking chair Full Story

John Clanton to direct music for LMST’s Show Boat

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre is honored to have among its cast and crew renowned conductor John Clanton as the music director for Show Boat opening Wednesday in Hayes Auditorium.
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Ashe County Schools Holds 11th Annual Golf Tournament

The Ashe County Board of Education’s Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament was held July 18, 2012.  A field of 24 teams participated in a captain’s choice round of golf at the beautiful Jefferson Landing Golf Club.  The Ashe County Schools Endowment Board Full Story

'Get Local' Partners with Vidalia

One can’t-miss sign of summer? Bold berries—from nearly-black blackberries to blue-hued blueberries to rosy-red raspberries—which are popping up now at area farmers tailgate markets and on the menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants. All get the focus this month

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Donation Help Avery Humane Soc. Fix Felines

Avery County Humane Society has launched a new spay/neuter program called “Help Fix Me.” Doris Swor, board member, remarked that the program donors, Bill and Kathy Avery are matching every $25 gift and using the funds to fix roaming cats and dogs. Full Story

Boone Officers Awarded Advanced Certification

Boone Police Department is proud to announce the awarding of the Advanced Law Enforcement Certification to three officers.  In accordance with the criteria established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission,

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School Bus Driver Training Set

School bus driver training will be offered Ashe County Board of Education Annex July 17-19.  Classes run from 8:30-3:00 each day.  Watauga County residents wishing to become school bus drivers for the Watauga County Schools can complete their training at this Ashe County Full Story

Fundraiser for Lenoir Woman Needing Transplant

Monica Cawthon, 42, needs a lifesaving kidney transplant. Sadly, the costs associated with her transplant are overwhelming, and volunteers are hoping local golfers can help them raise funds to help. In 2010, doctors discovered Cawthon’s kidneys were losing function; Full Story

Two New Administrators Announced for Watauga County Schools

Dr. Stephen Martin has been named director of human resources and Dr. Michael Marcela has been appointed director of exceptional children’s services for the Watauga County Schools.  Both administrators are new to the Watauga County Schools but experienced Full Story

Promotions In Ashe County Schools

The upcoming 2012-2013 school year brings new personnel serving in different roles across the county.  Due to the recent retirement of Teresa Stansberry, Director of Exceptional Children and Pre-K,  from Ashe County Schools, Mrs. Terry Richardson, Full Story

WHS Student Places in National Competition

After placing first in Cosmetology Skills at the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, Watauga High School's Sierra Mueller placed 16th in the same competition at the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri in late June. Full Story

July Programs for Kids at Grandfather Mountain

This July at Grandfather Mountain, Kindergarten-age kids through 3rd graders can enjoy special programming, geared toward further exposing young children to the environment.  Child participants in these events will enjoy reading books, singing songs, playing games and exploring, Full Story

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