Community and Business

The High Country United Way awarded $100,000 in grant funding to support 24 non-profit programs operating in Watauga, Avery, and Mitchell Counties.

The Children's Council of Watauga County will be offering an information session for anyone who is interested in learning more about starting your own home child care program.

Wilkes Community College will host a walk-through graduation ceremony to celebrate the graduates of 2020 on Thursday, August 6 from 9:15 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and Friday, August 7 from 3 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the John A. Walker Community Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College.

Blue Ridge Energy has announced plans to continue and expand helping electric members struggling to pay utility bills as the state’s suspension of utility disconnections and late fees ends Wednesday after Executive Order 124, which went into effect in March and was extended to July 29 by Executive Order 142, expires.

Right now, the American Red Cross has an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma, a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients with COVID-19.