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Pain–Many Causes, Many Solutions
Pain wears a thousand faces: it can be sharp, stabbing, burning, dull or throbbing.

Are You Breathing Radon In Your Home?
Do you know the Radon level in your home?

Ashe County Free Medical Treats First Patients In Ashe

Cannon Memorial Hospital Holds Health Fair




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POSTED JULY 20, 2006

highcountry WEEKLY

Thoroughly Modern Music
Shih-Hui Chen’s 11-minute composition Shu Shon Key (Remembrance) debuted at the Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State in front of an audience of about 350 music lovers on Wednesday, July 12th.

Watauga History Revived In Book
It’s about a half a century overdue, but Watauga County now has a new comprehensive history.

Fair Share
High Country United Way Announces Workplace Giving Campaign

From Hit Parade To Community Crusade
70s Musician Joe Simon Visits Boone

Noyes Capehart Book Signing This Saturday
Artist, Noyes Capehart will be signing copies of his new book, "The Private Diary of Noyes Capehart" at The Art Cellar Gallery this Saturday July 22, from 2pm to 4pm.

Banner Elk Farmer’s Market Happens Every Saturday
The Banner Elk Farmers Market and Street fair is off to a great season.

Wine 101
Learn About Wine In Banner Elk



Expansions in Healthcare
Watuaga Medical Center’s Emergency Department Undergoing Renovations

There’s Something Cooking In The High Country
Most Yum Chef Featured In Southern Living Magazine

Puppet Masters

School Board Approves Changes In After-School Program Wages, Fees
Watauga County Board of Education members took action on several items during their July 18 meeting, but one of the agenda items that drew the most interest was a report from board attorney Paul Miller.

School Board Discusses Federal Accountability Standards
Watauga County Board of Education members heard information about federal accountability standards during their June 12 meeting.

Youth Advisory Council Doubles Attendance
Watauga County’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) continues to pick up steam.

Grand Opening

Power Of The Purse
High Country United Way Launches Women’s Initiative

High Country Conservancy Protects 100 Acres In Newland
Kay Nunez and her son, Victor Nunez, recently donated a conservation easement on their land in Newland, NC to High Country Conservancy.

Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council Plans Meeting
AdvantageWest’s Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council will partner with the Appalachian Regional Development Institute and the High Country Business Network to hold a networking and entrepreneurial education event at 5:30 p.m., July 25th at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock.

BRWIA And Maverick Farms Host Potluck Dinner
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) will host a Potluck Dinner Thursday, July 20th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Maverick Farms in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.

Boone Man Wins Block Party From Edy’s Ice Cream
Ralph Jordan was all smiles on Thursday as he welcomed friends to his ice cream party at Appalachian Brian Estates in Boone.

Along For The Ride

Hampton Inn Has New Innkeeper
The Hampton Inn hotel on N.C. 105 has a new innkeeper after local hotelier Ashok Patel bought the Boone facility in late June.

Historic Westglow Highlights 2006 Tour Of Homes

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Announces Current Activities And Future Plans

Reggie Hunt, Anita McMillan Among Speakers At Mennonite Brethren Convention
Gathering To Be Held In Boone July 26-30



Camp Sunshine Begins Next Week
The annual Camp Sunshine had a record attendance of more than 50 participants this year in Glendale Springs where youth gathered last week to learn how to better deal with the loss of loved ones.

Sign The Wall Of Hope Banner At Ashe Relay for Life
Celebration on the Hill 2006 is an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network event celebrating cancer survivorship and empowering survivors and others to advocate for laws that will help fight the disease.

Warrensville United Methodist Grants Scholarships
New scholarships worth $6,000 and renewed scholarships worth $5,000 were recently granted for the 2006 year by the Warrensville United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee.

Ride For Life Benefit Run Scheduled July 22
The Fifth-Annual Ride for Life Benefit Run will be held Saturday, July 22, at Ashe County Park in Jefferson, with registration from 8:30 to 10 a.m. All motorcycles, car clubs and hot rods are welcome.

Scott Nicholson’s The Farm Reaps Appalachian Thrills
For his latest thriller he fictionalized the community history of Todd, NC, a once-booming forestry and railroad center that had declined, and threw in some obscure Baptist religions that were sprinkled among the mountains.

Sub Shack To Open Monday In Jefferson
On July 24th a new sub shop will be opening in Jefferson.

High Country Summer Fun Queens Crowned
The 2006 High Country Summer Fun Pageant was held on Saturday, July 8th at the Ashe County Civic Center.

NCNR Seeks Help To Protect River
A local volunteer group is asking for help.

Library Welcomes New Genealogy Librarian
The Ashe County Public Library has a new Genealogy Librarian, and her face is a familiar one at the library.


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