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Breast Cancer Awareness - A Year-Round Effort At Watauga Medical Center

Now Is The Time For Flu Vaccines

Give Blood Now To Help Out With Shortage
The current blood inventory is in need of all blood types.

“It Does a Body Good” CHATs Health And Volunteer Fair




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highcountry WEEKLY

Cove Creek School Still Dealing With Loss
Cove Creek Elementary School suffered a devastating loss with the deaths of three students, who perished in last month’s apartment fire.

Velma Burnley Sees Watauga’s Farm-City Connection as “Unique”
She no longer loses sleep over conservation, planning and development, budgets, water and sewer, public hearings and moratoriums.

Ned Jestes – A Conservationist In Every Sense Of The Word
Ned Jestes is a farm-boy at heart, a Watauga County native who left the area during the Depression and returned nearly forty years later to revitalize the family farm.

Local Wind Energy Workshop Draws Global Interest

Dottie Fairchild Knows: Mammograms Make The Difference
A routine mammogram made all the difference, says Dottie Fairchild, who, eleven years ago, was diagnosed with breast cancer after her yearly exam “looked a little suspicious.”

Bathanti’s Second Novel Released By Novello Festival Press
Award-winning author Joseph Bathanti’s second novel, “Coventry,” has been released by Novello Festival Press in Charlotte.

Bathanti To Guest Edit Cold Mountain Review
Joseph Bathanti has been selected to edit Cold Mountain Review, a literary journal published by Appalachian State University’s Department of English.



Fall’s First Freeze (Stand Alone Photo)

With Help From Community, Cid Rodriguez Family Coping One Day At A Time
“Little things for little girls are everywhere.”

Community Continues To Offer Helping Hand
While those closest to the family of Lazaro Cid Rodriguez have attempted to keep track of the many donors and others who have offered assistance to them in their time of loss, they agree that the task has been nearly impossible.

It’s A Win - WYN Situation
The sky’s the limit for the Western Youth Network this weekend as ASU students gather on the roof of Cafe Portofino to raise money to help support WYN’s network mission to serve the youth of the High Country.

WYN Earns Awards (Stand Alone Photo)

Food Drive Is On!
Hunger And Health Coalition Prepares To Stock The Shelves For Winter

Shaping The Future (Stand Alone Photo)

Banner Elk Winery Awarded At State Fair
Newly-planted Banner Elk Winery has reason to raise a glass in toast.

And The Third Winner Is . . .
Georgia McLean is the third of 10 winners in the weekly raffle drawings for the new car in the High Country United Way’s Fair Share Giving campaign.

Playin’ A Tune At The Pickin’ Parlor (Stand Alone Photo)

Ski And Snowboard Makeover Winners Announced
Sugar Mountain Resort and The Village of Sugar Mountain Tourism Development Authority are excited to announce the winners of the second annual Ski and Snowboard Makeover contest.

Iraq War Documentary At Public Library Monday
Robert Greenwald’s Iraq For Sale Shown In Boone

Humane Society Welcomes Volunteers (Stand Alone Photo)

Riding For Toys (Stand Alone Photo)

Consumer Credit Service Offers Counseling In High Country
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC (CCCS) is a private, non-profit United Way agency, which has been serving western NC since 1975.

Jerry Garcia Predicts Winter Weather (Stand Alone Photo)

Local Champion Of Colgate Country Showdown Wins North/Carolina State Final
After a tough round of competition, Shelby, North Carolina’s Megan Peeler walked away from the 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown North/South Carolina State Final with the state title and $1,000 in prize money.

Farm City Banquet Dedicated To Velma Burnley, Ned Jestes
This year’s Farm City Banquet will pay tribute to two long-time Watauga County farming advocates.

Library Celebrates Local Author Month
November will be an eventful month for Watauga County Public Library as it celebrates Local Author Month and National Novel Writing Month.

Training The Help (Stand Alone Photo)



New FFA Scholarship Remembers Past Student
A memorial scholarship has been set up to honor Tiffany Rhodes, a 2005 graduate of Ashe County High School, who died in a car accident this past May.

Home Builders’ Event Raises Over $10,000 For Scholarship
The fundraising prime rib dinner and raffle held recently at Ashe County High School by the Ashe County Home Builders Association was a complete success and raised over $10,000 that will be used to support a scholarship for a graduating vocational student at ACHS.

Guardian Ad Litem Program Seeks Volunteers
Training Set To Begin Nov. 1st

New Coordinators Take Over Children’s Christmas Project
The NC Cooperative Extension is no longer the Lead Agency in the Interagency Christmas Children’s Project and the community owes these public servants a great debt of gratitude for over two decades of service.

The Animals of Ashe County Thank You
The Ashe County Humane Society recently had an extremely successful fashion show and double auction to raise money to continue funding the Humane Society’s existing programs and to build a no-kill shelter for adoptable animals in Ashe County.

Mountain View TV Center Brings LCD, Plasma Televisions To Ashe
Mountain View TV Center is a brand new family owned and operated business that is pleased to welcome the community in to see all that they have to offer for their entertainment needs.

What Is The New River Earth Institute?
New River Earth Institute: the name conjures up images of barefoot, granola-eating hippies, sitting on the banks of our beloved river.

Mountains And River To Benefit From Upcoming Glendale Springs Event
Land trusts with missions to protect Blue Ridge mountains and rivers in northwestern North Carolina are joining forces on Sunday, October 29, to hold a fundraising reception at the Glendale Springs Inn & Restaurant in Glendale Springs.

Colonial Cooking Classes A Huge Success For Old Wilkes, Inc.
Old Wilkes, Inc. has teamed up with Mary Bradford to offer Colonial Cooking Classes to the public.

Local Champion Of Colgate Country Showdown Wins North/Carolina State Final
After a tough round of competition, Shelby, North Carolina’s Megan Peeler walked away from the 25th Annual Colgate Country Showdown North/South Carolina State Final with the state title and $1,000 in prize money.

Ashe JobLink Career Center To Receive Designation And $25,000
The Ashe County JobLink Career Center, located at Ashe Family Central in Jefferson, has been approved by the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development to receive a Level II chartering status.

Jefferson Landing Offers True Blue Ridge Experience
The New River, Sports Amenities And Fine Dining Make Jefferson Landing An Affordable Mountain Destination

CHATS Holds Health And Volunteer Fair
The 2006 Community Health Action Teams (CHATS) Volunteer Initiative Health and Volunteer Fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Jefferson Station in West Jefferson.

Mabel Family Learning Project Extended To Ashe, Alleghany And Avery
Everyone has a story: This fall a few very fortunate families are having the opportunity to tell their stories and to see them in their published form as a way to celebrate the culture of this region.

Republicans Host Voter Jamboree
Burgiss Barn in Laurel Springs was the site. Political speeches were the main agenda, “and the Bar-B-Q was outstanding,” according to a press release concerning the Saturday, Oct. 14th Voter Jamboree.

Get On Board Kick Off Introduces New Cards
The Get On Board kick off reception was held Friday evening at Frasers for the discount card program that raises money for the Ashe Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Skate Zone Hosts Speaker
Free Skating On Freedom Night

4th Annual Executive Ball Held At Riverview
Dining, Dancing And Entertainment!




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