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Precautions And Planning Are Keys To Keeping Home Safe From Fire
Winter Brings With It Additional Dangers For The Home

Researcher Studies Benefits Of Reminiscing About Laughter

Braving The Elements
Tips For A Safe Winter, Part II

Should You Have One?

January Is National Radon Action Month


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Hooray Snow!

Jay Brown At Baxter’s This Weekend

highcountry WEEKLY

Welcome To The Wing Zone

You are about to enter another dimension; a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of taste; a journey into a wondrous land of chicken.

MLK Day - No Holiday For Hunger/Health Coalition

Monday Was Busy Day For Local Agency

Feed The Children Truck Made Possible By Local Realtor Efforts
Sandy Byrum Leads The Way For Generous Donation

Professor’s Invention Hits Hole In One
An Appalachian State University professor hit a hole in one with a new invention.



Community Service Dominates MLK DAY
For many, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has simply devolved into a day off — the only thing observed is a deactivated alarm clock.

ASU Students Accept MLK Challenge
Appalachian State University students decided to put their day off from school on Monday to good use.

Family Solutions Launches Supportive Housing Program
Family Solutions, a program designed to take a comprehensive, family-oriented approach to substance abuse problems, has developed a fledgling housing program which serves as a transitional model for single mothers with children.

Branch Opens The Great Outdoors
New Store Offers Variety Of Outdoor Sporting Gear

Slopes Say Hello To Winter
After Weeks Of Waiting, Resorts Welcome Snow And Cold

Healthcare System Welcomes New Board Members
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System welcomes Margaret B. Hayden and Harry L. Williams as new members of the Watauga Medical Center and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Board of Trustees.

Commercial Organic Certification Class Begins February 7th
NC Cooperative Extension will be presenting a class for farmers wanting to begin or transition to “Commercial-Scale, Certified Organic Production of Vegetable and Fruit Crops”.

Fornadley Coordinates Safe Kids In Watauga County
Watauga County Healthy Carolinians welcomes Beth Fornadley as Assistant Manager and Safe Kids Coordinator for Watauga County.

The Thin Mints Are Coming! The Thin Mints Are Coming!
Girl Scout Cookie Sales In Full Swing

Junior Cotillion Director Named

The National League of Junior Cotillions has announced the appointment of Christina Welch as the new Director for the NLJC Avery and Watauga County Chapters.

Magazine Honors Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham, president of Boone-based Samaritan’s Purse Christian relief organization, has been named one of the most influential Christians in the country by a leading religious magazine.

Season Extension And High Tunnels Workshop Set For Feb. 1st
Vegetable farmers and cut-flower growers in our mountain region face a shorter growing season than nearly all our neighboring counties in North Carolina.

Birdsell Competes In National Young Farmer Competition
Watauga Cooperative Extension Service agent Callie Birdsell didn’t quite bring home the bacon, but she did get a little “Satisfaction” at a national competition.

Senior Scholars Program Promotes Lifelong Learning
Some lessons can last a lifetime. Appalachian State University’s Institute for Senior Scholars offers such lessons, promoting “lifelong learning in the High Country.”

Cannon Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Michael A. Sthay and Cannon Memorial Hospital welcome Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Donna Tate, RN, MSN, FNP to Cannon Medical Associates.

High Country Business Network Meets In Lenoir
The High Country Business Network will hold a business networking event from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on January 18th, 2007 at Bo’s Bodacious Family Entertainment Center (1115 Blowing Rock Blvd. / US Highway 321; For directions, go to



Local Men Need To Be ‘Tough Enough’ To Talk About Depression
The Ashe Suicide/Depression Awareness and Prevention (ASAP) Task Force is seeking some “tough men” to help them address a very important issue in the local community – depression.

Relay For Life Kicks Off New Year
It was a “Night of a Thousand Stars” on Monday night at Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church as the American Cancer Society of Ashe County held their Relay for Life kick-off

Guardian Ad Litem Program Swears Five New Volunteers
Five new volunteers are sworn into the Guardian ad Litem Program in Ashe County Chief District Court Judge Mitch McLean presided over the official swearing in ceremony of five new volunteers for the Guardian ad Litem Program in District 23.

Ashe County Home Builders Announce 2007 Board
At their recent Christmas Party held at Jefferson Landing, the Ashe County Home Builders Association swore in their 2007 Board of Directors.

Plans For Fifth Annual Home Sweet Home Show Underway Now
Plans for the fifth annual Home Sweet Home Show are underway and nearly 85 percent of the booths are already sold in the first gym, according to Show Organizer David Desautels of Main Street Marketing.

Laurel Springs Quilting Shop Moves To New Location
Gillian A. Winterton is the lady behind the quilts. Winterton is the owner of a Gammill Long Arm Quilting Machine, and she believes it to be the largest one in the county.

Skyland Books Welcomes Sam Shumate
Well-known local educator, historian and author Sam Shumate will be at Skyland Books & Gifts on Saturday, Jan. 20th from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. to sign copies of his book, “The Bridge Crew.”

Learn How To Explore New Energy Sources
Exploration Of Alternative Energy Course To Be Held At Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College



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