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August 2, 2007 EDITION
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bullet Blood And Platelet Donors Can Win In August
Giving blood is a worthwhile thing to do at any time during the year, but give blood or platelets this August and you could just walk away with a shopping spree as part of the Give a Little – Buy a Lot promotion.

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Watauga Habitat for Humanity Benefits
from Innovative Approach


Tot Lot Holds Grand Opening This Saturday

The swings are in full swing and the world is a sandbox, albeit a little damp.


County Schools Have Revised Dress Code
This weekend, students and parents will hit the stores to take advantage of the sales tax holiday on school supplies; but before they make their purchases, Watauga County students and parents will want to check out the revised dress code policy.

County Schools Install New Cafeteria Systems
When Watauga County’s students return to school on August 9, they can expect to see improvements in most of the schools’ cafeterias.

King Street Widening Plans Accelerate
The second phase of U.S. 321 widening is now about halfway complete, but it may end up a few months behind schedule.

Ginn Laurelmor Site of Independent Biological Survey
Company, Land Trust and Conservation Partners Promoting Living Laboratory

State Funding Promotes National Heritage Area
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area will receive more than $1 million with some funding to promote the western North Carolina’s culture and scenic assets.

Democratic Women Host Panel On Abuse Response And Prevention
Watauga County Democratic Women hosted a panel on abuse response and prevention efforts at their monthly meeting on July 25 at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

Study Shows Scenic Byways And Downtown Areas Help
Sustain Region’s Tourism Industry
Elected officials, business people and others working to sustain
or grow tourism in the 25-county Western North Carolina region
must work together to protect the natural beauty that draws tourists to the area.

Water Levels Still Low Despite Rainy Days
A recent period of rain has bumped Watauga County back up into the ranks of “moderate drought,” indicating that streams and waterways are still at low levels despite a couple of rainy weeks.

ESC Reports Monthly Employment Rates
As employment in North Carolina rose for the fifth consecutive month in June, so did that of Watauga County.

Lisa Covais Earns Eco-Broker Designation
There are 534 Eco-Brokers in the United States and only 10 in North Carolina.

Gov. Easley Signs State Budget
Local General Assembly members hailed the state’s $20.7 billion budget that was signed into law by Gov. Mike Easley Tuesday.

Blood And Platelet Donors Can Win In August
Giving blood is a worthwhile thing to do at any time during the year, but give blood or platelets this August and you could just walk away with a shopping spree as part of the Give a Little – Buy a Lot promotion.

25 Acres Donated To Sustainable Development Program
It’s environmentally aware, community-oriented, and it has huge tracts of land.
Appalachian State University’s sustainable development program will benefit from a hearty donation of 25 acres of land, valued at more than $1.3 million.

Medical Center X-Ray Department Goes Digital
X-rays are now digital at Watauga Medical Center.

The Avery Banner Elk Chamber Of Commerce Has Been Busy Preparing
For The Summer Tourist Season
With the help of Lisa Adams, Owner of Pleasing Mona’s Design Studio in Banner Elk, The Avery Banner Elk Chamber visitors center in the Tynecastle Shoppe’s in Banner Elk has taken on a fresh new look.

County Projects Underway
Two major county projects will be getting a push in the coming weeks.

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Farm And Garden Tour This Weekend
The annual High Country Farm & Garden Tour is coming this weekend, with 14 bountiful stops that will raise awareness of the local agricultural scene.

9 Lives Antiques And Consignment Opens In Foscoe
Cats supposedly have nine lives; why can’t furniture?
Clyde Williams, co-owner of 9 Lives Antiques and Consignment, asked herself this question, when the store opened April 1.

ARHS Teams Up With Habitat For Humanity
Two hospitals in the Appalachian Regional Health System are working with Avery County Habitat for Humanity and Watauga County Habitat for Humanity to each raise funds for, and build, a house.

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Cornerstone Named Nation’s Top Christian Bookstore Of The Year

The Cornerstone Bookstore in Boone was recently named the top Christian Bookstore for its size in the nation during the 2007 International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta, Ga


Making Dreams Come True
Statesville “Wish Kid” Heads For The Hills
Forget Disney and the cruise ships, 12-year old C.J. Gryder knows a good thing when he sees it.


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Red Tail Mountain Partners With Troon Golf
RedTail Mountain Golf Club, located in Mountain City, Tenn has entered into a partnership with Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management. .

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