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Eight blood drives planned in January
The Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives in the coming weeks.

Blood drives announced for December
The Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives in the coming weeks:

Watauga Red Cross: Every Drop Counts

Health Dept. offers flu vaccine clinics
Health officials are urging people to roll up their sleeves and prepare for winer, but they are also touting a nasal precaution to fight the flu.

ASU health program helps improve employee wellness, fitness

When the state of North Carolina adopted its Worksite Wellness Policy in February, Appalachian State University was ahead of the game.

Ironmen and Triabetes
Area athletes deliver message of hope

Grant to help Health Dept. fight childhood obesity
The Watauga County Health Department’s Appalachian District is getting a healthy serving of grant money to fight childhood obesity.

bullet Share life through Carolina Donor Services
Part II
Last week, we introduced our readers to Carolina Donor Services, a federally designated organ procurement organization serving 6.1 million people in 79 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Va.

bullet Red Cross issues urgent call for all blood types
While temperatures and fuel prices continue to rise this summer, the American Red Cross reports that the blood inventory levels are so low it is unable to sufficiently meet the demand of local hospitals.




high country photos

Mother, daughter kick up their heels

Wrapping it up

A Fine-Feathered Audience

Winter Wheeling

Nut Season Ends

Pigskin Pastime

Season of Light

Winter Class

Sending greetings to hospitalized soliders

Shopping ’til you drop


highcountry WEEKLY

Home for the Holidays
Couple finds new hope amid animal-cruelty case

Sharing the Warmth
Mast, non-profits collect almost 3,000 coats

Volunteer disaster corps seeks leaders for Western North Carolina
The North Carolina Emergency Reserves (NCER) is seeking leaders for the area of the 2nd Brigade, which encompasses the western half of the state.

ASU students bottle up design award
When Ryan Klinger, Andrew Drake, Spencer Price and Justin Henry created a working bicycle from plastic drink bottles, they didn’t know their creation would take them to California.

watauga WEEKLY


The gift of life
Deep Gap friends share special bond following kidney donation

Confederacy of Relics
Brad Harmon and his family are bringing a little “Dixie Pride” to a longtime downtown structure.

Sugar Grove Developmental Day School Celebrates the Season
Community Christmas party held last week

Industrial design students stretch their creativity
Can a washer and dryer look like art and not lose function? Industrial design students in a senior product design studio at Appalachian State University think so, and they proved their point during a presentation to designers from Bosch and Siemens (BSH) Home Appliances in New Bern.

Master gardener sign-up now blooming
The Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service is now taking applications for the 2009 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program.

Alumnus looks for ways to make recycling convenient
When Jen Maxwell sees an overflowing trash can on the Appalachian State
University campus, she quickly thinks of the potential for minimizing campus waste through reduction and recycling

Dental office helps fill needs for area families
Dr. Michael Mayhew and other members of his dental office in Boone elected to forego an office Christmas party and shop for several needy families.




Matthews Biz Story
Anyone looking for an upscale restaurant to visit on New Year's Eve doesn't have to ponder a drive to Boone or Winston-Salem. Matthew's 102 North

ASHE Announces Supply Drive
Diapers, formulas and baby wipes are among the items needed by A Safe Home for Everyone (A.S.H.E.)


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