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February 19, 2009 EDITION
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bullet 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.


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Entire state faces drought designation
Watauga listed in ‘moderate’ condition



County approves greenway connector
Decision opposes school board’s recommendation



EDC focuses on new business
The Watauga County Economic Development Commission has kept its
focus despite an uncertain economy



Charter files for bankruptcy
Cable provider says operations to ‘continue as usual’



Same-sex couples seek marriage licenses, equality
Eight same-sex couples and a number of supporters held a marriage ceremony outside the Watauga County Courthouse



MTP photog wins press award
For Mountain Times Publications photo editor Mark Mitchell, a picture’s
worth more than a thousand words.



Students could face Saturday school
Unless local schools close up on Friday



Return of the Rain Barrels
When it rains, it pours, and for the environmentally minded, hopefully
there’s a rain barrel to catch it.



ASU education building awaits state approval
Appalachian State University’s new 115,000 square-foot
education building has completed its first phase

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Kelly Greene earns ‘super’ scholarship
Kelly Greene, sophomore at Watauga High School, received the
Special Super Kids Scholarship



Area Food Lion takes a bite out of hunger
More than 87,000 people were offered a hot meal
or a food box from the Hospitality House in 2008.



High Country Academy youth ride minibikes with NYPUM
Youth from Rainbow Center’s High Country Academy (HCA) program are learning how to operate and ride minibikes courtesy of the National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM) project.



Meals seek wheels
The Hunger and Health Coalition of Watauga County needs a
midsize van or sports-utility vehicle for daily food pick ups.

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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Burns

Retirement celebration March 1 recognizes Jerry Burns’ 44 years as Blowing Rocket editor

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Ski gear sales at App, Sugar
Ski Beech remembers Jon Jolly

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