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May 21, 2009 EDITION
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bullet Health officials advise calm amid swine-flu outbreak

While swine flu is dominating headlines, the disease still seems to be a long way from the Boone area.

bullet On the Run
Staying fit is only a few thousand steps away


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Local produce pickups begin June 2
High Country CSA hosted by Bare Essentials Natural Market



Sections of U.S. 321 will be closed Mondays
Motorists traveling off the mountain toward Lenoir and Hickory will need to
steer clear of U.S. 321 on Monday nights.



In odd turn, Boone gas prices creep below state average
In an unusual turnabout, Boone gas prices are now among the lowest in the state, with average prices nearly a dime cheaper per gallon than the state average.




Local drought dries up but tables stay low
It’s no surprise to gardeners who have been battling mud, but for the first time in more than two years, Watauga County is officially out of its drought.





Wachovia economist predicts slow but eventual recovery
Although the economic tsunami may be subsiding, a return to business as usual will be slow, according to Wachovia Bank’s chief economist.




ASU scientists confirm toxic elements following Tenn. coal-ash spill
More detailed testing conducted on samples taken from the TVA coal ash spill near Kingston, Tenn




Watauga will postpone property reevaluation
With home sales cooling nationwide, Watauga County has not been immune from the trend

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26 High Country Cotillion concludes 2008-09 season
“Dressed to the nines,” High Country Cotillion students dined, danced and listened to guests of honor ASU Chancellor Ken Peacock and Billy Riddle Jr.




Deep Gap Ruritan receives national awards
Since it was chartered in July 1991, Deep Gap Ruritan has had a big impact upon the community it serves and has often reached beyond its borders




Firefighter fan donates birthday money
A birthday party turned into a fundraising event for 6-year-old Miles Spell.





ASU stages full-scale drill
More than 100 emergency personnel gathered on the campus of Appalachian State University on Wednesday for a full-scale drill.




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CAP cadet honored for leadership and academic achievement

Cadet 1st Lt. Max Robertson, a member of the local Civil Air Patrol chapter, the Boone Composite Squadron


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Free Livestock Showmanship Clinic Set for Saturday
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension and Ashe Friend of Agriculture will be hosting a livestock and horse showmanship clinic on Saturday, May 16, beginning at 9 a.m.


Golf tourney raises $90,000 for Crossnore School
Eighty-six golfers met at Linville Resorts May 14 for an exciting day of golf during the 11th annual Crossnore Children’s Golf Classic.



NCNR hosts New River expedition this summer
The National Committee for the New River will conduct a river-length expedition along the New River this summer beginning on July 20.



‘Best season ever’
The fortuitous timing of holidays, a healthy smattering of natural snow, and improved snow-making technology all combined to make one of last winter’s ski seasons the best on record.



A Cool 5 on the Beech
Race hits the road June 6



Summer at Sugar Mountain Resort
Seasonal activities now under way




Backpacker’s 2009 Get Out More Tour comes to Valle Crucis Sunday
Backpacker Magazine is bringing its hugely popular Get Out More mobile tour to the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis on Sunday, May 24, providing expert advice and inspiration to hikers, campers and outdoor lovers alike.




SCORE Alliance Soccer camp scheduled for June 26-27
Get ready to don those shorts and lace up those cleats as it’s almost time for the SCORE Alliance Soccer Camp in Boone.


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