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Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 10:43 am

Supreme Court to Hold Session in Burke County May 17-18

RALEIGH — The Supreme Court of North Carolina will hold its May session of court at the Historic Burke County Courthouse in Morganton, N.C., on May 17 and 18. The Court will hear three cases on Tuesday morning and two cases on Wednesday morning. Due to limited seating, admission to these sessions of court is by ticket only. Tickets are free of charge and available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Burke County Chamber of Commerce.

This is the first time the court will travel to Burke County since the start of the Civil War.

Supreme Court Justices

Chief Justice Mark Martin; Senior Associate Justice Robert H. Edmunds, Jr.; andAssociate Justices Paul M. Newby, Robin Hudson, Barbara Jackson, Cheri Beasley, and Sam Ervin IV (a native of Burke County).

Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18

Historic Burke County Courthouse
102 East Union St., Morganton, NC 28655

Open to credentialed media. Please RSVP via email to[email protected] and [email protected] if you plan to attend a case and if so, which one as your seat will need to be reserved. Oral argument for the first case on Tuesday will also be streamed live via WLOS, ABC 13 out of Asheville.

“We are delighted that Morganton is hosting the Supreme Court for this historical moment,” said Chief Justice Martin. “Our hope is that holding these special sessions of court outside of Raleigh will make it easier for citizens from other parts of the state to better understand the rule of law and the importance of courts in their communities.”

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Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild to Meet June 2

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its Spring luncheon on Thursday, June 2nd, at 11:30 AM.  We will meet at the Laurel Ford Baptist Church and install our new officers.  Please bring finger food to share with the group.  We will have a trunk show for our program.  Directions: From Boone take 321 south to Aho Road and turn left.  Go 1.8 miles and turn left onto Laurel Fork Church Road (there will be a sign on the right side of the road for the church).  Go up the hill and the church will be on your left.  From the Parkway turn on Aho Road, then right onto Friendship Church Road and left on Laurel Fork Church Road.  The Church will be on your right. Call Dolores at 295-6148 for more information.

Caldwell Small Business Center Workshops

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Small Business Centers in Caldwell County offers free and low-cost workshops, one-on-one assistance and many more services to help local small businesses. To reserve your seat at one of the workshops, call 828-726-2242 or visit to register.

Here is a list of upcoming free workshops in Caldwell County:

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Caldwell Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Small Business Bootcamp” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. This course is geared towards those wanting to start their own business and is led by local entrepreneur and former Small Business Center Director David Waechter. The workshop covers the basics of getting your business off the ground and includes information on several topics including: How to name your business and why your business name is so important, registering your business with Secretary of State, how to obtain your LLC, Sole Proprietorship, or Incorporation, how to find the proper tax forms, how to obtain your tax ID or your EIN (Employer Identification Number) from the IRS, how to set up a business checking account and credit card, how to find what licenses and permits you need to get started, renting a space, easy and cost-effective marketing, sales and service and bookkeeping. This class will be offered again on Wednesday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. To reserve your seat at either workshop, call 828-726-2242 or visit to register.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Caldwell Small Business Center will offer a free workshop titled “Small Business Startup Series: How to Finance Your Small Business and Understand Business Finance” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce in Lenoir. Participants will learn the various alternatives to financing a small business and the risks involved. The seminar introduces break-even analysis as a tool to assist the entrepreneur in measuring financial feasibility. Activities identify the kinds of data needed to project the revenue, start-up and operating costs of a business. The seminar helps attendees develop an understanding of cash flow and break-even analysis and its relationship to business planning. To reserve your seat at this workshop, call 828-726-2242 or visit to register.

Paws for a Cause Doggie Fun Walk and 5K June 4 in Newland

Paws for a Cause is a FUN-draiser taking place in Newland to benefit the hard work that the Avery Humane Society does every day. All proceeds go to provide necessary supplies, medicine, treatments, love and shelter for Avery County’s animals in need.

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Soil and Water Board to Meet May 25

The Watauga Soil and Water Conservation District Board” will hold its regular Board meeting Wednesday May 25th, 2016 at 8:00 am at the Soil & Water Office located at 971 West King Street, Boone NC 28607.The public is invited to attend.”

Looking Glass Gallery: “Unrequited Contemplation” through May 13

The Looking Glass Gallery in Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union presents “Unrequited Contemplation,” an exhibition featuring work by Alissa Sauter. “Unrequited Contemplation” is on display through May 13. There will be a reception held onMay 13 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Looking Glass Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Sauter is one of only two senior studio art majors working towards a  BFA that were afforded the Looking Glass to house their senior semester-long project. Sauter works primarily in earthworks. The art she created for this exhibition is made entirely out of local sticks and hot glue made especially for wood. Her installation work transforms the space into a serene landscape, with twisting and turning branches leading the viewer around the space. Her hope is for the viewer to find a “truth” similar to the truth that Sauter finds while creating this pieces.

Looking Glass Curator Ariel Moran said about Sauter’s work, “I am happy to facilitate a place during the most stressful time of year for students where they can go can get away from the hectic daily stresses. Alissa is providing not only a service, but a beautiful, reflective place. Her work aims to challenge what traditional ‘art materials’ are, and shows that with a little creativity, an artist can make art out of anything. Her work also aims at showing humans innate connection to nature, and embodies the ebb and flow that the world’s natural systems go about each day without our knowledge.”

Sauter’s interest in meditation, as well as her influence and experience working with Patrick Dougherty, and a profound fascination with earthworks and land art, compelled her to submit her senior project to the Looking Glass. The gallery is one of the only spaces in Boone that can facilitate such an exhibition. The intimate space, in addition to the unique lighting from the floor, makes the space peaceful and immersive.

Artist Biography

Alissa Sauter was born in Covina, California. In 2013, she moved to Boone to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in studio art at Appalachian State University. Sauter is experienced in many mediums, but has developed a love for found mixed media sculpture and installation. A major theme that is explored in her work is the natural world and how humans interact with it. Sauter enjoys bringing found natural materials into the gallery space to influence how the viewer sees and experiences nature. Deeply intrigued by the meditative properties that the wilderness can exert, Sauter has developed her practice around the art of active meditation. With repetitive motions she intertwines branches and twigs to form movement in common undervalued natural objects. Sauter’s work has been viewed in different venues around Boone.

About Looking Glass Gallery

Looking Glass Gallery is located in Plemmons Student Union at 293 Locust St., on Appalachian State University’s campus. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.,
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday noon to 11 p.m. The gallery exhibits, communicates, and supports the visual arts by offering students and the university the opportunity to become involved and experience artwork produced here at Appalachian.

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