1) Stephenson Center for Appalachia to Host Dr. Aaron Astor on Oct. 23
If you are interested in local Civil War history, do not miss the next program of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College Lecture Series. On Thursday, Oct. 23, Dr. Aaron Astor will present “Divided Loyalties along the Tennessee-North Carolina Line in the American Civil War” at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium on the Lees-McRae Campus. This program is free and open to the public. Aaron Astor, associate professor of History at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn. has written numerous articles, conference papers and book chapters on the Civil War era, focusing especially on the upper and border south. He is the author of the recently released Rebels on the Border: Civil war, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872, published by LSU Press. He has also written eight articles for the award-winning New York Times Disunion series, addressing such topics as guerilla warfare, battles and campaigns in the Western Theatre, popular politics, emancipation and race, and regional identity in the Appalachian South. The Stephenson Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Megan Hall, director of communications, at 828-898-8729 or [email protected]
2) Community Supports Grover Robbins Memorial Golf Tournament
The 42nd annual Grover C Robbins, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Elk River Club on Monday, Sept. 22. The fundraising event raised more than $25,000 and benefitted the Cancer Resource Alliance of the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center. The CRA provides music, art and massage therapy to patients in cancer treatment; sponsors membership to participate in the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center Thrive Oncology Wellness Program; provides patient educational materials and assists medical, physical and social services resources. Sandi Cassidy, Director of Oncology Services stated, “we are so grateful to all the supporters of this tournament who made it such a great success. The money raised will provide supportive programs and services for patients and loved ones touched by cancer.” Nineteen four-person teams participated in the Scramble event. Blue Ridge Electric sponsored the team ending with the lowest net score of 49. The members of this team included Alan Merck, Jeff Benfield, Robert Kent and Steve Woodring. The first place team for lowest gross score, sponsored by IH Services, was Howard Hutchinson, Greg Meyers, Chad Hendley and Todd Hendley. Grover Robbins and his brothers, Harry and Spencer, developed a number of prominent projects in the High Country, including Tweetsie Railroad, the Hound Ears Club, Beech Mountain, and Linville Land Harbor. Grover Robbins died of cancer in 1970 at the age of 50. After his death, his brothers founded the Elk River Club in Banner Elk. Harry Robbins died in 2006. Spencer Robbins remains an active member of the High Country community. Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation (ARHF) would like to thank the event chair, Spencer Robbins, for his continued support, and the event committee consisting of Sandi Cassidy, Mary Hall, Sandy Kadyk and Evelyn Shelton. ARHF would also like to thank the Tournament Sponsor Wells Fargo, Signature Sponsors First Citizen’s Bank and Paragon Revenue Group, Picnic Sponsor Registry Partner, and tee/green sponsors Bandana’s, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Cooperation, Greenleaf Services Inc., Horizon CSA, KSQ/Peterson, Mountaineer Golf Center, Pencare Interior Designs, Peter and Joni Petschauer, T. Bragg McLeod, The Sterling Company, Varrow, and WJ Office. ARHF would also like to thank Elk River Club, Toni Littleton, Oliver Peacock and the entire Elk River Club staff. Lastly, ARHF wishes to thank the players who participated in the tournament. For further information about the tournament, contact Jessica Powell at 828-262-4391. For more information about the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, visit www.apprhs.org/cancer-center. Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports Appalachian Regional Healthcare System which includes Blowing Rock Rehabilitation & Davant Extended Care Center, Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital, Watauga Medical Center and Appalachian Regional Medical Associates. To learn more, visit www.apprhs.org/foundation.
3) Nutrition Class Held Oct. 28
The Watauga Cooperative Extension will be having a class on small ruminant nutrition on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Ag Conference Center in Boone. Dr. Niki Whitley, Livestock Specialist from NCA&TSU, will be the speaker. With lower-quality hay available this year, nutrition may present some challenges. There is no fee for the class; please call 828-264-3061 to register. There will be a goat Artificial Insemination class on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Ag Conference Center. The charge for this class will be $25 to cover materials. The class will be followed by hands-on training and help breeding up to five goats. Please call 828-264-3061 to register by Monday, Oct. 27. Class size is limited to ten.
4) Civil War Firearms Program Held Oct. 25
On Saturday, Oct. 25, a Civil War Firearms program will be held at the Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater starting at 7 p.m. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, learn about the weapons used by both sides during engagements like the Raid on Linville Falls and others throughout the Southern Appalachian Mountains.