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Published Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 11:25 am

Watauga Campus Day Classes Cancelled at CCC&TI

The Watauga Campus of CCC&TI has canceled day classes for Thursday, Feb. 25. A decision regarding night classes will be made by 4PM.

Leadership Avery: Apply Now

The Avery County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the inaugural class of Leadership Avery. The ten-month program has been developed by business leaders who are affiliated with the Avery County Chamber of Commerce.  Leadership Avery is intended to enlighten its participants about Avery County’s bountiful treasures and its myriad of human resource agencies.  Much of what is learned during the experience can be integrated into the daily lives of the participants.

The program provides team building experiences and leadership skill development.  County leaders will participate in situations that are only available to those who enroll in this program.   To learn more about our wonderful community, be one of the first to enroll in Leadership Avery.

The 2016-2017 inaugural class will be co-chaired by David Burleson, superintendent of Avery County Schools and Jeff Davis, principal of High Country Wealth Management. David and Jeff bring to the table extensive experience as both participants and leaders of similar programs in other counties. “It is my hope that this program will bring together the leaders in our community, increase their awareness of what goes on behind the scenes in Avery County and will motivate them to become advocates for progress,” said David. “This type of program positively impacts many counties across the state. I would encourage anyone that is serious about making a meaningful contribution as a community leader to get involved,” added Jeff.

The deadline for the application is February 29, 2016.

Schedule highlights:
March- Introduction & Orientation
May- Non-Profits
June- Resorts & Tourism
August- Law Enforcement, Courts & Government
September- Media, Wineries, Breweries
October-Tree Farms, Art & Crafts
November- Graduation

For more information please feel free to contact Melynda Pepple, Avery County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director, 828-898-5605.

Foxx Announces Congressional Art Competition

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., is encouraging high school students in North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District to submit entries for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, which is a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize talented young artists and promote the valuable role meaningful art plays in our society.

“Every year our country’s top young artists have the chance to display their work in the United States Capitol where it will be seen by visitors from around the world,” said Foxx. “North Carolina’s artists are among the best in the nation, and I always look forward to seeing the strong talent of our local young people.”

The following are guidelines for the competition:

·         Only high school students residing in the 5th Congressional District may compete. Students may be enrolled at public, private or home schools.

·         Each submission must be accompanied by a completed Congressional Art Competition release form, which is available on Foxx’s website.

·         All artwork must be original and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

·         All artwork must be two-dimensional.

·         Artwork must be framed by the artist at the time of submission. When framed, the piece can be no larger than 28 inches high, 28 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

·         Acceptable mediums include: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art and photographs.

·         The deadline for submissions to Foxx’s office is Friday, April 15, at 5 p.m.

·         Entries should be submitted to Foxx’s Clemmons office at 3540 Clemmons Road, Suite 125, Clemmons, NC 27012.

As in years past, Foxx is inviting the online community to decide this year’s winner. Following the submission deadline, a photo of each student’s artwork will be posted on Foxx’s Facebook page at The piece that receives the highest number of “likes” will win, and the artist will have the opportunity to travel to the U.S. Capitol for the installation of his or her work. Two runners-up will also be selected, and their artwork will be on display in one of Foxx’s district offices for one year. Online voting will begin on Wednesday, April 20, at noon and will end on Tuesday, May 3, at noon.

Those with questions regarding the 2016 Congressional Art Competition may contact Foxx’s office at (202) 225-2071.

ASU to Test Campus Emergency Siren March 2

Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system Wednesday, March 2, at 11:55 a.m.

Examples of the tones that are used in an emergency or during tests can be heard at uses the “hi/low” tone for emergencies; “discontinuous air horn” for tests of the system; the “alert” tone for all-clear signal; and the “wail” tone for tornado warnings.  For more information about the university’s AppState ALERT voice/text/e-mail notification system, visit

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