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Today’s Email Announcements

Webcast June 29 to Celebrate Life of the Ancient New River

Some geologists believe only the Nile is older than the New River in northwest North Carolina. A livestream webcast from New River State Park at 11 a.m. onWednesday, June 29, will examine the history and culture of this ancient river in an area inhabited by humans for 10,000 years. Park rangers will examine how today this American Heritage River can be protected and enjoyed.
Viewers can see the webcast and ask questions in real time by registering at here.
From its headwaters in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the primeval New River flows north, and is the only river in the state moving northward. The river’s formation predates the mountains, and it courses to the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. Rangers will explore how the river was almost interrupted by a dam, and how New River State Park came into being as a treasure and resource for future generations.
The north and south forks of the river merge just south of the North Carolina-Virginia border, passing through forested mountains and pastoral valleys. It is home to 14 rare plant species, including the rattlesnake root and purple sedge. Visitors enjoy fishing, hiking, paddling and picnicking in an area that may have been visited by Canawhay Indians or Daniel Boone.
New River also was named a National Wild and Scenic River, so natural resources protection for the river and beyond also will be explored. Educational materials about New River State Park have been developed for grades 6-8 and are correlated to North Carolina’s competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts.
For additional information, please call (336) 892-2587 or (919) 807-7389. New River State Park is located at 358 New River State Park Road, Laurel Springs. It is within the Division of State Parks and Recreation of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to
experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

Humane Society Rummage Sale: June 2-4 at Boone Mall

Watauga Humane Society’s 35th Annual Rummage Sale
It will be held at the Boone Mall – in the vacant store opposite Radio Shack and near JC Penney inside the Boone Mall.
The Members Only Sale will be Thursday, June 2nd from 5pm – 7pm
The Public Sales will be Friday, June 3rd from 8am – 4pm and June 4th from 8am – 2pm.
There will be antiques, jewelry, clothing, electronics, toys, furniture, books, appliances, crafts, and much more!  Help Raise funds to care for the animals by shopping for a cause!   Credit Cards Accepted!

CCC&TI Announces Fall Semester Registration for New Students

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will register new students for the Fall 2016 semester from June 14 to Aug. 4 on both the Caldwell and Watauga Campuses. Final Registration for Fall 2016 Semester will be held Thursday, Aug. 11. Fall classes begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

Students are encouraged to begin the application and placement testing process early. A variety of financial aid options are available for students who qualify.

In addition to classes for adult students, CCC&TI also offers opportunities for Caldwell and Watauga county high school students to earn free college credit through the Career and College Promise program. CCC&TI offers pathways in business, engineering and math.

For more information on how to apply or register for classes at CCC&TI, contact Student Services at 828-726-2700 on the Caldwell Campus and 828-297-3811 on the Watauga Campus.

Retired Brigadier General Jim Walker USMC to Lead Flag Day at Parkway School June 6

Retired General from Boone to Lead Flag Day Celebration At Parkway
Elementary School

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx will also participate in event

WHAT: Flag Day celebration with retired general and Congresswoman Foxx
at local elementary school

WHERE: Parkway Elementary School, 160 Parkway School Drive, Boone, NC

WHEN: June 6, 2016, 9:45 AM

WHO: Brigadier General (Ret.) Jim Walker, U.S. Marine Corps
Congresswoman Virginia Foxx