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Today’s Email Announcements

Mark Reed Named as Lees-McRae College Commencement Ceremony Speaker, May 6

BANNER ELK, N.C. — Mark Reed, a nationally ranked private school leader and trustee for several regional and domestic boards, will speak during the spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 6. During that time, he will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Education.

A native of Montana, Reed received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in education administration and independent school leadership from Columbia University.

He currently serves as head of school at Charlotte Country Day School and on several board of trustee committees including: Teachers Fellowship Institute (TFI), Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Foundation for the Carolinas, and Carolinas HealthCare System. He is a field professor and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Klingenstein Center, Columbia University, as well as the Board of Advisors for Carney, Sandoe & Associates.

During his tenure at Charlotte Country Day School, Reed has enhanced campus safety, developed a multiyear Strategic Plan, increased endowment to $54 million, hosted several public art exhibits, improved athletic fields and campus aesthetics, and established an all-school convocation, Parent Speaker Series, and Science Outreach Program. In fall 2014, he was elected into the Headmasters Association, a highly selective professional organization comprised of the top-100 private school leaders.

In addition to his accomplishments in education, from 1986 until 1993, Reed performed as a world-class high jumper competing in the international track and field circuit.

This year’s commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m., on Tate Lawn. For more information, please visit lmc.edu/commencement.


Tractor Supply Co. to Host Backyard Poultry Event, Apr. 8

Boone, NC  – The birds are back in town! That’s right; the Tractor Supply Co. store in Boone will host a backyard poultry event on Apr 08, 2017 from 8:00am until 12:00pm

During the event, customers will have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities all centered around learning how to care for and manage an at-home flock.

“The popularity of raising backyard poultry has continued to grow year after year and it has a lot to do with the convenience of getting fresh eggs right from your own backyard,” said Christy Owens, manager of the Boone Tractor Supply store. “Our goal is to ensure that anyone who’s interested in raising a backyard flock has the resources and information needed to do so.” 

Customers will also have the opportunity to enjoy games.

When it comes to raising backyard poultry, customers can consider Tractor Supply a one-stop shop. All items needed, including starter kits, feeders, bedding, heat bulbs and lamps, coops and more, can be found at their local store. And for the poultry enthusiast, an expanded selection of poultry products is available on TractorSupply.com.

This event is open to the public and will take place at 2221 Old 421 S. For more information, please contact the Boone Tractor Supply store at 828-264-9999.


Ashe County Arts Council Presents Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience, Apr. 18


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – 7:30pm9:30pm


Ashe Civic Center

962 Mount Jefferson Road

West Jefferson, NC 28694


Ashe County Arts Council sponsors the Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 pm at the Ashe Civic Center. This performance re-invents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock and roll extravaganza featuring American’s premier Buddy Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan. He captures the essence of Buddy Holly and presents his music in a way that is new and fresh. Tickets are $22 adults and $ students and may be purchased at the Ashe Arts Center or by calling 336-846-2787. For more information please call 336-846-2787


Phone: (336) 846-2787


2nd Annual Bikes, Brews, & BBQ Festival at Town Tavern in Blowing Rock, Apr. 15


Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 12:00pm5:00pm


Town Tavern Blowing Rock

1182 Main Street

Blowing Rock, NC 28607


Join us for the 2nd annual Bikes, Brews, & BBQ Festival as we raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and their mission of providing homes for local families in need.
– Music by JJ Hipps and the Highway
– Smoked BBQ plates and tastings from 17 breweries
– Cookie tasting by Appalachia Cookie Co
– Crossroads Harley Davidson Harleys
– Door prizes

Tickets: $25/each (100% donated to Habitat)

All ages are welcome to this family-friendly event. Mark your calendars for Saturday 4/15!


Name: Justin Davis
Phone: (828) 295-7500