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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Upcoming Live Music at the Old Hampton Store/Barbecue in Linville

Friday, June 26: Typical Mountain Boys, noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 27: The Robertson Brothers and Typical Mountain Boys in the backyard in the restaurant during the Annual Cornbread Cook-Off, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 28: Honey Chasers, noon to 3 p.m

Thursday, July 2: Tom Pillion, noon to 3 p.m.

Friday, July 3: Typical Mountain Boys, noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, July 4: Typical Mountain Boys, noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 5: Red Leg Husky, noon to 3 p.m.

2) New Anthology of Appalachian Photographers Released

Sapling Grove Press, an independent publisher in East Tennessee, has just released an anthology of photographers that includes the work of two professors at Appalachian State University. RICH COMMUNITY: AN ANTHOLOGY OF APPALACHIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS is a juried collection of photographs, biographical and web/contact information, and artists’ statements from 82 contemporary photographers in the Southern Appalachian region. Chip Williams, a resident of Boone, NC, and Joshua White, a resident of West Jefferson, NC, are both included in this new book.

The publishing company issued a call for submissions from photographers in Kentucky, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, southeast Ohio, western Virginia, western North Carolina, east Tennessee, northwest South Carolina, northern Georgia, and northeast Alabama. Only 15 percent of the photographs submitted for the competition were accepted for publication by juror David Underwood. Underwood is the Art Director of Sapling Grove Press, and a Professor of Art at Carson-Newman University.

With the book, Editor David Underwood and Publisher Susan O’Dell Underwood hope to expand the knowledge of contemporary Appalachian photography and photographers for audiences both within and outside the region. A complete list of contributing photographers, a preview of the book, and purchases can be made from the “our books” page of the Sapling Grove Press web site at www.saplinggrovepress.com.

3) Endowed Scholarship Established to Honor Rick Beasley at ASU

In honor of retiring deputy athletics director Rick Beasley’s service to his alma mater, Appalachian State University athletics has established the Rick Beasley Wide Receiver Scholarship Endowment. The endowment will provide a scholarship each year to a wide receiver in Appalachian State’s football program.

“Providing scholarships for Appalachian State student-athletes has been my passion for the last nine years so it’s an unbelievable honor to have a scholarship for Mountaineer wide receivers endowed in my name,” Beasley said. “I’m very appreciative to the University and the athletics department for the recognition and for giving me the opportunity to give back to my alma mater for all these years. As always, I thank our alumni and friends for all that they have done for me personally and, more importantly, for our student-athletes.”

An All-America wide receiver at Appalachian State from 1977-80, Beasley set seven school records during his playing career and remains the program’s all-time leader in yards per reception (17.6) and 100-yard games (16) in a career. In addition to being named a second-team Associated Press All-American in 1979, he was also the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year in 1979-80, a three-time all-conference performer and an academic all-conference honoree.

Beasley returned to his alma mater in 2006 as a senior associate athletics director and was promoted to deputy athletics director in 2014. In his role, he served as the athletics department’s chief development officer and was heavily involved in the department’s day-to-day operations.

Appalachian athletics enjoyed unprecedented fundraising success under Beasley’s leadership. After never topping $700,000 in donations in any full year prior to his arrival, the Yosef Club (Appalachian State athletics’ fundraising arm) has raised at least $1 million in each of Beasley’s nine full years at the University and surpassed the $3 million mark in 2013 and 2014. He has also overseen the solicitation of donations for naming rights and premium seating that has funded much of the University’s $50 million in athletics facility enhancements since his arrival.

Beasley served as interim director of athletics from August 15, 2014 until the arrival of current A.D. Doug Gillin on April 6. He will retire from the University on June 30.

“This is a very deserving honor for Rick,” Appalachian State football head coach Scott Satterfield said. “What he has done for our program as a student-athlete, alumnus and administrator is immeasurable. I can’t think of a more appropriate recognition of Rick’s contributions to Appalachian State than for a student-athlete scholarship to be endowed in his name.”

In celebration of Beasley’s service to Appalachian State, fans are invited to contribute to the Rick Beasley Wide Receiver Scholarship Endowment. A direct link to the online giving page and instructions are available at appstatesports.com. As the Yosef Club rapidly approaches achieving its $3 million goal for the 2015 fiscal year, all donations made to the Rick Beasley Wide Receiver Scholarship Endowment and/or the Yosef Club by Tuesday, June 30 will count towards that goal.

To speak with a Yosef Club representative and/or to contribute by phone, call the Yosef Club office at 828-262-3108. Additionally, inquiries can also be emailed to the Yosef Club office at yosefclub@appstate.edu.

4) Gospel Singing in Zionville on Saturday

Mabel Baptist Church on Old U.S. Highway 421 in Zionville will host a Watauga County Gospel Singing at 7 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call Clint Cornett at 828-297-3270 or Neil Oliver at 828-297-3653.