• Join Café Portofino in Celebrating 15th Anniversary with March Fundraising Event for OASIS

    Mar. 30, 2016. Help Café Portofino celebrate its 15th anniversary as it gives back to a different locally-based nonprofit each month this year! By Kaitlan Morehouse / Read more…

  • Photos: Empty Bowls Event Draws Huge Crowd to Support Hunger and Health Coalition

    March 21, 2016. An impressive crowd showed up at Watauga High School on Saturday for the annual Empty Bowls Supper to support the Hunger and Health Coalition. The success was made possible by student volunteers, participating restaurants, business sponsors and event coordinator Whit Whitaker. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…

  • Seeding Community Resilience: Annual Food Summit Set for April 2 at Appalachian State

    March 17, 2016. “The event offers a special opportunity to strengthen ties between the university and the wider community by highlighting our common interests in local food and exploring ways to build a more resilient and just local food system,” says Jacqui Ignatova. “The event will showcase the knowledge and expertise of community members in our local food movement and encourage the exchange of ideas to help us to address some of our common challenges and opportunities.” / Read more…

  • Bare Essentials Market Changing Hands After 27+ Years with Henderson, Underwood

    March 15, 2016. After nearly 28 years of successful business in Boone, Bare Essentials Natural Market owners Ben Henderson and Mary Underwood are ready to pass the torch. They’re ready to tackle new adventures, and are leaving the market — a staple for healthy living in the High Country — to new owners, Dave and Catherine Reczek. Henderson will work his last official day at the market this Thursday, but he’ll be on hand for a few more months to help introduce the Reczeks to the Bare Essentials family of customers. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…

  • Volunteers Give More than 22,000 Hours, Raise More than $34,000 for ARHS in 2015

    March 7, 2016. It was a great year for volunteers of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS). Throughout 2015, volunteers contributed more than 22,000 hours of service at ARHS facilities and helped raise more than $34,000. “Health System volunteers are invaluable members of our healthcare team,” said Amy Crabbe, Sr. Vice President of People Services at ARHS. “They play an integral role in our mission to make life better for the communities we serve.” For more information about volunteering at ARHS, visit www.apprhs.org/about/volunteer. / Read more…

  • Jung Tao School Offers Alternative To Western Medicine in Sugar Grove

    Feb. 21, 2016. A fantastic alternative to western medicine is sweeping across the High Country at the Jung Tao Clinic for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Located at the Historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, the clinic offers low cost acupuncture treatments to the public and school community performed by student interns in their final year of training to become professional practitioners of Chinese medicine.

    Patients come from all over the county to treat a wide variety of conditions. The clinic is located on the Jung Tao campus on the first floor of the old rock building. By Troy Brooks / Read more…

  • NC Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program: Medicare Advantage Disenrollment

    Feb. 1, 2016. The annual Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan may leave their plan and return to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until Feb. 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to ensure you will have drug coverage in 2016. Your prescription drug coverage will begin the first day of the month after the drug plan gets your enrollment form. / Read more…

  • Legal Aid to Host Health Insurance Enroll-a-thon in Boone on Jan. 29

    Jan. 21, 201. Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Morganton office is holding a free enroll-a-thon Jan. 29 in Boone to help consumers enroll in affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act before Jan. 31, the last day of the 2015-2016 open-enrollment period. Consumers without health insurance at the end of open enrollment may be subject to a fine on their 2016 tax return. This year, the fine is increasing from $325 per person to $695 per person, or 2.5 percent of the consumer’s income, whichever is greater. Some consumers may be eligible to have the fine waived. Navigators can help eligible consumers apply for waivers. / Read more…

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