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  • ASU Global Medical Training Chapter Teams with Santa’s Toy Box, Donates to High Country Children

    Jan. 30, 2017. ASU’s Global Medical Training Chapter Teams with Santa’s Toy Box to donate to Children in the High Country.Santa’s Toy Box is a local non-profit organization that provides toys to families in Watauga County that don’t have the means to purchase toys for Christmas. Santa’s Toy Box was able to help over 800 less fortunate children in Watauga County have a Merry Christmas. / Read more…



  • High Country Taproom and Dog Bar to Host K-9 Keg Pull for Partners! Canines on Jan. 21

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    Jan. 13, 2017. Registered doggy participants will be categorized by size and weight and will race in one-on-one heats pulling appropriately sized empty kegs (even cans for the tiniest racers). They’ll run the enclosed course on a leash with their owners, some pulling their cargo on sleds for easy travel. All proceeds from the day will directly support Partners! Canines. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Longtime Local Media Representative Sherrie Norris Joins High Country Caregiver Foundation

    Jan. 19, 2017. Executive director of the High Country Caregiver Foundation Brenda Reece has announced that longtime media representative Sherrie Norris has joined the HCCGF as RAPP coordinator and program assistant. “Few people have the depth of community knowledge and passion for others as does Sherrie Norris,” said Reece. “We recognize her strengths and abilities and are delighted that she has agreed to join us as we work to expand RAPP and build upon our existing programs.” / Read more…



  • Plan to Eat at F.A.R.M. Café on Jan. 25 When Boone Drug Will Be There to ‘Buy Boone Lunch’

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    Jan. 12, 2017. On Wednesday January 25 between 11am and 2pm everyone is welcome to F.A.R.M (Feed All Regardless of Means) Café at 617 West King Street for another ‘Buy Boone Lunch’ day. Boone Dug is the second company to participate in this opportunity. Just like each day at F.A.R.M Café guests can donate what they are able to for a great lunch. On this day, Boone Drug will cover the cost of the meal through a generous donation. Each and every additional donation will be utilized by the café in its mission to fight insecurity in the High Country. / Read more…



  • Point In Time Count to Document Homelessness in the High Country for HUD on Jan. 25

    Jan. 12, 2017. The information from the PIT Count provides a valuable snapshot of the state and extent of homelessness in our region and informs support service providers on the priorities to prevent and end homelessness. The Point in Time Count is a requirement of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which currently supports the Northwest Continuum of Care member agencies with $287,000. / Read more…



  • In/Visible Theatre Earns Nonprofit Status, Ready to Scale Up Operation in the High Country

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    Jan. 5, 2017. “It means more projects that will reach more people. It means being better able to fulfill our mission, and to bring the power of theatre to more people,” said Sabo. “It means a greater impact in terms of using art to build bridges between different groups, and using theatre to make healthier and happier individuals and a strong community.” By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Green Street Catering News: Food Ministry Reflects on 2016, Ready for a New Year

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    Jan. 5, 2017. As Green Street serves so many and in so many different ways throughout the year, we incur monthly costs in addition to our food costs. We could really use your help in 2017! Each month, Green Street has costs from paper products (takeout boxes, serving trays and even supplies to package scriptures and meals each week), electricity to run our donation coolers, freezers and warmers and even to support volunteer programs with others who help us with cleaning/preparing/delivering meals each week. / Read more…



  • Make End-of-Year Donations to High Country United Way, Funds to Be Used Locally

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    Dec. 28, 2016. During the Holiday Season and end of the year we know many people count their blessings and consider ways they can help those who are not as fortunate. We also know that many may want to make those contributions before the end of the year so they can be counted as charitable deductions for tax purposes. As you consider how you want to help those in need, please consider that donations to High Country United Way will be used in the High Country to meet immediate and emergency needs plus help fund programs that allow people to improve their level of education, get help with health care and medicine costs, plus achieve a stable income. / Read more…



  • Giving Back: Your Contribution Can Help the Red Cross Respond to Local Emergencies

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    Dec. 22, 2016. Looking for a way to round out your year-end giving? Consider donating time or money to the local Red Cross, which needs help from the community after a busy year of responding to emergencies in the High Country. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Donate This Week to Help ASU Global Medical Training Students Get Gifts for Local Kids

    Dec. 15, 2016. Although they’re just out of the starting gate on their global mission, GMT students at ASU have made community service a priority in their own back yard, as well. They recently launched the inaugural “Bikes, Baby Dolls and Fishing Poles” fundraiser, through which collected monetary donations will be used to get Christmas gifts to local families. / Read more…



  • Photos: Bid Through Sunday to Win Your Favorite at the WYN Festival of Trees

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    Dec. 2, 2016. “The generosity that is represented in this room is really kind of overwhelming,” said WYN Board Chair Jenny Koehn. “Some designers are businesses. Some are groups of friends. Some are community organizations. They’ve just taken their theme and run with it. They buy and decorate the trees and buy the gifts.” By Jessica Isaacs. Photos by Ken Ketchie. / Read more…



  • WYN Festival of Trees Opens Today at Chetola, Explore and Shop or Bid Online

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    Nov. 29, 2016. Holiday magic will surely abound at this year’s festival, for which a large number of local folks and groups are now busy creating custom trees decorated with fun themes. Their masterpieces will deck the halls of Chetola’s Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room, where guests from all over will be able to stroll through and enjoy the creations. All trees, as well as many decorated wreaths, will be sold via online auction or a simple buy-it-now feature, and all proceeds (as well as donations for admission) will directly support the Western Youth Network. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • You Can Help Green Street Catering Feed Local Families This Thanksgiving, Here’s How

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    Nov. 11, 2016. Green Street Catering will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets through the area churches, social workers as well as community organizations for our fourth year. Last year, we distributed over 400 Thanksgiving food baskets and the need has continued to grow for this year. We expect to distribute over 400 food baskets again for the Thanksgiving holiday this year. We need your help please! / Read more…



  • United Way Fund Established for NC Hurricane Matthew Relief, Text to Donate

    Oct. 20, 2016. Donations can be made by texting UWHELPSNC to 41444 or online at unitedwaync.org/donate. Donors have the option to designate their donation to directly support a United Way serving a county affected by flooding or to designate their donation to be used where it is most needed. / Read more…



  • Blueprints and Bow Ties: Live Auction, Reception for Habitat Set for Oct. 20

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    Oct. 10, 2016. “This is our fifth year and we expect that this will be one of the most anticipated Blueprints and Bow Ties yet. We have had an outpouring of support from local businesses, including a $5000 sponsorship from Wells Fargo. We are excited to host the event at our ReStore this year and community members are looking forward to seeing the great space we have,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development. / Read more…



  • Share the Warmth: Women’s Fund Collecting Coats for Hospitality House Through Oct. 10

    Oct. 4, 2016.‘Share the Warmth’ this winter by cleaning out your closet and donating winter clothes to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge! Donations will go to the Hospitality House and will be accepted on Sept. 30 through Oct. 10 at various locations in the High Country. By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Wells Fargo Grants $21.5K to United Way for WAMY’s Total Family Development Program

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    Sept. 29, 2016. WAMY Executive Director Melissa Soto said the funds will be used through the Total Family Development program to support families in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties who are working toward education or employment in an effort to rise above poverty. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge Awards $110K to 21 Agencies in Latest Grant Cycle

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    Sept. 26, 2016. “The day we write the grant checks may be our best workday of the year,” said Karen Sabo, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR). “Our mission is to be a philanthropic catalyst for positive change for women and girls, and the way we do that is by funding the great nonprofits that help women directly.” / Read more…



  • Women’s Fund Awards $1,000 Grant to Two Rivers for ‘She Hikes Alone’ Program

    Sept. 26, 2016. She Hikes Alone grew organically through Buffalo Cove’s female instructors connecting with female students by providing solicited advice and a safe space for students to ask questions. It’s critical that students feel comfortable during this program in order to grow emotionally, mentally, and intellectually. The partnership with the Women’s Fund is a major step forward for Two Rivers boding well for the future of the school’s female students and the Mountain Adventure Program. / Read more…



  • Food Hub: BRWIA and Watauga Extension to Open Storage Space for Locally-Grown Food

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    Sept. 22, 2016. “This project is a testament to our community’s collaborations around local food. Many farmers are getting into selling meat direct to market,” Coulter said, “and oftentimes, they don’t have the storage available on their farms to take several beef for processing at once.” / Read more…



  • Shop Customer Appreciation Sale at Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Boone on Saturday

    Sept. 21, 2016. The Watauga Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Boone will hold its annual customer appreciation sale located on 1200 Archie Carroll Road next to Food Lion with the sale to be held on September 24th from 9am to 5pm. All proceeds from the ReStore serve as a primary revenue source for the local Watauga Habitat affiliate. The mission of Watauga Habitat is to provide decent, affordable housing to low-income Watauga County residents. This is done by building modest homes with volunteer labor, land and materials that are donated or purchased at reduced cost. Habitat offers zero interest mortgages to the home owners. Homes are sold at no profit. / Read more…



  • LIVE UNITED: High Country United Way Funds 34 Programs with $250K in Grants

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    Sept. 12, 2016. The High Country United Way closed out the month of August with a breakfast celebration in honor of its generous donors and its most recent grant cycle, which distributed $250,000 to nonprofit programs in the area. As fundraising picks up for the next cycle, the agency looks forward to expanding its network of support in the community. Comprised of board members, staff and volunteers who encompass all aspects of life in Watauga and Avery counties, the High Country United Way serves as a central medium for positive change through financial support for various local organizations. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Family Travels Cross Country to Volunteer at F.A.R.M. Café, Donates $30K to Its Mission

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    Sept. 9, 2016. Whatever your thoughts on the power of social media, this story proves that beautiful things can happen when we’re connected to our family, to our friends and to our community. It’s the story of one person’s Facebook post, one family’s heart for service and one awesome day at F.A.R.M. Café. “I have to tell everyone who has a group or organization, we have had the greatest time and you need to come out here.” By Jessica Isaacs and Emily Willis. Photos by Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Circles of the High Country Now Known as ‘RISE,’ Kick Off Event in Blowing Rock Friday

    AUg. 31, 2016. Circles, an initiative of Hospitality House, has been partnering with low income families in the High Country for nearly four years now. In that time they have seen program participants return to school, earn trade licenses, get out of debt and build life-time support relationships across race and economic barriers. / Read more…



  • THIS SATURDAY: Foscoe Ruritan’s Second Annual Homegrown Music Festival Set for Saturday, Aug. 27

    Aug. 4, 2016. Foscoe Ruritan’s primary annual fundraiser, the second annual homegrown Music Festival, will take place on Aug. 27, 2016 at the Foscoe- Grandfather Community Park. The “Homegrown Music Festival” again, will be a one day event set to showcase some of the areas talented musicians and musical groups. The purpose of the event will be to generate funds for the coming year’s Ruritan projects. In past years the club has held a “Fun Day” with live auctions, silent auctions, and a raffle to fund projects. Last year’s inaugural festival was a tremendous success, allowing us to provide assistance to many groups and individuals. 100 percent of funds go back into the community. / Read more…



  • Mountain Ninja Warriors Raise More Than $11,000 for Local Nonprofits at HGA

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    Aug. 25, 2016. The first Mountain Ninja Warrior Competition, hosted by High Gravity Adventures and Appalachian Mountain Brewery, put competitors to the test as they raced against the clock to reach the top of High Gravity Adventures’ aerial ropes course. Each team was comprised of one male and one female competitor representing a High Country business, and all competitors were on a mission to raise money for their team’s selected nonprofit organization. / Read more…



  • Watauga Students Kick Off the Year with Free Haircuts Thanks to the Women’s Fund

    Aug. 23, 2016. Thanks to efforts by members of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR) and volunteers from 15 area salons, 133 students received free haircuts at the event on Saturday, Aug. 13th. Additional students received gift cards for free haircuts, and more than 200 students received goody bags with hair care products. / Read more…



  • The Tillers to Close Todd Summer Music Series on Saturday at Cook Memorial Park

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    Aug. 17, 2016. The Todd Summer Music series will draw to a close this weekend with a finale performance from The Tillers, a nationally recognized bluegrass Americana group from Ohio that feels a strong connection to the High Country. McBurney said an added effort to get the word out and steady support from local businesses have been instrumental in the success of this year’s concert series. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • AMB and High Gravity to Host ‘Mountain Ninja Warrior’ Competition on Saturday, Aug. 20

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    Aug. 17, 2016.Appalachian Mountain Brewery and High Gravity Adventures have teamed up to host the Mountain Ninja Warrior competition, a fundraiser based on the television series, “American Ninja Warrior,” which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20. Compete to show your skills from noon to 5 p.m. or stop by to see it in action from 6-9 p.m. By Emily Willis / Read more…



  • Eat at Chick-fil-a Tonight, Aug. 16, 20 Percent of Sales Support Green Street Catering

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    Jan. 26, 2016. Why go home and spend the evening cooking when you could join Green Street Catering for spirit night at Chick-fil-a in Boone from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight? When you order, make sure you mention that you’re eating to support Green Street Catering. If you’re going through the drive-thru, honk so the folks inside know you’re there to show support. By Jessica Isaacs. / Read more…



  • Hope on the Horizon: Luncheon to Support Hospitality House Set for Aug. 19 at BRMC

    Aug. 11, 2016. Executive Director Tina Krause, along with the Hospitality House Board of Directors will be hosting its annual Hope Luncheon on Friday, August 19 in the heart of the High Country at Blue Ridge Mountain Club, where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Blue Ridge Parkway. Presented by: Linda Robinson and Patti Turner of the Robinson/Turner team at Premier Sotheby’s and Mast General Store. / Read more…



  • Back 2 School Festival to Help Local Students Prepare for Upcoming Academic Year


    August 09, 2016. Presented by the Winkler Organization, the annual Back 2 School Festival will return this weekend for a fourth year to help kids of all ages in Watauga County pick up needed school supplies and everything they need to succeed this year.
    From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Watauga High School, the event will be completely free of cost for families who attend. Festivities will take place in the schools gyms and lunchroom, and attendees with children with special needs may attend as early as 9 a.m. to avoid the crowd. By Jessica Lyons / Read more…



  • App Rollergirls to Challenge Chattanooga in Final Home Bout of the Season Aug. 27

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    Aug. 3, 2016. After defeating the Hard Knox Roller Girls All-Stars in June, ARG thundered forward 22 spots in the international rankings. This momentum is sure to serve the team well as they face CRG in the final home bout of the season. Jenna “Public Jenemy” Cucco, who jams for the All-Stars and occasionally lends her talent to the Booneshiners, looks forward to the final home bout with nostalgia and hope. / Read more…



  • Boone Sunrise Rotary Club Welcomes New Rotary District Governor Gary Dills

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    Aug. 3, 2016. On Tuesday, Aug. 2, newly-elected District Governor Gary Dills visited the Boone Sunrise Rotary Club for the first time since assuming office. A retired Air Force colonel, Dills urged members to embrace Rotary International’s 2016-17 theme, “Rotary Serving Humanity.” / Read more…



  • Watauga and Avery Back-to-School Festivals Seek Donations, Support from Community

    August 2, 2016. As autumn approaches, countless families will find themselves struggling to meet the demands that come with starting a new school year: their children need new clothes and fresh haircuts along with the items on long lists of school supplies. For many residents of Watauga County (31 percent of whom live below the national poverty level) and the rest of the High Country, the financial burden of back-to-school shopping can become overwhelming, and children often go without the things they need for a successful school year. / Read more…



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