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Article Published: Feb. 17, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Autism camp offered April 8-10

Crinkleroot Retreat, a free respite day camp to be held April 8-10, is recruiting campers ages 8-14 with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

The retreat will be held in Valle Crucis at Camp Broadstone and is staffed by trained Appalachian State University volunteers. 

Crinkleroot Retreat is a program sponsored by Appalachian's Institute for Health and Human Services within the College of Health Sciences. It is intended to provide parents and caretakers with free respite care, offer children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities that have been modified for their specific needs, as well as celebrate April as National Autism Awareness Month.

Children will have one-on-one supervision and be encouraged to take part in expressive arts and nature activities, field games, s'mores making and other camp fun.

Applications are due by March 11, and availability is limited to 15 campers.

Parents and caregivers interested in participating in this program should contact Martha Routh at ( to receive a camp application and information or visit

FAFSA Day is Feb. 19

Appalachian State University and the N.C. Appalachian Collaborative for Higher Education (NCACHE) will be hosting a FAFSA day event on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Appalachian Enterprise Center on 130 Poplar Grove Connector Road in Boone.

Appalachian State University financial aid officers and specialists will be available to help high school seniors and their families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.

To be fully prepared to complete the FAFSA on 19 February, families should bring the following items to FAFSA Day:

Both the student's and parents' federal 1040 tax forms for 2010 (or W-2 forms and other income and asset documents if completed tax forms are not available)

The student's and one parent's Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) obtained in advance from the U.S. Department of Education website,

A FAFSA on the Web Worksheet with as much information entered as possible. The online worksheet is available at and will also be available on Feb. 19 at the Appalachian Enterprise Center during the FAFSA day event.

If you have any questions about the FAFSA Day event, call (828) 262-8016.

Scholarship applications due March 15

The Boone Worthwhile Woman's Club is offering three $1,000 scholarships to help a person continue his or her education beyond a high school or GED diploma.

The applicant must be a resident of Watauga County for a minimum of 12 consecutive months and have financial need.

Copies of the application are available at Watauga High School, the Watauga campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Appalachian State University and with the chairman of the home-schooled unit for the county.

Completed applications must be received by March 15. For more information, call Frances Arnold at (828) 262-0155.

High Country Bank honored

Yadkin Valley Bank, the parent company of High Country Bank, was recently recognized by the Small Business Administration for the positive impact the company's lending has had on small businesses in North Carolina.

In fiscal year 2010, the bank was ranked seventh for the number of loans approved in the North Carolina district.

"The fact that Yadkin Valley Bank, a regional community bank, is in the top ten lenders statewide speaks highly of what they've accomplished," said Lynn L. Douthett, N.C. District Director of the SBA.

"The bank doubled its loan production in 2010, awarding 30 SBA loans totaling nearly 4.8 million, which is a significant contribution in its footprint."

Chief banking officer Mark DeMarcus and commercial banking team Carrington Davis and Mary Louise Roberts accepted the award. Davis and Roberts were recognized as the top SBA lenders for High Country Bank.

"Our flexibility, local autonomy and competitive rates give us an advantage over other banks," DeMarcus said. "So many institutions have stopped lending, but we see great value in making smart, responsible lending choices that continue supporting our community and fuel economic prosperity."

The SBA was founded in 1953 with the goal of supporting small businesses and small business owners across the nation. For more information, visit

For more information about High Country Bank, visit

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