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Article Published: Mar. 24, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold the following blood drives in the coming weeks of April 2011:

Friday, April 1, 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Walmart (200 Watauga Village). For an appointment, call Michelle at (828) 262-0254.

Sunday, April 3, 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Proffit's Grove Baptist Church (3200 Meat Camp Road). For an appointment, call Dianne at (828) 297-2681 Monday through Friday until 4:15 p.m. or then (828) 297-3801.

Tuesday, April 5, 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express/Watauga Community Drive (1855 Blowing Rock Road), sponsored by Sunrise Rotary. For an appointment or more information, contact the chapter at (828) 264-8226 or visit, click on enter sponsor code "5740."

Monday, April 11, 4 to 8:30 p.m. at Rutherwood Baptist Church (142 Don Hayes Road). For an appointment, contact the church at (828) 264-5319.

Tuesday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm. at Watauga Medical Center (336 Deerfield Road). For an appointment, call Pat Barker at (828) 268-9438.

Friday, April 15, 2:45 to 7:15 p.m. at Cove Creek School (930 Vanderpool Road). For an appointment, call the school at (828) 297-2781.

Friday, April 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church (1218 Main St., Blowing Rock). Appointment only, call Joe Kiker at (828) 295-6684.

Sunday, April 17, noon to 4:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church (306 Oak Grove Road). For an appointment, call Wanda at (828) 773-2756.

Wednesday, April 27, 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge EMC (2491 U.S. 421 South). For an appointment, call Susan at (828) 265-8302.

If interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer, contact Revonda Wood, donor recruitment representative (Carolina Blood Services Region) at (336) 413-3286.

MT Cutest Pet Photo Contest continues

Now in its second week, The Mountain Times' Cutest Pet Photo Contest, sponsored by The Pet Place, is getting hairy - literally.

For a $10 registration fee, readers can submit photos of their pets and let readers decide who's the cutest. Upon entering the contest, participants immediately receive a $5 coupon to The Pet Place, located at 240 Shadowline Drive, Suite Aa10.

Voting costs 10 cents per vote and is available in blocks of 25 ($2.50), 50 ($5) or 100 ($10). Proceeds benefit the Watauga Humane Society.

Winners - or, at least, their owners - will receive more than $200 in gift certificates to The Pet Place, with first winning $125, second $75 and third $25.

The contest ends April 30, and results will be published in the May 5 issue of The Mountain Times.
To participate, visit

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