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Article Published: Apr. 21, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Watauga Humane Society hosts new logo contest

A new Watauga Humane Society Shelter and Adoption Center is inspiration for a brand new logo to represent this organization's long history of growth and progress.

The Watauga Humane Society (WHS) is reaching out to all artistic members of the community to design a simple, yet representative logo for use upon the opening of its new facility. The ideal entry will be a bold graphic design suitable for both black-and-white and color printing, for use on signage, banners, stationery, etc.

Here's how to enter: Simply submit your logo design as an electronic file to ( The deadline for entry is midnight Tuesday, May 31. The WHS's panel of judges will review all design submissions, and the winner will be announced no later than Friday, June 10.

The logo design contest winner will enjoy the prestige that comes with having his or her contribution represent a renowned local nonprofit organization, and will also be the recipient of a prize package valued at $200. Prizes include a $100 cash award, a $50 gift certificate to Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, and a $50 gift certificate to Bare Essentials Natural Market.

All rights to use the winning logo design now and in the future will be retained by the Watauga Humane Society, and consent for such promotional use is implied by submission. A signed agreement to this effect will also be required.

For more information, visit the Watauga Humane Society website at, or contact Heather at ( or (828) 264-4184.

Blue Ridge Parkway detours

The Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed to all traffic from Milepost 232.5 at Stone Mountain Overlook to Milepost 244.7 at Basin Cove Parking Overlook beginning April 20 and lasting until mid-summer of 2011.

Detour traffic signage will direct Parkway visitors around the closure area via N.C. Route 18 and U.S. 21 through Laurel Springs and Sparta.

Upon completion of the second phase of construction, additional closures and detours will follow between Milepost 218 near Cumberland Knob and Milepost 238.5 near Doughton Park; however, the Doughton Park Campground and Brinegar Cabin will reopen. The Bluffs Lodge and Coffee Shop will be closed for the season. Project work is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2012.

The Historic Stone Guardwall Reconstruction Project will involve 28 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 217 to Milepost 245) that contain 32,000 linear feet of historic rock masonry walls. A significant portion of the walls is severely deteriorated due to settlement and the effect of freeze-thaw cycles over the past 75 years. This project rehabilitates and reconstructs the most deficient wall sections.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is recognized worldwide as an international example of landscape design achievement. Designed and built to provide a leisurely recreational driving experience and showcase the scenic resources of the central and southern Appalachian Mountains, this section of Parkway displays the historic rock walls that line the motor road.

Constructed during the late 1930s, these rock walls are now an important historic Parkway resource. Though built in the rustic style used throughout other American national parks, the walls have become a significant feature that defines the visual and historic character of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This project will restore the structural integrity and historic appearance of this important cultural resource.

Blue Ridge Parkway management regrets the inconvenience or delay this closure may cause Parkway visitors.

Parkway's Odyssey of the Mind team places third in state

Parkway School's seventh grade Odyssey of the Mind team took third place in the state in the middle school division of the Odyssey of the Mind tournament held in Asheville earlier this month.

Parkway's team consists of Hannah Dallas, Max Schlenker, Shelby Reagan, Cole Funk, Mary Seramur, Alex Mancini, and Jonathan Gragg, and the team was coached by Parkway parent Lynn Schlenker.
Parkway advanced to the state finals on the strength of a second place finish in the Northern Region tournament March 5. The Northern Region covers 19 counties in North Carolina, including such relatively populous counties as Guilford and Forsyth.

A total of 53 teams from across the state took part in the five regional competitions but only 12 teams advanced to the state finals.

Odyssey of the Mind is a program in which teams compete to design and implement an original solution to a challenging problem in one of five categories. Achieving a successful solution requires the students on each team to demonstrate a combination of creativity, effective communication, and collaboration.

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