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May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
North Carolina advocates are joining communities nationwide to recognize National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month during the month of May.
The month provides an opportunity for media and community groups to focus attention on the causes and consequences of teen pregnancy, as well as solutions to the problem.
While the state's teen pregnancy rate has steadily declined, North Carolina still has the 14th highest rate in the U.S. Teen pregnancy is the leading cause of high school dropout, creates a preventable burden on social safety nets, has generational consequences for both parents and their children, and impacts the overall well-being of communities.
The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) is North Carolina's nonprofit leader in preventing teen pregnancy through advocacy, collaboration and education.
For more information, visit appcnc.org.org.
Watauga Public Library to close May 20
The library will close on Friday, May 20, for staff training. All libraries in the Appalachian Regional Library system, including Watauga, Wilkes, and Ashe, will close for this annual service.
The library is located at 140 Queen St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-8784.
AppalCART changes schedule, routes
AppalCART, the public transportation authority serving Watauga County, will be changing its schedule this week.
On Wednesday, May 4, the Express, Blue, Pink and State Farm Shuttle ran the last time until August, as Appalachian State University's spring semester drew to a close.
The Red, Green, POP104, Purple and Orange routes will run continuously, but only one bus will be running on each route.
The POP105 route will no longer serve Faculty Street, as of Thursday, May 5. Instead, it will serve U.S. 321, with stops at Highland Avenue and McDonald's. The POP105 route will also reduce its operating hours, starting Monday, May 9, when it will end at 6:28 p.m. instead of 11:06 p.m.
The Gold route will resume with the start of the first summer session at ASU on May 23.
For more information, visit http://www.appalcart.com or call the dispatch office at (828) 264-CART.
Worthwhile Woman's Club awards scholarships
The Boone Worthwhile Woman's Club announces the recipients of the educational scholarships for this year.
Each one will receive $1,000 toward education beyond the high school diploma. This year, all those selected will graduate in May from Watauga High School.
Joshua Aaron Pearce has participated in cross country track events and kept up his interest and activity in art shows, as well as church mission work. His goal is a career in graphic arts after obtaining a bachelor of arts degree at Appalachian State University.
Casey Nichole Wrenn has continued to obtain good grades and work two jobs outside of school time. She has set nursing school as her goal. Wrenn will begin at Caldwell Community College in the fall.
Courtney Wrenn, Casey Wrenns' cousin, has been active in several community activities. Among these are Red Cross blood drives, Special Olympics, and even an internship at Appalachian Family Practice. She already has her CAN. This, plus a part-time job, has not kept her from being on National Honor Roll. Her first goal is to be a nurse. She will enter Appalachian State University in the fall. Eventually, she hopes to be a doctor.
For the past 11 years, these scholarships have been given to men and women who lived in Watauga County and wanted to further education beyond a GED or high school diploma in spite of a financial need. Many chose to attend Appalachian State or Caldwell Community College.
This club also donated every year to 15 nonprofit organizations in the community. The first question members are asked by anyone is, "But how does the club do it?" If interested in knowing the answer, call the Boone Worthwhile Woman's Club for a reservation at its luncheon meeting at Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone on May 23, at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call Baben Patricelli at (828) 264-2539 or Frances Arnol at (828) 262-0155.
Warm April marks end of winter
The weather data from the month of April recorded at the official U.S. Weather Service reporting station located next to Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge shows above-average temperatures and more precipitation than normal.
The average high temperature of 58.6 degrees was 4.6 degrees warmer than normal for April, and the average low temperature of 39.3 degrees was 2.2 degrees above normal for this time of year.
The highest temperature ever reached at Grandfather Mountain during the month of April is 80 degrees recorded April 7, 2010.
The rainfall total of 6.27 inches for the past month was 1.15 inches, or 22 percent, above the 55-year average rainfall total for April of 5.12 inches.
For more information on the 55 years of weather data from Grandfather Mountain, see the interactive weather database at http://www.grandfather.com.