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Article Published: Dec. 3, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

A hair-raising fundraiser
Haircut 101 and a local woman have partnered for the fifth year in a row to sponsor students of the Crossnore School during the Christmas season.

The school was established to house and educate children who, for various reasons, are unable to live with their families.

This year, the staff of Haircut 101, owner John Mena, and Wanda Howell, Watauga County Clerk of Court, have chosen to sponsor five girls and four boys ages 13 to 17.
"This age group is often overlooked," Howell said.

Cash donations are being accepted to purchase gifts. Raffle tickets are also currently on sale at Haircut 101. Tickets are $10 each. The first place winner will receive haircuts and styling for one year, one cut and style per month for 12 months. The second place will receive a $100 gift certificate for services and third place will receive $50 in Bumble & Bumble hair care products.

Haircut 101 will close early on December 19 to bring the students in for a hairstyle and a little pampering. Then they are given their gifts and sent out for a holiday dinner, compliments of Makoto's. The students will draw the winning raffle tickets that evening.

Cash donations can be dropped off at Haircut 101 and are tax deduction. If mailing a donation, write Crossnore School Donation in the memo line of the check and a 501c3 receipt will be mailed back.

"The past four years that we have held this event were so beautiful, and the children so grateful, that we've made this a big part of our holiday season," Howell said.

"The thank-you letters we've received would bring tears to your eyes and a lump in your throat. Some children have stated that it had been the most wonderful Christmas they had ever had."
Haircut 101 is located at 174 South Depot Street in Boone. For more information call (828) 262-3324.

- Melanie Marshall, (

Texting-while-driving state ban takes effect
The North Carolina General Assembly approved a law to make texting or e-mailing while driving illegal. The new law took effect Tuesday.

The ban includes sending text messages or e-mail and reading received messages or e-mails. The prohibition does not extend to names or numbers stored in the phone or caller identification.
Exemptions to the ban include a person in a vehicle that is stopped or parked. Law enforcement, fire department personnel or ambulance drivers while in the performance of their duties are also exempt.

The law also excludes voice-operated technology and the use of factory-installed or aftermarket GPS units.

A violation of this law could result in a $100 fine and court costs. School bus drivers in violation can be charged with a Class II misdemeanor and will be punishable by a fine of not less than $100.

According to the bill, no driver's license points or insurance surcharges will result from a violation of the ban. Failure to comply with the law does not constitute negligence per se or contributory negligence by the driver in any action for the recovery of damages arising out of the operation, ownership or maintenance of a vehicle.

- Melanie Marshall, (

Volunteer firefighters get funding
The Beaver Dam, Beech Mountain and Zionville volunteer fire departments in Watauga County will receive more than $46,000 total in state funds.

An announcement by insurance commissioner and state fire marshal Wayne Goodwin states the Beaver Dam VFD will receive $17,991.50, Beech Mountain VFD $18,718.20, and Zionville VFD $30,000 from the Volunteer Fire Department Fund.

Formed in 1988, the fund distributes grants to volunteer fire departments across the state.
The grants are awarded with matching funds provided by the departments and will be used to purchase equipment.

"Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don't grow with their responsibilities," Goodwin said. "Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely."

Since its inception, the Volunteer Fire Department Fund has distributed more than $65 million in grants. The Beaver Dam department has received $161,072; the Beech Mountain department, $138,345; and Zionville, $208,675, over the past 22 years.

- Melanie Marshall, (

Globetrotters bounce into Boone
Coming off the most successful year in the franchise's illustrious history, with a record-breaking 62 box office records and over two million smiling fans, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters bring their eye-popping 2010 "Magical Memories" World Tour to Boone on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Appalachian State University's Holmes Convocation Center.

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Spalding and America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, the Harlem Globetrotters will take the court at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $16 and are available online at Ticket information, including group and scout tickets, also is available on the Harlem Globetrotters' official Web site:

The Globetrotters' wholesome family entertainment is known worldwide for thrilling fans young and old and making cherished family memories.

Now in their 84th consecutive season of touring the world, the Globetrotters' high-flying show features some of the most extraordinary athletes and entertainers on the planet - including Big Easy Lofton and Flight Time Lang, who were participants in the Emmy Award-winning CBS reality hit "The Amazing Race," the always hilarious Special K Daley, dribbling magician Scooter Christensen, and ball-handling wizards Handles Franklin and Ant Atkinson.

Sports Illustrated praised the Globetrotters' performance as "the sports equivalent of comfort food," in its March 2009 feature article "Still Crazy After All These Years."

The original Harlem Globetrotters have played in 120 countries on six continents, entertaining more than 130 million fans and crossing barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life.

The Globetrotters are one of only six teams to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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