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Article Published: Jul. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

5 K Walk/Run for Crohn's, Colitis July 24

The 3rd Annual 5K Walk/Run to support the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America takes place on Saturday, July 24, at 9 a.m. on the Greenway Trail in Boone.

The registration fee is $10 on or before July 21, and $15 after.

Informational signs will be posted along the course to raise awareness of these irritable bowel syndromes.

In addition, participants will be eligible to win door prizes from various businesses in the area, and refreshments will be served before, after and during the event.

Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are painful, incurable diseases that attack the digestive system.

Crohn's and colitis affect adults and children both. About 1.4 million Americans are affected, and, of those, about 150,000 are under the age of 18. Most people develop this disease between the ages of 15 and 35 years of age.

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is dedicated to finding a cure for the disease and making the lives of people who are affected by this disease better. The foundation has more than 50,000 members.

For more information or to register, contact Sherri Wilson at (wilsonsl@appstate.edu) or call (828)262-6314.

For more information on Crohn's and colitis disease, visit http://www.ccfa.org.



Colorado crash claims Boone woman's life

A three-car crash in Colorado Monday morning claimed the life of a Boone woman and seriously injured her husband and two others.

Jane and Barry Smith, both 58, were airlifted to the Medical Center of the Rockies following the accident, where Jane later died.

Barry was taken to surgery for serious injuries, according to reports from Longmont Times-Call, The Reporter Herald in Loveland, and sources close to the family.

The Smiths had just left the home of their son, Brent, in the Loveland area, on their way to New Mexico when the accident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. near Mead, Colo.

Reports indicate that the Smiths were traveling south on I-25 near the Mead exit in a silver Chevrolet Cobalt when a gold Kia Spectra crossed the median and hit their vehicle head-on.

The initial investigation determined that a Geo Metro and the Kia in the northbound lanes were in a side-swipe collision, after which the Kia crossed the center median into the southbound lane of I-25, hitting the Smith's vehicle head-on.

The multiple-car accident closed a five-mile stretch of southbound lanes on I-25 for about two hours.

The driver and passenger of the Kia were transported by ambulance to Longmont United Hospital with serious injuries.The driver of the Metro was apparently uninjured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. John Hahn said alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

A source close to the family in Boone spoke with Brent Smith, on Monday evening and reported that Barry Smith remains in ICU, in serious but stable condition following surgery to repair a badly broken ankle and heel.

- Sherrie Norris



OASIS to begin 'Don't Miss the Bus School supply drive

OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) will begin its sixth annual Don't Miss the Bus school supply drive on July 19.

This campaign is designed to assist victims of abuse and their children as they prepare for the upcoming school year, a spokesperson for OASIS said.

School supplies can be a financial burden for parents who have been victims of violence, and OASIS wants to help to provide their children with adequate materials for the 2010-2011 school year, she said.

Donation boxes will be placed in six area locations between Monday, July 19, and Friday, July 30: Big Lots, Dollar General, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Grace Lutheran Church and St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church.

"While visiting one of these area locations, help a local child in need by donating school supplies. Specific supplies requested are: backpacks, notebooks, folders, Clorox wipes, calculators, tissues, index cards, three-ring binders, dividers, pencils, pencil sharpeners and colored pencils," the spokesperson said.

OASIS Inc. provides shelter, support, advocacy and referrals for victims of domestic abuse.
For more information, call (828) 264-1532. OASIS's crisis line is (828) 262-5035.



EDC talks land purchase, job creation

The Watauga County Economic Development Commission is seeking a portion of new tax revenues to purchase land and create jobs.

The EDC met Tuesday and discussed ways to merge guidelines from the county's adopted Citizen's Plan into its future strategy.

Ideas included the importance of establishing gateway entrances, particularly U.S. 421 South in the eastern portion of the county, and providing workforce housing. Extension of water and sewer services would also be important in development gateways that would be prime growth areas.

EDC chairman Keith Honeycutt said the idea of regional interconnections had been discussed for 15 years, but nobody had put "money on the table" to make it happen. He also said local governments were reluctant to yield control of their water systems.

Honeycutt said if the county was going to be "players" in a system, it would have to have some ownership, which might mean creating its own water authority.

EDC member Jason Triplett encouraged partnering with the town of Boone on collaborating on a planned water extension, connecting with Boone's proposed water intake in the Fleetwood area.

Boone Council member Andy Ball said the town didn't plan to annex out into the Deep Gap area anytime soon, and a new sewer extension would be expensive. He said once the system was online in 10 years, the town might look for new water customers, including along the interconnect link between Boone and Blowing Rock that was originally billed as an emergency interconnect, but is now being seen as a way to develop the U.S. 321 corridor between the two towns.

Boone Area Chamber of Commerce president Dan Meyer said since about half of Watauga workers earned $10 or less per hour, home ownership would be out of the reach of most people and said Watauga wasn't creating the types of jobs that would support homes. He said multi-residential development would probably make more sense as a focus of affordable housing.

- Scott Nicholson

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