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Article Published: Jul. 22, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Community Care Clinic hosts 5K Fun Run/Walk

Boone's Community Care Clinic announces plans for a 5K Fun Run/Walk to be held at Brookshire Park on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 7, rain or shine.

Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. for the 8:30 un-timed Fun Run and the 9 a.m. family walk. The suggested donation levels are $5 per individual or $10 per family, with T-shirts for those making a $20 donation.

Organized by Sherri Wilson with the support of Watauga County Healthy Carolinians and other community agencies and businesses, the event will also offer information about community services, healthful living, and fitness screenings.

While the primary aim is to raise funds to support the clinic's services to low-income, uninsured local residents, organizers also hope the event will let the community learn more about the clinic's programs and opportunities, while offering a family-oriented event that will help everyone's health.

Brookshire Park is located off U.S. 421 on Brookshire Road, near the county industrial park in Boone.

For more information about the 5K Fun Run/Walk or about the Community Care Clinic, call (828) 265-8591 or visit The clinic continues to welcome new patients who do not have health insurance, and appointments may be made at the same telephone number.

Optimists seek 'Big Kids'

The Boone Otimist Club is looking for big kids-those who refuse to grow up and share their lingering childhood by guiding or teaching children.

The Optimist Club has launched "The Big Kid Award," to be given regularly to "a person who has reached out to youth in our community, helping youth to create a more optimistic future which could have a positive impact on their lives."

The Boone Optimist Club's Jim Jordan said it's just a natural outgrowth of the club's core mission. "Our whole goal is to help kids every way we can," he said.

The Optimist Club is planning a renovation of the clubhouse at Boone Optimist Park, which is on the grounds of sports fields on State Farm Road. Winners will have their plaques placed on a wall of the clubhouse.

"We'd like to get people to recognize people who work with kids," Jordan said. "We're looking for grownups who can't quit being a kid and have given their time to help, whether through coaching or fundraisers or programs. It's a way to say 'Thank you' to volunteers."

Nominations can be made by anyone, with forms available to be picked up from Gene Swift at Southern States Subaru in Boone.

The nominee must live in Watauga County and the application form should include programs and youth activities the nominee has served. Character and community contributions are also part of the selection process.

Jordan said nominations will be accepted through mid-August, with the first award given in September. For more information, call Jordan at (828) 295-0490.

- Scott Nicholson

UNC system ups ASU tuition

Last Wednesday, University of North Carolina System president Erskine Bowles approved a $467.74 supplemental tuition increase for Appalachian State University students for the 2010-11 academic year. The North Carolina General Assembly authorized each UNC campus, subject to the president's approval, to implement additional tuition increases up to $750.

BPD makes arrest in paving scams

The Boone Police Department arrested a local man in connection to alleged paving and roofing scams in the area.

George Demetro, 36, of Boone, was arrested Saturday on charges of felony obtaining property by false pretense, damage to real property and breaking and entering.

The charges stem from two separate incidents. Police allege Demetro sprayed an unidentified substance on a resident's driveway without authorization. In a second incident he is accused of entered a home without authorization under the guise of inspecting for roof leaks.

Demetro is scheduled to appear in district court on Aug. 20 in lieu of a $3,500 bond.

- Melanie Marshall

ASU hosts bike auction July 29

The University Housing Department at Appalachian State University will hold a silent bike auction July 29 from 6-9 p.m. at Appalachian Panhellenic Hall located at 949 Blowing Rock Road.

The annual event raises proceeds to fund housing scholarships for Appalachian students.

Bicycles that have been abandoned on campus will be available for viewing July 27 and 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Appalachian Panhellenic Hall.

Approximately 60 used bicycles will be available for bid. This is a cash and carry auction. No credit cards will be accepted. For more information, contact University Housing at 828-262-2160.

WHS mandatory orientation in August

It's that time again: Watauga County Schools orientation, and this year's opening of the new high school brings a twist.

Watauga High School freshmen won't be the only ones getting lost when classes commence Aug. 11. For the first time in recent memory, all classes will be on an equal playing field, but a mandatory orientation will help lessen the blow.

The sessions will include a program on the new laptop computers issued to all students at the school, as well as a mandatory meeting about high school policies and procedures. Students will also receive their schedules and locker assignments and have the option of touring the school.
Orientation, slated for the first week of August with separate dates assigned for each grade, is mandatory for all students.

Parents with students in more than one grade at WHS have been asked to attend the orientation session for their youngest student and are welcome to attend the session for each of their children.

Orientation begins with seniors on Aug. 2, followed by juniors on Aug. 3, sophomores on Aug. 4, and freshmen on Aug. 5.

Orientation begins at 6 p.m. and ends by 9 p.m. for seniors, juniors and sophomores. Freshmen should report for their orientation on Aug. 5 by 8:30 a.m., and their parents are asked to arrive at 1 p.m. on that date.

The freshmen class will receive letters in the mail with additional details of their orientation schedule.

For students and parents unable to attend their scheduled orientation, a makeup date will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m.

In addition, students, parents and the general public are invited to the dedication of the new high school on Friday, July 30. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Following the 11 a.m. conclusion, tours of the high school will be available for attendees.

The first day of classes is Aug. 11.

All orientation times and dates will be posted on the high school website, which can be accessed through the "schools" link on the WCS homepage at

- Lauren K. Ohnesorge

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