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16 Appalachian Stewards for 15 Years

This summer, Appalachian Voices celebrates its 15th anniversary. What once began as a local environmental newspaper, Appalachian Voices has transformed into a regional organization empowering communities to fight the annihilation of the Appalachian landscape.

26 New Animal Safe Haven

The brand new Avery County Adoption and Humane Education Center is a fully climate controlled, durable, eco-friendly facility that functions as one part home and one part animal hospital. Unlike the dog pounds and animal shelters of the past, the new facility will provide a full continuum of care and help abandoned or abused animals find their perfect new homes.

36 Beauty and Brains

Rumors of “clichéd hairdressers” are dispelled and information about what it takes to be a cosmetology school graduate are highlighted in this profile of the Wilkes Community College Ashe Campus School of Cosmetic Arts, where beauty and brains intersect.

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46 Same Press, New Platform:

Have you have wondered where the High Country Press disappeared to? Well, we’re still here, though you won’t find us on newsstands. In the past couple months, the great newspaper you’ve come to love transformed into a webpaper. Check us out in cyberspace at!

50 Basketball Legend in Banner Elk

Hugh Durham is the first and only NCAA Division I basketball coach to lead two different universities, Florida State and Georgia, to their first ever Final Four. The legendary coach now calls Banner Elk home in the spring, summer and fall months. His life and career are highlighted in this extensive profile.

on the cover: Tommy White Tommy White provided us with our cover shot of a scene from Valle


Crucis, near the Mast Store. Tommy specializes in fine art portraiture. His portfolio includes weddings, families, children, babies, seniors, architecture and custom commercial design. Local landscapes are available upon request and are custom framed for your home or office. Visit his website at www.


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