Our View: Prescribed burn a local hot spot
Thumbs-up: to High Country United Way. Giving credit where credit is due, the local United Way recently received the annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award, presented by the Watauga County Community Foundation. During its 35 years, the High County chapter of the national organization has distributed more than $5 million to its community members. In keeping with that spirit, HCUW's $2,500 award will be used to support High Country Visions Council projects.
Thumbs-up: to Christmas tree safety. The Boone Fire Department advises that 'tis the season to be "fire smart" when it comes to Christmas trees and holiday decorations. Fresh trees with green needles that are placed at least two feet from heating sources and decorated with approved lights -- not candles -- will make for a happier holiday.