By: Devin Stewart
Locally, The High Country Food Hub announced it reached its milestone of two million dollars in sales, as reported by The Watauga Democrat. The Food Hub began in 2017 out of a need by farmers to sell more of their vegetables and meat. Operated by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, the Hub provides an online year-round market for High Country consumers. Dollars spent at the Hub are dollars that go back into the hands of more than 85 farmers and food producers. More specifically, for every dollar spent, 84 cents goes directly to producers in the community. The High Country Food Hub is expanding its reach. Customers can pick up their orders in Boone, Blowing Rock, and Banner Elk among other places. To learn more, visit ww.highcountryfoodhub.org.
Around the state, WRAL reports a tractor-trailer driver is dead after a crash on a highway in the outskirts of the Piedmont-Triad. The crash happened Tuesday afternoon on Highway 52 North near the Hanes Mill Road exit in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem Police said traffic on the highway was slowed down because of a lane closure. The driver failed to slow down and hit the rear end of another tractor-trailer. The driver, William Gorham, was pronounced dead at the scene. The highway was closed for more than four hours as law enforcement investigated the crash.
Nationally, the U.S. earned its first gold medal of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, as reported by NPR. 36-year-old Lindsey Jacobellis won her first gold medal Wednesday during the Women’s snowboard cross event. She became the oldest American woman to win a Winter Olympics Gold Medal. In snowboard cross, four racers battle down a winding course as they fly over jumps. Jacobellis held off competitors from France and Canada. In the last eight Winter Olympics it’s taken an average of 1.75 days for the U.S. to win its first gold.
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