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Posted: 10/28/2005

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October 28, 2005

Park dedication Tuesday

A dedication of the town of Boone's Jimmy Smith Park will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 12:30 p.m. The park is located on the corner of Rivers and Depot streets. The park has been a work in progress for a number of years and was named to honor  the late Jimmy Smith. Among the many areas that Smith was active, he served as a town council member from 1987 to 2000 and was a professor of math at Appalachian State University from 1968 to 2000. His friend Saul Chase came before the council a couple of years ago to ask the town to establish a park in Smith's name. " I thought Jimmy made so many important contributions to Boone that it was important to memorialize him," Chase said. The location of the park is an area located across from the ASU math department, but on town property. The park's design is of two connecting loops, which symbolize Smith's university work and his town work. Three large boulders with plaques describing Smith's contributions are on the grounds, as are three benches for pedestrians to sit. Chase invites anyone who has fond memories of Smith to attend the dedication. Photo by Marie Freeman



Cultural Museum must move

Space on the Appalachian State University campus is as elusive as a parking place. The Appalachian Cultural Museum is learning this the hard way.



Farm City celebrates 50 years

Farm City Banquet, just one week away, is the biggest celebration of its kind in the High Country, but this year, it is no ordinary event. On Thursday, Nov. 3, Watauga County will be celebrating the golden anniversary of Farm-City with the theme, “50 Years of Tradition – 1955-2005.”



Governor plans teacher raises; efforts may help Watauga recruit teachers

North Carolina teachers would get a pay hike to move past the national salary average under a plan backed by state leaders.



ASU chancellor will seek tuition hike

Though certainly a feather in Yosef’s hat, Appalachian State University’s recently approved nursing initiative is but one of several sizable undertakings at the university.



Architect reviews WHS options

Hundreds of community members, parents, teachers, administrators and elected officials attended a public input session to discuss plans for a new Watauga High School this week.



October 26, 2005

Autumn blowing away?

Boyd Stines is bundled up to endure chilly temperatures as he uses a blower to clean leaves from the sidewalks in front of Newland Residence Hall at Appalachian State University. Despite a backdrop of colorful leaves, current temperatures make the High Country feel more like winter. Boone awoke this morning to a low of around 37, while other parts of Watauga County experienced even lower temperatures. Photo by Marie Freeman


Parking enforcer wants rules changed

The town of Boone’s vehicular immobilization regulations may see more fine-tuning in the future, if last Thursday’s meeting of the Boone Town Council is any indication.



Town Council agrees to storm water analysis

Storm water management soaked a portion of the Boone Town Council’s agenda at last Thursday’s regular meeting.



Two separate accidents claim lives

Vilas crash fatal: A 19-year-old Zionville man was killed when his car collided head-on with another vehicle this morning on U.S. 421 near Vilas, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.



Movie mavens mixed about best horror flicks

The Halloween season often is accompanied by chilly nights, but local video stores see horror video rentals heat up this time of year.



October 24, 2005

Jog a dog

More than 160 dogs and their owners ran, jogged or walked in Saturday's Watauga County Humane Society Dog Jog at the Greenway Park in Boone. Photo by Marie Freeman

Council paves way for firing range

You may fire when ready.  Boone Town Council adopted a code amendment Thursday to allow weapons and paintball guns to be fired within town limits, as long as such discharge occurs in an approved indoor facility.


Hearing will probe rising cable prices

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners have no control over cable television rate increases, but they do have the authority to call Charter Communications officials on the carpet because of them.



WHS opens talent showcase

The stage is set, the lights go down, and the first notes cut across the Watauga High School auditorium.



Bolick resigns after agent position not renewed

Farm agent Frank Bolick has seen a lot of changes in local agriculture after a 13-year career, and he steps down at a time of transition.



Boone Town Council faces lengthy plan amendments

Among the considerably few council matters on its regular meeting agenda last Thursday, the Boone Town Council addressed priorities for the Boone Development Services Department.



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