December 30, 2005
2005: A look back
Appalachian State football coach Jerry Moore accepted congratulations from fans and players after the Mountaineers won their first Division I-AA national championship on Dec. 15. This story along with many others made the headlines during 2005 in Watauga County. For more on the old year, please link with the article below. File photo
Watauga 2005: A look back
The year 2005 began and ended with Watauga County in the national spotlight— for polar opposite reasons. National news networks descended on the sheriff’s office after two suspects and accused methamphetamine dealers allegedly kidnapped their two children, sparking an Amber Alert. Eleven months later, the Appalachian State University Mountaineers closed the year as national champions in Division I-AA football. In between, we saw a changing of the guard on the Boone Town Council; plenty of land-use controversies and the retirement of Boone’s First Lady. Here’s a sampling of the top news stories of the year.
Ringing in the new year High Country style
Celebrating the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one, is a festivity as old as the calendar itself. It is traditionally a time for getting together with friends and family to watch the clock approach midnight.
December 28, 2005
Dashing through the snow
Jeanette Ratzlaff flies over a mogul on her sled and scoots down a hill in front of the Broyhill Music Center on the campus of Appalachian State University Monday. Ratzlaff joined friends from Raleigh who plan to spend time on the ski slopes this week. Photo by Marie Freeman
Group asks state for help with voting machines
While Watauga County is moving ahead with acquiring new voting machines, other counties are feeling the financial and time pressures in meeting required changes.
New food labeling rules take effect
The start of the new year will launch more safeguards for those with food allergies. A new food labeling law takes effect on Jan. 1 that requires products to carry the names of the most common food allergens.
Calendars feature the many faces of Blowing Rock
It was just in June of this year that the idea first occurred to Sara Sellers Golini. In an effort to introduce newcomers and visitors to Blowing Rock to the influential people who shaped the town’s history, a calendar would be created consisting of children and grandchildren of these movers and shakers.
December 26, 2005
Four injured in Dec. 24 wreck
One driver faces charges and two other motorists face serious injuries following a Christmas Eve crash on N.C. 105, in Boone, according to the state highway patrol. Trooper B.K. Wyatt refused to release the names of two Watauga County residents who were airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center Saturday afternoon with life-threatening injuries. Wyatt said a Ford sedan was rear-ended by a Dodge Durango while waiting to turn left on a stretch of N.C. 105 known as Rock Crusher Hill. The force of the collision drove the sedan into an oncoming Ford Bronco. Rescue workers extricated the passenger of the sedan. The Bronco and sedan drivers were airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center where reports of their condition remained unavailable at press time.
Another injured Bronco passenger was taken to Watauga Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Wyatt said the nature of charges against the Durango driver will depend on whether any of the victims’ injuries are fatal. A total of six vehicles were involved in the crash, which was the second multi-car pileup on N.C. 105 in a week. The first, Monday afternoon, involved five cars and sent a Boone man to Johnson City Medical Center with serious injuries. Investigators said weather did not appear to be a factor in either crash. —Jerry Sena, staff writer
Watauga County Sheriff’s Reports:
Dec. 1 — Louise L. Seiden, 63, of 308 S. Palm Dr., Lakewort, Fl., was arrested and charged with driving while impaired. She was held pending a $500 secured bond and scheduled for District Court, Jan. 11.
School board re-elects chairman, vice chairman
Before Watauga County Board of Education members could vote on anything else during their Dec. 12 meeting they had to elect a chairman and vice chairman for the upcoming calendar year.