December 15, 2006
ASU wins second Nat'l Championship
Appalachian State 28, Massachusetts 17
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ---- Appalachian State's Kevin Richardson needs no directions to the end zone — or to the team’s second national championship.
Massachusetts found that out Friday night.
Richardson ran for 170 yards and four touchdowns to lead Appalachian State to a 28-17 victory over the Minutemen in the FCS/Division I-AA national championship game.
•Coach Jerry Moore receives Robinson Award
Robert and Andrew Jones demonstrate their Mountaineer
spirit as they joined hundreds of Appalachian State fans Tuesday to send off the Mountaineers to Chattanooga,
Tenn., to face the University of Massachusetts in the Division I-AA national championship. The game kicks off
at 8 p.m. Friday. The Appalachian Athletics Ticket Office sold out of the 950 additional tickets for the
game in three and a half hours Wednesday, according to GoASU.com. Some 7,500 tickets to the game were sold out
Monday. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Photo by Marie Freeman
Look for U.S. 321 weekend closing
Clearing up a rock slide on U.S. 321 about a half-mile south of Blowing Rock may block traffic completely for at least a couple of weeks probably beginning this weekend. District Department of Transportation engineer Kip Turner said a blasting contractor from Pennsylvania began boring into rock Tuesday, drilling holes as deep as 50 feet to determine how much of the slope needs to be removed.
A life mission: Remembering Lowell Furman
Lowell Furman, a local physician who died Dec. 8 at age 74, is being remembered as a man who took his skills into the mission fields of life. Furman, along with his brother, Richard Furman, helped start World Medical Mission in the late 1970s and went on about 50 medical missions to developing countries over his lifetime.
'Tis the season for spaying and neutering pets
The Watauga Humane Society is gearing up for another round of spay and neuter grants in January. The Humane Society works with Humane Alliance spay/neuter clinic of Asheville to offer pet owners low-cost surgeries. In the new year, the society will be offering a variety of need-based grants to help offset the cost of having pets spayed or neutered.
Watauga County Crimestoppers recently released the following as the group’s “Crimes of the Week”: Sometime between Nov. 16 and Dec. 7, 28 various shrubbery plants were taken from the Mountain Top Development in Blowing Rock.
View-shed rules could face legal challenge
The town of Boone could potentially face a lawsuit, pending the filing of a complaint from the Committee for Responsible Environmental Regulation against recently adopted zoning amendments.
December 13, 2006
The hot ticket
As they depart for Chattanooga, the Mountaineers will receive a huge sendoff Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Fans are urged to line the sidewalks on Stadium Drive between Owens Field House and Rivers Street and Rivers Street between Stadium Drive and the Holmes Center to show support.
Tickets for Friday’s NCAA Division I Football national championship game sold out at 1:45 p.m. on Monday. The last of Appalachian State University’s allotment of 7,500 tickets was sold to ASU student Ben James on Monday around 1:15 p.m. According to an ASU report, “Chattanooga officials are in discussions about making a limited number of standing room-only tickets available.” The university’s phone system received 1,741 calls to the ticket office in a five-minute period on Monday morning. James wanted four tickets — the most allowed per person to purchase — but happily bought the last one after standing in line for two hours. “I'm going to have some disappointed friends,” he said. The current high bid on online auction Web site eBay is $405 for four tickets.
WHS land buy finalized
Watauga County is now the owner of nearly 90 acres in Perkinsville, after the county finalized the purchase of several parcels for a new high school site.
Slide could close part of U.S. 321
U.S. 321 south of Blowing Rock may be completely closed for an undetermined period as engineers decide how to handle a rock slide.
Nov. 26 — A Deep Gap woman reported finding a blue firebox in the woods near the entrance to Howards Knob Park. It contained two checks, plus two tickets of an unspecified nature.
Liquid gold: Local winery grows
There are red wines, there are white wines, and there are Double Gold award-winning wines. Banner Elk Winery’s 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is the latter, the 2006 recipient of the N.C. State Fair’s Double Gold Award.
December 11, 2006
ASU: Going for 2
All aboard for Chattanooga
Who: ASU (13-1) vs.
When: Friday at 8 p.m.
Where: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Radio: WATA-AM, 1450; WKBC-FM, 97.3
Appalachian State reached the FCS/Division I-AA championship for the second straight year Saturday by easily stopping the march of the Youngstown State Penguins 49-24. The game took place in front of a Kidd Brewer Stadium playoff record crowd of 18,040. The Mountaineers won a school record 13th straight game this year, its 27th straight at The Rock and improved to 13-1. The Mountaineers have also won seven straight playoff games. On Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Mountaineers will take on Massachusetts, a 19-17 winner over Montana last Friday night. See sports for more details. Photo by Marie Freeman
ASU trustees OK tuition raise of almost 6 percent
The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of nearly 6 percent during Friday’s quarterly meeting, also boosting general fees 5 percent for the next academic year.
New sheriff makes some changes
New Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman has made a few changes in the office’s command structure, including bringing back an officer who had resigned under the tenure of former Sheriff Mark Shook.
Widening project faces local opposition
A group of Blowing Rock residents are pursuing legal challenges to the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s planned widening of U.S. 321 through the town.
Forest Service presents revised Globe proposal
The National Forest Service presented its revised rehabilitation plan for an area of national park land near Blowing Rock, but the plan still has a number of opponents. At a public meeting Thursday, park service officials presented the Globe Project plan to a small group of people, a dramatic change from the crowd that packed the last hearing.
ASU student found dead by friends
Boone Police investigators are awaiting a medical examiner’s report to learn what caused the death of an Appalachian State University student early last Thursday morning, but have found “absolutely no sign of foul play.”
Busted pipes close down King Street Thursday
A massive water main break in downtown Boone last Thursday was probably caused by freezing temperatures and resulting ground shift, according to a Boone town official.
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