Squashing out hunger
Bill Roy fills a crate with zucchini in the parking lot of Boone United Methodist Church on Thursday. A tractor-trailer load of both zucchini and yellow squash was delivered and distributed throughout Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Wilkes counties. According to coordinator Amy Van Devender, the church serves as a distribution point for the Society of St. Andrews, which organizes donated food. Van Devender and other church volunteers help get the food to local places of need, such as the Hunger and Health Coalition, local church food banks and the Hospitality House. Photo by Marie Freeman
Group hopes to inspire kindness
Some local folks are hoping a tour de force of stickers and posters could pay forward a nationwide wave of kindness set to surge on Friday. Read more.
New PAC will back four candidates
As the Boone municipal election approaches, a political action committee has set its sights on the Boone Town Council. Read more.
News briefs: Arson arrest made in Spruce Pine
A Spruce Pine man has been charged with felony arson, four felony counts of burning a commercial building and four felony counts of breaking and entering in connection with the fires in dowtown Spruce Pine area during the first weekend of Aug. Read more.
Mural unveiled at Belk Library
Community members, elected officials, staff and students were all part of a big cover-up last week — and then an uncovering. A packed house gathered last Thursday for the unveiling and dedication of a mural by artist Brenda Mauney Councill at Appalachian State University’s Carol Grotnes Belk Library. Read more.
County school board discusses campus heat
The Watauga Board of Education met Monday night for its monthly meeting. Monday’s meeting was the first since the beginning of the school year and superintendent Bobbie Short said the system had opened the school year “like a well oiled machine,” despite the heat, which caused schools to release students early on Thursday and Friday. Read more.
Program promotes reading among inmates
Mary Belanger may have retired from teaching at Green Valley School, but she did not retire from teaching. She has found another outlet for her passion of sharing knowledge.
Webworms are back in huge numbers
No, it’s not your friendly neighborhood Spiderman swinging through the trees to rid Watauga County of crime. Those web clusters in the trees are the homes of fall webworms, a species of moth that is common in the South and spins protective webs during its larval stage. If you think the clusters appear to be particularly thick and prolific this year, your eyes are not spinning webs of deceit. Read more.
August 15, 2007
Boone climbs National Geographic list
Boone has been noted as one of the most popular travel destinations and among the best towns in which to live, and now it’s receiving national coverage as an outdoor adventure destination. To read more, please click here.
Restaurant air quality analyzed
A monitoring study in April suggests that air quality in restaurants that allow smoking is between four and five times worse than in non-smoking restaurants. Read more.
Officers encountered a standoff situation with an armed individual Monday evening. A report was made at approximately 8:40 p.m. of a possible suicidal person with a gun. Read more.
District Criminal Court reports:
July 27 — Charges of harboring a fugitive and resisting a public officer were dismissed against Brenda Lee Cook, 44, of 110 Archway Drive, Vilas. Read more.
Watauga Reads launch takes off Aug. 18
The Watauga County Public Library, Appalachian State University, Watauga High School and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute are teaming up once again to inspire community members to come together through literature with their annual Watauga Reads program. Read more.
Water flows through town agenda
The Boone Town Council faces a loaded agenda at its regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 16. In its consent agenda, the council will consider the establishment of capital reserve funds for facilities and raw water. Read more.
Planners OK lighting regulations in Boone
The Boone Area Planning Commission gave the green light to new lighting regulations for sports fields and parking areas. Read more.
Boone community garden cultivates second fund-raiser
To everything there is a season. A time to plant, a time to reap, and a time to raise funds.
The Leola Street Community Garden will host its second annual fund-raiser festival Aug. 26, also raising awareness for local food and sustainable agriculture. Read more.
August 13, 2007