Friday, June 20, 2008
Watauga takes on Ashe Monday
County Library Board meets Tuesday
The Watauga County Library Board has scheduled a meeting for 2 p.m. on Aug. 18.
It's the first meeting since Watauga County's library director John Blake said he was forced to resign three weeks ago. The local library board members expressed surprise at the action, since bylaws give them authority over personnel decisions. Blake's resignation is on the agenda for discussion.
The meeting will be held in Room C the N.C. Agricultural Conference Center on Poplar Grove Road in Boone. It is open to the public.
Council orders up mixed-drink referendum
Home search unearths pot cache
An undercover operation lead to the execution of a search warrant at a home on Huffman Road in Vilas on June 6. Detectives of the Special Operations Division and the Special Tactics and Response Team of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office seized about nine ounces of marijuana and 80 cultivated marijuana plants from the property.
Relay for Life kicks off Friday night
One of the High Country’s most celebrated events takes place this weekend at Watauga High School. Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, with money going toward research for cures. Add your comment here
State cites local stores with underage tobacco sales
During the month of May, agents of the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement office randomly visited 32 tobacco retailers in Watauga County to investigate tobacco sales. Six clerks were cited for sale to minor.
Banner Elk man buys MTN TV station
Steve and Tammy Rondinaro announced they are in the process of selling Mountain Television Network to Terry Smith of Banner Elk. “Absentee ownership has been very difficult for us,” Steve Rondinaro said.
Boone Council will ponder mixed-drink resolution
Wine tasting will uncork funds for health
Seeds of Support: ASU alum plants to honor fallen soldiers
Shannon Young is helping lead the troops into action at the local National Guard Armory – at least in front of the building where a 2,500-square foot memorial garden she designed is being established to honor the sacrifices of two soldiers.
Electric Cooperative switches on annual meeting
Like a bridge over troubled Todd
Residents debate terms of construction of New River span
The new Todd bridge may not be over troubled waters, but it’s troubling some members of the community who say unnecessary delays are driving up construction costs and hampering traffic in the area. Write your comment here
Watauga resident picked as Democratic delegate
Zack Wynne, vice chairman of the New River 3 precinct, will be representing Watauga County and the 5th District at the National Democratic Convention in Denver the last week of August.
BREMCO sparks money flow: Foundation turns on funds
The Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation presented grants to four area nonprofits: the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, Children’s Playhouse, Cove Creek Farm and the Watauga Chapter of the American Red Cross. The foundation is the nonprofit arm of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.
Cornerstones: Regional report touts wind power
A regional environmental group has released a plan for the state’s energy future that includes the promotion of wind power in the mountains.
Mast General Store and Parkway Foundation team up
Animal ER expands services with new staff and equipment
The Animal Emergency Clinic of the High Country has expanded the services offered. New equipment and additional staff have been added. The clinic was established in 2005 by Dr. David W. Linzey and his wife, Debi.
Southern Fried Jazz Band cooks up music at BRSC
Don Edwards, veteran trumpet player of the Southern Fried Jazz Band, says that “Jazz is especially reflective of our nation’s personality and spirit.” That sentiment is exactly why the Big Band veteran organized this eight-piece ensemble, which performs a concert of authentic Dixieland jazz for one night only, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mariam & Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock.
Crimestoppers looks into break-ins, vandalism
Watauga County Crimestoppers requests the public's help in solving the following crimes.
D&B Mini Mart reports fourth breaking and entering of the year
One man remains in custody of the Watauga County Sheriff's Office following the third incident of theft in 2008 at the D & B Mini Mart in Zionville.
Repealing county powers: Bill would stymie tax authority
With a land-transfer tax proving unpopular with voters, the General Assembly may be removing it as a revenue option for local governments.
Newest traffic signal arrives
Man sentenced in case of false report causing ASU lockdown
June 11, 2008
June 10: Mountaineer Day in North Carolina
Lightning sparks fire
A summer of agriculture
With farmers’ markets in full swing and local produce showing up in the garden and on the dinner table, agricultural officials are hosting a number of upcoming events to ensure the banquet remains lush and healthy.
Drought stays extreme
Watauga County remains under extreme drought, according to the most recent report by the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council.
Cyclical economy: Gas price hike pushes more pedal power
High gas prices may have frustrated motorists, but it’s proving a boon to those who are peddling pedal power.
Watauga County sheriff’s reports
May 20 —An assault was reported on the 200 block of Saddle Hills Drive in Boone. The victim reported having been shot with a pellet gun.
Valle Crucis may get state natural area
Valle Crucis could soon have another parcel of preserved property and the state’s residents may have access to another natural area.
Well rules will mirror state regs
New well rules are helping guarantee safer water supplies, but they add an extra layer of building regulation and permitting.
ASU will add centers and wind turbines
The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees met Friday, June 6, for its regular meeting. The meeting’s early action included the swearing in of David Mofford, newly elected student body president. The board then voted to grant professor emeritus status to Harriette Buchanan, Alice Naylor, Jane Nowacek, O’Hyun Park and Joan Woodward.