Boone turns on financing faucet for water source
The Boone Town Council moved forward with a financing plan for a proposed municipal water intake on the New River Friday.
Spanish teacher Sue Walker uses stuffed animals and color cards as she introduces the language to kindergarten students at Green Valley Elementary School on Thursday, the first official day of school for Watauga students. Photo by Mark Mitchell
BRIEF: Rockslide shuts down U.S. 321 for one hour
A rock slide just before 4 p.m. Thursday shut down all lanes of traffic on U.S. 321 south of Blowing Rock, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. Crews cleared the road, which a spokesperson for NCHP said took more than one hour.
Bojangles employee injured in fire
An employee was injured in a fire at the Bojangles restaurant in Boone Thursday afternoon. A maintenance employee was working to repair a propane line connected to a deep fryer when the gas ignited, according to Boone fire marshal Ronnie Marsh.
Land transfers as of Aug. 1
Homeless group prepares for new capital campaign
The Hospitality House will host its annual Food and Shelter for Hope Luncheon event at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on Aug. 21, during which the public phase of the Combined Campaign for a new facility will be introduced.
Senate candidate Kay Hagan tours ASU wind station
U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan took a tour of Appalachian State University's wind-energy research facility on Wednesday and touted it as an example of the state's potential economic boom.
Watauga sheriff’s reports:
July 31 —Breaking and entering and larceny were reported on the 200 block of Corbett McNeil Road in Boone. A person forcibly entered the home and also a vehicle. Steaks, a carton of cigarettes, cash and prescription medication were reported stolen.
Jesse Pope takes flight as new High Country Audubon president
The High Country Audubon Society named a new president at their annual meeting in July.
Tourney tees off against MS
A local Italian restaurant and a Tennessee golf course are cooking up a dish tastier than pasta primavera — charity on the green.
August 6, 2008
Watauga High School to open on regular schedule on Thursday, Aug. 7
Watauga High School and all of the schools in the Watauga County system will open
as planned on Thursday, Aug. 7, and will operate on a regular schedule.
Police seek theft suspect
The Boone Police Department along with the Watauga County Crimestoppers have issued a statement requesting the public’s help in identifying a white male whose picture was taken by video cameras at the Harris Teeter shopping center.
Gardening from above
Eliot Aycock, 3, and father, Burt Aycock, take in the sight of colorful sunflowers as they take part in the Leola Street Community Garden fundraiser on Saturday in Boone.
Photo by Mark Mitchell
Undercover sting led to arrest of former BPD officer
Warning: The following article contains material some readers may find sexually explicit. More information has become available in a state child-pornography investigation involving a former Boone police officer.
Coyotes ugly for local neighborhood
Bite could follow bark, as the Watauga County commissioners resolve to look into a potential coyote menace, as well as speed-limit adjustments on a potentially dangerous road.
County board of education draws closer to tuition policy
The Watauga County Board of Education conducted a work session meeting to discuss out of county tuition policies Thursday.
County OKs lower extra payment to WHS architect
A new Watauga High School is still under construction, but additional costs are up and running.
Every day can be Electronics Recycling Day
Electronics Recycling Day will be recycled for use throughout the entire year. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners approved a request from county recycling coordinator Lisa Doty to maintain the program year round, based on the popularity of the previously annual event.
Town council will tackle water-source issues
The Boone Town Council will continue its procedural trek to a new water source at a special meeting Aug. 8.
Million dollar NSF grant to support undergraduates in math and science
Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences has received a $1 million grant to help increase the number of students majoring in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. A team of faculty members from these disciplines will lead the project at Appalachian.
Crimestoppers needs public's help
Watauga County Crimestoppers requests the public’s help in identifying the person(s) responsible for the following crime: Sometime between July 15 and Aug. 4, an unknown suspect entered a residence on Dick Watson Road. The suspect left with a shotgun, digital camera and five boxes of ammunition. Anyone with information on this crime, or any other crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at 828-268-6959. All information will be kept confidential. Crimestoppers pays rewards for information which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs; and the location of wanted persons.
August 4, 2008
The competition was steep at the second annual Rock-N-Road Hill Climb Aug. 2-3 at the Lodges at Eagles Nest in Banner Elk. Photo by Alex Fish
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SBI arrests former Boone Police officer
A former Boone Police officer is behind bars following an investigation led by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.
NCDOT presents proposals for improving N.C. 105
The N.C. Department of Transportation presented proposals for improvements to N.C. 105 at a Thursday meeting hosted by the Boone Town Council.
Republicans gather hopefuls and former governor for HQ opening
A former governor introduced a hopeful for the office during Friday’s grand opening of the Watauga County Republican Party headquarters.
Tubing slides out skiing at Seven Devils
Hawksnest Ski & Snow Tubing had already dropped the “Golf” from its original name of Hawksnest Golf & Ski Resort, and now it’s losing the “ski,” as well.
Watauga sheriff’s reports:
July 23 —Richard Patrick Porter, 42, of 157 Pebble Lane, Todd, was arrested on view on a charge of violating a domestic violence protective order. He was placed in the Watauga County Detention Center on a 48-hour hold and is scheduled to appear in district court on Aug. 20.
Merry Land Academy damaged by Sunday fire
A child-care facility on N.C. 105 suffered damage in a structure fire Sunday afternoon.