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BOONE — Green Valley eighth-grader Kazia Orkiszewski correctly spelled “statuesque” and “circumvent” to land the top spot in the Watauga County Schools districtwide spelling bee held Oct. 13. Sam Nostrum of Hardin Park and Christian Hamilton of Blowing Rock tied for the runner-up spot in the…

BOONE — One case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was confirmed in Watauga County on Oct. 16. The case is in an Appalachian State University student.

BOONE — The Belk Library and Information Commons Digital Scholarship and Initiatives program has begun work on digitizing every issue of the Watauga Democrat from 1888 to the present to preserve the publication while also making archives available to the public.

After 31 years, Randy Kelly, adviser to Appalachian State’s Appalachian Popular Programming Society and manager of the campus nightclub Legends, has retired.

BOONE — Ever wonder how to make those prosciutto wrapped figs from Bistro Roca? Want to make The Cardinal’s hot damn ham dip at home? Looking to impress dinner guests with pumpkin seed crusted halibut from Timberlake’s at Chetola? The answers – err recipes – await in “From Our House to Yours…

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