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WATAUGA — School performance data released by the N.C. State Board of Education shows that the Watauga County Schools system has improved its four-year graduation rate for the second consecutive year, reaching a record high of 91.2 percent, according to the school system.

BOONE — Carolina Climbers Coalition announced the purchase of Buckeye Knob in Watauga County. The purchase was made possible with a $120,000 loan from the Access Fund Climbing Conservation Loan Program.

  • By Derek Halsey

With autumn upon us and the leaves in the beginning stages of showing their fall colors, this will be a great weekend to venture out to a nearby beautiful farm to take in a weekend’s worth of live music.

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