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- Restaurants elect to close temporarily as staff members test positive
- WYN distributing food and supplies through mentor program
- State launches testing initiative for nursing homes
- Announcement on schools reopening plan delayed, input from Watauga parents vary
- Cooper extends Phase 2 of reopening for three weeks, mandates masks statewide
- NC reports highest day of confirmed COVID-19 cases
- NCDHHS shares guidelines for potential return to in-person instruction
- NC leaders 'concerned' about COVID-19 trends
- Re-Energize Watauga partners with App Theatre for virtual event
- Application period now open for Reenergize Watauga Fund loan
Local farmers met at Shipley Farms in Vilas on June 26 to discuss a collaborative plan between Shipley Farms, other local beef farmers, the N.C. Cooperative Extension and Cole’s Meat Processing to open and begin operating a butchery in Watauga County by July 15.
BOONE — As local and statewide COVID-19 cases have risen more sharply in recent weeks, several Watauga County businesses have announced decisions to temporarily close as staff members have tested positive.
BLOWING ROCK — Restoration is set to begin on July 20 at the Payne Branch hydroelectric dam, located just south of Boone off of Payne Branch Road, thanks to a $1,177,000 grant awarded to New River Light and Power in February, which will be used to complete environmental restoration of the Pa…
BANNER ELK — There is a moose on the loose in Banner Elk, and the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce is asking local residents to help reel him in and find him a home.
BOONE — The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees unanimously voted on June 26 to approve a motion for support for Chancellor Sheri Everts’ plan to remove the names of Hoey and Lovill from their respective residence halls.
RALEIGH — During the last few weeks, biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have experienced an uptick in calls from people who are seeing bears in neighborhoods. This is the time of year when bears are on the move as they search for natural food sources and yearling bears ar…
BOONE — The board of advisors of the Watauga County Community Foundation recently announced $23,500 in local grant awards from the Armfield and Rachel Rivers Coffey Memorial Fund and its community grant-making fund.
HIGH COUNTRY — Since mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, businesses, art galleries, natural parks and other community-centered organizations have been constantly adapting in order to reach their audiences.