Editor’s note: This article features news and photos from past editions of the Watauga Democrat.
BOONE — Global Medical Training at Appalachian State sent 14 students to the Dominican Republic this summer to provide free health care for communities in need. Students set up clinics and worked with doctors in seeing around 200 patients per day.
BOONE — Two local artists frequently traveled farther than they had hoped to participate in art shows, until they realized Boone was in need of its own indoor market.
BLOWING ROCK — Growing up in the area, Blowing Rock Mayor Charlie Sellers said the community didn't come together back then for events such as the Hometown Harvest, held Nov. 11 at the Blowing Rock School gym.
BOONE — The Geological Society of America has named Ellen Cowan, Appalachian State professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, a 2018 GSA Fellow. She will be honored with the award at the society’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 4–7.
BLOWING ROCK — The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Board of Trustees honored longtime supporter Patricia Alexander as museum founder emeritus at the Alexander Arts Lecture on Sunday, Oct. 7. Husband and current Founder Emeritus Welborn Alexander was in attendance and accepted the honor…
BOONE – The Boone-based Community Care Clinic is in the middle of a busy season with its first Barn Raising event in September, an upcoming fundraising event and art donations to the clinic.
Boone resident Grace Faraja Nkundabantu’s fears of not being able to afford her undergraduate education in Nairobi, Kenya, became very real — she was dropped from her classes in 2005 when her family couldn’t meet tuition payments.
A Watauga High School Spanish teacher was named the winner of the 2017-18 Appalachian State University Outstanding Alumni Award by the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.
BOONE — Monsters, super heroes and skeletons galore tested their endurance and supported the work of Parent Family Support Network-High Country (FSN-HC) Saturday in the 2018 Spooky Duke Race and Costume Contest at Appalachian State University.
Local excellence in agriculture was celebrated as 250 farmers and friends of farmers feasted and listened to music at the 63rd Annual Farm City Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Boone United Methodist Church.
BLOWING ROCK — Opening for its sixth year, the Dewey’s Holiday Store will begin operation Nov. 12 in the Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Christina Daly of Boone is a doctoral student at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, a school integrated with the world-famous children’s hospital located in Memphis, Tenn.
BOONE — The eighth annual High Country Turkey Trot 5K will take place Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, on the Boone Greenway Trail at the Clawson-Burnley Park entrance.
BOONE — Thanks to community support, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity and the Watauga Habitat ReStore raised a record-setting $47,000 at their annual event, Blueprints and Bow Ties, on Thursday, Oct. 18.
BLOWING ROCK — Girl Scouts are known for their community service, engaging in challenging and fun activities, while learning new life skills, connecting with the community and fostering talent.
BOONE — Old-time stringband players and fans will be treated to an afternoon of participation and listening when the New Southern Ramblers take over the Jones House Cultural and Community Center for afternoon workshops and a concert.
BLOWING ROCK — High Country Breast Cancer Foundation’s Oct. 27 5K Walk and Run at the American Legion building in Blowing Rock saw more than 400 participants and raised more than $40,000.
BOONE — The Friends of the Watauga County Public Library are spreading their love for reading to across the community with their annual fall mall book sale Nov. 6 through Nov. 9 at the Boone Mall.
BOONE — A sustainable answer to local food insecurity is being served up one hot, nutritious meal at a time by students in Appalachian State University’s Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management.
With severe weather hitting North Carolina in the last month and cold temperatures approaching, faith-based food pantries are asking for more donations to meet their demands.
BOONE — The site of the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country is now a construction zone as the 1938 movie theater and performing arts center is being transformed to its former glory.
Starting as one event in February 2016, the Boone Film Festival has transformed into six different events over the course of a month, five of which are taking place over a five-day period starting Oct. 30.
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bicycle safety program, urges parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this Halloween.
BOONE — The Children’s Council of Watauga County recently dedicated its D.U.A.L. School playground this week to a man with a lifetime of service to children: Pat Morgan. Morgan and his wife, Mary Sue, along with Marshall Ashcraft and the children of D.U.A.L. School joined Children’s Council …
BANNER ELK — The prediction is in. After 48 grueling rounds of races that separated the chaff from cream of the woolly-worm-athletics crop, Avery County has a picture of what the coming winter will look like.
BLOWING ROCK — Dress up in Halloween garb, throw on a mask and participate in a good cause at Hunger and Health Coalition's Masquerade Ball.
The song “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” is a Michel Legrand composition that asks a question for which a local group of musicians would like to provide at least a local answer.
BOONE — Crystal Kelly was selected to join a dozen other community leaders nationwide for the inaugural cohort of the Pritzker Fellows Program. The fellows, with expertise across the fields of pediatric medicine, social work, child care and mental health services, were selected to lead their…
BOONE — Hardin Park sixth-grader Sam Nystrom correctly spelled “Jaguar” and “Confetti” to secure victory in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 19. Parkway’s Hannah Lutz and Katie Coombes of Blowing Rock tied for the runner-up spot in the contest.
High Country United Church of Christ in Vilas will host a “Social Justice Film Series: Communities of Hope in Appalachia,” with all movies beginning at 7 p.m. with discussions afterward. Light refreshments will be served.
BOONE — The streets of Blowing Rock are turning pink on Saturday, Oct. 27, as community members lace up their running shoes for the High Country Breast Cancer Foundation’s second annual High Country 5K Run-Walk for Breast Cancer.
TODD — Continuing efforts to bring the community together, the Todd Ruritan Club presented the 25th annual Todd New River Festival on Oct. 13 at Walter and Annie Cook Park.
“Fellowship” and “fun” were the words the parishioners of Holy Cross Episcopal Church kept in mind when the Valle Country Fair first got its start in October 1978.
BANNER ELK — Woolly, wandering, two-toned worms are wiggling their way out of the woodwork all over the High Country to warn us of winter weather. The time has arrived for another Woolly Worm Festival, named this past year as “The Official Woolly Worm Festival of North Carolina.”