Editor’s note: This article features news and photos from past editions of the Watauga Democrat.

Sept. 4, 1958

The Sept. 4, 1958, edition of Watauga Democrat reported on “one particular phase of Watauga County progress” ... “the recent installation of stainless steel refrigerated milk tanks, replacing the milk cans which have been the accepted way to handle milk on dairy farms for many years.”

“One of the tanks was on display in the Catawba Dairy booth on Watauga Progress Day recently,” the newspaper reported, “and was typical of others now in use on all dairy farms supplying milk to Catawba Dairy, said Mr. M.H. Hearn, operator of the local milk processing plant on South Depot Street.”

Sept. 7, 1978

Meat Camp community members held a meeting in early fall 1978 to discuss the town of Boone’s plans to build a water system in the area, including a coffer dam, 20-acre impoundment and eventually a 250-acre lake.

The community members urged the town to consider alternatives, such as keeping its 90-acre impoundment at Winkler’s Creek and eventually piping in water from the New River.

The Meat Camp water plans would not come to fruition. Eventually, the town would construct an intake on the South Fork New River in Boone, and earlier this year, the town completed a second intake further downstream, near Todd.

Also in the newspaper was an article about “Project Grow,” a cooperative counseling service to help homemakers transition to working outside of the home.

Sept. 11, 1998

Coach Jerry Moore became the longest-tenured head coach in App State football history after the season opener in 1998, the Watauga Democrat reported on Sept. 11, 1998. He was also three wins away from 100 for his career.

Moore was recognized at the Aug. 31, 2019, season opener at Kidd Brewer Stadium. App State recently announced it would construct a statue and plaza in Moore’s honor at the stadium. His career began in 1989 and went through the 2012 season, finishing with a 24-year coaching record of 215-87.

Watauga Democrat readers received an education on spontaneous combustion with the newspaper’s report on a hay trailer fire. Boone firefighters responded to reports of smoke in the New Market Centre parking lot, which burned a trailer and 135 bales of horse hay.

Boone Fire Chief Reggie Hassler said the hay was baled and stacked tightly, which “tends to start a biological breakdown. Decomposition begins and the heat generated from the chemical reactions can’t escape.”

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