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

Sept. 26, 1946

Out of the nine Democrats chosen to appear on the ballot for office that November at the Watauga County Democratic convention, six were veterans, according to a Sept. 26, 1946, article in the Watauga Democrat.

The business of the meeting, which only took a few minutes, saw nominations for state General Assembly and county offices.

Mack C. Hollar of Boone, a businessman and farmer, was named chairman of the Republican executive committee of Watauga County.

Rev. J.C. Canipe of Boone Baptist Church and E.K. McLarty of Boone Methodist Church each were announced as leaving their posts.

Stanley Love of Boone was sentenced to 8-12 years in state prison after a jury had returned a manslaughter verdict against him in the death of Charles Potter in April.

Sept. 26, 1974

The town of Boone decided not to go into a cooperative development of the water resources on Howard’s Creek with Appalachian State University, as decided during a meeting that also involved the Watauga County Commissioners, a Sept. 26, 1974, article titled “Boone won’t help develop water plan,” said.

“The meeting came as a result of a letter written by Mayor Gordon Winkler at the suggestion of Evan Minier, an engineer with Moore, Gardner and Associates and sent to the board of trustees at ASU,” the article titled.

Minier suggested the town might be able to enter into an agreement with the town and build a higher dam than what was previously decided.

Ned Trivette, vice chancellor for business affairs at ASU, said the university could not at the time go into a partnership on the project due to the amount of legal complications which would “now make it almost inconceivable.”

In other news, the Blowing Rock Country Club was destroyed by a fire the previous weekend. The club said it planned to build a new clubhouse as soon as possible.

Sept. 26, 2003

The Boone Town Council was in the process of putting together a task force to look at a broad range of issues regarding vagrancy, panhandling and loitering in downtown Boone, according to an article titled “Council may toughen panhandling rules,” as appeared in the Sept. 26, 2003, edition of the Watauga Democrat.

“It’s an ongoing problem and it does seem to be getting worse,” said Randy Feimster, then of the Downtown Boone Development Association.

Then-Boone town attorney Sam Furgiuele said he had written up a rough draft of an ordinance after speaking with Boone Police Chief Bill Post.

Furgiuele said that while certain aspects were constitutionally projected, aggressive panhandling could be governed, saying that a person asking for money may be implying a threat, and that other language could address obstructing the sidewalk.

In other news, Dave Brown, known as “DQ Dave,” announced he was closing his Dairy Queen location along N.C. 105 as of Sept. 30, saying he wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of business and enjoy the High Country.

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