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

May 8, 1952

Two new dormitories were close to being certified for occupancy on the campus of Appalachian State Teachers College, as reported in a story titled “College completing work on two new dormitories.”

“The women’s dormitory will house 202 women, and the men’s will take care of 375 men, two in each room,” the story said. “The two buildings, built by the same contractor, will cost $1,210,857, and the equipment will cost an additional $65,000.”

The two new dormitories, not named in the article, were part of a $3.5 million program to update the facilities at ASTC. Also included in the program were a faculty apartment house, a new demonstration school, a physical education building and addition to the library.

In other news, U.S. Hospitalman 3rd Class Lee E. Proffitt, of Vilas, witnessed a nuclear bomb test in Camp Desert Rock, Nevada, then joined the mock assault on an objective near the center of the impact area.

May 2, 1983

Adding 180 new residential customers to the town of Boone’s water system was the goal of a $732,720 water line project recently approved by town council, according to an article titled “Extension project is approved.”

“According to Town Manager Marvin Hoffman, the plans will be submitted to Raleigh and Washington, D.C., for review this week by the town’s engineering firm of Henningson, Durham and Richardson of Charlotte,” the article stated.

The project would service areas along Deerfield Road, N.C. 105 and Poplar Grove Road. Funding came from money left over from the construction of the town’s water treatment plant, which came in approximately $200,000 under budget.

The review was required by the state and federal Farmers Home Administration and should be done within 30 days, the article stated. The project would then be bid out in early July.

May 3, 2004

The Hillbilly Trading Post along U.S. 321 in Boone was closing its doors after 32 years.

“The store has seen plenty of business, change and traffic at its spot on U.S. 321, selling moccasins, North Carolina souvenirs and a myriad of mountain trinkets to tourists from every direction and High Country residents alike for 32 years,” the article stated.

Cindy Ellis closed the store her parents Bill and Ella Dixon built as she and her family were moving to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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