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

Dec. 6, 1959

“The Daniel Boone Inn, located in Bingham home on Hardin Street and specializing in home cooking and home-style serving, will open Sunday...” stated a Dec. 3, 1959, Watauga Democrat article, “Daniel Boone Inn To Open.”

“The old Bingham home has been completely renovated and the owners of the inn state that they will cater to parties, clubs and others interested in eating good home cooking,” the article stated.

Nov. 29, 1979

“The future of the Horn has no way to go but up,” stated a Nov. 29, 1979, Watauga Democrat article titled “Future Looks Bright For ‘Horn in the West.’”

Ed Pilkington, artistic director for Horn in the West at the time of the article, said “We’ve turned a corner and we do have a new life ahead of us. We were given new life by the state of North Carolina.”

“Pilkington retold the awarding of a $125,000 grant to the drama, saying that state senators and congressmen believe ‘we’ve got something good and that we are going to guard it, and honor it, and keep it going,” the article stated.

“And Pilkington said he would also like to work … in authenticating the drama to be more of an historical showcase,” the article stated.

Dec. 3, 1999

“The Town of Boone’s Project Impact wants every citizen to be prepared for Y2K,” stated an article in the Dec. 3, 1999, Watauga Democrat titled “Y2K Bulletin.”

“Y2K is a technology problem, or bug. It may impact machines, cars, ventilation systems, elevators and security systems. No one knows what problems may occur, how widespread they may be, or how long they may last,” the article stated.

“Y2K problems will most likely occur on December 31, 1999/January 1, 2000,” the article stated.

“Prepare as you would for a winter storm,” the article stated. “Two reasons, the impacts for Y2K will probably be similar to events that occur during winter storms and second, we may actually have a winter storm on December 31,1999/January 1, 2000,” the article stated.

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