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

June 29, 1967

A story in the June 29, 1967 edition of the Watauga Democrat titled “Banner Elk Gets Federal Money For Water System” talks about how the town of Banner Elk, “received an offer of a loan in the amount of $57,000 and a grant in the amount of $99,000 to the town’s application for federal assistance to construct and equip water supply and distribution system in Banner Elk.”

The article continues by saying, “The office of Public Works, Economic Development administration, Department of Commerce in Washington notified Mayor (R.P.) Guy of the grant and loan for the total project estimate of $166,000. Mayor Guy stated, “This is a much needed facility and I am very pleased that we could get the money and hope we can get this project underway.”

June 30, 1986

A story titled “Annual High Country Fair To Crank Up Next Week” talks about the upcoming Fourth of July celebrations as part of the High Country Fair.

According to the article, “Special events and celebrations are planned for each day. Monday, July 7 has been designated Family Day, where children under 12 will be admitted free and there will be unlimited carnival rides from 1 to 5 p.m. for $6. Activities will include a watermelon eating contest, and a greased pole and greased pit contests.

The article also said, “No fair would be complete without food, and there will be plenty at this year’s Hough Country Fair. Jinx of Vale, J&M Concession of Hampton, Tenn., Mike and Terry Reynolds of Boone (ice cream), the Peanut Shack of Lillington, Simmons Country Ham of Triplett, the Pig Pit of Boone and Andy Calloway will provide food throughout the week — anywhere from barbecue to pinto beans and cornbread, country ham and chicken and dumplings.”

June 26, 1998

A sports story titled “Cooper, Woods named Watauga’s top athletes” highlighted Graig Cooper as Watauga High School’s Trailblazer Award winner for the 1985-86 and Whitney Woods as Watauga’s High School’s Hall of Fame winner.

“There was a lot of competition in the school this year, but I knew that I was one of the top ones,” said Cooper, who has earned notoriety as a wrestler and a soccer player at Watauga, the story said.

“It is an honor to have all the coaches think so highly of me,” said Woods, who has been an award winner in cross country and track and field while a Pioneer, the story said.

The story continued. “During her four years at the high school, Woods was a two-time all-state and third-time all-region selection in cross country. She’s a two-time state champion in track (the two-mile run in 1997 and the 4x800 relay this year), a three time all-state selection and has been named to the all-region and all-conference track teams all four years.”

“Cooper has been no slouch himself while at Watauga. A two-time runner-up in the state wrestling tournament, he has grappled his way to two regional championships and three Northwestern 4-A Conference championships. He is the Watauga all-time wins leader in wrestling, running up a 149-21 record over four years,” the story went on.

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