On Nov. 14, 1938, excited residents of the High Country gathered on a fall Monday to celebrate the gala opening of The Appalachian Theatre in Boone.

Elections, elections and elections were the theme from this week in the 1972, 1988 and 2000 editions of the Watauga Democrat.

Chad Kerley, 10, takes his car for a spin at the driving range.

Editor’s Note: This new feature combines our former “Into the Archives” and “A Look Back at Watauga” features and draws from previous editions of the Watauga Democrat.

BOONE — New headstones for the graves of three Union soldiers were rededicated at a service held April 8 by the Boone Historic Preservation Commission, town of Boone and Major General George Stoneman Camp No. 6 of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Editor’s note: The following is a retrospective compilation of past articles of the Watauga Democrat.

James ‘Jim’ Cain, from Oakland, Calif., and currently residing in West Jefferson, joined the Army in Vietnam at 21 years old, on July 27, 1965.

Michael “Mik” Mikulan, from New York City, and currently residing in Deep Gap, joined the Army in 1966.

The National Vietnam War Veteran’s Recognition Day is a long overdue opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, thank and say “welcome home” to our Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices during one of America’s longest wars.

BOONE — Seeing snow in mid-March was a shock for many App State students returning from their tropical spring break trips. For longtime Blowing Rock and Watauga County residents, they know snow in March could be a lot worse.

Seeing snow in mid-March was a shock for many App State students returning from their tropical spring break trips. For longtime Watauga County residents, they know snow in March could be a lot worse.

Editor’s note: The following column is a retrospective look at the local area through past issues of the Watauga Democrat, compiled by the Watauga County Historical Society.