Editor’s note: This article features news and photos as they appeared in past editions of the Watauga Democrat.

May 9, 1935

Watt H. Gragg, Building and Loan secretary and former United States Marshal under the Hoover administration, was elected Mayor of the Town of Boone as a result of the spirited balloting of Tuesday in which about five-sixths of the registered voters of the municipality participated.

Mr. Gragg headed the first Republican ticket to go into power in this traditionally Democratic community, and although the margin of victory was slight, two Republican members of the board of aldermen were also elected, D.L. Wilcox and G.K. Moose.

A.E. Hamby was nosed out by L.T. Tatus, who pulled the highest vote on either ticket, having been ahead of Mr. Gragg by one vote.

May 10, 1962

More than 250 friends of Appalachian State Teachers College from all over North Carolina made a sentimental journey back to the Boone campus Saturday to pay tribute to the men who were instrumental in founding the State institution.

All were named posthumously except Dr. J.D. Rankin, president emeritus of Appalachian, who was present for the ceremony.

Near relatives of 19 of the 22 honorees were on campus to receive the beautiful “Hall of Fame Citations.” Each citation was read to an overflow crowd in the Fine Arts Auditorium by Dr. W.H. Plemmons, ASTC president. Dr. Roy Wilson, Charlotte dentist and president of the ASTC Alumni Association, presented the citations to each family representative.

May 8, 2002

For months, students at Parkway School have enjoyed constructing a nature trail with an accompanying habitat and bog — complete with salamanders, frogs and tadpoles — and a state-of-the-art greenhouse as part of a continuing science project in memory of the late Corey Edmisten, a ninth-grader who died from injuries sustained in a dirt bike accident last December.

The Parkway Ecology Project was started by Edmisten and fellow eighth-graders in 2001 and has been proceeding ahead of schedule since, thanks to dedicated and talented students.

Both the students and community have joined efforts to complete the project, including Mountain Lumber Company, Watauga Building Supply, Bamboo Nursery and Green Construction Company, all having contributed toward the project’s construction.

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