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Sheriff's reports

The following information is courtesy of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a… Read more

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Appalachian Police hosts training to certify area officers to teach implicit bias training

BOONE — The Appalachian Police Department — Appalachian State University's official policing agency — recently hosted and sponsored implici… Read more

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High Country COVID-19 Dashboard

Following are updates on COVID-19 cases and test numbers in the U.S., North Carolina and in High Country counties. The following reports ma… Read more

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High school swimmers want to practice in rec center pool

BOONE — A year and a half after the former county swim complex shut down, advocates for the Watauga High School swim team are pleading with… Read more

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Blowing Rock Council plans improved crosswalks

BLOWING ROCK — Increasing pedestrian safety on Main Street was the main topic of discussion during the Oct. 13 Blowing Rock Town Council me… Read more

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Blue Ridge Conservancy nets $1M grant to buy 355 acres on Three Top

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Land and Water Fund, formerly known as the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, awarded Blue Ridge Conservancy $… Read more

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Multiple town of Boone street signs reported stolen

BOONE — High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving an alleged larceny. Read more

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Cooper: NC to remain in Phase 3 for three more weeks

RALEIGH — North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for the next three weeks, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Read more

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Faculty Senate to conduct study on shared governance with admin

BOONE — Appalachian State University’s Faculty Senate is forming an ad hoc committee to research the meaning behind shared governance among… Read more

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Town to study options limiting food trucks in downtown Boone

BOONE — Following a presentation of Downtown Boone Development Association recommendations on Oct. 15, the Boone Town Council directed staf… Read more

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Active cases, hospitalizations decline in Watauga

BOONE — In the past week, a decline in COVID-19-related hospitalizations at Watauga Medical Center has mirrored a continued decline in acti… Read more

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Watauga schools welcome back all grades on hybrid schedule

BOONE — Months of planning have led up to Watauga County Schools allowing students in all grade levels to return to in-person learning star… Read more

Election

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Watauga early voting polls experiencing sizable voter turnout

BOONE — Watauga early-voting sites are experiencing a higher number of voters during the first four days of early voting than around the sa… Read more

Community

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Watauga Humane Society plans to construct new kennels

BOONE — After a decade of wear and tear, the kennels of the Watauga Humane Society, which have accommodated thousands of dogs since their c… Read more

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Children's Council of Watauga County plans outreach

BOONE — The Children’s Council of Watauga County is “Hittin’ the Road” so that it can bring its programs, services, diapers and activity ki… Read more

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Families enjoy time at local corn maze, pumpkin patch

DEEP GAP — With hardly a cloud in the sky, families picked out pumpkins and found their way through a corn maze in Deep Gap on Oct. 18. Read more

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Drug take-back event on Oct. 24

BOONE — Local officials are overseeing the annual drug take-back day — also known as Operation Medicine Cabinet — on Oct. 24 at two locatio… Read more

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'Chamber Charger' claims victory in annual woolly worm race

BANNER ELK — It was a woolly worm race for the ages, as a small gathering of dedicated woolly worm enthusiasts convened on Holston Presbyte… Read more

Main Street

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Coworking space comes to the High Country: Boone Underground opens on State Farm Road

A new startup — Boone Underground — has created a technology-rich co-working facility in Boone to help stimulate the local economy and prov… Read more

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Chamber, DBDA announce members of new Downtown Advocacy Committee

BOONE — The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Boone Development Association have partnered to form the Downtown Advocacy Comm… Read more

Sports

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App State wins Sun Belt opener with strong return

BOONE — App State showed few signs of early rust in its first "Ring Game" of 2020.  Read more

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Halloween game at ULM to air on ESPNU

BOONE — Another week, another national television appearance for App State Football. Read more

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Sun Belt recognizes 330 App State student-athletes

BOONE — The Sun Belt Conference recognized the academic excellence of 330 student-athletes from App State on Thursday, marking the highest … Read more

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Evely wins individual title at Blue Ridge Open

BOONE — Izzy Evely finished first overall at the Blue Ridge Open to lead App State women’s cross country to the team title on Friday. Read more

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Kidd Brewer Stadium to host limited fans for Oct. 22 game vs. Arkansas State

Beginning with Thursday’s home football game against Arkansas State (7:30 p.m., ESPN), App State will welcome a limited number of spectator… Read more

Opinion

Letter to the editor: Stop stealing candidate signs

Recently, we traveled from the landfill in east Boone down the 105 bypass, to the recycle station on Hwy. 421 in Vilas. We saw three or fou… Read more

Letter to the editor: Lights on, nobody home

Dating back to 2010 with a series of community surveys, the citizens of Watauga County voiced support for the building of a new recreation … Read more

John Hood: Sparks fly in state treasurer debate

The person who manages most of state government’s financial assets — the $107 billion pension fund for state and local employees, for start… Read more

John Hood: COVID shapes debate on worker safety

For 16 years, former state Rep. Cherie Berry has served as North Carolina’s labor commissioner. Now she’s retiring, and another Republican … Read more

Our view: Can't we stop the childish behaviors?

Finally, it seems, local Republicans and Democrats are finding common ground. On both fronts, their campaign signs are being stolen from fr… Read more

Obituaries

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Maxine Kallam Dixon

Maxine Kallam Dixon passed away peacefully with her beloved daughter by her side on Friday, October 16th, 2020.She was 91-years-young and h… Read more

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John Booten Moffett, Jr.

John Booten Moffett, Jr. of Harkers Island, North Carolina went to be with his Heavenly Father October 16, 2020, after a long battle with C… Read more

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