• Gov. Roy Cooper Delays Announcement on School Reopening Plan for 2020-21 Academic Year

    July 1, 2020 Parents, students and teachers were expecting an announcement to come on Wednesday afternoon about how North Carolina public schools would plan to reopen in August. That announcement has been delayed, according to a press release provided by Gov. Cooper’s office. The news was first reported Tuesday night by WRAL TV. No additional info has been provided yet as to when the announcement might be made in the future. A press briefing at 3 p.m. today from the Coronavirus Taskforce will still take place as scheduled. In June, each school district in North Carolina was told to be prepared for three different scenarios for reopening schools in the fall. Plan A would include minimal social distancing and students returning to the classrooms. Plan B would include social distancing measures with schools operating at 50 percent capacity. Plan C would be schools providing all education through online learning and school buildings remaining closed. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Avery and Watauga County Schools Prepare for State Guidance on Reopening Schools; Lees-McRae Focusing on Fall Semester

    June 29, 2020 Avery County Schools Superintendent Dan Brigman spoke at a meeting on June 25 discussing what the education system could look like in the upcoming school year, which begins August 17. On July 1, the North Carolina Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction are prepared to release operational plans for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. The DPI has released three plans ranging from normal class schedules with increased health monitoring and building cleaning to entirely at-home remote learning. The three different scenarios of levels of operation to reopen that could be implemented for schools include Plan A: Minimal Social Distancing, Plan B: Moderate Social Distancing or Plan C: Remote Learning. By Harley Nefe / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools are Asking Parents to Complete a Survey on Reopening Plans for August

    June 19, 2020 Watauga County Schools are looking for feedback from parents on their thoughts on the current plan to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year in August. The school system also released a video highlighting North Carolina’s plan for how schools should reopen in the fall. For parents interested in taking the survey, it is available by going to www.wataugaschools.org/coronavirus or clicking the survey direct link here.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Plans to Start Fall Semester on August 17 and End Classes Before Thanksgiving Break


    May 25, 2020 In an update from Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts, the school has put together a plan that will bring students back to campus for the fall semester and have the final day of classes before Thanksgiving. The first day of school is scheduled for August 17, but the biggest change to the calendar will be eliminating the two-day Fall Break in order to complete classes by November 24. All final exams will be held online and the final exam period remains unchanged, according to Everts. “This plan will allow for the greatest number of our students to remain home for an extended period of time before the spring semester begins in January,” Everts said. “I would like to extend my thanks to the faculty, staff, and students who make up the Academic Calendar Committee for the work they did to recommend this change. As of now, Everts said that the current plans are to hold an in-person graduation ceremony at December Commencement. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County School Board Votes to Extend Due Diligence Period to July 30 for Potential Valle Crucis School Property

    May 13, 2020 At Monday’s Watauga County Board of Education meeting, the board voted to extend the due diligence period for the possible property for a new Valle Crucis School. This is the third time that the due diligence period has been extended. Previously on March 12, the board extended the due diligence period for 45 days. “We are waiting on test results to come back from the state. The board is dedicated to totally vetting the Hodges Property’s suitability for a new Valle Crucis School, so they voted to extend the due diligence period until we can get all the results back from the state,” said Garrett Price, the Director of Communications for Watauga County Schools. The 14.4-acre area of land near where the current Valle Crucis School sits has been viewed as most likely the best fit to construct the new school. The current school is over 80 years old and has had numerous flooding issues over the years.  Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Names Teachers of the Year


    May 4, 2020 Watauga County Schools has named its 2020-21 teachers of the year — one from each school in the district. Chosen by their peers, the group was selected from a group of more than 300 teachers district-wide at all grade levels. This year’s group includes Chelsie Eldreth from Bethel, Angela Watson from Blowing Rock, Leslie Hall from Cove Creek, Tara Watson from Green Valley, Elizabeth Hutelmyer from Hardin Park, Erin Ellington from Mabel, Sydney Sieviec from Parkway, Leslie Howser from Valle Crucis and Hunter Lloyd from Watauga High School. WCS teachers of the year were awarded by groups of peers, family members, and staff who surprised the award winner with the recognition in their classrooms in the days preceding the statewide stay home order that closed schools. Watauga County Schools Superintendent Scott Elliott offered his congratulations to the newly-named teachers of the year and thanked them for their dedication to their students. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Shares Additional Details on Virtual Commencement Ceremonies for Class of 2020 Spring Graduates


    May 1, 2020 If this were any other year, Appalachian State University students would be preparing for one of the most memorable days of their lives, walking across the stage at the Holmes Convocation Center celebrating their college graduation. Things are quite a bit different this spring. “While we are heartbroken that we are not able to offer a traditional May Commencement this year, we are excited about the work our Commencement planning team has underway to provide a memorable Commencement experience for our Spring 2020 graduates that honors the work they have done to bring them to this stage in their academic careers,” said Megan Hayes, Appalachian State’s Chief Communications Officer. “We haven’t canceled a Commencement in the history of Appalachian – not even for the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-19 or during World War II. With the available technology that is allowing us to continue our mission of teaching, research and service, we feel it is very important to offer a way to celebrate in May for those who wish to. Classes officially ended on April 29 and students are finishing up final exams through next Thursday, May 7. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Gov. Cooper Announces NC Schools Will Remain Closed for the Remainder of the School Year

    April 24, 2020 On Friday afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper announced that schools across North Carolina would remain closed for the rest of the year. Online instruction will continue, however, no more in-class instruction will occur this spring. Gov. Cooper made the announcement during a 2 p.m. media briefing on the COVID-19 coronavirus impact in the state. Summer school and the operation of summer camps remain up in the air. “The opening of schools in the summer and fall and the availability of summer camps are going to depend on meeting health guidelines that will be established later,” Cooper said. “I have every confidence that we will find a way to get schools open safely in the new school year.”  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Begins Summer Registration Today, April 22


    April 22, 2020 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is now registering for the Summer Semester. Academic advisors are ready to help by phone or online. The class schedule for the summer semester is currently all online classes due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The registration date for the fall semester of 2020 has tentatively been postponed until a later date. If you are concerned about being able to pay for summer school classes, there are scholarships and financial aid available. Financial aid information can be found here. To get started, call 828-726-2200 or visit www.cccti.edu. / Read more…



  • App State Re-Envisions Spring Semester, Transitions to Virtual Academic Experiences


    April 17, 2020  In late March, Appalachian State University moved to virtual modes of learning due to concerns posed by COVID-19. Faculty and staff across campus have been simultaneously re-creating related, on-campus academic experiences — everything from thesis defenses to a reading clinic — through online platforms. The university converted 2,600 courses from face-to-face instruction to online learning, and the university’s Center for Academic Excellence has provided assistance for faculty through this transition — reaching nearly 600 faculty in one week with more than 50 workshops, support and training sessions. Many faculty members report being excited about the opportunities presented by online learning. By Megan Bruffy / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Providing Extra Meals for Students over Spring Break


    April 8, 2020 Next week, Watauga County students and staff will be on spring break from April 13-17. Over the break, the nutrition staff will not be serving daily meals as all school facilities will be closed. WCS has planned ahead for that. This Friday, all children 18 and under who visit one of the sites on Friday will be provided with the regular meal service along with six additional shelf-stable meals for the week of spring break. The extra meals are available to any children 18 and under at any of Watauga County School’s distribution sites regardless of means or enrollment. “We are encouraging staff and students to take the time with their families and loved ones to enjoy a well-earned break. They’ve put in some incredible work over the past weeks! Our child nutrition staff will not be serving meals over spring break and our facilities will be closed, but we encourage families to come out to any of our meal distribution sites this Friday, April 10 to pick up extra meals for over the break,” said Garrett Price, the director of communication for Watauga County Schools. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Keeping a Routine: Watauga County Students Learning From Home Until at Least May 15


    March 25, 2020 Students, parents, and educators across the state have had to figure out the best ways possible to keep children engaged in education as the COVID-19 coronavirus has put a stop to all in-person K-12 classes. Watauga County Schools rolled out its Remote Learning Program and has tried to bring some normalcy to the lives of students across the county. “Given the circumstances that they were dealing with, I could not be more impressed with the way that the information was organized to get to parents. Between the online resources and the notes that teachers put in bags and the bits of encouragement and outreach that they have had, it has been very impressive to see how they are trying to keep normalcy for kids that are craving normalcy,” said Boone Chamber of Commerce President David Jackson, who has two children enrolled in the county school system. Jackson’s second-grade daughter gets excited each morning for the daily classroom Zoom meeting where she gets to interact with classmates. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Shooting Stars 2020 Canceled Due to Ongoing Public Health Concerns


    March 18, 2020 In alignment with and guidance from federal and state agencies–and in consultation with the  Watauga County School system–the Watauga Education Foundation Board of Directors has decided to cancel this year’s Shooting Stars 2020 talent showcase. While this was a difficult decision to make, our nonprofit organization wants to make every effort possible to keep our students, educators, staff and community members as safe and healthy as possible. We join in responsibility and solidarity the global and community response. The performing arts auditions and visual arts videotaped interviews that were scheduled to take place at the Schaefer Center on March 28 have been canceled, and the artists reception scheduled for April 3 is also canceled; the Jones House is currently closed until further notice.  / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Establishes Community Feeding Sites Across the County

    March 16, 2020 While state officials have mandated that schools close for students until March 30, Watauga County Schools Child Nutrition Staff are planning ways to continue providing meals to those in need. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Watauga County Schools will operate five feeding sites across the county. Parents from any school may pick up takeout meals at any of the designated sites in a drive-through line. Lunch and a packed breakfast for the next day will be served at Bethel, Mabel and Green Valley schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each of the days that schools are closed for students. Dinner and breakfast for the next day will be served at Hardin Park School and Brushy Fork Baptist Church, located at 3915 Highway 421 North in Vilas, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each of the days school is closed for students. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Board of Education Extends Contract for Location of New Valle Crucis School


    March 13, 2020 On Thursday, the Watauga County Board of Education voted to extend the contract of the Hodges Property in Valle Crucis for another 45 days. The property is the current proposed location of where the new Valle Crucis School will be constructed. According to Garrett Price, the director of communications for Watauga County Schools, the extension includes an additional payment of $5,000 that will be applied to the final purchase price for that property. “The extension the board requested stems from a delay in the state permitting process. The state official who specializes in the model and analysis being used at the property has bee out of work due to an illness,” Price said. “The official is back at work this week and is now reviewing the most recent tests. The delay made it unlikely that a permit would have been issued by the March 16 due diligence deadline so the board voted to extend the contract.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Celebrate National School Breakfast Week


    March 5, 2020 To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available at school breakfast —  and to showcase some of the new options available to students in their cafeterias — Watauga County School celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 2-6. Busy weekday mornings can make it a challenge for some families to find time for a healthy breakfast at home. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. According to the USDA, students who start their day with breakfast at school, reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math, score higher on standardized tests demonstrate better concentration and memory, are more alert and maintain a healthier weight. / Read more…



  • Longtime Educator Laura Johnson Presented with Servant’s Heart Award by Board of Education


    February 12, 2020. The Watauga County Board of Education has presented the Watauga County Schools Servant’s Heart award to longtime Cove Creek educator Laura Johnson. The award is presented to a WCS employee who is nominated by his or her peers for exemplary service to the school district. Johnson, who taught at Cove Creek School from 1989 to her retirement in 2015, was recognized for her dedicated service to the school — both during her tenure as a teacher and after her retirement as a substitute. Christy Parker, a longtime Watauga County Schools Human Resources staff member said Johnson was always one of the first people she would call on when a school needed support. “If I had to describe her in a few words, I would say she is one of the most passionate educators I have had the opportunity to work with,” Parker said. “She cares deeply for all of her students and their families and her co-workers, alike. She’s usually one of the first ones to show up when there’s a need.” / Read more…



  • Bethel School Cafeteria Manager, Melody Howell, Granted NC Child Hunger Hero Award


    February 12, 2020. Bethel School Cafeteria Manager Melody Howell was recently granted a North Carolina Child Hunger Award by No Kid Hungry NC, a statewide non-profit that works to combat childhood hunger. The NC Child Hunger Hero award is presented to a variety of workers from across the state who operate in various capacities to serve quality meals to children in their areas — from school nutrition staff to community volunteers. Howell, who has worked in Watauga County Schools since 2002, was nominated by Principal Brian Bettis. “I nominated Mrs. Howell for this recognition because of how well-respected she is in our school and community,” Bettis said. “I frequently talk with people that mention how much she does for our students and families and how much she loves our students. Mrs. Howell has worked to create an environment in our cafeteria in which all students feel a part of our school family. They know they are loved, and they know that their stomachs and hearts will be well fed.” / Read more…



  • Founder of Eco Strategies Group Andrea Ruiz-Hays Named 2020 Lees-McRae College Commencement Speaker


    February 7, 2020. Andrea Ruiz-Hays, founder of Eco Strategies Group, will address graduates during the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9. Ruiz-Hays’ sustainability firm provides consulting and training for businesses that desire to implement more sustainable strategies. Her clients include corporations, businesses, government entities, hotels, food and beverage companies, retail locations, stadiums, hospitals, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, as well as private residences. Bringing more than 28 years of experience in the hospitality industry to her consulting firm, Ruiz-Hays “combines her unique skill set, experience, and her passion for conserving the planet’s natural resources by educating others on how to be excellent environmental stewards,” according to her website. Specifically, Ruiz-Hays gained 20 years of executive leadership experience with the Walt Disney World Resort. / Read more…



  • Watauga High School Robotics Team Wins Regional Competition


    February 6, 2020. The Watauga High School Robotics team recently took home a victory in the FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament held Feb. 1 in Asheville. The competition tasked students with designing, building and programming a robot to compete in head-to-head challenges against machines designed by other teams. With its victory in the regional competition in Asheville, Watauga’s team earned a spot to compete in the state championship to be held Feb. 29 in Greensboro. Watauga’s team — known as Tungsteel —  was also awarded the contest’s Inspire Award and scored a tournament-high 111 points — outpacing their competition by 15 points. The Robotics Team Adviser, WHS teacher Dinah Miller said the contest tested her students on a wide variety of skills and disciplines. / Read more…



  • Watauga High School to Hold Eighth Grade Parent Nights


    January 30, 2020. Watauga High School is set to host its annual Eighth-Grade Parents Nights from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on February 10th and 11th. Hosted at WHS, the sessions are intended for rising Freshman and their parents to gain insight and information on the transition from middle to high school. Students from Green Valley, Blowing Rock, Parkway and Bethel are invited to attend on Feb. 10. The session for students from Hardin Park, Valle Crucis, Cove Creek and Mabel will be held on Feb. 11. Homeschool, Grace Academy and Two Rivers students may elect to attend either session. The sessions will start with an assembly hosted by next year’s Freshman Counselor Samantha Elam that gives families a brief overview of operations at Watauga High School. / Read more…



  • Classes Resume at Appalachian State and AppalCart Returns to Normal Route Schedule

    January 13, 2020. Appalachian State University students headed back to their dorms and classrooms on Monday with spring semester classes getting underway. A total of 19,280 students were enrolled to begin the 2019-20 academic year and approximately 1,300 students graduated in December’s commencement ceremony. Looking at the rest of the 2020 spring calendar, the university will be closed next Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Spring break is scheduled for March 9-13 and early enrollment for the 2020 fall semester will begin on April 1 and continue through April 15. The university will be closed on Friday, April 10 for Good Friday. The last day of classes will be April 29 and final exams will start on May 1 and continue through May 7. Commencement ceremonies will take place on May 8-9.   By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Icy Roads Force Closure of Area Schools; Snow Day Makeup Procedure Reminder from Watauga County Schools


    December 13, 2019. For the fourth time in the 2019-20 school year, Watauga County Schools were closed due to adverse weather and road conditions. According to the updated Watauga Schools Calendar, this is the third day missed in December, in addition to one day missed in November. Temperatures began to slowly warm up through late morning and mid-afternoon, however, roads were very slick in areas this morning, especially on side roads outside of Boone. As a reminder, North Carolina schools are required to complete 1,025 hours of instruction or a minimum of 185 student days in a school year covering at least nine calendar months. The 2019-20 school calendar for Watauga County started the school year with 180 student days, 10 annual leave days, 11 holidays, nine optional teacher workdays and five mandatory workdays. Weather is the biggest impact on the school calendar, sometimes requiring the use of the optional teacher workdays, holidays and other leave days to be used as makeup days, as well as the possibility of school on Saturday. Those calendar changes and makeup plans are left to Watauga County Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Appalachian State University Commencement Ceremonies Underway Today; Classes Resume January 13

    December 13, 2019. A new group of college graduates from Appalachian State University will celebrate earning their degrees today with commencement ceremonies. Over 1,300 students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree today. The first group of graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, Hayes School of Music and Walker College of Business took the floor at 10 a.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center. The next group of graduates from Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts and Reich College of Education will have their ceremony at 2 p.m. inside the convocation center. Both ceremonies will feature a student speaker from the college that they are graduating from.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • No Decision on Valle Crucis School Property Until March of 2020

    December 9, 2019. The idea of a new Valle Crucis School will be put on hold until March 2020 at the earliest after the Watauga County Board of Education decided to extend the due diligence period on the property that the county has under contract. “The board voted to extend the due diligence period on the property until March to perform some additional testing. We are still waiting for those results at the moment,” said Garrett Price, the Director of Communications for Watauga County Schools. Citizens have voiced their opinion on the potential property, known locally as the Hodges Property on Broadstone Road, a 14.4-acre parcel of land that is roughly a quarter-mile from the current Valle Crucis School. While everyone agrees that Valle Crucis needs a new school, opinions have differed greatly on where that school should be located.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • The Powder Horn is Back in Print, WHS School Newspaper Relaunches Print Edition


    December 9, 2019. In a matter of weeks, we are set to turn our calendars to the second decade of the 21st century. Over the past twenty years, our society has become indelibly plugged-in. In the past two decades, the technology that first allowed us to make calls without being tethered to a cable between phones has supplied us with computers in our pockets and virtual assistants in our homes. In the modern world, everything from the refrigerator to the doorbell is connected, digitized and networked. But for a group of students at Watauga High School — digital natives who never lived in a pre-internet world — there is an appetite for renewing a long-familiar medium: a print newspaper. Over the past three months, journalism students at Watauga High School have worked to revitalize the school’s newspaper, The Powder Horn. The publication, whose print edition has existed in some form since Watauga High School’s foundation in 1965, has been online-only for several years. / Read more…



  • Mast Farm Inn Lawsuit Against School Board Completely Dismissed in Superior Court

    November 21, 2019. Superior Court Judge Susan E. Bray signed an order Nov. 14 completely dismissing the lawsuit filed by Deschamps Holdings, LLC and others against the Watauga County Board of Education that sought to prevent the school board from purchasing the Hodges Property in Valle Crucis for the construction of a new school. In her order, the judge rejected the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction to stop the school board from completing its purchase of the property. Judge Bray determined the plaintiffs could not demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits of their case if it went to trial. The Judge also found that the plaintiffs could not show that the use of the Hodges Property for a school would cause irreparable harm to the Mast Farm Inn and could not show how the inn’s legal rights were in jeopardy. In addition, the judge found that the plaintiffs’ did not have legal standing through any of their claims to permanently prevent the Watauga County Board of Education from purchasing the Hodges Property. The signing of the order follows an earlier hearing before Judge Bray on Oct. 29 in Boone. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Prepare for Winter Weather


    November 15, 2019. With another high country winter well underway, Watauga County Schools would like to remind families how the district makes and communicates decisions about the operation of school during inclement weather. Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said during severe weather, he considers every possibility to keep school open and on a regular schedule, but certain conditions often force delays and cancellations. “Changes in the school schedule have a real impact on our families, so I don’t make the decision to delay or cancel school without serious consideration,” Elliott said. “But when it is necessary for us to make a change to the schedule, I want to be sure we do the best possible job to communicate those changes.” When bad weather begins overnight, the process for making decisions about the operation of school kicks off at 3 a.m. when Elliott and Transportation Director Jeff Lyons begin the process of gathering information about road conditions and the most current weather forecast. / Read more…



  • Board of Education Expects Court Decision Sometime This Week in Valle Crucis Lawsuit Case

    November 5, 2019. The Watauga County Board of Education could find out as soon as this week what the Watauga County Superior Court will rule on the lawsuit filed by the Mast Farm Inn. The pre-trial hearing took place last Friday and according to Garrett Price, the Director of Communications for Watauga County Schools, the final opinion of the court hasn’t yet been filed, but “we expect it to be completed sometime this week.” The lawsuit was filed on October 10 in Watauga County Superior Court and lists the plaintiffs as The Mast Farm Inn and owners Henri Deschamps, Marie-Henriette Deschamps and Danielle Deschamps as well as Deschamps Holdings, LLC and Deschamps Enterprises, LLC. Defendants in the cast are the Watauga County Board of Education, board chairman Ron Henries, vice-chair Brenda Reese, and board members Dr. Gary Childers, Steve Combs and Dr. Jay Fenwick.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Expands Agriculture Classes to Middle School


    November 4, 2019. At Mabel School, sixth-graders in Benjamin Brown’s agriculture class are stationed in the school’s vegetable patch. The field that plays host to the small garden shares duty as a playground for Mabel’s younger students, but the sprinting group of seven-year-olds in the distance are no distraction to Brown’s middle-schoolers, who are hard at work harvesting dried green beans to be replanted in the Spring. The students are among the first groups at Mabel and Cove Creek schools to take advantage of agriculture classes at the middle school level, which until this school year, were only available at Watauga High School. While WHS has a long tradition of strong agricultural education and one of the most successful FFA programs in the state, it’s Brown’s hope that by expanding the program to students in middle school, Watauga County Schools can improve ag education across the district and further connect younger students to their world. / Read more…



  • Election Security Forum Happening at Appalachian State on November 1

    October 31, 2019. A special forum will be taking place on Friday that will include information sharing and discussion about the worrisome issue of election security, particularly in North Carolina. The forum will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Gordon Gathering Hall inside the Reich College of Education Building, located at 151 College Street. The event is co-sponsored by Appalachian State’s Department of Computer Science and the Department of Government and Justice Studies. 99 percent of the votes tallied across the country will be done either on computers or by using the paper ballot-scanning machines, meaning that making sure these computer systems are modern and secure. According to information provided by Dr. Ray Russell, who will moderate the forum, the federal government recently allocated $250 million to make these systems secure. There will be three speakers at the forum who have a vast amount of knowledge of the subject of elections and election security. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Mast Farm Inn Files Lawsuit Against Watauga County Board of Education to Stop Purchase of Land for New Valle Crucis School


    October 24, 2019. The ongoing dispute between Valle Crucis community members and the Watauga County Board of Education took another turn with a recent lawsuit filed by the Mast Farm Inn and its owners against the board of education to place an injunction on the property purchase for a new school. The lawsuit was filed on October 10 in Watauga County Superior Court and lists the plaintiffs as The Mast Farm Inn and owners Henri Deschamps, Marie-Henriette Deschamps and Danielle Deschamps as well as Deschamps Holdings, LLC and Deschamps Enterprises, LLC. Defendants in the cast are the Watauga County Board of Education, board chairman Ron Henries, vice-chair Brenda Reese, and board members Dr. Gary Childers, Steve Combs and Dr. Jay Fenwick. The plaintiffs in the case are represented by Four Eggers of Eggers, Eggers, Eggers and Eggers of Boone and Robert Hunter of Higgins Benjamin Law Firm in Greensboro. The defendants are represented by John Henning of Campbell Shatley PLLC of Asheville. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Hardin Park’s Clara Lappan Wins District Spelling Bee


    October 18, 2019. Hardin Park sixth-grader Clara Lappan correctly spelled “Marathon” and “Autumn” to secure victory in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 18. Green Valley’s Zeke Walker from Green Valley secured the runner-up spot in the contest. The top-speller in each school was invited to attend the competition held at the WCS central office. This year’s contestants were: Liliana Wyatt of Bethel, Iris Westerman of Blowing Rock, A.J. McAulay of Cove Creek, Zeke Walker of Green Valley, Clara Lappan of Hardin Park, Mark Spaulding of Mabel, Ben Baublitz of Parkway and Grant Painter of Valle Crucis. A single speller from each school secured a stop at the district-wide spelling bee final by winning a competition among fourth through eighth-grade students at her or his school. Meredith Jones, Watauga County Schools Director of Middle Grades Education, said regardless of the competition’s outcome, students had demonstrated hard work and dedication to make an appearance at the district bee. / Read more…



  • Appalachian Guarantees Admission to Qualifying High School Seniors in 11 NC GEAR UP School Districts


    October 18, 2019. Current seniors in 11 Western North Carolina high school districts who meet specific academic requirements and submit an application by Friday, Nov. 1, are guaranteed admission to Appalachian State University through a newly announced program called GEAR UP Guarantee. Appalachian’s GEAR UP Guarantee is a collaboration between the university and the region’s 11 Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) school districts to provide a seamless pathway for high school students to enroll at Appalachian. The 11 GEAR UP school districts are Ashe, Alleghany, Burke, Clay, Graham, Madison, Rutherford, Swain, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties. By Elisabeth Wall / Read more…



  • Avery High School Students Volunteer and Take College Tours with Mountain Alliance


    October 4, 2019. A select group of eight Avery County High School students recently had the opportunity to both prepare for their academic future and lend a helping hand. Through the non-profit organization Mountain Alliance, eight students from the high school toured N.C. State University, UNC-Wilmington and Campbell University, and spent time volunteering in Wilmington with the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM). “We are proud to offer this trip to students as we feel that touring colleges allows students the opportunity to envision themselves on a college campus,” said Brittany Starbuck, the Program Director at Mountain Alliance. “We try to include colleges that have differences so students can compare and think about what type of college they would be most happy and successful at.”  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



300 x 260
restoration house new

OUR PRINTED PUBLICATIONS

High Country Visitor GuideHigh Country Magazine

OUR NEW 15TH ANNIVERSARY COVERS MAGAZINE


Home-2018-Cover

Find Previous Articles

Privacy Policy | Rights & Permissions | Discussion Guidelines

Website Management by Outer Banks Media