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  • Kazia OIrkiszewski Wins District-Wide Spelling Bee

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    Oct. 16, 2017. Green Valley eighth-grader Kazia Orkiszewski correctly spelled Statuesque and Circumvent to land the top spot in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 13. Hardin Park fifth-grader Sam Nystrom and Cristian Hamilton of Blowing Rock Elementary took the runner-up spot in the contest. / Read more…



  • WYN, WSAP Receive $125,000 Annual Grant for 5 Years To Prevent Substance Use Among Youth

    Oct. 12, 2017. Today, Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 719 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants totaling $89 million. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol and marijuana,. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Middle Schoolers Spend Time Along Watauga River for Watershed Field Day

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    Sept. 28, 2017. The look of the classroom is constantly evolving; It is increasingly collaborative and interactive; it is always changing and adapting to technology and learning in new ways, and sometimes — like for Watauga County Schools Middle-Schoolers on Watershed Field Day — it’s knee deep in the Watauga River. / Read more…



  • Watauga Library Endowment Gives Library $8,000 Matching Contribution for Early Literacy Grant

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    Sept. 28, 2017. The Watauga Library Endowment recently provided a distribution of $7,910 to the Watauga County Public Library, which used the funds for three new staff PCs, a matching contribution for a federal grant titled Alphabet Ready by Five, and an Early Literacy Station pictured here. / Read more…



  • Avery Sheriff’s Office Turns Over $10,000 of Drug-Related Money to Avery County Schools

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    Sept. 25, 2017. Avery County Sheriff’s Office turned into the Avery County School System over $10,000 of drug-related money that was forfeited to the school system in court. The North Carolina Constitution prohibits the use of fines or forfeitures for any other use. “I am so happy to see that money which was forfeited by drug dealers can and will have a positive impact on helping children of Avery County,” Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye said. / Read more…



  • Foxx Participates in Constitution Day at App State

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    Sept. 21, 2017. As a part of the Constitution Day celebration at Appalachian State University, Representative Virginia Foxx took part in the ceremony by reading Article I Section I of the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. / Read more…



  • AppalFRESH Collaborative of Appalachian State University Hosts Community FEaST on October 3

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    July. 26, 2017. On October 3, from 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., AppalFRESH (Appalachian Food Research for Equity, Sustainability and Health) Collaborative will be hosting Community FEaST (Food, Engagement, and Storytelling).  The FEaST invites local members and the Appalachian State University community to gather around a 100-yard-continuous-table for a free meal. The meal is vegetarian-friendly and will include baked potatoes, salad and a plethora of toppings. AppalFRESH Collaborative is a campus group that is composed of students, faculty, and staff. By Kate Herman – Photos by Carla Ramsdell / Read more…



  • Latest Data: WCS Sees Record Graduation Rate, Enrollement Increase, High Test Scores

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    Sept. 14, 2017. School performance data released by the N.C. State Board of Education shows that Watauga County Schools has improved its four year graduation rate for the second year running, reaching a record high of 91.2 percent. The school system exceeded a 90 percent graduation rate for the first time last year. / Read more…



  • Hardin Park Holds Patriot’s Day Event

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    Sept. 13, 2017. Students at Hardin Park began their day Monday, Sept. 11 with the school’s annual Patriot’s Day event — a memorial to victims of the 2001 terror attacks and a day the school uses to recognize the work of local police and emergency responders. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Sees Record Retention, Diversity Rates as ‘Slow and Steady’ Growth Continues

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    Sept. 12, 2017. In August, Appalachian State University welcomed 18,811 students to campus, including 3,306 first-year students who comprise the largest and most diverse first-year class in the university’s history. Preliminary data from the Fall 2017 Student Data File and the Office of Admissions as of September 8, 2017 also show record retention and diversity rates for the Fall 2017 semester. / Read more…



  • September Recognitions from Watauga Schools

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    Sept. 12, 2017. Members of Mabel School’s Junior Beta Club were recognized by the board for several individual and group accomplishments at the club’s national convention held in Jacksonville, Fla. Pictured are: Logan Sturgill, Katie Ward, Diane Maglamery, Lindsey Sturgill, Madison Welch and Fayla Martain. / Read more…



  • Boone Police Host Bike Rodeo on Sept. 16 at Hardin Park, Kicks Off Watch for Me NC Campaign

    Sept. 6, 2017. Boone Police, in conjunction with other Town departments and community partners, will be hosting a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, 9 a.m. to noon, at Hardin Park School, 361 Jefferson Road, to kick-off our fall Watch For Me NC campaign. / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College Publicly Announces The University Campaign for Lees-McRae

    Aug. 30, 2017. During the President’s Circle Summer Soirée event on August 21, Lees-McRae President Barry M. Buxton publicly announced The University Campaign for Lees-McRae. The University Campaign, which has surpassed 79 percent of its total goal thus far, is expected to raise $30 million dollars to enhance academic programs, introduce graduate programs, strengthen scholarship assistance, modernize campus infrastructure and to bolster essential endowment and operating funds. / Read more…



  • Photos: First Day of School for Watauga

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    Aug. 22, 2017. Monday, Aug. 21 marked the first day of classes for students at Watauga County Schools. Across the county, more than 4,600 students attended one of the system’s nine schools – an increase of 200 from the same time last year. Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, continuing his standing tradition, visited each school across the county to welcome students back to class. / Read more…



  • A Sweet High Country Salute: Benefit for Sonny Sweet Scholarship Fund, WYN Aug. 24

    Aug. 22, 2017. Western Youth Network, in conjunction with the Sonny Sweet Scholarship Fund, will present “A Sweet High Country Salute” at the Harvest House on Thursday, Aug. 24. The event features Tim Decker, a performance speed painter who will demonstrate his impressive and awe-inspiring speed-painting skills, and a fast-paced auction of his paintings from the night. By Katie Benfield / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Celebrates Convocation

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    Aug. 17, 2017. As Watauga County Schools prepares to open its doors to students Monday, Aug. 21, teachers and staff came together to celebrate the system’s annual convocation. Held at Watauga High School, the event gave WCS teachers — both new and returning — a chance to meet and connect with community partners, attend health screenings and a benefits fair and prepare to start the new school year together. / Read more…



  • First Day of School for Watauga, Avery County Schools is Monday, Aug. 21, Day of Eclipse

    Aug. 17, 2017. Expect to see buses on the road after this weekend because Monday is the first day of school for the Watauga and Avery County Schools systems during the 2017-18 school year. It’s also the day of the total solar eclipse. While Avery County Schools is dismissing at noon (except for Newland Elementary which is dismissing at 11:30 p.m. to allow students to view the eclipse at home, Watauga County Schools is taking a different approach. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Solar Eclipse Events in the High Country

    Aug. 17, 2017. On Monday, Aug. 21, the “Great American Total Solar Eclipse” will occur along a 70-mile wide path from Salem, Oregon on the West Coast to Charleston, S.C., on the East Coast. If you can’t make it to the “path of totality,” the High Country is host to numerous solar eclipse viewing events and parties. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae College to Host Solar Eclipse Viewing Event on Banner Elk Campus Aug. 21

    Aug. 16, 2017. On Monday, August 21, Lees-McRae will hold a solar eclipse viewing party open to all students, faculty, staff and the local community on the front lawn of Tate Residence Hall. From 12:30-4 p.m., with peak viewing time from 2-3 p.m., attendees can witness the first North American total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979. / Read more…



  • The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 on Monday, Aug. 21: Events at Appalachian State University

    Aug. 15, 2017. On Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will occur over the United States. Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Physics and Astronomy have been working for months to share the experience with the campus and community. / Read more…



  • Valle Crucis Community Park Hosts a Free Solar Cooking Workshop Lead by Carla Ramsdell

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    July. 26, 2017. The Valle Crucis Community Park will be hosting a Solar Cooking Workshop on Wednesday August 16 at 11:00 am. The event is expected to last for an hour and is free to the public. The event will be hosted by Dr. Carla Ramsdell who is an advanced lecturer and professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University. By Kate Herman / Read more…



  • New Work by Acclaimed American Artist William Dunlap Featured by The Art Cellar Gallery

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    July 26, 2017.On August 13 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., The Art Cellar Gallery in Banner Elk will feature the work of William Dunlap for their “Cocktails and Tall Tales” event. Dunlap is a former professor of Appalachian State University, and is a well-known acclaimed American Artist. / Read more…



  • WCS Operating on Normal Schedule During Eclipse

    Aug. 3, 2017. Watauga County Schools will operate on a regular schedule with regular bus routes Aug. 21. Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said students would have an opportunity to study and experience the upcoming solar eclipse during the school day. “We considered all the options, and feel the best choice is to stay the course with a full day schedule and give as many students as possible the opportunity to safely view the partial eclipse with teachers and safe viewing glasses,” Elliott said. / Read more…



  • Brian Bettis Named Principal at Bethel School

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    Aug. 1, 2017. During a special called meeting July 31, The Watauga County Board of Education approved the appointment of Brian Bettis as the new principal at Bethel School. Bettis was recommended to the board after a rigorous interview by a committee of 23 Bethel parents, teachers and school staff, as well as board of education members and central office staff. / Read more…



  • New Book Celebrates 10th Anniversary of ASU Football’s Historic Win over Michigan

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    July 6, 2017. The first day of September this year will mark a decade since the game that is often called the “greatest upset in college football history.” If you were around to see the game back in 2007 or if you want to learn more about the lopsided matchup that solidified Mountaineer football and dealt a major blow to a giant of the sport, there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion than with David J. Marmins’ and Steven K. Feit’s new book Appalachian State Silences the Big House: Behind the Greatest Upset in College Football History. Marmins and Feit — a civil litigation partner in Atlanta and an award-winning college sportswriter, respectively — focus their work on revealing what went on behind the scenes during ASU’s preparations for its huge season opener in Ann Arbor that year. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo courtesy of David Marmins / Read more…



  • Pack-the-Bus Initiative Coming to Blowing Rock to Raise Money for Watauga County School Children School Supplies

    June. 28, 2017. Boone Parades 5th Annual Back 2 School Festival still seeking $12,000 in sponsorships to buy school supplest for Watauga County kids. – Photo Courtesy of the Kendra Sink / Read more…



  • Proper in Downtown Boone Offers the High Country Unique, Casual Wine and Dine Wednesdays

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    June 26, 2017. It’s common knowledge that the High Country loves its craft beers. While everyone can agree that’s a great thing, those who favor wine may feel left out. That’s why Angela Kelly at Proper in downtown Boone set out to host Wine and Dine Wednesdays each week. “I feel like this area is so craft-beer-driven, and that’s great too — I do enjoy craft beers — but I feel like wine is ignored a little. People are intimidated by it maybe, and I don’t want them to be,” said Angela, owner of Proper. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Watauga Amateur Radio Club Invites Public to Field Day 2017 June 24-25 in Blowing Rock

    Jun. 15, 2017. The Watauga Amateur Radio Club invites the public to join in for the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day 2017 on June 24 and 25. Participants will connect with other stations for the nationwide event that simulates a response to a local or national emergency. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • How State Budget Proposals Treat NC Colleges

    June 15, 2017. North Carolina’s higher education institutes, including those in the western part of the state, have had few major surprises during this year’s budget negotiations. Both legislative chambers opted largely to keep funding at existing levels while also covering enrollment growth, an important funding piece that allows campuses to hire enough staff and faculty to accommodate growing student classes. by Sarah Ovaska-Few / Carolina Public Press / Read more…



  • School Board Appoints Childers to Fill Vacancy

    June 13, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint former Watauga High School educator Dr. Gary Childers to fill a vacancy left on the board after the departure of member Barbara Kinsey last month. Childers will serve until the next election cycle in 2018. / Read more…



  • Photos of WHS’s Graduation and This Year’s Valedictorian, Salutatorian & Presidents

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    June 6, 2017. See photos of Watauga High School’s graduation at the Holmes Convocation Center this past Saturday. Photos below that are set in the WHS gymnasium were from an earlier capping ceremony. / Read more…



  • Rubi Estrada Becomes First Avery High Student To Earn Roan Scholars Award at ETSU

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    June 6, 2017. A recent graduate, Iris Rubi Estrada Romero is the first Avery High School student to earn the Roan Scholar award since the inception of the scholarship at East Tennessee State University in 1997. Nearly 100 stellar students in more than 60 high schools were nominated, but Roan Steering Committee only selected eight students as its Class of 2021 for its Roan Scholars Leadership Program. / Read more…



  • Lego Competition to Raise Money for Watauga Humane Society This Saturday, June 3

    June. 1, 2017. Kids, adults and all other Lego lovers of the High Country take notice — the annual Boone Brick Building Contest will return to the Boone Mall this Saturday, June 3 to showcase local Lego talent and craftsmanship. The event will bring together novice to advanced Lego builders to raise funds for the Watauga Humane Society. By Bailey Faulkner / Read more…



  • Mast General Store of Boone and Valle Crucis to Host Land Trust Day this Saturday, June 3

    June 1, 2017. On Saturday, June 3, the Mast Stores in Boone and Valle Crucis will welcome the Blue Ridge Conservancy (Valle Crucis) and the New River Conservancy (Boone) to the stores in celebration of Land Trust Day. Volunteers will answer questions about the organizations, and will offer information about the benefits of protecting land. Mast will donate 20% of the day’s sales to support conservation efforts. / Read more…



  • Watauga County Schools Announces New Program Offerings, Expanding Options for Coming Year

    May 23, 2017. Watauga County Schools has announced plans to expand its arts, agriculture and academically gifted program offerings in the coming school year. The system is also expanding options for students currently enrolled in home school, or those who live out of county, to attend Watauga County Schools. Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott said the expanded offerings were part of an effort to increase options and choices for students in Watauga County. / Read more…



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