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  • Appalachian State University to Start Spring Semester Tuesday Jan. 16th

    Jan 15, 2018. Following a month-long winter break, Appalachian State University will be back in the school swing for the Spring 2018 Semester beginning Tuesday, January 16. – / Read more…



  • Thank Your Mentor Day and Mentoring Month Proclamation

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    Jan. 8, 2018. January 2018 will mark the 17th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people. National Mentoring Month celebrates the benefits of youth mentoring across the country. Every day in communities across the country, caring adults volunteer their time with mentoring programs to create consistent and supportive relationships to young people.  At its most basic level, mentoring is successful in real life because it guarantees a young people has an adult to turn to and that they have a guiding hand to help them in dealing with day-to-day challenges. At a more complex level, there is a powerful mentoring effect that ultimately makes our communities stronger . / Read more…



  • Watauga County School Systems will Have a Two-Hour Delay the Week of Jan. 3- Jan. 5

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    Jan. 3, 2018. Watauga County Schools are back and ready for a great year! This week is unlike most weeks. Due to extremely low temperatures, along with subzero wind chills,  Watauga Country Schools will operate on  two hour delay for students and staff from Jan. 3- Jan. 5.  By Kate Herman – Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • The Watauga Education Foundation’s Flapjack Flip To Be Held Dec. 2 at Watauga High School

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    November 22, 2017. The Watauga Education Foundation’s annual Flapjack Flip is December 2nd and those of you who have had the pancakes in the past will know how great they are.  But what’s the motivation behind those pancakes?  Charles Crabbe, the Board Chair for WEF, answers the question with enthusiasm, “Our motivation?  The teachers and students of Watauga County, of course!”  All proceeds from the Flapjack Flip are directed back into the classrooms of Watauga County Schools. / Read more…



  • Mabel Middle School Mock Trial Team Wins Regionals, Fundraising for Trip To State Competition

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    Nov. 28, 2017. Last week, students from Mabel School took home a victory in the regional Middle School Mock Trial competition, a contest that divides students into prosecution and defense teams, and sets them to play the parts of each in front of a real judge and jury of attorneys in a courtroom. / Read more…



  • 45 Local Students Receive Dream Awards to Attend CCC&TI, Free Tuition Upon HS Graduation

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    Nov. 20, 2017. In a recent ceremony held at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir, the Foundation of CCC&TI named 45 local seventh-grade students as this year’s Dream Scholars. The Dream Award ensures free tuition to attend CCC&TI upon graduation from high school. The program, offered through the Foundation, is in its 28th year and has presented 1,188 awards since its inception. / Read more…



  • Boone Police Investigating Complaints of Threats of Violence Made by a Student at WHS

    Nov. 16, 2017. On Nov. 16, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Boone Police received a complaint of threats of violence being made by a student at Watauga High School. Boone Police and Watauga County School System personnel have launched an investigation and are vigorously pursuing the facts. / Read more…



  • WCS Nets 3rd-highest SAT Scores in NC

    Nov. 9 , 2017. According to data recently released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Watauga County Schools achieved the third-highest SAT average composite scores in the state of North Carolina. Watauga posted the highest scores in the Northwest region, which encompasses Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Hickory, McDowell, Mitchell, Newton-Conover, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey. / Read more…



  • WHS Playmakers Advance To State Theater Comp

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    Nov.9 , 2017. The Pioneer Playmakers, Watauga High School’s honors acting troupe, found continued success at the North Carolina Theater Conference’s High School Play Festival last month earning a “Superior” rating for their show “Things Fall (Meanwhile).” / Read more…



  • Bella’s Italian Restaurant in Banner Elk Hosts Awards Dinners for ‘Grandfather Challenge’ Program

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    Nov. 6, 2017. Numerous groups of school kids that have completed the “Grandfather Challenge” program for at-risk kids at Grandfather Mountain in Linville have celebrated their successes at awards dinners held in their honor at Bella’s Italian Restaurant in Banner Elk. / Read more… 



  • Middle School Students Complete ‘The Grandfather Challenge’ at Grandfather Mountain

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    Oct. 31, 2017. Seven Students from York Chester Middle School in Gastonia, NC recently completed “The Grandfather Challenge” hiking program at Grandfather Mountain in Linville. “The Grandfather Challenge” program is sponsored by The Jason Project, Inc., which was formed by the parents of Jason Matthew Nipper, who passed away in June of 2014 at age 26. / Read more…



  • Storms Surge Across Campus; Aftermath Soggy, but Safe and Sound

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    October 30, 2017. A steady rain throughout the day Monday, Oct. 20, followed by mid-afternoon thunder, lightning and torrential rains, caused culverts to overflow, traffic snarls and rerouting, minor leaks in some Appalachian State University facilities and heavy flooding at off-campus housing. Many off-campus apartment complexes have been affected, and the number of displaced students or affected faculty and staff is not yet known. / Read more…



  • The Watauga Education Foundation Announces Grants To 25 Educators for 2017

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    Oct. 24, 2017. The Watauga Education Foundation is proud to share that a total of $19,332 will be distributed to 25 educators who are employed by Watauga County Schools. The grant allocation committee was happy to receive requests for more applications than previous years and each application was considered with serious review. The grant funds will go directly into the classrooms. / Read more…



  • FAFSA Day is Oct. 28 at Campuses Across NC

    Oct. 23, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper has signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, Oct. 22 – Saturday, Oct. 28 Financial Aid Awareness Week. During this week, students and families are encouraged to learn more about applying for financial aid. Financial Aid Awareness Week will end with FAFSA Day, on Sat. Oct. 28. FAFSA Day is a statewide, college-access event taking place at sites across North Carolina. During this free event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon at most locations, students can get assistance filling out their FAFSA form from qualified financial aid administrators and financial aid specialists. / Read more…



  • 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…



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