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Schools, Businesses and County Offices to Close in Observance of Funeral for Deputies on Thursday

Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox

By Harley Nefe

The funeral services of Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox will take place at Appalachian State University’s Holmes Convocation Center on Thursday, May 6 at 3 p.m. with the doors opening to the public at 1 p.m.

Both Sgt. Ward and K-9 Deputy Fox died in the line of duty after responding to a welfare check in Boone on April 28.

As community members are mourning the loss of neighbors, coworkers, friends and family, many local businesses and offices have announced closures and early dismissals on Thursday, May 6, in observance of the memorial services so that citizens may attend the event for the fallen officers.

Below is a compiled list of school, business and offices closing on Thursday, May 6:

  • Watauga County offices will be closing at 12 p.m.  
  • Town of Boone offices will be closing at 1 p.m. 
  • The Watauga County Clerk of Court’s office will be closing at 12 p.m. Any filings due on this date must be received by noon on this date.
  • The Watauga County Public Library will be closing at 12 p.m. 
  • All K-8 schools in Watauga County Schools will dismiss at 12 p.m. and Watauga High School students will be dismissed at 1 p.m.