Oct. 31, 2017. The court case of a former Newland Town Clerk charged with embezzlement has been continued by a Superior Court Judge. Priscilla Ann Trivette of Roan Mountain, TN, appeared in Avery County Court, Monday, October 30 on a felony charge of embezzlement by a public official. By Tim Gardner
July. 26, 2017. The High Country is known for caring about the environment through sustainability, recycling, and removing waste. As a community, the Town of Boone Public Works Center invites all to participate in the Boone Clean-Up Day, which will be held on September 16. Volunteers may come by the Town of Boone Public Works Center from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., if they would like an assigned location to clean. The assigned locations will be inside the town city limits. Gloves and bags will be provided, along with a free curbside trash pickup. By Kate Herman – Photos by Town of Boone Public Works Center
Aug. 24, 2017. N.C. legislators held seven public hearings across North Carolina this week on the proposed district maps for the state House and Senate that are being redrawn after a federal court found unconstitutional racial gerrymandering. Two maps – one each for the state House and Senate – are proposed. The courts imposed a Sept. 1 deadline for the adoption of new state House and Senate district maps. In coverage of the hearings, WRAL notes that tentative votes on the proposals are scheduled for Friday and Monday. By Jesse Wood
Aug. 16, 2017. The Boone Town Council will meet on Thursday, Aug. 17. The Boone Town Council will appoint and swear in an individual to serve the remaining four months of Councilwoman Jennifer Teague’s position. Teague resigned due to moving outside town limits. Those that applied include Marshall Ashcraft, Quint David and Connie Ulmer.
Aug. 7, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper visited several locations during his first visit to the High Country on Friday, August 4, including the Watauga Campus of Caldwell Community College, F.A.R.M. Café, and the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, where he made public remarks.
June 15, 2017. Before adopting the fiscal year 2017-18 budget, the Boone Town Council will hold a public hearing at its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 15. Earlier this week, the Boone Town Council increased the proposed budget by nearly $200,000 to fund the Appalachian Theatre restoration project, Southern Appalachian Historical Association and a police officer position and one patrol car. By Jesse Wood
June 8, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council will hold a public hearing before adopting the fiscal-year 2017-18 budget on Tuesday, June 13. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and takes place at Town Hall on Main Street. The recommended budget, which includes a proposed increase on taxes and water and utility rates, remains the same after the Blowing Rock Town Council met for budget retreats and workshops, according to Town Manager Ed Evans. By Jesse Wood
June 6, 2017. In a 3-2 vote on Tuesday morning, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal-year 2017-18 budget that includes a 4-cent tax increase on property owners to fund Watauga County Schools infrastructure and a community rec center. Democrats on the commission – John Welch, Billy Kennedy and Larry Turnbow – voted in favor of the budget, while Republicans Jimmy Hodges and Perry Yates voted against the budget, specifically citing the property tax increase. By Jesse Wood
June 5, 2017. State public health officials have announced that the Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville is the recipient of a $6.5-million grant to expand mental health and substance abuse services at the Avery County facility. By Michael Gebelein | Carolina Public Press
June 5, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday morning. The main agenda item is the approval of the 2017-18 fiscal-year budget. Other topics include the Watauga County Veterans Memorial, local schools and recreation infrastructure and a resolution of support for independent redistricting. By Jesse Wood
May 17, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the “Ordinance to Govern Subdivisions and Multi-Unit Structures.” After listening to three comments from citizens, the commissioners decided to send the ordinance back to the Watauga County Planning Board for another review. By Jesse Wood
May 16, 2017. Here are some reactions to the Supreme Court declining to hear the North Carolina voting case – from N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper to Republicans legislative leaders. The announcement was made on Monday.
March 13, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council will meet Tuesday, March 14, at Town Hall, located at 1036 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Check out the agenda and packet information inside.
Feb. 15, 2017. Last night, The Watauga County Planning Board met for the second and final time to propose potential amendments to the county’s Ordinance to Regulate High Impact Land Uses. The commissioners directed the planning board to revisit the ordinance after the N.C. Supreme Court upheld a North Carolina law abolishing the Town of Boone’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). By Jesse Wood
Feb. 15, 2017. The Boone Town Council will meet for its regularly-scheduled meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road. By Jesse Wood
Feb. 14, 2017. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners is holding three public hearings in the month of February. Two of the public hearings take place at next Tuesday’s meeting and a third happens during a special meeting on Feb. 28. By Jesse Wood
Feb. 13, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council meets on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall, located at 1036 Main Street in Blowing Rock. Check out the entire agenda (with links to more details) inside.
Jan. 19, 2017. The Boone Town Council will meet on Thursday, Jan. 19 for its monthly meeting, which will take place at the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. See the meeting agenda and the meeting packet inside.
Jan. 12, 2017. The information from the PIT Count provides a valuable snapshot of the state and extent of homelessness in our region and informs support service providers on the priorities to prevent and end homelessness. The Point in Time Count is a requirement of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which currently supports the Northwest Continuum of Care member agencies with $287,000.
Jan. 12, 2017. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the FY2017 budget resolution, including legislative tools aimed at providing relief from the president’s failed health care law.
Jan. 9, 2017. The Blowing Rock Town Council will meet for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Town Hall, located at 1036 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. See the meeting’s agenda inside.
Jan. 4, 2017. The Boone Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Meet Your Local Representatives” event at Lost Province Brewing Co. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Drop-in at your convenience. Dubbed a “causal evening,” elected officials from the Boone Town Council, Watauga County Board of Commissioners, Watauga County Board of Education, N.C. House and N.C. Senate are expected to attend. By Jesse Wood
Jan. 3, 2017. Roy Cooper today took the oath of office to become North Carolina’s 75th Governor, pledging to build a North Carolina that works for everyone. “It is the honor of my life to be your governor, who will work for all of North Carolina,” Governor Cooper said. “I pledge to give my very best to the people of this great state of North Carolina, the state I love and where I have spent my life.”
Jan. 3, 2017. Since Governor Pat McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina’s economy added 300,000 new jobs, the state experienced one of the largest drops in unemployment in the country, $2.6 billion in debt for federal unemployment insurance was paid off, personal income and business taxes were cut, teacher pay was significantly increased, transportation funding was revolutionized and $2 billion was invested in our education, parks, National Guard and other infrastructure through the Connect NC bond.
Dec. 22, 2016. North Carolina lawmakers failed to repeal HB2, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill,” which forces transgender people to use the gender-based bathroom listed on their birth certificate – along with preventing local governments from raising the minimum wage and eroding the right for employees to sue in state court for workplace discrimination. By Jesse Wood