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
Dec. 20, 2016. Gov. Pat McCrory called a special session for the N.C. General Assembly on Wednesday for the reconsideration of HB2, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill,” after Charlotte rescinded its non-discrimination ordinance.
Dec. 19, 2016. Within minutes of a surprise move by the Charlotte City Council to repeal sections of its non-discrimination ordinance, Governor Pat McCrory and governor-elect Roy Cooper announced a special session for Tuesday to take up a full repeal of HB2, North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill.” By Kirk Ross / Carolina Public Press
Dec. 16, 2016. The Watauga County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The light agenda includes a request regarding a potential wetland at Brookshire Park, a land acquisition matter in closed session and more. By Jesse Wood
Dec. 15, 2016. Leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly last night called a surprise special session to introduce legislation that would make sweeping changes to the state’s Board of Elections, Court of Appeals, judicial elections, executive branch appointments and more. Lawmakers had earlier reconvened to allocate funding for victims of Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters but gave no advance notice of the second special session and additional legislation.
Dec. 14, 2016. Following a three-month-long nationwide search, the Blowing Rock Town Council has selected Ed Evans to serve as the Town of Blowing Rock’s next Town Manager; his first day with Blowing Rock will be Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Evans was chosen after a national search that yielded 48 applicants from 13 states including Washington, Kansas, and Texas.
Dec. 12, 2016. The Blowing Rock Town Council will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 1036 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock for its regularly-scheduled meeting in December. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. See the entire agenda below. Compiled by Jesse Wood
Dec. 6, 2016. Nearly a month after the 2016 general election, Gov. Pat McCrory conceded to Governor-elect and current Attorney General Roy Cooper. Since Election Day, Cooper’s lead has grown by about double in the face of challenges from Republicans. McCrory released a video message on Monday, which is embedded at the top of this story. By Jesse Wood
Dec. 5, 2016. Amidst a relatively light agenda on Monday morning, the elected commissioners for Watauga County were sworn-in by District Court Judge Hal Harrison. Incumbent Commissioners John Welch, a Democrat, and Perry Yates, a Republican, and newly-elected Commissioner Larry Turnbow, a Democrat, took the oath of office on Monday before settling into their seats on the board. By Jesse Wood
Oct. 20, 2016. Participating in the electoral process is a civic duty that some take too lightly these days; but not Nora Percival. She recently celebrated her 102nd birthday and was more than excited to hit the polls for early voting Thursday, as she’s waited an entire lifetime to vote for a female presidential candidate. Percival, a local author and member of the High Country Writers organization, has written three memoirs on her own life experiences. As a Russian immigrant, the stories of her early life serve as a precious reminder that the civic duties in the United States are truly a blessing. By Emily Willis • Photo by Jesse Wood
Sept. 15, 2016. The Boone Town Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting on Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m., located at the Council Chambers at 1500 Blowing Rock Road. The topic is the Wellness District Small Area Plan.
Sept. 5, 2016. Watauga County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 a.m. for its regular monthly meeting at the Administration Building on King Street. Compiled by Jesse Wood
Aug. 31, 2016. Cycling experts and advocates from throughout the Southeast will come together in Asheville at the Fifth Annual North Carolina Bike Summit on Sept. 16 and 17. Presented by BikeWalk NC in partnership with the N.C. Department of Transportation, this year’s event will focus on the economic benefits of investing in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure.
Aug. 1, 2016. High Country United Way is pleased to announce Watauga County has been awarded $21,545 through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Program (EFSP), a Federal program administered by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the nation’s hungry, homeless and people in economic crisis.
June 15, 2016. June is National Home Ownership Month, and while an increasing number of North Carolinians are celebrating by purchasing homes, families who are facing foreclosure have little to cheer. In 2015, there were 29,201 foreclosure filings statewide. But hope exists. The NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund, administered by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency and funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund®, has resources to help North Carolina homeowners keep their homes while they recover from a temporary financial hardship.
June 2, 2016. Great fun awaits you this weekend on the campus of Appalachian State as the 14th annual Watauga County EmergencyFest returns to Boone! Brought to you by the Watauga County Firefighters Association and other local emergency services, this free event is open to the public and promises a great time for kids of all ages.
May 31, 2016 North Carolina citizens can now pay probation-related costs, fines and fees online using their credit / debit card with the launch of Online Collections and Payments (OCAP). Online payments are available 24/7 at onlineservices.NCcourts.org for supervised and unsupervised probationers with their case file number, the county that issued the charge, and a major credit card, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards.