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  • McCrory Awarded Good Samaritan Award by Franklin Graham for Hurricane Matthew Aid
    Nov. 4, 2016. Governor Pat McCrory was presented with the Good Samaritan Award tonight by Franklin Graham to recognize his efforts to help North Carolinians during the response and recovery from Hurricane Matthew. Tonight, Samaritan’s Purse committed to building 20 homes for North Carolinians whose homes were destroyed by flooding. / Read more…

  • Watauga County Board of Elections To Hold Special Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 6

    Nov. 3, 2016. The Watauga County Board of Elections will hold a special meeting on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 12:00 noon in the Board of Elections Office on the ground floor of the Watauga County Courthouse, according to a notice published on Thursday afternoon. The purpose of this meeting is to re-process the One-Stop Administration Site ballots, as directed by the State Board of Elections. / Read more…

  • Ballard, Jordan Talk Tax Reform, Mortgage-Interest Deduction at Harvest House
    Nov. 3, 2016. The Harvest House hosted Republican candidates, N.C. Sen. Deanna Ballard and N.C. Rep. Jonathan Jordan, on Wednesday evening. The event was co-sponsored by the N.C. Homeowners Alliance and the High Country Association of Realtors. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…

  • Meet-and-Greet for District Court Judge Candidate Josh Teague Held Wednesday Evening
    Nov. 3, 2016. Josh Teague, a candidate for District Court Judge, held a meet-and-greet event at the Fairview Café, located at the Boone Golf Club, on Wednesday. The event was sponsored by Tom Speed and hosted by Richard Pedroni, Tina Houston, Andi and Rob Gelsthorpe, and Elizabeth Hempfling. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…

  • Carolina Public Press: Candidates for Federal Seats Affecting WNC PAC’ing in the Dollars

    Nov. 2, 2016. Carolina Public Press has taken a look at the most recent wave of campaign filings for the four federal races affecting Western North Carolina and analyzed the amount of money raised and who its coming from. / Read more…

  • 13,000+ Early Voters in Watauga County, One-Stop Voting Continues Through Saturday

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    State Voters by Party


    Nov. 2, 2016. As of Tuesday closing, more than 13,000 voters have early voted in the general election in Watauga County. Of the six early voting sites, the two sites located in Boone – the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street and the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of App State – are dominating in terms of the number of people casting ballots. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Candidates Ballard and Jordan to Hold Town Hall at Harvest House on Wednesday, Nov. 2

    Nov. 2, 2016. N.C. Sen. Deanna Ballard and N.C. Rep. Jonathan Jordan will hold a town hall at the Harvest House in Boone on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ballard, a Republican of Blowing Rock, is running against Art Sherwood, a Democrat from Caldwell, while Jordan a Republican in Ashe County is facing off against Sue Counts, a Watauga Democrat. / Read more…

  • Elon Poll: Presidential, Governor’s Race Too Close To Call in North Carolina
    Nov. 1, 2016. The survey conducted Oct. 23-27 is the final survey by the Elon University Poll before Election Day on Nov. 8. The contests at the top of the ballot have tightened in North Carolina, with the races for president and governor now too close to call and incumbent Republican Richard Burr holding a lead within the margin of error in the U.S. Senate race, according to the results of the latest Elon University Poll. / Read more…

  • 7,000+ Early Vote in General Election During First Week of Early Voting in Watauga County

    Oct. 28, 2016. So far, 7,301 people have voted early as of the closing of polls on Thursday evening, according to figures provided by the Watauga County Board of Elections office. While early voting began on Oct. 20 at the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street, five other one-stop sites opened on Thursday for the remainder of early voting, which concludes on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Sherwood: Lack of Integrity in Politics Harming Faith in Government

    Oct. 28, 2016. Continuing with his release of position papers on the need to restore real North Carolina values to the North Carolina General Assembly, Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for N.C. Senate District 45, today issued a video and paper titled, “Real North Carolina Values: Integrity.” The first installment on North Carolina values focused on civility. Sherwood said, “Only 19 percent of Americans trust government, according to the Pew Research Center. Why is that? North Carolina’s own Billy Graham has some insight that might help. He said, ‘When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.’” / Read more…

  • Chelsea Clinton Speaks at Legends on App State Campus, See Photos & Film of Event
    Oct. 27, 2016. Chelsea Clinton spoke at Legends on the campus of Appalachian State University. Doors closed after 550 people turned out to hear Clinton tell voters why they should vote for her mother, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…

  • Early Voting Now at 5 More Sites: ASU, Deep Gap, Blowing Rock, Cove Creek, & Meat Camp

    Oct. 27, 2016. Today early voting extends to five other one-stop sites in Watauga County. For the first week of early voting, the only one-stop site open was located at the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street. Now, all six locations are open through the remainder of early voting. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Watauga GOP Thanks Law Enforcement for Charging Person Stealing Political Signs

    Oct. 27, 2016. On Oct. 24, 2016 during the night time hours an alert citizen noticed two individuals in a white Honda Civic stealing Donald Trump political signs. This alert citizen notified law enforcement who proceeded to stop these individuals. Carlos Robles admitted to taking the political signs without permission and was charged by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Department with misdemeanor larceny. / Read more…

  • Chelsea Clinton to Campaign in WNC, Coming To Legends on ASU on Thursday, Oct. 27

    Oct. 26, 2016. On Thursday, Oct. 27, Chelsea Clinton will campaign at Appalachian State University in Boone. During an early vote rally, Clinton will lay out what is at stake in this election and urge North Carolinians to early vote to support the Clinton-Kaine ticket. Clinton’s visit comes the same day that 132 additional early voting sites open up across North Carolina, including Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union. / Read more…

  • School Board Candidates for Watauga County
    Oct. 25, 2016. High Country Press reached out to the candidates for Watauga County Board of Education. Here are statements from the four candidates: Steve Combs, Ron Henries, Barbara Kinsey and Brenda Reese. Three seats are up for election. Early voting has already started in the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Candidate Statements for Three Races for Watauga County Board of Commissioners

    Oct. 25, 2016. High Country Press reached out to candidates for Watauga County Board of Commissioners. Since candidates are running for particular districts, there are three races pertaining to the commission: Perry Yates (R) v. Diane Blanks (D) for District 1; Elizabeth Shukis (R) v. John Welch (D) for District 2; and David Blust (R) v. Larry Turnbow (D) for District 4. Compiled by Jesse Wood
    / Read more…

  • Dems Outpace Unaffiliated and GOP Voters in Watauga, State During First Day of Voting

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    state Oct. 21, 2016. According to an online vote tracker, Democrats and Unaffiliated voters outnumbered Republicans at the polls on the first day of early voting in Watauga County and North Carolina as a whole. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Thursday Marks First Day of One-Stop Voting, 1,000 Vote Through Most of First Day
    Oct. 20, 2016. During the lunch hour on Thursday, a few candidates were talking to voters and passing out pamphlets on the first day of early voting in the 2016 general election. Boone attorney Josh Teague, a candidate for the Chief District Judge in the 24th district, incumbent Watauga County Board of Commissioner John Welch (District 2) and his challenger Elizabeth Shukis were standing on the corner of Water Street and King Street. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Local Campaigns Compete for Cash in WNC

    Oct. 20, 2016. Candidates for local government seats in Western North Carolina have raised thousands of dollars in their election bids this year, leading to widespread advertising campaigns and signs along roadways across the region. Carolina Public Press analyzed campaign finance documents for candidates who reported raising more than $1,000, the amount that triggers state-mandated filing requirements. BY MICHAEL GEBELEIN / Carolina Public Press / Read more…

  • Early Voting Begins Thursday Morning, See One-Stop Times, Locations and Ballots

    Oct. 19, 2016. Early voting in the general election begins on Thursday at 8 a.m. For most of the first week in Watauga County, early voting is confined at the Administration Building (beside the courthouse) on King Street. Starting on Oct. 27, early voting will move out into the other one-stop sites on the App State campus, Blowing Rock, Deep Gap, Meat Camp and Cove Creek. In Avery County, the only one-stop voting site is the Avery County Board of Elections office within the Avery County Courthouse in Newland. Early voting ends Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Watauga GOP Caravan ‘Rollin’ Through’ Communities in County on Saturday, Oct. 22

    Oct. 17, 2016. Local Republican candidates will be “rollin’ through” several communities in Watauga County next Saturday, Oct. 22 to meet with constituents along the Watauga GOP Caravan tour. Candidates for Watauga County Board of Commissioners (Elizabeth Shukis, Perry Yates and David Blust), N.C. House and Senate (Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Sen. Deanna Ballard) and 24th District Court Judge (Becca Eggers-Gryder) are taking part in the mobile event. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Boone Chamber Sponsors Candidates Forum Oct. 25, See Agenda, Final Confirmations

    Oct. 25, 2016. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” forum on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 in the large courtroom of the Watauga County Courthouse on West King Street in Boone. / Read more… See which candidates have confirmed attendance below:

    US House of Representatives (District 5)

    • Virginia Foxx (R)
    • Josh Brannon (D)

    NC 24th Judicial District –

    • Rebecca (Becca) Eggers-Gryder
    • Joshua (Josh) Teague

    Watauga County School Board

    • Brenda Reese
    • Ron Henries
    • Barbara Kinsey

    Watauga County Commissioner

    • John Welch (D)
    • Elizabeth Shukis (R)
    • Perry Yates (R)
    • Diane Blanks (D)
    • Larry Turnbow (D)

    NC Governor

    • Lon Cecil (L)

    NC Senate (District 45)

    • Art Sherwood (D)
    • Deanna Ballard (R)

    NC House (District 093)

    • Sue Counts (D)
    • Jonathan Jordan (R)

  • Registration Deadline for Election Day Voting is Friday, Same-Day Available for One-Stop

    Oct. 12, 2016. While Friday, Oct. 14 is listed as the last day to register to vote for the general election during Election Day, note that same-day registration is available during the early-voting or one-stop period. A Fourth Circuit of Appeals ruling this summer struck down the Voter ID law that eliminated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. Now all of the Voter ID law requirements are out the window. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Judicial Elections Preview: Not as Popular as Other Races But Important, See Videos

    Oct. 6, 2016. While there is certainly no shortage in this state of attention devoted to candidates for president, governor or the U.S. Senate, judicial elections are another matter. But the candidates seeking election to North Carolina’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Court and District Court are essential to our system of justice and the preservation of democracy and the rule of law. / Read more…

  • Watch Videos From High Country Recreation’s Candidates Forum on Tuesday Night

    Oct. 5, 2016. Six candidates running for three seats on the Watauga County Board of Commissioners spoke all things recreation at a candidate’s forum sponsored by High Country Recreation. The forum took place in the Watauga Medical Center auditorium. Videos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…

  • Josh Stein To Keynote Watauga Democratic Party’s Fall Rally on Oct. 8

    Sept. 19, 2016. Josh Stein, Democratic candidate for North Carolina Attorney General, will be the keynote speaker at the Fall Rally of the Watauga County Democratic Party on Saturday, October 8, in the Central Dining Hall at Appalachian State University. The rally is hosted by the ASU College Democrats. / Read more…

  • Delegates From WNC at DNC in Philly

    July 27, 2016. The Democratic National Convention is taking place in Philadelphia through Friday, July 28. According to a listing on the N.C. Democratic Party website, the delegates representing Western North Carolina include Howard Larsen of Spruce Pine, Cliff Moone of Hickory, and Anne Hamilton and Jeffrey Rose of Asheville. / Read more…

  • Candidate Art Sherwood Slams Effort by Watauga GOP to Suppress ASU Student Voting

    July 13, 2016. Candidate Release: Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina State Senate District 45, today slammed efforts by Republicans in Watauga County to suppress voting by Appalachian State University (ASU) students and faculty. / Read more…

  • Watauga Elections Board Continues To Disagree About Early Voting on ASU Campus

    July 13, 2016. Tuesday’s night’s meeting was a movie we’ve watched before: Despite persistence from local Democrats and a state elections board mandate before the primary, Republicans in Watauga County really don’t want early-voting to happen in the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Watauga Elections Board To Discuss Early Voting July 12, Meeting Moved To Courthouse

    July 12, 2016. The Watauga County Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday, July 12, at 5 p.m. to discuss early voting plans for the general election in November. Because the topic of early voting – particularly concerning a polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University campus – generally elicits a great response from the community, next Tuesday’s meeting will take place in the large courtroom in the Watauga County Courthouse instead of in the elections office. / Read more… By Jesse Wood

  • House Approves Foxx’s Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Transparency in America’s Higher Education System

    July 12, 2016. The U.S. House of Representatives today approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., that will help students gain access to the facts they need to make an informed decision about where to pursue higher education. / Read more…

  • Axiom Strategies & Remington Research Group: Trump Leads Watauga County by Four Points
    June 16, 2016. Axiom Strategies in a collaboration with Remington Research Group is polling select swing counties throughout the United States. These battleground counties reside in battleground states and have historically been indicators for the eventual statewide election result.

 Watauga County, North Carolina has been selected as one of these counties. Historically this county has been a predictor for the eventual statewide result. Trump currently leads Clinton in Watauga County by four points.

  • 2016 Watauga County Democratic Party Plant Sale Set For Saturday, June 11
    June 3, 2015. The annual plant sale to benefit the Watauga County Democratic Party will take place on Saturday, June 11 at the home of Pam and Jerry Williamson on 375 Old U.S. 421 South in Boone. The sale begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, and prices start at $1. Most perennials sell for $1 to $3, annuals at $1 and trees and shrubs and rare plants at $15/$20. / Read more…

  • Foxx Statement on Winning Primary Election

    June 2, 2016. Today the voters of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District decisively endorsed my record of fighting for limited government, conservative values and strong national security. I’m honored that they’ve given me the chance to appear on the ballot in the fall and I thank everyone who voted today for their commitment to a functioning democracy. / Read more…

  • About 500 Wataugans Vote in June Primary So Far, Election Day is Tuesday, June 7
    June 2, 2016. While folks aren’t exactly beating down the door to vote in the June 2016 primary, Watauga County Board of Elections Director Matt Snyder said that the voter turnout was “decent” for a Thursday morning. Before noon on Thursday about 100 people had voted early and the early voting total stood just shy of 500, Snyder said. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…

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