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  • Foxx Selected as Chairwoman of House Committee on Education and the Workforce

    Dec. 2, 2016. With approval of the full Republican conference, the House Republican Steering Committee has selected Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress. / Read more…



  • Race for Governor: Cooper Names Transition Team, McCrory Campaign Cries Voter Fraud

    Nov. 21, 2016. Updated: The gubernatorial race between incumbent N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and current N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper is so close, that in this case, every vote does matter. Out of more than 4.5 million votes, Cooper came out ahead in the unofficial count at the end of Election Day by just about 5,000 votes. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Breaking Down the Mountains: Precinct-Level Analysis of WNC’s Vote in Presidential Race

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    Nov. 14, 2016. Elections are much more complicated than just which candidate received the most votes, though that count does determine who claims victory. Voters may be individuals, but often tend to behave in blocs that can help in understanding their behavior in an election. During the 2016 presidential race in North Carolina, different candidates’ messages resonated with people who shared different things in common – party affiliation and ideological identity, religious and cultural values, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender and sexual identity, or educational level. By Frank Taylor / Carolina Public Press / Read more…



  • Republicans Jordan and Ballard Win North Carolina House and Senate Races

    Nov. 8, 2016. Republicans N.C. Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Sen. Deanna Ballard won their respective races for N.C. House District 93 and N.C. Senate District 45. Jordan defeated Sue Counts, former director of the Watauga County Cooperate Extension, for the second election in a row, while Ballard defeated Art Sherwood of Caldwell County. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx ‘Grateful to NWNC Voters’ for Re-Election, 7th Consecutive Term

    Nov. 8, 2016. Constituents in the Fifth Congressional District voted Virginia Foxx into in the U.S. House of Representatives for a seventh-consecutive term. Foxx won decisively with about 58 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results, where all but a few remaining precincts had yet to report around midnight on Tuesday. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Watauga School Board Incumbents Reese, Henries & Kinsey Re-Elected

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    Nov. 8, 2016. While four members with plenty of school board experience were running for a seat on the Watauga County Board of Elections, only three seats were up for re-election. Brenda Reese, Ron Henries and Barbara Kinsey will serve another term on the Watauga County Board of Education. All three have strong backgrounds in education, and all three received at least 25 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial election results on Tuesday. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Unofficial Results: Democrats Regain Control of Watauga County Board of Commissioners

    Nov. 8, 2016. Democrats regained control of the Watauga County Board of Commissioners, according to unofficial election results tallied on Tuesday evening. Incumbents John Welch, a Democrat, and Perry Yates, a Republican, will remain on the Watauga County Board of Commissioners, while fellow incumbent Republican David Blust got the boot. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Watauga County in National Press for Presidential Election Bellwether Status

    Nov. 8, 2016. Throughout this election cycle, Watauga County has made the national news because it’s considered a bellwether county. Here are just a few related stories to peruse until the polls close and votes are counted. Inside are excerpts and links to the full postings. Compiled By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • More Than 3,000 Vote as of 10 AM on Tuesday in Watauga, See Votes Cast Per Precinct

    Nov. 8, 2016. As of 10 a.m., more than 3,000 people voted so far on Election Day, according to the Watauga County Board of Elections. Since the polls opened at 6:30 a.m., 3,181 voted. See Tuesday’s voting totals per precinct inside. During the early-voting portion of the 2016 general election, nearly 20,000 people voted early. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Nearly 9,300 Early Ballots Cast at Watauga County Admin Site Re-Processed on Sunday

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    Nov. 7, 2016. After a voting machine malfunctioned in one of the six early voting sites in Watauga County, the Watauga County Board of Elections conducted a re-processing of more than 9,000 ballots on Sunday afternoon. “It went great just as we had hoped,” Watauga County Elections Director Matt Snyder said on Monday. “We ended up with the same number of ballot counts.” By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…



  • Candidates In Their Own Words: Before You Head To The Polls, Check Out Videos of Local Candidates


    Nov. 1, 2016. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a “Meet the Candidates” forum in late October in an effort to inform voters about local issues and the candidates that are running for office. Most of the candidates for U.S. House District 5, N.C. 24th Judicial District, Watauga County Board of Education, Watauga County Board of Commissioners, N.C. Governor, N.C. Senate District 45 and N.C. House District 93 attended. Below are videos of the round-robin Q-&-A session and the candidate’s closing statements. See full comments from candidates, including closing statements, per race inside. / Read more…



  • McCrory Awarded Good Samaritan Award by Franklin Graham for Hurricane Matthew Aid

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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…



  • Elon Poll: Presidential, Governor’s Race Too Close To Call in North Carolina

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    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

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    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

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    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…



  • 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

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    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

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    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
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  • Thursday Marks First Day of One-Stop Voting, 1,000 Vote Through Most of First Day

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    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…



  • 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…



  • NCGOP 2016 State Convention Recap

    May 12, 2016. The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) held its annual state convention in Greensboro, North Carolina over the weekend. Delegates to the state convention conducted important business affecting this year’s election cycle and our Party going forward. / Read more…



  • Five File for NC’s 5th Congressional District, Primary Held on June 7

    March 30, 2016. Three Democrats and two Republicans filed their candidacy for the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House. Filing closed at the end of last week. Jim Roberts of Pilot Mountain, Josh Brannon of Boone and Charlie Wallin of Boone all filed for the Democratic primary, while incumbent Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk and Pattie Curran of Kernersville filed for the Republican primary. By Jesse Wood / Read more…



  • Boone Attorney Joshua Teague Announces Candidacy for District Court Judge

    March 28, 2016. Local attorney Joshua J. (Josh) Teague is pleased to announce his candidacy for District Court Judge for the 24th Judicial District of North Carolina. The 24th District encompasses Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties. The campaign will hold a Campaign Kick-Off and Meet the Candidate event on Wednesday, April 13 at Vidalia Restaurant in Boone from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. / Read more…



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