• Civic Leader, Activist John Hood to Speak at ASU on Thursday, Free to the Public

    March 23, 2016. John Hood, recently named head of the John William Pope Foundation on Higher Education and chairman of the board of the John Locke Foundation, will speak on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. These public lectures are being offered in advance of the 2016 election season to address concerns of North Carolina citizens and to better inform the public about issues facing the state. A question and answer session will follow the presentations. The events are free and open to the public. / Read more…

  • Voter Turnout On Par With Past Two Primaries During Presidential Election Years

    March 16, 2016. Statewide voter turnout in the 2016 North Carolina primary was 35 percent, which is about the same percentage for the turnout in the 2012 and 2008 presidential primaries. See the graphs below. In Watauga County, 16,026 ballots were cast compared to 43,682 registered voters. This represents a voter turnout of nearly 37 percent, according to data provided by the State Board of Elections. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • How Did Watauga and Avery County Registered Voters Cast Ballots in 2016 Primary?

    March 15, 2016. Here are the 2016 primary results for Watauga County and Avery County. While all of the ballots for the precincts for these two High Country counties have been counted, some precincts in North Carolina are still awaiting results. See results for the Democratic and Republican primaries inside.
    Compiled by Jesse Wood
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  • Two Hours To Vote in NC Primary

    March 15, 2016. Voting in the 2016 North Carolina primary continues until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. “We’ve been pretty busy,” Watauga County Board of Elections Director Matt Snyder said on Tuesday at about 5 p.m. For more last-minute details on where to vote in the primary, click here. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie / Read more…

  • Donald Trump Holds Monday Rally in Hickory

    March 15, 2016. Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump held a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Monroe Auditorium on Monday afternoon. The rally was scheduled for 10 a.m. but was delayed because Trump’s plan couldn’t land in Hickory because of the fog. He ended up having to fly to Charlotte and commute to Hickory. By Jesse Wood • Photos by Lonnie Webster / Read more…

  • Exit Polls Conducted at Precincts in Watauga

    March 15, 2016. If you are voting in the presidential primary today in the High Country – and likely elsewhere in the North Carolina and the other states on Super Tuesday II, you are likely be questioned for an exit poll. In one of the municipal precincts in Watauga County, a person working for a national polling service company, which feeds national news outlets such as the AP, Fox News and ABC, asked voters questions after they came out of the polls. / Read more…

  • 2016 Primary Election Coverage: Candidate Info, Sample Ballots & Voting Details Inside

    March 11, 2016. After a week of early voting, more than 5,500 people have voted early in the primary election so far, according to figures provided by the Watauga County Board of Elections. By Jesse Wood • Graphic by Debbie Carter / Read more…

  • Ballard and Boham Look To Represent the GOP in 45th District in General Election

    March 10, 2016. Deanna Ballard and Ken Boham are vying to represent the GOP in the race for District 45 in the North Carolina Senate, which covers Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watauga counties. In November, the winner of this Republican primary race will face Art Sherwood, who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Christian Action League of North Carolina Endorses Ted Cruz for POTUS

    March 10, 2016. Dr. Mark Creech, executive director, released the following statement Thursday morning: “We are witnessing possibly the most dangerous time in American history. It’s not that our great country hasn’t faced incredible challenges in the past, but today the enemies of our Republic strike at the heart of our national identity – the meaning of America. Such issues will determine the preservation of liberty for the generations to come. / Read more…

  • Hendricks Challenges Jordan To Represent GOP in Race for 93rd District in NC House

    March 8, 2016. In the March 15 primary, Lew Hendricks and incumbent Rep. Jonathan Jordan are vying to represent the Republicans for the District 93 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives that covers Ashe and Watauga counties. The winner will face either Democrats Sue Counts or Ronnie Marsh in the general election in November. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Counts & Marsh Seek To Represent Dems in November Race for District 93 in NC House

    March 8, 2016. In the March 15 primary, Ronnie Marsh and Sue Counts are vying to represent the Democrats in the race for the District 93 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives that covers Ashe and Watauga counties. The winner will face either Republicans Lew Hendricks or incumbent Jonathan Jordan in the general election in November. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Why You Should Vote For or Against the $2B Bond Referendum on the Primary Ballot

    March 7, 2016. During early voting and the 2016 primary on Tuesday, March 15, voters in North Carolina will have the opportunity to vote for or against a $2 billion bond package first introduced by Gov. Pat McCrory and approved by the Republican legislature in the N.C. General Assembly this past summer. Compiled by Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • Early Voting Begins Thursday, See Sample Ballots, One-Stop Locations and Hours

    March 1, 2016. Early voting for the March 15 primary begins on Thursday, March 3 at several locations around Watauga County and at the Avery County Board of Elections office in Avery County. Although the voter registration deadline prior to early voting has passed, same-day registration is available at any of the one-stop voting locations. By Jesse Wood / Read more…

  • North Carolina Judicial Candidate Evaluations Ready for March 15 Primary

    Feb. 24, 2016. Evaluations of candidates seeking election in North Carolina to District and Superior Court judgeships in 2016 have been completed in time for the March 15 primary. The survey reports, generated by the North Carolina Bar Association and its Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, are available at electNCjudges.org. / Read more…

  • SBOE Mandates Watauga BOE To Include Early Voting Site for Primary at App State

    Feb. 10, 2016. The State Board of Elections unanimously voted to include an early voting site at Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University for the March primary. The Wednesday ruling was 4-0 with one of the three Republicans – Chair Grant Whitney – abstaining from the vote. The State Board of Elections was tasked with choosing a one-stop plan for Watauga County because the local county board of elections didn’t unanimously select a one-stop plan in January. By Jesse Wood – Photo by Lonnie Webster / Read more…

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