Watauga County

Watauga County Deeds – Oct 16-22 : 22 Deed Transfers With a Total Value of $7,487,500

Published Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:26 am
A look at the recent deed transfers in Watauga County. The information comes courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds. See more...
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Relay for Life of Watauga County Hosts Opening Ceremony Feb. 6 at Deerfield United Methodist Church

Published Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm
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Last night, Relay for Life of Watauga County hosted their annual opening ceremony at Deerfield United Methodist Church in Boone. Beginning at 6 p.m., veteran participants and new relayers met and mingled to prepare for this year's fundraising efforts. Read more… Photos and Story by Madison V. Fisler
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The 2014 Watauga County 2014 Master Gardener Program Now Accepting Applications Through March 17

Published Monday, February 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm
The Watauga County Master Gardener Program is dedicated to equipping individuals with the skills to promote gardening and horticultural education. Read more...
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The Watauga County Relay for Life Hosts the 2014 Kickoff Event Feb. 6 at Deerfield Methodist Church

Published Monday, February 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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Relay for Life of Watauga County will hold the 2014 Kick-Off event on Thursday, Feb. 6. The event will be held at Deerfield United Methodist Church on Deerfield Road in Boone. Registration and welcome will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Top Relayers and teams from 2013 will be recognized, along with Team Captains and teams who have participated in early registration challenges for this years' event. Read more… Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Watauga County Farmers’ Market Currently Accepting Vendor Applications for 2014 Market Season

Published Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm
The start of a new year means brand new vendors present at the Watauga County Farmers' Market. The market is currently accepting vendor applications for the 2014 Farmers' Market season this summer. Each year, the board looks at the pool of applicants and decides which are most appropriate for the Farmers' Market. Everyone who wants to be included must apply each year, even returning vendors from previous years. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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AppalCART Reports Record Ridership Once Again of 1,712,873 Passenger Trips; Six Percent Increase Over 2012

Published Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:45 am
AppalCART, the local public transportation authority service Watauga County, reported record ridership of 1,712,873 passenger trips in 834,714 miles of service during calendar year 2013. Miles of service increased eight percent over those delivered in 2012. Read more...
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Watauga County Public Library Presents ‘Dig into Reading’ Summer Reading Program

Published Monday, June 3, 2013 at 11:43 am
June 3, 2013. Readers of all ages will “dig” reading this summer as Watauga County Public Library presents “Dig into Reading” during their summer reading program, which begins June 12th. Children will learn about birds, gem mining, magic, science, mind reading, reptiles, and more through sto­ries, crafts, music, dance, and other activities. Read more...
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Farmers’ Markets Around the High Country Provide Local Products for the Summer Residents and Visitors

Published Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm
May 30, 2013. Summertime in the High Country means fresh local produce, soft artisan breads, right-from-the farm eggs and much more. Farmers' markets all around the mountain region are gearing up for the 2013 summer to share their local wares with the residents and visitors that eagerly await the opening of the markets from the start of our famously harsh winters. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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The Watauga Humane Society to Hold Third Annual Perennial and Herb Sale Saturday, May 18

Published Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:30 am
May 17, 2013. The Watauga Humane Society will hold its third annual Perennial and Herb Sale on Saturday, May 18, from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM in the parking lot of Precision Printing, 1302 Blowing Rock Road, in Boone. Prices will be $.50-$5.00, and all plants come from well-established gardens. 100% of proceeds will benefit the shelter's spay-neuter program. Read more...
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The Watauga County Farmers’ Market Announces Opening Day for the 2013 Season Saturday, May 4

Published Friday, May 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm
May 3, 2013. The Watauga County Farmers' Market begins its 2013 season on Saturday, May 4. Along with the ever-present exceptional offering of local products, the Farmers' Market will host cooking demonstrations by chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant, live music from the Produce Pickers and activities all day for the children hosted by PHARMN. Read more...
BY MADISON V. FISLER
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Put On Your Long Johns Tonight: ‘Dangerous Wind Chills’ Through Morning, 8 Below Zero Forecasted

Published Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:19 pm
Jan. 21, 2013. On Tuesday, folks in the High Country will wake up to the coldest temperatures of winter 2012-13 so far, according to Ray's Weather. The National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany that remains in effect from 10 p.m. on Monday through noon Tuesday. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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The Battle at Turtle Island Continues, Both Sides Stand Firm as Sen. Soucek Could Become Unlikely Mediator

Published Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm
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Dec. 7, 2012. Eustace Conway is perplexed, astounded and outraged at the recent events leading to the closure of Turtle Island Preserve, a 1,000-acre primitive refuge offering educational camps and internships, which he founded 26 years ago in the Triplett community of Watauga County. “I am so shocked and hurt and so amazed at what I would call a human rights violation,” Conway said. “It basically started out as a witch hunt and hasn’t changed too much since then.” Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Update: Wildfire in Southeast Corner of Watauga Burns 100+ Acres, Contained, ‘Mop Up’ Begins in Morning

Published Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm
Nov. 10, 2012. Located in the southeast corner of Watauga County, a forest fire that has burned more than 100 acres has been contained, according to Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Kent Graham. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Sheriff’s Office Called to Green Valley Precinct After Principal Refuses to Move Kids from Voting Enclosure

Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 9:34 am
Nov. 6, 2012. Update! This morning, deputies from the Watauga County Sheriff's Office were called into the Meat Camp precinct at Green Valley Elementary School because the principal wouldn't remove kids from the voting enclosure. Read more...
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Last Day of One-Stop Voting at ASU, Foscoe Fire Dept., Saturday for Watauga and Avery County Courthouses

Published Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:47 am

2012 Election graphicBy Jesse Wood

Nov. 2, 2012. Today is the last day of one-stop voting at the early voting sites located at ASU and the Foscoe Fire Department. Saturday is the last day of early voting at the early voting sites… Continue reading

Early Voting by the Numbers in Watauga and N.C.

Published Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm
Nov. 1, 2012. Here is the 2012 early voting by the numbers in North Carolina and Watauga County. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Update on Kids’ Halloween Events! Some Cancelled, Some Postponed, But Many Still Happening Wednesday Night

Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Oct. 31, 2012. Due to the cold and snowy weather, some Halloween events have been cancelled or postponed, however, many events are still happening tonight on Halloween. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Last Weekend of the Year to Enjoy the New River Corn Maze, Genuine Passenger Train and Pumpkin Patch

Published Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm
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Oct. 25, 2012. The upcoming weekend is the last chance to get lost in the five-acre, one-mile long New River Corn Maze, to ride the genuine tractor-pulled passenger train and to pick you very own pumpkin for Halloween. Set on the banks of the South Fork of the New River, the corn maze is open this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to dark and this Sunday from 1 p.m. to dark. The corn maze is located off of U.S. 421 heading east of Boone on Laurel Gap Ridge Road - follow the signs. For more information, click to www.newrivercornmaze.com or call 828-264-2986. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Local Author Releases Newest Crime Story

Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Oct. 24, 2012 Blowing Rock crime writer and Appalachian State faculty member Glenn A. Bruce has released his fourth book, and this one is his darkest one yet. "Rubric" is the story of the events that "send fictional Homicide Detective Mark Young into a spiraling free fall of change and self-examination" after a series of killings in his community. Read more…
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Haunted Horn Ghost Trail Opens Wednesday Night and Runs through Halloween – Closed Sunday, Monday

Published Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:35 am
Oct. 24, 2012. The Haunted Horn Ghost Trail is so spooky, organizers are certain the hikers will be glad to exit the trail before doom strikes. Located at Horn in the West, the Haunted Horn Ghost Trail opens at dusk and runs until enough spookiness has happened for the night. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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No Excuses: Early Voting Starts Tomorrow, Click Inside For Locations and Times of One-Stop Voting Sites

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm
Oct. 17, 2012. Includes Sample Ballots! Early voting for the 2012 general election starts tomorrow at the Watauga County Courthouse in courtroom three. Next week, an early voting site on the campus of ASU opens and in November, a voting sites opens in Foscoe for one day. Read more...
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Another Candidate Debate/Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at ASU’s Broyhill Events Center, Foxx Declines Invite

Published Monday, October 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

By Jesse Wood

Oct. 15, 2012. As part of the ASU Department of Communication’s Fall Debate Series, candidates for the N.C. House and Senate, U.S. House and Watauga County Board of Commissioners will pitch their candidacy on Tuesday, Oct. 16,… Continue reading

Second Boone Heritage Festival Celebrates Appalachian Traditions at Hickory Ridge Today: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Published Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:00 am
Oct. 4, 2012. The outdoor Boone Heritage Festival takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 35-acre wooded setting of the Hickory Ridge Living Museum on Horn in the West Drive. Read more...
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Word for Word: Candidates for N.C. House, Tarleton and Jordan Speak at Boone Chamber Candidate Forum

Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

The court room was fairly packed for the state legislature candidates during the “Meet the Candidate Forum” hosted by the Boone Area Chamber. Photo by Ken Ketchie

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Word for Word: Candidates for N.C. Senate, Soucek and Carter Speak at Boone Chamber Candidate Forum

Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm
Oct. 10, 2012. Roy Carter and Incumbent Dan Soucek responded with answers pertaining to ETJs, education cuts, ASU, unemployment insurance and the very “contentious” school calendar mandate. Read more...
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Unemployment Rates Decline in 72 Counties in August, Over-the-Year Rates Down in 92 Counties Across NC

Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm
Oct. 3, 2012. The High Country experienced over-the-year drops. Watauga County unemployment dropped .7 percent to 8.3 percent. Ashe County unemployment dropped .3 percent to 11 percent, and Avery County unemployment dropped .1 percent to 10.4 percent. Read more...
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Boone Area of Chamber Encourages Support of ‘Business-Friendly’ Candidates in Upcoming 2012 Election

Published Monday, October 1, 2012 at 11:54 am
Oct. 1, 2012. The Boone Area Chamber encourages support of business-friendly candidates for the upcoming election and defines "business-friendly" in this post. Read more...
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Sunday Feature: Justifying the Lion

Published Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:11 am
Sept. 30, 2012. Just before 7 a.m. on a September morning in Boone, the sun has yet to rise over the mountains eastward. The early morning skyline is streaked orange and grey as it awaits the rising sun. The air has a stinging chill and is eerily still. In the Watauga Village Shopping Center, Walmart’s parking lot is already coming to life, with handfuls of shoppers scattered across the black top. Read more...
BY ETHAN WOODHOUSE
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Billed as ‘Most Important Political Rally in County History,’ ASU Hosts Democratic Fall Rally on Saturday

Published Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm
Sept. 20, 2012. A slue of state-wide candidates are scheduled to attend: Current Lt. Governor Walter Dalton who is running for governor; N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell; Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, N.C. Auditor Beth Wood; and N.C. Supt. of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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WHAT’S GOING ON? Construction Near The Old Watauga High School Property: A $10M Development

Published Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Sept. 20, 2012. Have you noticed the recent development in the works near the old Watauga High School property while driving on N.C. 105? Up until recently, there used to be a house amidst many trees. Soon it will be $10 million worth of student housing and retail space. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Denied! Sort of… ASU Gets One of Four Parcels on University Hall Drive Rezoned at Council Meeting

Published Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm
Sept. 18, 2012. The Boone Town Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to decide, among other things, the fate of a rezoning request by Appalachian State University for four land parcels along University Hall Drive. Read more...
BY PAUL T. CHOATE
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Absentee Voting for the General Election in November Starts Today, Monday, Sept. 17, and Ends Nov. 5

Published Monday, September 17, 2012 at 11:23 am
Sept. 17, 2012. Includes Sample Ballot! Absentee voting for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, begins today, Monday, Sept. 17, and ends the day before the election on Monday, Nov. 5. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Rezoning for University Hall Drive Moves to Town Council with Planning Commission Recommendation

Published Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:16 am
Sept. 11, 2012. The Boone Planning Commission met on Monday, Sept. 10, and voted unanimously to recommend the Town Council approve a rezoning request sought by ASU for four land parcels along University Hall Drive. Read more...
BY PAUL T. CHOATE
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Watauga School Board Selects New Asst. Superintendent Dr. David Fonseca, ‘Friend’ of Superintendent Kafitz

Published Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm
Sept. 10, 2012. After a recommendation from a search committee, the Watauga County Board of Education selected Dr. David Fonseca as the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Watauga County Schools. Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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Economic Development Comm. To Request a Business Park at Old WHS at Tuesday’s Commissioners Meeting

Published Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Aug. 19, 2012. Next Tuesday, the Watauga County Economic Development Commission will request that the Watauga County Board of Commissioners officially designate the old Watauga High School as the future "Summit Business Park." Read more...
BY JESSE WOOD
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