Caution Urged in Extreme Cold

With overnight temperatures to be from zero to single digit range—and with a number of fires last year caused by trying to keep animals warm—Watauga Fire Officials sent a bulletin to address safety concerns for keeping your pets, animals and livestock safe during the severe winter weather.

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WHS Swimming Competes at States Saturday,,,,

CARY, NC - The Watauga High girl's 200-yard freestyle relay team will compete at the 4A state championships on Saturday at the Triangle Aquatic Center, beginning with preliminaries at 8:30 a.m. The Pioneers, who will be represented by Grace Temple, Caroline Forsyth, Ella Campbell and Julianna Silver are among 24 entrees in the field.

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Pet Patrol

Lost: Blue Heeler

On february 4th, a blue heeler named Rusty went missing from the Valle Crucis/ Sugar Grove area. He is wearing a blue reflective collar. If found please call 828-773-9436 or 828-266-3513.

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Community and Business

FAFSA Day Saturday at ASU

Families who would like help completing the FAFSA are invited to attend FAFSA Day on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Appalachian State University in the John E. Thomas Building, Room 265 (Financial Aid Office).

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Obituaries(Funeral Homes)

Robert (Bob) E. Triplette

Robert (Bob) E. Triplette of Linville, NC and Ft. Myers, FL died peacefully February 7 at Joanne's House At Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs, FL after a long battle with cancer.  Bob was born December 1, 1936.


His memory is cherished by members of his family - spouse, Betty, children: Mrs. Johnny Capps (Gweenda) Rockingham, NC; Mrs. Jimmy Flanagan (Phyllis) Raleigh, NC and Ryan Triplette (Cheryl) Hudson, NC; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bob enjoyed reading and his computer.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

Sincere thanks to Dr. Sobol, Selby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, Boone, NC and Dr. Rubin, Florida Cancer Specialist, Bonita Springs, FL.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs, FL  34135. 

A private service for the family will be at a later date.


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Closings and Cancellations

Closings and Cancellations


  • Ashe County Schools WILL OPERATE on a 3-hour delay on Thursday, with limited bus routes
  • Avery County Schools will be closed, staff reports on a two hour delay
  • Lees-McRae College opens at 9:30
  • Mitchell County Schools closed
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Thursday morning mass and confession has been canceled
  • Watauga County Criminal District Court will open at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
  • Watauga County Schools closed Wednesday, with teachers on an optional work day. The Snow Day program at Hardin Park will open at 9am


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