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ASU Announces Graduation Date

Appalachian State University has announced that this year’s spring graduation will take place May 5th and 6th. Each degree-granting college or school will hold their own ceremony.

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Blowing Rock Hosts Trout Derby and Wine Festival

Blowing Rock will bring folks in during April. Trout fishing season opens April 7th…and that means the 28th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby. The weekend begins with their famous fish fry Friday Night April 6th at the Blowing Rock Emergency Services complex downtown.

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Watauga County Revenues Higher Than Expected

Watauga County’s revenues for this fiscal year are turning out to be higher than expected. The Commissioners have learned that sales tax revenues could be $180,000 more than originally estimated.

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ASU Campus and Boone Police Urge Citizens to Take Caution

Someone has been scaring women on the ASU campus and in downtown Boone. A perpetrator described to be a white male about 5 feet 5 inches wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood on has surprised women on two occasions on the ASU campus and one occasion in downtown Boone by pulling their pants down.

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Senator Dole Representative To Hold Office Hours In High Country

US Senator Elizabeth Dole is holding constituent days in both Avery and Watauga Counties this week. A representative from her western office will hold traveling office hours in Watauga County from 11am to 12 noon on Wednesday, March 28th in the Boone Town Hall at 567 West King Street.

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A reminder for pet owners, the Watauga County Humane Society still has funds left to help those who’

A reminder for pet owners, the Watauga County Humane Society still has funds left to help those who’d like to have their pet spay neutered.

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Small Farms Week Starts Today

Don’t forget, today launches Small Farms Appreciation Week. According to Watauga County Agricultural Extension Director, Sue Counts, North Carolina boasts one of the largest concentrations of small farms in the nation, and the numbers of small farms are growing, particularly in the High Country.

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Local Law Enforcement Promoting Anti-Gang Steps

Local Law Enforcement is working together to fight the growth of gangs and vandalism in the area. And they are enlisting the aide of local businesses owners in the effort. According to Capt. Main of the Boone Police and Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman, The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police have joined together over the last several months to document and investigate gang tagging and other markings on and around private and public buildings.

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ASU is offering SAT Prep Course

High School students looking for instruction on taking the SAT College Entrance Exam can look to ASU for help. The University is offering an SAT exam prep course for students planning to take the test in May.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Gets Underway This Weekend

Banff Mountain Film Festival gets underway this weekend. It’s the eleventh year that the outdoor adventure film festival has come to Boone.

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Boy Scout Recovering Well After Four Days In Woods

Michael Auberry, the Greensboro Boy Scout who was lost in the woods in Wilkes County for four days is on the mend.

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Sugar Grove Man Arrested For Breaking Into Cars

The Boone Police have arrested a Sugar Grove man on charges related to breaking and entering multiple vehicles. 23-year-old Brandon Lee Bowles is alleged to have broken into motor vehicles at the Greenway, Boone mall and Watauga High School in October and November of last year.

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High Country Counties See Unemployment Rise

The Employment Security Commission has released County unemployment rates for January. High Country Counties followed the increase in statewide unemployment rates during that period.

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Tanger Outlet Center Has New Leader

The Tanger Outlet Stores in Blowing Rock have a new Manager. Heidi Ellis comes to her new position after having been Manager and Marketing Director for Boone Mall for eight years.

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New Nationwide Wetlands and Water Work Permits Take Effect

Those who are planning construction or work that involves wetlands or water take note: The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that new nationwide permits regulating work in wetlands and other areas of water, including rivers and streams took effect March 19th throughout the United States.

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ASU Creating Ties To And Awareness Of Life In Uganda

ASU students and faculty have two trips to Uganda scheduled for this summer. ASU Professor Dr. Jacob Matovu is planning a 5-week study trip for students and others that departs July 2nd.

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Missing Greensboro Child Found!!


Michael Aubrey Weary, Thirsty--and OK

The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that Search and Rescue teams have found a missing 12-year-old boy scout who was lost in the woods off the Blue Ridge Parkway. After four days of searching, rescue workers found Michael Auberry a little after 11am this morning. His father was there when the rescue call came in. Michael was reunited with his family, who believed all along that Michael’s Boy Scout survival skills and his heavy parka would provide protection and help keep him alive. The Greensboro Boy Scout disappeared from a scout camp Saturday in Doughton Park just off the Parkway in Wilkes County. Search crews included volunteers and family members conducted a massive 24-hour search that included bloodhounds and a helicopter with thermal imaging. Temperatures dropped low in the thirties during the early part of the search, but warming temperatures also gave the rescuers some hope.

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Watauga County Entertains Idea of Zero Waste Plan

Last night, The Watauga County Commissioners entertained a resolution to support a countywide Zero Waste Plan. Jasmine Shoshona, on behalf of the Zero Waste Task Force, presented the resolution.

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Commissioners To Urge DOT To Move Ahead On 421 Widening

In other actions, the Watauga County Commissioners will send a resolution to the Dept. of Transportation to urge that they move up their schedule for widening Highway 421 between Highways 194 and 321.

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