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ASU Board Of Trustees Elects Deal Board Chair

The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees gathered for their quarterly meeting last Thursday and Friday. Board Committees met Thursday, and the Board met as a whole on Friday for committee reports and to conduct general board business.

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Watauga And Ashe Commissioners Meet Today

The Watauga County Commissioners will meet this morning in their first regularly scheduled meeting of the month. That meeting will take place at 9am at the County Administration Building on King Street in Boone.

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February Unemployment Report Generally Positive

The State Employment Security Commission has released State and County unemployment figures for February. The state rate dropped to 4.5%, the lowest level in six years. Employment Security Commission Director, Larry Parker, said that 69 of the state’s 100 counties saw their unemployment levels drop in February.

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Gas Prices Driving Cost of Driving Up

Gas prices continue to rise across the nation. Gas prices here  in the High Country are reaching almost $2.60 per gallon and are expected to continue to drift upward during the spring and summer travel seasons.

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Ashe County Youth Goes To Spelling Bee Nationals

A High Country youth is on his way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.  After four years of intense local and regional competition, 12-year-old Josiah Wright of Ashe County won this year’s Regionals in Winston-Salem to gain a chance at the national competition May 30th.

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Another Scam In Watauga

Another scam to report in Watauga County. The Sheriff’s Office reports a scam involving a white man in his mid 30’s who goes to a residence and requests work doing roofing, vinyl siding and window replacement. He asks the homeowner for payment in advance.

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ASU Board Of Trustees Meet Today

Appalachian State University’s Board Of Trustees gathers today for their quarterly meeting. Committees have been meeting since yesterday. The full board meets today at 10:30 at the Broyhill Inn.

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Celebrity Serve Results In

The results are still coming in, but early indicators show that this year’s Celebrity Serve was a tremendous success. With a few participating restaurants still to report their totals, this year’s event has raised over $43,000 dollars to benefit Watauga County Make A Wish Foundation.

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Help Fill Empty Bowls Two Ways Tomorrow

If you missed the Celebrity Serve, you still have a chance to dine out for a good cause. Tomorrow brings the Watauga High School Empty Bowls Supper to fight hunger.

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Donald Trump Visits North Carolina

The Donald has been visiting North Carolina this week.

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Parkway Releases Spring Opening Schedule

Visitors’ facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway have begun to open for the season. In our area, the craft center at the Cone Manor outside of Blowing Rock opened earlier this month.

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Meltdown Games Mark End Of Ski Season

The high country’s ski season comes to an official close this weekend with Appalachian Ski Mountain’s Meltdown Games.

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Downtown Boone Egg-stravaganza

Kids and parents will turn out for the The Downtown Boone Easter Eggstravaganza tomorrow. The morning includes stories and songs with Lisa Baldwin and friends at the Watauga Public Library.

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Upcomming EventsFolks will celebrate the Watauga County Red Cross’s 90th anniversary with a Paint the Town Red Celebration at Wildflower Restaurant in Boone. Hello Dolly says hello to Boone. Full Story
State May Require Youngsters To Be Older To Enter Kindergarten

Parents of young children, note that the state House Education Committee has approved a bill that could change the cutoff age for children entering kindergarten. The bill would move the cutoff date from October 16th up to August 31st.

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Hayes Center and Blowing Rock Stage Company Merge

The idea that grew to become the Hayes Center for the Performing Arts started in the offices of the Blowing Rock Stage Company. And, though they grew as separate entities, this week the two group’s boards of directors voted to merge into one.

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Opera Debuts At Hayes Center Tonight

According to Hayes Center Director, Jeff Clark, the Hayes Center will continue to bring in other performances and performers from outside the region. For example, tonight opens a weekend of opera that results from a partnership between the Hayes Center, Blowing Rock Stage Company, and ASU’s Schools of Music, and Theatre and Dance.

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Scammer in the AreaThe Watauga County Sheriff’s office has received a report of  a scam that is occurring in Watauga, Wilkes and Iredell Counties. The scam involves a black male, approximately 55 years old driving a White Honda Civic. Full Story
Construction Accident Endangers Life

A worker fell about 35 feet yesterday at a construction site in the Bishop’s Ridge Development between Boone and Blowing Rock.

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