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Celebrity Serve Draws

Folks dined out all day yesterday to help raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. They were thanked for their trouble with a little celebrity service. 

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Watauga County To Sell Two Historic Houses and To Buy Property For High School

Watauga County may sell two houses with long histories in the high country. The Commissioners have discussed plans to sell the house commonly referred to as the Brookshire house currently located on the Brookshire Park property.

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Survey Reveals Possible Graves At New High School Site

A recent Archeologist’s survey is suggesting that 19 gravesites rest on the new Watauga High School property. While the survey has not shown bones or confirmed the presence of bodies, geologist Keith Seramur says that radar imaging is revealing grave features, including grave shapes with settled and sunken dirt.

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Unseasonably High Temps Break Records on Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain reported record daily high temperatures March 23rd, 24th and 25th according to the official US Weather Service Reporting Station. Located on the Mile High Bridge, the reporting stations’ recorded highs of 65 degrees March 23 broke a previous record of 63 degrees in 1971.

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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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