Graduation day is quickly approaching for the Watauga High School class of 2017. There are several events planned in the coming weeks for seniors and their families.

A new case of mumps was confirmed in Watauga County on May 11, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to four. The new case is in an Appalachian State University student.

Appalachian State will conduct a full-scale emergency exercise in and around the Plemmons Student Union from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 16.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched during Friday’s storms.  

A Glendale Springs man has been charged with multiple offenses related to animal abuse.

On Saturday, May 13, the High Country will host its annual drug take-back day where unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, syringes or other medical supplies can be dropped off with law enforcement officers in order to be properly disposed of.  Any prescription or over-the-counter medications will be accepted -no questions asked.

The Watauga County Board of Education is seeking a resident citizen of the County for appointment to a vacant seat on the Board.

Staff in the N.C. Division of Water Resources have honored 49 water treatment plants for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards and Boone is among the honorees.

Beginning in the Fall of 2017, Appalachian State University Athletics will implement a clear bag policy for all ticketed events in Kidd Brewer Stadium. The University regularly reviews policies and procedures to improve fan and student-athlete safety.

Area law enforcement officers from the Boone Police Department and Watauga County Sheriff's Office are spending extra time visiting area businesses in preparation for Watauga High School’s prom this weekend.