Listen to High Country Radio News as broadcast on Thursday October 19th.

Just days after a Wake County judge ruled that the Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State could be used as an early voting site, an appeals court judge has issued a stay on that ruling.

The Watauga County Commissioners took the first step towards renewal of its ambulance service contract with Watauga Medics at their meeting Tuesday October 17th.

With winter approaching, Watauga County Schools would like to remind parents and families how the school system makes and communicates decisions about school closings and other changes resulting from inclement weather.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Court will hold a session in Watauga County on Monday, October 23.

The High Country Charitable Foundation is awarding $272,000 in grants for 2017, a record amount that will help organizations that help folks in Avery County.

Over 120 N.C. Guard soldiers assigned to the 105th Engineer Battalion “Task Force Rhino”, headquartered in Raeford, and a Joint NC Air and Army National Guard communications team have been in Puerto Rico for over two-weeks supporting recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Another 45 NC Guardsmen with the 105th are on their way this week to augment Task Force Rhino.

Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, recently  announced 719 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants totaling $89 million, representing the largest-ever number of DFC grantees in a single year.

There are circulating questions presently over devastating wildfires going on in California and whether they are potentially linked to larger atmospheric processes related to human-caused climate change. Researchers from Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro believe there might be a connection.

Blue Ridge Conservancy has received more than $600,000 dollars for two projects in Watauga County.

One case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was confirmed in Watauga County on October 16, 2017. The case is in an Appalachian State University student.