- Written by Steve Frank
Hundreds of mostly parents and students crowded the auditorium at Watauga High to express themselves on the issue of a book challenge, an issue that has divided a school and a community. The book by Isabel Allende, "House of Spirits," faced its third level of appeal before the crowd and the Board of Education, with 21 speakers making comparisons, some to the Biblefrom both sides of the issue, and many others showing just how dividedalbeit civillythe community is over the book. Were airing extensive comments on High Country Radio News. School officials set a decision date of February 27th with a snow date of March 6th to make the final decision on the book challenge which started back in October.