In preparation for a new hospital patient bed tower, Watauga Medical Center will experience changes to the entrances, exits and parking lots over the next few months.

The Avery County Board of Commissioners met March 1 and County Manager Phillip Barrier reported the county recorded only 47 cases in the last 14 days.

Avery County and the Avery County Health Department have announced COVID-19 vaccines are available for North Carolina residents 65 years or older, pre-K through 12th grade school employees, and daycare workers.

The Blue Ridge Brutal committee is moving forward with hopes for the 2021 Brutal Bike Ride, currently set for August. The Blue Ridge Brutal opened early registration on March 1.

Last Friday, all Ashe County Schools employees were given the opportunity to receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Schaefer Center Presents (SCP) virtual performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, proudly welcomes to the stage of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts the Grammy-winning bluegrass septet Steep Canyon Rangers, Thursday, March 11 at 8pm.

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. announced Tuesday that additional frontline essential workers in Group 3 will be eligible for vaccinations beginning March 3.

Area high school seniors whose parents are customers of SkyLine Membership Corporation and SkyBest Communications may be eligible apply for local scholarships through SkyLine/SkyBest.

The Watauga County Public Library has received a mini-grant from Google to promote resources available through Grow with Google, as well as resources in the community and the library that can help the job seeker with resume and cover letter creation and interviewing skills.

Wilkes Community College (WCC) and Appalachian (Appalachian) State University have signed an agreement for the establishment of the Aspire Appalachian Co-Admission Program.