Governor Roy Cooper recently declared a state of emergency due to concerns over the Coronavirus. While so far there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the High Country, area agencies and care centers are preparing.

Coronavirus has many people concerned, and there have been reports that many events have been cancelled due to those concerns.

The town of Seven Devils Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan for 2020-2030, was released to the public last month.

On the recommendation of local health officials, Watauga County Schools is evaluating whether certain school sponsored student travel and field trips can proceed as coronavirus continues to affect the state and country at large.

The Watauga High School Pioneer Playmakers won four awards at the 71st Annual Convention of the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Effective immediately, Appalachian State University is extending Spring Break until 8am on March 23. The university remains open.

There were several fires local departments responded to over the weekend.

Lees-McRae College is closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus.