From a Boone Police Department press release: It is with great sadness, the Boone Police Department announces the death of active duty K9 “Kyra”, due to a medical condition. K9 Kyra and her partner, Detective James Lyall have been working together since June of 2017, and were assigned to the Narcotics Division.

There were no new COVID-19 tests collected Friday by AppHealthCare for Watauga County.

In accordance with recent recommendations to limit gatherings and to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), several modifications will be made to the April 21, 2020 Boone Town Council meeting agenda and public participation process.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will provide assistance to help essential workers afford child care, as well as provide bonuses to child care teachers/staff who provide care during the COVID-19 crisis.

In order to maintain the safety of County residents, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners Meeting scheduled for 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, will be conducted electronically.

A total of 34 local restaurants and food distribution sites served a reported 9,013 meals during the second #KeepBooneHealthy Takeout Tuesday, held on April 14th. An additional four sites provided data on meals served this week, leading to a rise of 174 meals toward the community total.

The Mitchell County, NC Health Department, part of Toe River Health District, was notified Thursday, April 16th that another of its county residents has tested positive for COVID-19.

The annual Boone, NC-based celebration of music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts cancels summer season due to the impact of COVID-19; offers reformatted online programming.

The National Forest Service has announced additional closures in the Pisgah National Forest until August 13.

The Ashe County Board of Commissioners’ Meeting scheduled for April 20 will be streamed live online.

Listen to Bill Fisher's interview with North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Thursday April 16.