Grandfather Mountain is taking outdoor fun to new heights with its 2021 calendar of events.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:

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

Appalachian State University Chancellor Dr. Sheri Everts said Tuesday that App State will receive its first shipment of 500 vaccines early next week, and will hold its first vaccine clinic next Thursday, March 11.

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.

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 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.

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.