On September 14, the AppHealthCare Board of Health, covering Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga Counties, approved a policy to require the COVID-19 vaccine for all AppHealthCare employees, contractors, students and volunteers.

On Monday, the Ashe County Board of Education renewed the mask mandate for Ashe County Schools and approved the Test-to-Stay option.

The Schaefer Center Presents (SCP) performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, welcomes Tony-winning performer, writer, comedian and activist Sarah Jones, in An Evening with Sarah Jones, on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

W.A.M.Y. Community Action is now accepting applications for the Urgent Home Repair Program.

According to AppHealthCare's latest COVID update, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany all saw a decrease in new cases and positivity rate since the September 24 report.

Join Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation CEO Carolyn Ward for a conversation with Superintendent Tracy Swartout, the first woman to lead the Blue Ridge Parkway in its 86-year history, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 12.

The annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates Forum is Tuesday from 6:30 – 9:00 pm and will be held in a virtual format and streamed live on the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce YouTube and Facebook channels, as well as WATA Radio (1450/96.5).

Local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in Ashe, Graham, Jackson and Mitchell counties are now eligible for FEMA Public Assistance grants for recovery from Tropical Storm Fred.