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Be On Lookout For Pink-Eye
The start of school year brings excited students, back-to-school fashions, hectic schedules and that bugaboo known as “communicable diseases.”

New Study Demonstrates Simple Handwashing Can Save Children’s Lives

Library Program Offers Ways To Ease Symptoms Of Menopause
High Country residents can learn about natural ways to ease the symptoms of menopause this weekend at the Watauga County Public Library.



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Ingles Now Open For Business
Ingles has opened its first store in Boone... because of Winn-Dixie. At 3 p.m. Monday, the Winn-Dixie store at Highland Commons shopping center officially closed, making way for Ingles’ grand opening Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.

Guidelines Lead To Stricter Wildlife Enforcement
Susie Parkinson had a feeling they were going to kill “her” deer as she sat handcuffed in the back of a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission car early last month.

Watauga County School Board Thanks Local Businesses For Support
The Watauga County Board of Education showed its appreciation to a pair of local businesses at its Aug. 8 meeting.

County’s First Charter School Prepares For Opening Day
The founders of Watauga County’s first charter school have learned that opening a school isn’t as easy as A-B-C.

Public Schools Begin Academic Year

Flood Clean-up Continues
Clean-up from last September’s flooding should be finished a little more than a year after the storms under contracts awarded by the county.

County Moves Forward With Methane Collection
The Watauga County commissioners have approved the purchase of equipment to improve methane collection at the former county landfill.

Five Cases Scheduled For Aug. 11 Public Hearing
A zoning text amendment for the town’s sign ordinance headlines the town of Boone’s summer quarter public hearing this Thursday.

Municipal Election Ballots Finalized
With filing having ended Friday, Aug. 5, at noon, the ballots for the 2005 Watauga County municipal elections have been finalized.

Foxx Votes To Send President Transportation Equity Act
Congresswoman secures $1.6 million for project to widen U.S. 221 in Ashe and Watauga Counties

Joines Urges Local Dems To Send Clear Message
The local Democratic Party heard from a prominent mayor who urged the party to find a clear message and deliver it to voters.

Boone Streetfest Gets Revitalized
In its continuing efforts to revitalize downtown Boone, the DBDA is taking a shot at revitalizing the Howard Street Old Downtown Boone Street Fest.


Rising Ninth Graders Make The Leap
Rising ninth graders at Watauga High School recently had the opportunity to "make the leap" to the secondary school environment.

JAKES Day Registration Open To First 100
For the last three years, approximately one-hundred young people have spent a late-summer Saturday at Camp Sky Ranch.

Rods in The Park To Benefit Red Cross
The 5th Annual Rods in the Park Classic Car and Truck Show is just around the corner.

Life Changing Workshop Is Offered For First Time In U.S.
Total Success Institute Brings Experience To Valle Crucis


Principal Brings Love Of Learning To Watauga High School
When Watauga High School students report to campus for their first day of classes Aug. 11 they’ll do so with a new principal at the helm.



Local Woman Is Runner Up In 2005 National Beef Cook-Off
Virginia Anthony, a seasonal resident who shares her time between Blowing Rock and Florida, is no stranger to entering cooking contests, and furthermore, she’s no stranger to taking top honors.



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