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HEALTH ISSUES
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Certification Process Affects Health Care Costs

While the certificate-of-need process is blamed by some for contributing to higher health care costs, the certification system might keep some costs down.

Appalachian Offers Tips For Staying Healthy And Happy During Holidays

Make A Child Smile Dec. 20
The Mountaineer Restaurant will be serving up more than flapjacks and biscuits next week when the Boone eatery sponsors its fourth annual “Make a Child Smile Open House.”

Coping with Holiday Grief
At holiday time, many people are dealing with loss and are often caught in a dilemma between the need to grieve and the pressure to get into the spirit of the season.

New System Helps Track Health Threats
A new health surveillance system offers the public better protection from major health threats.

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C O L U M N S






THIS IS TRUE
a humerous mini story,
updated daily.

Watauga County

ARCHIVES POSTED DECEMBER 15, 2005  

NEWS


New Building Scheduled For Taco Bell

Anyone wanting to eat at Taco Bell may literally have to run for the border.


Government Tightens Access To Information
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are being denied by the government at a higher rate even though the number of requests have declined.

Chamber Makes Plans For Upcoming Year
If the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce’s New Year’s resolution was “honor local government,” it would pass with flying colors every January.

Attorney General Visits Valle Crucis Elementary School
N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper visited Valle Crucis Elementary School Tuesday to talk to students and teachers about the issue.



Christmas Tree Prices Stable

While reports are mixed nationwide on Christmas tree prices, wholesale and local retail prices are stable, according to those in the industry.


Watauga, Ashe Consider Joint Water System
The Watauga and Ashe county commissioners met in Jefferson Monday to explore the possibility of a joint regional water system.

County Earns High Marks On Annual Report Card
Watauga County’s annual “school report cards” show all grade levels performing better than their statewide peers in reading, math, and a number of high school subjects.

Water Ordinance Gets Text Amendment
A special meeting of the Boone Town Council and Water Study Committee resulted in new text for the town’s water ordinance.

School Board Approves Soil Boring For New High School Sites
Watauga County Board of Education members took another step toward a new Watauga High School at their Dec. 12 meeting.


County Hears Soccer Association Request

The Watauga County commissioners are exploring public-private partnerships as a way to stretch taxpayer dollars while still providing services.



Elections Board Considers New Voting Machines

Watauga County voters will have an opportunity to review new voting machines under consideration by the county election board.


Commerce Lower Than Expected During Busy Weekend
Appalachian State University may have conquered Furman last Saturday, but tourism did not conquer the town of Boone as was expected.

Make A Child Smile Dec. 20
The Mountaineer Restaurant will be serving up more than flapjacks and biscuits next week when the Boone eatery sponsors its fourth annual “Make a Child Smile Open House.”

Town Holds Swearing In Ceremony
As tradition dictates, the agenda of a Boone Town Council meeting featuring the swearing-in of a new mayor and council members is typically short in nature.

Certification Process Affects Health Care Costs
While the certificate-of-need process is blamed by some for contributing to higher health care costs, the certification system might keep some costs down.

COMMUNITY



Homes For The Holidays

Humane Society Wants All Shelter Pets Adopted By Christmas



Happy 100th!!





Vidalia: A Multi-Layered Dining Experience

New Restaurant Opens Across from Courthouse in Boone



Choose & Cut Season


Tree Growers Excited About Choose & Cut Season
Choose and Cut Season will soon be underway again this year and Ashe County tree growers are excited to get the season started.

Mistletoe Market Starts This Weekend
The fifth annual Mistletoe Market event kicks off the weekend of November 25th for lots of fun and excitement in the downtown area.

Choose & Cut
A Great Choice

Loveliest Of Trees
Fraser Firs Top List Of Favorites

Environmental Benefits Of Real Fraser Fir

 



Features



Blowing Rock Calendars A Tool Of Remembrance

Concept Created To Remind All Of Heritage
>>FULL STORY




Seeing The World In A Whole New Way

Sometimes the greatest educator is experience.
>>FULL STORY





Christmas Memories Never Far From The Heart

Nell Ray has seen many Christmases come and go, and each one has left a special place in her heart.
>>FULL STORY




Dr. Bill Horn: Watauga’s Unassuming Angel

Dr. Bill Horn, who died Dec. 3 after a long struggle with cancer, leaves behind a legacy of caring, joy, and tenacity.
>>FULL STORY



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