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Pets of the Week




bulletRabies: Public Health Officials Urge Caution Around Bats,
Other Wildlife

Spring and summer mean more outdoor time and more open windows-and more chances for people to come in contact with wildlife, including flying bats.

To The Future

Child Advocate Stresses Importance Of Caring For Kids

bulletKeeping The
Family Safe
This Summer

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has offered some valuable tips to help keep your family safe this summer.

bulletBuckeye Recreation
Center Offers
Fitness In Style

State-Of-The-Art Facility Opens Doors To Community

bulletTo Refrigerate Or Not To Refrigerate
Should Your
Foods Chill Out

bulletFilm And Lecture Program Features
“As Good
As It Gets”

Program Addresses Mental Health Research



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Watauga County


POSTED JUNE 29, 2006

102 Miles Of Blood, Sweat And Gears
For five years, Chris Harkey dominated the Blood, Sweat and Gears Bike Ride, winning each time he entered the event.

Deadlines For July 6 Edition

County Adopts Budget, Lowers Tax Rate
The Watauga County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2006-2007 budget Tuesday night, lowering the tax rate to a revenue-neutral rate.

Shook Vs. Shook
2nd Lawsuit Filed Against Sheriff

School Board Approves Policy Revisions, Budget Amendments
Wellness, budget amendments and video resources were all topics of discussion at the Watauga County Board of Education’s June 12 meeting.

New Facility Planned For AppalCART
Architects presented plans for the new AppalCART facility during Monday’s meeting of the transit authority’s board of directors.

Boone, ASU Discuss Parking Issues
As part of an effort to strengthen relations between the town of Boone and Appalachian State University, the Boone Area Planning Commission met with university officials to hear an update on ASU’s capital projects.

DOT Gives Update On Hwy 321 Project
The widening of U.S. 321 is a little behind schedule, and the third segment of the four-lane project could be pushed back by funding concerns.

New Bill Threatens
Local Control Of Cable Franchises

Watauga County would lose local control
of its authority to grant cable franchises
under a General Assembly bill.

Town Adopts Annual Budget
The Boone Town Council adopted the town budget for the 2006-07 fiscal year with a grand total of $17,890,113.

No Decision Yet On WHS Property
The Watauga County commissioners and school board met in a joint session last Thursday afternoon to discuss the future of the current high school property and took no action.

ASU Plans New Water Treatment Plant
The Boone Area Planning Commission learned about Appalachian State’s plans for a new water treatment plant during its regular meeting last week.

No Business Like Show Business

Barter Theatre’s Artistic Director Addresses
Chamber Of Commerce

Discussions Continue On Cultural Museum
Supporters of the Appalachian Cultural Museum will not let the issue sleep.

County Plans Tag Office Meeting With DMV
Watauga could have a full-service tag office about a year after the previous office was shut down by the state.

NC’s National Forests May Remain Roadless
Department Of Ag Accepts Petitions


Woodscaping Workshop For Land Owners
If you are a landowner interested in learning more about managing your land in western North Carolina, you are invited to attend the “Woodscaping” workshop on Friday, July 7th, from 8:30-5:00.

Wildlife In North Carolina
Announces 2006 Photo Competition

Fireworks For The Fourth – Safety Is The Word
It’s a good idea to know what you’re doing before you start lighting up those fireworks.


Let’s Get Ready To Rummage!
Humane Society Holds 25th Annual Sale To Raise Funds For Animals

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