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Jan 13, 2011

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School calendar changes as winter grips High Country

It's winter in the High Country, and that means changes in the school calendar and challenges regarding the operation of the Watauga County Schools.

Wataugan chosen Special Olympics' Athlete of Year

Special Olympics athlete Catlin Bray, 23, of Watauga County, was honored Sunday as the Special Olympics North Carolina "Athlete of the Year."

Samaritan's Purse continues work in Haiti one year after earthquake

When a catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, many fled from the ravaged nation.
Others fled not from the destruction but to it, prepared to help the injured, hungry and destitute.
Among those were workers from relief organizations based in Watauga County, including Samaritan's Purse and Hearts, Hands and Hope for Haiti.

Mood subdued in wake of Tucson shootings

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx is staying guarded in her response in the wake of the shooting of a fellow congresswomand as Washington, D.C., reviews security measures.

Big wheels rolling: AppalCART caps another record

AppalCART wrapped up another calendar year with expanding growth and new challenges as the public transit authority rolls toward a new facility.

Watauga nets first meth lab bust of 2011

Two men were arrested Saturday as the Watauga County Sheriff's Office made its first meth lab bust of 2011.

Beauty and the Beech

Liz Lott, left, and Robin Adams skied downhill as the 'Doublemint Twins' to take the first place prize of $5,000 in the Beech Mountain Bathing Beauty Downhill Competition on Saturday. Lott works with the ski patrol at Beech Mountain and Adams is the daughter of a ski patroller.  This was Adams' first time entering the contest and,  despite the subfreezing cold and wind chill, she was glad she entered because they won. Photo by Dawn Shumate

Free flu shots offered in Boone - at health department and Urgent Care

At least two local health care providers are offering free flu vaccinations as the flu tightens its grip on the state. A 15-year-old died Thursday in North Carolina of complications from the flu, marking the state's first death from the illness this season.

Watauga County sheriff's office gains four officers

The Watauga County Sheriff's Office is fully staffed for the first time in more than a year with the recent addition of four new officers.

The doctor is in - 24/7

From canine to amphibian, it's likely to come walking, crawling or even flying into the Animal Emergency Clinic at any hour of the day or night. The clinic on Blowing Rock Road in Boone is now in its sixth year, but expanded to around-the-clock care in the last half of 2010. Now, clinic owner, Dr. David W. Linzey, is preparing another big step up by constructing a standalone facility on NC 105 in Boone.

For sale: There's two sides to market

The 2010 real estate market held both good news and bad news, depending on which side of the "For Sale" sign you were standing.

Construction turnaround predicted

Watauga County's overall new construction declined again in 2010, but it may be a case of "nowhere to go but up." Last year, total building activity in the unincorporated areas of the county totaled $54.4 million, a slight falloff from 2009, but nowhere near the precipitous 40 percent drop that occurred from 2007 to 2009.

Wreck pins teen's arm under vehicle

Firefighters used inflatable air bags to rescue a teenage girl Friday evening after a wreck left her arm pinned under the vehicle.

Watauga sells energy credits

Watauga County will be getting a quick return on its investment for a gas-to-energy project at the former county landfill. On Tuesday, the county commissioners agreed to sell Renewable Energy certificates to N.C. Green Power, earning back nearly $40,000 over five years.

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