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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.