Pockets of Watauga County are still dealing with damage from Monday's storm, which uprooted trees, totaled a minivan and caused a rock slide on U.S. 321 North. An area near the Grandfather Campground in Foscoe suffered what residents believe was a brief tornado at about 2 p.m.
The county will consider budget cuts, pulling from the fund
balance and a possible quarter-cent sales tax increase to build the 2011-12 budget, commissioners
indicated at the end of a budget planning retreat Saturday. Any budget reductions will probably come
from cutting jobs and employee benefits, as all other avenues have been tapped out, county manager
Rocky Nelson said.
When something is on the up and up, that's usually considered a
positive sign. Gas prices are an exception. Prices climbed rapidly last week, fueled by turmoil
in Libya and concerns that the unrest could spread farther in the Middle East to other primary
For more than 30 years, OASIS has helped victims of domestic violence and sexual assault remake and restore their lives. The organization has now received its own revitalization in the form of a renovated emergency shelter. OASIS, or Opposing Abuse with Services, Information and Shelter, celebrated the renovation Friday with a small group of guests, keeping the event low-profile to ensure that the shelter location remained secret.
A new site was named Wednesday afternoon for the Solar Decathlon. The international competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy challenges 20 teams, including one from Appalachian State University, to design and build a solar-powered house.
After five years without a home, the Appalachian Cultural Museum's fate is final. Despite efforts to find a new location for its collection of historical artifacts, Appalachian State University announced Monday that it will not reopen.
All the world is a system of supply and demand - even when it comes to stray and unwanted animals. For more than a year, High Country Friends for Life has been shuttling puppies and dogs from Watauga County and the surrounding area to animal rescues in the northeast.