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Boone firefighters gain live fire experience during training

BOONE — Boone firefighters are gaining experience fighting fire during live burn trainings throughout town. On May 14, firefighters from Boone and a small crew from the Foscoe Volunteer Fire Department burned a house down behind the Bojangles on U.S. 421. “These control burns are a lot different than...
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Lunar eclipse creates breathtaking views of the moon from Boone

BOONE — Residents in Boone and the High Country were treated to a spectacular sight Sunday night when the moon turned red. A total lunar eclipse took place Sunday night across the world. In Boone, local photographer Rob Moore took breathtaking photos of the eclipse. According to NASA, a...
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Man Charged For Stealing Cars And Fleeing Police

On Wednesday May 11th The Watauga County Sheriff's Office was notified of a larceny involving a dark grey GMC Yukon that had just been stolen on West King Street near the Jones House. A Deputy in the area passed the stolen vehicle traveling northbound on US Hwy 421 North near...
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This week in the archives: Sheep in 1891, new cars in 1915, raising $150

Editor’s note: This article features news and photos from past editions of the Watauga Democrat. An item in the “Local News” column in 1891 included notice that, “On Monday a large drove of sheep passed through Boone(;) there was about 300 head, bought by Mr. Doughton of Alleghany (County). Sheep are high and in demand. We ought to raise more.”

Alair Homes Summer Concert Series

Heading to your summer home in the High Country? Be sure to add the Alair Homes Summer Concert Series to your summer itinerary!. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Memorial Park on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock to enjoy the music- all summer concerts are from 3-5pm on Sundays.

Two Blue Devils pursue athletics at college level

South Lenoir High School posted the following on their Facebook Page. It's a beautiful day for two more Blue Devils who have chosen to pursue their athletic endeavors at the college level. Congratulations to Kaeden Noble, who will be playing volleyball for Roanoke and Todd Smith, who will be playing...
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Coffee Street closed for maintenance May 16

BOONE — Coffey Street will be closed all day for through traffic on Monday, May 16, for maintenance. Apartment access is still available. For more information, contact Public Utilities at (828) 268-6250.

Construction underway on Hampton Watershed Bike Trail expansion

HAMPTON, Tenn. (WCYB) — The Hampton Watershed Bike Trail will soon see an expansion of its already existing trails. The trail currently offers three different levels of trails with different degrees of difficulty. Phase one of the new construction would add a trail that would extend one of the...
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Sue Ann Bauldry

Sue Ann Bauldry passed away today in her home in Boone, NC. She was 72 years old. The daughter of Louis and Ann Bogart, Sue grew up in Fowlerville, MI and received her BS in Microbiology at the Ohio State University, where she was also one of the first women to receive a PhD in Anatomy. She then went on to work as a researcher at the Wake Forest School of Medicine; later in her career she taught in the biology department at Appalachian State University. She was an avid gardener who enjoyed spending time outdoors and taking summer trips to a ranch in Wyoming to ride horses.

75th Rhododendron Reunion

On Thursday evening June 16, 35 former NC Rhododendron Queens will gather for a reunion in Bakersville to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the NC Rhododendron Festival. We will have talent galore as 16 of the 35 will perform. After the show, they will meet and greet attendees in the courtyard of Bowman Middle School. This event kicks of two more days of fun, food, music, arts and crafts, car show, 10K run, and dancing in the street each night. Check it out at and/or

Youth Group Fundraising Fish Fry

Mt. Calvary FWB church youth group will be hosting a fish fry Saturday May 21, 2022 from 4:30 until 7 all proceeds go towards the Youth Groups summer trip. $11 per plate dine in or carry out. We are located at 86 Brushy Creek Rd. Spruce Pine right below the Avery County Airport.