The Appalachian

App State provides support to university community in wake of Kyle Rittenhouse, Ahmaud Arbery trial verdicts

Emily Broyles, Editor-in-Chief | November 24, 2021

The university is offering support to students, faculty and staff in light of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and the verdict in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.  Interim Chief Diversity Officer Jamie Parson sent an email to students Wednesday acknowledging that as holiday breaks and preparation for finals are underway, “our nation has again found itself grappling with the implications of divisive trials.” “The...

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App State announces future Hickory campus

Ethan Hunt, Associate News Editor | November 21, 2021

App State students will soon be able to attend in-person classes outside of Boone. Chancellor Sheri Everts announced App State’s future campus in Hickory Friday. The university purchased the former Corning Optical Communications Building, located at 800 17th St. NW, as well as 15.7 acres directly adjacent to the building. The building and surrounding land is the newest addition to App State’s...

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From Blue Ridge to Blue Room: Local tree selected for White House display

Jesse Barber, Photographer | November 18, 2021

Rusty Estes and Beau Estes cut down an 18 ½-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree on their farm in Jefferson Wednesday and sent it to the White House.  The father and son duo won the National Christmas Tree Association Grand Champion Grower award this summer for the third time. Every year since 1966, Christmas tree growers compete for the title to have their tree decorate the Blue Room in the White House. Dale...

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NC budget includes salary raise, $123 million for App State renovations

Hollie Moore, Reporter | November 17, 2021

University employees can expect a 5% salary increase over the next two years in alliance with the proposed state budget Gov. Roy Cooper is expecting to sign later in the week. In accordance with the state legislature’s proposed budget, Chancellor Sheri Everts sent an email Tuesday to the App State community highlighting the impacts the finalized budget will have on the university. The funds...

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Watauga County brings civil penalties on The Cottages of Boone

Jake Markland, News Editor | November 16, 2021

Watauga County issued civil penalties to The Cottages of Boone in the maximum amount for non-compliance following solid waste issues and several instances of spilling wastewater, according to a Nov. 16 press release.  The Cottages, a student-housing complex located immediately outside of Boone town limits, has reported spilling nearly 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater since it was built.  Although...

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Cultural Advisory Board discusses upcoming events, new initiatives

Emily Milano, Reporter | November 12, 2021

The Boone Town Council Cultural Advisory Board met Monday to discuss upcoming community events like concerts, holiday events and improvements to historic properties such as The Jones House.  CAB appropriates funds from private and local organizations for local art and cultural organizations. It oversees The Jones House, Northstreet Park, App State performing arts and the Appalachian Theatre. Mark...

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