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Move-in day, masked: the start to App State students’ weeklong return to campus

Emily Broyles, News Editor | August 11, 2020

As cars and construction trucks passed Summit Hall, Kalie Lynch pulled down her mask to bid her family goodbye. App State’s campus will be home to this new normal every day this week as students move into residence halls, socially distanced. Differing from past years’ move-in days, incoming students are experiencing a week-long process that started Aug. 10, in which a certain number of students...

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High Country residents feel earthquake

Emily Broyles, News Editor | August 11, 2020

Boone locals and App State students are no stranger to the ever-changing weather in the High Country. But now, residents of this temperate rainforest can say they have experienced tremors of a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. “Woke me up. Best day ever! I was thrilled to experience it,” Anton Hengst, a senior math major, said. The earthquake hit roughly 2.5 miles southeast of Sparta, North Carolina...

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Gov. Roy Cooper extends Phase Two restrictions until September

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor | August 6, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that Phase Two of coronavirus restrictions will be extended, this time until at least Sept. 11. This is the third time Phase Two has been extended since May.  “You only have to look at hospitals in other states that have been overwhelmed when reopening occurred too fast,”Cooper said during a press conference. Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina...

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BOE submits two plans for campus voting site, no site confirmed

Moss Brennan, Political Editor | August 1, 2020

Though the 2020 elections are nearing, the voting site used on App State's campus for the March primaries may change.  The Watauga County Board of Elections is sending two voting site plans to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.  The plan with the most votes, approved at the Tuesday night meeting, requests the Plemmons Student Union as a site in either the solarium or Blue Ridge Ballroom....

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Boone Town Council votes in favor of student representation in local government

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor | July 16, 2020

Boone Town Council voted 4-0 in favor of creating a student-led committee in a meeting on July 14, which  will allow students to represent themselves in local government and town affairs. The council refrained from officially adopting the resolution due to a lack of details, but requested that Adam Zebzda, director of external affairs for App State’s SGA, work with Town Manager John Ward to draft...

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15 Goodnight Brothers employees test positive for COVID-19

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor | July 13, 2020

Fifteen employees of Goodnight Brothers Country Ham of Boone tested positive for COVID-19. AppHealthCare is still continuing to investigate the total number of confirmed cases. All employees of the produce store have received testing and AppHealthCare is reviewing their existing safety protocols. Bill Goodnight, general manager of Goodnight Brothers, said that employees who have tested positive...

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