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Off-campus student, additional subcontractors test positive for COVID-19

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor | June 2, 2020

One off-campus App State student and eleven subcontractors for campus construction projects tested positive for COVID-19, according to an AppHealthCare press release.  The student was in close contact with another known positive case. Seven of the workers are residents of Watauga County. The workers' last days on campus were between May 22 and May 26. All of the individuals are in recovery at...

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Gov. Roy Cooper responds to death of George Floyd, shows support for protests, activates 450 national guardsmen for de-escalation

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor | May 31, 2020

Protests, demonstrations and walks have taken place in cities across North Carolina following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Governor Roy Cooper held a media briefing Sunday afternoon to address both the peace and violence displayed over the past few days. “People are more important than property, black lives do matter,” said Cooper in response to looting of stores...

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Watauga High spring senior athletes honored with banners on King Street

Silas Albright, Sports Editor | May 30, 2020

For many Watauga High School spring senior athletes, the cancelation of their season due to COVID-19 brought an immediate end to their athletic career. Many athletes missed out on their last chance to compete, play with their teammates, senior night celebrations and the annual athletic banquet.   The Watauga High Booster Club and the town of Boone decided to honor these athletes by hanging up...

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Three additional App State subcontractors test positive for COVID-19

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor | May 27, 2020

Three additional subcontractors working on App State's campus tested positive for COVID-19, as confirmed by AppHealthCare. This comes after 16 workers tested positive May 14. Two individuals are residents of Watauga County. They were last on campus May 16 and May 22, respectively. The third is not a Watauga resident and was most recently on campus May 20. In a press release, AppHealthCare confirmed...

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“No right answer:” App State cuts men’s soccer, tennis and indoor track and field programs

Silas Albright, Sports Editor | May 26, 2020

Three men’s sports programs at App State have been canceled in order to cut costs due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on the athletics department, athletic director Doug Gillin announced Tuesday.  “I believe we’ve been thoughtful, from an assessment standpoint, trying to make the best, responsible decisions for the future of Appalachian State athletics,” Gillin said during a Zoom conference...

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First COVID-19 related death confirmed in Ashe County

Emily Broyles, News Editor | May 26, 2020

An Ashe County resident became the first in their county to die from complications related to COVID-19, AppHealthCare reported Tuesday. The individual, aged in their 70s, died May 25. The patient also had underlying medical conditions. “We extend our deepest condolences, prayers, and sympathies to the family during this difficult time. Each life in our community is so valuable and we share...

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