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App State announces pass/no credit grading system for spring semester

App State announces pass/no credit grading system for spring semester

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

April 3, 2020

App State students now have the option to choose a pass/no credit grading system instead of the normal grading scale. App State announced Friday morning stating that it has adopted a "Enhanced Pass-No Credit Alternate Grading system as an opt-in choice for all undergraduates for the Spring 2020 semester...

First Ashe County resident tests positive for COVID-19

First Ashe County resident tests positive for COVID-19

Jackie Park, News Editor

April 3, 2020

An Ashe County resident with close contact to someone with a travel history is the first in the county to test positive for the new coronavirus, AppHealthCare announced in a press release Friday. The health department identified the individual's close contacts they are now in quarantine as well. “We...

AppHealthCare announces ways community can help in COVID-19 response

AppHealthCare announces ways community can help in COVID-19 response

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

April 2, 2020

AppHealthCare announced ways the community could help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. AppHealthCare also strongly urges people to cooperate with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order to stay home except for essential trips; practice social distancing and good hygiene, like handwashing, and...

SGA candidate profiles: Devin Mullins and Karolyn Martin

SGA candidate profiles: Devin Mullins and Karolyn Martin

Jackie Park and Moss Brennan

March 31, 2020

The Appalachian sent questions to each student body president and vice president candidate to create profiles. Below are the responses from presidential candidate Devin Mullins and vice presidential candidate Karolyn Martin. Here are their answers: Mullins:  1) Where are you from, and what m...

UNC System changes admission requirements, announces prorated refund plan in the works 

UNC System changes admission requirements, announces prorated refund plan in the works 

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

March 30, 2020

The UNC System changed its enrollment requirements for students applying to a UNC System school due to the coronavirus postponing or canceling SAT and ACT testing.  Each UNC System university can choose to admit students with a minimum 2.5 weighted high school GPA, a combined SAT score of 1010 o...

Property owners who travel to Watauga County must self quarantine upon arrival effective March 31

Property owners who travel to Watauga County must self quarantine upon arrival effective March 31

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

March 30, 2020

Effective 5 p.m. March 31, all residents and non-residents of Watauga County arriving for overnight stays are ordered, while present in the Watauga County, to self-quarantine for 14 days or until 7 days after symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer, if arrival was preceded by overnights outside the co...

Watauga Medical Center adds 20 isolation beds

Watauga Medical Center adds 20 isolation beds

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

March 30, 2020

As more and more people are diagnosed with the new coronavirus across the country and in North Carolina, Watauga Medical Center is preparing for more cases. Vicki Stevens, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System's media contact, said Watauga Medical Center is "licensed as a 117-bed regional referral...

SGA candidate profiles: Michael Davis and Cameron Hunter

SGA candidate profiles: Michael Davis and Cameron Hunter

Moss Brennan and Jackie Park

March 30, 2020

The Appalachian sent questions to each student body president and vice president candidate to create profiles.  Below are the responses from presidential candidate Michael Davis and vice presidential candidate Cam Hunter. Davis and Hunter are the only candidates to respond so far.  Here are th...

Sheriff’s deputies enforce executive order as people flocked to popular spots during nice weather

Sheriff’s deputies enforce executive order as people flocked to popular spots during nice weather

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

March 29, 2020

With warm weather and the impending stay-at-home order beginning Monday afternoon, many people took to popular hangout spots like the Old Dam and Trash Can Falls Saturday. As people flocked to those spots, Watauga County Sheriff’s deputies asked people to leave, dispersing large crowds. Executive Ord...

Watauga County will close playgrounds, courts, picnic shelters Monday

Watauga County will close playgrounds, courts, picnic shelters Monday

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

March 29, 2020

Watauga County, in conjunction with the Towns of Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Boone and Seven Devils, will close all playgrounds, courts and picnic shelters, effective March 30 at 12 p.m. until further notice. The closure also applies to school playgrounds. Childcare facilities will still operate...

Fifth coronavirus case is an App State student, hasn’t been to campus since March 4

Fifth coronavirus case is an App State student, hasn’t been to campus since March 4

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

March 28, 2020

Updated with more information from AppHealthCare on student having symptoms when tested.  AppHealthCare informed App State leadership Saturday morning that the fifth coronavirus case announced on Friday was an App State student who is a resident of Watauga County and lives off campus. App State an...

Source: Board of Governors “definitely will” create plan to issue refunds

Source: Board of Governors “definitely will” create plan to issue refunds

Moss Brennan, Editor in Chief

March 27, 2020

The UNC Board of Governors will meet on a phone call on March 30 to discuss a plan that would issue refunds to students, a Board of Governors source told The Appalachian. The source said the plan should be in place next week. “It is the right and proper thing to do. We just need to officially vote a...

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