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South Carolina allows dine-in services for restaurants

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

May 12, 2020

Restaurants in South Carolina are open for dine-in service, a decision made by Gov. Henry McMaster Friday that comes with direction and limitations. The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association set guidelines, adopted by the state, for reopening. These guidelines include, but are not limited...

Grandfather Mountain reopens with limitations May 15

Grandfather Mountain reopens with limitations May 15

Cole Elledge, Reporter

May 9, 2020

Grandfather Mountain is set for a soft reopening May 15, according to a press release. The opening comes after a two-month closure and follows Gov. Roy Cooper’s three-phase plan to reopen North Carolina.  Grandfather Mountain increased its staff presence and cleaning procedures are stricter. Extra sanitizat...

Watauga High students start podcast in quarantine, advocate for climate change

Watauga High students start podcast in quarantine, advocate for climate change

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

May 9, 2020

A group of students at Watauga High School are spending their time at home using their voices for change. Leadership of the Boone hub of the Sunrise Movement created their podcast “Hot Takes,” to educate listeners on the battle against climate change. Three episodes in, the hosts are excited to share their thoughts and Sunrise’s plans for climate reform. Sunrise is a yout...

South Carolina begins COVID-19 testing program as state reopens

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019

Ansley Puckett, A&C Editor

May 8, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Wednesday that staff members and residents at every state nursing home will be tested for COVID-19. The first phase of testing will begin May 11 and  test residents and staff members at the 194 nursing...

AppHealthCare confirms 3 COVID-19 cases in Ashe County, including App State employee

AppHealthCare confirms 3 COVID-19 cases in Ashe County, including App State employee

Emily Broyles, News Editor

May 7, 2020

Three Ashe County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, according to AppHealthCare. The total case count for the county stands at eight. One of the three individuals is an App State employee. The individual has fully followed isolation procedures and is recovering at home. Close contacts to...

AppHealthCare confirms ninth COVID-19 case in Watauga County

AppHealthCare confirms ninth COVID-19 case in Watauga County

Jackie Park, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2020

AppHealthCare confirmed Wednesday that a ninth Watauga County resident tested positive for COVID-19. The case is related to an ongoing investigation at a food processing plant outside the county that has a known outbreak, according to a press release. The case and its close contacts are in quarantine. “As...

Watauga County’s COVID-19 case count decreases to eight

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019

Emily Broyles, News Editor

May 5, 2020

Watauga County’s COVID-19 case count has decreased to eight, according to AppHealthCare.  On April 30, AppHealthCare announced a ninth Watauga County resident had tested positive for the new coronavirus, but was isolated outside of the county.  The ninth case is now counted in the county where ...

Phase One of reopening state to begin Friday, Gov. Cooper enforces “three W’s”

Phase One of reopening state to begin Friday, Gov. Cooper enforces

Emily Broyles, News Editor

May 5, 2020

Phase One of easing restrictions and re-opening the state begins this Friday, May 8, Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press conference Tuesday. The new executive order will go into effect at 5 p.m. “Over the past several weeks, North Carolinians have done hard work staying at home, keeping a social dis...

Your guide to Boone’s businesses’ operations during COVID-19

Your guide to Boone's businesses' operations during COVID-19

Tucker Wulff, Associate A&C Editor

May 4, 2020

Boone's businesses all have varied hours amid COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order. Here is your guide to businesses' hours and functions.   ...

Gov. Cooper signs bipartisan bill for nearly $1.6 billion in relief

Gov. Cooper signs bipartisan bill for nearly $1.6 billion in relief

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor

May 4, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law two bipartisan relief bills approved by the House and the Senate that specify how $1.6 billion in federal funds are distributed during a May 4 press conference. “This emergency funding is just a first step. There is a lot more work ahead. We need it to repair the...

The Peel meets funds for print publication amid budget cuts

The Peel meets funds for print publication amid budget cuts

Tucker Wulff, Associate A&C Editor

May 3, 2020

Staff of The Peel can finally put down their pens after reaching enough funding to provide a print publication despite budget cuts to App State clubs and organizations. As of May 1, The Peel, App State’s student literature and arts review, raised approximately $4,300 through GoFundMe. The Peel...

Wilkes County elementary school provides resources, meals for local families

Wilkes County elementary school provides resources, meals for local families

Cole Elledge, Reporter

May 2, 2020

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, one elementary school grapples with a familiar issue. Daily struggles for necessities persist for several families.  Meghann Roberts-Clawson, the guidance counselor at Mulberry Elementary School, said she has met with several families and...