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App State Counseling Center continues services online amid COVID-19

App State Counseling Center continues services online amid COVID-19

Quadajah Rivers, Reporter

May 1, 2020

App State's Counseling Center is offering virtual workshops while the university’s doors close for the semester. The counseling center wants to practice social distancing while continuing to share their resources to students.  COVID-19 is impacting everyday life. Restaurant hours are shorter, schools are ...

Gov. Roy Cooper says North Carolina could move into phase one of COVID-19 reopening next week

Gov. Roy Cooper says North Carolina could move into phase one of COVID-19 reopening next week

Jackie Park, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2020

In a press conference Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that based on metrics and trends of COVID-19 in North Carolina, he believes the state can begin to move into its first phase of reopening. "My message today is to stay vigilant. Right now, we need people to continue following the stay at home orde...

AppHealthCare confirms ninth case of coronavirus in Watauga County

AppHealthCare confirms ninth case of coronavirus in Watauga County

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

April 30, 2020

A ninth Watauga County resident tested positive for COVID-19, according to AppHealthCare. During the individual’s infectious period, they were and are in isolation outside of Watauga County, according to a press release by AppHealthCare. The individual’s local health department staff identified the...

App State updates commencement plans

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John Park, The Appalachian Weekly News Associate Producer

April 30, 2020

App State’s Office of the Registrar posted an update on April 20 detailing plans for a virtual May Commencement. The update stated that the new commencement ceremony will take place May 16 at 11 a.m. A livestream of the ceremony will be available on the commencement website or on the university’s face...

Small businesses face challenges with loans amid COVID-19

Small businesses face challenges with loans amid COVID-19

Tommy Mozier, Senior Reporter

April 30, 2020

As North Carolina’s imposed shutdown nears a month, small businesses in the state are facing unprecedented times financially, but many are receiving little to no help from the federal government.  Dragon’s Den, a comic book and gaming store located on Greenway Road, saw its profits “all but ...

System president: UNC System plans to re-open for fall semester

System president: UNC System plans to re-open for fall semester

Emily Broyles, News Editor

April 29, 2020

App State students can look forward to driving up the mountain this fall, as the UNC system plans to re-open campuses for the fall semester.  UNC System Interim President Bill Roper sent a memo to students April 29 explaining intentions for the upcoming semester and academic year. Roper said ...

Gaston County re-opens businesses, contradicts stay-at-home order

Gaston County re-opens businesses, contradicts stay-at-home order

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Multimedia Editor

April 29, 2020

Gaston County will re-open businesses at 5 p.m. after the Board of Commissioners Chair signed an ordinance. This contradicts Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay at home order for North Carolina. The county has seen 137 confirmed cases and 3 deaths. As of April 28, only 19 cases are active.   Cooper rece...

Little Free Libraries cultivate love of reading, community

Little Free Libraries cultivate love of reading, community

Ansley Puckett, A&C Editor

April 28, 2020

In communities across the country, large birdhouse-like boxes filled with free books sit outside homes, parks, schools and community landmarks. These “Little Free Libraries” are a part of the Little Free Library nonprofit organization. Founded in 2009, the Little Free Library movement has over 100,0...

1,500 pounds of pet food donated to Watauga Humane Society to offset changes because of COVID-19

1,500 pounds of pet food donated to Watauga Humane Society to offset changes because of COVID-19

Gianna Holiday, Associate News Editor

April 28, 2020

Watauga Humane Society, The Pet Place and Southeast Pet joined together to deliver 1,500 pounds of pet food to the humane society, where over 150 homeless animals sheltered need food, care and resources. “We are so very lucky to have an excellent relationship with a local business like The Pet P...

Shop Local Saturday aims to generate customers, revenue for businesses in the High Country

Shop Local Saturday aims to generate customers, revenue for businesses in the High Country

Abi Pepin, Senior Political Correspondant

April 27, 2020

Many local businesses are unsure about how to keep their store thriving due to closures because of COVID-19. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce introduced Shop Local Saturday to garner support for local businesses during the pandemic.  “Our goal was to continue to bring awareness and show support ...

App State police has a new officer sniffing around campus

App State Police has a new officer on the job — two-year-old Labrador retriever Yaya, an explosive detection dog.

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

April 27, 2020

App State Police’s newest officer stands about 2 feet tall, jumps at the sight of toys and can sniff out 22 different smells with ease. Meet Officer Yaya — the nearly 2-year-old Labrador retriever.

Boone Town Council passes resolution asking North Carolina attorney general to investigate unfair and deceptive rental housing practices

Boone Town Council passes resolution asking North Carolina attorney general to investigate unfair and deceptive rental housing practices

Moss Brennan, Political Editor

April 25, 2020

The Boone Town Council passed a resolution to ask North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein to investigate unfair and deceptive rental housing practices in Boone.  The resolution, passed unanimously Tuesday night, was partly the work of App State student Dalton George. He said he was reapply...