Then to now: What’s happened the past four years

Ethan Hunt, Reporter

This is a timeline of news events that occurred between 2018 and 2022. Included in the timeline are both local and national events. 


Bill Cosby was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison Sept. 25, 2018. Cosby’s conviction was a milestone in the #MeToo movement and was the first prominent conviction following the international discourse on sexual assault. 

Laura Benshoff, NPR

Signs at the Charlotte Women’s March, Jan. 23, 2018.

The Watauga Democrats organized a march for women’s rights on King Street Jan. 20, 2018. The Boone march came a year and a day after over a million people marched for women’s rights in Washington, D.C., following the inauguration of Donald Trump in 2017. 

Anna Muckenfuss, The Appalachian 

SGA passed a bill Feb. 20, 2018 to rename Lovill and Hoey residence halls to Elkstone Hall and Dogwood Hall, respectively. SGA members drafted the bill because Lovill and Hoey were both racists and segregationists. 

 Anna Dollar, The Appalachian

App State canceled classes Sept. 14-18, 2018 due to potential flooding from hurricane Florence. The hurricane caused $15.7 billion in damages and 42 deaths across North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service

Moss Brennan, The Appalachian


Notre Dame cathedral caught fire April 15, 2019. The fire caused the spire atop the cathedral to collapse. The cathedral received between $835 million and $1 billion in donations for repairs to the building. 

Adam Nossiter and Aurelien Breeden, The New York Times

A man killed 51 people and injured 40 at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. Brenton Tarrant live streamed his attacks on Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre on Facebook. He was the first person to be sentenced to life in prison without parole in New Zealand. 

Helen Regan and Sandi Sidhu, CNN

The House of Representatives impeached former President Donald Trump for the first time Dec. 18, 2019 on charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. A formal House inquiry accused Trump of foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election. The investigation centered around a phone call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

Nicholas Fanods and Michael Shear, New York Times

Construction started on Duck Pond Field on Feb. 15. (Efrain Arias-Medina Jr.)

The university started construction on two new buildings and a parking deck on the west side of campus Feb. 15, 2019. Choate Construction removed trees on Duck Pond field and dug up the stadium parking lot. 

Jackie Park, The Appalachian

Students, professors, and High Country locals gather in downtown Boone to protest, Sept. 20, 2019. (Courtesy of Jesse Barber)

Boone residents, students, faculty and staff gathered in downtown Boone to protest and voice their concerns about climate change Sept. 26, 2019. The protest was part of a global movement, where people all over the world raised awareness of the issue. 

Jesse Barber, The Appalachian



NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26, 2020. Bryant was 41 and his daughter was 13. The crash occurred in Calabasas, California. Students expressed their grief over Bryant’s death in the days following the event. 

Dan Davidson, The Appalachian

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, App State transitioned to online classes following an extended spring break starting March 23, 2020. In March 2020, the Town of Boone shutdown municipal operations and Watauga Medical Center and other local medical facilities prohibited visitation. North Carolina instituted capacity restrictions and social distancing mandates in March 2020. The App State class of 2020 graduated virtually, and local businesses either changed their hours or closed.

Xanayra Marin-Lopez, Gianna Holiday, Moss Brennan, The Appalachian

App State football players lead a march protesting racial injustice Aug. 28, 2020. (Andy McLean)

In the midst of the national protests after the murder of George Floyd, the football team held a peaceful protest in Boone. Elijah Diarrassouba and Demetrius Taylor led the march through town Aug. 28, 2020.

Silas Albright, The Appalachian

Black in Boone, a Black-led advocacy group, held a vigil for Breonna Taylor Sept. 26, 2020. Taylor was killed by police in her apartment March 13, 2020. More than 100 people attended the vigil in Cornerstone Summit Church. 

Jackie Park and Emily Broyles, The Appalachian

Camerun Peoples speaking during the Wake the Chancellor event on Sanford Mall Aug. 31, 2020. (Jesse Barber)

Black at App State organized a march on campus from Sanford Mall to Chancellor Sheri Everts’ office Sept. 1, 2020. The purpose of the march was to receive acknowledgement from Everts for Black at App State’s demands. 

Jackie Park and Emily Broyles, The Appalachian

Chad Dorrill reads a book on Howard’s Knob Patio, 2019. (Courtesy of Kade Compton)

App State sophomore Chad Dorrill died of COVID-19 complications Sept. 28, 2020 at the age of 19. Dorrill died from “additional complications” associated with COVID-19, according to Chancellor Sheri Everts. A family friend of the Dorill’s created a scholarship fund in his honor, December 2020. 

Jackie Park, Mickey Hutchings, Moss Brennan The Appalachian

When students returned to school for the Fall 2020 semester, App State established testing sites in the Rivers Street Parking Deck and Legends Parking Lot. The university began distributing Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines in March 2021. 

Jackie Park, Mickey Hutchings, The Appalachian 

Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump for the presidency Nov. 3, 2020. President Biden received over 81,000,000 votes. The race was not officially called until Nov. 7, 2020, and former President Trump contested the result. App State students said they had mixed feelings following the election with some fully supporting President Biden and others saying they felt like they “settled.” Other students said they opposed President Biden. 

Election Staff, CNN, Xanayra Marin-Lopez, The Appalachian



Supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2021. The group entered the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election result. The attack resulted in five deaths. Everts condemned the violence in a tweet Jan. 7, 2021. 

Jake Markland, The Appalachian

U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 years of conflict Aug. 30, 2021. The Taliban quickly regained control of the nation following U.S. troop withdrawal. 

“I was not going to extend this war forever,” said President Joe Biden. 

Michael Shear, Jim Tankersley, The New York Times

Luke Combs performing at Kidd Brewer Stadium Sept. 4, 2021. (Max Correa)

After two delays due to COVID-19 concerns, former student Luke Combs returned to Boone for a long-awaited performance Sept. 4, 2021. Combs’ show drew over 32,000 people to Kidd Brewer Stadium. 

Max Correa, The Appalachian

All adults at App State and in the Boone community became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines March 30, 2021. App State provided the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to students for free. 

Jake Markland, The Appalachian

Bailey Gardin (right) and DJ Evans (left) shake hands during their swearing-in ceremony, April 28, 2021. (Kara Haselton)

Bailey Gardin and DJ Evans won the SGA presidency and vice presidency, respectively April 5, 2021. Gardin and Evans won with 64% of the vote and became the first Black administration in the past four years. 

Jackie Park and Jake Markland, The Appalachian

A memorial set up outside of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, April 29, 2021. (Max Correa)

A standoff between a Boone resident and police resulted in five deaths April 28. Isaac Barnes killed his mother, Michelle Ligon and his stepfather George Ligon as well as two police deputies, Logan Fox and Chris Ward. Barnes also died at the scene. 

Emily Broyles, The Appalachian

Betty White died of a stroke Dec. 31. The 99-year-old actress was most known for her performance on the NBC show Golden Girls. 

News Staff, CBS



The Boone bar Cafe Portofino’s closed Jan. 11. The Boone Board of Adjustments voted to demolish the building Feb. 3. 

Georgia Dixon, Megan Pettey, Cameron Stuart The Appalachian

App State lifted the mask mandate March 7. 

Hollie Moore, The Appalachian

Students embrace at the candlelight vigil for the crisis in Ukraine Thursday, March 17, 2022.
(Max Correa)

Russia invaded Ukraine Feb. 24. App State students and faculty held a vigil in support of Ukraine March 22. The war is ongoing. 

Ethan Hunt and Cameron Stuart, The Appalachian

The board of trustees appropriated $20 million for a new parking deck beside Holmes Convocation Center March 25. 

Ethan Hunt and Zoey Sigmon, The Appalachian