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Article Published: Jun. 16, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Watauga Library hosts video sale, will close July 1

The Watauga County Public Library is discarding its collection of video cassettes (around 1,800) and has given them to the Friends of the Library to sell.

The Friends will be selling them at the library for $1 apiece. New stock will be added daily.

Also, the library will close on Friday, July 1, for a computer upgrade. All libraries in the Appalachian Regional Library system, including Watauga, Wilkes and Ashe, will close for this upgrade.
The library is located at 140 Queen St. in downtown Boone.

AppalCART changes route schedules

Due to the high cost of fuel and budget cuts from the legislature, AppalCART will be making schedule changes effective June 20.

The late evening bus routes will all be ending an hour earlier: The Red will end at 10 p.m., the Green will end at 9:58, and the Orange will end at 9:47 p.m.
These changes will be in effect until further notice.

New fishing regulations

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2011-12 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards and HIP certification at the same time. Make requests by:

Going to and clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button;
Calling the Wildlife Resources Commission at (888) 248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

The 2011-12 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest will be available at agent locations on Aug. 1.

For more information on inland fishing, hunting and trapping, visit

About N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state's fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use and public input.

The commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit

Boone council discusses budget

The Boone Town Council discussed a recommended $23,281,888 budget at last week's budget workshop.

While the budget contained no property tax increases, it did contain a proposed parking citation increase from $10 to $12 and water and sewage hikes. And while some organizations - Watauga County Arts Council and Watauga County Parks and Recreation - were neglected, other funds increased.

Out of the total budget, $13,725,048 was approved for the town's general fund, including more than $1.8 million for general government operations; $1.4 million for buildings; more than $1 million for special projects and programs; $113,000 for subsidies and allocations; $126,000 for debt; $3.5 million for police and communications; $1.4 million for the town fire department; $765,171 for planning and inspections; and $3.5 million for public services.

The remainder of the $23.3 million was divided into $131,000 for E-911; $24,100 to narcotics enforcement; $7 million to the water and sewer fund; $1.6 million to the health insurance fund; $111,000 for the Municipal Service District; and $556,000 for the town of Boone rural fire district.

Benefit for Janey Campbell and family June 25

Janey Campbell, a native of Blowing Rock, was diagnosed with stage-four cancer.

She has been enduring months of radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and the Campbell family has been struggling financially due to medical bills, the cost of traveling to Winston-Salem for treatments.

Further, Campbell has been unable to work. In turn, her friends and neighbors would like to ease the Campbell family's burden by hosting a benefit concert on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock.

Glory Road will perform, and attendees are asked to make love offerings to benefit Campbell, her son, Christopher, and her husband of 25 years, Patrick.

Those who cannot attend may also send checks to: First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock, c/o Janey Campbell, P.O. Box 3, Blowing Rock, N.C. 28605. Checks should be made payable to First Baptist Church and mention Janey Campbell on the memo line.

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