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Boone PD welcomes Maus
An Appalachian State University student and U.S. Army veteran has donated a full-blooded German shepherd to the Boone Police Department.
Michael Story said he wanted to donate the female shepherd, named Maus, to ensure she was properly cared for and that she would be used for good purposes in the community.
A meeting was held with one of the department's K-9 handlers, and Maus was put through exercises, according to the police department.
Police determined that the dog's abilities made it an excellent candidate for police work, and Maus has been welcomed into the Boone Police Department ranks.
County extends $20M counteroffers on old WHS property
The Watauga County Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 last Wednesday to counter two offers for the former Watauga High School property at $20 million.
The decision came after deliberation among the board members, who agreed that a counteroffer was necessary but diverged on the amount.
Chairman Nathan Miller proposed $20 million during Tuesday's board meeting, but action was postponed because commissioners David Blust and Tim Futrelle were not present.
Futrelle was also absent Wednesday due to a death in his family and could not be reached to provide input, commissioners said.
Miller again proposed that figure Wednesday, meeting opposition only from commissioner Jim Deal, who wanted the number raised to $25 million.
The responses will now be sent to Charlotte-based company Lincoln Harris, which offered $7 million in late April, and Miller Properties Inc. of Boone, which offered $10 million in mid June.
Deal said other interested parties are lurking but have not made offers.
The board also agreed that the counteroffer would have no contingencies. Lincoln Harris had asked that the county pay to tear down the old school, which was estimated to cost about $1.2 million.
The Miller Properties offer requested the installation of a traffic light and a five-year town and county tax abatement, which county attorney Stacy Eggers IV informed the board was unconstitutional. It also requested an allocation of 365,367 gallons of water per month from the town of Boone, which commissioners agreed Miller Properties would not likely receive.
Dexter Coakley enters College Football Hall of Fame
Dexter Coakley's college career finally came full circle Saturday night in South Bend, Ind., when he was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Coakley, a linebacker who was a three-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year at Appalachian State University, is the only two-time Buck Buchanan Award winner. Coakley holds the ASU record for most tackles (616) while at the school from 1993-96, and led the Mountaineers to an 11-0 regular season record, a 12-1 and a No. 5 ranking in 1995.
The Dallas Cowboys drafted Coakley in the second round of the 1997 draft. He missed just one game because of injury and started all 16 games during his rookie season. He spent two seasons with the St. Louis Rams before retiring.
Coakley's number 32 was retired by Appalachian State in 2005. He, running back John Settle, fellow linebacker Dino Hackett and defensive tackle Larry Hand are the only Appalachian State players to have their numbers retired.
Coakley is joined by several other former players and coaches, including Sam "Bam" Cunningham, a running back from Southern California and former James Madison linebacker Charles Haley were inductred.
Former Heisman Trophy winner, Michigan receiver Desmond Howard, former Arizona State linebacker Pat Tillman, who was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He enlisted in the United States Army in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and was killed in Afghanistan.
Also inducted was Dennis Byrd, a two-time All-American defensive tackle at N.C. State, and Clarkston Hines, a former Duke wide receiver.
Scholarship named in honor of McEwin
The C. Kenneth McEwin Middle Grades Teacher Preparation Scholarship has been named in honor of Dr. Ken McEwin's long commitment to middle grades education at Appalachian State University.
McEwin enters phased retirement from the university this fall.
The Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA) students from Appalachian's Reich College of Education helped raise money for the scholarship by hosting their first book fair this past spring semester.
CMLA, a professional education organization for college students to help prepare them to become middle grades teachers, invited students, faculty and the community to their week-long book fair.
"We wanted to do something to bring all the education majors together," said junior Megan Shelton, CMLA's chairwoman of fundraising. "We wanted to give us all a chance to get excited about our future classrooms."
A portion of their proceeds went to the new C. Kenneth McEwin Scholarship, which is awarded to one rising junior or senior middle grades education major. The new scholarship was established this year to commemorate McEwin's plans to enter full retirement in 2014.
McEwin has served as a highly respected and valued professor at Appalachian for 38 years. McEwin organized the first middle grades teacher preparation program in North Carolina. In particular, the program at Appalachian was the first teacher preparation program designed exclusively for middle grades teachers. He now serves as the coordinator of graduate middle grades education.