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Article Published: Jun. 10, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Humane Society offers low-cost spay-neuter
The Watauga Humane Society has a limited-time offer for Watauga County residents in financial need: $38 to fix your male and female dogs, $33 to fix female cats, and $18 for male cats.

For those not financial need or do not living in Watauga County, prices are $60 for dogs, $50 for female cats, and $35 for male cats.

Kittens and puppies as young as 5 months old can have litters of their own, a Watauga Humane Society spokesperson said. A female cat can have as many as three litters a year. There aren't enough homes for all the kittens and puppies that will be born this summer.

"If you don't want that 'oops' litter, fix your female dogs and cats now, before they become pregnant," the spokesperson said. "Fix male animals, too. Fixed dogs and cats are healthier, better behaved and live longer. They are less likely to fight, bite, spray or stray."

To make an appointment, call the Humane Society at (828) 264-7865. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 12:30-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from 12:30-5 p.m., and closed Monday. Visit for more information.

Town of Boone continues debris pickup
The town of Boone's facilities maintenance division will continue to pick up Christmas ice storm debris for Boone residents through July 2010.

Debris needs to be placed curbside by July 12 to facilitate collection by the Aug. 2, 2010 deadline.

All non-storm yard debris will be picked up in accordance with the town's residential brush/junk policy. Questions or requests may be directed to the Public Works Department at (828) 268-6230.

'Horn'offers 'County Nights' discount
Bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, birds are calling, and the horn is sounding.

It is again summertime, and this year Horn in the West celebrates its 59th consecutive running season. Celebrating its title as the nation's oldest Revolutionary War outdoor drama, Horn in the West, written by Kermit Hunter, invites people of all ages to join the excitement in Boone.

"Experience history live as we relive the sacrifices and contributions made by the mountain settlers in the name of freedom during the war for independence," a Horn spokesperson said. "Horn in the West provides a fun and unique way to learn about North Carolina's rich history."

For those working on a budget, Horn in the West offers a special discount known as "County Nights." On June 18, 19 and 20, a discount will be offered to the Watauga County residents. Anyone who resides within or pays taxes in these counties can purchase show tickets for only $6 each. With proof of residency, people can purchase unlimited discounted tickets.

"Horn in the West is a great opportunity to enjoy a 'staycation' to both save money and help maintain North Carolina's arts," the spokesperson said.

Horn in the West runs June 18 through Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. An all-you-can-eat modified dinner catered by the local Dan'l Boone Inn is offered at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings by reservation only. To learn more and order all tickets call (828) 264-2120 or visit online at

Fuel theft reported at ASU
The Appalachian State University Police Department is investigating a series of fuel thefts that have been reported over the past several months.

Four incidents have been reported to the police regarding the theft or attempted theft of gasoline. Thieves appear to be targeting vehicles left overnight in the campus parking lot located at 177 S. Depot St. The gasoline is apparently removed by siphoning the vehicle's fuel tank, according to a statement released by ASU police.

Anyone is information regarding these incidents is asked to call Watauga County Crimestoppers at (828) 268-6959. All information will be kept confidential.

Crimestoppers pays rewards for information leading to arrests, recovery of stolen property, seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.

- Melanie Marshall

Old WHS to be used for recreation
Watauga residents have some greener pastures for summer and fall.

County recreation director Stephen Poulos and maintenance director Robert Marsh presented costs and options of using the athletic fields at the former high school facility in Boone.

Marsh said it would cost about $41,000 to use the football field, tennis courts, softball field and baseball field, including hiring a part-time supervisor for the fields.

Poulos said the fields would likely be used from mid-March to November, with the walking track available. He said a number of groups had already requested use of the fields. He said field marking was part of the regular recreation budget, with electricity for lights another primary cost.

Commissioner Jim Deal said the county should focus on using the fields this year, since the property is for sale. The temporary use would also reduce the cost. The school board is expected to vacate the building and site by Aug. 1.

The commissioners approved the proposal, with field maintenance fees coming from the recreation budget.

- Scott Nicholson

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