April 18, 1907
“Attention, Confederate Veterans!” began an announcement in this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. “To the Veterans of Camp Nimrod Triplett No. 1273: You are hereby called to meet in Boone on Monday the 6th day of May, 1907, for the purpose of electing delegates to the National Reunion, which will be held in Richmond, Va., May 30th and 31st, and June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1907, and to transact such other business as may come before the body. E.J. Norris, Com. April 11, 1907.”
A posting entitled “A Card of Thanks” read, “(t)he undersigned desires to thank the kind friends in and about Blowing Rock, who at Easter time presented him with a purse of thirteen dollars, accompanied by a note unsigned but in words which meant more to him than dollars, causing him to resolve earnestly to strive to merit the sincere friendship evidenced thereby, and filling his heart with gratitude to God for the bearing of friends, whom he has formed during his short residence among the mountains of the old North State. William R. Savage.” The same individual’s name was listed in the “Church Directory” under “Episcopal Church – Third Sunday, 11 a.m. Rev. W.R. Savage.”
April 18, 1935
“Local Beauty Wins Coveted Honor,” proclaimed a bold headline on the front page of this week’s edition of the Watauga Democrat. Reads the feature, accompanied by a sizable photograph, “Miss Ruby Hodges, daughter of Mr. W.B. Hodges of Boone, last Friday night was crowned queen of the Second Annual Blossom Festival at Southern Pines, N.C. Miss Hodges, who has spent the past several months at the famous resort, won the coveted honor by a margin of 1,120 votes over her nearest rival, Miss Mary Welch. The festival was brought to a close with the colorful Queen’s Military Ball at the Southern Pines Country Club.” The featured photograph was credited as appearing “Courtesy Charlotte Observer”.
“Dirt May Fly on Parkway During Coming Summer” announced another headline of this week, with an article which related that, “(w)ork on the Great Smoky Mountains Shenandoah National Parkway will reach the dirt-moving stages early this summer, according to information coming from Washington and Raleigh. R. Getty Browning, chief locating engineer for the North Carolina Highway and Public Works Commission, has expressed opinion that work would begin this summer, and in Washington Senator Reynolds, after a conference with Secretary (of the Interior) Ickes, expressed the belief that dirt would be flying on the Parkway in six weeks.” Other news in the same article included that an engineering “party at Boone is making the preliminaries at this time in the region between Bamboo and Aho near Blowing Rock.”
April 17, 1969
“Seven Area Counties Join Effort on Crime,” with a sub-heading “U.S. Funds to Sustain Local Action for Law,” was the headline of a story by Watauga Democrat writer Larry G. Julian in this edition. “Improved and extended law enforcement is the future for Watauga and six other northwestern Tar Heel counties following the establishment of the AWWASYA Law Enforcement agency.” The new agency’s creation was linked to a “Governor’s Committee on Law and Order” created by North Carolina Governor Dan K. Moore, which itself was created “following the passing of the Omnibus Crime Bill in Washington.” As part of the initiative, “(o)ver three million dollars will be spent in North Carolina alone to research the crime problem and take measures to upgrade law enforcement.”