November 21, 1912
In this week’s Watauga Democrat news, a post-election piece entitled “Two Pitfalls” asserted that “(h)ad this campaign borne no other fruit it would still have been worth while for two crushing blows that it struck at demagogic tactics.” The first such blow was allegedly “the clearness with which it has been demonstrated that the man who is so egoistical and thoughtless that he believes his own unsupported word, like Caesar’s, ‘might have stood against the world’ and who therefore vilifies and slanders his opponent and everybody else who has the audacity to oppose or even disagree with him, with no regard for either truth or decency, is digging his own political grave.” The second pitfall which the article claimed had been exposed by the 1912 campaign season was “the contemptible effort to ride into office on church relationship.” Considering state-level elections, wrote the anonymous author of the editorial treatise, “in North Carolina church and state are absolutely separate, and when a man attempts to garner votes because he is a member of a certain church he does no more than arouse suspicion that he ought to be turned out of the church.”
November 18, 1954
“Flat Top Farmer Is Corn Growing Champ,” a story in this week’s newspaper, told that, “Mr. W.W. Austin of the Flat Top community is the 1954 corn growing champion for Watauga County. Mr. Austin won this honor with the officially estimated yield of 123.55 bushels per acre.” The winner was reported to have “produced this corn on 1953 potato land with W. Va. 1163 hybrid corn. The corn was planted in 34 inch rows about 10 inches in the drill. He used 5-10-10 fertilizer at the rate of 1000 ponds per acre and 400 pounds per acre of calnitro.”
“Honor Plaque To Be Given Burley Grower” announced in another front-page headline that the “Northwest North Carolina Development Association will award an ‘Honor Plaque’ to any burley tobacco farmer who shows proof that he produced at the rate of $1,000.00 per acre on his entire allotment, provided the allotment is 0.7 or more. This is an opportunity for good burley growers to receive some of the honor that they are due for doing a good job.”
November 22, 1973
“Mounties Climb Grid Ladder Despite Disappointing Season,” announced a large headline in this week’s newspaper. Told the story, “(d)espite a 3-7-1 record in what might be termed a disappointing football season in 1973, Appalachian State’s Mountaineers took tremendous strides within the Southeastern Conference. In only its second SC season, ASU moved from eighth place to tie for the fourth spot in the league standings.” Reported the write-up, although “(s)addled with inexperience and depth problems at the season’s outset, ASU encountered a bevy of key injuries along the way they (that) made the road even more difficult.” Clinton Bradshaw and Robbie Kirkpatrick were among the Mountaineers athletes mentioned as having been lost for the season due to serious injuries early in the year.