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May 19, 2022

Daimler Truck North America donates 2020 Freightliner Cascadia to Wilkes Community College

Daimler Truck North America donates 2020 Freightliner Cascadia to Wilkes Community College WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College (WCC) is pleased to announce that Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) and their Service Training Center in Cleveland, North Carolina have donated a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia with Detroit Diesel 15L engine and Detroit DT12 automated transmission to their Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology program. The truck was never put into service and was only used as a technician training truck at their Cleveland, N.C. facility. “Thank you to Daimler Truck North America, Get Ahead program, and Velocity Truck Center for the continued support that they give to WCC and the diesel program and our students,” stated Mike Murphy, WCC lead diesel instructor. He added, “Without the support from our industry partners, our jobs of training students would be more difficult. This new unit will enable students to train on state-of-the-art equipment that they will see after graduation. We look forward to the continued growth of our partnerships with DTNA, Get Ahead, and Velocity Truck Center.” WCC participates in the Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) Get Ahead program designed for colleges and technical schools. The Get Ahead program is a partnership program between Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), diesel schools, and DTNA service network locations, offering diesel schools access to industry web-based training free of charge. With this web training access as well as service information and diagnostic equipment that technicians use, WCC can […]
May 19, 2022

App State Student-Athletes Extend 3.0 GPA Streak to 10 Years

  BOONE, N.C. – Reaching a full decade, App State student-athletes extended their impressive streak to 10 consecutive years with a cumulative GPA above 3.0 thanks to a strong showing during the 2022 spring. The Mountaineers ended the spring with a 3.16 semester GPA for all student-athletes, helping raise the cumulative GPA for all student-athletes to 3.23. Every program at App State finished the spring with a semester GPA above 2.9, led by a 3.71 from soccer, a 3.56 from women’s golf, a 3.53 for volleyball, a 3.46 from men’s cross country and a 3.43 from women’s cross country. Every program at App State also has a cumulative GPA above 2.9, led by women’s soccer with a 3.71 and women’s golf with a 3.66. On the men’s side, cross country leads the way with a 3.34. In total, App State had 185 student-athletes make either the Chancellor’s List or Dean’s List for the 2022 spring semester. The 62 student-athletes on the Chancellor’s List were full-time students with a GPA of 3.85 or higher during the spring, with inclusion determined solely by the performance in courses that earn credits toward graduation. Additionally, the 123 members of the Dean’s List either posted a GPA of 3.45 or higher while carrying 12-14 academic hours or a GPA of 3.25 or higher while carrying at least 15 academic hours. Every App State Athletics program had at least three team members make the Dean’s List. Last […]
May 19, 2022

WCC 56th Commencement Ceremony Held Friday, May 13

  WCC 56th Commencement Ceremony Held Friday, May 13  WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College’s 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony took place on Friday, May 13, in the John A. Walker Community Center on the Wilkes Campus. There was a total of 426 graduates with two ceremonies being held.             The Arts & Sciences Division and the Business & Public Service Technologies Division had 146 graduates participating in the 4 p.m. ceremony The Health Sciences Division and Applied Career Technologies Division had 129 graduates participating in the 7 p.m. ceremony.             Presenters for the program were Dr. Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College; Mr. Jay Vannoy, chairperson of the Board of Trustees; and, Peyton Paisley, president of the Student Government Association. Dr. Yolanda Wilson, vice-president of Instruction, presented the candidates.             The prelude for the ceremony was Summit Strings Duo (Mr. Steve Holman & Ms. Katie Archer Miller). Ms. Angela Roten, Soloist sang the national anthem and provided inspirational music.             Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the Lakey Ballroom for graduates, faculty, staff, and guests. Arts and Sciences Division   ASSOCIATE GRADUATES Two-year Associate Degrees were awarded to the following students: ASSOCIATE IN ARTS:  Cassie Paige Adams, Wilkesboro; Kaitlyn Adams, Warrensville; Hannah Aguilar, Wilkesboro; Sasha Alexander, North Wilkesboro; Dylan Chase Anderson, Grassy Creek; Karlie Anderson, Moravian Falls; Joseph Andreski, Wilkesboro; Ethan Ryan Atwood, North Wilkesboro; Madison McKenzie Avery, Jefferson; Thomas Ballard, West Jefferson; Abigail Nicole Billings, Traphill; Allison F. Blevins, […]
May 17, 2022

Wilkes Community College: 15 Gold Medals from Statewide SkillsUSA Competition

Wilkes Community College: 15 Gold Medals from Statewide SkillsUSA Competition WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College (WCC) students were one of the leading schools in the state in overall medal counts at the 57th Annual SkillsUSA North Carolina Leadership and Skills Conference on April 27-29, 2022, with the Awards Ceremony for college held on April 28th and high school on April 29, 2022. Wilkes Community College’s 78 student competitors, including 21 Career & College Promise high school students, brought home 41 medals: 15 first-place gold medals, nine second-place silver medals, seven third-place bronze medals, five fourth place, and five fifth-place finishes. Of the 78 WCC competitors, 42 placed in the top five, and everyone placed in the top nine in the state. WCC was named as part of the North Carolina SkillsUSA Elite 100 Club, which means WCC has had over 100 students enrolled for the last five years. WCC students’ Top 5 results were as follows: Architectural Drafting: Daniel Durham, first place; Dakota Baker, second place Automotive Refinishing Technology: Tyler Couch, fifth place Automotive Service Technology: Matthew Taylor, first place Career Pathways Showcase Ag/ Natural Resources: Jade Curtis, Samantha Hohm, Isaac Lidke, first-place team Collision Damage Appraisal: Logan Stuckey, third place; Heather McGuire, fourth place Early Childhood Education: Marlena Mudd, first place Job Skill Demo Open: Jordan Spears, first place Power Equipment Technology: Mason Swaim, first place TeamWorks: Evan Chapman, Seth Culler, Hayden Foster, Tryston Walker, first-place team T-Shirt Design: […]
May 17, 2022

Cinema Classics at App Theatre Presents the Film “High Society”

  June 8 Screening Kicks Off the First High Country Jazz Festival BOONE, NC – The inaugural High Country Jazz Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 with a public screening of MGM’s classic 1956 romantic musical comedy film “High Society” at the Appalachian Theatre. This musical remake of the Philip Barry play, “The Philadelphia Story” stars Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and the incomparable jazz legend Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his all-star band, with an original score by Cole Porter. The App Theatre Cinema Classics series is generously sponsored by Nancy and Neil Schaffel. “High Society” is a musical remake of the 1940 film “The Philadelphia Story” which was based on the 1939 play of the same title by Philip Barry. The story involves a successful popular jazz musician (Crosby) trying to win back the affections of his ex-wife (Kelly), who is preparing to marry another man. The cast also features Celeste Holm, John Lund, and Louis Calhern, in his final film, with a musical performances by Louis Armstrong. “High Society” was Kelly’s last professional appearance before she married Prince Rainier III and became Princess consort of Monaco. The film was released just three months after their marriage. Filming took place between January and March 1956 in Newport, Rhode Island. The location, according to Turner Classic Movies, enabled them to take advantage of the Newport Jazz Festival, established in 1954, incorporating it into the film […]
May 17, 2022

Ashe County Habitat for Humanity

  Ashe County Habitat for Humanity received a $25,000 donation from a runner in the Blue Ridge Relay, which is an annual event that passes through Ashe County every fall. After running parts of the Relay through the county and meeting Habitat volunteers helping with the race over the past few years, he began to feel a connection with Ashe County. The donor runner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was impressed with the work of the mostly volunteer-run affiliate and knows his money will help increase the organization’s impact on the affordable housing shortage in the county. His donation will help break ground and lay the foundations for the next two homes in the Hickory Hill community, speeding up Habitat’s ability to build decent, affordable homes in partnership with hard-working Ashe County families. Ashe Habitat is currently constructing their eighth house, and the third in the Hickory Hill neighborhood. The home is being built in partnership with the Mullis family. As a Habitat partner, the family is earning ‘sweat equity’ hours on the construction of their home and volunteering in other ways as well. When construction is complete and the house is dedicated, the family will assume a no-profit, no-interest mortgage, the payments for which will be designated for construction of future Habitat homes New volunteers are always welcome. Work begins at 9:00 am each Saturday, and the workday generally runs until about 3:00 pm. Lunch is provided. Weekday work […]
May 10, 2022

Willie Watson to Perform at App Theatre on Thursday, June 16th

Willie Watson to Perform at App Theatre on Thursday, June 16th Debut Concert is First Event on Mast Store Americana Music Series BOONE, NC – Fresh from his celebrated appearance at Merlefest, popular folksinger Willie Watson, co-founder of the Old Crow Medicine Show, will make his long-awaited debut at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (ATHC) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 as a prelude to the Boonerang Music and Arts Festival that weekend. Tickets go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at an “early bird” price of $10 per seat, and rising to $15 per ticket on May 12, 2022. “An Evening With Willie Watson” is the first event on the newly-announced Mast Store Americana Music Series on the Doc Watson Stage of the Appalachian Theatre, and is intended to be an ongoing, year-round program of artists and events celebrating the genre unique to our country. Mast General Store President Lisa Cooper, said, “We are excited to be the naming sponsor of this music series and to have as its first act an individual who was discovered by Doc Watson himself. I can’t help but think Doc would be proud to see this performance on his hometown theatre stage.” ATHC board chair Keith Martin noted the significance of this sponsorship to the historic venue. “Mast General Store was the very first donor to contribute to the ‘Save The Appalachian Theatre’ effort, […]
May 4, 2022

WCC Announces Marshals for 2022 Commencement Ceremony

WCC Announces Marshals for 2022 Commencement Ceremony WILKESBORO, N.C. – Wilkes Community College students with top academic standing have been named marshals for Wilkes Community College’s 56th Annual Commencement Ceremony to take place on Friday, May 13, in the John A. Walker Community Center on the Wilkes Campus. Two ceremonies will be held. The Arts & Sciences Division and the Business & Public Service Technologies Division graduates will participate in the 4 p.m. ceremony. The Applied Career Technologies Division and the Health Sciences Division graduates will participate in the 7 p.m. ceremony. Graduates have received their allotments of admission tickets. Members of the public may view the graduation ceremonies through a live stream from www.wilkescc.edu/Graduation. Front row: Kara Gail Lewis Second row l-r: Lillie Kathryn Faw, William Lee Epley, Autumn Marie Williams, and Melanie Brooke Shatley Back row l-r: Alex Luna, Richard Silva-Jimenez, William Francis Miller, Hannah Ellen Bumgarner, and Amara Faith Epley. Not pictured: Maleyah Chanel Ceasar, Brenna Faith Maloney, and Jacob Davis Spriggs The following students were selected for this honor: William Lee Epley of Hays is a Wilkes Early College High School student in the Associate in Arts program. He is the son of Jimmy and Krista Epley of Hays. Autumn Marie Williams of Purlear is a Wilkes Early College High School student in the Associate in Science program. She is the daughter of Billy and Angela Williams. Brenna Faith Maloney of Jefferson is a student in the Career and […]
May 2, 2022

High Country Crime Stoppers & Boone Police Seek the Public’s Assistance

  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:     On April 8, 2022, three unidentified females entered Walmart, located at 200 Watauga Village Drive in Boone, North Carolina. Two of the females went to the customer service counter, while the third loitered in front of the customer service area. The two females at the counter requested to purchase a gift card. Once the cash register opened, the female wearing a camouflage hat and dark colored dress reached into the register and took an undisclosed amount of cash. The female wearing a light colored hat and dark colored shirt distracted the cashier.   The three unidentified females left the store in a black Mercedes Benz SUV with a New Jersey license plate.   The Boone Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding the breaking and entering or of the identity of the suspect(s) in this crime or any other crimes, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251. All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.
May 2, 2022

ACHS Carpentry Student of the Month

ACHS Carpentry Student of the Month   Damion Pennington, It is my pleasure to nominate Damion Pennington for carpentry student of the month. Damion throughout the month executed leadership amongst his peers in the classroom and class hands-on activities. I cannot remember a time throughout the month he was not prepared for class and ready to learn, his attention to detail will carry him far in his adult life. I am proud to select Damion Pennington for student of the month. Thanks to Parker Tie and DeWalt for sponsoring ACHS SOM.   Mr. Hugh Hirth Carpentry teacher ACHS
April 26, 2022

AMOREM Volunteers Honored at Drive-Thru Celebration

AMOREM Volunteers Honored at Drive-Thru Celebration AMOREM, formerly Burke Hospice and Palliative Care and Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, recently honored its volunteers with an appreciation drive-thru at Mountain Grove Church in Granite Falls. Approximately 80 people (and a few pet therapy friends) attended the annual appreciation event, which included beautiful spring flowers, local gift cards and grateful greetings from AMOREM staff members. AMOREM recognized volunteers for years of service including six long-time supporters who together have given a combined 180 years of service to the organization. Roberta Blinson was recognized for 40 years of service; Mary Farmer for 35 years of service; Allison Jenson for 30 years of service; and Winnie Kephart, Roger Register and Susan Story were recognized for 25 years of service each. “AMOREM is fortunate to have such devoted and passionate volunteers and volunTEENS. Many of them have served well over 20 years, some 30 plus,” said Director of Volunteer Services Cyndi Akins. “We were unable to host our traditional appreciation banquet due to COVID-19 restrictions but wanted to be sure there was a celebration!” In partnership with AMOREM staff, more than 250 volunteers (including adults and volunTEENs) serve an essential role in patient and family support, administrative and community support. For information or to register for AMOREM’s next virtual volunteer training sessions, scheduled for April 26 and 28, visit www.amoremsupport.org, contact Cyndi Akins or Megan Parillo at 828.754.0101, cakins@amoremsupport.org or mparillo@amoremsupport.org.
April 21, 2022

6th Anniversary of the Disappearance of James Martin Roberts

Have you seen this child_ James Roberts (1) 6th Anniversary of the Disappearance of James Martin Roberts Today marks the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of James Martin Roberts. On April 21, 2016, James “Martin” Roberts was reported missing to the Boone Police Department by his roommates.   Over the last six years, numerous agencies and individuals have contributed to the investigation to find Martin.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age progressed photograph on the fifth anniversary of Martin’s disappearance to help locate him. Here is a link to Martin’s entry at NCMEC: https://tinyurl.com/4hbwnfar  Periodic reviews of the entire investigative file and process are conducted by outside specialists to ensure we are covering all the possible scenarios.   Every tip or lead received is thoroughly investigated by our team of investigators. Lead investigator, Sgt. Candace Burlingame, spearheads these efforts and is always looking for new avenues to find Martin. “The Boone Police Department works continuously with family of Martin Roberts and the community, in an effort to bring Martin home. Our hearts are always with the family, but especially this time of year” – Sgt. Candace Burlingame.   We hope each day that Martin will be found and continue to be diligent in our efforts. Please continue with your thoughts and prayers for his family who still remember and miss their son.   If you have any information concerning Martin’s disappearance or know of a […]
April 20, 2022

High Country Crime Stoppers “CRIME ALERT”

  “CRIME ALERT”   High Country Crime Stoppers and Watauga Sheriff’s Office seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:   Roy Rogers Wilson III, DOB 08-24-1991, is a registered sex offender that is required to notify the Sheriff’s Office when he changes his address. Mr. Wilson was convicted for Solicitation Sex by Computer/Child and Felony Dissemination of Obscenity. He is wanted by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and has an active warrant for Failure to Report Address Change- Sex Offender. Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Watauga Sheriff’s Office at 828-264-3761.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.   High Country Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer community board of directors serving Avery and Watauga Counties. High Country Crime Stoppers encourages the reporting of information or leads which can assist law enforcement with solving crimes. Its goal is to help in the fight against crime, but it is not part of the local police departments or sheriff’s offices. Each County has a law enforcement coordinator who participates as an advisor […]
April 19, 2022

  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in locating the following individual: Jeremy Arlee Scism, White male, 33 years old, 6’0”, 200lbs, blue eyes, brown hair.   Jeremy A. Scism is a fugitive from justice and has an outstanding warrant for arrest in Johnson County, Tennessee. Jeremy Scism has lived in Boone, Watauga County, Caldwell County, and Ashe County. If you see or know where he may be located, please contact the Boone Police Department.   The Boone Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding this individual’s location to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251. All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.    
April 19, 2022

High Country Crime Stoppers Tip Helps Lead to Arrest

  High Country Crime Stoppers Tip Helps Lead to Arrest   On April 16, 2022, Boone Police Officers responded to a suspicious incident at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, located at 259 Pilgrims Way. An investigation revealed that at roughly 8:08 a.m. Saturday morning, a male poured gasoline on a doorway and sidewalk leading into the rear entrance to the church. An anonymous Crime Stoppers tip led investigators to speak with Thomas Jon Peluso, 44 years of age, of Old Hwy 421, Boone, NC. As a result of the tip and interview Peluso was arrested and charged with one felonious count of Aiding in the Burning of a Religious Building. Peluso was given a $50,000.00 secured bond pending a May 24, 2022, court appearance.  He was taken to the Watauga County Detention Center for confinement.   The Boone Police Department would like to thank the community for working in conjunction with investigators, which led to the quick arrest of this suspect.

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