03/01/2023 PM News Break
By Pruett Norris & Elliott Klappenbach
In local news, the Watauga Democrat reports that popular food truck mainstay Betty’s Biscuits will be retiring their wagon and moving into a brick-and-mortar establishment in downtown Boone, set to open this June. The new building will be located at 642 E King Street, and will come with a menu expansion, including bloody Marys and mimosas. Betty’s Biscuits is owned and operated by Tina Houston, who has big plans for the new space, including the potential for an open garden area for live music. “It feels like Betty’s has a lot of support,” Houston says. “It’s just gonna be a real bright and comfortable space that is welcoming of everyone and supportive of everything going on in town.” I, for one, cannot wait!
In state news, the Raleigh News & Observer reports that a North Carolina Walmart has an unusual mascot. In Havelock, NC, an alligator has been living in a small retention pond outside the supercenter for what some speculate could have been as long as eight years. Amid concerns from some patrons of the Walmart about their safety, locals have advocated for the alligator to stay, calling him either Ollie or Henry and citing the fact that he’s never been a trouble before. A biologist who visited the scene erred on the side of the advocates, saying they recommended the alligator remain where he is. Big love to Ollie’s friends and family in Havelock!
And at last, in national tidings, NPR reports that social media giant TikTok has set a new screentime limit for its teenage users. TikTok accounts under the age of 18 are now set at a 60-minute screentime limit per day, after which they must enter a password to continue using the app. The goal, TikTok says, is to spur young people to be more mindful about how much of their day they’re spending online, in an increased turn from the social media company towards increasing safety on their app.
Now for sports.
App State baseball is now 7-1 after receiving its first loss of the season to ETSU last night, they look to get back in the win column Friday against Gardner Webb.
App State softball is off to a great start as well as they just received their 6th straight win against ETSU yesterday and improved to 9-3 on the season. They travel to Knoxville for a double header on Friday, first playing Belmont and then number 6th-ranked Tennessee.
Both the men's and women's basketball teams are preparing for the sunbelt tournament. The 10th-seeded women's basketball team plays tonight at 830 against the 7 seed, Louisiana.
And the 9th ranked men's team plays number 8, south Alabama at 11:30am on Thursday. Good luck to both the men's and women's basketball teams as they fight for the sunbelt championship.
In professional sports news the NHL trade deadline is this Friday at 3pm and it's been a busy week. The biggest trades so far have been Timo Mieir going to the New Jersey Devils, and Mattias Ekholm to the oilers. The next couple days could be big as the trade deadline approaches.
Finally, the weather as ever from Boone Weather dot com. It’s a high of 63 and a low of 51 today in the High Country, so get outside, get moving, and keep listening to your college, your station, your music, 90.5 WASU The App FM.