03/01/2023 AM News Break
By Andrew Rice & Nick Goodman
In local news, the Watauga County Board of Elections has completed its biennial list maintenance and removal of inactive voters. According to the Watauga Democrat, accurate voter rolls are maintained by removing voters who have moved, died or are otherwise uneligble to vote in that jurisdiction. The list maintenance occurs when the board has no contact with a voter for the previous two statewide general elections and the voter has not voted during that time. Due to these factors, 2,244 confirmation letters are sent out. As a result of the maintenance, Watauga County’s voter registration went from 45,516 on January 1 to 42,869 as of February 25.
In state news, Usher, Drake and J. Cole are expected to be headliners for this year's Dreamville Festival in Raleigh. According to WRAL, J. Cole announced the line-up for the two-day festival set for April 1st and 2nd on Tuesday. Usher will headline the first day with Drake and J. Cole headlining the second at Dix Park. The festival will include other names such as City Girls, Sean Paul and Jessie Reyez on the first as well as Summer Walker and Waka Flocka Flame on the second. In 2022, an estimated 80,000 people attended the festival after a years-long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comparatively, the festival held in 2019 attracted a crowd of 40,000 for just one day.
In national news, a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Pennsylvania announced a new policy banning children under the age of 16 from entering the restaurant without an adult present. According to WSBTV, the Royersford Pennsylvania restaurant said it made the decision because of poor behavior on the part of children who had been dropped off at a local bounce park and then walked over the Chick-Fil-A. The restaurant said the children are loud, use explicit language, throw trash and food on the floor, vandalize furniture, steal decorations and disrespect employees. The announcement was made on the restaurant’s facebook page.
Now to sports.
App state men’s and women’s basketball are set to play in the sun belt tournament in Pensacola this week. The women’s basketball team will play tonight against Louisiana at 8:30 pm. The men’s basketball team will play against South Alabama on Thursday at 12:30. Both teams will need to win the sun belt tournament to play in the postseason, so it is win or go home for both teams.
App state baseball’s best start to a season since 2010 has unfortunately come to an end. The team got shut out by East Tennessee State 5-0 to drop their record to 7-1 on the season. The Mountaineers will try to rebound from the disappointing game this weekend when they play a three game series against Gardner Webb for their first games in Boone of the season.
The 20th ranked App State wrestling team will host the Southern Conference wrestling tournament in the Holmes convocation center this Saturday. Doors will open at 9am, and matches will take place from 10am to 7pm to determine the Southern Conference wrestling champion.
This has been your Wednesday morning sports report, and it is now time for your Boone Weather Report.
And now for a special weather report by booneweather.com! Today will be a mostly sunny day with a high of 64 and a low of 50. There is a chance for some light showers late at night so stay dry!