By: Stephen Leverton
Spoken by: Zachary Masters
In local news, The Appalachian reports that an App State student and her family decided to bring Christmas cheer to a girl who has been in the hospital for three years. Grace Smithson, a senior here at App State, and her dad decided to help out 16-year-old Alexis Ratcliff, who is paralyzed from the waist down. With some help from community members, Ratcliff received roughly 200 Christmas cards, 60 wrapped gifts, and roughly $250 in donations. The Smithsons plan on continuing to be there for Ratcliff down the road.
In state news, WRAL reports that a Florida woman ended up in Gastonia, North Carolina after seeing a TikTok that falsely showed that Gastonia was the Alps. The TikTok showcased a video of Switzerland but falsely advertised that it was Gastonia, NC. While not upset about the incident, Olivia Garcia, the woman who was tricked by the video, reiterated that you should not believe everything you see online.
In national news, NBC News reports that the Pentagon has put 8,500 troops on high alert as President Biden discusses with NATO allies regarding Russia’s possible invasion of Ukraine. As Russia continues to increase troop numbers near the Ukraine border, Eastern European countries are pleading with their NATO allies for support. If deployed, these troops would be sent to NATO allies in Eastern Europe, with bombers and ships also being deployed. NATO countries remain split on how to handle Russia, with some wanting support while others want the US out of talks with Russia.
Your Boone weather is brought to you by Booneweather.com. Wednesday’s afternoon weather is mostly sunny and chilly as the temperatures reach a high of 33 degrees and a low of 13 degrees.