By Jenna Guzman
In local news, a piece of Boone’s history has been restored. This piece of history is the Blue Ridge Tourist Court, a motel located on Old East King Street. According to the Watauga Democrat, local couple Mira and Brian Williams bought the property in fear that it would be torn down. The motel was built in 1953, and after years of it lying unused, the couple renovated it and brought it back to life, while keeping the theme of the 1950s present.
In state news, the former fire chief and town manager for the Town of Landis in Rowan County pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges today in the Rowan County Superior Court. According to WBTV, 63 year-old Douglas Reed Linn pleaded guilty to six counts of embezzlement and was sentenced to serve between 44-65 months in prison. He is also responsible for paying the town of Landis back over a million dollars.
In national news, the Wednesday night Powerball lottery for a 1.2 billion dollar prize has yet to be claimed, making the lottery prize rise to 1.5 billion dollars. According to WBTV, this prize will be the third largest lottery prize in United States history. The drawing for the Powerball will be held Saturday. Good luck to all!
Today’s weather is courtesy of Booneweather.com. Today is a warm and partly sunny day with a high of 61 degrees and a low of 43.