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Afternoon News Update, 2/22/21

By Zachary Masters

In campus news, the Faculty Senate brought up concerns on a lack of assistance available to families who have children during the Covid-19 pandemic. The senate heard from Faculty Welfare and Morale Committee’s “Brief Faculty Parenting and Caregiving Survey Report”. This report outlined recommendations to help provide networking events where families connect with others who can provide resources and opportunities to families in the App State community. The Appalachian reports that this assistance is open to all members of the App State Community, including faculty, staff or students.

In local news, a crowdfunding campaign to help pay to rebuild a small business that was launched in late January has nearly reached its goal of ten-thousand dollars. The Watauga Democrat reports that the GoFundMe was started by artist and Piedmont Pennies owner Natalie Pariano and aims to help Kate Kryder rebuild her Airbnb that was destroyed in a fire on January 20th and ruled a total loss. The campaign has raised a total of $9,435 and can be found at

Nationally, NPR reports that thousands of mourners lined the streets in Naypyitaw, Myanmar for the memorial service of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, the first confirmed fatality that has resulted from the confrontation between the Military Junta and protesters. Many of those attending the memorial raised three fingers in the air – a reference to the film and book series The Hunger Games, which has been used by many anti-military protestors. The military’s actions have received large degrees of condemnation and scrutiny from many civil rights, humanitarian, and International groups.

This afternoons weather comes from Expect to see a winter mixture of snow, sleet or freezing rain that will change to rain by late morning, with a high of 40 degrees and a low of 28. Winds are expected to range anywhere from 5 to 20 miles per hour.

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