News Break 8/31/21
By: Clyde Cohen
Occurring in campus news, The Appalachian documents App State held its first campus-wide COVID-19 testing clinic of the year on Wednesday, August 25th. The Appalachian State website states it will offer weekly on-campus testing every Wednesday, and that students can also be tested through the Student Health service.
Locally, The Watauga Democrat reports that the Appalachian Regional Library has been awarded a $25,000 grant. Provided by the Institution of Museum and Library Services under the State Library of North Carolina, the funds were donated to be utilized for the purchase of new technology. Items to be procured include new laptops that can be borrowed with the use of a library card, a new fax machine and copier, new printers, and other tools that provide the ability to hold in-person/virtual hybrid meetings.
In national news, The Wall Street Journal writes that the oil industry is suffering detrimentally as a result of Hurricane Ida striking Louisiana. As the loss of power and an influx of flooding has swept the state, operations to reopen gasoline refineries are largely unknown as damage is surveyed. Tom Kloza, the global head of energy analysis for Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) is quoted as saying: “There is no clarity” on when the refineries will be back in full working order.
Today’s weather update is brought to you by BooneWeather.com. Expect a high of 76 degrees and a low of 62 with showers and storms beginning in the afternoon and steadily increasing throughout the day. With winds ramping up to 40mph by the evening, prepare accordingly for the effects of Hurricane Ida.