Last Updated on February 12, 2022 6:54 pm
WataugaOnline.com is proud and excited to announce a new website layout to kick off 2020.
The new design was unveiled on January 2 and marks months of work to make it happen. Kenneth Reece, the Founder and Operator of WataugaOnline.com, says “I had been working on a new design since at least July of 2019. There’s a lot of behind the scenes moving parts to WataugaOnline.com and more often than not when one little thing got changed it changed many other parts.”
Reece added, “With any new website design going live there are going to be bugs and hiccups. Over the course of January, I worked tremendously long hours every day to try and correct those.”
With changing the main website design it was also time to make the site more mobile friendly. “Making the website more mobile friendly was something I had very much wanted to do for the last several years. That came with its on set of challenges. There are still more changes to come and I am very exciting about that!” Reece added.
WataugaOnline.com continues to grow and expand due to the support of advertising partners. “I am so deeply grateful for the advertising partners that have supported the website over the last 10 years. Several of the current advertising partners have been there from day one and continue to be. It would not have been possible to continue without that support! I'm looking forward those continued relationships and working with new partners in 2020 and beyond,” Reece noted.
Welcome to the only resource of its kind for High Country motorists, travelers and weather fans.
WCRC (Watauga County Road Conditions) began with a simple Facebook page on December 13, 2010 and the community quickly joined with over 4,000 “likes” in just the first four weeks. Along with adding the Twitter account (@wataugaroads) the information flowing in became apparent that the new outlets were well received and much needed.
WataugaRoads.com provided a central location for all the information passed along from Facebook,Twitter, text, emails and phone calls. It became the MOST used source for community provided information among all outlets in the High Country.
With Interactive Radar added in February 2013 the site became THE FIRST High Country based media or weather website to do so!
Also in February 2013 the addition of Live Camera Feeds of King Street/Downtown Boone, Highway 105 in Foscoe, Valle Crucis, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk were added.
Another FIRST for WataugaRoads.com was the addition of the Watauga Roads and Weather mobile apps in June 2014 for iPhone & iPad & Android. Once again it marked the ONLY locally based High Country media site to offer mobile apps.
At the end of 2015 WataugaRoads.com switched to a major web hosting upgrade while also transitioning to WataugaOnline.com. In doing so the site was able to operate hugely faster to process the over 1.2 million page views a year.
Locals, college students, second-home owners, tourists, and many others have come to depend on the WataugaOnline.com outlets to provide as close to real-time updates as possible.
WataugaRoads.com was the ONLY media outlet providing real-time updates during:
The visit by President Obama on Monday October 17, 2011 (http://wataugaroads.com/president-obamas-motorcade-in-watauga-confirme/, http://wataugaroads.com/presidential-motorcade-in-watauga-today/, http://wataugaroads.com/afternoon-presidential-motorcade-updates/
Accidents that closed major travel routes in the area:
421 in Trade, TN on October 28, 2011 – https://wataugaonline.com/421-shutdown/,
421 in Vilas closed on November 3, 2011 – https://wataugaonline.com/421-vilas-wreck-major-delays/
10 vehicle wreck on highway 105 in Foscoe on February 9, 2012 –http://wataugaroads.com/10-car-wreck-on-105/
Events that impact a majority of Watauga County as they were unfolding
421 wildfire on March 30, 2012 – http://wataugaroads.com/421-fire/
Boone PD Increase Presence Around WHS, Gang Activity Suspected. http://wataugaonline/boone-pd-to-increase-presence-around-whs-wednesday/
Passing of Doc Watson – http://wataugaroads.com/doc-watson-hospitalized/
Plane crash in the Matney community on July 6, 2012 – http://wataugaroads.com/airplane-crash-reported/
Tragic deaths of Dara Watson,Peyton Townsend, Major Ryan Scott David and Deputy William Mast.
A Final Thought
Anyone who has lived in the High Country, or has an interest here, knows that weather and road conditions can change quickly and dramatically. I created this network as a way to reach people quickly with instant information about road and weather updates all year long.
Not only am I a Watauga County native, but I have a passionate interest in the events that shape this area. For over 25 years I have worked in all aspects of broadcasting as a radio DJ, news reporter, Appalachian Sports Network talent, and various other media and entertainment related endeavors. Away from the media world, for 20 years I owned and operated a locally based dump trucking company.
I know this area and I know the residents and business that call this area home. The friends, neighbors, visitors here share a bond. We all love the High Country and we share the same concern for safe travels and enjoyment of this beautiful area.
Thanks for taking time to check out WataugaOnline.com and your support.
Kenneth Reece – Founder/Owner/Operator
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