Robertson’s Reportings: NC Standoff, Biden’s Speech to Congress


Sophia Robertson, Staff Writer

Welcome back to another week of Robertson’s Reportings! After a standoff in Boone, two deputies, along with three other people, have died. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house after a homeowner and his family did not report to work or answer phone calls, but when the officers entered the household, they were fired upon. The standoff lasted for 13 hours, but many details have not yet been confirmed. However, the sheriff’s office did state that the suspect, the suspect’s mother, and the suspect’s stepfather died as a result of the incident.

New York City will fully reopen on July 1, which means that businesses can fully reopen. The city’s schools and Broadway are expected to do the same by September after being shut down since NYC became an epicenter for COVID-19 in March of 2020. Mayor Bill De Blasio stated, “We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength.”

For the first time since taking office, Biden addressed Congress on Wednesday. He stated that “America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility, crisis into opportunity, setbacks into strength.” With his proposed economic plan, $2.25 trillion dollars will go to infrastructure and jobs and another $1.8 trillion will go to expansion of the family safety net, and this is in addition to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, gave a rebuttal to the president’s speech, criticizing the Biden administration for various choices, including being slow to return students back to schools. He also stated that Biden’s economic plan was “a liberal wish list of big government waste.”

A few weeks ago, Page’s graduation changed dates, but after realizing that this would not work for some graduates and their families, a new graduation date has been scheduled. The new one, which is scheduled for June 5 at 4:30pm, is a drive through ceremony for those who cannot make it to the second ceremony. The second ceremony will be at the Coliseum on June 8 at 8:30am. Students are not allowed to attend both events.

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