Avery Man Takes Lottery Cash

While no one in the High Country took home any of the Powerball Jackpot last month—the largest amount ever up for grabs—a birthday and anniversary added up to a lucky number for an Avery County man, who might find himself with some new friends—maybe some new relatives he wasn’t aware of.

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Phil Ford: Tar Heel Trailblazer

Two-time ACC Male Athlete of the Year. Three-time All-America. National Player of the Year. Gold medalist. Phil Ford was already a legend. Now, the University of North Carolina is proud to officially recognize Ford as a Tar Heel Trailblazer.

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Pet Patrol

Lost: Blue Heeler

On february 4th, a blue heeler named Rusty went missing from the Valle Crucis/ Sugar Grove area. He is wearing a blue reflective collar. If found please call 828-773-9436 or 828-266-3513.

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Community and Business

Watauga High School Robotics Club won the Innovation Award

The First Tech Challenge (FTC) Team 8190 Tungsteel of the Watauga High School Robotics Club won the Innovation Award for their robot design and were part of the winning alliance for robot performance at a 13-team robotics tournament at ImaginOn in Charlotte on January 16th. The team’s strong performance in Charlotte qualifies them to compete in the NC State Championships February 20th.(Continue Reading)

Obituaries(Funeral Homes)

Virgil L. Morgan

Mr. Virgil Lee Morgan, age 88, of Boone, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

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Closings and Cancellations

Closings and Cancellations


  • Alleghany County Schools are on a two hour delay.
  • Ashe County Schools closed for Tuesday, a NO day for staff
  • Avery County Schools are closed for Tuesday, an optional teacher workday for teachers and staff on a two hour delay
  • Avery County Administrative Offices open at 10am
  • Carter County, TN Schools are closed.
  • Grayson County, VA Schools are on a two hour delay.
  • Johnson County, TN Schools are closed.
  • Lees-McRae College opens at 9:30am
  • Newland Offices open at 10am
  • Mitchell County Schools CLOSED Tuesday, a NO day for staff
  • Two Rivers Community School will operate on a 2 hour delay with the final decision made by 8:30
  • Watauga County Schools are Closed to students. It's an annual leave day for teachers and 10 month employess. The Snow Day Program at Hardin Park will open at 9:00.
  • Watauga County Criminal Courts are cancelled for today; all parties involved in cases need to be in touch with their attorneys for reschedule dates.
  • Watauga Opportunities is closed and will not have transportation.
  • Yancey County Schools are Closed.



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