Autopsy Report: Prescription Drugs Caused Teen's Death

It appears a second young man’s death is being blamed on a prescription drug overdose, that from the autopsy report on the death of the teen.

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L-R Reschedules Weekend Home Softball Games

Hickory, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team has cancelled its home weekend tournament - Bear Bash II - and has rescheduled several doubleheaders.

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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

FAFSA Day Saturday at ASU

Families who would like help completing the FAFSA are invited to attend FAFSA Day on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Appalachian State University in the John E. Thomas Building, Room 265 (Financial Aid Office).

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Obituaries(Funeral Homes)

Robert (Bob) E. Triplette

Robert (Bob) E. Triplette of Linville, NC and Ft. Myers, FL died peacefully February 7 at Joanne's House At Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs, FL after a long battle with cancer.  Bob was born December 1, 1936.


His memory is cherished by members of his family - spouse, Betty, children: Mrs. Johnny Capps (Gweenda) Rockingham, NC; Mrs. Jimmy Flanagan (Phyllis) Raleigh, NC and Ryan Triplette (Cheryl) Hudson, NC; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bob enjoyed reading and his computer.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

Sincere thanks to Dr. Sobol, Selby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, Boone, NC and Dr. Rubin, Florida Cancer Specialist, Bonita Springs, FL.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs, FL  34135. 

A private service for the family will be at a later date.


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Closings and Cancellations

Closings and Cancellations


  • Ashe County Schools will have Saturday School tomorrow weather permitting. Elementary Schools will dismiss at 11:00 a.m., Middle School at 11:30 a.m., and High School at noon.
  • Avery County Schools are closed for students, optional teachers work day
  • Carter County, TN Schools are closed.
  • Johnson County, TN Schools are closed.
  • Mitchell County Schools are closed.
  • Watauga County Schools are closed to students. It's an optional teacher workday. The Snow Day Program at Hardin Park will open at 9:00 a.m.
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