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App State-ULM Game Time Set....

NEW ORLEANS - The Sun Belt Conference has announced that the Appalachian State University football team will play at UL-Monroe at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 17. The air time comes your way at 5 p.m.,

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Third Young Man Dies in Under Two Weeks

A third young man has died under mysterious circumstances in under two weeks in Boone.  The latest was Saturday, October 3rd, just before 11:45 AM, that Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 105 Assembly Drive, a call in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. Full Story

Band Competition Cancelled After Disaster

Twenty-one people—mostly students— were seeking shelter from the rains Saturday, getting ready to unload an equipment truck for a band competition at North Iredell High School, when the truck hit the awning at the driveway, causing the section back to collapse on the group from a number Full Story

Storm Shifts South

Today, we can sympathize with South Carolinians, many under water after the weather system that clobbered the Old North State and canceled many of our weekend activities has inundated the central part of South Carolina with significant flooding reported.  Here, for the weekend, there were Full Story

Suspect Arrested After Fleeing in New River

There were concerns yesterday for a man who might have been swept away in the waters of the South Fork of the New River, that after officers were dispatched on a complaint about the man and his activities at Radford Quarries, just off US 421.  First arriving Watauga deputies spotted the man, Full Story

Mountaineers Whip Cowboys, 31-13

BOONE - Appalachian State University running back Marcus Cox ran for 178 yards and a touchdown as the Mountaineers won their first Homecoming game since 2012 with a 31-13 win over Wyoming at Kidd Brewer Stadium in their final non-conference tuneup of the season.

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Flooded Roadways Update

The band of rain that came through the High Country finally pushed streams beyond their capacity, with low water bridges overflowing on the Linville River and streams around Boone.  At noon, Boone Police said that the Bamboo Road crossing at the airport was closed off, and there was Full Story

Shear Domination....

NEWTON, NC - That's the best way to describe Friday night's game. The Watauga High football team put its foot on the gas and never let up in a 54-0 win over Fred T. Foard in a Northwestern 3A-4A Conference game at rainy Tiger Stadium.

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Beech Mountain Mayor Declares Emergency

The Mayor of Beech Mountain, following suit with Governor Pat McCrory in declaring a state of emergency in the town in the wake of the weather hitting the High Country.  Mayor Richard Owen cited the high wind and flash flood bulletins issued for the area, on top of the 5 to 7 inches of rain Full Story

BREMCO Preparing for Weekend Rain, Wind

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is closely monitoring conditions and the potential for outages as a result of continued sustained heavy rain affecting our region from Hurricane Joaquin. Linemen and all cooperative employees are on high alert status.  Days of heavy, Full Story

ADHD: Septic & Well Permits To Be Delayed

The Appalachian District Health Department, serving Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga Counties, would like to inform the community of delays with Environmental Health permits, specifically permits needed for water protection: septic and well permits. The Appalachian District Health Full Story

Low Pressure + Hurricane Joaquin= Wet Weekend

The good news is that Hurricane Joaquin is now expected to miss the entire east coast of the US.  The bad news is that it is still adding to the mass of moisture that has inundated us for over a week now.  While Joaquin is expected to take a trek well off the coast, the moisture it is Full Story

Seven New Arrests in 3-State Meth Ring

Friday, September 25th, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, joined by three other regional and Federal law enforcement agencies, arrested seven people in connection with manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.  Agencies involved in the arrests included the Full Story

Avery Humane Society Struggles With Ringworm

The Avery County Humane Society is asking for the public’s help while the Shelter staff members work to manage an outbreak of ringworm among its cat population. The Avery Humane Society release said that, as of Thursday, three cats have been diagnosed positively with ringworm, Full Story

Unemployment Drops in August

Unemployment was down across the board and across the High Country while unemployment rates—not seasonally adjusted—decreased in 86 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in August, while it increased in four and remained unchanged in 10 counties. Scotland County had the highest Full Story

Housing Boom Continues in August

The busiest real estate season in years has yet to stop for a breather.  In August, it hit another high. High Country Realtors® sold 185 listings last month, their busiest month since selling 233 homes in August 2007. It was also the seventh consecutive month sales increased, a streak last Full Story

Rains Bring Floods, Contribute to Wrecks

In the rains that came yesterday, there were two injury traffic accidents—both on US 421, one east, one west of Boone.  The first was a single vehicle crash blamed on the weather, the GMC SUV of Rebecca May hydroplaning as she traveled toward her home in Deep Gap, her car skidding into Full Story

BREMCO; New Round of Scam Calls to Customers

While Blue Ridge Electric readies for the storm, there’s another storm they’re dealing with, the new rash of scam calls to their customers, claiming to be from BREMCO, demanding immediate bill payment.  Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation issued a warning the public about the Full Story

Sky Watch: Hurricane May Bring Wind, Flooding

Watauga Emergency Management issued a bulletin this afternoon urging caution as now Hurricane Joaquin is threatening to bring severe weather to the high country, that depending on the route the storm will take.  The release says weather officials in Blacksburg VA., are monitoring the Full Story

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