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2007 Tourism Spending Sets Record

Raleigh officials this week released statistics showing that visitors to North Carolina spent more than $16.5 billion in 2007. 

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Gas Prices, Public Transportation: Hot issues, survey says

A new Elon University transportation poll shows gas prices and public transportation are the most important issues among North Carolina residents.

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"Carolina Pick 3" begins March 31

North Carolina lottery players can pick numbers for daytime drawings starting in two weeks, the Associated Press reports. 

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Organist to present recital

Esteemed organist Leon Couch III will present an organ recital featuring the works of Buxtehude, Bach and Eben March 30 at Appalachian State University. 

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Neal gets endorsement

Would-be Dole opponent Jim Neal accepted the endorsement of the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg this week. 

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Railroad artifacts, Kirby memorabilia: Destroyed in Tweetsie Blaze

Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park lost one of its original buildings in an early Sunday morning fire.

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Foxx, Carter, butt heads over "socialist" statement

Last week Congressional Candidate Roy Carter accused 5th district Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of ‘embarrassing” her constituents by making “slanderous statements” about Democratic presidential contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton over the airways.


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Neal accuses Dole of "fear-mongering" when it comes to Immigration

Democratic Dole contender Jim Neal of Chapel Hill made what he hopes was the first of many campaign stops in Watauga County Saturday.


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Neal, Hagan: Face off in Debate

Neal, along with the other leading Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate, Hagan, has announced he will attend a March 26 forum at Craven Community College. 

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Senate approves 287(g) expansion

Last week the U.S. Senate approved Elizabeth Dole’s amendment calling for $75 million to be directed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to expand the 287(g) program. 

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ASU’s Rogers recognized for leadership

The N.C. Rural Center’s Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship recognized Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Regional Development Institute deputy director Chilton Rogers for her leadership

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ASU student wins service awardA junior applied mathematics major at Appalachian State University has been awarded two service awards from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars- the Scholar of Promise and the President’s Volunteer Service awards. 
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Tweetsie Railroad fire: Giftshop a 'total loss'


Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a Tweetsie Railroad fire at approximately 4 a.m. this morning after several people called 911.


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Actions have consequences, speaker says

Experts say it’s important to have open dialogue with your teenager.

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Watauga Pioneer Baseball for Saturday RescheduledGame moved to April. Full Story
Senator hopeful to visit Watauga

Democratic Senate hopeful Jim Neal is passing through the High Country tomorrow.

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Parkway seeks input on Bamboo Road improvements

Blue Ridge Parkway officials want public input on a series of road improvements to Bamboo Road.

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Search on for OrrAshe County’s William Orr has been missing since Monday, but authorities no longer suspect foul play.  Full Story
Parkway attractions to open, Craft Center Saturday

Summer is coming- and that means summer attractions are on their way. Saturday the Parkway Craft Center opens its doors to begin the 57th season at Moses Cone Manor.


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