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Ashe Commissioners to discuss Land Use PlanA joint meeting between the Ashe County Commissioners and the planning board today will examine a future land use plan for the county. 
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Flu: It’s coming

While there are no diagnosed cases in Watauga yet, the Health Department’s Debbie Garrett says beware:

“It is flu season,” she said.

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Some Alltel customers jumped ahead

While the rest of the country moved their clocks an hour back yesterday, an Alltel Corp. glitch had some people losing an hour.

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Watauga Wins 1st Title in 26 Years

Watauga High School won a share of the Western 4A Conference title, its first in 26 years, Friday evening as the Pioneers bested A.C. Reynolds of Asheville, 25-13. Watauga led throughout, getting on the board as Eric Breitenstein galloped 59 yards for Watauga's first score midway through the first quarter. The Pioneers never looked back, taking a 20-0 lead into the halftime intermission, and coasting in the second half.



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Local fire departments honoredThe Boone Sunrise Rotary Club honored two fire departments at this morning’s Wakeup Watauga Breakfast at the Dan’l Boone Inn.
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Victim’s business legit, Deputy says

While deputies say a business transaction likely led to last month’s shooting death of Jonathan Whitmore, Detective Steve Cabe says Whitmore is not being accused of any illegal activity.

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900 impaired drivers off the streets

Thanks to state and local law enforcement, 900 impaired drivers will think twice before driving drunk again in North Carolina.

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2 fugitives, 2 days= Optimum cooperation

Robert Randall DeLuca’s capture marks the second Tennessee fugitive caught within a two-day time span.

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Two-state chase leads to DeLuca captureA police chase late last night led to the arrest of Johnson County fugitive Robert Randall DeLuca. Full Story
Johnson County Fugitive Caught

mugshot.jpg48-year-old Robert Randall DeLuca is back in custody.

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West Jefferson ABC Store Up and Running

The voters approved it in March- but it wasn’t until yesterday that West Jefferson’s first ever ABC store opened its doors.

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One-stop off and running- but turnout sparse

One-stop voting is going on through tomorrow- and, in Watauga, the turnout has been steady, Board of Elections director Jane Hodges says.

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Farm City Award Winners named

Watauga County’s Farm City Banquet was a place for winners last night, and here are some of the highlights.

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Easley says again, Conserve

Governor Mike Easley called on all citizens yesterday, including those who rely on private wells, to continue to conserve water.

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Noel not expected to soothe droughtOn a related note, Tropical Storm Noel is forecasted to pass well offshore of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 
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Rainfall is up at GrandfatherDespite the statewide drought, rainfall at Grandfather Mountain was high for the month of October.
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Casa Rustica serves Spaghetti for StudentsBoone’s Casa Rustica Restaurant is opening its doors early this Sunday for a Spaghetti Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Investigation led to Durham, deputies sayDeputies say an October murder just outside North Wilkesboro was a consequence of a bad business transaction. Full Story
Alleged armed pizza thief caught in Watauga

Watauga deputies caught a man Tennessee authorities believe robbed a Mountain City pizza store at gunpoint.

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