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North Wilkesboro blaze blamed on Cigarette

Fire investigators say a cigarette caused a fatal fire in North Wilkesboro last week.

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Red Cross assists Hickory family after Saturday blazeThe American Red Cross is assisting a Hickory family this week after a Saturday blaze devastated their home.
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Height of Flu season: Get vaccinated

It’s the height of flu season, and, once again, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases wants to remind you to get vaccinated.

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Grant will help “High School to College” project

The Western North Carolina Network for Access and Success housed at Appalachian State University received $35,000 from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

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Polar Plunge AnnouncedAshe County Parks and Recreation announced the date of its first inaugural Polar Plunge at Ashe County Park. Full Story
Watauga starts to think Election

It’s never too early to think about the 2008 elections.

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Watauga Narcotics release Report: 277 drug chargesWatauga County Sheriff's Office's Narcotics Division released a report yesterday summarizing its progress in 2007.
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Special Olympics Winter Games to hit Appalachian Ski Mountain

A unique event hits the High Country this weekend: The Special Olympics North Carolina Winter Games.

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3 Granite Falls buildings burn: Cause undeterminedThe State Bureau of Investigations has joined local authorities in investigating a blaze that destroyed three businesses in Granite Falls early yesterday. 
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"Trap" held on $50,000 secured bondA man knows as “Trap” on the street has been charged by Lenoir Police officers.
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McHenry to host Homeownership Seminar10th District Republican Congressman Patrick McHenry announced he will host a Homeownership Promotion and Foreclosure Prevention Seminar.  Full Story
Citizens invited to Smart Growth Presentation

Boone residents are invited to attend a presentation on Smart Growth and Boone’s recent Smart Growth Audit.

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Update: Charges filed in Old 421 wreck

A Boone woman is at Watauga Medical Center today, recovering from an accident that occurred just after noon on Old 421 North.

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Old 421 North Closed for AccidentA single vehicle accident has caused the temporary closure of Old 421 North between Dale Adams Road and Isaac's Branch Road. Full Story
Still no charges filed in Saturday shooting

Charges have yet to be filed in a Saturday shooting in Wilkesboro that left one man hospitalized.

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New Year’s Assault UpdateAn update on a New Year’s Assault we told you about earlier this week in Watauga County:  Full Story
Estes trial beginsToday marks day one of 53-year-old Gloria Hughes Estes’ murder trial. 
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Gas Tax at Max: Paying at the pumpNorth Carolina’s gas tax has moved to the highest level allowed under state law, the Associated Press reports. 
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Winter Chill Continues- School cancellations

While the heavy snowfall may have died off for the time being, wintry conditions and leftover accumulation on the highways are causing a few problems this morning.

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