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Building Boom to Change Boone

Boone is on the cusp of an explosion of development, with major projects and investments in Boone that will change our views of this town for years to come.  One of the new projects will reshape the corner of Water Street and Poplar Grove Road, where for years folks went to the FCX then Full Story

App State Welcomes Incoming Class of 22

The Appalachian State University football team has officially welcomed 22 new student-athletes to its program following Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The class of

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3 More Sentenced in 'Dixie Crystal' Bust

On Monday February 2, 2015, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees handed down prison sentences to three men—one from West Jefferson, one from Hudson— for their involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking ring, according to Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for Full Story

Samaritan's Purse Powder 'Inert'

The FBI says the white powder delivered Friday to Samaritan’s Purse was not harmful, but came with a harmful message in the envelope.  WSOC-TV says the message was a photocopy  photo of an employee with ‘Taliban’ scrawled across it.  The receipt caused a major response of hazmat crews Full Story

Boone Police Probe Man's Death

Another death was reported yesterday morning in Boone. Just after 3:18 am, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to 143 Rogers Drive in Boone for a medical emergency, saying David Wade Rogers, 47 years-of-age, was found in distress at the residence.  Boone Police report Rogers Full Story

Mystery Deepens in Death of Lenoir Woman

They mystery is deepening in the death of a Lenoir woman, found dead Sunday morning just before 3 AM on the parking lot of a Lenoir apartment complex. Lenoir Police Officers responded to the 911 call from Creekway Apartments in which a female was reported to be unresponsive, and upon arrival, found Full Story

How Far Would You Drive...

A reader sent a shot of a gas price at 1.87.9 from a station in Mountain City Tennessee, seen Sunday.  Over the weekend, I saw regular gas at $1.99.9 at a Sam’s Club Station in Winston-Salem, John Roten Paid 194.9 in West Jefferson at the Murphy USA station connected to the Walmart Full Story

FBI Now Involved in Samaritan's Purse Powder Probe

In response to the white powder received in a suspicious letter at Samaritan's Purse Friday afternoon, a release came Friday night said that, the FBI is involved in what is still an active investigation with a number of state, local, and federal Full Story

Woman's Death Called 'Homicide'

Sunday morning at 2:49 AM, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Creekway Apartments in which a female was reported to be unresponsive outside in the yard.  Upon arrival, Officers found Hope Marie Story Webb, 39, of 2015 Connelly Springs Road, deceased and lying in the parking lot. Full Story

App Student Dies After Medical Call

Friday night, just before 9:15 PM, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to 325 Yosef Drive, Boone NC, to a reported medical emergency.  Michael C. Schmitt, 23 years-of-age, was found in distress and transported to Watauga Medical Center where he died.  Mr. Schmitt was a student Full Story

Hazmat Investigation at Samaritan's Purse

A suspicious white powder, contained in an envelope delivered to Samaritan’s Purse Friday afternoon, caused hazmat teams from Asheville and Greensboro to converge on the Bamboo Road compound to deal with the substance.  The letter was opened around 2 Friday afternoon, and the discovery Full Story

Realtors Report Great 2014 for Buyers

2014 marked the fourth straight year of sales gains for homes in the High Country, the latest from the High Country Association of Realtors calling it a great year to buy into the High Country. The latest report cites low interest rates, strong inventory, and prices combining for that buyers market. Full Story

New River L&P Drops Rate

We’ve heard that the dropping gas prices may have hit bottom over the past week, and even bumped back up a penny or so in some places in the country, but we’re finally seeing the drop in fuels lead to a drop—ever so slight—in our electric bills.  New River Light and Power sent a letter to its Full Story

UPDATE: Heavy Fire Damage in Avery Fire

A family of three lost their home in that noon-time fire yesterday as a number of Avery Fire departments were called out to the fire in the Frank Community, the fire spotted coming through the roof by a passing fireman.  The flames were coming from the house at 36 Whitaker Branch Road just off Full Story

IRS Scams: Don't Be Fooled

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminal con men impersonating IRS agents are ramping up as tax season has arrived and remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman Full Story

Gary Childers Takes Reins at United Way

In a brief release yesterday, the High Country United Way announced that Gary Childers is now serving as the organization's acting executive director following the departure of Mary Beth Scebold. She resigned her post as director as of Monday, January 26, "so that she may seek employment closer to her Full Story

State, National Unemployment Down

The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment dropped .4% to 5.5 percent, from November’s revised rate of 5.9 percent,  the monthly revision showing November’s preliminary rate of 5.8 percent was actually 5.9 percent. The national rate for December was 5.6 percent. North Carolina’s Full Story

Campaign for Appalachian Tops Goal

The Campaign for Appalachian has exceeded its $200 million goal, raising $203,593,769 in support of academics, the arts and athletics at Appalachian State University. The Campaign for Appalachian is the university’s largest fundraising effort to date, with the previous campaign, The Campaign Full Story

Motorcyclist Airlifted After Parkway Crash

A Boone man has been identified as the motorcyclist who was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center after slamming his moped into a closed gate on the Blue Ridge Parkway just after dark last night.  The accident occurred near Holloway Mountain Road around 6:30 last night, first arriving first responders Full Story

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