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Public Help Sought in Missing Woman Case

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Public Assistance locating a woman, missing over 10 days now.  Keisha Nicole McMahon, age 32, was reported missing from her home Blair’s Fork Road in Lenoir on September 28th by Family Members.  Caldwell authorities said Keisha Nicole Full Story

Flooding Follows Days of Rain

A huge line of heavy rain crossed the High Country during much of the early part of the day and into mid afternoon, followed by a brief visit from the sun.  But with the heavy rain, several roads were swamped as creeks and rivers overflowed.  Boone Police and Watauga Sheriff’s Deputies Full Story

Second 20-Year Old Dies in Three Days

For the second time in three days, Boone Police found themselves investigating the death of another young man. On Friday afternoon, just before 2:30 PM, Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 451 Yosef Drive to the report of an unresponsive male.  First arriving units determined that Full Story

Rains Came; Mud Slides, Felled Trees, Parking Lot Collapse

So the rains came...and came...and came some more, and after a rather dry summer, the rains probably played a part in mud slides, trees downed blocking roads, and the collapse of a section of parking lot in Boone.  A portion of the lot of a commercial building just off NC 105 Full Story

Missing Linville Woman Found OK

A search for a woman missing overnight from her Linville home ended shortly after 9 this morning very near where it started.  The 64-year old woman, said to be suffering some level of dementia, left her Mountain View Apartment  in Linville sometime in the early morning hours, last Full Story

BRCA Holds First Candidate Forum This Evening

We’re still over three weeks away from the start of one-stop voting, our first step to deciding who will lead our towns over the next several years.  But a first official look at one town’s candidates starts late this afternoon with a candidates forum in the town of Blowing Rock. The first of two Full Story

Mountaineers Pound ODU, 49-0

NORFOLK, Va. — Appalachian State University football outgained Old Dominion, 501-175, and handed the Monarchs their first-ever shutout in a 49-0 romp on Saturday afternoon at rainy Foreman Field. The shutout win was Appalachian State’s second in three games this season and its fourth in its last 14 games overall. However, it had been 16 years since the Mountaineers’ last road shutout at The

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Sex Offender Arrested Near Hardin Park School

A registered sex offender has charged after three people were found at a camp site just off of the grounds of Hardin Park School. On Thursday, September 24th, Boone Police were called at approximately 4 PM to a report of people trespassing on the property of Hardin Park Full Story

Pioneers Win Conference Opener

BOONE - One thing's for sure, never bet against Watauga High football coach Ryan Habich. The guy just has a knack for getting the right answers when he needs them the most. Take Friday night's game against St. Stephens, for intstance. The Pioneers, who were missing three starters (actually six, when you consider they were all two-way starters), found a way to get it done as they defeated St.Stephens

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Hearing, Appeal Dates Set for Asphalt Plants

Hearings on permits to build and operate asphalt plants in the High Country are now slated, that as firms line up to provide asphalt to the new US 221 widening project. The first is a N.C. Division of Air Quality public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 6th, the draft air-quality permit for a proposed asphalt Full Story

Kidnapping Suspect Arrested in Watauga

A man who has been wanted for more than three years on a kidnapping charge from Tennessee was arrested in Watauga County last weekend, according to Elizabethton officials. George Milton Litchfield, 52, Banner Elk, N.C., was arrested at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, taken back to Full Story

Suspects Sought in Another 'Change' Scam

The “change raising scam” or “short changing scam”  has hit another High Country business, and Boone Police through High Country Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in solving the latest crime. On Thursday, September 10th, two black males entered the Kangaroo Express Full Story

Child Drowns in Caldwell Pool

A Caldwell County search for a missing child ended tragically with the body of the two-year old found dead in the murky waters of a pool. Monday, Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a missing 2 year old boy Full Story

Avery Stolen Stash Found in Burke; Arrest Made

Stolen stuff found in Burke County has been identified as stolen from Avery County, and a man is in custody for the string of thefts.  Investigators from the Avery County Sheriff’s Office said they recovered a significant amount of stolen construction and landscaping tools and machinery over Full Story

Car Smashes King Street Antique Mall

A woman backed into the Appalachian Antique Mall on King Street yesterday afternoon, lodging her car—backwards—in the right-side front display.  The crash was at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon, Betty Phillips Jones, 80 years-of-age, of Boone apparently trying to parallel park into a Full Story

Tough Morning for Large Vehicles

It was a tough morning for large vehicles, with a Watauga County School bus involved in an accident, then a Stewart Simmons Fire Department truck careening off of a steep embankment. Neither accident involved any serious injuries, according to those at the scene. The school bus Full Story

One Location for Watauga One-Stop Voting

The N.C. State Board of Elections affirmed Friday the Watauga County one-stop voting plan to take place only at the Watauga County Administration Building.  The now automatic appeal was one of two heard from state-wide boards, the NC Board of Elections now hearing all Full Story

Samaritan's Purse On The Ground at Disasters

Friday, two specially equipped tractor-trailers, stocked with tools and relief supplies, left Samaritan’s Purse facilities in Wilkesboro headed to Northern California where wildfires have already destroyed more than 800 homes. These two units will journey cross-country to serve as Full Story

Two Wataugans Among 3 Named to CCC&TI Board

The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees has added two new members, while another was re-appointed. Boone attorney and former Watauga County Commission Chairman Nathan Miller and The Honorable Bob Brady, retired Chief 25th District Court Judge, Full Story

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