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Just ask Watauga High baseball coach Pete Hardee and the rest of the Pioneers. Following an inconsistent regular-season, the Pioneers (13-13) were hardly considered a serious threat to win the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference Tournament championship.

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WHS Wins Conference Crown

The Watauga High baseball team won the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference Tournament championship Friday night by knocking off South Caldwell 6-3 at MS Deal Stadium in Granite Falls, N.C.

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Baby Hawks Rescued in Todd

Two baby red tailed hawks and their nest were recently saved, thanks to the sharp eyes of vegetation management workers for Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.
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Rare azaleas in bloom on Grandfather Mountain

The stunning and rare pink-shell azalea is now in bloom on Grandfather Mountain, offering visitors unparalleled access to the shrub native to only a few western North Carolina counties. The delicate pink blossoms typically appear in late April or early May, arriving even before leaves appear on the hardy branches. Full Story

 
Ashe Minister Charged in Sex Crimes

An Ashe County minister has been arrested and charged with sex counts that reportedly involved a person under his care. His wife had earlier been charged with embezzlement from the same person. The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday the arrest of Rev. Billy Howard Guy, Full Story

 
Construction Notes for Weekend, Monday Travel

Two travel notes for this ASU graduation/Mother’s Day weekend.  First, the good news: Lane closures along the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock will be temporarily suspended from Friday morning through Monday at 8am, that due to for the Appalachian State University commencement Full Story

 
Two Felons Charged with Gun Possession

Following community complaints, a two-year investigation came to a head Monday in Lenoir, with two convicted felons found in possession of firearms, according to Lenoir Police.  The Lenoir release said that, as convicted felons, Julius Daniel “Boone” McGuire and Kristen Michelle Newman Full Story

 
County Commission Asks for Probe of Todd Fire

The Watauga County Commission, following an executive session last night, voted to ask for an investigation into expenditures at the Todd Volunteer Fire Department, and the Watauga Sheriff’s Department began that probe this morning.  Commission chair Nathan Miller said that audits of all the county’s Full Story

 
Gas Prices Fall Everywhere But High Country

So the gas companies tell us every spring that we have to pay more for gas as they switch to their warm weather formula, additives to protect the environment as we get into hot weather.  And this year, prices rose from the $3.30 range per gallon of regular to the $3.60’s by Easter, but Full Story

 
Theater Project Asks for County Contribution

The Watauga County Commission was asked last night for funds to help the Appalachian Theater get up and running, that as the fundraising for the project is reaching the conclusion of its ‘silent’ phase, reaching out to large donors.  The theater organization is seeking some $6 million to renovate Full Story

 
BREMCO, Blue Ridge Energies Honored

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and its propane and heating fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, are celebrating an honor, as they were recently named as two of the top 30 Best Employers in North Carolina for 2014. The BREMCO release said the statewide survey and awards program Full Story

 
Northern Tee Time Set

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released its tee times for the Boys' Class 4A State Golf Championships next Monday and Tuesday at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, N.C.

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Avery Jurors Excused

The Avery Clerk of Courts office has reported that jurors called for jury duty in Avery County for the week starting May 13 do not need to report. The release says that jurors will not be needed for this session, and Avery jurors are excused from service for the week.

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Ashe, Avery Commission Races Quash Incumbents

It was not a kind night for incumbent county commission candidates in Ashe or Avery, voters expressing themselves clearly in casting ballots. In Avery County, where 10 candidates were on the ballot, there will probably be a run-off, but just how many Full Story

 
Banks Wins DA By Nearly 2000 Votes

The evening started with our first returns showing Nathan Miller winning Watauga County in the District Attorney’s race—a 300 vote margin here—but by the end of the night, Seth Banks surged ahead, and it appears he will be our next 24th Prosecutorial District Attorney.  But the results Full Story

 
Watauga Board of Ed Race Trimmed to Six

In the Watauga Board of Education race, it appears that Jay Fenwick, Kurt Michael, Jason Cornett, Ronny Holste, Adam Trivette, and lone incumbent Ron Henries will be on the fall ballot for the three seats there, with Josh Kanoy and Tiffany Christian just off the pace by several hundred votes. Full Story

 
Watauga Commission Race: One Close, One Not

There is the possibility that Matt Klutz can ask for a recount in his 51 vote loss to Karen Greene Lerch in the Watauga Commission district 3 Republican primary.  That will be determined in the canvass next Tuesday. The winner would take on Billy Kennedy in the fall. In the district 5 primary, Full Story

 
Banks Pulls Away in DA Race

It appears that Seth Banks is pulling away from both Britt Bingham Springer and Nathan A. Miller, his margin exceeding the 40% needed to avoid a runoff.  With 11 precincts yet to report, Banks holds a lead of over a thousand votes over Springer, and more importantly, a 10% lead of over 45% Full Story

 
Law Enforcement Memorial Under Construction

Concrete work on Watauga County Law Enforcement Memorial began Monday in collaborative work by both maintenance technicians from Town of Boone and County of Watauga. By Wednesday, three flag poles may be set—one 30-foot pole and two 25-foot poles.  Hopes are to have the local Full Story

 
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