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Saturday Motorcycle Wrecks Injure Three

Three motorcyclists were injured in two afternoon wrecks Saturday in Watauga County.  The first was around 3pm on NC 105 in front of the Smoketree Lodge where a single motorcyclist crashed, and appeared to have struck the guardrail on the long downhill heading into the Full Story

GMHG Marathon winners hail from Boone, Glasgow

A reigning champion from Boone and a first-time competitor from Scotland were crowned men and women’s champs Saturday in the Grandfather Mountain Marathon. The gritty 26.2-mile race drew 327 runners to the starting line, but it was 34-year-old Caleb Masland of Boone Full Story

Yosef Club Sets All-Time Record for Annual Donations

BOONE, N.C. — The Yosef Club, Appalachian State University athletics’ fundraising arm, generated an all-time record of $3,006,864 in annual giving during the 2014-15 fiscal year, director of athletics Doug

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Filings Mount, Races Heat Up

Friday marked the end of the first of two weeks for filing for municipal election, those seeking positions for town offices, and with that half-way point demarcation, there have been several candidates filing since the rush on July 6th as the filing window opened.  As of Friday, there are six Full Story

SBI Probe Still Underway in Fatal Shooting

There are no additional details from the SBI in the case of a shooting from late Wednesday night involving an Ashe Deputy who fatally shot a Shatley area man.  The initial disturbance call  led to Ashe deputies being called at around 10:00 PM Wednesday night  to Shatley Road off of NC 16 Full Story

Lenoir Man Faces Life Term in Meth Convictions

A Statesville Federal jury Wednesday convicted a Lenoir man in numerous Federal methamphetamine counts, and he faces possible life in prison.   Roger Dale Franklin, 54, of Lenoir, was convicted in nine charges involving methamphetamine and weapons,  including conspiracy to distribute Full Story

Boone Resident Wins First Event of 60th GMHG

The games are underway—the 60th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, with a Boone resident victorious in the first athletic event. Andrew Vandenberg emerged victorious Thursday in the running of The Bear, a grueling five-mile hill climb that kicked off the games.  Vandenberg, Full Story

Deputies Fire Shots, Ashe Man Dead

A disturbance that caused Ashe deputies to be called led to gunfire and a man killed in an Ashe County incident from late last night.  Sheriff James Williams’ release said that, at around 10:00 PM Wednesday night, deputies were called to a disturbance on Shatley Road off of NC 16 north Full Story

New Traffic Pattern THURSDAY on 321 in BR

New Traffic Pattern Begins July 9, 2015 on the US 321 construction project in Blowing Rock. The new traffic pattern is scheduled for activation for northbound traffic from Norwood Circle to Skyland View Drive.  Construction operations for this traffic shift are currently scheduled to begin Full Story

Chapman on Rimington Trophy Watch List

NEW YORK — Appalachian State University senior center Jesse Chapman (Cookeville, Tenn./Cookeville) is one of 63 student-athletes on the official fall watch list for the 16th-annual Rimington Trophy, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced on Wednesday. The

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Infant Killed in Freak Car Crash

Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 Tuesday night, the caller from the Sunset Street Mobile Home Park reporting that a child had been run over by a car.  Arriving Lenoir officers and Emergency Services Personnel found an infant child underneath a vehicle—the child was pronounced Full Story

Boone ETJ; Round Two in Raleigh Today

Today, the fate of Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction or ETJ is in court in Raleigh as a three-judge panel hears the merits of the case of Boone verses the State of North Carolina.  A Bill filed by Senator Dan Soucek and guided through the house by Representative Jonathan Jordan Full Story

Area Housing Prices Spike in May

Housing prices are finally rebounding, following a rebound in sales that started in earnest  a year ago, according to the monthly report from the High Country Association of Realtors.  That report  showed that local real estate sales in May remained steady as the summer season began, Full Story

High Impact Land Use; New Hearing July 21st

Both sides brought out the children factor—either in photos or in person— in their arguments for and against a Maymead asphalt plant and the issues surrounding more stringent High Impact Land Use definitions for Watauga County Tuesday.  Even Maymead representative Ann Ward Full Story

Cox on Maxwell Award Watch List

PHILADELPHIA — Appalachian State University junior running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) is one of 80 student-athletes on the official watch list for the 79th-annual Maxwell Award, the Maxwell

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First Day Filings: Contested Races Abound

There will be a number of contested races in the 2015 municipal vote in November, that evident after only the first day of filing, including a race for Mayor of Blowing Rock. There was a good mix of new and incumbent candidates filing for office at the Watauga Board of Elections Full Story

High Country W.A.T.C.H. Gets Hearing Time

Not to be outdone, the members of High Country W.A.T.C.H., Susie Winters, David Sental, and Elaine Gray, have asked and received more time to rebut points expected to be made by a representative of Maymead at this morning’s Watauga Commission meeting. Full Story

Suspect Sought in Theft, Sale of Stolen Goods

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek public assistance in a June 18th a Breaking and Entering that occurred at an apartment located on Farthing Street.  On June 19th, an unidentified black male sold an item taken during the Breaking and Entering to A&S Trade Full Story

Crimestoppers: Church Vandalism, Cemetery Theft

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek public assistance in a theft from a cemetery and vandalism to a church.  On the evening of Wednesday, July 1st or the early morning hours of Thursday, July 2nd, someone entered into the equipment shed at Mt. Lawn Cemetery. Full Story

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