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Fires Damage, Destroy Area Structures

A number of fires across the area, with icy travel on secondary roads causing problems for area fire departments. Late last night, Zionville Firemen responded to a fire possibly caused by a woodstove at 757 Silverleaf Road, a call just before 11pm that caused firemen to spend over three cold hours Full Story

UPDATED: Senior Night Postponed at WHS

Watauga High Athletic Director Tom Wright has announced that tonight's game against South Caldwell has been canceled. No make up date has been announced. The Pioneers travel to Hickory on Saturday. The junior varsity girls play at 2 p.m., the JV boys, the varsity girls, and

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Trio Charged in Ashe Break-In

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office has completed a larceny investigation that resulted in charges on three Kannapolis men.  On November 15th, 2013 a report was made on a break-in at a residence on Curly Q Road in Crumpler in which numerous guns Full Story

BREMCO Reports No Outages

No outages occurred for members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation overnight and as of 6 a.m. Thursday. Weather predictions continue to call for a wintry mix Thursday, so, as a precaution, members are advised to keep the cooperative’s PowerLine outage reporting number handy Full Story

Theater Moves Forward, Legion On Hold

Moving ahead and putting on the brakes, the Blowing Rock Town Council last night approved moving forward with a lease of the old Blowing Rock Fire station for new life as the Firehouse Theater, but just across the parking lot, the brakes were put on plans for the renovation Full Story

Cathy Robbins Takes Helm at BR Chamber

The of economics and Blowing Rock, looking back and looking forward, was part of the vision through the eyes of new President of the Blowing Rock Chamber, Cathy Robbins of Tweetsie Railroad.  Robbins follows in the steps of her husband’s grandfather in the long history of the Robbins family Full Story

Civil Storm: Controversy Aired Over WHS Book

Hundreds of mostly parents and students crowded the auditorium at Watauga High to express themselves on the issue of a book challenge, an issue that has divided a school and a community.  The book by Isabel Allende, "House of Spirits," faced its third level of appeal before the crowd Full Story

BREMCO on High Alert for Storm

Line technicians and all employees of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are on high alert, ready to respond should outages occur as a result of a major storm event predicted for the cooperative’s service area.  Blue Ridge Electric reminds members to report outages to the Full Story

Suspicious Fire Claims Caldwell Home

Fire investigators in Caldwell County are calling a fire suspicious that destroyed one of the oldest homes near Lenoir. When firefighters got to the home on Clarks Chapel Road built in the mid 1800's shortly before midnight, much of it was engulfed in flames.  Investigators say there wasn't any power Full Story

Merle Haggard to Perform at MerleFest

Legendary country music artist Merle Haggard will perform for the first time at MerleFest as he closes MerleFest 2014 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Sunday, April 27. The festival also welcomes back MerleFest favorite Ricky Skaggs,

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Election 2014; Great Interest in Mid-Term Filings

Filing began at noon today for 2014 elections, a midterm cycle that is already shaping up for some hotly contested races at the federal, state and local levels. So far, at least six Republicans have announced for the GOP nomination in an effort to unseat Democrat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, including Thom Tillis, Full Story

DOT Preps for Winter Weather in West

Brining operations started today across northwestern North Carolina as N.C. Department of Transportation crews prepare roads for the possibility of heavy snow and ice accumulation in the coming days. NCDOT crews will pre-treat most bare pavement routes with salt brine in Division 11, which Full Story

Memorial Service for Dara Watson

It has been two years since the terror of a missing daughter hit home for a Watauga family, then the agony of a search, ending with the discovery of the young woman’s body, buried in a rural area near Mt. Pleasant, SC, where she lived with her boyfriend—the boyfriend, Full Story

Two Hurt as Truck Slams into House

Two Zionville men were injured, a home heavily damaged in a crash mid afternoon Saturday on US 421 North in the Vilas area.  The crash occurred at about 1:40 as the 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck slammed into the house at 5192 US 421 North after first running through some fencing and Full Story

Banner Elk Man Charged With Causing Crash

A Banner Elk, man was charged Sunday with police saying he caused a vehicle crash by intentionally slamming on his brakes several times, according to the Johnson City Police.  22-year old William Clinton Railing of 2415 Kellersville Road, was charged with four counts of felony reckless endangerment Full Story

Avery High Goes on Lockdown

Near the end of the school day yesterday, Avery County High School was put under a "preventative lockdown" for about 30 minutes after a suspicious person was spotted in the school. Superintendant David Burleson said a young lady at the high school reported seeing a person Full Story

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