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Teen Kidnapped, Assaulted; Three Charged

At just after dusk last Wednesday, the Avery Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman reporting a bloodied male, barefoot, in her drive, asking her to call 911.  She kept the male away from her home while calling the Sheriff’s Department, the call received there at about 6:00 P.M. Officers responded to Full Story

Counterfeit Cash Turning Up in Wilkes

Another round of counterfeit currency is spreading bogus bills around Wilkes County, according to Wilkesboro Police.  The latest discoveries were reported to police last Tuesday, as BB&T Bank reported eight bill found in deposits from Security Financial Services, cash taken as a payment the previous Friday. Full Story

Washington Competes At NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Former Appalachian State University football player Tony Washington competed in the third annual 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Ca.

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Four Apps Named Freshman All-America by CSJ

Appalachian State University football led all programs with four representatives on College Sports Journal’s 2013 NCAA Division I FCS freshman all-American teams, which were announced on Friday.

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Federal Fugitive Arrested in Boone

On Thursday, January 16, 2014, the U.S. Marshals Service – Western District of North Carolina’s Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), along with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Frances Calhoun Yancey, for Possession of a Weapon by a convicted Felon, along with manufacturing, selling Full Story

DHHS Sued by Docs, Threatened by Feds

With High Country families facing hunger as food stamp delivery is faltering in the state, Federal officials are threatening to take over the process due to the state’s continuing problems.  Word leaked out of the potential suspension in a Dec. 11 in a letter sent to N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Full Story

Watauga Superintendent Applications Due Today

There’s a homework assignment due today—a rather important homework assignment, and it is for the person who wants to next lead the Watauga County Schools. The Watauga Board of Education concludes the application process of searching for a new superintendent, with applications for the position Full Story

$581,760 Won at Boone Wilco; Who is It?

OK, so who is it?  Someone in Boone is over a half-million dollars richer—if they can find their lottery ticket and make their way to Raleigh. Monday night, the Pick 5 entry matched the numbers—2-4-21-28-34—and the take is $581,760. Prior to the win, the jackpot rolled over nine times Full Story

Avery Firefighters Aid in Roan Mountain Blaze

Avery firefighters crossed the border into Tennessee late yesterday afternoon to help fight a structure fire.  Fire was reported in the Roan Mountain area, a home described as a log home inside a gated community.  The road and the weather proved to be real obstacles to getting to and fighting the Full Story

New Avery Jail; New Avery County Revenue

A new jail has meant a new revenue source for Avery County, as 2013 statistics for the new facility are showing.  The first full year of operation of the jail showed a doubling of income from the facility, Sheriff Kevin Frye’s release saying that $143,303 was brought to county coffers, the majority from funds Full Story

Boone Company to Create More Wilkes Jobs

A Boone-based metal fabrication company will bring new life to a former Wilkes furniture plant—and bring 38 jobs, according to Wilkes Economic development officials. PSG Custom Fabrication, based in Boone, purchased the former Key City Furniture building on N.C. 268 West in Wilkesboro, Full Story

Martin Named to All-Rookie Team

The Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) named former Appalachian State University punter Sam Martin to its 2013 National Football League all-rookie team on Wednesday.

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NCDOT Crews Responding to Winter Weather in Mountains

As winter weather moves into western North Carolina, N.C. Department of Transportation crews are already working to keep roads safe for motorists traveling through the region. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until midnight tonight for mountain counties along the Full Story

Foundation Community Grants to Local Helping Agencies

Watauga County citizens will benefit from grants totaling $37,500 awarded recently  from Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation to local helping agencies for the 2013-14 grant cycle. These most recent grants are examples of why Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation established the Members Full Story

Jobless Rate Down in 4, Up in 2 Area Counties

November unemployment dropped in four of six area counties, including a drop in Watauga that landed the county’s rate at under 6%. The .6 of a percent drop landed Watauga’s rate at 5.7%, one of the few counties with rates in the 5 to 6 percent range. Another university town had the lowest rate in the state Full Story

New Resource Officer Funded, Named in Avery

On the January 13th meeting of the Avery County Board of Commissioners, funding was allotted to fund a second School Resource Officer for Avery County.  Sheriff Frye said, “ We have been anticipating a grant from the many different sources we tried, and finally one came through,” and Full Story

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