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Dangerous Cold Leads to Warnings, Closings

Certainly the issue today is cold—extreme and even dangerous cold.  And just the below zero cold caused a slew of cancellations.  Notable closings for this storm include the Town of Boone, which closed offices early yesterday and will not open today—even canceling the February Town Council meeting. Full Story

BREMCO Asks Customers to Conserve

The predicted arctic blast with historic low temperatures is leading Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation to ask members to voluntarily reduce electricity usage through Friday. Renee Whitener of BREMCO said the cooperative is coordinating with its wholesale power supplier, Duke Energy, Full Story

NW3A-4A Tournament Cancelled

Lavell Hall, the Executive Secretary of the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference has announced that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has decided to keep the basketball seeding process as originally scheduled. Therefore, the 2015 Northwestern 3A-4A boys' and girls' Full Story

Push On For Dicus Facility at WHS

While the Watauga High School is still nearly new, one aspect continues to lag much of the rest of the facility—it’s baseball/softball facilities, plagued by drainage issues on the field and without an indoor practice facility especially for the start of the season’s practice. Last night, bringing some $70,000 Full Story

Crimestoppers: Night Thefts From Night Secrets

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the assistance of the public in solving a weekend break-in at Night Secrets.  At about 3:40 Sunday morning, an unknown subject entered Night Secrets by bypassing the locking mechanism on the front door, then stole over $2,500 in cash Full Story

Now Fourth Fire in Four Days

And now a fourth fire in four days—another outbuilding very close to the main house of a family.  This time, it was just off NC 194 North at 872 Clint Norris Road, arriving Boone Firemen finding the outbuilding heavily involved in fire and very close to the main house.  Just about as quickly, Full Story

Start The Recovery...

The winter weather hit and most everything that could be shut down in the High Country did just that.  The snow hit Boone about 1 yesterday afternoon, and within two hours, most every activity that could be curtailed was—and schedules are a mix today as we dig out.  Road crews have done a great job Full Story

Third Fire in 3 Days; Caution Urged

A family of four escaped as fire totaled their mobile home early Monday morning and became the third such fire in three days blamed on attempts to keep animals warm in outbuildings.  Monday’s fire started at about 1am with a lamp-type heater being used in an outbuilding to keep livestock warm at the Full Story

Firemen Battle Fires in Bitter Cold Weather

In the dangerous weather conditions that developed over the weekend, area firemen battled a number of fires. Early yesterday morning in the near zero temperatures, Ashe County departments responded to two calls as Lansing firefighters, assisted by Warrensville and Pond Mountain, first battled Full Story

BREMCO Prepares for Storm

Employees of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are on high alert, monitoring weather and prepared to respond at any time of the day or night if severe weather causes outages. Members are advised to keep the cooperative’s PowerLine number handy and report outages Full Story

Storm Strands Motorists; Dangerous Winds

Today is the calm before storm #2 of what could be several storms this week,  a number of schools systems already closed from yesterday’s dose of snow and wild winds. Wind gusts peaked over 60 miles per hour early yesterday morning in Boone, 100 on Grandfather Mountain.  Areas around Linville Full Story

Man Hospitalized, Another Charged in Assault

Thursday evening, February 12th, at approximately 8:30 PM, Boone Police were notified of an assault that occurred in the wooded area between Deck Hill Road and Greenway Road.  As a result of the investigation, David Levi Crews, 49, of Boone, was arrested and charged with Full Story

Polsgrove Wins State Title

It's been quite a career for Avery High senior Kylie Polsgrove, who will attend Liberty University, a Division I school and a member of the Big South Conference, on a track

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Yancey Woman Sentenced for Child Porn

A Yancey County woman has been sentenced on Federal counts involving child pornography. On Thursday, February 12th, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Tabatha Dianne Black, 35, of Bakersville to 210 months in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. According to court records, Full Story

Frozen Fracture Closes Hardin Park

As school systems across the area struggled to hold class today in spite of some areas of snowy and icy roads, the cold killed the school day for Hardin Park as the main water line to the school erupted in a geyser.  It was the same location where either that line or one close to it flooded the back Full Story

Ski For The Greenway on Easter

It was a quick idea—finish what has been a great ski season with a fund-raiser for a project that’s a favorite of quite a few High Country folks and visitors—the Middle Fork Greenway.  The project is the brainchild of Appalachian Ski Mountain President Brad Moretz, and has blossomed Full Story

Winter Returns With a Vengeance

Snowin’ and Blowin’—that’s what the High Country is looking forward to over the next several days and through the President’s Day holiday weekend.  And, oh yeah, cold, then colder.  While the snow accumulation is not looking critical, dropping temperatures and wind are, Full Story

Arrest Made in Lenoir Murder

Some of the mystery in the apparent murder of a Caldwell County woman is being lifted, that with the arrest of a Lenoir woman in the death of Hope Webb.  Yesterday, just after 2pm, investigators with Lenoir Police took Ashley Stewart into custody for the Murder of Hope Webb, the arrest coming Full Story

App State Spring Practice Report

Appalachian State University football strapped on the pads for the first time in 2015 when it donned full gear for its third practice of the spring on Wednesday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Full Story

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