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Rains Open New Boone Creek Path, Close Roads

Another line of storms crossed the High Country this morning—and more could come today—but as predicted, the collision of the frontal system with the mountains weakened the storms as they pushed in.  But that was not the story yesterday.  Over three inches of rain swept through the High Full Story

Two Apps Promoted To Triple-A

Former Appalachian State University baseball players, pitcher Ryan Arrowood and catcher Jeremy Dowdy, have been promoted to Triple-A by their respective organizations.

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Vilas Traffic Derailed After Truck Wrecks

An overturned tractor trailer snarled traffic much of the day Saturday in Vilas as it overturned making a delivery at the Dollar General store.  The Dollar General tractor trailer apparently cut its curve too sharply, running off of the road at an intersection with a steep drop off.  The truck overturned Full Story

Boone Man Airlifted After Being Ejected From Van

A Boone man was ejected from an overturning van and was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical center after a noon crash Friday just past the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Trooper Hendrix said that Thomas Gokey was driving a 2005 Ford Van belonging to a local carpet service when he ran off Full Story

Two Charged in Connection to Death of Teen

A week after the shooting death of a 15-year old from Lenoir, officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested two people in the death.  The Lenoir Police release says that Dusty Boston and Christy Eanes are both charged in connection Full Story

Boone, ASU Police Charge Vandal Suspect

Boone and Appalachian State University Police Friday morning made an arrest in connection with vandalism by painting graffiti both around downtown and on the ASU campus last weekend.  The 9:00 am arrest was of  Davis Chastain Parker, 20 years of age, of Charlotte, charged with Full Story

Everts Installed; McCrory Brings $70 Million 'Gift'

UNC President Tom Ross introduced the new Chancellor of Appalachian State University, and began a new chapter this morning with the installation of Appalachian's seventh chancellor, Dr. Sheri N. Everts. Everts is the first woman in the Boone university's 116-year history to hold Full Story

New Boone Noise Law Passes 3 to 2

There’s new law today on noise in Boone, that after a second round of debate and angst over Boone Councilman Fred Hay’s proposal to increase noise levels for bands and entertainment to 75 decibels at a distance of 10 feet off of the property where the event is being held.  His proposal brought Full Story

UPDATED: Baseball at FHS Postponed

Watauga High Athletic Director Tom Wright has announced that Saturday's scheduled baseball games between the Pioneers and North Davidson have been cancelled due to poor field conditions. The baseball game scheduled at Freedom this afternoon has been postponed until Monday, April 27. Today's

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New Chapter of ASU History; Everts Installation

History of Appalachian State University will open a new chapter officially today with the installation of Appalachian's seventh chancellor, Dr. Sheri N. Everts, the first woman in the Boone university's 116-year history to hold the post. Everts will be installed by President Tom Ross during Full Story

Bomb Squad Called; Device 'Inert'

The Wilkes County bomb squad was called to a residence at Homespun Hills overnight after what appeared to be a possible explosive device was spotted by neighbors and found at a house where the tenants had been evicted recently.  The residence was taped off with deputy cars around it Full Story

Boone Honored by Department of Commerce

Boone is among 35 North Carolina Communities named Tuesday as N.C. Main Street communities for 2014 by the N.C. Commerce Department. Along with Boone are North Wilkesboro, Elkin, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton and Mount Airy in the west and northwest corner of the state. Full Story

Watauga Man Nominated for State Board of Ed

Gov. Pat McCrory nominated a Watauga County man to one of two seats on the State Board of Education. J. Todd Chasteen of Watauga County is vice president of administration, human resources, and general counsel for the Samaritan’s Purse, the international nonprofit Full Story

Two Hurt, One Airlifted in Ashe Crash

One driver was airlifted after two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Frank Dillard Road and N.C. 163 in West Jefferson shortly before noon Tuesday. State Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Brown said a PT Cruiser was headed south on N.C. 163 and was waiting to Full Story

Watauga Civil Superior Jurors Excused Next Week

Jurors notified to report for jury duty for next week, April 20th, 2015 for Superior Civil Court for Watauga County not need to appear. The Clerk of Courts office says these jurors  have been released for the week.

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Wellness District Concept Goes to Public

A nearly full house of folks faced the Boone Planning Board and Boone Town Council at a joint meeting called for last night to deal with initial confusion from a plan for a Wellness District in the area of Watauga Medical Center and unaddressed issues in the roll-out of the proposed Full Story

'Gold Paint' Vandals Sought by ASU, Boone PDs

On Monday, Boone Police received reports that, sometime over the weekend, parking meters, trashcans, and street signs on West King Street had been vandalized with the word “Draba” written on these items in gold paint.  One street sign damaged with what appears to be an "A" with Full Story

Apps Kicks Off “Year of the Fan”

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University athletics has officially kicked off its “Year of the Fan.” The Year of the Fan will run through the 2015-16 academic year as a way for Appalachian State athletics to

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Woman Found Dead in Avery Waterway ID'd

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a woman, said to have been found face down in the waters of the Toe River or Plumtree Creek yesterday afternoon.  Details are still sketchy, but the Sheriff’s Office reports that 45-year old Sarah Faye Triplett, of Connelly Springs, Full Story

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