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Man Airlifted After Four-Wheeler Crash

An Avery County man was airlifted after suffering a serious head injury from the crash of his four wheeler yesterday morning.  The crash occurred on a private drive in the Fall Creek—Russ Norris Road area near Beech Mountain around 9am, first responders finding the man, said to be in his Full Story

 
Family of Five Homeless After Fire

Ashe authorities now say four family members were at home and escaped a fire that totaled their Ashe County home Wednesday afternoon, a Jefferson fire that forced the family of 5 out of their home.  The American Red Cross joined in to aid the family after the 3:30pm fire at 586 Luther Road, Full Story

 
Three In Custody After Fatal Shooting

Three suspects are in custody after an early morning shooting in Watauga County, a scene still being worked by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.  The call came in just before 6:30 this morning to 231 Smith Henson Road in the Bethel Community, a woman reporting a man shot and killed Full Story

 
Suspect Caught in Child Solicitation Net

Monday, January 12th, the Boone Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation closed an on-going cyber investigation. The 10-week investigation they described as a proactive attempt by the Boone Police Department to catch individuals that seek to victimize our children online.  A Boone Full Story

 
UPDATE: Fire Flattens Valle Crucis Home

Watauga Fire officials say they are still looking into the early Tuesday morning fire that totaled a house on Dutch Creek Road.  Emergency Management Director Steve Sudderth said yesterday that the home, owned by Raylin and Crystal Wilson was being repaired from earlier storm damage when Full Story

 
T-Mobile Building in High Country

It appears that area cellular users may have more choices—and lower prices—with real signal improvements, that reported by TmoNews, an unofficial T-Mobile blog, reporting significant investment of T-Mobile in our area. Boone, North Wilkesboro, Hickory, Statesville, Mocksville and Winston-Salem Full Story

 
Now Scammers Target Boone Water

I guess if you get a bill, there’s a scammer waiting to cash in.  The latest local target is the Boone Water Department, Boone Police having to issue yet another bulletin on the phone scam now telling water customers they’re about to have their water cut off and need to make a payment Full Story

 
National Pundits Weigh In on App State’s Season

With the 2014 college football season in the books, media outlets nationwide began issuing end-of-season rankings on Tuesday and Appalachian State University

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Car, TV Stolen--Twice

Wilkesboro Police are sorting out the circumstances of a report of a  stolen car and a television set from an Elm Street residence, an incident taken up by Hickory Police with yet another report of the same car stolen—again there.  The first report was filed by 49-year old Stephen Carlton who told Full Story

 
Stolen Smart Phone Outsmarts Theives

There’s the case of a smart phone so smart it outsmarted the person who received it as stolen goods—that leading back to the thief.  Wilkesboro Police were called by Christopher Neil Lackey last week, saying his phone had been stolen and that, according to tracking software in the phone, Full Story

 
Utility Scam Now Targets NRLP Customers

There’s a new local target of scammers and a new warning being issued, that as New River Light and Power is reporting calls to its customers threatening power disconnection.  The callers—some of the calls from a 704 area code, some with an 866 prefix—tell the New River customers that Full Story

 
Skier Airlifted After Slope Accident

A young skier was seriously injured on the slopes of Beech Mountain late yesterday afternoon and was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center.  The accident occurred around 4:30, the 26-year old said to be unconscious and suffering a head injury with labored breathing, according to the Full Story

 
Man Burned in Thursday Dawn House Fire

An Ashe County man suffered burns in an early morning fire yesterday that heavily damaged his home near the Virginia line.  At 6:10 yesterday morning, fire was reported at a house at 1275 Spencer Branch Road above Lansing and Helton.  First arriving fire units reported the fire already well ahead Full Story

 
Anna Smith Investigation: Suicide

On September 13, 2014, the body of Appalachian State University student Anna Smith was found in a wooded area off of Popular Grove Road in Boone. Prior to this discovery, Appalachian State University Police and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations had been investigating Smith's disappearance. Full Story

 
Howard's Knob Tract Gifted to Boone

After a number of discussions in executive session on the part of the Boone Town Council, and at the direction of the Boone Town Council, Mayor Andy Ball has signed a deed for property on Howard's Knob as a gift from Dr. Richard Stahl. Stahl said in the town release, "I want to thank Mayor Full Story

 
BREMCO Asks Customers to Cut Usage

At the request of its wholesale power provider, Duke Energy, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is asking members to voluntarily reduce electricity usage over the next 24 hours—especially this morning—due to extreme cold temperatures causing significant spikes in electricity Full Story

 
Here Comes the COLD

The blast of cold air that has brought below zero conditions to the Great Lakes and plains is making its way into the High Country, with morning temperatures in the low to mid 20’s expected to only drop as the day goes along, eventually approaching zero over the next 24 hours or so.  With overworked Full Story

 
Guilty Plea Yields 5 to 10-Year Sentence

A Watauga County man was sentenced to just under 5 to nearly 11 years in prison yesterday after entering a guilty plea to sex offenses.  Timothy Edward Taylor, 36, entered a guilty plea to one count of First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and three counts of Third Degree Full Story

 
Ashe Gun Permits Now On Line

As of the First of January, applying for gun permits in Ashe County is now simpler and more convenient.  The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program called Permitium, which allows citizen to apply and pay for handgun purchase permits, and say that in the near future Full Story

 
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