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Watauga GOP Meets; Drama Over DA Continues

Watauga Republicans met in their Lincoln Day Dinner at Meadowbrook Inn Friday night, an event featuring their candidates seeking election in a variety of races.  Among the business of the Republicans were resolutions honoring both the late Govenor Jim Holshouser, a Watauga Full Story

Offense Rallies To Win Spring Game

Quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) capped a three-play, 65-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run on the next-to-last-series to lift Appalachian State University football’s offense to a 75-74 victory over the defense in an Full Story

UPDATE: Few Details in Watauga Shooting Death

It appears that the death investigation launched late Thursday night is leading investigators to believe the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, although all the medical reports were not yet complete late Friday. The probe started after a man was dropped off at the Emergency Department Full Story

Fully-Involved Structure Fire in Crossnore

Three Avery fire departments have now cleared the scene of a house fire—a fully-involved structure fire discovered at about 4:50 this morning.  A neighbor spotted the flames from his West Crossnore Drive home, one of the first dispatched fire company members, also a neighbor to the home, Full Story

Avery Woman Charged in Watauga Drug Counts

Wednesday, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office report that they seized trafficking levels of Vicodin, a Schedule III narcotic pain medication which contains Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen, in an undercover operation. The narcotics seizure Full Story

Lenoir Police Seek Restaurant Robber

Lenoir Police are seeking a suspect who robbed a local restaurant Wednesday night.  Employees of the Ruby Tuesday Restaurant on Blowing Rock Blvd. reported that a white male came into the restaurant wearing a hoodie, mask and blue jeans, then, brandishing a handgun, demanded money. Full Story

House, Woods Fires Wednesday Afternoon

A couple of fires busied area departments during the afternoon Wednesday, including a number of Wilkes fire departments, battling a blaze at  3838 Sparta Rd, North Wilkesboro. The Wilkes County American Red Cross reported that volunteers responded to the residential fire and  assisted Full Story

Court Drama: Still No Interim DA

There is still no word about who will replace 24th District Attorney Jerry Wilson, who announced his retirement Tuesday, stating his last day as DA was this past Monday.  Tuesday, it seemed an orderly plan was in place to have long-time chief judge in the 24th Judicial District, Alexander Lyerly, Full Story

Watauga Lake Victim Identified

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the information about the identity of the person found  dead in Johnson County Monday after a vehicle was found in Watauga Lake. Tennessee Highway Patrol Spokesman Sgt. Bill Miller said yesterday that the Greene County Sheriff's Full Story

Child Ejected as Car Flips in Vilas

A 7 month old child was airlifted from the scene of a Vilas crash this morning after the car he was in flipped. Dean Melton was in the last vehicle the sedan passed traveling toward Boone, passing in what Melton said was a no-passing zone. State Trooper Townsend reported the wreck occurred at Full Story

Political Intrigue? DA Appointment Stalls

It was a surprise for most, the sudden retirement of 24th  District Attorney Jerry Wilson whose letter Tuesday said his retirement would be effective immediately.  The matter was brought up at the Watauga County Commission meeting yesterday morning, and Wilson’s letter was received Full Story

Report: Blasting Caps Led to Explosion Injuries

There are still questions that investigators are looking into, but much more was revealed yesterday afternoon on the explosion from Monday night that caused a man to be airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center. Deputies and Zionville Fire Department responded with Watauga Medics to Full Story

Boone Tax Bump May Come As Part of Sales Tax Controversy

The Watauga County Commission took action yesterday morning to agree to the action taken by the Boone Town Council on the matter of changes to their Unified Development Ordinance, specifically on the matter of appointments to the Boone Full Story

DA Wilson Retires, Judge Lyerly to Take Over?

In a rather sudden move, District Attorney Jerry Wilson announced his resignation—or actually, his retirement—effective immediately.  The matter was brought up at the Watauga County Commission meeting this morning, and Wilson’s letter was received during that meeting.  Wilson said in his letter; Full Story

Figures From Boone Checkpoint

Boone Police have released figures from the checkpoint conducted last Thursday night into Friday morning, saying several impaired drivers were taken off of the road. Boone Police, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian State Police, Blowing Rock Police and the North Carolina Full Story

Man Airlifted After Zionville Explosion, Fire

A Zionville man was airlifted from near the scene of an explosion and fire last night, an incident under investigation of the Watauga Sheriff’s Office. Just after 7pm, Zionville Fire was dispatched along with Watauga Medics to 179 Lola Perry Road where a man was said to have suffered a Full Story

Body Found in Vehicle in Watauga Lake

Tennessee authorities are investigating the discovery of a vehicle in the waters of Watauga Lake, at least one person dead inside.  WJHL TV is reporting that the discovery of the car came last night  in Johnson County, and they say that the Tennessee Highway Patrol is the investigating agency. The Full Story

Sales Tax Issues Before the Watauga Commission

Action from the Boone Town Council will be a topic of the Watauga County Commission meeting this morning, but maybe not the topic the Town Council hoped the commission would have on the agenda.  On the commission agenda is a review Full Story

Major Fire Battled at Yadkin County Firm

A large fire has fire units from Yadkin and Forsyth battling the blaze near Yadkinville. Fire was reported at Johnson Modern Electric at about 5 this morning, causing the call for multiple fire companies to respond to the scene on Old US 421 in East Bend. Full Story

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