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Salute to Fallen Officer Stretches 100 Miles

While family members are preparing for the funeral of a U.S. Forest Service officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday a procession stretching 100 miles along Interstate 40 Thursday paid tribute to the fallen officer. Officer Jason Crisp was shot and killed during a search for a murder suspect Wednesday. Full Story

 
Investigation Follows Path of Whisnant

State, Federal, and Burke County investigators are still following the path of Troy Whisnant during the time after he killed his father and step-mother at their Fish Hatchery Road home, saying that around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Whisnant’s parent’s vehicle was found in someone’s yard in McDowell County, Full Story

 
Two Young Women Escape Burning House

Ashe County Fire investigators say that an electrical problem caused a fire that totaled a rental house early yesterday morning, the occupants barely able to get out as the house burned.  Ashe Fire Marshal Bob Davis said that Kayla Barker and another young woman had just been living Full Story

 
Watauga High Cadet Honored By Watauga BOE

At the Monday night meeting of the Watauga Board of Education, Cadet Corporal Lily McDannold was named the "Outstanding Cadet of the Year" in the Marine Corps JROTC program at Watauga High School. With her and making the presentation is Senior Marine Instructor Gerald Harper, Lt. Col., Full Story

 
School Social Workers Recognized at BOE

Student Services Director Dr. Paul Holden presented School Social Workers Amy Michael, Jennifer Wandler, and Denise Presnell to the Board for recognition, calling them "exceptional" and "exemplary" in serving students at the Monday night Watauga Board of Education meeting. Not shown: social worker Full Story

 
New Student Rep. For Watauga BOE

Joelle Page (at left) was officially appointed a student representative to the Watauga Board of Education Monday night at the board meeting at the Gragg Education Center. She is joining Patrick Williamson (at right) as one of two Watauga High School students in that role.

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Federal Officer, Suspect, Couple Killed

The Table Rock community of Burke County is reeling after the discovery of a local couple dead in their Fish Hatchery Road home, then the slaying of a Federal officer and finally the suspect—the couple’s son. A welfare check on Levi and Rhonda Whisnant at their 5504 Fish Hatchery Road home led to Full Story

 
Fires Damage Structures, Woodlands

Ashe County Fire investigators are probing the cause of morning fire in the Crumpler area, a blaze battled by a number of Ashe Fire departments.  The  call came in at about 7:45 this morning to 5885 Old NC 16 North, with New River and other departments soon on the scene.  Within minutes Full Story

 
Blowing Rock Celebrates 125 Years

The Town of Blowing Rock celebrated its 125th birthday yesterday with cake and a party at the town hall, shortly followed by a Board of Commissioners meeting, plowing ahead into the next 125 years. On that agenda, Kipp Turner of Maymead Construction, contractor on the US 321 Full Story

 
Back To Winter; Winds Blast High Country

Yes, the calendar still says its winter, and Mother Nature is letting us know, with a blast of high winds ushering in much colder weather and the possibility of snow. High wind warnings are in effect for late today, with sustained winds of 30mph and gusts twice that—to 65—as a frontal system Full Story

 
Moore Inducted In SoCon HOF

Former Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moore was inducted to the Southern Conference Hall of Fame during on Monday during a ceremony at U.S. Cellular Center.

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Injured Climber Plucked From Side of Cliff

A dramatic rescue captured late yesterday afternoon in the Linville Gorge as a young man fell 20 to 40 feet while rappelling on the face of Shortoff mountain, landing precariously on a very small outcropping. The mid afternoon fall led rescuers to call for the National Guard rescue crew out of Salisbury Full Story

 
Capel Not Renewed as Men’s Basketball Coach

Appalachian State University will not renew the contract of men’s basketball head coach Jason Capel, director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced on Monday. Full Story

 
Trucks Collide, Three Injured

Three injuries were reported in a nearly head-on crash between a pickup truck and a rollback wrecker on US 421 Monday morning.  The crash occurred at about 8am at the Vanderpool Road intersection, State Trooper Townsend reporting that the crash occurred as Terry Jones of Vilas Full Story

 
Kidnapper Escapes, Recaptured in Tenn.

A Tennessee state prison inmate who walked away from a work detail near Mountain City Thursday was recaptured in Johnson County several hours later. There was some community uproar over Joshua Baber, 24, being allowed on a work detail despite being convicted for several violent crimes, Full Story

 
Child Endangerment Filed After Meth Lab Found

A tip about an abandoned methamphetamine dump site led Johnson County Tennessee deputies to arrest the second of two Butler residents on numerous meth counts, then child endangerment charges last Monday. The Johnson City Press said Deputies picked up Charles Curtis Carden, Full Story

 
S.E.A.M. Seeks to Fund Entrepreneurs

Supporting Economic Alternatives in the Mountains (S.E.A.M.) is now accepting proposals from emerging High Country entrepreneurs until March 21st. Funding of up to $1000 will be allocated to projects at the second S.E.A.M. community investment dinner on May 4. These participatory events seek Full Story

 
Vikings Fall In Regional Finals

The Avery High boys' basketball team had a magical season. One that resembles a Hollywood script concerning a small-town team rising from the ashes and taking on a powerhouse program in a

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Foster Parent Charged With Sex Counts

On February 25th, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office of Criminal Investigation, received a report alleging an inappropriate sexual relationship between a 17 year old juvenile foster child and a foster parent in Watauga County.  The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, along Full Story

 
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