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Three Women Hurt, One Airlifted After 421 Crash

Three women were hurt—one airlifted—after a three vehicle crash just after 7 last evening on US 421 in Vilas. Trooper Grogan said that the crash occurred as traffic was slowing near the Hidden Trail intersection, and Christy Wallace of Mountain City Tennessee failed to slow for that traffic, her Full Story

Tense Moments in Creston Kitchen Fire

There were tense minutes as fire units from Ashe County rushed to the scene of a fire in a home where a bedridden woman could not get out, according to the caller reporting the fire.  The caller said flames were visible in the kitchen of the 2284 Roundabout Road Creston home, and that they Full Story

Land Use Plan Public Hearing June 16th

High Impact Land uses—Watauga County’s Planning Board calls them ‘HILU’s’ for short—as they deal with both existing county land use planning and the possibility that the county will take over protections for the current Extraterritorial Jurisdiction should Boone lose its court case against the state over Full Story

Probation Sweep Yields Meth Counts

A sweep of a joint task force of six law enforcement agencies has made 11 arrests after an organized check of probationers in the county and led to the bonus of the discovery of and arrests for a Meth lab.  April 20th, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Probation/Parole of the NC Department of Public Full Story

Watauga: No Tax Increase Proposed

The Watauga County budget is on the table, County Manager Deron Geouque presenting a budget that maintains the current rate while increasing capital funding in education, both to the Watauga Schools to the tune of an additional half million Full Story

31 Arrests in Avery's 'Operation Dark Knight'

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office and Municipal Drug Task Force has finalized what they’re calling a long investigation, ending with 31 people being charged with varying counts of drug activity in Avery County.  Some 18 arrested so far are pictured in mug shots provided by the Avery Sheriff’s Office. Full Story

Ashe Man Gets Life Sentence in Federal Court

Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced Martin Martinez Saldana, 44, of West Jefferson, N.C., to life in prison on conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a short-barreled shotgun charges, that from Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney Full Story

Boone Paint Vandals At It Again

Another round of vandalism is being reported to Boone Police from the weekend, beginning with the Sunday discovery of graffiti on the building of Harmon’s Dixie Pride on King Street, the another just across the street. Monday morning, more graffiti was spotted on Psi Street and on a sign at Full Story

Ashe, Va. Men Charged in Avery Drug Counts

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office has concluded what they’re calling a lengthy narcotics investigation, leading to arrests of two men last Thursday afternoon. The release says deputies from the Avery County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Chief David Henson from the Sugar Mountain Police Full Story

WCB Premieres Piece to Honor Director Emeritus

The Watauga Community Band has a special concert this evening, one about heritage and the future.  Through a new composition by local musical icon George Naff, the band will honor director emeritus Dr. Charles Isley—now in his 95th year, with the Naff piece, the premiere of ‘Mountain Serenade.’ Full Story

Ball Responds to Jordan Bill Threatening Intake

Boone Mayor Andy Ball has issued a statement about the latest specific measure taken against the Town of Boone’s interest by the area’s legislative representation—this time a bill by house member Jonathan Jordan of Ashe County.  Ball’s statement said, “We are disappointed that Rep. Jordan Full Story

Two More Mountaineers Enter NFL Ranks

BOONE, N.C. — Former Appalachian State University offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) and defensive back Joel Ross (Damascus, Md./Damascus) agreed to join the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys, respectively, as undrafted free agents shortly following the conclusion of the 2015 National Football League Draft on Saturday. Full Story

Williams Best Western Suit To Be Filed in May

What could be the final civil action in the three deaths at the now former Best Western Hotel should come in May, that from the attorney for the Rock Hill South Carolina family of 11-year-old Jeffrey Williams, killed by carbon monoxide in Boone June 8th of 2013.  Chad E. Poteat of Poteat Law Full Story

Samaritan's Purse on Ground in Nepal

Teams with international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse based in Boone are on the ground in Kathmandu, Nepal, where a deadly earthquake devastated the capital city on April 25. In spite of the struggles, Ken Isaacs of Samaritan’s Purse said twenty-three team members from Full Story

Jordan's Eminent Domain Bill Modified, In Senate

Republican Rep. Jonathan Jordan’s House Bill 875, entitled “Restrict Municipal Eminent Domain,” was passed by the House yesterday, just making it under the legislature-imposed cut-off for bills, and is now in the senate.  The legislation, now before the senate rules and operations committee, is now Full Story

Pioneers Release 2015 Schedule

Watauga High football coach Ryan Habich, now in his third year with the Pioneers, has released the 2015 schedule. The Pioneers will open at home against Alexander Central at home on Friday, August 21.

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Injuries Reported As SUV Flips

A young man was injured as the SUV he was driving rolled over coming down from The Cottages of Boone just outside town in the early evening yesterday.  The 6:30pm crash involved a white Ford SUV as it came down Fallview Lane, the driver losing control just before a sharp curve, running off of Full Story

Best Western Suit to Watauga, Hotel Changes Name, Ownership

The lawsuit filed by the estate of Daryl and Shirley Jenkins, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Best Western in Boone, could be heard in Watauga County, that according to documents filed in Mecklenburg Superior Court in the case. The Washington State coupled died April Full Story

April 14th Wreck Proves Fatal for Rowan Man

A Rowan County man who suffered critical injuries in a crash in West Jefferson April 14th has died. Officials with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem said 66 year old Anthony Echerd of Mt. Ulla died Sunday at the hospital. Echerd was involved in a three car accident Full Story

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