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Autopsy: Smith Death a Suicide

The full autopsy has not been released, but the State Medical Examiner says that Anna Marie Smith, the 18-year-old ASU freshman whose body was found near campus in September, died as a result of suicide.
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UPDATE 3: Pioneers At N. Davidson

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has finalized its playoff  brackets. And the Watauga Higfh football team is seeded 10th in the Class 4A Western Playoffs. The Pioneers (8-3) travel to North Davidson (10-1), the No. 7 seed, next Friday night.

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BREMCO Bright Ideas Grants Awarded

Exciting, hands-on learning projects are coming to local classrooms thanks to more than $6,300 in Bright Ideas grants awarded today by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation to seven educators during a luncheon at Blue Ridge Electric’s Watauga district office. Bright Ideas is an Full Story

Spartans Capture No. 1 seed

South Caldwell High football coach Butch Carter is a prime example of what hard work and determination can do. During his 14 year stay with the Spartans, Carter has

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Boone Police Issue Safeguards Against Theft

The Boone Police Department seeks to partner with the community in reducing breaking and entering incidents involving homes, apartments, and automobiles.  Recent reports of breaking and entering incidents have not been confined to a specific area, but have been occurring throughout Full Story

Superintendent Prepares School Families for Winter Weather’s Impact on Schools

As winter begins to make itself felt, Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott is reminding parents and families how the school system makes and communicates decisions about school closings, delayed openings, and other changes resulting from  inclement weather. Full Story

Avery County Election Results

Click for full results regarding the Avery County Election

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Ashe County Election Results

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Watauga County Election Results

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Voting Underway

Today, the rest of us will help decide who takes the leadership of the nation, the state, county commissions, school boards, sheriff departments, whether we can waive the right to a trial by jury in North Carolina, as well as various local issues in communities across the state and country. Full Story

High Country Lags in Gas Price Drop

So we’re all happy that gas prices have fallen and continue to fall across the country, with predictions that prices will continue to fall.  But quite a few of us in the High Country are a bit less happy about gas prices when we travel just a short distance and find that gas prices are well under $3 Full Story

Watauga Jurors Need Not Report 11/4/14

The Clerk of Watauga Superior Court report that jurors scheduled to report for jury duty for Watauga County Superior Court for the week of November 3rd are released from service.  All memebers of the jury that were instructed to report on Tuesday, November 4th do NOT need Full Story

Cox Named Sun Belt Player of Week

After rushing for a career-high 250 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s 44-0 win over Georgia State, Appalachian State University football’s Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) has been named the Sun

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8241 Early Voters in Watauga

There was strong early voting in Watauga County, with over 8000 voters casting ballots by the end of the early voting Saturday at 1—8,241, and across the state, strong voting for a midterm election is reported, with Democrats out-polling Republicans.  State Board of Elections Full Story

Sugar Mountain: Let the Season Begin

With the blast of cold and snow, Sugar Mountain Ski has opened, making Sunday, November 2nd, one of the earliest starts ever for skiing and snowboarding. Owner & President Gunther Jochl said This marks the second earliest opening on record; just behind the Halloween Full Story

Winter Blasts High Country

The calendar changed to November and winter promptly arrived, first with wind and rain, then snow, then snow and wind, and finally this morning, just wind—and cold.  Temperatures across the High Country landed in the 20’s overnight, some areas reporting teens.  All of this Full Story

Mountaineers Whitewash GSU, 44-0

In a driving High Country snowstorm, Appalachian State University football put together a second-straight dominating performance and routed visiting Georgia State, 44-0, on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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November 1st: Winter Arrives

The winter weather finally hit overnight Friday into Saturday morning in the High Country, with the swirl of low pressure bringing the snow passing just south of the area.  That path rotated a lot of moisture over the northern mountains, with snow accumulating first on grass Full Story

Pioneers Wallop Hickory, 48-13

Any ideas the Hickory High football team might have had about pulling off a huge upset Friday night were dashed by Watauga in the seconmd quarter. Leading 10-6,

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