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Arthur May Move Vacationers West

Usually, tourists traveling for the Fourth of July make a choice between escaping the heat in the mountains or facing the sun at their favorite beach.  This Fourth of July, that latter group may find themselves heading for the hills due to what is, as of this morning, hurricane Arthur, is Full Story

Mountaineers Add Highly Rated Wide Out

Jaylan Barbour, a true freshman ranked among the nation’s top 100 wide receivers in the high-school class of 2014, has enrolled at Appalachian State University and joined the Mountaineers’ football program. Barbour, a 5-10, 165-pounder from Monroe, N.C., signed a National Letter Full Story

Car Stolen From Boone Used in Other Crimes

A Car stolen in Boone apparently took a circuitous route and was used in a number of other crimes according to police reports from the High Country to the Piedmont.  A silver Ford Escape was discovered missing June 1st from a Green Street location in Boone, and before it was returned Full Story

App State, Boone Celebrate Sun Belt Day

Appalachian State University and the town of Boone celebrated Appalachian State’s first official day as a member of the Sun Belt Conference with a series of Sun Belt Day events on Tuesday. The day began with the Boone Chamber of Commerce’s Wake Up Watauga breakfast Full Story

Trio Charged in Avery Meth Bust

Then last Thursday, Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office followed up on information about manufacturing methamphetamine on Banner Elk Highway, with officers finding 60-year old Bobby Hinton of Elk Park, 39-year old Tabitha Hinton of Elk Park, and 51-year old Johnny Hughes Full Story

Kentucky Man Charged at Check Station

Saturday, officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office held a traffic checkpoint on Vale Rd outside of Newland.  There, officers say they stopped 38-year old Jeremy Hunter of Lexington, Kentucky.  Officers found that Hunter was wanted in Kentucky on felony Probation Violations.  He was Full Story

Two Charged After Drugs Found in Traffic Check

A week ago, officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic checking station on Hwy 181, and there stopped 24- year old Micah Hornback of Spindale and 23- year old Leslie Williams of Boone.  Officers report that they found illegal drugs Full Story

Armed Felon Charged With Meth, Gun Counts

Monday, patrol officers with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received a call at the Market Basket convenience store on Morganton Blvd. about a suspicious vehicle and person.  The caller said a white male was in the car and was armed with a gun. The caller provided police with Full Story

Expired Inspection Leads to Meth Counts

Last Thursday, June 26th, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with an expired registration plate, a stop that led to meth charges.  The roadside investigation culminated in a K9 search of the vehicle, with detectives locating and seizing Full Story

Unemployment Jumps in Watauga for May

Unemployment rates bumped up in May, increasing in 92 of North Carolina’s counties, decreased in just seven, and remained unchanged in one. But there was evidence of the beginning of the summer travel season, with the some of the lowest unemployment rates at the coast Full Story

Two Year Probe Yields Two Meth Arrests

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation that resulted in 2 arrests for manufacturing methamphetamine. Detectives executed a search warrant at the home of James Ray Arnold and Kesha Marie Lyalls on Peak Full Story

New Dawn for ASU Athletics

Today is the future—the future of Appalachian State University athletics—the day they officially join the Sunbelt Conference, moving up in a number of ways.  The kick-off is 8 this morning with a special edition of Wakin’ Up Watauga to be held at the ASU Athletics Center.  They’re calling the event Full Story

One Man Crime Spree Stopped In Virginia

James Brandon Smith proved himself to again late yesterday to be a menace to society, something he has stated with his actions over much of the month of June over a wide area of the Foothills and High Country, shooting at lawmen in the Hickory area, breaking into properties in Watauga. Full Story

BS&G Rider Pinned Under Truck

A Bicyclist riding in the Blood, Sweat and Gears event was pinned under the wheel of a truck in an accident during the event late Saturday morning.  The State Patrol says that the accident occurred near the intersection of Bethel Road and Beaverdam Road at about 10:45am when a Full Story

One Injury in Three-Vehicle Crash on US 321

There was an injury in a three-car crash on US 321 between Blowing Rock and Boone as traffic slowing to pull into the dumpster site near Aho Road was struck in the rear.  The chain reaction wreck occurred just after 10am Saturday, with the driver of the first car, Victor Ward of Sugar Grove, Full Story

Five Tabbed for Induction to Hall of Fame

Five former Appalachian State University student-athletes have been selected for induction into the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame, Appalachian State’s Former Athletes Association announced on

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'Silent Phase' May End By Fall For Theater Drive

The silent phase of the fundraising effort to renovate the old Appalachian Theater on King Street in Boone is still silent, and will be for the time being, but by Fall, we may begin hearing noise about finishing the fundraising and starting the renovations of the iconic theater. Chairman of the Appalachian Full Story

Three Area Injury Accidents Thursday

Three injury accidents were reported yesterday across the High Country, but none came with serious injury. The first was a morning crash in the Sugar Grove area, a car running off of Laurel Creek Road near US 321during the morning commute.  Cove Creek First Responders found the car a distance Full Story

Miller Offers ETJ Residents Hearing on Protections

Nathan Miller, chair of the Watauga County Commission weighed in on the issue of Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction being stripped in a bill passed yesterday in the NC House.  Miller’s release promises that residents in the soon Full Story

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