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Former Jailer Charged by SBI

A former Caldwell County detention officer was in court yesterday on assault charges following his arrest by agents from the State Bureau of Investigation on Friday. Derrick Vance Smith, 33, of Lenoir, was charged with one felony count Full Story

Coastal Carolina Joining Sun Belt

NEW ORLEANS – Coastal Carolina University has accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference and will begin competing in all sports, with the exception of football, beginning with the 2016-17 season. The Chanticleer football program will begin a transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision with its first year of Full Story

Child Sex Crimes Yield 12 to 19-Year Sentence

A sentence of over a decade to nearly two decades in prison was handed down in late August after conviction in a series of sex crimes for an area man. August 24th, Carlos Romero was convicted in Mitchell County Superior Court on counts of taking indecent liberties with a child as well as three counts Full Story

Changes for Watauga Juries This Week

Jury duty for Watauga County District Civil Court for this week is changed.  Jurors were supposed to report at 1:00pm today but that has been cancelled for the week.  There IS Jury duty for Superior Criminal Court for this week, with those jurors report at 8:30 am (Tuesday) tomorrow Full Story

Young Avery Man Killed in Friday Crash

The NC SHP has now identified the victims of two fatal accidents from Thursday and Friday and provided details of the wrecks.  The investigating trooper in the Avery crash was back at the scene early yesterday still gathering information from the Friday afternoon crash that claimed Full Story

Ashe Man Killed in Motorgrader Accident

In the Thursday accident, a Crumpler man died after the motor grader he was driving overturned.  The accident occurred at around 2:40 Thursday afternoon on Island Ford Road in Crumpler when a bank gave way under the grader as it backed into the road, and the machine overturned Full Story

Too Much!

WEST JEFFERSON - That best describes the Watauga High football team's lopsided win Friday night against Ashe County at Husky Stadium. For the second week in a

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Murder on the Air; Two Virginia TV Journalists Killed

Two Virginia TV journalists were killed, a chamber of commerce employee they were interviewing was shot as dawn broke this morning outside Roanoke.  The shooting took place at about 6:45 this morning at a resort not unlike many such spots here in the High Country. WDBJ photographer Full Story

Two Shot, One Dead in Caldwell Incident

A double shooting left one woman dead and a man in critical condition yesterday morning in Caldwell County, the shooting a day after the alleged shooter was released from an area hospital suffering mental issues. It was 8:31am that Deputies of the Caldwell County Sheriff’ Office responded to the Full Story

Wilkes Four-Wheeler Crash Kills Rowan Man

A Rowan County man died late Friday night in a Wilkes four-wheeler accident, according to the state patrol.  Robert Alex Severt, 65, of China Grove, was killed late Friday night when his four-wheeler wrecked on Big Ivy Road in the Parsonsville community, just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Full Story

Tracy Named Sr. Associate A.D.

BOONE, N.C. — Brian Tracy, a college athletics veteran with 10 years of experience as a lead fundraiser at NCAA Division I institutions, has been named Appalachian State University’s senior associate athletics Full Story

Wilkes Community College Educator Charged

An investigation by the North Carolina SBI has led to a Wilkes County educator’s arrest, that according to a release Friday from North Carolina Crime Control and Public Safety.  William Wesley Poplin, 52, of Ronda, was charged with five felony counts of embezzlement and seven felony counts of Full Story

Meth Counts Lead to Jail Term For Watauga Man

A Watauga County man was sentenced last week in Watauga Superior Court to 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 years in prison after his arrest this past spring on meth counts.  The Watauga sheriff’s Office release said Christopher Baird, 28, was given a sentence of fifty-four to seventy-seven months in a plea Full Story

Realtors: Best 12 Months Since 2007

Local Realtors® sold more homes in the past 12 months than in any calendar year since 2007, according to the latest month real estate report compiled by the High Country Association of Realtors®. The brisk activity occurred while interest rates hovered around 4 percent, and are now below where Full Story

Speedway Issues Draw Another Crowd

The Boone Town Council, with no agenda items concerning Mountainview Speedway, found themselves in front of a full house representing two sides of the issue of the operation of the speedway.  First comments came from speedway Full Story

New Year, Same Result....

BOONE - That's about the only way to describe Friday night's game at Jack Groce Stadium. The Watauga High football team defeated Alexander Central 42-20 in the

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Two Hurt as SUV Flips on Blowing Rock Road

Two injuries came from a crash last night on Blowing Rock Road in Boone—one transported to Watauga Medical Center by Watauga Rescue—that as an SUV flipped over on its top after a collision with a Ford sedan. The 8:55pm crash occurred near the Meadowview Drive intersection, the front Full Story

Fire Guts Storage Structure

Fire gutted the interior of a Galvalume structure yesterday afternoon, a blaze that caused a number of Watauga departments to respond.  Smoke was spotted coming from the structure off of Clint Lewis Road off of NC 194 North around 3pm, but first arriving fire units from Full Story

Blowing Rock Roadwork to Close Intersection for 30 Days

Trying to avoid the most negative impact, the N.C. Department of Transportation is working to close a major Blowing Rock intersection for roadwork between the peak of summer tourism and leaf season.  That means that, for a month, starting Monday, Aug. 24th, the U.S. 321 Full Story

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