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Crews Still Battling Forest Fires

As of yesterday, The Southern Area Gold Team and the North Carolina Forest Service are managing the Bald Knob and Wolf Creek Fires in unified command.

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App State Freshman Move In Day Is Tomorrow

Get ready for some crazy traffic.

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App State Football Notebook....

Clemson Tickets On Sale to App State Students on Sunday: BOONE, N.C. — Tickets from Appalachian State University’s allotment for its Sept. 12 football contest at Clemson that are earmarked for

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More Being Learned About UNC Charlotte Student Who Died at Elk River Falls

More is being learned about the 26 year old from Charlotte who died in Avery County after jumping off of Elk River Falls last weekend.

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Gas Prices Still Higher in the High Country

Gas is below $2 as near as Rock Hill, South Carolina, while the Boone area has the highest prices in the local region.

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Boone Chamber Hands Out Awards

Awards were handed out last night at the annual meeting of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce.

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App State Camp Report: August 11

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football held its only two-a-day practices of the preseason on Tuesday at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers

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Electronics Thieves Sought by Boone PD

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:  On July 31st, at approximately 11:20 AM, a male and female took several items from Walmart without paying, items including a Sony home theater system, a Vizo 32” flat screen Full Story

Sewer Project Closes East King Street

A sewer improvement project is impacting traffic near downtown in the Town of Boone this week. The Boone Public Works Department has closed both lanes of East King Street from Coffey Street to Hardin Street, where US 321 and US 421 intersect. The work got underway Wednesday Full Story

App State TV Opener To Be Seen Statewide

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football’s season opener versus Howard on Sept. 5 will be televised in nearly four million homes across North Carolina, Appalachian State associate athletics director for broadcast operations David Jackson announced on Monday.

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Charlotte Woman Dies at Elk River Falls

It was a Charlotte woman who died in the waters of Elk River early Sunday afternoon, her body found over four hours after a search was launched by Avery rescue teams. The incident was reported around 12:40 to Avery County E-911, a cell call about a possible drowning at Elk Full Story

App State Camp Report: August 10

BOONE, N.C. — After enjoying its first off day of fall camp on Sunday, Appalachian State University football returned to the practice field for a two-hour workout on

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Bald Knob Fire Now Over 1000 Acres

Hopes are that rains predicted for early this week can help in two forest fires burning on US Forest Service lands, at least one of those fires smoking up the High Country in the shifting winds.  The latest release says high humidity over the weekend limited growth of the Bald Knob fire, Full Story

BRCA Seeks Advice on Blowing Rock's Future

“The challenge is an interesting subject—how do you develop and grow Blowing Rock without changing it.” – Hilton Head developer Jim Coleman. Fresh from success working with the NC Department of Transportation to speed up the US 321 project through Blowing Rock, The Full Story

Third Child Sex Predator Nabbed in Boone

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, Boone Police arrested Danny Wayne Long, 47 years-of-age, of 601 Bessie Road, Piedmont, SC. This arrest comes after another joint operation. The agencies involved in this investigation were the Boone Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff’s Full Story

Firefighters Make Progress on Forest Fires

Bookends fires in McDowell County continue to burn, the US Forest Service and local firefighters battling those blazes, releasing an update on both late Thursday. Closest to the High Country, the Bald Knob fire, burning on Pisgah National Forest land north of Marion, is now estimated at 520 Full Story

App State One on "Best in the Southeast" List

Appalachian State University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists Appalachian among its “Best in the Southeast” recommended schools in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature at Full Story

Storms Rake High Country; More Today?

There was rain—lots of it—some wind, and a big mess for those trying to get home or to their after work destinations yesterday.  The storms—several severe cells of rain—formed right over the High Country at about 4 yesterday afternoon, but before the 4 ‘o clock hour was out, the line Full Story

Rains Miss Pisgah Forest Fires

Most of the rains, though, missed the fires that are burning in the Bald Knob and Wolf Creek areas of the Pisgah National Forest, and today, many of us are checking our homes due to the smell of smoke attributed to those fires. The largest blaze, Bald Knob, north of Marion in McDowell Full Story

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