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General Assembly up and running, no explanation given

General Assembly announced its Beaver Creek Plant is operational again, but offered no explanation for why it closed last week.


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Beaver Creek Plant closes, 45 people look for jobsIt’s the talk of Ashe County: 45 High Country residents are looking for new careers after General Assembly’s Beaver Creek plant shut down last week.
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Heart Breakfast: Better than breakfast in bed

Instead of breakfast in bed, treat your spouse to a Heart Breakfast this Valentine’s Day.

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Men can’t blame cavemen, author says

Appalachian State University Professor Martha McCaughey is having a good year.

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Nazi Camps: WHS teacher offers unique perspective

Watauga High School teacher Jesse Stollings’ love of history led him to interview some unique figures: the soldiers themselves who liberated Nazi Camps at the close of World War II.

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Easley waits to endorseNorth Carolina Democratic Governor Mike Easley has yet to endorse a presidential candidate. 
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DMV glitch repairedA glitch in the computer system caused a few delays at the DMV yesterday. 
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Crime spree leads to charges for Newland man

penfield.jpg Deputies say a weekend crime spree ended early Monday with the arrest of Newland’s Leland Penfield.

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Updated: And they’re off: Filing Begins

Filing for local and state candidacy began yesterday at noon and continues through February 29.

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Rep. Phillip Frye files for re-election despite DWI charge

North Carolina Representative Phillip Frye filed for reelection Monday in Spruce Pine, just over two months after being charged with driving while impaired.

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Firefighters thwart spread at 32 acresIt took most of yesterday, but a Wilkes fire dubbed the “Acorn Fire” was contained at 32 acres in Summit Ridge.  Full Story
Boone, Chapel Hill Police cooperate to apprehend robbery suspect

Boone and Chapel Hill authorities are working together to find 21-year-old Devin Dewitt Torain Agee.

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Vice President Burr?

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr told the Associated Press Monday he would accept a spot on John McCain’s presidential ticket if asked.

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Foxx not a robocaller

5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx took the “Do Not Robocall” pledge this week.

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DMV wants 104 new positionsThe North Carolian Division of Motor Vehicles plans to ask the Legislature for money to hire 104 new positions to combat longer lines. 
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'Acorn' Fire contained, 8 structures saved

A Wilkes fire the forest service has dubbed the “Acorn Fire” has been contained at 32 acres.

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Updated: Saturday armed robbery: 2 charged, 1 sought







Two people have been charged and a third is being sought in connection with a home invasion and attempted armed robbery at an apartment on Wood Circle in Boone.

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Ashe: 3 filed so far

Three people have filed for election in Ashe County, including two incumbent commissioners:  Judy Porter Poe and Marty Gambill.

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Two more join Board of Ed Race: Wilkes

With the addition of Board of Education incumbents Colleen Bush and Judith M. Walsh, a total of five people have filed for candidacy so far in Wilkes County.

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