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Free Legal Advice for US 221 Property Owners

The NC Department of Transportation is pushing ahead with purchase of properties along the route which will create a four-lane US 221 from the intersection of US 421 in Deep Gap to Jefferson, preparing to acquire land. And with that, a group of former DOT attorneys is holding an informational session Thursday night Full Story

Incubator Hearing Allows Two New Firms

There was dispute out of the gate at a public hearing Monday night regarding approval of two leases for AC Pride, the Avery business incubator in the former Banner Elk Elementary building. Commissioner Reo Griffith stated prior to the hearing that the County was not in compliance with North Carolina Full Story

Smoke Shop Duo Charged With Selling Pot

Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants and arrested two individuals from an incident that occurred on January 13, 2014.  Both individuals were arrested on Monday, February 10, 2014.  The joint operation involved Narcotics detectives from the Full Story

Ashe Sheriff's Office Featured in TV Series

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams reports the National Geographic Channel will give television viewers the opportunity to observe some of the law enforcement duties of the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office.  Filming for the documentary, which will also feature the Sullivan County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, Full Story

Young Man Airlifted After Ski Accident

A juvenile male was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center late yesterday afternoon after a skiing accident at Appalachian Ski Mountain.  The young man, said to be 12 to 13 years of age, was hurt after he somehow skied into a tree, facial injuries noted by ski patrol, rescue and Watauga Medics treating him. Full Story

Fire, Smoke Damage New River Hills Shop

There was some fire and extensive smoke damage in a late afternoon fire at a New River Hills shop.  The call came in for Boone Fire at 4:12 to 402 New River Hills, where smoke was pouring from the lowest level of the building, fire found in the basement when firefighters made entry.  Boone Fire officials Full Story

One Man Transported After Vilas Crash

A Zionville man was transported to Watauga Medical Center after a crash late yesterday afternoon on US 421.  The 4:30pm crash occurred near Linville Creek Road in Vilas when Tanner Cole Swift turned out of Charlie’s Auto Repair into the highway and into the path of the vehicle of Alan Clay Burchell Full Story

Robbery Reported at Boone Walgreens

Boone Police are investigating a robbery at the local Walgreens Drug from Sunday night after a man reportedly robbed the store, inferring he had a gun and threatened to use it if not given prescription drugs.  The Boone Police release say the man entered Walgreens around 9:30 p.m. Full Story

Watauga Extension Spotlight

Every Monday at 11:45 a.m., the High Country's Heritage Station AM-1450 WATA is visiting with the Watauga Extension for a spotlight on their services, workshops and activities in the area.

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Middle School Tournament Moved To Thursday

Watauga Middle School Athletic Director Jim Godwin has announced that the middle school tournament championships games will be played Thursday,

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Shots Fired into Home Lead to Arrest

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that detectives from the Ashe County Sheriff's Office have charged a West Jefferson man in an incident in which shots were fired into an occupied Crumpler home in the summer of 2012. The incident occurred on August 18th, 2012, reports saying someone Full Story

Court Plea Entry Scheduled in Hotel Deaths

Hotelier Barry Damon Malletere is scheduled to appear in Watauga court tomorrow and enter pleas after three indictments of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault inflicting serious injury were filed against Mallatere January 8th. Malletere was president and in charge Full Story

Game On....

Watauga High Athletic Director Tom Wright has announced that the Pioneers will play a varsity-only game against South Caldwell Monday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The girl's game tips off at 6:30 p.m.; the boy's game will follow. Coverage begins at 6:05 p.m. on Classic Hits 100.7 FM and Full Story

Fatal Fire Reported in Wilkes County

Fire has apparently claimed one life in a blaze in Wilkes County in a Saturday. Details are yet to be released by Wilkes authorities, but reports on CFP alerts indicates that a mobile home in Wilkes County was destroyed in an afternoon fire Saturday, and that one person at the home was killed. Full Story

Watauga Schools Oppose New Salary Plan

The Watauga County Board of Education has joined several other NC school districts in adopting a resolution opposing the state’s plan to eliminate career status and modestly increase compensation for 25% of teachers in local school systems across the state.   The resolution, which was adopted Full Story

Snow Structures; Nature Made, Man Made

Sometimes you take lemons and make lemonade. Sometimes you take snow piles and make, well, a snow fort.  As the warmer than expected Friday temperatures begin to melt the snow from mid-week, there is still a lot of the white stuff to either get in the way, as this snowdrift, Full Story

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