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Hopes For Rain to Put out Pisgah Fire

A wildfire in the Pisgah National Forest is still being dealt with this morning, with hopes that rain moving in over the next several days will completely put out the fire.  The Blue Gravel wildfire is burning in a remote area east of Shortoff Mountain outside of Linville Gorge Wilderness Full Story

 
Rash of Weekend Wrecks Cause Injuries

The weekend saw a number of traffic accidents with injuries, starting with a rash of wrecks Friday afternoon across the High Country.  The injury wrecks stretched from a single-vehicle wreck on US 221 about a mile past the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass to NC 105 in Foscoe near Shull’s Mill to Full Story

 
Unemployment Dips in February

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 89 of North Carolina’s counties in February, increased in five, and remained unchanged in six. Graham County and Hyde County both had the highest unemployment rate at 14.2 percent while Orange County had the lowest Full Story

 
Ashe Teacher is NC Teacher of the Year

Ashe County High School English teacher Keana Triplett today was named the 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The Ashe County Public Schools’ teacher succeeds James E. Ford, a World History teacher at Garinger High School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools). Full Story

 
Crimestoppers: Info Sought in Bomb Threat

Last Saturday morning, the Boone Police Department responded to bomb threat at Melanie’s Food Fantasy at 664 W. King Street in Boone. The threat was called around 8am in by an unknown person to the Boone Police Department’s Communication Division.  The Boone Police Department Full Story

 
Woman Shot, Critically Injured, Neighbor Charged

Ashe County deputies rushed to a Clifton area home just before midnight Saturday, after the Ashe County Communications Center received a life line call-in—the lifeline was from a 77-year old reporting she had been shot. Ashe deputies rushed to the residence of Viola and Dean Turnmire on Jones Full Story

 
Beware of Large Creek Critters...

Generally speaking, the Army Corps of Engineers is very protective of waterways across the country, and when asked about moving a creek or other waterway, they take a long, hard look at the impact.  But the corps and NC DENR finally gave its approval to move Boone Creek—also Full Story

 
Caution Urged: Spring Fire Season

After several days of woods fires in which Avery County firefighters battled a wind-driven woods and grass fire in the Frank fire district, the N.C. Forest Service is urging residents across the state to exercise caution when burning debris during spring fire season.  The spring Full Story

 
Hodges Honored--First State Recipient

It was ironic that it became official on the night her replacement was named  that Jane Ann Hodges had just been named as the best Election Supervisor in the state. It was announced by board member Kathleen Campbell that, in her final year, Jane Ann Hodges became the first recipient Full Story

 
Board of Elections Fights Over New Supervisor

There was another contentious meeting of the Watauga Board of Elections last night as the board selected a replacement for long-time Board of Elections Supervisor Jane Ann Hodges.  After moving public comments to before that issue, Kathleen Campbell, the lone Democrat on Full Story

 
Injuries, Building Damage in Area Wrecks

A driver was airlifted after a crash on US 221 in Avery late yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred at about 4:30 as the driver apparently suffered some sort of seizure activity, according to first responders at the scene, his vehicle leaving the road at the Crossnore Drug Store, striking Full Story

 
Woods Fires Damage,Threaten Structures

In a day of woods fires, Avery County firefighters battled a wind-driven woods and grass fire in the Frank fire district that damaged a barn and threatened a house.  The fire flared up just before 5pm along a property on US 19E at Goose Neck Road, the fire burning into the barn as firefighters Full Story

 
Mountaineers Release Their Depth Chart

BOONE - The Appalachian State University football team has released its 2015 preseason football depth chart. The Mountaineers, who closed out the 2014 season on a

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Former Ashe Resident Sentenced in Fed Court

A former Creston resident, Kamran Rezapour, 53, was sentenced Wednesday to 108 months in prison for defrauding consumers of nearly $5 million by misbranding erectile dysfunction drugs and selling them as “all natural” herbal supplements—that from Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Full Story

 
Kruger Named ASU Provost and Exec VC

Following a hastily-called special meeting Wednesday, and after a national search, Dr. Darrell P. Kruger was named provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University. The ASU press release said that Kruger comes to Appalachian from the University of New Orleans, where Full Story

 
Crimestoppers: Man Assaulted, Robbed

Boone Police is seeking public help in a robbery and assault from early Sunday, March 29th in Boone.  It was at around 2:00 AM Sunday that a 21 year old Troutman NC man was assaulted and robbed while attending a social event at the Moose Lodge at 607 Deerfield Road in Boone. Police say Full Story

 
Gas Gap, Gas Tax, Road Repairs...

I know it’s hard to complain about gas prices a dollar a gallon less than last year, but it’s hard to miss the gap between prices paid for gas in the High Country and areas just out of the High Country—again.  After a price spike from rebounding oil prices and the switch to more expensive Full Story

 
The Year of the Scam--New Warnings

Scams of every type and description are being reported to area law enforcement, prompting Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman and Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford to report that both have Full Story

 
One Killed, One Airlifted After Sunday Night Crash

The NC State Patrol has identified the Tennessee man, a passenger in a vehicle traveling in Watauga County, who was killed while the driver was airlifted after a rollover crash in the Triplett area just after 8 Sunday night.  The Crash was reported at 8:11pm in the 2400 block of Elk Creek Road, Full Story

 
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