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Two Charged in Watauga Heroin Sweep

Tuesday, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police Department conducted two joint undercover operations, seizing 2.2 grams of Heroin.  The arrests were part of a joint investigation by both agencies into the sell and distribution of Heroin in Watauga County. Full Story

ASU Student Death Still Under Investigation

Boone Police are awaiting toxicology results in their investigation into the death of an Appalachian State University senior was found dead last weekend.  Taylor David Pavlick, 21, was found dead in his King Street apartment on Sunday evening around 6 when a roommate returned. Boone Police Full Story

Fire Totals Boone Home, Kills Pets

A wood stove is being blamed for a fire that totaled a two-story Boone home. The fire call came in at 1:29 p.m., firefighters finding the 103 Rocky Lane in Boone home fully engulfed in flames, and the firefighting effort was on for firefighters from Boone and Deep Gap fire departments, Full Story

Moore Selected for SoCon Hall of Fame

Former Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moore has been selected for induction to the Southern Conference Hall of Fame, the SoCon announced on Thursday. He will be formally inducted

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Two Charged in Business Break OUT

Caldwell Sheriff Alan C. Jones announced that a December 16, 2013 incident at the Q Express on Abington Road in Lenoir has now led to two arrests.  A review of the surveillance footage inside the business showed that just prior to closing time, a male and a female entered the business, the surveillance Full Story

One Day; Three Ashe House Fires

Ashe County firefighters battled blazes at three structure fires yesterday, taking on the challenges of extreme cold and icy, snow-covered access in all three.  The most loss came in an early afternoon fire in the Jefferson district, a rental house at 5229 US 221 North. A number of departments joined the Full Story

ASU Best-Buy School

Appalachian State University is one of 150 institutions included in The Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of “The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In.” The publication profiles, but does not rank, 75 public and 75 private institutions based on surveys conducted Full Story

NC Unemployment Below 7% in December

Fewer employed, fewer unemployed, that as the North Carolina seasonally adjusted unemployment rate landed at 6.9 percent in December, decreasing 0.5 of a percentage point from the previous month, and falling 2.5 percentage points from December 2012. Over the month, the number of persons unemployed Full Story

More Utility Scams Reported

More utility scam calls are being reported by area electric utility companies, the latest reported by BREMCO yesterday morning, as a local customer received the call demanding immediate payment, which the customer made, only to find out in a follow-up call to the utility, that BREMCO makes no such calls, Full Story

Tiffany Christian to Seek Watauga Ed Board Seat

Dr. Tiffany Christian has officially formed her election committee with the intention of filing for candidacy for the Watauga County Board of Education while filing opens February 10th.  Dr. Christian is the mother of 4, and married to a retired Army Veteran.  She and her family live in the Meat Camp area Full Story

Snow Travel Troubles, Wrecks

The rest of the state got to experience what the High Country has for the winter season, and while we’ve had schools close and lots of schedule changes, many Foothills, but especially Piedmont and Coastal Plain areas are at a stand-still with a fraction of the precipitation we get.  But many of these Full Story

Snow Falling, DOT Working to Clear Roads

While the N.C. Department of Transportation continues de-icing operations throughout the northwestern part of the state today, some crews from that region will head east to assist with snow and ice removal. Division 11, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes Full Story

Blowing Rock Man Charged in Caldwell

A Blowing Rock man is facing drug charges in Caldwell County after an arrest Friday.  43-year-old Shawn Allen Valdez was arrested in Granite Falls on felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin, and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for a controlled substance. Full Story

Snow Sandwiches the State West and East

Temperatures overnight did not fall as predicted, but that was because of cloud cover that is bringing a blast of snow to the High Country, and has caused schools to change schedules. Click on Closings and Cancellations for the latest. Snow is sandwiching the state with accumulation in the far west Full Story

New Members for App Health Dept. Board

The Appalachian District Health Department announced the three newest appointees to the Board of Health. They are Natasha Greer-Pennington (Pharmacist, Ashe County), Randy Revis (Public, Ashe County), and Jeffrey Tiller (Engineer, Watauga County). Members are appointed for a three-year term and Full Story

Disaster Loans Available From 2013 Rains

Watauga County and the State of NC have been working with FEMA/SBA on  low interest loans for disaster relief for farmers due to the heavy rains in 2013. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.875 percent for private

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