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Two More Mountaineers Enter NFL Ranks

BOONE, N.C. — Former Appalachian State University offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) and defensive back Joel Ross (Damascus, Md./Damascus) agreed to join the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys, respectively, as undrafted free agents shortly following the conclusion of the 2015 National Football League Draft on Saturday. Full Story

Williams Best Western Suit To Be Filed in May

What could be the final civil action in the three deaths at the now former Best Western Hotel should come in May, that from the attorney for the Rock Hill South Carolina family of 11-year-old Jeffrey Williams, killed by carbon monoxide in Boone June 8th of 2013.  Chad E. Poteat of Poteat Law Full Story

Samaritan's Purse on Ground in Nepal

Teams with international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse based in Boone are on the ground in Kathmandu, Nepal, where a deadly earthquake devastated the capital city on April 25. In spite of the struggles, Ken Isaacs of Samaritan’s Purse said twenty-three team members from Full Story

Jordan's Eminent Domain Bill Modified, In Senate

Republican Rep. Jonathan Jordan’s House Bill 875, entitled “Restrict Municipal Eminent Domain,” was passed by the House yesterday, just making it under the legislature-imposed cut-off for bills, and is now in the senate.  The legislation, now before the senate rules and operations committee, is now Full Story

Pioneers Release 2015 Schedule

Watauga High football coach Ryan Habich, now in his third year with the Pioneers, has released the 2015 schedule. The Pioneers will open at home against Alexander Central at home on Friday, August 21.

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Injuries Reported As SUV Flips

A young man was injured as the SUV he was driving rolled over coming down from The Cottages of Boone just outside town in the early evening yesterday.  The 6:30pm crash involved a white Ford SUV as it came down Fallview Lane, the driver losing control just before a sharp curve, running off of Full Story

Best Western Suit to Watauga, Hotel Changes Name, Ownership

The lawsuit filed by the estate of Daryl and Shirley Jenkins, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Best Western in Boone, could be heard in Watauga County, that according to documents filed in Mecklenburg Superior Court in the case. The Washington State coupled died April Full Story

April 14th Wreck Proves Fatal for Rowan Man

A Rowan County man who suffered critical injuries in a crash in West Jefferson April 14th has died. Officials with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem said 66 year old Anthony Echerd of Mt. Ulla died Sunday at the hospital. Echerd was involved in a three car accident Full Story

Avery Man Charged in Catawba Meth Counts

A 50-year-old Avery County man was arrested last week in Catawba County on meth charges, according to Conover Police. Robert Paul Mclaughlin, listing a Key Field Loop Linville address, was arrested April 22nd by Conover Police. There, the Land Harbor man is charged with possession Full Story

Prison Escapee Spotted Heading West

A Greene Correctional Center inmate who escaped last week has been spotted in the Piedmont, and may be heading west, according to investigators pursuing the escaped prison inmate. Timothy Hardee has been spotted on surveillance photos that place Hardee at a pawnshop in High Point, N.C. Full Story

A Well Deserved Honor....

Watauga High cross country and track coach Randy McDonough will be presented with the National Federation award for being named National Federation of High School Assocations Section 3 Coach of the Year.

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Avery Meth Counts Yield Prison Term

Meth charges have now led to meth convictions and a sentence from nearly of 6 to over 7 years in prison.  It was April 20th that Jacquelyn Robin Boone, 38, was sentenced for manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a methamphetamine Full Story

Update on Avery Deputy Hurt in Crash

The latest update on the  Avery County Deputy, critically injured in the crash of his Sheriff’s Office cruiser early Sunday morning, is that he is somewhat better, but still in intensive care at Johnson City Medical Center, that while his passenger—who may have saved his life—is recovering back Full Story

Crimestoppers: Seeking Suspect in Stolen Phone

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On Saturday April 11, 2015, at approximately 8:00 pm, an Apple iPhone was stolen from an employee at Lowes Foods at New Market Center.  The public’s assistance is requested in identifying Full Story

Soucek Bill Limits School, State Employee 'On the Clock' Political Activity

Senator Dan Soucek is one of the sponsors of a bill that would limit teachers, board of education members, or school system employee’s activities in the political arena, as well as prohibiting state employees doing political work while on the job or on state equipment.  Changes proposed Full Story

Jordan Introduces Eminent Domain Changes

Just as the Town of Boone is ready to employ Eminent Domain as one tool in the process of building their water intake to the New River, NC House member Jonathan Jordan, who helped push legislation against Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, is taking action to modify the Eminent Full Story

Boone Neighborhood Search; Suspect Found

A man has now been taken into custody after an evening search of a residential area of Boone late yesterday, that following what appeared to  be at least one residential break-in and a near lock-down of the area.  Police asked neighbors to lock their doors after the suspect was spotted Full Story

Five Apartments Totaled in Foscoe Fire

Five groups of apartment dwellers escaped flames that totaled their Foscoe apartment in the early morning hours Saturday.  Fire was discovered at about 3:30 Saturday morning at the building at 6472 Hwy 105 South just above the Valle Crucis intersection, first arriving Foscoe Fire units Full Story

Avery Deputy in ICU After Crash in Thunderstorm

An Avery County Deputy, critically injured in the crash of his Sheriff’s Office cruiser early Sunday morning, is doing better, according to Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye.  Frye said the deputy, still not named at this point, was injured in the that crash occurred at the same time as a heavy rain Full Story

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