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New Vandalism Law Heads to Governor's Desk

You could call it felony scribbling—but it could soon be signed into law—House Bill 552 that would greatly increase fines for graffiti—painting or scribbling on property public or private.  The measure, which passed the State House by a wide margin, did so in the Senate last week, but Full Story

Elderly Man Found OK After Long Search

It was a long and sometimes frustrating day of searching as volunteers from the Deep Gap and Blowing Rock Fire Departments, Watauga Rescue, Watauga Emergency Management and others searched for an 83-year old Deep Gap man after he went missing during his morning walk. Full Story

Yancey, McDowell Men Sentenced for Porn

A Yancey County man was sentenced to nearly 22 years of Federal prison time for production of child pornography Thursday while another porn case caused an active term for a McDowell man. In the Yancey case, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Patrick Ronald Silva, 44, Full Story

Caldwell Thrilled To Receive World Cup Call

You can go through the camps, in the U.S. and overseas. You can see others come and go, as you keep getting called in, and wonder if the chance will come. Until the call comes, though, you’re never quite sure if you’ve done enough to make it.

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BREMCO: One Of The Best for Millennial Jobs

If you are a ‘Millennial,’ born from 1981 to 1997—currently 18 to 34 years of age, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation may be one of the best places for you to work.  BREMCO has been named one of the best places to work for Millennial employees in America, according to a Full Story

Woman Flees Kidnap Attempt, Suspect Arrested

Lenoir Police have made an arrest with a felony stop after an 83-year old Lenoir woman reported an armed man tried to force her to her car on the lot of a local food store.  The Lenoir release says that Helen Rogers Embler had just finished her  shopping Wednesday afternoon at Just Full Story

Credit Card Creation Fraud Suspects Sought

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On May 11th, Boone Police received a report that two suspects had made fraudulent purchases at the Food Lion on Watauga Village Drive and at the Food Lion on Hwy 421.  The suspects, Full Story

Two Charged in Boone Car Theft

Boone Police report the arrest of two women from last week in the theft of a car.  After their arrest by Wilkesboro Police, the Boone Police Department charged May 20th with the car theft. Donna Louise Oliver, 54, and Trina Marie Bowie, 53 years-of-age, both listing Hwy 194 N, Boone Full Story

Boone #1 Commuter Community

Obrella, an insurance website, published a list of the most commuter friendly cities and states, and while North Carolina came in right in the middle of the pack—25th—the site ranked the top 25 commuter cities in the state, and said Boone is the #1 commuter city in North Carolina. The cite also Full Story

Bill To Make Graffiti a Felony Near Becoming Law

Another western NC town is concerned enough about vandalism—spray painting and otherwise damaging property—public or private—that they’ve gotten their legislators involved in making for tougher penalties for people who spray or scribble damaging property. And the bill would apply to the Full Story

Football Hands Out Spring Awards

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football doled out its spring performance awards during its first team meeting of the summer on Monday evening at the

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More Samaritan's Purse Help Headed to Nepal

Samaritan’s Purse has a plane on its way today to help the thousands of homeless Nepalese earthquake victims are now bracing themselves for the potential of even greater catastrophe from the heavy rains and mudslides.  The weather changes in June with the monsoon season typically Full Story

Corbin Joins Colts

BOONE, N.C. — Offensive lineman Will Corbin (Dunn, N.C./Triton) became the third member of Appalachian State University’s 2014 football squad to join the National Football League ranks on Tuesday when he signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Famous Flier, Lees-McRae Alum, Remembered

Finishing up news from the Memorial Day weekend, there is a news item that ties a famous veteran to the local area. Thomas W. Ferebee was the bombardier aboard the B-29 Superfortress, Enola Gay, who dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, Little Boy, on Hiroshima in 1945. The Greensboro Full Story

Pope Named Exec Director at Grandfather Mountain

After what they called ‘an exhaustive nine-month search,’ the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Board of Directors named someone close to their mission as the new executive director. The release said the board has named Jesse B. Pope Jr. of Newland the nonprofit’s Full Story

Crowd, Watauga Community Band Celebrates Gazebo

On a picture perfect Sunday afternoon, the Watauga Community Band christened the new Rotary Gazebo in Blowing Rock Park, surrounded by hundreds of folks there taking in the music, the beautiful day and the beautiful new structure.  The band performed its traditional Memorial Day concert in Full Story

Boone Falls to Chattanooga--Just Barely

Finally, a population 10 times the size of Boone won out, that after voters for Boone narrowed the gap in the finals for the south region in the ‘Best Towns Outside’ competition. Boone took out the number 2 seed beating Athens, Georgia last week in our south bracket, but the the #1 seed Full Story

Cardiologist Dies From Injuries in Parkway Bike Crash

A Lancaster Pennsylvania cardiologist died last Monday after suffering head and other injuries in a bicycle crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway two weeks ago.  Dr. Jerry Luck Jr. was cycling with his son, Carter, when he lost control on the Blue Ridge Parkway while descending in the area Full Story

Boone Police Identify Deceased Young Man

Boone Police have identified the young man who died early Friday in an incident on Robin Lane In Boone.  Boone Police identified the teen as John Dakota Merriss, 18 years-of-age, of Boone. The Saturday release from police said only that their investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Full Story

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