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Best Western Deaths Suit Revealed

“We want carbon monoxide detectors in every room of every hotel in the country,” that from Kris Hauschildt, daughter of a Washington State couple killed at the Boone Best Western Hotel April 16th, 2013.  At a Charlotte legal firm Tuesday morning, lawyers representing family members of Daryl and Shirley Full Story

End Begins, Brings New Beginning

The end has begun—and there’s a new beginning for properties of the old Red Carpet Inn and the Scottish Inn, longtime residents of Blowing Rock Road, that after the closing on the purchase of the property came Friday. Now, the Standard of Boone is owner of the properties.  Even before the Full Story

Suit Filing Today in Best Western Deaths

It is approaching two years—the time since a Washington State couple died at the Boone Best Western Hotel, and today, attorneys for the family will announce in Charlotte that they have filed a lawsuit.  Daryl and Shirley Jenkins, the Longview, Wash. Couple, died of carbon monoxide Full Story

Damage Extensive, Injuries Slight in Crash

There were several mostly minor injuries in a multi-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon almost in front of Tweetsie on US 321, but the crash totaled at least one vehicle and caused one vehicle to careen off of the highway and up into the woods.  Blowing Rock Fire/Rescue responded along with two Full Story

Dog Alerts Woman to Early Morning Fire

A Valle Crucis woman escaped her burning home early Saturday morning thanks to her dog waking her to the danger.  The 1am fire call sent Foscoe and other Watauga departments to 4660 Highway 194 South where they found one section of the 86-year old home place fully involved in fire.

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Mauldin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Watauga High football coach Bill Mauldin was presented The Lifetime Membership Award from the North Carolina Football Coaches Association on Saturday. The award is looked upon as a type of Hall of Fame award for North Carolina High School football coaches. It was presented Full Story

Watauga Man Charged in Sex Assault

A Watauga County man has been arrested on a number of Sexual Offense counts after an incident earlier this week.  On Wednesday, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible sexual assault that had occurred at a house in the Meat Camp Community of Watauga County. Full Story

Statement From Williams On Smith's Passing

“It’s such a great loss for North Carolina – our state, the University, of course the Tar Heel basketball program, but really the entire basketball world. We lost one of our

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Blowing Rock Economy Rebounds

After looking at expansion of the High Country Economy, last week focusing on a number of Boone projects, Blowing Rock is reporting evidence of their expanding economy, with occupancy tax revenues in Blowing Rock increased by 5.5% in 2014 from the previous year, showing lots of visitors lodging Full Story

Dean Smith Passes Away At Age 83

Former University of North Carolina head men’s basketball coach Dean Smith died Saturday evening in Chapel Hill. He was 83 years old. Smith was the head coach of the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, retiring as the winningest coach in college basketball. He led the Tar Heels to national championships in 1982 and 1993, to 13

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Everts Issues Statement on Student Deaths

With the loss of nine Appalachian students during the current academic year, Chancellor Sheri Everts reached out to the Appalachian Community yesterday with a statement about the losses and some steps to take to mitigate the losses.  Her statement: We have experienced many tragedies Full Story

App Open Spring Practice Saturday

Appalachian State University football became the second NCAA Division I FBS program in the country to begin spring practice when it held its first of 15 spring workouts on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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Schools Report Prompts Political Jabs

While the changes in school ratings—and all major testing indices—are somewhat confusing, the results immediately became the point of some political criticism of Representative Jonathan Jordan, with  Gerrick Brenner, Executive Director of Progress NC Action, a North Carolina based advocacy group, Full Story

School Report Card: Up To Interpretation

We’re sorting through a number of metrics—the report card of all school systems in the state—looking at our schools in Ashe, Avery, and Watauga, and dealing with a new grading system for the state’s schools, trying to determine what the new grades say about our schools and how our Full Story

McDonough Honored By NFHS


Watauga High girls' cross country coach Randy McDonough was recently named the South Sectional Cross Country Coach of the Year, which is presented by the NFHS (National Federation of State HighSchool Athletic Association) for girls' cross country. The South Sectional consists Full Story

Foxx 'Unfunded Mandates' Bill Clears House

The House of Representatives yesterday passed a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx that would shed light on how federal policies impact the budgets of state and local governments and private sector employers. The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, Full Story

Building Boom to Change Boone

Boone is on the cusp of an explosion of development, with major projects and investments in Boone that will change our views of this town for years to come.  One of the new projects will reshape the corner of Water Street and Poplar Grove Road, where for years folks went to the FCX then Full Story

App State Welcomes Incoming Class of 22

The Appalachian State University football team has officially welcomed 22 new student-athletes to its program following Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The class of

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3 More Sentenced in 'Dixie Crystal' Bust

On Monday February 2, 2015, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees handed down prison sentences to three men—one from West Jefferson, one from Hudson— for their involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking ring, according to Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for Full Story

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