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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

 
Samaritan's Purse Powder 'Inert'

The FBI says the white powder delivered Friday to Samaritan’s Purse was not harmful, but came with a harmful message in the envelope.  WSOC-TV says the message was a photocopy  photo of an employee with ‘Taliban’ scrawled across it.  The receipt caused a major response of hazmat crews Full Story

 
Boone Police Probe Man's Death

Another death was reported yesterday morning in Boone. Just after 3:18 am, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to 143 Rogers Drive in Boone for a medical emergency, saying David Wade Rogers, 47 years-of-age, was found in distress at the residence.  Boone Police report Rogers Full Story

 
Mystery Deepens in Death of Lenoir Woman

They mystery is deepening in the death of a Lenoir woman, found dead Sunday morning just before 3 AM on the parking lot of a Lenoir apartment complex. Lenoir Police Officers responded to the 911 call from Creekway Apartments in which a female was reported to be unresponsive, and upon arrival, found Full Story

 
How Far Would You Drive...

A GoBlueRidge.net reader sent a shot of a gas price at 1.87.9 from a station in Mountain City Tennessee, seen Sunday.  Over the weekend, I saw regular gas at $1.99.9 at a Sam’s Club Station in Winston-Salem, John Roten Paid 194.9 in West Jefferson at the Murphy USA station connected to the Walmart Full Story

 
FBI Now Involved in Samaritan's Purse Powder Probe

In response to the white powder received in a suspicious letter at Samaritan's Purse Friday afternoon, a release came Friday night said that, the FBI is involved in what is still an active investigation with a number of state, local, and federal Full Story

 
Woman's Death Called 'Homicide'

Sunday morning at 2:49 AM, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Creekway Apartments in which a female was reported to be unresponsive outside in the yard.  Upon arrival, Officers found Hope Marie Story Webb, 39, of 2015 Connelly Springs Road, deceased and lying in the parking lot. Full Story

 
App Student Dies After Medical Call

Friday night, just before 9:15 PM, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to 325 Yosef Drive, Boone NC, to a reported medical emergency.  Michael C. Schmitt, 23 years-of-age, was found in distress and transported to Watauga Medical Center where he died.  Mr. Schmitt was a student Full Story

 
Hazmat Investigation at Samaritan's Purse

A suspicious white powder, contained in an envelope delivered to Samaritan’s Purse Friday afternoon, caused hazmat teams from Asheville and Greensboro to converge on the Bamboo Road compound to deal with the substance.  The letter was opened around 2 Friday afternoon, and the discovery Full Story

 
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