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Chapman on Rimington Trophy Watch List

NEW YORK — Appalachian State University senior center Jesse Chapman (Cookeville, Tenn./Cookeville) is one of 63 student-athletes on the official fall watch list for the 16th-annual Rimington Trophy, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced on Wednesday. The

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Infant Killed in Freak Car Crash

Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 Tuesday night, the caller from the Sunset Street Mobile Home Park reporting that a child had been run over by a car.  Arriving Lenoir officers and Emergency Services Personnel found an infant child underneath a vehicle—the child was pronounced Full Story

 
Boone ETJ; Round Two in Raleigh Today

Today, the fate of Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction or ETJ is in court in Raleigh as a three-judge panel hears the merits of the case of Boone verses the State of North Carolina.  A Bill filed by Senator Dan Soucek and guided through the house by Representative Jonathan Jordan Full Story

 
Area Housing Prices Spike in May

Housing prices are finally rebounding, following a rebound in sales that started in earnest  a year ago, according to the monthly report from the High Country Association of Realtors.  That report  showed that local real estate sales in May remained steady as the summer season began, Full Story

 
High Impact Land Use; New Hearing July 21st

Both sides brought out the children factor—either in photos or in person— in their arguments for and against a Maymead asphalt plant and the issues surrounding more stringent High Impact Land Use definitions for Watauga County Tuesday.  Even Maymead representative Ann Ward Full Story

 
Cox on Maxwell Award Watch List

PHILADELPHIA — Appalachian State University junior running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) is one of 80 student-athletes on the official watch list for the 79th-annual Maxwell Award, the Maxwell

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First Day Filings: Contested Races Abound

There will be a number of contested races in the 2015 municipal vote in November, that evident after only the first day of filing, including a race for Mayor of Blowing Rock. There was a good mix of new and incumbent candidates filing for office at the Watauga Board of Elections Full Story

 
High Country W.A.T.C.H. Gets Hearing Time

Not to be outdone, the members of High Country W.A.T.C.H., Susie Winters, David Sental, and Elaine Gray, have asked and received more time to rebut points expected to be made by a representative of Maymead at this morning’s Watauga Commission meeting. Full Story

 
Suspect Sought in Theft, Sale of Stolen Goods

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek public assistance in a June 18th a Breaking and Entering that occurred at an apartment located on Farthing Street.  On June 19th, an unidentified black male sold an item taken during the Breaking and Entering to A&S Trade Full Story

 
Crimestoppers: Church Vandalism, Cemetery Theft

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek public assistance in a theft from a cemetery and vandalism to a church.  On the evening of Wednesday, July 1st or the early morning hours of Thursday, July 2nd, someone entered into the equipment shed at Mt. Lawn Cemetery. Full Story

 
Crowd Gathers for Municipal Candidates Filing

There was a good mix of new and incumbent candidates filing for office at the Watauga Board of Elections Office as the filing period opened at 8 this morning. Former Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson and incumbent Council member Lynne Mason were first in line, followed by challengers Jennifer Teague Full Story

 
Five Busted in Prostitution Sting

Boone Police say five men have been arrested and charged by the department with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution after a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels. The police release says that on July 2nd, Boone Police utilized online advertisements offering prostitution Full Story

 
Land Use, Water Intake Set For Tuesday Hearings

Controversial land use issues will gear up again over the next two weeks, with the issue of High Impact Land Use—and specifically of late, asphalt plants—will take center stage at Tuesday morning’s Watauga Commission meeting while the Boone Water intake project will be front and center at Full Story

 
Unemployment Jumps in Most of NC Counties

We may not be out of the woods economically, that showing up in not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates that increased in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in May, decreased in two counties, and remained unchanged in one county while all fifteen the state’s metro areas experienced Full Story

 
Strickland Names Bolick Assistant Coach

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the hiring of assistant coach Brittany Bolick on Thursday. Bolick served as a volunteer assistant coach on

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'Burlaped Bandit' Busted in Break-In

Stealing the camera was not enough to cover the crime of an Avery County break-in suspect, and he now has an infamous moniker—the ‘Burlap Bandit,’ one of several Avery arrests of note.  Last Saturday, Investigators with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at a business Full Story

 
Woman Charged with Indecent Liberties

A woman found hiding in a closet of an Avery County house has been arrested for Indecent Liberties with a Child.  On June 9th, Crystal Michelle Ducheneau was arrested for on the child sex count and was taken to the Avery County Jail.  Ducheneau was released on a $25,000.00 secured bond, and was set a Full Story

 
Mack Brown Incorporated Sold

The deal is apparently done, and a long-time family business in the High Country has changed hands with the sale of Mack Brown Incorporated to a vehicle sales operation with a regional footprint.  New banners are up, soon to be followed by signs, flying the name of Discovery Chevrolet, Buick, Full Story

 
Blowing Rock Gets Promise on 321 Project

The question as to whether a civic organization can get the attention of and action from an agency like the NC Department of Transportation was answered yesterday in Blowing Rock with a rather resounding ‘yes.” The Blowing Rock community came together, represented by over 150 folks at the Full Story

 
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