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WeCAN Gift to Give Utility Assistance

Just in time for another blast of winter weather, the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) received a $5000 surprise gift from the High Country United Way. WeCAN will use the funds to help Watauga residents in need of utility assistance during the cold weeks that lie ahead.  United Way Full Story

Rally for the Book

As the Watauga Board of Education prepared to make its decision about use of the controversial book, The House of the Spirits, a rally was held in the ASU Student Union with teacher involved, Mary Kent Whitaker of Watauga High School, even author  Isabel Allende, who commented by video email, Full Story

High Winds, Low Humidity= High Fire Danger

High winds, low humidity equal high fire danger, causing fire officials to ask for extra caution today.  Watauga Fire Marshal Steve Sudderth said that with the winds and humidity below 20% , Watauga County will be in an increased fire danger today—the NC Forest Service reporting a readiness Full Story

Watauga Teachers of the Year

The 2014-15 Teachers of the Year in the Watauga County Schools have been chosen and the list of those selected for the honor includes Melissa Miller of Bethel, Janet Orr of Blowing Rock, Cynthia Townsend of Cove Creek, Kirbi Bell of Green Valley, Erin Selle of Hardin Park, Lauren Dotson of Mabel, Full Story

NC Ready4Work Launched at CCC&TI

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute on Wednesday hosted officials from the North Carolina Community College System for the launch of the statewide NCReady4Work initiative. The first in a series of statewide learning summits was held at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Full Story

Book Challenge Meeting Moved

The Watauga County Board of Education, late yesterday afternoon, moved their meeting regarding the use of The House of the Spirits, a controversial book used in an honors sophomore English class at Watauga High, the meeting moved to courtroom one of the Watauga County Full Story

Woman Killed in Alexander Fire

A fire in Alexander county claimed the life of a woman after her husband discovered that she was trapped inside their burning home.  Investigators say 61-year old Barbara Davis, who was disabled, died in that McClellan Lane fire.  Her husband came home to find their mobile home on fire shortly before five Full Story

Two Charged in Lowes Foods Larcenies

Two Catawba County men were arrested by Boone Police Sunday after a reported theft from Lowes Foods at the New Market Center.  While officers were responding, the suspect vehicle was located and stopped near NC Hwy 105 and US Hwy 321.  With the traffic stop, Derrick Weaver, 48, Full Story

Suspect Arrested in Church Break-Ins

On Sunday morning,  February 23rd, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received reports of Breaking, Entering and Larceny from two different churches in the Deal Mill Road area of Caldwell County.  The break ins were at Center Grove Baptist Church of 3176 Deal Mill Rd, Hudson and Mt. Carmel Full Story

Mountain City Man Charged in Local Crimes

Monday, February 24, Boone Police arrested Michael Ray Mabe, 22, of Mountain City, TN. In connection with a number of crimes, including a Felony Break-In. Mabe surrendered himself to investigators at the Boone Police Department and was charged on warrants taken by the Watauga Full Story

Morganton Man Charged in Boone Robbery

Boone Police have charged a Morganton man in connection with the robbery at the Boone Walgreens just over a week ago. The release said Keith Brandon Cunningham, 20, was arrested for Felonious Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and two counts of Felonious Tracking in Opiates. Full Story

Tickets Needed: Seating Limited in Book Challenge

With a possible overflow crowd expected at the Board of Education office tomorrow night, the Watauga County Board of Education will hear the final appeal regarding the use of The House of the Spirits in a public meeting, but one restricted in the number that can occupy the meeting room. Full Story

Celebrating the Darkness; Star Park

There’s a new designation for an old site in Yancey County, as the Blue Ridge Observatory and Star Park has been established, situated six miles west of Spruce Pine.  In honor of notable local efforts to preserve the natural nighttime landscape of western North Carolina, the International Dark-Sky Full Story

Bumgarner Named Opening Day Starter

The San Francisco Giants, who were plagued by injuries last season, have named Madison Bumgarner their opening-day starter on March 31 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bumgarner, now in his fifth year with the Giants, was 13-9 last season with a 2.77 earned-run-averageHe made 31 appearances last season, all of them starts. He had 199 strikeouts in 201 1/3 innings of work. He gave up 62 walks, and he gave up Full Story

Public Heard on Watauga One-Stop Voting

The doors were opened and the crowds came—the Watauga Board of Elections holding an open session to hear ideas from the public as to where to vote in One-Stop voting.  The task for the board has changed with new legislation restricting polling places from being located at privately owned Full Story

Fonseca Issues Statement on Threat Letters

As the issue of a controversial book in the sophomore honors English class at Watauga High turned into a criminal matter late last week with threatening letters set to several Watauga High teachers, Dr. David Fonseca, superintendent of Watauga Schools, issued his own statement on the Full Story

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