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New Life for Drew Plant in N. Wilkesboro

Here’s news we haven’t heard enough of lately—a local plant expanding and hiring to manufacture furniture.  Carolina Heritage Cabinetry owner Scott Nafe bought the former American Drew chair plant and 12 acres from La-Z-Boy Inc. last week, and is bringing new life to the Full Story

 
GE Asheville Dedication, Good News for Ashe

Speaking of economic development, there were reasons for smiles in Ashe County yesterday as an event in Asheville means more jobs in the High Country.  GE Aviation Wednesday celebrated the opening of its new advanced composites factory near Asheville with a ceremony Full Story

 
The Mash Bowl....

That phrase definitely describes Friday night's match up between the Watauga High football team and Hibriten. Both teams are battling the injury bug, and both teams are coming off disappointing losses.

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Errant Gunfire Leads to Arrest

Boone Police report that just after midnight on October 10th, officers responded to a reported gunshot at 151 Kimberly Drive.  Their investigation revealed that David Carden Britt, 21, had been cleaning a firearm inside his apartment when it discharged, the bullet traveling through Full Story

 
Torrential Rains, Winds, Tornado Tuesday

There were High Country areas that experienced flash flooding as the system that brought severe weather on its path to the NC Mountains dumped heavy rains, driven by high winds, across the area.  In one report, the American Red Cross responded to a flooded house  at 1538 Full Story

 
Suspect Sought in Assault of ASU Student

ASU Police are asking for help in finding a non-student male involved in the late Monday night assault of a female student, and are seeking Crimestoppers tips.  University Police say that at about 11:30 Monday night, they received a call to assist a student in distress behind her Full Story

 
Fire Smokes Up Ashe County High School

Fire smoked up a section of Ashe County High School yesterday afternoon, but it was after students had left for the day, and no students were in danger. Superintendent Todd Holden said a small box fan located in the school’s weight room under the gym caught fire and burned some Full Story

 
Teen Charged With Shooting His Father

Ashe County Deputies arrested an 18-year old in a Saturday morning shooting that injured his father, according to the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies arriving on the scene of the 1:30 a.m. shooting in Fleetwood arrested Christian Burch, 18, charging him with assault with a Full Story

 
Judge Orders Early Voting on ASU Campus

A Wake County Superior Court judge says both the Watauga Board of Elections and the State Board of Elections were wrong when the local board left a polling place out of plans for early voting on the ASU campus, a plan the state board certified.  Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ruled Full Story

 
Suspect Identified, Sought in Boone Bike Theft

Boone Police have identified the suspect pictured in a recent Crimestoppers alert in the theft of a bicycle from a Boone business.  Now Crimestoppers is being utilized asking public help as they seek the suspect with an active arrest warrant outstanding.  Police are seeking Cody Robert Hammond, Full Story

 
Meth Counts for Pair After Vehicle Stop

In the early morning hours of Saturday, October 11th, Avery Sheriff’s Office  Deputies stopped a vehicle they said was driven by Thomas Ward.  A female occupying the car was identified by officers as Crystal Jones.  During a search of the vehicle officers say they found a pipe and a Full Story

 
Sex Offender Charged with Social Media Use

Friday, Avery Deputies officers received information that Robert Lee Thompson, a registered sex offender in Avery County, was using social media.  A follow up investigation confirmed Thompson’s use of social media, leading them to charge  Robert Lee Thompson, 38, of Newland, for Use Full Story

 
Vehicle Search Leads to Drug Charges

On October 7th, Avery Officers conducted a vehicle stop on Beech Mountain Road where they asked driver, Jackie Allen Turbyfill, for consent to search the vehicle.  After Turbyfill gave consent for the search, a canine unit on the scene led to the location drug paraphernalia and a controlled Full Story

 
No Jury for Watauga Court

Jurors summoned for the week of October 13, 2014 in Watauga Court have been released, according to the Clerk of Court's Office.  You do not need to report. Full Story

 
Living Jazz Legend Phil Woods In concert Tuesday

Appalachian State University’s Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Faculty are hosting a concert Tuesday October 14th, on the stage of the Schaefer Center with Phil Woods; composer, arranger and bandleader, called a true American ambassador for jazz.  He has performed with nearly every Full Story

 
NC Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

The courthouse in Wake County stayed open until 7 Friday night handling the first applications for marriage licenses for Gay couples after a federal judge in Asheville ruled that North Carolina’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional Friday afternoon. In General Full Story

 
Mountaineers Trip in Overtime

Behind a record-setting performance by redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), Appalachian State University football racked up 637 yards

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Rabid Raccoons Cause Vaccination Concern

Watauga County Animal Control is asking animal owners to check closely for the dates of their pet’s rabies vaccinations, that as they have noted an increase of rabies in the raccoon population in the area.  Their release says that 7 raccoons have tested positive of late, and that Full Story

 
Boone Files Suit to Stop ETJ Loss

The town of Boone is taking legal action to challenge the state law that stripped the town’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction.  Mayor Andy Ball said,  "The Town of Boone today filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Session Law 2014-33, which would strip the Town Full Story

 
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