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Fire Damages Home in Eastern Watauga

There was damage to a home after flammable materials too close to a heater ignited Tuesday morning.  The 9:40am call was to a residence at 280 Cara Lane, just off of Little Laurel a short distance off of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The resident called in the fire, saying a bathroom was on fire, Full Story

 
Tomorrow: New ASU Chancellor

The announcement will be made in Chapel Hill tomorrow morning, but the choice will affect the High Country for some time to come—the choice of Chancellor for Appalachian State University. The UNC system Board of Governors will make that announcement in a special meeting at 10:30 a.m. Full Story

 
Crime Spree Suspect Cornered in Coop

It was a crime spree—but maybe not a very successful one—for a North Wilkesboro man, charged with attempted robbery and attempted breaking and entering in connection with a series of incidents Sunday afternoon. Steven Lamar Ammons, 45, of Jennings Road was arrested late Sunday Full Story

 
Pioneers Release 2014 Football Schedule

Watauga High football coach Ryan Habich released his schedule for the 2014 season on Monday. The Pioneers, who were 8-4 last season and lost to Indian Trail-Porter Ridge in the opening round of the

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Appalachian State Holds Annual Pro Day

Fourteen National Football League teams were represented at Appalachian State University’s annual Pro Day on Monday afternoon. Pro Day activities were held in the Appalachian Athletics Center and Sofield

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Yates Gets Reply--Not an Answer

Watauga Republican Party Chair Anne-Marie Yates got an reply, not action in her request for information about political activity of ASU employees of the university on the job or using state facilities.  In a letter to UNC Board of Governors  Chairman Peter Hans, Watauga Watauga Republican Party Chair Full Story

 
Final Goodbye for Fallen Officer, Burke Couple

A day to say goodbye—the funeral today for the lawman killed in the search for a Burke County murder suspect last week and the parents also killed. Family, friends and law enforcement officers gathered in Marion at West Court Baptist Church yesterday afternoon for a more private goodbye Full Story

 
GOP Request for ASU Info Now to State

Stonewalling—that’s what Watauga Republican Party Chair Anne-Marie Yates calls action from ASU about her request for information about political activity of employees of the university on the job or using state facilities.  In a letter to UNC Board of Governors  Chairman Peter Hans, Watauga Republican Full Story

 
Salute to Fallen Officer Stretches 100 Miles

While family members are preparing for the funeral of a U.S. Forest Service officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday a procession stretching 100 miles along Interstate 40 Thursday paid tribute to the fallen officer. Officer Jason Crisp was shot and killed during a search for a murder suspect Wednesday. Full Story

 
Investigation Follows Path of Whisnant

State, Federal, and Burke County investigators are still following the path of Troy Whisnant during the time after he killed his father and step-mother at their Fish Hatchery Road home, saying that around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Whisnant’s parent’s vehicle was found in someone’s yard in McDowell County, Full Story

 
Two Young Women Escape Burning House

Ashe County Fire investigators say that an electrical problem caused a fire that totaled a rental house early yesterday morning, the occupants barely able to get out as the house burned.  Ashe Fire Marshal Bob Davis said that Kayla Barker and another young woman had just been living Full Story

 
Watauga High Cadet Honored By Watauga BOE

At the Monday night meeting of the Watauga Board of Education, Cadet Corporal Lily McDannold was named the "Outstanding Cadet of the Year" in the Marine Corps JROTC program at Watauga High School. With her and making the presentation is Senior Marine Instructor Gerald Harper, Lt. Col., Full Story

 
School Social Workers Recognized at BOE

Student Services Director Dr. Paul Holden presented School Social Workers Amy Michael, Jennifer Wandler, and Denise Presnell to the Board for recognition, calling them "exceptional" and "exemplary" in serving students at the Monday night Watauga Board of Education meeting. Not shown: social worker Full Story

 
New Student Rep. For Watauga BOE

Joelle Page (at left) was officially appointed a student representative to the Watauga Board of Education Monday night at the board meeting at the Gragg Education Center. She is joining Patrick Williamson (at right) as one of two Watauga High School students in that role.

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Federal Officer, Suspect, Couple Killed

The Table Rock community of Burke County is reeling after the discovery of a local couple dead in their Fish Hatchery Road home, then the slaying of a Federal officer and finally the suspect—the couple’s son. A welfare check on Levi and Rhonda Whisnant at their 5504 Fish Hatchery Road home led to Full Story

 
Fires Damage Structures, Woodlands

Ashe County Fire investigators are probing the cause of morning fire in the Crumpler area, a blaze battled by a number of Ashe Fire departments.  The  call came in at about 7:45 this morning to 5885 Old NC 16 North, with New River and other departments soon on the scene.  Within minutes Full Story

 
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