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UPDATE: Fire Flattens Valle Crucis Home

Watauga Fire officials say they are still looking into the early Tuesday morning fire that totaled a house on Dutch Creek Road.  Emergency Management Director Steve Sudderth said yesterday that the home, owned by Raylin and Crystal Wilson was being repaired from earlier storm damage when Full Story

 
T-Mobile Building in High Country

It appears that area cellular users may have more choices—and lower prices—with real signal improvements, that reported by TmoNews, an unofficial T-Mobile blog, reporting significant investment of T-Mobile in our area. Boone, North Wilkesboro, Hickory, Statesville, Mocksville and Winston-Salem Full Story

 
Now Scammers Target Boone Water

I guess if you get a bill, there’s a scammer waiting to cash in.  The latest local target is the Boone Water Department, Boone Police having to issue yet another bulletin on the phone scam now telling water customers they’re about to have their water cut off and need to make a payment Full Story

 
National Pundits Weigh In on App State’s Season

With the 2014 college football season in the books, media outlets nationwide began issuing end-of-season rankings on Tuesday and Appalachian State University

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Car, TV Stolen--Twice

Wilkesboro Police are sorting out the circumstances of a report of a  stolen car and a television set from an Elm Street residence, an incident taken up by Hickory Police with yet another report of the same car stolen—again there.  The first report was filed by 49-year old Stephen Carlton who told Full Story

 
Stolen Smart Phone Outsmarts Theives

There’s the case of a smart phone so smart it outsmarted the person who received it as stolen goods—that leading back to the thief.  Wilkesboro Police were called by Christopher Neil Lackey last week, saying his phone had been stolen and that, according to tracking software in the phone, Full Story

 
Utility Scam Now Targets NRLP Customers

There’s a new local target of scammers and a new warning being issued, that as New River Light and Power is reporting calls to its customers threatening power disconnection.  The callers—some of the calls from a 704 area code, some with an 866 prefix—tell the New River customers that Full Story

 
Skier Airlifted After Slope Accident

A young skier was seriously injured on the slopes of Beech Mountain late yesterday afternoon and was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center.  The accident occurred around 4:30, the 26-year old said to be unconscious and suffering a head injury with labored breathing, according to the Full Story

 
Man Burned in Thursday Dawn House Fire

An Ashe County man suffered burns in an early morning fire yesterday that heavily damaged his home near the Virginia line.  At 6:10 yesterday morning, fire was reported at a house at 1275 Spencer Branch Road above Lansing and Helton.  First arriving fire units reported the fire already well ahead Full Story

 
Anna Smith Investigation: Suicide

On September 13, 2014, the body of Appalachian State University student Anna Smith was found in a wooded area off of Popular Grove Road in Boone. Prior to this discovery, Appalachian State University Police and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations had been investigating Smith's disappearance. Full Story

 
Howard's Knob Tract Gifted to Boone

After a number of discussions in executive session on the part of the Boone Town Council, and at the direction of the Boone Town Council, Mayor Andy Ball has signed a deed for property on Howard's Knob as a gift from Dr. Richard Stahl. Stahl said in the town release, "I want to thank Mayor Full Story

 
BREMCO Asks Customers to Cut Usage

At the request of its wholesale power provider, Duke Energy, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is asking members to voluntarily reduce electricity usage over the next 24 hours—especially this morning—due to extreme cold temperatures causing significant spikes in electricity Full Story

 
Here Comes the COLD

The blast of cold air that has brought below zero conditions to the Great Lakes and plains is making its way into the High Country, with morning temperatures in the low to mid 20’s expected to only drop as the day goes along, eventually approaching zero over the next 24 hours or so.  With overworked Full Story

 
Guilty Plea Yields 5 to 10-Year Sentence

A Watauga County man was sentenced to just under 5 to nearly 11 years in prison yesterday after entering a guilty plea to sex offenses.  Timothy Edward Taylor, 36, entered a guilty plea to one count of First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and three counts of Third Degree Full Story

 
Ashe Gun Permits Now On Line

As of the First of January, applying for gun permits in Ashe County is now simpler and more convenient.  The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program called Permitium, which allows citizen to apply and pay for handgun purchase permits, and say that in the near future Full Story

 
New Year's Raid Leads to Arrest

Friday, Lenoir Police issued a release telling of officers of the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit serving a search warrant on a residence New Year’s Eve at 1330 SW Underdown Avenue in Lenoir.  During the search, officers said they found 38 grams of powder cocaine, approximately Full Story

 
Avery Woman Charged in Boone Theft, Fraud

On November 8th, Boone Police received a report of a pocketbook taken from an automobile on Watauga Village Drive.  As a result of the investigation, on December 30th, Boone Police Department investigators arrested Patricia Maria Tucker, 48 years-of-age, of Newland, Full Story

 
Methamphetamine Conspiracy Investigations Land 57 Defendants

Methamphetamine Conspiracy investigations land 57 defendants in Federal prison for a total of 304 years. Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, along with many other departments in

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Lamm Selected To Medal of Honor Bowl

Appalachian State University offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) has been selected to participate in next week’s Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston,

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