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Updated: Warner’s first appearance


18-year-old dog cruelty suspect Anna Mae Warner had her first court appearance today, and she had company.


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Verdict Expected in Sargeant TrialJurors could deliver a verdict today in the first-degree murder trial of Neil Matthew Sargeant. Full Story
Watauga names superintendent

Watauga County has named its new School Superintendent: Marty T. Hemric.

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Students protest concealed weapons lawsSome students at college campuses throughout the nation, including at Appalachian State University, are protesting concealed carry laws this week.  Full Story
Food, games, info and fun in the sun: Earth Day in the High Country

Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Energy Society is hosting an Earth Day extravaganza today on Sanford Mall to celebrate the environment.

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Students announce Music Festival

In honor of Earth day, two Appalachian State University business majors have an announcement.

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McDowell County Fire 50 percent contained

Sources yesterday told Aisling Broadcasting that a fire in the North Cove area of McDowell County was fifty percent contained.

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Officials still investigating Jefferson Landing BlazeAshe County fire officials are still investigating a town home fire at Jefferson Landing Friday night. 
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McHenry steamed over ad

10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry is threatening to sue over a video advertisement produced by challenger Lance Sigmon’s campaign.

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Students investigate Noose Incident

A group of well-wishing students have compiled all the data they could find on a February noose incident on the Appalachian State University campus and published a website.

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Grandfather Home Trustee receives AwardGrandfather Home Trustee Brenda White Wright has been named this year’s recipient of the YWCA Racial Justice/One Imperative Award. 
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Merlefest campers already setting up

Campers are already flocking to the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in preparation for this weekend’s MerleFest.

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Ashe Arts wants your stuffAshe County Arts Council is having its ARTifacts Yard Sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Dems give up on NC debateNorth Carolina Democrats abandoned their effort yesterday to host a presidential debate this weekend, citing time constraints and logistical issues, the Associated Press Reports. 
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NC adults say it’s all about the economyA poll released yesterday says North Carolinians believe the most important issue facing the state is the economy. 
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Investigation into crash could be lengthy

Highway patrol officials say it could take several weeks to determine if alcohol was a factor in a fatal Friday accident.

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"From my cold, dead hands," Tarleton says. Nearly 200 gather for convention

Watauga’s Democrats gathered in droves to celebrate and promote their candidates Saturday at the Watauga County Democratic Convention.


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Dems lead 1451st donation effort                    

On a related note, area Democrats joined local boy scouts in jumpstarting the donation effort for a 1451st Memorial Garden.

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Inmate caught in North Wilkesboro

An inmate who escaped from the Wilkes Correctional Center Wednesday night is back in custody.

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