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Obama ridicules McCain at Town HallDemocratic presidential contender Barack Obama used a Greensboro Town Hall to ridicule Republican rival John McCain, the Associated Press reports. 
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New policy: All deaths in mental hospitals reportedA new policy requires that all deaths in state mental hospitals will be reported to local medical examiners. 
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Saratoga structure fire turns wildfire

A late night structure fire spread to a nearby hillside after destroying a residence on Saratoga Drive in Boone yesterday.

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Caldwell authorities seek missing teen

A teenager last seen when her grandfather dropped her off at West Caldwell High School March 18 is being sought by family, friends and authorities.

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Driveway complicates Saddle Club blazeDetails are still to be released in a late night fire that claimed a residence on Saratoga Drive in Boone yesterday. Full Story
Burglars hit Banner Elk business





B.J.’s Resort Wear on Main Street in Banner Elk was the victim of an early Saturday burglary.

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K-9 helps arrest Newland 2

Joe Norwood Avery County’s drug dogs helped make three drug arrests last week, deputies say.

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Fight leads to Newland arrestsAvery officers had to break up a fight last Friday in Newland.
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Georgia fugitive apprehendedFishbackAvery deputies apprehended a Georgia fugitive Monday. 
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He "got a good scare," police say

Banner Elk officials told Aisling Broadcasting that whoever tried to chop down a power pole at the Old Cannon Hospital yesterday likely “got a good scare.”



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Inspectors at Broughton

Broughton Hospital has a few unexpected visitors.

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Obama Town Hall today

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will be in North Carolina today. He plans on hosting a Town Hall in Greensboro.

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38 jobs come to McDowellSuperior Machine Company of S.C. Inc., a firm specializing in the steel and rock-crushing industries, announced yesterday its plans to expand in McDowell County. Full Story
Two charged in Cocaine trafficking

Two individuals face cocaine trafficking charges stemming from a vehicle stopped for not having its headlights on.

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Suspect chops power pole, starts fireA small fire this afternoon at the Old Cannon Hospital in Banner Elk was more of a nuisance than anything else, officials say.
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Library makes the move

The Ashe County Public Library is supposed to move this week.

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Democratic candidates to visit N.C.

Both Democratic presidential contenders, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, plan to visit North Carolina again this week.

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Duke Energy recognizes Lenoir for recruiting GoogleDuke Energy recognized both the city of Lenoir and Caldwell County yesterday during a special ceremony. 
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Appalachian College Association selects new presidentThe Appalachian College Association has selected a new president, Paul B. Chewning. Chewning will succeed Alice Brown who has held the position since 1983. 
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