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Crime spree leads to charges for Newland man

penfield.jpg Deputies say a weekend crime spree ended early Monday with the arrest of Newland’s Leland Penfield.

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Updated: And they’re off: Filing Begins

Filing for local and state candidacy began yesterday at noon and continues through February 29.

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Rep. Phillip Frye files for re-election despite DWI charge

North Carolina Representative Phillip Frye filed for reelection Monday in Spruce Pine, just over two months after being charged with driving while impaired.

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Firefighters thwart spread at 32 acresIt took most of yesterday, but a Wilkes fire dubbed the “Acorn Fire” was contained at 32 acres in Summit Ridge.  Full Story
Boone, Chapel Hill Police cooperate to apprehend robbery suspect

Boone and Chapel Hill authorities are working together to find 21-year-old Devin Dewitt Torain Agee.

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Vice President Burr?

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr told the Associated Press Monday he would accept a spot on John McCain’s presidential ticket if asked.

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Foxx not a robocaller

5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx took the “Do Not Robocall” pledge this week.

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DMV wants 104 new positionsThe North Carolian Division of Motor Vehicles plans to ask the Legislature for money to hire 104 new positions to combat longer lines. 
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'Acorn' Fire contained, 8 structures saved

A Wilkes fire the forest service has dubbed the “Acorn Fire” has been contained at 32 acres.

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Updated: Saturday armed robbery: 2 charged, 1 sought







Two people have been charged and a third is being sought in connection with a home invasion and attempted armed robbery at an apartment on Wood Circle in Boone.

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Ashe: 3 filed so far

Three people have filed for election in Ashe County, including two incumbent commissioners:  Judy Porter Poe and Marty Gambill.

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Two more join Board of Ed Race: Wilkes

With the addition of Board of Education incumbents Colleen Bush and Judith M. Walsh, a total of five people have filed for candidacy so far in Wilkes County.

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Power Restoration nearly Complete

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation’s power restoration efforts are nearly complete.

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Update: 108 acres, 36 fires in Wilkes


Firefighters are busy trying to contain a brushfire northwest of Wilkesboro- and high winds are complicating their efforts.


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Baker faces competition: Avery Register of DeedsFive Avery residents joined Bill Close in the list of candidates filed for election in Avery County. Full Story
Two more file: Deal, Kinsey

As of two p.m., two more Watauga residents have thrown their hat into the campaign ring.

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Ashe: One files so farOne person had filed for local candidacy in Ashe County, as of 1 p.m. 
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Randleman vies for Walker’s seatAs of one p.m., three people had filed for candidacy in Wilkes County, including Republican Shirley Randleman for state house representative, a position currently occupied by Republican Tracy Walker.
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EDC Chair files for Avery Commission Spot

Economic Development Chair Bill Close was the first to register for candidacy in Avery County today.

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