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Vikings in Final Four against Winston Salem Prep

For the first time in school history, the Avery Viking Basketball team is in the Final Four of the NCHSAA 1A State Playoffs. The Vikings are riding a 20-game winning streak, coming off of a 40-39 victory over the Allegheny Trojans in the Regional Semifinal on Wednesday, March 5. Full Story

 
March Madness from Mother Nature

Another blast of winter weather, another day off for area schools and maybe more days or hours added to school calendars across the High Country and Foothills. DOT crews worked the highways all night, and most are passable, as are municipal roads, but all are snow covered and any Full Story

 
No Early Voting at ASU in Split Vote

Once again, early voting will not take place on the campus of Appalachian State University during the upcoming primary elections on May 6th, that after a split 2 to 1 vote of the Watauga County Board of Elections. Board secretary Bill Aceto’s plan would include one-stop sites at: Full Story

 
Watauga Jurors DO NOT Report Next Week

One more cancellation not related to weather: Jurors for Watauga County Civil District Court for Monday March 10th do not need to report for jury service.

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February: Snow and Blow at Grandfather

February was the snowiest month of the winter so far at Grandfather Mountain, which recorded more than 13 inches during the mid-month storms.  Staff at the Entrance Gate in Linville measured 10 inches of snow Feb. 13, coupled with another two inches on Feb. 15 and yet another inch the Full Story

 
Watauga Principal of The Year Chosen

Mary Smalling, principal at Hardin Park School, has been named Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year for 2014-15. Her selection was announced in a surprise visit to Hardin Park Thursday morning by WCS Superintendent Dr. David Fonseca, Human Resources Director Dr. Stephen Martin, Full Story

 
Man Beaten in Robbery Attempt; Gang Suspect

A North Wilkesboro man reported that he was beaten in an attempted  robbery late Tuesday night, Wilkesboro Police seeking suspects early Wednesday morning in the River Street area, suspects who reportedly flashed gang signs as they beat the man.  The 23-year old white male victim reported Full Story

 
Preparation Underway for Snow, Icy Weather

Due to ice, snow and sleet predicted for tonight and tomorrow morning across its service territory, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation employees are on high alert in the event outages occur. Currently, one-tenth to one-quarter inch of ice is predicted for the area east of the Full Story

 
Foundation of CCC&TI Kicks-Off Fund Drive

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute held its Annual Fund Campaign kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, March 5 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, and the celebration extended well beyond the usual festivities. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the founding Full Story

 
Cycle Recovered, Suspect Flees in Chase

Caldwell Sheriff deputies are searching for the rider of a motorcycle who led them on a high speed chase south of Lenoir this morning.  That chase ended up in a wooded area after the rider ditched the motorcycle along a trail near Pinnacle Court.  Deputies say they tried to pull over Full Story

 
Teen ID'd as Third Church Arson Suspect

A third suspect has been identified from the July 29, 2012  burning of the North Beaver Baptist Church east of West Jefferson. Ashe Sheriff James Williams reported Monday that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office arrested the three in the Arson fire that totaled the church in an attempt to cover Full Story

 
Hughes to Return to Watauga As DSS Head

Moving one county over—the Watauga County Board of Commissioners after their Tuesday meeting, announced the appointment of Tom Hughes to the position of Department of Social Services Director. Jim Atkinson, current director, announced his retirement to be effective April 1st. Watauga Full Story

 
Google Joins Students@Work Week

Google is pleased to join Caldwell County schools and other businesses across North Carolina for Students@Work Week. The release says the goal of the week is to raise North Carolina’s graduation rate by offering middle school students a look at future opportunities in the local workplace. Full Story

 
Major Merger For Child Services Agencies

Major changes coming in a merger of two of North Carolina’s oldest and most respected child welfare agencies, Grandfather Home for Children in Avery County and Barium Springs Home for Children in Iredell.  The release on the move says the merger will better serve the state’s most at-risk children and their families Full Story

 
12 Hours in the Cold: Man Found in Foscoe

An older man survived a night—all night—out in the cold, found injured early this morning outside a Foscoe area home.  A runner found the man, initially unconscious and suffering some obvious injuries, outside a home on Townsend Trail and called for help.  Unsure of the circumstances, Full Story

 
Suspect Sought in Pharmacy Break-In

The Watauga County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in identifying the perpetrator who forced entry to the Foscoe Pharmacy last month.  The incident took place on February 14th at about 1:00 AM, with the suspect forcing the back door to the pharmacy.  There was only one item stolen Full Story

 
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