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Avery County Arrests

Two Arrests have been reported in Avery County. Seventeen year old

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Tougher Penalties for Gang Crime

A national organization has come to North Carolina to argue against what it calls harsh penalties in a bill in the General Assembly designed to crack down on street gangs.

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Second Chance for Young Offenders

Adults convicted of nonviolent felonies at ages 16 and 17 could have those crimes removed from their records in a bill recommended Tuesday by a state Senate committee.

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Pet Food Possibly Contaminated

   Salvaged pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical was fed to hogs in as many as six states, including North Carolina.

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Official Salute to the State Flag

Flying North Carolina's flag on state property has been required for 100 years. Now the flag is about to get its own salute.

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Town Council adopts Zoning AmendmentThe Boone Town Council adopted a measure Thursday night that would prohibit medical facilities in excess of 10,000 square feet from being developed in single-family neighborhoods.

 

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Authorities Find Missing Johnson County Girls

Authorities have found two young girls who went missing after a fire early Saturday morning. Ten-year-old Shania Marie Osborne, was staying at the home of 13-year-old Tabitha Ashley Price. 

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State Troopers Cracking Down on Dangerous Drivers

State troopers will be keeping a close eye on speeders and aggressive drivers in eight North Carolina work zones beginning this week.

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Online Sex-Offender Registry Upgraded

North Carolina now has an updated sex offender registry Web site for citizens who want more specific information about where child molesters, rapists and other criminals live.

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Charges Made in Boone Restaurant Robbery

Two Boone residents have been charged with armed robbery of the Hunan Chinese Restaurant at the Southgate Shopping Center.

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Can’t Even Get a Thank You

Only 4 out of 10 businesses in the High Country expressed any appreciation for customers coming in, such as: “Thank you.” or “Have a nice day.”

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Town Council Joint Meeting On High School

The Boone Town Council unanimously agreed to join the Watauga County commissioners and Board of Education in a joint public hearing on issues concerning the new Watauga High School.


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Unemployent Holds Steady

Unemployment is holding at a 12 month low in North Carolina. The state Employment Security Commission reports the March jobless rate at 4.5 percent.

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Parts of High Country Declared Disaster Areas

Governor Mike Easley has requested the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate 56 counties across North Carolina as

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Free Clinic Open House Tuesday

Ashe County Free Medical Clinic is one of 69 free clinics taking part in a Statewide Open House sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics

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Authorities search for girls who fled

Authorities are searching for two young girls who may have fled a house fire in a pickup truck early Saturday morning.

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The VT Murders: A Son Reflects

JP Mason, a son of The High Country and a senior at Virginia Tech, sent this email home to parents Lynne and Andy, who shared this with goblueridge.net:

 I know this e-mail is a long time in coming.  I want to first thank each of you for your concern about my personal safety and wellbeing - as well as that of the larger Virginia Tech community.  Many of you I haven’t talked with in quite a while

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Two Sexual Assaults at ASUA student reported to the University Police Department that she was sexually
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Governor Easley and ASU Reaction to VA Tech

In light of the Virginia Tech tragedy...Governor Mike Easley says he would like to see a clearinghouse of ideas dedicated to improving security on college campuses.

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