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County Budget Hearing Draws Crowd

Money issues for the Watauga County Commissioners to ponder were placed before them in their budget hearing last night, hearing from some agencies who received some county funds and a number of others who not only did not receive county funds, but have had Boone funds cut blamed on county action. Full Story

 
One Killed, Five Hurt in Cove Creek Crash

A motorcyclist was killed, another airlifted, three others were taken to Watauga Medical Center after the car of a Vilas woman slammed into four motorcycles traveling US 321 in Cove Creek.  The 6:20pm crash occurred as the 2003 Audi of Jennifer Willis went left of center as she traveled toward Full Story

 
Booting Bashed at Boone Town Council

Two very different views on the issue of booting or wheel locking of vehicles were heard last night at the Boone Town Council meeting in requested appearances, John Tate who operates the parking lot monitoring service using wheel locking as enforcement, gave the history of the Full Story

 
Displaced Otters In New Grandfather Home

After a two-and-a-half-month closure for renovations, the otter habitat has reopened at Grandfather Mountain. Otters Nottaway and Luna have relocated back into the public eye, allowing their adoring fans to watch their antics from a renovated underwater viewing area. The habitat closed in late Full Story

 
Two Charged in Child Sex Counts, Intimidation

Ashe County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Joni K Baldwin, 31, of Fleetwood, who was arrested Saturday morning May 17 on Felony Child Abuse and First Degree Sexual Offense of a Child by an Adult in a case in which her husband, James Allen Jordan was arrested in January for Rape of a Full Story

 
Two Pot Growing Operations on NC 105

Two recently discovered marijuana growing operations have led to busts by the Avery Sheriff’s Office—both off of NC 105. Friday, Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office followed up on information received earlier about a possible marijuana grow on Adams Apple Drive off Hwy 105. Full Story

 
Seramur Finishes Second At States

Watauga High senior Alison Seramur closed out her prep career in style on Saturday afternoon at the NCHSAA Class 4A State Full Story

 
Art in the Park Opens in Blowing Rock

Now in its second half-century, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast. More than 35,000 people will attend the shows this year, choosing from handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, Full Story

 
Ashe Man Found Dead During Search

An Ashe County man was found dead shortly after searchers headed out into the woods this morning near his Lansing home.  Sheriff James Williams said that Eddie Adams texted his wife yesterday to say he was taking a walk—in spite of the rainy weather—and said that, due to the rain, he was Full Story

 
Mary Kent Whitaker is Watauga Teacher of the Year

It has been an interesting year for Watauga High teacher Mary Kent Whitaker, the 30-year veteran English teacher named teacher of the year for the Watauga County Schools.  In a surprise visit early today, Superintendent Dr. David Fonseca Full Story

 
Art in the Park Founder Funeral Today

As Art in the Park enters its 52nd year, opening tomorrow, there is sadness with the passing of the person the Blowing Rock Chamber credits with spearheading the drive to hold what is now a landmark event in Blowing Rock.  Edith Carter, founder of Art in the Park, passed away on Monday. Full Story

 
Search Launched for Missing Ashe Man

Ashe County searchers were called out this morning to seek a missing man who walked away from his home sometime yesterday afternoon. Sheriff James Williams said that Eddie Adams texted his wife to say he was taking a walk—in spite of the rainy weather—and said that, due to the rain, he Full Story

 
Wilkesboro to Lose Lobster; Olive Garden to Stay

Wilkesboro’s Olive Garden-Red Lobster combo is about to lose the Lobster side, that as plans were announced last week to close six Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. The company announced the move as it continues with a spinoff or sale of its Full Story

 
Rains Swell Streams, Down Trees, Cause Wrecks

The rains came—and came again, and there were some troubles that came with the heavy downpours.  For our area, trouble came in the form of swollen streams and rivers with low water bridges under water, trees down, and a number of weather related traffic accidents.  One of those Full Story

 
Funeral Plans for Joe Shannon Announced

Funeral plans for Mountain Home Music founder Joe Shannon have been announced.  Shannon, 64, passed away Tuesday after moving to be with Family in Florida, leaving Boone back in March.  Services will be held May 27th in Orange Park, FL, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials Full Story

 
Flash Flood Warning Issued

There’s a flash flood warning issued for the area, specifically Watauga and Ashe Counties.  The National Weather Service says the area has already received over two inches of rain overnight, and is predicted to receive another two before the slow-moving storms clear the area.  The frontal Full Story

 
Vilas Men Charged With Drug Counts

Last Wednesday, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in an investigation involving the sell and delivery of large amounts of Marijuana.  The investigation, which led to a search warrant, was a joint operation between the Watauga Full Story

 
$2500 Reward Offered in Ashe Break-In

Ashe authorities have issued a reward bulletin in connection with an April 12th break in and larceny at a Creston area home.  Returning home, the resident discovered a large amount of money and other items were taken from the home. Now, a $2500 reward for information resulting Full Story

 
New Amendments to CO Bill Filed

Amendments were filed yesterday to the law regulating carbon monoxide detectors in hotels passed last year in reaction to three deaths at the Boone Best Western Hotel last spring. The amendments were authored by Senators Brent Jackson and Dan Soucek to include Bed and Breakfast Full Story

 
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