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ADHD: Septic & Well Permits To Be Delayed

The Appalachian District Health Department, serving Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga Counties, would like to inform the community of delays with Environmental Health permits, specifically permits needed for water protection: septic and well permits. The Appalachian District Health Full Story

Low Pressure + Hurricane Joaquin= Wet Weekend

The good news is that Hurricane Joaquin is now expected to miss the entire east coast of the US.  The bad news is that it is still adding to the mass of moisture that has inundated us for over a week now.  While Joaquin is expected to take a trek well off the coast, the moisture it is Full Story

Seven New Arrests in 3-State Meth Ring

Friday, September 25th, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, joined by three other regional and Federal law enforcement agencies, arrested seven people in connection with manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.  Agencies involved in the arrests included the Full Story

Avery Humane Society Struggles With Ringworm

The Avery County Humane Society is asking for the public’s help while the Shelter staff members work to manage an outbreak of ringworm among its cat population. The Avery Humane Society release said that, as of Thursday, three cats have been diagnosed positively with ringworm, Full Story

Unemployment Drops in August

Unemployment was down across the board and across the High Country while unemployment rates—not seasonally adjusted—decreased in 86 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in August, while it increased in four and remained unchanged in 10 counties. Scotland County had the highest Full Story

Housing Boom Continues in August

The busiest real estate season in years has yet to stop for a breather.  In August, it hit another high. High Country Realtors® sold 185 listings last month, their busiest month since selling 233 homes in August 2007. It was also the seventh consecutive month sales increased, a streak last Full Story

Rains Bring Floods, Contribute to Wrecks

In the rains that came yesterday, there were two injury traffic accidents—both on US 421, one east, one west of Boone.  The first was a single vehicle crash blamed on the weather, the GMC SUV of Rebecca May hydroplaning as she traveled toward her home in Deep Gap, her car skidding into Full Story

BREMCO; New Round of Scam Calls to Customers

While Blue Ridge Electric readies for the storm, there’s another storm they’re dealing with, the new rash of scam calls to their customers, claiming to be from BREMCO, demanding immediate bill payment.  Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation issued a warning the public about the Full Story

Sky Watch: Hurricane May Bring Wind, Flooding

Watauga Emergency Management issued a bulletin this afternoon urging caution as now Hurricane Joaquin is threatening to bring severe weather to the high country, that depending on the route the storm will take.  The release says weather officials in Blacksburg VA., are monitoring the Full Story

Public Help Sought in Missing Woman Case

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Public Assistance locating a woman, missing over 10 days now.  Keisha Nicole McMahon, age 32, was reported missing from her home Blair’s Fork Road in Lenoir on September 28th by Family Members.  Caldwell authorities said Keisha Nicole Full Story

Flooding Follows Days of Rain

A huge line of heavy rain crossed the High Country during much of the early part of the day and into mid afternoon, followed by a brief visit from the sun.  But with the heavy rain, several roads were swamped as creeks and rivers overflowed.  Boone Police and Watauga Sheriff’s Deputies Full Story

Second 20-Year Old Dies in Three Days

For the second time in three days, Boone Police found themselves investigating the death of another young man. On Friday afternoon, just before 2:30 PM, Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 451 Yosef Drive to the report of an unresponsive male.  First arriving units determined that Full Story

Rains Came; Mud Slides, Felled Trees, Parking Lot Collapse

So the rains came...and came...and came some more, and after a rather dry summer, the rains probably played a part in mud slides, trees downed blocking roads, and the collapse of a section of parking lot in Boone.  A portion of the lot of a commercial building just off NC 105 Full Story

Missing Linville Woman Found OK

A search for a woman missing overnight from her Linville home ended shortly after 9 this morning very near where it started.  The 64-year old woman, said to be suffering some level of dementia, left her Mountain View Apartment  in Linville sometime in the early morning hours, last Full Story

BRCA Holds First Candidate Forum This Evening

We’re still over three weeks away from the start of one-stop voting, our first step to deciding who will lead our towns over the next several years.  But a first official look at one town’s candidates starts late this afternoon with a candidates forum in the town of Blowing Rock. The first of two Full Story

Mountaineers Pound ODU, 49-0

NORFOLK, Va. — Appalachian State University football outgained Old Dominion, 501-175, and handed the Monarchs their first-ever shutout in a 49-0 romp on Saturday afternoon at rainy Foreman Field. The shutout win was Appalachian State’s second in three games this season and its fourth in its last 14 games overall. However, it had been 16 years since the Mountaineers’ last road shutout at The

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Sex Offender Arrested Near Hardin Park School

A registered sex offender has charged after three people were found at a camp site just off of the grounds of Hardin Park School. On Thursday, September 24th, Boone Police were called at approximately 4 PM to a report of people trespassing on the property of Hardin Park Full Story

Pioneers Win Conference Opener

BOONE - One thing's for sure, never bet against Watauga High football coach Ryan Habich. The guy just has a knack for getting the right answers when he needs them the most. Take Friday night's game against St. Stephens, for intstance. The Pioneers, who were missing three starters (actually six, when you consider they were all two-way starters), found a way to get it done as they defeated St.Stephens

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Hearing, Appeal Dates Set for Asphalt Plants

Hearings on permits to build and operate asphalt plants in the High Country are now slated, that as firms line up to provide asphalt to the new US 221 widening project. The first is a N.C. Division of Air Quality public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 6th, the draft air-quality permit for a proposed asphalt Full Story

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