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Switch: Ashe Commission Endorses Jordan Bill

Members of the New River Advocates inundated the Ashe County Commission meeting this morning, seeking to overturn a 3 to 2 vote that took Ashe out of Representative Jonathan Jordan’s House bill 875 that would cause commissioners in Ashe and Watauga to have to agree on use of Full Story

Teen-aged Girl Killed in Friday Night Wreck

A Blowing Rock School middle school student is dead after a traffic accident Friday night in Valle Crucis when her grandmother’s car flipped over.  State Trooper David Searcy said that the 8:40pm accident occurred on Wildwood Road at Daisy Ridge as 13-year old Lauren Jaquays reportedly Full Story

Ball Resigns, Asks for Special Filing Period

In a surprise move—coming ironically hours after the filing period for  municipal elections ended Friday—Boone Mayor Andy Ball announced his resignation.  Ball’s letter said that he and his fiancée are moving to Asheville in what he called the next phase of their lives together.  Ball was in Full Story

McGuire, Mims Headline Preseason Team

NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt announced its 2015 All-Conference football teams on Monday, as selected by the league's 11 head football coaches and selected members of the media. All 11 schools

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2 Incumbents Out in Boone, 8 File in Beech Mtn

The noon deadline came and went, and with it two Boone Town Council members became lame ducks, deciding not to file for second terms, that while eight filed for Town Council in Beech Mountain.  In the Boone race, incumbent first term councilman Quint David did not file for a second Full Story

Avery Gets a Good One in Phelps

NEWLAND, NC - Life can be so unfair and funny at times. Take Avery High's new football coach Jason Phelps, for instance. A guy that wears his heart on his sleeve. You can't help but root for the guy,

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Boone, Wake, SBI Join to Make Predator Arrest

Boone Police, working with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and SBI, have made another arrest on counts involving sexual rendezvous with children. Police Wednesday arrested Ralph David Dennis, 60, of 2905 Stone Gap Court, Raleigh, the arrest comes after another recent joint Full Story

So Long, Pete....

And thanks for all the memories. Yes, believe it or not, Pete Hardee is no longer the baseball coach at Watauga High. A 20-year run officially came to a close Tuesday night, when he was introduced as

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Eagles Favored To Win SBC

NEW ORLEANS – Georgia Southern was picked as the favorite to repeat and win the conference championship in the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Football Preseason Poll, voted on by the league’s 11

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'Distraction Con' Suspects Sought

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On July 12, 2015, two men entered the Chipotle Restaurant located at 1787 Blowing Rock Rd. in Boone and placed an order.  One of the men presented money to the cashier and Full Story

Farmland Board Hears Intake Arguments

The crowd that gathered at the Watauga Courtroom was overwhelmingly there to seek to stop the Boone Water intake on the New River, asking the Watauga County Farmland Advisory Board for their help in stopping the project.  First, the Town of Boone made their case through town attorney Full Story

Head-on Crash Causes Injuries, Snarls Traffic

Two injuries were reported, one transported after a head-on crash this morning on Bamboo Road.  The crash occurred right at 8am at the intersection with Milton Brown Heirs Road near Samaritan’s Purse, but those in one car, a blue Honda, were ambulatory at the scene while Watauga Medics Full Story

Broyhill Homestead Destroyed in Fire

The 120 year old house that was originally the home of the founding family of Broyhill Furniture burned almost entirely in a Tuesday fire.  The fire at the house at 3024 Broyhill Lake Road in Kings Creek, may have been started by the line of thunderstorms that hit the area just after dawn Full Story

Blair on Lombardi Watch List

HOUSTON — Appalachian State University senior defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) is one of 145 student-athletes on the official watch list for the 46th-annual Rotary

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Waves of Storms Slam High Country

After a couple of lines of strong to severe storms crossed the mountains in the early evening and again late last night, power has mostly been restored to areas where lightning strikes and downed trees took out power.  But that work is nearing completion as another line of severe weather Full Story

SBI Identifies Two Deputies in Shooting Probe

The State Bureau of Investigation has released the names of two Ashe County Sheriff deputies who responded to a disturbance call late the night of July 8th when Dallas Arthur Shatley of Shatley Road, Jefferson, was shot and killed.  The SBI identified deputies Christopher Lee Roten, a Full Story

Contentious Land Issues Have Hearing Tonight

Contention over land issues continue for both Boone and Watauga County, with more public comment set this week in one of these issues.  While the Town of Boone is seeking to start the New River water intake project by next year, a group seeking to stop that project will be making public Full Story

Middleton on Thorpe Watch List

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Appalachian State University senior defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) is one of only 42 student-athletes on the official watch list for the

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60th Grandfather Highland Games 'In The Books'

The 60th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are in the books, with first-time competitors Jordan Lake and Amanda Gregory offered standout performances Saturday at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, earning the title of Track and Field Athletes of the Games. Lake, 35, of Asheville, Full Story

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