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Ashe Wants Out, Watauga In on Eminent Domain

There were opposite actions from adjoining counties on a bill that would only effect the two counties—Ashe and Watauga—with county commissioners voting on a resolution on the bill that would require county commission action in cases of eminent domain—the forced taking of private Full Story

 
3 Lanes + 4 Lights; 2 New Signs?

The state has taken action on a problematic Boone intersection, trying to correct confusion that may be contributing to accidents there.  The New Market Drive intersection with East King Street—traffic directed out into 421 by four lights for the three lanes—saw some action Tuesday by the DOT, Full Story

 
SHP: Truck Going 100 MPH at Time of Crash

The State Patrol accident reconstruction team now says that the 10,000 pound truck that slammed into the small car of a Mountain City Tennessee family Saturday night was going 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash.  The family of three and the truck driver were all killed after the Full Story

 
Scammers: On Line, On Phone, At Your Door

The scammers are calling, mailing, on your computer, and in some cases coming to your door—Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye issuing a broad spectrum warning about scams. Frye said that “recently we have been inundated with multiple scams or Full Story

 
New Boone Budget; No Tax Increase Proposed

Boone Town Manager John Ward's first budget proposal is on the table—literally—available for perusal by taxpayers in person and on line.  But just as it has hit the table, the Boone Town Council begins their official dissecting of the document, working toward adoption of the 2015-16 fiscal Full Story

 
New 'Snapshot' of NC Voters

We have a new ‘snapshot’ of North Carolina’s voters, thanks to a Civitas poll released at the end of last week.  The poll has a comparison from the responses from a decade ago, and notably, 30% of the May polling were reached on cell phones, although they didn’t say how many were reached Full Story

 
Trooper: Truck Traveling 90mph in Fatal Crash

There are still quite a number of questions about the wreck that killed a Mountain City Tennessee family of three and the man who’s truck went into the oncoming lane and slammed into them. Trooper Grogan of the NC State Patrol said that 64-year old Ridgeway South Carolina resident Full Story

 
421 Fiery Head-on Crash; Four Dead

There was tragedy, there was heroism, after fiery head-on crash right on the Tennessee/North Carolina line that claimed four lives. Witnesses who pulled a man from his flaming truck, but he later died along with a family of three from Tennessee.  The crash occurred on US 421about 8:10 last Full Story

 
Why Am I Not Surprised....

GREENSBORO - And why would you be? After all Avery County High senior Kylie Polsgrove and winning state championships has become as common as a Baptist minister preaching his weekly sermon on

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Two Charged in January Boone Vehicle Theft

Boone Police Department have charged a Caldwell and a Forsyth County man in the theft of a vehicle in Boone back in January.  Bradley O’Neil Caldwell, Jr, 21 years-of-age, of Granite Falls, and James Lewis Hairston, III, 22, of Winston Salem, are charged with one count of felony Motor Vehicle Full Story

 
App State-Clemson on ESPN3

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football’s Sept. 12 contest at Clemson will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and air live on ESPN3, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Friday.

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Beech Mountain Appeals Genesis Decision

The Town of Beech Mountain is apparently appealing the Watauga County Superior Court's verdict awarding Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary $361,000 from a decision back in September.  In issuing their release, Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary announced that John Korzen, Assoc. Professor Full Story

 
Boone vs Athens in 'Best Towns Ever' Contest

Can Boone Beat Athens, Georgia—home of the University of Georgia?  Don’t count your chickens yet, but Boone is doing just that in a contest of ‘Best Towns Ever,’ put on by toad and Company.  The balloting was passed along through the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce as Boone Full Story

 
UPDATED: Bill Guthridge Passes Away

CHAPEL HILL - Former University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Bill Guthridge passed away last evening (May 12). He was 77 years old.

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Woman Found Dead, Pinned Under Mower

A woman was found dead, pinned under a piece of yard equipment in the early evening yesterday in Watauga County.  Watauga 911 was called around 6:30, the caller reporting that the woman, LaVerne Franklin, 72, was pinned under a mower at her property at 476 Gable Farm Road off

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Downtown Icon Revival for Blowing Rock, Boone

Blowing Rock is preparing to celebrate what is becoming a new icon for the community, the new Rotary Gazebo now being finished in the Town Park on Main Street.  The project, promoted by the Blowing Rock Chamber after the idea from the Watauga Community Band, joined by the Blowing Full Story

 
Heavy Rains, Hail Reported in Monday Storms

The heavens opened up late yesterday afternoon with a line of thunderstorms crossing the High Country from the southwest traveling northeast.  The sequence of storms dumped considerable rain across the area, possibly hitting Avery County hardest with a number of areas reporting flooding. Jim Swinkola Full Story

 
Motorcycle, SUV Collision Proves Fatal

A motorcyclist has died after his cycle collided head-on into the front of an SUV traveling Poplar Grove Road South, emergency crews finding themselves treating one of their own.  The crash call came in at 10:40am reporting the cyclist down and suffering head and other obvious injuries, Watauga Full Story

 
Pot, Cash Seized with Arrest

Last Thursday, May 7th, Avery Deputies made a traffic stop on NC 194 in the Heaton Community.  During the stop, the Avery release says over 1 1/2 ounces of Marijuana was seized along with plastic baggies for packaging and a set of scales.  The owner of the vehicle, Michael Pesta, was arrested Full Story

 
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