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Demetre Kostis had a pretty productive day on Friday at the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The Watauga High advanced to the state finals by knocking off Kollin Wade (43-4) of Cary 5-4 in the 132 pound weight class in the state semifinals.

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UPDATED: Kostis Advances To State Semis

Demetre Kostis is just two wins away from winning the Class 4A state championship at 132 pounds. The Watauga High senior moved one step closer as he defeated Joe Mondragon of Wilmington-Ashley 9-3 Friday afternoon at the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships at the Greensboro Full Story

Book Challenge Now a Criminal Case

The issue of a controversial book in the sophomore honors English class at Watauga High has now turned into a criminal matter, and Boone Police are asking for tips through Crimestoppers. Boone Police issued the High Country Crime Stoppers bulletin Friday afternoon, seeking information on Full Story

UPDATE: Fire Totals Shawnee Road Home

An early morning structure fire destroyed a home near the Avery-Watauga line.  It was 7:15 this morning, the structure fire was reported near the Shawnee Road-Lee Gwaltney Road intersection, a Banner Elk fireman spotting flames in the area, causing a call for Banner Elk and Shawneehaw to be dispatched Full Story

UPDATE: Injury, Pin-in Reported in Ashe Crash

A West Jefferson area man was pinned in his overturned vehicle in western Ashe County early this morning, the vehicle found upside down and against an embankment on West Buffalo Road at about 6:45am. Rescue units from Ashe were dispatched along with EMS and first responders, but just after 7am, Full Story

New Hotel Death Case Appears Natural Causes

Tuesday morning, at approximately 10:30 am, the Boone Police Department responded to the Holiday Inn Express at 1943 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, to investigate a death in room 528.  Upon arrival, officers discovered Mr. Wayne Robert Illar, 58, was deceased inside his room.  Investigators were called Full Story

Creston Man Takes Plea in Federal Court

An  Ashe  County  man  pleaded  guilty  in  federal  court  today to defrauding consumers  of nearly $5 million by misbranding  erectile dysfunction drugs  and selling them  as “all natural”  herbal  supplements,  according to  Anne  M.  Tompkins,  U.S.  Attorney  for  the Western District of Full Story

Theater Needs 3 Parking Spaces--For Stage

The space of two or three cars—that’s what John Cooper, representing the Appalachian Theater of the High Country says the group working to bring the old theater back to life say they need to make the theater fully functional.  What the group said they need are spaces just behind the town Full Story

Two Chancellor Choices For Ross

Originally, University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross wanted three names from the Chancellor Search Committee, seeking to find a replacement for Chancellor Ken Peacock.  Appalachian State University Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Steinback said yesterday that the trustees voted Full Story

Final Ride

Family of Wayne Hampton wanted a way to honor their father at his funeral that he would really appreciate. The founder of Hampton's Body Shop and Towing Service of Boone was given just that honor, as mother nature cooperated with a sunny afternoon for the final ride for the patriarch. Full Story

App State Spring Game Set for April 4

Appalachian State University football will hold its 2014 spring game under the lights at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Friday, April 4, Appalachian State announced on Tuesday. Gates open at 6 p.m. and kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Admission to the spring game is FREE. Additional details, including parking Full Story

Free Legal Advice for US 221 Property Owners

The NC Department of Transportation is pushing ahead with purchase of properties along the route which will create a four-lane US 221 from the intersection of US 421 in Deep Gap to Jefferson, preparing to acquire land. And with that, a group of former DOT attorneys is holding an informational session Thursday night Full Story

Incubator Hearing Allows Two New Firms

There was dispute out of the gate at a public hearing Monday night regarding approval of two leases for AC Pride, the Avery business incubator in the former Banner Elk Elementary building. Commissioner Reo Griffith stated prior to the hearing that the County was not in compliance with North Carolina Full Story

Smoke Shop Duo Charged With Selling Pot

Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants and arrested two individuals from an incident that occurred on January 13, 2014.  Both individuals were arrested on Monday, February 10, 2014.  The joint operation involved Narcotics detectives from the Full Story

Ashe Sheriff's Office Featured in TV Series

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams reports the National Geographic Channel will give television viewers the opportunity to observe some of the law enforcement duties of the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office.  Filming for the documentary, which will also feature the Sullivan County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, Full Story

Young Man Airlifted After Ski Accident

A juvenile male was flown to the Johnson City Medical Center late yesterday afternoon after a skiing accident at Appalachian Ski Mountain.  The young man, said to be 12 to 13 years of age, was hurt after he somehow skied into a tree, facial injuries noted by ski patrol, rescue and Watauga Medics treating him. Full Story

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