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First Day Filings: Contested Races Abound

There will be a number of contested races in the 2015 municipal vote in November, that evident after only the first day of filing, including a race for Mayor of Blowing Rock. There was a good mix of new and incumbent candidates filing for office at the Watauga Board of Elections Full Story

High Country W.A.T.C.H. Gets Hearing Time

Not to be outdone, the members of High Country W.A.T.C.H., Susie Winters, David Sental, and Elaine Gray, have asked and received more time to rebut points expected to be made by a representative of Maymead at this morning’s Watauga Commission meeting. Full Story

Suspect Sought in Theft, Sale of Stolen Goods

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek public assistance in a June 18th a Breaking and Entering that occurred at an apartment located on Farthing Street.  On June 19th, an unidentified black male sold an item taken during the Breaking and Entering to A&S Trade Full Story

Crimestoppers: Church Vandalism, Cemetery Theft

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek public assistance in a theft from a cemetery and vandalism to a church.  On the evening of Wednesday, July 1st or the early morning hours of Thursday, July 2nd, someone entered into the equipment shed at Mt. Lawn Cemetery. Full Story

Crowd Gathers for Municipal Candidates Filing

There was a good mix of new and incumbent candidates filing for office at the Watauga Board of Elections Office as the filing period opened at 8 this morning. Former Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson and incumbent Council member Lynne Mason were first in line, followed by challengers Jennifer Teague Full Story

Five Busted in Prostitution Sting

Boone Police say five men have been arrested and charged by the department with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution after a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels. The police release says that on July 2nd, Boone Police utilized online advertisements offering prostitution Full Story

Land Use, Water Intake Set For Tuesday Hearings

Controversial land use issues will gear up again over the next two weeks, with the issue of High Impact Land Use—and specifically of late, asphalt plants—will take center stage at Tuesday morning’s Watauga Commission meeting while the Boone Water intake project will be front and center at Full Story

Unemployment Jumps in Most of NC Counties

We may not be out of the woods economically, that showing up in not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates that increased in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in May, decreased in two counties, and remained unchanged in one county while all fifteen the state’s metro areas experienced Full Story

Strickland Names Bolick Assistant Coach

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the hiring of assistant coach Brittany Bolick on Thursday. Bolick served as a volunteer assistant coach on

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'Burlaped Bandit' Busted in Break-In

Stealing the camera was not enough to cover the crime of an Avery County break-in suspect, and he now has an infamous moniker—the ‘Burlap Bandit,’ one of several Avery arrests of note.  Last Saturday, Investigators with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at a business Full Story

Woman Charged with Indecent Liberties

A woman found hiding in a closet of an Avery County house has been arrested for Indecent Liberties with a Child.  On June 9th, Crystal Michelle Ducheneau was arrested for on the child sex count and was taken to the Avery County Jail.  Ducheneau was released on a $25,000.00 secured bond, and was set a Full Story

Mack Brown Incorporated Sold

The deal is apparently done, and a long-time family business in the High Country has changed hands with the sale of Mack Brown Incorporated to a vehicle sales operation with a regional footprint.  New banners are up, soon to be followed by signs, flying the name of Discovery Chevrolet, Buick, Full Story

Blowing Rock Gets Promise on 321 Project

The question as to whether a civic organization can get the attention of and action from an agency like the NC Department of Transportation was answered yesterday in Blowing Rock with a rather resounding ‘yes.” The Blowing Rock community came together, represented by over 150 folks at the Full Story

Avery Traffic Stop Yields Felony Arrest

A June 6th traffic stop by the North Carolina Highway Patrol for a traffic violation in Avery County led to the discovery that driver Ricardo Raul Elizondo Jr., was driving on a revoked license, and had outstanding felony warrants from the state of Virginia. Mr. Elizondo was taken to the Avery County Jail Full Story

Ready, Set... July Celebrations!

Don’t look now, but with the arrival of July, probably the busiest month in the High Country kicks off as locals, seasonal residents, visitors from short distances and long take advantage of the High Country’s lower temps and humidity to celebrate their midsummer.  First up;  the Fourth of July. Full Story

Shooting Victim Airlifted to JCMC

The Watauga Sheriff’s office is investigating a shooting that caused a man to be flown to the Johnson City Medical Center early Friday morning where sources say he was in critical condition early in the weekend.  It was just after midnight Friday morning—12:02am—that the 911 call Full Story

Avery Jurors Dismissed for Week of July 13

Jurors called to serve the week of July 13th in Avery Court do not need to appear for jury duty. There are no jury trials scheduled for that week. Full Story

Second Friday Fire; Seven Devils Road

A second Friday fire blackened the interior of a Seven Devils area home, with four departments dispatched to the 10am call.  The first arriving Foscoe Fire unit reported some smoke emanating from the Seven Devils Road home, but the elderly resident was apparently not at the home at the time.  Foscoe was joined at the scene by Full Story

64th Season of Horn in the West Kicks off Tonight

Another summer High Country tradition kicks off its season tonight with the opening of Horn in the West, the outdoor drama presented in the Daniel Boone Theater since 1952.  The 64th season kicks off with the production hitting the stage at 8.  The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum and grounds Full Story

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