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Art in the Park Founder Funeral Today

As Art in the Park enters its 52nd year, opening tomorrow, there is sadness with the passing of the person the Blowing Rock Chamber credits with spearheading the drive to hold what is now a landmark event in Blowing Rock.  Edith Carter, founder of Art in the Park, passed away on Monday. Full Story

 
Search Launched for Missing Ashe Man

Ashe County searchers were called out this morning to seek a missing man who walked away from his home sometime yesterday afternoon. Sheriff James Williams said that Eddie Adams texted his wife to say he was taking a walk—in spite of the rainy weather—and said that, due to the rain, he Full Story

 
Wilkesboro to Lose Lobster; Olive Garden to Stay

Wilkesboro’s Olive Garden-Red Lobster combo is about to lose the Lobster side, that as plans were announced last week to close six Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. The company announced the move as it continues with a spinoff or sale of its Full Story

 
Rains Swell Streams, Down Trees, Cause Wrecks

The rains came—and came again, and there were some troubles that came with the heavy downpours.  For our area, trouble came in the form of swollen streams and rivers with low water bridges under water, trees down, and a number of weather related traffic accidents.  One of those Full Story

 
Funeral Plans for Joe Shannon Announced

Funeral plans for Mountain Home Music founder Joe Shannon have been announced.  Shannon, 64, passed away Tuesday after moving to be with Family in Florida, leaving Boone back in March.  Services will be held May 27th in Orange Park, FL, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials Full Story

 
Flash Flood Warning Issued

There’s a flash flood warning issued for the area, specifically Watauga and Ashe Counties.  The National Weather Service says the area has already received over two inches of rain overnight, and is predicted to receive another two before the slow-moving storms clear the area.  The frontal Full Story

 
Vilas Men Charged With Drug Counts

Last Wednesday, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in an investigation involving the sell and delivery of large amounts of Marijuana.  The investigation, which led to a search warrant, was a joint operation between the Watauga Full Story

 
$2500 Reward Offered in Ashe Break-In

Ashe authorities have issued a reward bulletin in connection with an April 12th break in and larceny at a Creston area home.  Returning home, the resident discovered a large amount of money and other items were taken from the home. Now, a $2500 reward for information resulting Full Story

 
New Amendments to CO Bill Filed

Amendments were filed yesterday to the law regulating carbon monoxide detectors in hotels passed last year in reaction to three deaths at the Boone Best Western Hotel last spring. The amendments were authored by Senators Brent Jackson and Dan Soucek to include Bed and Breakfast Full Story

 
Caldwell Seatbelt Use Targeted for Enforcement

In 2013, there were over 365 unrestrained accidents in North Carolina, wrecks causing fatalities where the victim was not wearing a seatbelt, according to state statistics. The highest age bracket are those between15 and 29 years of age. The current seat belt usage rate in North Carolina is Full Story

 
Gas Drops Pennies; Still Dimes Behind

So gas prices in the High Country finally dropped a few cents—just after the grads graduated and the moms were celebrated over the weekend—and just as predicted by some of GoBlueRidge.net readers.  Some reported having that conversation with employees of places where they Full Story

 
Todd Residents Move to Oppose Water Intake

About 50 area citizens gathered last night, mostly to stand in opposition to the Town of Boone’s water project from the New River in Todd. There were a number of speakers, but the main points were made by Frank  Packard,  a  concerned  resident  who has researched the project Full Story

 
Watson Takes Second At States

The Kernersville-Bishop McGuinness High boys' golf team pulled off the daily double on Tuesday at the 17th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A championships at Whispering Pines Country Club in Whispering Pines, N.C.

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Avery Drug Charges

Two Avery residents have been charged with drug counts over the past week. On May 5th officers of Avery County Sheriff’s Office served civil papers on Dobbins Road near Banner Elk.  There, officers encountered Roger William Harmon, who was found to be in possession of two Full Story

 
Musician Joe Shannon Passes In Florida

There’s sad news today about the founder of the Mountain Home Music series.  Karen James, Interim Director of Mountain Home Music emailed to say that Joe Shannon, who started Mountain Home Music 20 years ago in Boone, passed away this morning after a lengthy illness. Full Story

 
Women Targeted in Two Saturday Assaults

Two assaults of women were reported to law enforcement in Boone over the weekend, one, a sexual assault.  The first occurred on campus, with ASU Police Department asking the public’s assistance in solving the assault.  Their release says that a non-student female was struck on the Full Story

 
Citizens Meet Over Boone Water Intake Tonight

Tonight,  a meeting of citizens opposed to the Town of Boone’s water project from the New River in Todd will gather to hear  about the project and what they’re calling it’s adverse affects on farming, tourism, and river recreation.  The Town of Boone proposes to construct an intake to take up Full Story

 
Local NAMI Chapter Intervenes After Inmate Death

Seven employees of the NC Department of Public Safety—the prison unit in Alexander County—either lost their jobs or resigned after a prisoner was transferred from the facility there to Central Prison in Raleigh—and was dead when he arrived.  The shake-up in the state’s prison Full Story

 
Boone Office Damaged in Monday Fire

Fire damaged a Furman Road office Monday afternoon in a blaze quickly extinguished by Boone Fire, an incident still being investigated by Boone Fire.  An office worker at the 232 Furman Road address, the Furman Office Building with a medical practice inside, reported that it Full Story

 
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