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Lees-McRae Looks to China for New Scope

Lees-McRae College is looking a half-world away to expand the scope of the learning experience at the Banner Elk campus, seeking to interact more with China. And in the process, the school is looking at the huge expansion in China to be Full Story

Employees Tackle Would-Be Robber

Authorities in Caldwell County and at Lenoir Police are looking at a suspect tackled by employees at a Morganton restaurant turning the tables on the man now accused of robbing the business at gunpoint.  When Morganton Public Safety officers arrived at Fatz restaurant, employees had Full Story

Man Airlifted After Hours Pinned Under Tree

A man pinned for hours under a felled tree was finally rescued and airlifted late last night in the Sugar Grove area.  The first call came in after dark last night, for first one, then possibly two men were missing in the woods off of Bryant Combs Road, but as Cove Creek Fire/First Responders and Full Story

Sweet Salute a Surprise at Memorial Day Event

It was Memorial Day, but it was a day to celebrate the life and career of giving of Sonny Sweet. The annual Memorial day celebration at Boone Mall turned into the surprise salute to the retired Army Colonel and long time head of the area Red Cross chapter. There were awards—local, state, Full Story

Minor Injuries in Memorial Day Wrecks

After a quiet Memorial Day weekend as far as accidents on High Country Roads, Memorial Day itself proved to be a bit busier. First, a crash was reported into the New River in Ashe County, a vehicle discovered on its top in the water, the driver found walking a distance away from the crash. Full Story

Pilot Identified in Fatal Plane Crash

The Federal Aviation Administration arrived yesterday to investigate a small plane crash in Newton from dusk Sunday.  The crash occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday night, killing one person, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, who said one person was on board, James Thomas, Full Story

Mountain Home Music Opens, Remembers Joe

A musical celebration for the Memorial Day weekend will be presented by Mountain Home Music at Boone United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 25 at 7:30 PM. Music for the evening will be classic country and patriotic.    Featured is David Johnson, a familiar face and great friend of Mountain Home Music. Full Story

Pedestrian Struck, Killed

A pedestrian was struck and killed last night on a dark Caldwell County road, but it appears that the driver will not be charged.  Gary Lunsford, 52, of Granite Falls was the pedestrian who was struck and killed walking at the 321A and Bakers Circle intersection around 9:30 last night. Full Story

Legal Action Suggested in Booting Controversy

After hearing two more reports of threats to people booted on the lot of the Marketplace lot on King Street in downtown Boone, town attorney Sam Furgiuele suggested victims take legal action.  The suggestion came after Boone attorney Charlie Brady and a woman who identified herself only Full Story

Moore Selected for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moorehas been selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced on Thursday. The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014, Full Story

Storms Rake High Country Overnight

Neighborhoods across the High Country are littered with leaves, limbs, some trees and other debris from an intense early morning storm that raked the area with high winds, rain, and some thunder, with some scattered power outages reported and low-lying power lines.  The system, which Full Story

County Budget Hearing Draws Crowd

Money issues for the Watauga County Commissioners to ponder were placed before them in their budget hearing last night, hearing from some agencies who received some county funds and a number of others who not only did not receive county funds, but have had Boone funds cut blamed on county action. Full Story

One Killed, Five Hurt in Cove Creek Crash

A motorcyclist was killed, another airlifted, three others were taken to Watauga Medical Center after the car of a Vilas woman slammed into four motorcycles traveling US 321 in Cove Creek.  The 6:20pm crash occurred as the 2003 Audi of Jennifer Willis went left of center as she traveled toward Full Story

Booting Bashed at Boone Town Council

Two very different views on the issue of booting or wheel locking of vehicles were heard last night at the Boone Town Council meeting in requested appearances, John Tate who operates the parking lot monitoring service using wheel locking as enforcement, gave the history of the Full Story

Displaced Otters In New Grandfather Home

After a two-and-a-half-month closure for renovations, the otter habitat has reopened at Grandfather Mountain. Otters Nottaway and Luna have relocated back into the public eye, allowing their adoring fans to watch their antics from a renovated underwater viewing area. The habitat closed in late Full Story

Two Charged in Child Sex Counts, Intimidation

Ashe County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Joni K Baldwin, 31, of Fleetwood, who was arrested Saturday morning May 17 on Felony Child Abuse and First Degree Sexual Offense of a Child by an Adult in a case in which her husband, James Allen Jordan was arrested in January for Rape of a Full Story

Two Pot Growing Operations on NC 105

Two recently discovered marijuana growing operations have led to busts by the Avery Sheriff’s Office—both off of NC 105. Friday, Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office followed up on information received earlier about a possible marijuana grow on Adams Apple Drive off Hwy 105. Full Story

Seramur Finishes Second At States

Watauga High senior Alison Seramur closed out her prep career in style on Saturday afternoon at the NCHSAA Class 4A State Full Story

Art in the Park Opens in Blowing Rock

Now in its second half-century, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast. More than 35,000 people will attend the shows this year, choosing from handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, Full Story

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