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Two Motorcyclists Injured, One Airlifted

Two people were injured—one airlifted after a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon, part of a rally of Tennessee cyclists.  The crash occurred in far western Watauga County at about 2pm on US 321about a tenth of a mile from where the Riverview Grocery stood until a fire this spring Full Story

App Theater: 78% Towards Goal

The fundraising is now public, the Appalachian Theater of the High announcing yesterday the public phase of the fundraising for the historic theater.  Drive Chairman John Cooper told the gathering of several hundred inside the shell of the theater last night about where the drive is at the end of Full Story

Orchard at Altapass Protected by Land Trusts

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) recently protected the Orchard at Altapass, ensuring that the land will remain a working apple orchard and vibrant Blue Ridge Parkway visitor destination long into the future.  CTNC and the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund purchased Full Story

Good April Economic News; Joblessness Down...

High Country employment was up—unemployment down as good economic news came in the first full month of spring on several fronts.   Ashe, Avery, and Watauga all experienced drops in their unemployment of over a half percent, as joblessness dropped in 89 of the state’s 100 counties.  The ESC report Full Story

...Home Sales, Listings Up

Local Realtors® report a brisk start to 2015, reporting the busiest April in eight years.  Buyers’ market conditions and low interest rates continue to fuel activity, according to the latest High Country realtor’s report, economic factors that are convincing many sellers to get an early start on the busy Full Story

Fire Totals Zionville Trailer, Resident Hurt

A Zionville man was injured just as his mobile home was destroyed in what is being called a suspicious fire yesterday afternoon.  The fire call came in just after 4pm to 1201 Tater Hill Road, first arriving Zionville Fire Department units reporting the single-wide mobile home fully involved in flames.  Zionville Full Story

Star-Studded Class Selected for HOF

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University athletics unveiled perhaps the most star-studded Hall of Fame class in school history on Wednesday when it announced that legendary football coach Jerry Moore (1989-2012), football stars Armanti Edwards (2006-09), Chip Hooks (1991-94) and Daniel Wilcox

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Fatal Wreck Suspect Appears in Tennessee Court

An Avery man, charged in a deadly high speed chase that started in Avery County and ended in a fatal crash in Tennessee, appeared in a Carter County courtroom Tuesday. Robert Cook, 23, of Elk Park, was charged with vehicular homicide, evading arrest, theft and reckless endangerment in Full Story

Sporting News, ESPN Put Apps Atop Sun Belt

BOONE, N.C. — Various media outlets have begun to release their 2015 college football predictions and two of the nation’s most respected news sources — Sporting News and ESPN — have Appalachian

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Residents Concerned Over 421 Asphalt Plant

We’re two weeks away from Watauga Commissioners hearing from the public on issues of land development for the county, an issue that surfaced with the stripping of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction from the town of Boone and the loss of protections for residents surrounding Boone.  But even before Full Story

Notable Watauga Passing: Richard Eddy Watson

Funeral arrangements have been published for Richard Eddy Watson, son of the late Merle Watson and grandson of the late Doc Watson. Richard Eddy Watson died Monday at his Holly Hills Boone home. The death came three years and two days after the death of his famous grandfather. Richard Eddy Watson Full Story

Watauga Commission Pushed More on Intake

In the Legislature, House Bill 875 remains in a Senate Rules committee, the bill that would put Watauga and Ashe Counties alone in a category that would require county approval for a town’s move to acquire property in eminent domain.  The bill has been dormant over a month now, ever since Full Story

Phil Steele Names 13 Mountaineers All-SBC

BOONE -Defensive end Ronald Blair and defensive back Doug Middleton headline a group of 13 Appalachian State football players who have been named to Phil Steele’s 2015 Preseason All-Sun Belt

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New Vandalism Law Heads to Governor's Desk

You could call it felony scribbling—but it could soon be signed into law—House Bill 552 that would greatly increase fines for graffiti—painting or scribbling on property public or private.  The measure, which passed the State House by a wide margin, did so in the Senate last week, but Full Story

Elderly Man Found OK After Long Search

It was a long and sometimes frustrating day of searching as volunteers from the Deep Gap and Blowing Rock Fire Departments, Watauga Rescue, Watauga Emergency Management and others searched for an 83-year old Deep Gap man after he went missing during his morning walk. Full Story

Yancey, McDowell Men Sentenced for Porn

A Yancey County man was sentenced to nearly 22 years of Federal prison time for production of child pornography Thursday while another porn case caused an active term for a McDowell man. In the Yancey case, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Patrick Ronald Silva, 44, Full Story

Caldwell Thrilled To Receive World Cup Call

You can go through the camps, in the U.S. and overseas. You can see others come and go, as you keep getting called in, and wonder if the chance will come. Until the call comes, though, you’re never quite sure if you’ve done enough to make it.

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BREMCO: One Of The Best for Millennial Jobs

If you are a ‘Millennial,’ born from 1981 to 1997—currently 18 to 34 years of age, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation may be one of the best places for you to work.  BREMCO has been named one of the best places to work for Millennial employees in America, according to a Full Story

Woman Flees Kidnap Attempt, Suspect Arrested

Lenoir Police have made an arrest with a felony stop after an 83-year old Lenoir woman reported an armed man tried to force her to her car on the lot of a local food store.  The Lenoir release says that Helen Rogers Embler had just finished her  shopping Wednesday afternoon at Just Full Story

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