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Watauga Issues Opposition to Sales Tax Change

As a number of North Carolina Counties struggle with budget shortfalls—even large counties such as Mecklenburg, Durham and Buncombe—Watauga County is listed with these counties in seeing revenues fall from sales tax in a new distribution scheme under consideration of the Full Story

More Drug Complaints Yield More Charges

The request for citizens to report their observations of possible drug activity continues to pay off in Lenoir, where two more arrests were reported yesterday. With new complaints from the community, Officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit conducted Full Story

"Bee Aware" Team at White House Science Fair

A group of High Country students was among just 36 teams from across the nation to exhibit their enterprising honeybee project Monday at the White House Science Fair. The Bee Aware NC team, composed of home-schooled students from the High Country, rubbed elbows with Full Story

February: Cold Month, Warm Housing Sales

February 2015—a month heavy with snow and days of below zero weather—proved to be a warm environment for High Country home sales,  with February sales hitting an eight-year high for the month. One factor that may have helped are interest rates remain below where they were even Full Story

Times--and Meters--are 'A Changin'

The times are a’changin in Downtown Boone, that as Town of Boone staff and IPS Group Parking & Telecommunications began the installation of  new smart parking meters for on-street parking in downtown Boone just after noon today. The Town of Boone release says that the installation Full Story

Mitchell County Cousins Plead in Officer Assault

Two Mitchell County cousins arrested last summer in an assault of an Avery County Deputy and escape from custody pleaded guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a law enforcement officer and robbery and have been sentenced to some at least 14 years in prison.  Calvin Metcalf, Full Story

Meth Found, 5 Charged in Search for Wanted Man

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office, after  received information from members of the community about a wanted person hiding at a residence on Clarks Creek Rd., with the information also including that methamphetamine was being manufactured at the location.  Deputies responded to the Full Story

Meth Lab Found, Arrest Made in Avery

Saturday, March 21st Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to information received about methamphetamine being manufactured at a residence on Andy Crowe Rd.  Responding Officers located 47-year old David Hobson of Jonas Ridge at the residence. Full Story

Candelight Vigil for ASU Alumna

A candlelight vigil was held last night for a young woman with ties to Boone and ASU in the national news as the victim of a bizarre crime.  Last week, 26-year-old Michelle Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad about baby clothes, according to police in Longmont Colorado when attacked Full Story

Citizen Complaints Lead to Four Drug Arrests

Thursday morning at 2:07am officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to a complaint of drug activity at 1408 SW Walt Arney Rd. Lenoir.  Arriving officers say they witnessed drug activity taking place and search warrant was applied for, and obtained for the residence. Full Story

Saturday Fire Destroys SUV

A car was consumed in fire in a Saturday afternoon incident on NC 105.  Chase McLean managed to catch the fire as it destroyed the SUV from his work across the highway around 2 pm Saturday.  No injuries were reported in the fire, but the car was gutted in spite of the efforts of firemen Full Story

Injuries Reported in Sunday Morning Crash

There were two injuries reported in a wreck off of Perkinsville Drive late Sunday morning.  Watauga Medics, Boone Fire and Boone Police responded to the 11:39am  crash behind Kelly Brothers Tire overlooking US 421 that they report occurred as Lisa Miller pulled from Tarheel Lane into Full Story

Mini-Season Tickets, Specialty Dates Announced

Mini-season ticket packages and specialty dates for Appalachian State University’s 2015 football season have been finalized, Appalachian State athletics announced on Friday. Mini-season tickets give fans the opportunity to reserve seats for three of Appalachian State’s six home games in 2015. Mini-season tickets cost just $97 per seat

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App Alumna Victim of Crime in National News

A woman in the national news as the victim of a bizarre crime has ties to Boone and ASU.  26-year-old Michelle Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad about baby clothes, according to police in Longmont Colorado when attacked by a woman who stabbed Wilkins and removed her Full Story

Noise Ordinance Crashes Again

Complaints about the Boone noise ordinance, complaints about noise, complaints about complaints—the Boone Town Council heard the full gamut at last night’s council meeting. Nicole Kinnamon, co-owner of Speakeasy Tattoo Company said, “People do, they leave the mountain, Full Story

App Proves to be Great Investment for NC

Spend a dollar on education at Appalachian State University and that dollar will yield another $6.40 in benefits to taxpayers, or a 15.9 percent return on investment, according to an economic impact value of higher education conducted by the Idaho-based company Economic Modeling Full Story

Silver Alert Issued for Watauga Woman

The Watauga Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for a missing 76-year old woman from the Boone area.  The NC Center for Missing Persons release says that Barbara Mae Lawrence was last seen yesterday on Blowing Rock Road in her green 2007 Subaru Forester, NC Tag 3R05BP, Full Story

Red Carpet Inn Bites the Dust

The changes continue to reshape the look of a long distressed part of the Boone business district along US 321—Blowing Rock Road.  Ironically, the distressed area was very close to one of the greatest economic engines of the High Country—the ASU campus.  But that campus is drawing Full Story


It's been a dream season for Watauga High senior Utah Jones. Jones, who helped the WHS boys' basketball team to 18 wins and the second-round of the state

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