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Report: Blasting Caps Led to Explosion Injuries

There are still questions that investigators are looking into, but much more was revealed yesterday afternoon on the explosion from Monday night that caused a man to be airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center. Deputies and Zionville Fire Department responded with Watauga Medics to Full Story

Boone Tax Bump May Come As Part of Sales Tax Controversy

The Watauga County Commission took action yesterday morning to agree to the action taken by the Boone Town Council on the matter of changes to their Unified Development Ordinance, specifically on the matter of appointments to the Boone Full Story

DA Wilson Retires, Judge Lyerly to Take Over?

In a rather sudden move, District Attorney Jerry Wilson announced his resignation—or actually, his retirement—effective immediately.  The matter was brought up at the Watauga County Commission meeting this morning, and Wilson’s letter was received during that meeting.  Wilson said in his letter; Full Story

Figures From Boone Checkpoint

Boone Police have released figures from the checkpoint conducted last Thursday night into Friday morning, saying several impaired drivers were taken off of the road. Boone Police, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian State Police, Blowing Rock Police and the North Carolina Full Story

Man Airlifted After Zionville Explosion, Fire

A Zionville man was airlifted from near the scene of an explosion and fire last night, an incident under investigation of the Watauga Sheriff’s Office. Just after 7pm, Zionville Fire was dispatched along with Watauga Medics to 179 Lola Perry Road where a man was said to have suffered a Full Story

Body Found in Vehicle in Watauga Lake

Tennessee authorities are investigating the discovery of a vehicle in the waters of Watauga Lake, at least one person dead inside.  WJHL TV is reporting that the discovery of the car came last night  in Johnson County, and they say that the Tennessee Highway Patrol is the investigating agency. The Full Story

Sales Tax Issues Before the Watauga Commission

Action from the Boone Town Council will be a topic of the Watauga County Commission meeting this morning, but maybe not the topic the Town Council hoped the commission would have on the agenda.  On the commission agenda is a review Full Story

Major Fire Battled at Yadkin County Firm

A large fire has fire units from Yadkin and Forsyth battling the blaze near Yadkinville. Fire was reported at Johnson Modern Electric at about 5 this morning, causing the call for multiple fire companies to respond to the scene on Old US 421 in East Bend. Full Story

Blow Hard; Winds Down Iconic Sign

Hurricane force wind gusts hit the Linville area late Sunday morning, blasting a little snow into a blinding cyclone, and in the process, downing the iconic Grandfather Mountain sign at the intersection of NC 105 and US 221.  Meanwhile, on top of Grandfather, a state weather station recorded a wind Full Story

Two Teens Dead, Two Hurt in Saturday Crash

Two teens were dead at the scene of a crash in Wilkes County from early Saturday, two others injured, according to the NC State Patrol.  Trooper J.R. Hall of the N.C. Highway Patrol said the two front seat occupants of the 1994 Mustang were both dead at the scene of the 3:30am Haymeadow Full Story

Apps Holds Final Scrimmage Before Spring Game

Appalachian State University football held its final intrasquad scrimmage before Friday’s Spring Game on Saturday morning at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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Spring Storm 2: High Wind, Snow, Outages

Snow, rain freezing on the pavement and high winds hit the High Country late last night, toppling trees and taking out power.  Area law enforcement reported that rain froze on the roadways, then was hit with anywhere from a trace to several inches of snow, making for treacherous travel. Full Story

On Second Thought....

Bobby Lutz, who was among those strongly considered for the head coaching vacancy at Appalachian State University, has change his mind. And instead of possibly being named the 16th men's basketball

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Know This Man? Call Caldwell Crimestoppers

Lenoir Police have released a photo of the suspect in a March 7th break in at the Village Inn Pizza restaurant on Morganton Blvd. The police report says the suspect broke a side window on the building, did $500 property damage and took cash.  But he also managed to get a good close-up Full Story

Checkpoint Targets Impaired Drivers

There were blue lights and lots of officers, and most interactions  were a casual check of a driver's license. But for others, where impairment was suspected, there was another conversation with an officer, testing, and maybe a conversation with a magistrate. It was part of what is promised Full Story

Lenoir Trio Arrested in Drug Sweep

Tuesday just after 5:30 pm, the Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Unit and their Special Response Team, aided by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, executed a search warrant at 304 Hillside Street in Lenoir.  Inside the residence, officers say they located and seized .2 grams Full Story

Last Day at Knights

There wasn’t a parking space to be had, and to be sure, there were some tears as Knights on Main, a fixture in Blowing Rock for over 18 years, bid its final goodbye.  Owner Tim Knight told the staff Wednesday that Thursday would be the last day, saying Thursday that the summer business Full Story

US Forest Service to Burn 2,365 Acres

This may be a day of area fire departments chasing smoke reports as the U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest today. The agency will burn  2,365 acres off of Old NC 105, the Kistler Memorial Highway, in the Full Story

High Country Housing Sales Strong for 2014

There’s more good economic news to start of the new year for local Realtors®, with home sales hitting a six-year high. There were 163 Realtor®-assisted sales recorded in the first two months of 2014, an increase of 11 percent over  2013, and up 36 percent compared to 2012. Full Story

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