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Martin Named to All-Rookie Team

The Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) named former Appalachian State University punter Sam Martin to its 2013 National Football League all-rookie team on Wednesday.

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NCDOT Crews Responding to Winter Weather in Mountains

As winter weather moves into western North Carolina, N.C. Department of Transportation crews are already working to keep roads safe for motorists traveling through the region. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until midnight tonight for mountain counties along the Full Story

Foundation Community Grants to Local Helping Agencies

Watauga County citizens will benefit from grants totaling $37,500 awarded recently  from Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation to local helping agencies for the 2013-14 grant cycle. These most recent grants are examples of why Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation established the Members Full Story

Jobless Rate Down in 4, Up in 2 Area Counties

November unemployment dropped in four of six area counties, including a drop in Watauga that landed the county’s rate at under 6%. The .6 of a percent drop landed Watauga’s rate at 5.7%, one of the few counties with rates in the 5 to 6 percent range. Another university town had the lowest rate in the state Full Story

New Resource Officer Funded, Named in Avery

On the January 13th meeting of the Avery County Board of Commissioners, funding was allotted to fund a second School Resource Officer for Avery County.  Sheriff Frye said, “ We have been anticipating a grant from the many different sources we tried, and finally one came through,” and Full Story

2013 Crime Stats from Watauga, Avery

End of year crime statistics have been released by two area Sheriff’s Offices, with a number of substantial statistical increases reported. Narcotics stats released by the Watauga Sheriff’s Office come with the explanation that some suspects have been formally charged, others not charged as they are Full Story

Suspect Search Yields Meth Chemicals, Charges

Saturday evening, January 11th, Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office went to Brooks Shell Rd in Elk Park looking for 18 year old Aamon Nathan Webb in reference to an outstanding Felony Probation Violation.   On arrival, the release said Officers located  41 year old Freddie Bare of Brooks Shell Rd. Full Story

Woman Charged after Pills Found

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a local retail business about a person inside the store—a woman there—having difficulty walking or even standing up inside the store—unnamed in that report—and ended up charging a woman there.  It was December 30th that officers responded Full Story

Old Crow Medicine Show to Play Merlefest

MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, has announced the addition of Old Crow Medicine Show to the festival’s Friday evening lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, Full Story

Department of Transportation Wants Input

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians regarding their transportation priorities as part of its efforts to implement the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investments law.
Signed into law by Gov. McCrory last summer, House Bill 817 “Strategic Transportation Investments,” Full Story

Another Area Trailer Theft Reported

Blowing Rock Police Department is seeking information on a stolen trailer. The enclosed trailer, owned by KBI Construction, was taken from a home on Chestnut Circle, believed to have been taken between December 23rd and December 27th.  The trailer is described as a white, single axle enclosed trailer Full Story

Blowing Rock Chamber Announces Foundation

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce has a new tool for promotion of business, establishing a 501(c) 3 nonprofit foundation, Blowing Rock Chamber Foundation Inc., conceived as part of the Chamber’s long range strategic vision from 2007. As such, the chamber release says the foundation was created Full Story

Foxx Running for Reelection in 5th District

Virginia Foxx yesterday announced her plans to run for re-election in North Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District.  Foxx said, “There is no place I’d rather live and represent in Congress than North Carolina’s Fifth District,” and that “The trust that the people of the Fifth District have placed in me is humbling Full Story

Washington To Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Former Appalachian State University wide receiver Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) has accepted an invitation to play in this week’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The prestigious all-star game is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN2. Full Story

Amy Thomas is WATA's Teacher of the Month

Boone's heritage radio station AM-1450 WATA and Clark Tire New Market Center are proud to present the Teacher of the Month award to Mabel Elementary's Amy Thomas.

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Home Sales Up, Prices Down in 2013

Local real estate sales were up and prices were down in 2013, as buyers’ market conditions continued in the High Country area. That’s according to the High Country Multiple Listing Service, which tracks all Realtor®-assisted home sales within Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties. Realtor® sales were up 2.6 Full Story

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