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Two Year Probe Yields Two Meth Arrests

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation that resulted in 2 arrests for manufacturing methamphetamine. Detectives executed a search warrant at the home of James Ray Arnold and Kesha Marie Lyalls on Peak Full Story

 
New Dawn for ASU Athletics

Today is the future—the future of Appalachian State University athletics—the day they officially join the Sunbelt Conference, moving up in a number of ways.  The kick-off is 8 this morning with a special edition of Wakin’ Up Watauga to be held at the ASU Athletics Center.  They’re calling the event Full Story

 
One Man Crime Spree Stopped In Virginia

James Brandon Smith proved himself to again late yesterday to be a menace to society, something he has stated with his actions over much of the month of June over a wide area of the Foothills and High Country, shooting at lawmen in the Hickory area, breaking into properties in Watauga. Full Story

 
BS&G Rider Pinned Under Truck

A Bicyclist riding in the Blood, Sweat and Gears event was pinned under the wheel of a truck in an accident during the event late Saturday morning.  The State Patrol says that the accident occurred near the intersection of Bethel Road and Beaverdam Road at about 10:45am when a Full Story

 
One Injury in Three-Vehicle Crash on US 321

There was an injury in a three-car crash on US 321 between Blowing Rock and Boone as traffic slowing to pull into the dumpster site near Aho Road was struck in the rear.  The chain reaction wreck occurred just after 10am Saturday, with the driver of the first car, Victor Ward of Sugar Grove, Full Story

 
Five Tabbed for Induction to Hall of Fame

Five former Appalachian State University student-athletes have been selected for induction into the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame, Appalachian State’s Former Athletes Association announced on

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'Silent Phase' May End By Fall For Theater Drive

The silent phase of the fundraising effort to renovate the old Appalachian Theater on King Street in Boone is still silent, and will be for the time being, but by Fall, we may begin hearing noise about finishing the fundraising and starting the renovations of the iconic theater. Chairman of the Appalachian Full Story

 
Three Area Injury Accidents Thursday

Three injury accidents were reported yesterday across the High Country, but none came with serious injury. The first was a morning crash in the Sugar Grove area, a car running off of Laurel Creek Road near US 321during the morning commute.  Cove Creek First Responders found the car a distance Full Story

 
Miller Offers ETJ Residents Hearing on Protections

Nathan Miller, chair of the Watauga County Commission weighed in on the issue of Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction being stripped in a bill passed yesterday in the NC House.  Miller’s release promises that residents in the soon Full Story

 
Soucek ETJ Bill Becomes Law in 66 to 46 Vote

State Senator Dan Soucek’s bill to strip Boone of its powers of extraterritorial jurisdiction, rejected late Monday, was revived and passed in the House Government Committee Tuesday, is now law, passing the NC House this afternoon 66 to 46. Boone Mayor Andy Ball said the reconsideration Full Story

 
Rape Charge Filed Against ASU Student

Two weeks ago, June 11th, Boone Police received a report of a sexual assault from a 22-year-old Appalachian State University student.  The victim reported she was assaulted by an acquaintance and the incident occurred at an off-campus location. It was last Friday, June 20th Full Story

 
Reversal Revives Soucek ETJ Bill; House to Vote Today

There was a dramatic reversal in the North Carolina House of Representatives yesterday, as State Senator Dan Soucek’s bill to strip Boone of its powers of extraterritorial jurisdiction, rejected late Monday, was revived and passed in the House Full Story

 
Buyers Market Fuels Real Estate Sales Surge

Buyers’ market conditions continue to drive High Country real estate sales, according to the May report on sales from local realtors, who say these could extend well into the summer as the number of properties listed surges.  Local Realtors® sold 103 homes worth $24.04 million in May, the Full Story

 
Early Morning Murder in Lenoir; Suspect Jailed

Early this morning, the Lenoir Police Department received a call that someone had been killed at 1609 Bradford St. in Lenoir.  Responding officers found Sammy William Sturgill and Bobby Dean Sparks at the scene, with Police saying Sturgill was pronounced dead at the scene by Caldwell County EMS. Full Story

 
Wanted Man Arrested at Boone Motel

Boone Police made the arrest of a wanted suspect last night at a Blowing Rock Road motel, a man wanted by a number of agencies and considered dangerous.  Police say that at approximately 8 PM, Boone Police Officers arrested James “Josh” Brandon Smith, 35, at the Red Carpet Inn Full Story

 
Soucek ETJ Bill Fails in Committee Vote

State Senator Dan Soucek’s bill to strip Boone of its powers of extraterritorial jurisdiction failed the House Government Committee late yesterday in what WRAL-TV is calling evidence of a split in the Republican party. Senate Bill 865 would have banned Boone from exercising any planning or Full Story

 
Watauga Jurors Dismissed for June 23rd Term

The Watauga County Clerk of Courts office announced yesterday that jurors summoned for jury duty the week of June 23rd have been released.  This release said that even with the cancellation of service, this constitutes the two year service for that group of jurors, and they thanked jurors called Full Story

 
Almost Ready...Law Enforcement Memorial

Work is almost complete on Watauga County Law Enforcement Memorial after a month and a half’s work, a collaborative effort  by both maintenance technicians from Town of Boone and County of Watauga, officers and volunteers. The monument itself was yet to be set Friday, when these Full Story

 
Caldwell Suspects Arrested in Ashe Drug Counts

Ashe Sheriff James Williams announces the arrest of two Caldwell County people on felony drug charges following a month long investigation by the Sheriff’s office and the S.B.I.  in the Warrensville area of Ashe County. The officers executed a traffic stop on the two known large scale Full Story

 
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