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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

Wall Falls as Cold Still Causing Troubles

There’s still fallout from the last blast of cold weather to hit the area last week, as a frozen pipe may have contributed to the collapsing of a wall at a Highway 321 business Saturday. The two men escaped injury as the wall collapsed, nearly trapping them in the Caldwell gun store. Heavy rain and bitterly cold Full Story

Fire Damages Home Being Renovated

Patterson firefighters who responded to the collapse call found themselves dealing with a structure fire only a couple of miles up 321 while still working at the scene of the collapse.  Fire investigators in Caldwell County are trying to determine what started a fire that damaged a home feet behind Full Story

Mallatere Surrenders, Set $40,000 Bond

Barry Damon Mallatere turned himself in at the Watauga Magistrate’s office just before noon Friday.  Winston-Salem attorney David Friedman was there to represent the president of Appalachian Hospitality Management, operators of the Best Western in Boone when three people died in room 225 Full Story

Mallatere Attorney Releases Proof of Town Permits

While paperwork from the Town of Boone in the case against Barry Damon Mallatere has been locked away as part of the investigation, the now defendant’s attorney provided some proof of their assertion that the town and another company bear some culpability in the deaths of three people last spring. Full Story

Burns to Retire from Wilkes Community College

After 18 years of coming to the office with a renewed sense of excitement and zeal each day, Dr. Gordon Burns, president of Wilkes Community College, says it is time to retire as the college celebrates its 50th anniversary. “As of March, I will have been privileged to serve as president Full Story

Defendant's Statement Raises Points

The now defendant in the case of three deaths at the Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza issued a statement through his attorney, Paul Culpepper, of Hickory, making a number of points that, if true, raise questions about the case.  The press release, dated yesterday, says that Barry Damon Mallatere

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Ambulance Involved in US 421 Crash

An ambulance responding to an emergency call was involved in a collision on US 421 in Wilkesboro late Tuesday afternoon, leading to charges for a North Wilkesboro driver. The 5:45pm crash occurred as Wilkes EMS driver John David Cox Jr. was traveling 421 approaching Curtis Bridge Road, police saying that Full Story

Leaking Fire Systems Busy Fire Departments

Area fire departments—especially the Boone Fire Department—responded to many calls of fire alarms since mid-day Monday as pipes began to thaw from the extreme cold of Tuesday and Wednesday morning, the pipes tied to fire suppression and sprinkler systems in many cases, setting off the alarm systems Full Story

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