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Woman Flees Kidnap Attempt, Suspect Arrested

Lenoir Police have made an arrest with a felony stop after an 83-year old Lenoir woman reported an armed man tried to force her to her car on the lot of a local food store.  The Lenoir release says that Helen Rogers Embler had just finished her  shopping Wednesday afternoon at Just Full Story

Credit Card Creation Fraud Suspects Sought

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On May 11th, Boone Police received a report that two suspects had made fraudulent purchases at the Food Lion on Watauga Village Drive and at the Food Lion on Hwy 421.  The suspects, Full Story

Two Charged in Boone Car Theft

Boone Police report the arrest of two women from last week in the theft of a car.  After their arrest by Wilkesboro Police, the Boone Police Department charged May 20th with the car theft. Donna Louise Oliver, 54, and Trina Marie Bowie, 53 years-of-age, both listing Hwy 194 N, Boone Full Story

Boone #1 Commuter Community

Obrella, an insurance website, published a list of the most commuter friendly cities and states, and while North Carolina came in right in the middle of the pack—25th—the site ranked the top 25 commuter cities in the state, and said Boone is the #1 commuter city in North Carolina. The cite also Full Story

Bill To Make Graffiti a Felony Near Becoming Law

Another western NC town is concerned enough about vandalism—spray painting and otherwise damaging property—public or private—that they’ve gotten their legislators involved in making for tougher penalties for people who spray or scribble damaging property. And the bill would apply to the Full Story

Football Hands Out Spring Awards

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football doled out its spring performance awards during its first team meeting of the summer on Monday evening at the

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More Samaritan's Purse Help Headed to Nepal

Samaritan’s Purse has a plane on its way today to help the thousands of homeless Nepalese earthquake victims are now bracing themselves for the potential of even greater catastrophe from the heavy rains and mudslides.  The weather changes in June with the monsoon season typically Full Story

Corbin Joins Colts

BOONE, N.C. — Offensive lineman Will Corbin (Dunn, N.C./Triton) became the third member of Appalachian State University’s 2014 football squad to join the National Football League ranks on Tuesday when he signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Famous Flier, Lees-McRae Alum, Remembered

Finishing up news from the Memorial Day weekend, there is a news item that ties a famous veteran to the local area. Thomas W. Ferebee was the bombardier aboard the B-29 Superfortress, Enola Gay, who dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, Little Boy, on Hiroshima in 1945. The Greensboro Full Story

Pope Named Exec Director at Grandfather Mountain

After what they called ‘an exhaustive nine-month search,’ the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Board of Directors named someone close to their mission as the new executive director. The release said the board has named Jesse B. Pope Jr. of Newland the nonprofit’s Full Story

Crowd, Watauga Community Band Celebrates Gazebo

On a picture perfect Sunday afternoon, the Watauga Community Band christened the new Rotary Gazebo in Blowing Rock Park, surrounded by hundreds of folks there taking in the music, the beautiful day and the beautiful new structure.  The band performed its traditional Memorial Day concert in Full Story

Boone Falls to Chattanooga--Just Barely

Finally, a population 10 times the size of Boone won out, that after voters for Boone narrowed the gap in the finals for the south region in the ‘Best Towns Outside’ competition. Boone took out the number 2 seed beating Athens, Georgia last week in our south bracket, but the the #1 seed Full Story

Cardiologist Dies From Injuries in Parkway Bike Crash

A Lancaster Pennsylvania cardiologist died last Monday after suffering head and other injuries in a bicycle crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway two weeks ago.  Dr. Jerry Luck Jr. was cycling with his son, Carter, when he lost control on the Blue Ridge Parkway while descending in the area Full Story

Boone Police Identify Deceased Young Man

Boone Police have identified the young man who died early Friday in an incident on Robin Lane In Boone.  Boone Police identified the teen as John Dakota Merriss, 18 years-of-age, of Boone. The Saturday release from police said only that their investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Full Story

All Smiles at Rotary Gazebo Ribbon Cutting

On a day that reminded a crowd where the ‘blowing’ in Blowing Rock comes from, a crowd of about 200 people gathered at Blowing Rock Memorial Park on a beautiful but blustery afternoon to witness the ribbon cutting of the new Rotary Gazebo. Full Story

UNC Receives NCAA Notice Of Allegations

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina today announced the campus had received a notice of allegations from the NCAA as the next phase in its investigation of academic irregularities and

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Pena Moving, Resigns Boone Town Council

There was a bit of a surprise early in the Boone Town Council meeting last night as first-term council member Jennifer Pena tendered her resignation from the council due to her pending move from the community.  She offered her thanks to all for their help and allowing her to take part Full Story

Three Face Drug Counts After High Speed Chase

The Watauga Sheriff’s Office has listed charges against three suspects following a high speed chase into downtown Boone Thursday.  The chase scrambled both vehicle and foot traffic downtown Boone as around 7pm, Boone Police were notified that county officers were trying to stop a Full Story

Boone Narrows the Gap on Chattanooga

Boone has narrowed the gap in the finals for the south region in the ‘Best Towns Outside’ competition—that after taking out the number 2 seed— Boone beating Athens, Georgia in our south bracket, now facing the #1 seed in the south—Chattanooga, Tennessee.  As of Friday morning, we’ve narrowed Full Story

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