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Banks Wins DA By Nearly 2000 Votes

The evening started with our first returns showing Nathan Miller winning Watauga County in the District Attorney’s race—a 300 vote margin here—but by the end of the night, Seth Banks surged ahead, and it appears he will be our next 24th Prosecutorial District Attorney.  But the results Full Story

 
Watauga Board of Ed Race Trimmed to Six

In the Watauga Board of Education race, it appears that Jay Fenwick, Kurt Michael, Jason Cornett, Ronny Holste, Adam Trivette, and lone incumbent Ron Henries will be on the fall ballot for the three seats there, with Josh Kanoy and Tiffany Christian just off the pace by several hundred votes. Full Story

 
Watauga Commission Race: One Close, One Not

There is the possibility that Matt Klutz can ask for a recount in his 51 vote loss to Karen Greene Lerch in the Watauga Commission district 3 Republican primary.  That will be determined in the canvass next Tuesday. The winner would take on Billy Kennedy in the fall. In the district 5 primary, Full Story

 
Banks Pulls Away in DA Race

It appears that Seth Banks is pulling away from both Britt Bingham Springer and Nathan A. Miller, his margin exceeding the 40% needed to avoid a runoff.  With 11 precincts yet to report, Banks holds a lead of over a thousand votes over Springer, and more importantly, a 10% lead of over 45% Full Story

 
Law Enforcement Memorial Under Construction

Concrete work on Watauga County Law Enforcement Memorial began Monday in collaborative work by both maintenance technicians from Town of Boone and County of Watauga. By Wednesday, three flag poles may be set—one 30-foot pole and two 25-foot poles.  Hopes are to have the local Full Story

 
Dog Kills One-Year Old Child in Caldwell

A family is mourning after vicious dog attack killed a one year old boy in his grandfather's yard.  Caldwell  Animal Control seized the Rottweiler  and brought it to the shelter. Two brothers were at their grandfather's home as their mom was out looking for a job, leaving Ervin Full Story

 
Meth Lab Remnants Found in Watauga

The remnants of two clandestine Methamphetamine laboratories have been discovered and seized by Patrol Deputies and Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.  Both Methamphetamine labs were characteristic of the Red Phosphorous method of manufacture, Full Story

 
Fire, Explosions Destroy Watauga Trailer

Explosions and fire destroyed a mobile home near Beech Mountain Saturday morning, explosions heard by Fall Creek firemen from Avery County as they were responding as backup for Beaver Dam and several Watauga fire departments.  The fire was reported at about 10:15 at 3212 Full Story

 
Does Early Voting Show Strength for Banks?

Watching the early voting figures, now complete, other counties in the 24th prosecutorial district outvoted Watauga voters percentage-wise, maybe showing strength for the campaign of Seth Banks, the one candidate of three not from Watauga County. Figures for Watauga by the end of Saturday Full Story

 
Ashe Firemen Battle Two Woods Blazes

At about noon Sunday, a number of Ashe fire departments responded to a woods fire, spotted across the road from 1772 Big Windfall Rd. in Lansing. By late afternoon, the windy conditions had spread the fire to about 80 acres, and numerous  Ashe County fire departments were called in with Full Story

 
Quake Rattles Aho Area Again

The Aho area of Watauga County shook again in the early morning hours Saturday, with the U.S. Geological Survey reporting a 2.1 magnitude earthquake occurred at 1:57 a.m. The epicenter was approximately 2.3 miles east-northeast of downtown Blowing Rock, near the spot where Full Story

 
Chasteen Earns All-Star Recognition

Goalkeeper Jake Chasteen, who had a brillant playing career at Watauga High, has been selected to play in the 8th Annual Clash of The Carolinas all-star soccer game on July 12 at Blackbaud Stadium in Daniel Island, S.C. The game is a showcase for the best seniors from North and South Carolina in boys and girls soccer. The Tar

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Pioneers Open At Patton Tuesday

The pairings have been released for the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference baseball tournament, which begins at the higher seeds Tuesday night.

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Injuries Reported in NC 105 Wreck

Three injuries were reported as a sedan and a pickup truck collided on NC 105 just south of Boone.  The collision occurred just before 8am right at the entrance to Flintlock Campground as traffic was slowing for a turning vehicle, and a Dodge Stratus sedan struck the rear of a Toyota pickup. Trooper Full Story

 
Business Owners Charged in Drug Counts

The owners of a Wilkesboro Business and an employee have been arrested for the sale of drugs and synthetic drugs from their business.  In what Wilkesboro Police call an ongoing investigation, a search warrant was obtained Tuesday for the property of Pipe Dreams, leading to the search Full Story

 
Avery High School Spanking Draws Reprimand

An Avery County High School teacher who was reprimanded after an incident that was caught on a student's cellphone in March during a class at Avery County High School. The video shows a male teenage student being spanked and paddled by a teacher in what appears to be in fun, but some Full Story

 
Transylvania Candidate Chosen as Superintendent

In a meeting last night, the board emerged from a special session and appointed Dr. Scott Elliott to take over as superintendent of Watauga County Schools effective July 1.  Scott Elliott is Full Story

 
F.A.R.M. Cafe Set to Celebrate, Start Year 3

F.A.R.M. Cafe at 617 West King Street in Boone will begin its third year of “feeding all regardless of means” with a celebration at the Cafe on Saturday May 3 from 11 AM until 2 PM.   The celebration will feature a special menu, live music, a raffle for the F.A.R.M. Cafe Garden Spot, and recognition Full Story

 
More Parties Named in Best Western Probe

Legal action has been taken against additional parties involved in work at the Boone Best Western Hotel, work that contributed to the three deaths there last spring.  Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens issued an order  barring Charles Harold Robinson, Rich Moses, Steve Thigpen and Appalachian Full Story

 
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