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Boone Water Intake Meeting Draws 45 to 50

A group of about 45 to 50 area residents met to turn the heat up on the Town of Boone in opposing the water project the town proposes to build to the New River at the Ashe County line, that with a second meeting last night in Todd. The group,  now calling itself New River Advocates, Full Story

Two Hurt in Three-Car Rollover Wreck

Three vehicles were involved—two injured—in a crash just after 4 yesterday afternoon in Deep Gap as one of the vehicles flipped over trying to exit US 421.  Trooper Townsend of the State Patrol said that Larry Pearce of Fleetwood was turning from 421 onto the short access road just south Full Story

Suspects Caught in Avery Deputy Assault, Robbery

A manhunt that started late yesterday afternoon appears to be over, the suspects in the assault of an officer captured in Calhoun Georgia after an Avery Detective was jumped, assaulted, and his service weapon and county vehicle stolen. Avery Sheriff Kevin Frye said about a half hour after the Full Story

Crumpler Teen Killed, Todd Teen Injured in Crash

An early Sunday morning  motorcycle accident resulted in the death of an Ashe County teen and the injury to another teen. The State Patrol said te crash occurred on Parker Eller Road in Lansing at about 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, State Trooper Kevin Aldridge identifying Tanner Pruitt, 19, of Full Story

Samaritan's Purse Doctor Contracts Ebola

A Samaritan’s Purse Doctor and now a missionary worker from Charlotte have both contracted one of the deadliest known viruses in the world. A Samaritan’s Purse Medical Director, Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, of Fort Worth, Texas, diagnosed himself when symptoms of Ebola appeared last Full Story

Two Hurt in Rollover Crash

Two men were slightly hurt in a single-vehicle crash on US 421 near the Watauga Wilkes line late yesterday morning.  The crash occurred near Orchard Road at about 11:15 when the 2011 Ford sedan that Isaac Williams was driving ran went left of center, Williams overcorrecting, according to trooper Full Story

Realty Prices, Sales Down,Inventory Up

After four years of incremental sales growth, the High Country real estate market is showing signs of slowing, according to the monthly report from the latest READReport from High Country realtors. Through the first six months of the year, Realtor®-assisted sales are down 3.3 percent compared Full Story

Fan Fest Set for Aug. 16

Fun for the whole family awaits Mountaineer fans on Saturday, August 16 when Appalachian State University football holds its annual Fan Fest at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Fan Fest begins at 5 p.m. with an EXCLUSIVE Full Story

BREMCO Reports New Scam Calls

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is warning the public about the latest scam targeting members. A cooperative member reported this week that he received a call on his cell phone from a number appearing to be Blue Ridge Electric. The imposter told the member that his electricity was Full Story

App State Finalizes Gameday Promotions

Appalachian State University athletics has finalized its 2014 football gameday promotions, director of promotions and fan engagement Ashley Payne announced on Friday. In addition to the previously announced Homecoming (Oct. 11 vs. Liberty), Family Weekend (Nov. 1 vs. Full Story

Numerous Changes Set for Boone Parking

The issue of parking—an on-going headache for the Boone Town Council, led to another effort to rein in the problems for merchants, customers and those seeking to park where they shouldn’t.  Last night, the Town Council voted to enact quite a number of changes to the Chapter 73 section Full Story

Seven Hurt in Castle Ford Wreck

Seven people were injured—one airlifted—after a crash yesterday morning on Castle Ford Road.  The crash occurred just after 11am as a 1989 Ford pickup, driven by Michael Eric Osborne Jr., 21, came off NC 194 and went left of center in a curve, were trooper T.B. Hendrix of the Full Story

Presley On PUP List

The Carolina Panthers, who will celebrate "Fan Fest" Friday in Charlotte, have announced that wide receiver DeAndre Presley will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List because stress fracture. Presley, who played at Appalachian State University, is in his third year of professional

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Almost Ready...Dedication Saturday

Tomorrow will mark two years since Watauga Deputy William Mast Jr. started his last shift of duty.  By the early morning of July 26th, 2012, he was dead, as was the man who shot him as he answered a call in the Deep Gap area.  With his death, the idea of honoring all the law enforcement Full Story

Probe Launched into Prison Homicide

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into what led up to an inmate being killed at Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City last Saturday. Investigators say 24-year-old Timothy Tillery Jr. of Knoxville was pronounced dead Saturday morning after his body was found inside the Full Story

New 'Water Grab' Meeting Set for Tuesday

While the Town of Boone struggles to deal with issues—including water issues—stemming from the loss of extraterritorial jurisdiction, stripped by the NC General Assembly last month, they’re being challenged by a group now calling itself New River Advocates, Inc., who will hold a second public Full Story

Commissioner Arrested in Beech In Court

A judge ordered sealed on Tuesday a mental health evaluation that found an embattled New Hanover County Commissioner, arrested in Beech Mountain last month, incapable of aiding in his defense. As a result, Brian Berger 's probation violation hearing was continued until a second evaluation Full Story

Federal Suit Dismissed Against Ashe SO

A lawsuit filed by Ashe County Commissioner Gerald Price against Sheriff James Williams and two of his deputies has been dismissed by a Federal Court Judge.  Judge Richard L. Voorhees entered the Order dated July 17th in which the Court determined that it did not have subject matter Full Story

Crimestoppers: Tool Suspect Sought

High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office seek the public’s assistance in solving a theft from Friday, July 11th. In that, an unknown white male entered New River Building Supply and removed various unknown tool items from the store. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Full Story

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