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Mini-Season Tickets, Specialty Dates Announced

Mini-season ticket packages and specialty dates for Appalachian State University’s 2015 football season have been finalized, Appalachian State athletics announced on Friday. Mini-season tickets give fans the opportunity to reserve seats for three of Appalachian State’s six home games in 2015. Mini-season tickets cost just $97 per seat

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App Alumna Victim of Crime in National News

A woman in the national news as the victim of a bizarre crime has ties to Boone and ASU.  26-year-old Michelle Wilkins responded to a Craigslist ad about baby clothes, according to police in Longmont Colorado when attacked by a woman who stabbed Wilkins and removed her Full Story

Noise Ordinance Crashes Again

Complaints about the Boone noise ordinance, complaints about noise, complaints about complaints—the Boone Town Council heard the full gamut at last night’s council meeting. Nicole Kinnamon, co-owner of Speakeasy Tattoo Company said, “People do, they leave the mountain, Full Story

App Proves to be Great Investment for NC

Spend a dollar on education at Appalachian State University and that dollar will yield another $6.40 in benefits to taxpayers, or a 15.9 percent return on investment, according to an economic impact value of higher education conducted by the Idaho-based company Economic Modeling Full Story

Silver Alert Issued for Watauga Woman

The Watauga Sheriff’s Office has issued a Silver Alert for a missing 76-year old woman from the Boone area.  The NC Center for Missing Persons release says that Barbara Mae Lawrence was last seen yesterday on Blowing Rock Road in her green 2007 Subaru Forester, NC Tag 3R05BP, Full Story

Red Carpet Inn Bites the Dust

The changes continue to reshape the look of a long distressed part of the Boone business district along US 321—Blowing Rock Road.  Ironically, the distressed area was very close to one of the greatest economic engines of the High Country—the ASU campus.  But that campus is drawing Full Story


It's been a dream season for Watauga High senior Utah Jones. Jones, who helped the WHS boys' basketball team to 18 wins and the second-round of the state

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Burn Surprises Pisgah Area Residents

More than 1,200 acres were burning between the Caldwell and Avery County line Wednesday as residents found their homes surrounded by heavy smoke and ash, several complaining they did not know about the scheduled burn. There were reports to local 9-1-1 centers about the smoke Full Story

Peace Pole Proposal for Park

Girl Scouts from Vilas Troop 10289 appeared before the Watauga County Commission Tuesday seeking permission to place a Peace Pole on the property of the Old Cove Creek School.  Commissioners unanimously approved the placement. Scouts said that the pole will display the message, Full Story

TV's Targeted in Duplicate Break-Ins

Wilkesboro Police are seeking suspect or suspects in two home break-ins from the weekend—both on Elm Street, both targeting large TVs. And both were found in the predawn hours Saturday morning when residents returned home from overnight work.  The first was discovered Full Story

Sugar Grove Man Dies in Watauga Lake Crash

A Watauga County man died as his vehicle crashed into Watauga Lake late Saturday night, and a Boone woman was injured in that crash. The Tennessee Highway Patrol report says the car crashed into Watauga Lake around 10:30 Saturday night, saying the car was traveling Full Story

Suspect Arrested in Sunday Parking Lot Shooting

The search for a shooting suspect ended peacefully when he turned himself in this morning, 26 hours after allegedly shooting the Market Manager of a Food Lion in Lenoir outside the store.  This morning at 9:00 AM, William “Bill” Edgar Mudd, Jr.—with his attorney present—turned Full Story

Miss the Boat?

Park Service officers and the Watauga Sheriff’s Office found themselves scratching heads over a report of a boat being towed –without a trailer—early Saturday.  Lawmen responded to Sampson Road and the Blue Ridge Parkway seeking the subject towing a boat without a trailer Full Story

UPDATED: Sanders, Anderson Earn Coach Of Year Honors

Watauga High basketball coaches Rob Sanders and Klay Anderson were both named Coach of the Year in boys' and girls' basketball respectively, in the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference.

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Cause Still Sought in Riverview Grocery Fire

It was a week ago this morning that a roaring fire leveled Riverview Grocery and killed Shane Davie Scarborough, 31. Fire investigators from the Watauga Sheriff’s Office and SBI sifted through the smoky rubble seeking the cause of the fire, with the only speculation given during the Full Story

New Schedule, Old Issues for Boone Council

The Boone Town Council works its new meeting schedule starting this week, with only one meeting—Thursday—at the council chambers on Blowing Rock Road with, again, a number of contentious issues on its agenda including continued action on the town’s noise ordinance Full Story

Eagles Win State Championship

CHAPEL HILL - It's usually the third time that's considered the charm. At least that's the way the old saying goes. But for Wilkes Central High girls' basketball coach Scott Waugh, he was blessed on his second attempt.

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Bass Lake Petition Gets Nearly 1100 'Signers'

With the support of nearly 1100 of us, the Town of Blowing Rock will proceed with seeking funding for a sidewalk project that would stretch pedestrian access from Main Street in Blowing Rock to Bass Lake.  The Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) could provide as much as 80% Full Story

Fox A Finalist for Joe B. Hall Award

BOSTON – Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox has been named as one of 10 finalists for the Joe B. Hall Award, given annually to the top

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