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'Gold Paint' Vandals Sought by ASU, Boone PDs

On Monday, Boone Police received reports that, sometime over the weekend, parking meters, trashcans, and street signs on West King Street had been vandalized with the word “Draba” written on these items in gold paint.  One street sign damaged with what appears to be an "A" with Full Story

Apps Kicks Off “Year of the Fan”

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University athletics has officially kicked off its “Year of the Fan.” The Year of the Fan will run through the 2015-16 academic year as a way for Appalachian State athletics to

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Woman Found Dead in Avery Waterway ID'd

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a woman, said to have been found face down in the waters of the Toe River or Plumtree Creek yesterday afternoon.  Details are still sketchy, but the Sheriff’s Office reports that 45-year old Sarah Faye Triplett, of Connelly Springs, Full Story

Wilcox Joins IMG Crew

ATLANTA — Former Appalachian State University football student-athlete and eight-year National Football League veteran Daniel Wilcox will join the Appalachian IMG Sports Network broadcast crew as the color commentator for Mountaineer football broadcasts in 2015, associate athletics director for

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Shooting Death Probed as Homicide

Investigators in Lenoir are still being tight lipped over a shooting from late Friday night that claimed the life of a teen, and incident they are calling a homicide.  What they are saying is that on Friday night at 11:19 PM, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Atwood Drive in Lenoir Full Story

Hopes For Rain to Put out Pisgah Fire

A wildfire in the Pisgah National Forest is still being dealt with this morning, with hopes that rain moving in over the next several days will completely put out the fire.  The Blue Gravel wildfire is burning in a remote area east of Shortoff Mountain outside of Linville Gorge Wilderness Full Story

Rash of Weekend Wrecks Cause Injuries

The weekend saw a number of traffic accidents with injuries, starting with a rash of wrecks Friday afternoon across the High Country.  The injury wrecks stretched from a single-vehicle wreck on US 221 about a mile past the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass to NC 105 in Foscoe near Shull’s Mill to Full Story

Unemployment Dips in February

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 89 of North Carolina’s counties in February, increased in five, and remained unchanged in six. Graham County and Hyde County both had the highest unemployment rate at 14.2 percent while Orange County had the lowest Full Story

Ashe Teacher is NC Teacher of the Year

Ashe County High School English teacher Keana Triplett today was named the 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The Ashe County Public Schools’ teacher succeeds James E. Ford, a World History teacher at Garinger High School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools). Full Story

Crimestoppers: Info Sought in Bomb Threat

Last Saturday morning, the Boone Police Department responded to bomb threat at Melanie’s Food Fantasy at 664 W. King Street in Boone. The threat was called around 8am in by an unknown person to the Boone Police Department’s Communication Division.  The Boone Police Department Full Story

Woman Shot, Critically Injured, Neighbor Charged

Ashe County deputies rushed to a Clifton area home just before midnight Saturday, after the Ashe County Communications Center received a life line call-in—the lifeline was from a 77-year old reporting she had been shot. Ashe deputies rushed to the residence of Viola and Dean Turnmire on Jones Full Story

Beware of Large Creek Critters...

Generally speaking, the Army Corps of Engineers is very protective of waterways across the country, and when asked about moving a creek or other waterway, they take a long, hard look at the impact.  But the corps and NC DENR finally gave its approval to move Boone Creek—also Full Story

Caution Urged: Spring Fire Season

After several days of woods fires in which Avery County firefighters battled a wind-driven woods and grass fire in the Frank fire district, the N.C. Forest Service is urging residents across the state to exercise caution when burning debris during spring fire season.  The spring Full Story

Hodges Honored--First State Recipient

It was ironic that it became official on the night her replacement was named  that Jane Ann Hodges had just been named as the best Election Supervisor in the state. It was announced by board member Kathleen Campbell that, in her final year, Jane Ann Hodges became the first recipient Full Story

Board of Elections Fights Over New Supervisor

There was another contentious meeting of the Watauga Board of Elections last night as the board selected a replacement for long-time Board of Elections Supervisor Jane Ann Hodges.  After moving public comments to before that issue, Kathleen Campbell, the lone Democrat on Full Story

Injuries, Building Damage in Area Wrecks

A driver was airlifted after a crash on US 221 in Avery late yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred at about 4:30 as the driver apparently suffered some sort of seizure activity, according to first responders at the scene, his vehicle leaving the road at the Crossnore Drug Store, striking Full Story

Woods Fires Damage,Threaten Structures

In a day of woods fires, Avery County firefighters battled a wind-driven woods and grass fire in the Frank fire district that damaged a barn and threatened a house.  The fire flared up just before 5pm along a property on US 19E at Goose Neck Road, the fire burning into the barn as firefighters Full Story

Mountaineers Release Their Depth Chart

BOONE - The Appalachian State University football team has released its 2015 preseason football depth chart. The Mountaineers, who closed out the 2014 season on a

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Former Ashe Resident Sentenced in Fed Court

A former Creston resident, Kamran Rezapour, 53, was sentenced Wednesday to 108 months in prison for defrauding consumers of nearly $5 million by misbranding erectile dysfunction drugs and selling them as “all natural” herbal supplements—that from Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Full Story

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