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Houston Takes Over At The Citadel

Footballscoop.com is reporting that Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Mike Houston has now formally accepted the new head coaching position at The Citadel. Full Story

Foscoe Church Destroyed in Overnight Fire

Foscoe Christian Church was destroyed in a late night fire last night, causing firemen to spend hours in the sub zero cold and 50-plus mile per hour winds.  Foscoe Fire, Boone Fire and Watauga Medics and rescue were all called out just after 11:30 last night to the church at Camp Rainbow Road off NC 105, Full Story

BREMCO Says Local Demand at All-Time High

Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are restoring the final outages that occurred Tuesday morning in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties.

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Best Western Deaths Press Conference Wednesday

The weather delay of Watauga Superior Court will end tomorrow, and the process of selecting new members for the Grand Jury will get underway with jurors reporting. Boone Police announced Friday afternoon that they scheduled a press briefing for Monday afternoon in reference to the three deaths Full Story

NCDOT Crews Battle Extreme Cold to Clear Roads

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s snow and ice removal efforts went smoothly Monday night, despite arctic temperatures throughout the mountains and foothills.

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Travel Troubles Across the High Country

One injury accident was reported in the morning weather melee yesterday, a two vehicle crash on Winklers Creek Road at Wyndham way.  The state patrol said the 10:10am crash occurred as Meredith Boothe skidded into the oncoming lane on Winklers Creek, the left front of her gray Honda Element Full Story

Beech Mountain Brewing Company Now Open

The newest craft brewery in Western North Carolina has opened in the Alpine Village at Beech Mountain Resort. Beech Mountain Brewing Co. has the capacity to brew up to 100 gallons per day and will be open year round to serve skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and other resort visitors.

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NCDOT Keeping Crews Safe During Arctic Chill

With arctic temperatures moving into the mountains and foothills, the N.C. Department of Transportation is taking extra precaution to keep crews safe as they work overnight clearing snow and ice throughout the region.

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Blowing Rock to Seek New Police Chief

Changes are in the works for the Blowing Rock Police Department, as Chief Eric Brown submitted his resignation, according to Town Manager Scott Fogleman.  Fogleman said that the chief’s resignation is effective January 17th, but that Cpt. Aaron Miller has already taken over as interim chief, Full Story

Calm Before the Storm--Get Ready for Cold

We’re about to have another visit from the North Pole, but it does not involve a jolly old elf.  A blast of polar air is on our doorsteps, and many activities for today—including all the school systems in the area are off. Today is a relatively mild cold, but the reality of the weather by tomorrow morning looks ominous. Full Story

Press Conference Set for Monday in Best Western Deaths Canceled

Boone Police announced Friday afternoon that they would hold a press briefing this afternoon, saying only that it is in reference to the three deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning that occurred at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza in the spring of 2013, but the weather has now caused that to be called off. Full Story

Child Airlifted After Vilas Sledding Mishap

An 11-year old boy was airlifted after being injured in a sledding accident this afternoon. The call came in just before 2 this afternoon at a Lams Way residence in Vilas.  Arriving Cove Creek first responders found that the boy had struck an object in sledding at the residence, and was having breathing problems. Full Story

NCDOT Clearing Roads in Western N.C. After Winter Storm

N.C. Department of Transportation crews were clearing roads and treating icy patches Friday morning after a winter storm brought snow to parts of western North Carolina.

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Some Shivering With Power Outages

Welcome to winter weather, 2014. Snow and slick roads are causing High Country residents to go into full ‘snow mode,’ dealing with snow covering roads that have a base of ice from yesterday’s rains impacting our last bit of holiday weekend.  It’s good news to ski operations, not so good for many Full Story

Man Ejected as Vehicle Flips

A Boone man was badly injured as he was thrown from his overturning Subaru just after dark last night.  The crash occurred on Bamboo Road between Mutton Crossing and Wilson Ridge Road at about 6:15 when 55-year old Roger Brown lost control of his ’99 Subaru Forester, running off of the road Full Story

Assault Leads to Chase, Charges

New Year’s Eve afternoon, Boone Police officers were dispatched to Ingle’s after receiving a call for an assault that had just taken place.  During the investigation of the assault, the officers learned that the alleged assailant was Dustin Ryan Guy, 26, of George Wilson Road, Boone, Full Story

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