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Crime Spree Suspect Cornered in Coop

It was a crime spree—but maybe not a very successful one—for a North Wilkesboro man, charged with attempted robbery and attempted breaking and entering in connection with a series of incidents Sunday afternoon. Steven Lamar Ammons, 45, of Jennings Road was arrested late Sunday Full Story

Pioneers Release 2014 Football Schedule

Watauga High football coach Ryan Habich released his schedule for the 2014 season on Monday. The Pioneers, who were 8-4 last season and lost to Indian Trail-Porter Ridge in the opening round of the

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Appalachian State Holds Annual Pro Day

Fourteen National Football League teams were represented at Appalachian State University’s annual Pro Day on Monday afternoon. Pro Day activities were held in the Appalachian Athletics Center and Sofield

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Yates Gets Reply--Not an Answer

Watauga Republican Party Chair Anne-Marie Yates got an reply, not action in her request for information about political activity of ASU employees of the university on the job or using state facilities.  In a letter to UNC Board of Governors  Chairman Peter Hans, Watauga Watauga Republican Party Chair Full Story

Final Goodbye for Fallen Officer, Burke Couple

A day to say goodbye—the funeral today for the lawman killed in the search for a Burke County murder suspect last week and the parents also killed. Family, friends and law enforcement officers gathered in Marion at West Court Baptist Church yesterday afternoon for a more private goodbye Full Story

GOP Request for ASU Info Now to State

Stonewalling—that’s what Watauga Republican Party Chair Anne-Marie Yates calls action from ASU about her request for information about political activity of employees of the university on the job or using state facilities.  In a letter to UNC Board of Governors  Chairman Peter Hans, Watauga Republican Full Story

Salute to Fallen Officer Stretches 100 Miles

While family members are preparing for the funeral of a U.S. Forest Service officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday a procession stretching 100 miles along Interstate 40 Thursday paid tribute to the fallen officer. Officer Jason Crisp was shot and killed during a search for a murder suspect Wednesday. Full Story

Investigation Follows Path of Whisnant

State, Federal, and Burke County investigators are still following the path of Troy Whisnant during the time after he killed his father and step-mother at their Fish Hatchery Road home, saying that around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Whisnant’s parent’s vehicle was found in someone’s yard in McDowell County, Full Story

Two Young Women Escape Burning House

Ashe County Fire investigators say that an electrical problem caused a fire that totaled a rental house early yesterday morning, the occupants barely able to get out as the house burned.  Ashe Fire Marshal Bob Davis said that Kayla Barker and another young woman had just been living Full Story

Watauga High Cadet Honored By Watauga BOE

At the Monday night meeting of the Watauga Board of Education, Cadet Corporal Lily McDannold was named the "Outstanding Cadet of the Year" in the Marine Corps JROTC program at Watauga High School. With her and making the presentation is Senior Marine Instructor Gerald Harper, Lt. Col., Full Story

School Social Workers Recognized at BOE

Student Services Director Dr. Paul Holden presented School Social Workers Amy Michael, Jennifer Wandler, and Denise Presnell to the Board for recognition, calling them "exceptional" and "exemplary" in serving students at the Monday night Watauga Board of Education meeting. Not shown: social worker Full Story

New Student Rep. For Watauga BOE

Joelle Page (at left) was officially appointed a student representative to the Watauga Board of Education Monday night at the board meeting at the Gragg Education Center. She is joining Patrick Williamson (at right) as one of two Watauga High School students in that role.

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Federal Officer, Suspect, Couple Killed

The Table Rock community of Burke County is reeling after the discovery of a local couple dead in their Fish Hatchery Road home, then the slaying of a Federal officer and finally the suspect—the couple’s son. A welfare check on Levi and Rhonda Whisnant at their 5504 Fish Hatchery Road home led to Full Story

Fires Damage Structures, Woodlands

Ashe County Fire investigators are probing the cause of morning fire in the Crumpler area, a blaze battled by a number of Ashe Fire departments.  The  call came in at about 7:45 this morning to 5885 Old NC 16 North, with New River and other departments soon on the scene.  Within minutes Full Story

Blowing Rock Celebrates 125 Years

The Town of Blowing Rock celebrated its 125th birthday yesterday with cake and a party at the town hall, shortly followed by a Board of Commissioners meeting, plowing ahead into the next 125 years. On that agenda, Kipp Turner of Maymead Construction, contractor on the US 321 Full Story

Back To Winter; Winds Blast High Country

Yes, the calendar still says its winter, and Mother Nature is letting us know, with a blast of high winds ushering in much colder weather and the possibility of snow. High wind warnings are in effect for late today, with sustained winds of 30mph and gusts twice that—to 65—as a frontal system Full Story

Moore Inducted In SoCon HOF

Former Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moore was inducted to the Southern Conference Hall of Fame during on Monday during a ceremony at U.S. Cellular Center.

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Injured Climber Plucked From Side of Cliff

A dramatic rescue captured late yesterday afternoon in the Linville Gorge as a young man fell 20 to 40 feet while rappelling on the face of Shortoff mountain, landing precariously on a very small outcropping. The mid afternoon fall led rescuers to call for the National Guard rescue crew out of Salisbury Full Story

Capel Not Renewed as Men’s Basketball Coach

Appalachian State University will not renew the contract of men’s basketball head coach Jason Capel, director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced on Monday. Full Story

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