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Beech Mountain Appeals Genesis Decision

The Town of Beech Mountain is apparently appealing the Watauga County Superior Court's verdict awarding Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary $361,000 from a decision back in September.  In issuing their release, Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary announced that John Korzen, Assoc. Professor Full Story

Boone vs Athens in 'Best Towns Ever' Contest

Can Boone Beat Athens, Georgia—home of the University of Georgia?  Don’t count your chickens yet, but Boone is doing just that in a contest of ‘Best Towns Ever,’ put on by toad and Company.  The balloting was passed along through the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce as Boone Full Story

UPDATED: Bill Guthridge Passes Away

CHAPEL HILL - Former University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Bill Guthridge passed away last evening (May 12). He was 77 years old.

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Woman Found Dead, Pinned Under Mower

A woman was found dead, pinned under a piece of yard equipment in the early evening yesterday in Watauga County.  Watauga 911 was called around 6:30, the caller reporting that the woman, LaVerne Franklin, 72, was pinned under a mower at her property at 476 Gable Farm Road off

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Downtown Icon Revival for Blowing Rock, Boone

Blowing Rock is preparing to celebrate what is becoming a new icon for the community, the new Rotary Gazebo now being finished in the Town Park on Main Street.  The project, promoted by the Blowing Rock Chamber after the idea from the Watauga Community Band, joined by the Blowing Full Story

Heavy Rains, Hail Reported in Monday Storms

The heavens opened up late yesterday afternoon with a line of thunderstorms crossing the High Country from the southwest traveling northeast.  The sequence of storms dumped considerable rain across the area, possibly hitting Avery County hardest with a number of areas reporting flooding. Jim Swinkola Full Story

Motorcycle, SUV Collision Proves Fatal

A motorcyclist has died after his cycle collided head-on into the front of an SUV traveling Poplar Grove Road South, emergency crews finding themselves treating one of their own.  The crash call came in at 10:40am reporting the cyclist down and suffering head and other obvious injuries, Watauga Full Story

Pot, Cash Seized with Arrest

Last Thursday, May 7th, Avery Deputies made a traffic stop on NC 194 in the Heaton Community.  During the stop, the Avery release says over 1 1/2 ounces of Marijuana was seized along with plastic baggies for packaging and a set of scales.  The owner of the vehicle, Michael Pesta, was arrested Full Story

Avery Deputies Make Meth Arrest

Sunday, May 10th, Deputies with the Avery County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on a residence on Dobbins Rd. in Banner Elk.  The release says that during the search of the residence,  Methamphetamine was located leading to the arrest of Paul Brantley Lewis for Possession of Methamphetamine Full Story

App State Mourns the Passing of Bob Light

Bob Light, one of the most successful coaches in Appalachian State University athletics history, died on Monday. He was 88. Light served a total of 29 years as a head coach at Appalachian State, first leading the Mountaineers’ men’s basketball program for 15 seasons (1957-72), followed by Full Story

Cigarette Blamed for Foscoe Apartment Fire

A cigarette tossed in a trash can is being blamed for the fire that destroyed what had been the Coffey Break apartments last month.  The NC 105 apartments—just sold weeks before the fire—were destroyed along with at least 5 vehicles belonging to residents in an April 25th early Full Story

Parkway Bike Crash Causes Man to be Airlifted

A bicyclist was airlifted after a crash on Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday morning, that after crashing his cycle.  The accident occurred near mile marker 299 on the Parkway around 10am, causing Blowing Rock Fire/Rescue to respond along with Watauga Medics and Parkway Police.  After initiating Full Story

Suspicious Chemicals Found To Be Water

Foscoe Fire and Watauga Deputies responded to the discovery of a cooler containing bottles of liquids—bottles that were posted with hazard warnings on them.  In this case, law enforcement staged while firemen investigated the red cooler found at the Grandfather RV Campground, the person Full Story

Smoke Killed Riverview Apartment Man

It was two months ago this past weekend that Shane Davie Scarborough, 31, died in a fire that consumed his apartment and all of Riverview Grocery. The investigation into the death has now determined that  the Sugar Grove man died of carbon monoxide inhalation in the March 8th fire, Full Story

UPDATED: Mausure Finishes Second at States

GREENSBORO - Watauga High senior Kathleen Mansure closed out her brilliant season with a second-place finish in the girls' 3,200-meter run at the NCHSAA 4A State Track Championships at Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T University. Full Story

Concerns Raised Over State of Watauga Children

The state of our Watauga County Children was the focus of a gathering of professionals from quite a number of agencies and service providers, hearing from a panel that included Dr. Scott Elliot, school superintendent, Chad Slagle of DSS, Judge Hal Harrison of the 24th District Court, Full Story

Watauga Commissioners Vote Intake Easement

There was an irony of action from late in the Tuesday meeting of the Watauga County Commission, that as Frank Packard, leading the effort to stop the Town of Boone from taking water from the New River, asked for county support for a bill that would place another impediment before Full Story

'God' In Government An Issue at WCC

The day after the ruling from U.S. District Judge James Beaty stating that Rowan County board of commissioners was violating the U.S. Constitution when opening meetings with prayers specific to one religion, the Watauga Board of Commissioners opened with non-specific prayer, Full Story

Three Women Hurt, One Airlifted After 421 Crash

Three women were hurt—one airlifted—after a three vehicle crash just after 7 last evening on US 421 in Vilas. Trooper Grogan said that the crash occurred as traffic was slowing near the Hidden Trail intersection, and Christy Wallace of Mountain City Tennessee failed to slow for that traffic, her Full Story

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