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Flash Flood Warning Issued

There’s a flash flood warning issued for the area, specifically Watauga and Ashe Counties.  The National Weather Service says the area has already received over two inches of rain overnight, and is predicted to receive another two before the slow-moving storms clear the area.  The frontal Full Story

Vilas Men Charged With Drug Counts

Last Wednesday, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in an investigation involving the sell and delivery of large amounts of Marijuana.  The investigation, which led to a search warrant, was a joint operation between the Watauga Full Story

$2500 Reward Offered in Ashe Break-In

Ashe authorities have issued a reward bulletin in connection with an April 12th break in and larceny at a Creston area home.  Returning home, the resident discovered a large amount of money and other items were taken from the home. Now, a $2500 reward for information resulting Full Story

New Amendments to CO Bill Filed

Amendments were filed yesterday to the law regulating carbon monoxide detectors in hotels passed last year in reaction to three deaths at the Boone Best Western Hotel last spring. The amendments were authored by Senators Brent Jackson and Dan Soucek to include Bed and Breakfast Full Story

Caldwell Seatbelt Use Targeted for Enforcement

In 2013, there were over 365 unrestrained accidents in North Carolina, wrecks causing fatalities where the victim was not wearing a seatbelt, according to state statistics. The highest age bracket are those between15 and 29 years of age. The current seat belt usage rate in North Carolina is Full Story

Gas Drops Pennies; Still Dimes Behind

So gas prices in the High Country finally dropped a few cents—just after the grads graduated and the moms were celebrated over the weekend—and just as predicted by some of readers.  Some reported having that conversation with employees of places where they Full Story

Todd Residents Move to Oppose Water Intake

About 50 area citizens gathered last night, mostly to stand in opposition to the Town of Boone’s water project from the New River in Todd. There were a number of speakers, but the main points were made by Frank  Packard,  a  concerned  resident  who has researched the project Full Story

Watson Takes Second At States

The Kernersville-Bishop McGuinness High boys' golf team pulled off the daily double on Tuesday at the 17th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1A championships at Whispering Pines Country Club in Whispering Pines, N.C.

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Avery Drug Charges

Two Avery residents have been charged with drug counts over the past week. On May 5th officers of Avery County Sheriff’s Office served civil papers on Dobbins Road near Banner Elk.  There, officers encountered Roger William Harmon, who was found to be in possession of two Full Story

Musician Joe Shannon Passes In Florida

There’s sad news today about the founder of the Mountain Home Music series.  Karen James, Interim Director of Mountain Home Music emailed to say that Joe Shannon, who started Mountain Home Music 20 years ago in Boone, passed away this morning after a lengthy illness. Full Story

Women Targeted in Two Saturday Assaults

Two assaults of women were reported to law enforcement in Boone over the weekend, one, a sexual assault.  The first occurred on campus, with ASU Police Department asking the public’s assistance in solving the assault.  Their release says that a non-student female was struck on the Full Story

Citizens Meet Over Boone Water Intake Tonight

Tonight,  a meeting of citizens opposed to the Town of Boone’s water project from the New River in Todd will gather to hear  about the project and what they’re calling it’s adverse affects on farming, tourism, and river recreation.  The Town of Boone proposes to construct an intake to take up Full Story

Local NAMI Chapter Intervenes After Inmate Death

Seven employees of the NC Department of Public Safety—the prison unit in Alexander County—either lost their jobs or resigned after a prisoner was transferred from the facility there to Central Prison in Raleigh—and was dead when he arrived.  The shake-up in the state’s prison Full Story

Boone Office Damaged in Monday Fire

Fire damaged a Furman Road office Monday afternoon in a blaze quickly extinguished by Boone Fire, an incident still being investigated by Boone Fire.  An office worker at the 232 Furman Road address, the Furman Office Building with a medical practice inside, reported that it Full Story

Cars Damaged, Stolen in Crime of the Week

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving two crimes involving motor vehicles.  On the early morning of Monday, April 28, a white 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera with black wheels and hubcaps was stolen from Summer Drive in Boone, NC.  On Monday, Full Story

UPDATED: Pioneers Take On McDowell In Playoff Opener

Watauga High baseball coach Pete Hardee has announced that the Pioneers will play at McDowell Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the

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Woman Trapped in Crashed Van

A Boone woman was trapped in her van after it careened down a steep embankment yesterday afternoon, causing a rescue effort to remove the injured woman from the overturned vehicle.  The crash occurred just before 1pm on as callers reported hearing calls for help from someone Full Story

Fire Flattens Outbuilding, Damages Home

Stewart Simmons, Deep Gap, and other Watauga Departments—even Champion out of Wilkes—were dispatched to a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed an outbuilding and damaged a home.  The fire call came in just before 4pm to a residence at 792 Powder Horn Mountain Road after a neighbor Full Story

Peacock, Washington Sign Free-Agent Deals

Wide receivers Andrew Peacock (Durham, N.C./Northern Durham) and Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) are the latest Appalachian State University alumni to join the National Football

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