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First Snow of Spring Closes Schools, Roads

High Country highways became snow covered early today from the storm coming over the mountains, closing schools across the High Country—the wintry weather causing the closing of some area roads. The predicted wintry weather finally found the High Country just after 4 this morning, Full Story

Two Hurt, Traffic Snarled in NC 105 Wreck

A two-vehicle wreck tied up ‘going home’ traffic on NC 105 late this afternoon, with two injuries reported.  The crash occurred just before 5pm  just north of the NC 105 bypass intersection in front of New River Building Supply, a white van and a silver-blue sedan colliding front-to-front.  Watauga Medics Full Story

New Hangar, New Jobs for Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is adding to its disaster relief operations in Wilkes County, and bringing some new jobs to the county in the process.  The Boone-based charity is buying a 19,738-square-foot hangar at the Wilkes County Airport from Raleigh-based Capital Bank, according to their press release, Full Story

More White Weather Predicted for Tuesday

So we sprang forward, then started spring officially last week, but the rollercoaster weather we had all winter seems to still be with us, with another round of cold and snow this week.  After a couple of spring-like days to kick off the season, we’re back to winter over the next three days, starting with Full Story

Bridge Dedication for Mast Moved Indoors

The dedication of the US 421 bridge over the New River at the southeast edge of Boone, to be dedicated to the life of—and life lost—of Watauga Deputy William R. Mast Jr., is being moved.  With the snow predicted, the 10am Tuesday ceremony, originally scheduled for Brookshire Park, Full Story

Spring Practice Report — March 12

Appalachian State University football held a lively and energetic scrimmage on Saturday on a beautiful day at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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Boomerang...Joblessness Jumps in January

Joblessness Jumps in January, up in all the High Country counties and the adjoining Foothills counties.  In fact, unemployment was up in almost all of North Carolina’s 100 counties—96 of them showing more joblessness, with only two counties dropping their rate, two remaining the same. The Department Full Story

Boone Council Votes to Give Theater Space

Detail issues seemed to jump into the way, but in the end, the Boone Town Council started the process of deeding a space of town property to the use of the group developing the old Appalachian Theater to create some critical space inside the historic structure. John Cooper and Frank Mohler Full Story

Theater Operator Honored by Boone Council

While the rebirth of the Appalachian Theater dominated the end of the Boone Town Council meeting Thursday night, the Town Council started their night by adopted a resolution of gratitude for the long-time head of the theater when it operated in downtown Boone, C.J. Hayes.  With family present, Full Story

Rally Surrounds Everts as She Meets ASU

“Sheri Everts, you are in for a wonderful treat.  This is a great family. This is a great group of professionals that  are here—so don’t mess up.” Chancellor Ken Peacock led what seemed very much a pep rally, rallying in approval of the selection of the woman who will be the next chancellor Full Story

Spring Practice Report — March 19

Appalachian State University football returned outside for the first time in two weeks when it held a two-hour practice at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Wednesday

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Baker, Watson Earn All-District Honors

Cameron Baker of the Watauga High boys' basketball team closed out his prep career on a high note as he was named to the All-District 11 team by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

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'Distraction Thefts' Warning Issued

Boone Police have issued a warning about “distraction thefts,” said to be on the rise across the Nation.  The release said distraction theft usually is performed by at least two people, although some distraction thieves work alone. When two people work the scam as a team, it usually involves Full Story

Boone Council Asks for Sales Tax Funds

The Boone Town Council, still reeling from the loss of nearly $2 million in sales tax revenue due to the Watauga County Commission taking action to restructure the method of sales tax collection last year, voted Tuesday night to make their official request of the commission to change back to per capita Full Story

Motorist 'Waived' Into Crash

No injuries were reported as a car flipped over, landing on the parking lot of the group of restaurants at Howard and Rivers Streets late yesterday afternoon.  Fortunately, the flipping vehicle missed the gathering of students out on the first warm afternoon of late as it skidded on its top on the lot. Full Story

Warning Issued on Magazine Scam

Over the past several days, Boone Police report that magazine sellers have been going door-to-door in the Boone area, saying that these sellers have been using a high-pressure sales pitch claiming to raise money for worthy causes.  These sellers may claim to live in the area, but they say in reality, they may be Full Story

Next ASU Chancellor: Dr. Sheri Noren Everts

The announcement has been made in Chapel Hill this morning, the choice will of Chancellor for Appalachian State University is Dr. Sheri Noren Everts. Tom Ross of the UNC system Board of Governors made that announcement in a special meeting  at the Spangler Center in Chapel Hill. Dr. Sheri Noren Everts Full Story

Avery Jurors Excused for Week of March 25th

The Avery Clerk of Courts office has reported that jurors called for jury duty in Avery County for the week starting Tuesday, March 25th do not need to report. The release says that jurors will not be needed for this session, and Avery jurors are excused from service for the week. Full Story

SAHA Gets Season License for 'Horn'

The devil proved to be in the details again between the Boone Town Council and Southern Appalachian Historical Association, producers of Horn in the West over first, the licensing agreement that would allow the production to take place at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater this summer Full Story

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