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'Tis the Season; Scams All Around

How can I scam thee—let me count the ways.  That seems to be the theme for the final months of 2014, with scammers in overdrive and staying a step ahead—or an ocean away—from those who would stop them. Last week, the IRS got the word out on taxpayers being scammed by collection Full Story

High Country Voting: Best and Worst Numbers

As newly-elected officials are taking their oaths of office, a look back at the November election has some interesting statistics, as reported by Democracy North Carolina.  Their analysis of the voting shows that Democrats, seniors, women and African Americans all increased their rate of participation in Full Story

Two Wrecks: One Fatal, One Slight Injury

An elderly man was hit and killed by a vehicle in Caldwell County last  night, according to State Patrol officials. The incident happened just after dark, around 6 p.m. on Hartland Road near Lenoir. Troopers say 88-year-old Ceivel Greene was crossing the road to check his mailbox after looking Full Story

Steakhouse Damaged in Early AM Blaze

The fire that damaged the Boone Sagebrush Steakhouse early yesterday morning would have been much worse save the help of a person staying at a motel next door.  Boone Fire were called to the scene of the fire discovered on the back side of the Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone at about  5:20 Full Story

High Impact Permit Moratorium Enacted

Residents of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction areas surrounding Boone gathered before the Watauga Commission last night to express themselves on the possibility of county protection once the ETJ issue is closed for the town of Boone.  Some 20 residents commented on the issue, all but one seeking Full Story

Burnsville Man Gets 21 Years for Child Porn

A Yancey County man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 21 years in Federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced 28-year old  Brian Wayne Moore to 262 months in prison on federal production of child Full Story

Shrine Bowl To Air on 1130 AM

Curtis Media-Boone General Manager Robin Wohlbrouk has announced that WECR 1130 AM will air the Shrine Bowl of the Carolina Saturday, beginning with coverage at 12 noon from Gibbs Stadium in

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Search on For Escaped Prisoner

The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement are searching for an inmate from Wilkes Correctional Center, a minimum security prison in Wilkes County, who has walked away from an outside work assignment in Ashe County. At approximately 2:15 this afternoon, correctional staff Full Story

Watauga Jurors Excused For This Week

"Jurors summoned for the December 15, 2014 session of Watauga County Civil Superior Court do not need report for the remainder of the week.  This counts as your 2 year service.  Thank you for serving as a Juror in Watauga County."

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Suspect Nabbed in Business Break-In

After several Break-Ins at New River Building Supply, deputies of the Watauga Co. Sheriff and Boone Police Officers responded to a break-in in progress at the 3148 HWY 105 S. business and caught a suspect there.   An employee, working after hours late Friday, reported that he heard glass being broken Full Story

NC Bankers: 2015 to be Stronger

Dr. Harry M. Davis, Economist with the North Carolina Bankers Association (NCBA) and professor of banking at Appalachian State University, has released the NCBA’s 2015 economic outlook. It provides a detailed analysis of the future of the state’s economy. According to the outlook, Full Story

Police Sweep Mall After Bomb Threat

Fear of an explosion caused Boone Police, Fire, Watauga Medics to converge on Boone Mall mid afternoon yesterday.  Police say a staff member overheard part of a conversation of two young men about a possible explosive device, that as the two were departing the front of the mall. Full Story

Early AM Quake Rocks Watauga, Caldwell

An earthquake rocked the area at the Watauga-Caldwell line early this morning, prompting calls about explosions and other inquiries to the Watauga Communications Center, who dispatched fire and other emergency units before the cause became evident.  The 3.0 magnitude trembler hit Full Story

Teen Charged with Child Sex Counts

Saturday, December 13th, at about 11:00 AM, Boone Police responded to a report of a child abduction a at the Michael’s store in Boone, 320 Watauga Village Drive.  Arriving officers were told that while shopping inside Michael's, a family realized their 5-year-old daughter was no longer Full Story

Woods, Grass Fire Threatens Structures

Quite a few Watauga firefighters spent their Saturday afternoon fighting a wind-driven woods and grass fire in the Deep Gap area, a blaze that threatened several structures.  The first call came in to a property at 672 Rhymer Branch Road just after 11am, where the fire was found approaching Full Story

Mansure Finishes 28th at FL Nationals

Watauga High senior Kathleen Mansure capped off her prep cross country career with a 28th-place finish at the Foot Locker National Cross Country

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Crimestoppers Seeks Walmart Theft Suspects

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the publics assistance in solving the following crime:  On December 3, 2014, an unidentified African American male attempted to steal a large amount of merchandise from the Boone Walmart, located at 200 Watauga Village Drive.  The African Full Story

'Tis the Season; Fraud Ramps Up

Fraud by phone seems to be ramping up, with a new round of phone scams trying to grab money over the phone.  A number of area utilities have reported recently that callers demand payment by purchasing debit cards and making immediate payments, trying to get the money before the Full Story

Fire Destroys Valle Crucis Home

Fire totaled a home in Valle Crucis early this morning, a structure found fully involved in flames by first arriving Foscoe Fire units.  The blaze was first spotted from a distance just before 6am, someone from Pumpkin Center reporting what appeared to be an outside fire, but the next call was to Full Story

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