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Avery High School Spanking Draws Reprimand

An Avery County High School teacher who was reprimanded after an incident that was caught on a student's cellphone in March during a class at Avery County High School. The video shows a male teenage student being spanked and paddled by a teacher in what appears to be in fun, but some Full Story

Transylvania Candidate Chosen as Superintendent

In a meeting last night, the board emerged from a special session and appointed Dr. Scott Elliott to take over as superintendent of Watauga County Schools effective July 1.  Scott Elliott is Full Story

F.A.R.M. Cafe Set to Celebrate, Start Year 3

F.A.R.M. Cafe at 617 West King Street in Boone will begin its third year of “feeding all regardless of means” with a celebration at the Cafe on Saturday May 3 from 11 AM until 2 PM.   The celebration will feature a special menu, live music, a raffle for the F.A.R.M. Cafe Garden Spot, and recognition Full Story

More Parties Named in Best Western Probe

Legal action has been taken against additional parties involved in work at the Boone Best Western Hotel, work that contributed to the three deaths there last spring.  Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens issued an order  barring Charles Harold Robinson, Rich Moses, Steve Thigpen and Appalachian Full Story

For Crime, Boone one of NC's Safest

SafeWise, a home security company, issued a report of its “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina” last week, and Boone is 19th in their report. Their report looked at the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank the state’s top 50, looking at the FBI Unified Crime Report crime data, Full Story

More Furniture Jobs To Be Cut

More Foothills jobs will be lost in the restructuring of La-Z-Boy furniture, now reporting of job losses at a Caldwell plant. Kincaid Furniture Co. Inc., owned by La-Z-Boy, reported Monday that it is ending manufacturing at a plant in Hudson, with 100 jobs to be eliminated as part of converting Full Story

Samaritan's Purse Responds to Storm

While the line of weather that has torn communities apart is reaching the Carolinas, help from right here our area has already reached some of the areas hardest hit by the storm.   Samaritan's Purse trucks rolled out of Wilkesboro yesterday, one heading to Baxter Springs Kansas, another Full Story

New Watauga Superintendent Announcement

It appears the months of waiting are about to be over in the search for a new superintendent of the Watauga County Schools, that with the news release this afternoon that the Watauga County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting Thursday.  The May 1st meeting will be at Full Story

DA Candidates Get 'Direct' in Watauga Forum

Candidates got right to the point in a forum last night at the Watauga County courthouse, the very setting in which the trio of District Attorney Candidates would like to function.  Burnsville attorney Seth Banks, Watauga Commission Chairman Nathan Miller, and Chief ADA Britt Springer—the three Full Story

Marvelous Music, Weather at Merlefest 2014

MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, has come to a close for another year. Early estimates show that, from its start on Thursday, April 24, to its close on Sunday, April 27, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 76,000 participants, staying comparable with last year’s numbers. Full Story

Gunshot Victim Airlifted to JCMC

A man was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center in the early evening yesterday after suffering what was reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The call came in at a Rush Branch Road residence at about 6:10 last night causing Watauga Deputies to rush to the scene while Full Story

Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash on Parkway

A motorcyclist was injured yesterday afternoon in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The crash occurred at about 2:10 near the Bamboo Gap with first responders and Watauga Medics accessing the victim off of Little Laurel Road.  The man involved in the single-cycle crash was said to have suffered Full Story

Vacation Homes Lead Sales Surge

Local Realtors® sold more than 100 homes last month, the second time since 2008 they’ve surpassed that mark that early in the year, the sales coming despite a month of heavy winter weather. Local realtors speculate sales could have been aided by a growing demand nationally for vacation homes, Full Story

And That's A Winner.....

The Watauga High baseball team pulled off a dramatic comeback Saturday afternoon and defeated Southamnpton Academy from Portland, Va., to win the Tarboro Easter Classic at Municipal Stadium.

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Wife Finds Husband Dead After Caldwell Crash

The wife of a man missing on his way home Thursday was found dead Friday after a crash along Abington Road in Caldwell County.  The deceased man's wife says she searched for hours before finding him about 50-feet off the road. The highway patrol says the driver, David Holden, ran off of the road Full Story

Edwards A Seahawk???

ESPN is reporting that the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks have worked out former Appalachian State University All-America quarterback Armanti Edwards.

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Crimestoppers: Wallet Thief Sought

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: Sometime between the hours of 5:30 pm on April 1, 2014, and 5:30 pm on April 2, 2014, a wallet was reportedly stolen from a parked vehicle at 177 Tulip Tree Lane in Boone.  A fraudulent Full Story

Crimestoppers Reward Now $20,000

It has been missing for 16 months, as of yesterday, the Escher Lithograph stolen on December 23, 2012, and now the reward for finding that was has been increased tenfold, from $2,000 to $20,000. The $20,000 reward is being offered by the victim for the return of the Escher Lithograph with the print Full Story

Early Voting Starts Today

If you’ve heard enough rhetoric, you can express yourself in early voting in the May 6th primary starting today. While there have been candidate forums, if you are a Republican voter in the 24th prosecutorial district, you might want to wait until after an event next Monday centering on the District Attorney’s Full Story

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