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WHS Empty Bowls Fill Hunger Coalition Coffers

The 2014 student volunteers from Watauga High School present of their donation  to the Hunger and Health Coalition Thursday April 10th at Watauga High School. This year 60+ students worked over 260 collective hours on March 29th, the day of this year's Empty Bowls Supper. Full Story

US 19E Closed Down After Tanker Wreck in River

There’s a struggle going on in Avery County where emergency services have scrambled their forces to try to mitigate a fuel spill into the Toe River, that after a tanker truck overturned, landing in the river.  The wreck occurred on US 19 North in the Minneapolis area, the trucker losing Full Story

Man Rescued From Burning Trailer

A woman in Granite Falls is being called a hero after pulling a neighbor from a burning home Friday morning.  Susan Whiteham, neighbor to the burning house, yelled after going into the burning home.  Firefighters are calling this fire accidental, saying they believe it started in Full Story

NC 105 Closed by Nearly Head-On Crash

Two people were injured, one entrapped as one of the two vehicles involved came across the center line on NC 105 this morning, slamming into the side of the other. A white 2006 Ford pickup truck, driven by 56-year old Estel Eugene Norris was struck along the driver’s side, the impact Full Story

Project Lazarus At Work in Watauga, Avery

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office reports that they recently received a prescription drug drop box, now located in the foyer of the Sheriff’s Office and is available twenty four hours a day.  Citizens with unused prescription or even over the counter drugs may drop the drugs in the drop box, Full Story

King Street Nominated as 'Great Place'

Boone and several other area towns have been nominated as North Carolina residents have spoken in a pitch for their favorite Main Streets and Public Places to the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association. Main Streets and Public Places were nominated by the Full Story

Meth Arrest Follows Traffic Stop

A week ago today, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office conducted a vehicle stop that led to the seizure of Methamphetamine from the passenger, according to the department’s release. Derick Shane Canter, 20, was arrested for the drug possession, then Canter was Full Story

Orr Takes Oath, Takes Over as DA

Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr took the oath of office at the Watauga Courthouse this morning after being picked to take the position of interim District Attorney for the 24th Prosecutorial District. Then Judge Phil Ginn swore in the seven ADA’s who will carry Full Story

UPDATE: Teen Assaulted, Struck by Vehicle

There is some information from the Watauga Sheriff’s Office in the assault of a 17 year old male late yesterday afternoon.  The release says the teen was walking near Vannoy Lane when a truck with a black male and 2 Hispanic males drove up behind him and reportedly grabbed his backpack. Full Story

Blowing Rock to WCC: Ad Valorem Sales Tax

The Blowing Rock Town Council added its voice in the matter of how sales tax is distributed in Watauga County, taking action at their meeting late yesterday afternoon to ask the Watauga Commission to leave ad valorem as the sales tax distribution formula for the county. The Watauga Full Story

Troy's Diner Damaged in Early Morning Fire

Boone Fire officials say the fire at Troy’s Diner Wednesday morning  was caused by electrical work done some time in the past.  The NC 105 Boone restaurant was found on fire just after 6 Wednesday morning, an employee inside called 9-1-1, saying the restaurant was filling with smoke and they Full Story

Ashe Man Charged in Watauga Gun Deal

Last Thursday, Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office reports they conducted an undercover operation for the purchase of a firearm by a convicted felon.  In that, Shaun Charles Dehaven, said to be a convicted felon, arranged for a rifle to be sold to an undercover officer. Full Story

Snow-Stuck Car Missing, Reward Offered

The Watauga County Sheriff's Office is seeking information through High Country Crime Stoppers in the disappearance of a car, last seen stopped on US 421 just east of Boone, left stranded there in a March snowstorm. The Sheriff’s Office is looking for the black 1993 Nissan Sentra Full Story

Fox Named Head Coach

Jim Fox has been named the 16th head coach in Appalachian State University men’s basketball history, Appalachian State director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced on Tuesday. Fox comes to Appalachian

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More Details from Blast That Injured Man

There’s more detail about the investigation of the Watauga County Sheriff's Office into an explosion in the Zionville community last week that seriously injured Kevin L. Isaacs at his 179 Lola Perry Road in Zionville.  With further information obtained from Isaacs,  deputies obtained permission Full Story

Former NC Justice to Fill 24th DA Position

When Governor Pat McCrory wants to be sure to not favor one candidate over another, his reach is deep and broad.  That was evident today as Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr was picked to take the position of interim district attorney for the 24th Judicial District. In the release Full Story

App State Offers Coaching Job to Fox

There are reports that Jim Fox, the associate head coach at Davidson College, has been offered the job as men’s basketball coach at Appalachian State University. The source, who is familiar with the search process to replace Jason Capel, whose contract wasn’t renewed after four seasons as the Full Story

Pot Plant Operation Bust Leads to Two Arrests

Investigators with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office searched a residence on Glenview Rd. outside the town of Newland on March 24th, investigators reporting they seized thirty six marijuana plants.  The pot plants weighed in at approximately nine pounds, and paraphernalia and Full Story

Crimestoppers Reward Offered in Glasses Theft

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are seeking public assistance in solving the April 1st  larceny that occurred at Saks Grill, 450 East King Street.  Police say two white females entered the business and placed an order for food from the grill.  While they were waiting for their food, Full Story

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