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App Student Dies After Medical Call

Friday night, just before 9:15 PM, Boone Police, Fire, and Watauga Medics responded to 325 Yosef Drive, Boone NC, to a reported medical emergency.  Michael C. Schmitt, 23 years-of-age, was found in distress and transported to Watauga Medical Center where he died.  Mr. Schmitt was a student Full Story

Hazmat Investigation at Samaritan's Purse

A suspicious white powder, contained in an envelope delivered to Samaritan’s Purse Friday afternoon, caused hazmat teams from Asheville and Greensboro to converge on the Bamboo Road compound to deal with the substance.  The letter was opened around 2 Friday afternoon, and the discovery Full Story

Realtors Report Great 2014 for Buyers

2014 marked the fourth straight year of sales gains for homes in the High Country, the latest from the High Country Association of Realtors calling it a great year to buy into the High Country. The latest report cites low interest rates, strong inventory, and prices combining for that buyers market. Full Story

New River L&P Drops Rate

We’ve heard that the dropping gas prices may have hit bottom over the past week, and even bumped back up a penny or so in some places in the country, but we’re finally seeing the drop in fuels lead to a drop—ever so slight—in our electric bills.  New River Light and Power sent a letter to its Full Story

UPDATE: Heavy Fire Damage in Avery Fire

A family of three lost their home in that noon-time fire yesterday as a number of Avery Fire departments were called out to the fire in the Frank Community, the fire spotted coming through the roof by a passing fireman.  The flames were coming from the house at 36 Whitaker Branch Road just off Full Story

IRS Scams: Don't Be Fooled

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminal con men impersonating IRS agents are ramping up as tax season has arrived and remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman Full Story

Gary Childers Takes Reins at United Way

In a brief release yesterday, the High Country United Way announced that Gary Childers is now serving as the organization's acting executive director following the departure of Mary Beth Scebold. She resigned her post as director as of Monday, January 26, "so that she may seek employment closer to her Full Story

State, National Unemployment Down

The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment dropped .4% to 5.5 percent, from November’s revised rate of 5.9 percent,  the monthly revision showing November’s preliminary rate of 5.8 percent was actually 5.9 percent. The national rate for December was 5.6 percent. North Carolina’s Full Story

Campaign for Appalachian Tops Goal

The Campaign for Appalachian has exceeded its $200 million goal, raising $203,593,769 in support of academics, the arts and athletics at Appalachian State University. The Campaign for Appalachian is the university’s largest fundraising effort to date, with the previous campaign, The Campaign Full Story

Motorcyclist Airlifted After Parkway Crash

A Boone man has been identified as the motorcyclist who was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center after slamming his moped into a closed gate on the Blue Ridge Parkway just after dark last night.  The accident occurred near Holloway Mountain Road around 6:30 last night, first arriving first responders Full Story

UPDATE: Man Dies in Housefire In Lenoir

Lenoir officials have identified the  man who died in a fire late last night in Lenoir.  Lenoir  Fire Chief Ken Briscoe said firefighters got to the home within minutes after the 11:07pm call, and after learning someone was possibly inside immediately went to work to save him. Lenoir Fire Department and the Lenoir Full Story

Wanted: Board Members for Boone Committees

The Boone Town Council is looking for more citizen involvement on committees who make recommendations to the Town Council in a number of areas.  The town has released the list of committees that have vacancies, and are soliciting applications from people who would like to serve on the following boards: Full Story

NC Man Killed in US 19-E Crash

A North Carolina man was killed Saturday morning in a crash just inside Tennessee as his sedan collided head-on with a tractor trailer rig.  The crash occurred near the state line on US 19E just after 10 Saturday morning when John S. Mann, 37, of Spring Lake NC, crossed the center line in his 2013 Full Story

Bryant To Attend Campbell Next Season

Former Appalachian State University quarterback Kameron Bryant has announced he will play football at Campbell University, a Division I school and a

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UPDATED: Mansure Turns In State-Best Time

Watauga High senior Kathleen Mansure, who will attend UNC-Greensboro to run track and cross country next fall, is still running strong at the high school

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Polar Plungers at Blowing Rock Winterfest

Quite a few brave--some would say foolish--folks took the plunge into Chetola Lake for the annual Winterfest Polar Plunge Saturday.  Braving not only the cold of the lake but the winds whipping through Blowing Rock as each waited their turn--as well as blowing snow, the gathering celebrated winter and Full Story

UPDATE: NC 105 Fatal Crash

Boone Police now say one person was killed in a horrific crash that closed NC 105 in Boone for much of the night last night, a wreck in which that person was pinned in the wreckage.  The crash occurred at about 7:35 last night on the stretch of 105 between Dogwood and Poplar Hill Drives, police Full Story

Avery Fire Personnel Hurt in Head-on Crash

Avery fire personnel were injured in a head-on crash in Avery County as a tractor trailer, south-bound on US 221, came across the center line, forcing a car travelling north-bound to slam into the truck carrying the two men.  The two in the truck reported they were injured in the 10:50am crash, Full Story

Sex Counts Filed Against Watauga Man

On January 5th, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Watauga County Department of Social Services alleging that a fifteen year old juvenile had been sexually assaulted on January 3rd at a residence in Watauga County. Sheriff Len Hagaman reported that the Watauga County Sheriff’s Full Story

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