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Gas Prices Fall Everywhere But High Country

So the gas companies tell us every spring that we have to pay more for gas as they switch to their warm weather formula, additives to protect the environment as we get into hot weather.  And this year, prices rose from the $3.30 range per gallon of regular to the $3.60’s by Easter, but Full Story

Theater Project Asks for County Contribution

The Watauga County Commission was asked last night for funds to help the Appalachian Theater get up and running, that as the fundraising for the project is reaching the conclusion of its ‘silent’ phase, reaching out to large donors.  The theater organization is seeking some $6 million to renovate Full Story

BREMCO, Blue Ridge Energies Honored

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and its propane and heating fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, are celebrating an honor, as they were recently named as two of the top 30 Best Employers in North Carolina for 2014. The BREMCO release said the statewide survey and awards program Full Story

Northern Tee Time Set

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released its tee times for the Boys' Class 4A State Golf Championships next Monday and Tuesday at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, N.C.

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Avery Jurors Excused

The Avery Clerk of Courts office has reported that jurors called for jury duty in Avery County for the week starting May 13 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.

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Ashe, Avery Commission Races Quash Incumbents

It was not a kind night for incumbent county commission candidates in Ashe or Avery, voters expressing themselves clearly in casting ballots. In Avery County, where 10 candidates were on the ballot, there will probably be a run-off, but just how many Full Story

Banks Wins DA By Nearly 2000 Votes

The evening started with our first returns showing Nathan Miller winning Watauga County in the District Attorney’s race—a 300 vote margin here—but by the end of the night, Seth Banks surged ahead, and it appears he will be our next 24th Prosecutorial District Attorney.  But the results Full Story

Watauga Board of Ed Race Trimmed to Six

In the Watauga Board of Education race, it appears that Jay Fenwick, Kurt Michael, Jason Cornett, Ronny Holste, Adam Trivette, and lone incumbent Ron Henries will be on the fall ballot for the three seats there, with Josh Kanoy and Tiffany Christian just off the pace by several hundred votes. Full Story

Watauga Commission Race: One Close, One Not

There is the possibility that Matt Klutz can ask for a recount in his 51 vote loss to Karen Greene Lerch in the Watauga Commission district 3 Republican primary.  That will be determined in the canvass next Tuesday. The winner would take on Billy Kennedy in the fall. In the district 5 primary, Full Story

Banks Pulls Away in DA Race

It appears that Seth Banks is pulling away from both Britt Bingham Springer and Nathan A. Miller, his margin exceeding the 40% needed to avoid a runoff.  With 11 precincts yet to report, Banks holds a lead of over a thousand votes over Springer, and more importantly, a 10% lead of over 45% Full Story

Law Enforcement Memorial Under Construction

Concrete work on Watauga County Law Enforcement Memorial began Monday in collaborative work by both maintenance technicians from Town of Boone and County of Watauga. By Wednesday, three flag poles may be set—one 30-foot pole and two 25-foot poles.  Hopes are to have the local Full Story

Dog Kills One-Year Old Child in Caldwell

A family is mourning after vicious dog attack killed a one year old boy in his grandfather's yard.  Caldwell  Animal Control seized the Rottweiler  and brought it to the shelter. Two brothers were at their grandfather's home as their mom was out looking for a job, leaving Ervin Full Story

Meth Lab Remnants Found in Watauga

The remnants of two clandestine Methamphetamine laboratories have been discovered and seized by Patrol Deputies and Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.  Both Methamphetamine labs were characteristic of the Red Phosphorous method of manufacture, Full Story

Fire, Explosions Destroy Watauga Trailer

Explosions and fire destroyed a mobile home near Beech Mountain Saturday morning, explosions heard by Fall Creek firemen from Avery County as they were responding as backup for Beaver Dam and several Watauga fire departments.  The fire was reported at about 10:15 at 3212 Full Story

Does Early Voting Show Strength for Banks?

Watching the early voting figures, now complete, other counties in the 24th prosecutorial district outvoted Watauga voters percentage-wise, maybe showing strength for the campaign of Seth Banks, the one candidate of three not from Watauga County. Figures for Watauga by the end of Saturday Full Story

Ashe Firemen Battle Two Woods Blazes

At about noon Sunday, a number of Ashe fire departments responded to a woods fire, spotted across the road from 1772 Big Windfall Rd. in Lansing. By late afternoon, the windy conditions had spread the fire to about 80 acres, and numerous  Ashe County fire departments were called in with Full Story

Quake Rattles Aho Area Again

The Aho area of Watauga County shook again in the early morning hours Saturday, with the U.S. Geological Survey reporting a 2.1 magnitude earthquake occurred at 1:57 a.m. The epicenter was approximately 2.3 miles east-northeast of downtown Blowing Rock, near the spot where Full Story

Chasteen Earns All-Star Recognition

Goalkeeper Jake Chasteen, who had a brillant playing career at Watauga High, has been selected to play in the 8th Annual Clash of The Carolinas all-star soccer game on July 12 at Blackbaud Stadium in Daniel Island, S.C. The game is a showcase for the best seniors from North and South Carolina in boys and girls soccer. The Tar

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Pioneers Open At Patton Tuesday

The pairings have been released for the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference baseball tournament, which begins at the higher seeds Tuesday night.

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