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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

Bank Robbery Suspects Caught in Georgia

The Hickory Police Department says the two suspects in a bank robbery from last Wednesday have been identified and arrested in Georgia. Kevin Mitchell Abrams and Edward Earl Abrams have been charged in the Community One bank robbery from Wednesday, as Hickory Police Department Full Story

Emloyment Up, Unemployment Down in March

New jobs are finally showing up in statistics showing the state's seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate, which continued its downward trend in March. The rate decreased 0.1 to 6.3 percent, down from February's revised rate of 6.4 percent, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. Full Story

La-Z-Boy to Pull 100 Jobs From Wilkes

In Wilkes, there will be fewer jobs by the end of the year, that with La-Z-Boy Inc. announcing the closure of  two North Wilkesboro plants. The move will mean the loss of jobs for 100 employees, and more disturbing for those who want to buy US products, the closure is part of the company's Full Story

Plea Continued in Watauga Court in Hotel Deaths

The case against former manager of the Boone Best Western Hotel, Barry Damon Mallatere, was continued in Watauga County last week, and he will not be there to enter a plea in the deaths of three people at the local hotel last spring.  The NC courts website listed Mallatere as making Full Story

ATV Driver Airlifted After Crash

An ATV driver was seriously hurt—airlifted—after a crash yesterday afternoon in Boone.  Trooper Searcy of the State Patrol said the man had taken the off-road vehicle out on Poplar Grove Road from where he was working on a maintenance contract at the Cottages of Boone property, and after Full Story

Krause To Head Hospitality House

The Hospitality House Board of Directors has selected Tina Krause as its new Executive Director replacing Lynne Mason, who is retiring June 30, 2014 after twelve years with the agency and thirty-one years in the social work field. The search for a new executive director commenced Full Story

Two Charged After Short Chase

A brief Wednesday evening chase led to two arrests and a number of counts.  Boone Police say that, shortly after 6:15 PM, a Boone Police officer responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver on West King Street.  The officer located the suspect vehicle stationary in the parking lot Full Story

Cemetary Employee Charged With Theft

Lenoir Police have charged a city employee with stealing funds from the town in the course of her job.  On March 28th, the Lenoir Police Department received a report of an employee stealing money, the report identifying Sherry Nichols, a customer service rep at Blue Ridge Cemetery Full Story

Candidates Forum in Linville Tonight

The Avery Journal-Times, Newland Business Association, WECR-AM Radio/Glory 1130 AM and the Avery County, Banner Elk and Beech Mountain chambers of commerce sponsor the Avery County Meet the Candidates Forum from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the Hugh Chapman Center Full Story

Suspects Sought in Hickory Bank Robbery

The Hickory Police Department released surveillance stills from a bank robbery that occurred at about 10:40am yesterday at the Community One Bank at 2220 12th Avenue NE.  Two subjects, pictured in the stills, are wanted in connection to this incident.  The subjects are described Full Story

No Lane Closures for 321 Project Over Easter

To better accommodate the volume of motorists traveling for the Easter holiday, the N.C. Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending lane closures along U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock. Any construction operations on the U.S. 321 widening project that could potentially impact motorists Full Story

Kostis Signs With App State

Like his older brother before him, Watauga High senior Demetre Kostis will officially sign his national letter with Appalachian State University.

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29 Nabbed in Wilkes Drug Net

The North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro Police Departments have announced the arrests of 29 drug offenders resulting from joint undercover drug investigations between the two towns.  The arrests are the result of both narcotics units working together to investigate the sale and distribution of Full Story

Man Trapped as SUV Strikes Tree

A Blowing Rock man was trapped in his SUV after a crash late yesterday afternoon on Bamboo Road, his vehicle slamming into a tree almost at McNabb Lane.  The 4:40pm crash occurred as 66-year old John Holbrook dropped a wheel off the shoulder of the road and lost control of his 2004 Full Story

Commissioners: 'No' To Sales Tax Change

Boone Mayor Andy Ball addressed the Watauga Commission last night in an attempt to sway the board to change sales tax distribution in the county from ad valorem back to per capita, giving the town of Boone. Ball told of the impact of the $2 million loss in revenue to the town, Full Story

Cure Bowl Added to Sun Belt Bowl Lineup

The Orlando Sports Foundation and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Wednesday the creation of the Cure Bowl, a postseason college football game matching-up the Sun Belt Conference Full Story

Attorney Sentenced For Tax Fraud on Tax Day

U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen sentenced a Spruce Pine attorney, engineer and appraiser,  to  27 months in prison for making false statements on  his  tax  returns,  according to  Anne Tompkins,  U.S.  Attorney  for  the  Western  District  of North  Carolina.  Randy  Alan  Carpenter, Full Story

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