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Major Fire Battled at Yadkin County Firm

A large fire has fire units from Yadkin and Forsyth battling the blaze near Yadkinville. Fire was reported at Johnson Modern Electric at about 5 this morning, causing the call for multiple fire companies to respond to the scene on Old US 421 in East Bend. Full Story

Blow Hard; Winds Down Iconic Sign

Hurricane force wind gusts hit the Linville area late Sunday morning, blasting a little snow into a blinding cyclone, and in the process, downing the iconic Grandfather Mountain sign at the intersection of NC 105 and US 221.  Meanwhile, on top of Grandfather, a state weather station recorded a wind Full Story

Two Teens Dead, Two Hurt in Saturday Crash

Two teens were dead at the scene of a crash in Wilkes County from early Saturday, two others injured, according to the NC State Patrol.  Trooper J.R. Hall of the N.C. Highway Patrol said the two front seat occupants of the 1994 Mustang were both dead at the scene of the 3:30am Haymeadow Full Story

Apps Holds Final Scrimmage Before Spring Game

Appalachian State University football held its final intrasquad scrimmage before Friday’s Spring Game on Saturday morning at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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Spring Storm 2: High Wind, Snow, Outages

Snow, rain freezing on the pavement and high winds hit the High Country late last night, toppling trees and taking out power.  Area law enforcement reported that rain froze on the roadways, then was hit with anywhere from a trace to several inches of snow, making for treacherous travel. Full Story

On Second Thought....

Bobby Lutz, who was among those strongly considered for the head coaching vacancy at Appalachian State University, has change his mind. And instead of possibly being named the 16th men's basketball

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Know This Man? Call Caldwell Crimestoppers

Lenoir Police have released a photo of the suspect in a March 7th break in at the Village Inn Pizza restaurant on Morganton Blvd. The police report says the suspect broke a side window on the building, did $500 property damage and took cash.  But he also managed to get a good close-up Full Story

Checkpoint Targets Impaired Drivers

There were blue lights and lots of officers, and most interactions  were a casual check of a driver's license. But for others, where impairment was suspected, there was another conversation with an officer, testing, and maybe a conversation with a magistrate. It was part of what is promised Full Story

Lenoir Trio Arrested in Drug Sweep

Tuesday just after 5:30 pm, the Lenoir Police Department Narcotics Unit and their Special Response Team, aided by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, executed a search warrant at 304 Hillside Street in Lenoir.  Inside the residence, officers say they located and seized .2 grams Full Story

Last Day at Knights

There wasn’t a parking space to be had, and to be sure, there were some tears as Knights on Main, a fixture in Blowing Rock for over 18 years, bid its final goodbye.  Owner Tim Knight told the staff Wednesday that Thursday would be the last day, saying Thursday that the summer business Full Story

US Forest Service to Burn 2,365 Acres

This may be a day of area fire departments chasing smoke reports as the U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Grandfather Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest today. The agency will burn  2,365 acres off of Old NC 105, the Kistler Memorial Highway, in the Full Story

High Country Housing Sales Strong for 2014

There’s more good economic news to start of the new year for local Realtors®, with home sales hitting a six-year high. There were 163 Realtor®-assisted sales recorded in the first two months of 2014, an increase of 11 percent over  2013, and up 36 percent compared to 2012. Full Story

Watauga Culinary Team Goes to Nationals

Culinary students from Watauga High won the Management part of the N.C. Hospitality Education Foundation and N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association’s inaugural N.C. ProStart Invitational, and will now advance to compete in the 13th annual National ProStart Invitational, May 3-5, in Minneapolis. Full Story

Could Lutz Be A Mountaineer????

Well right now, that's up in the air, but it could soon become reality. There are reports that Bobby Lutz, an associate head basketball coach at North Carolina State and a former coach of the University of Charlotte, has emerged as the leading candidate to become Appalachian State’s next head coach. Full Story

Hikers Rescued After Night in Snow, Wind, Cold

With the cold, snow, and blasting winds we got Tuesday night here, you can imagine the conditions on the western edge of the High Country, on the ridge at the state line where the Appalachian Trail runs.  Well, a couple of trail hikers can give you a first-hand account. Avery searchers Full Story

Watauga Second Healthiest in NC

Watauga County ranks the second healthiest in NC, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at Full Story

Spring Storm Hits Hard in High Country

Yesterday’s early spring snowstorm has been hit head-on by the N.C. Department of Transportation, it’s crews in northwestern North Carolina battling wind gusts and below-freezing temperatures to clear snow and ice from roads in the High Country. The region’s Tennessee border counties of Avery, Full Story

New River Bridge Dedicated to Mast

“My husband would be so honored by the naming of this bridge—as are we.” Paige Mast, widow of Watauga Deputy William Mast Jr., whose last tour of duty started 20 months ago today. Paige Mast said, “I pray that everyone that crosses this bridge and sees his name takes the time Full Story

ASU Finalizes 2015 Non-Conference Schedule

Appalachian State University football has completed its 2015 non-conference schedule with a home game versus Howard and a road contest at Clemson, director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced on Tuesday. For the first time in 14 years, Appalachian State Full Story

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