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Avery Man Charged With Meth Counts

Thursday, July 3rd, twenty-five year old Daymon Isaac Pritchard of Newland, was arrested after vehicle stop.   Deputies, assisted by canine, conducted a search of the vehicle and said they found several grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.  Daymon Isaac Pritchard was Full Story

Templeton Issues Statement on ETJ Controversy

Continuing the controversy over development issues for Boone, Boone developer Phil Templeton, issued a statement to the press yesterday about the history and issues surrounding the controversial removal of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction for the town, passed last week by the NC general assembly. Full Story

Two Teens Charged with July 4th Murder

The 4th of July holiday was marred with the discovery of a Roan Mountain man, dead on the porch of his home, and the arrests of two teens for his murder.  Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said two teenagers are accused of murdering a 56-year-old Danny R. Vance after robbing Full Story

Fabulous Fourth For the High Country

After the monsoon weather of the summer of 2013, the July 4th holiday in the High Country more than made up for the downpours and flooding of last year with a picture perfect chamber-of-commerce weekend.  At least it was here.  Down east, the visit of Hurricane Arthur made a Full Story

No Lane Closures For the Fourth

To improve traffic flow this holiday weekend, the N.C. Department of Transportation is limiting construction operations along the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock. There will be no lane closures associated with the U.S. 321 widening project from Thursday July 3 Full Story

Four Hours of Freedom for Escaped Inmate

About four hours of freedom came for an inmate who escaped custody yesterday in Watauga County, his freedom ending with a swim in Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock. Michael Lee Calloway, 39, of Buncombe County, a Caldwell Correctional Center inmate, was Full Story

Arthur May Move Vacationers West

Usually, tourists traveling for the Fourth of July make a choice between escaping the heat in the mountains or facing the sun at their favorite beach.  This Fourth of July, that latter group may find themselves heading for the hills due to what is, as of this morning, hurricane Arthur, is Full Story

Mountaineers Add Highly Rated Wide Out

Jaylan Barbour, a true freshman ranked among the nation’s top 100 wide receivers in the high-school class of 2014, has enrolled at Appalachian State University and joined the Mountaineers’ football program. Barbour, a 5-10, 165-pounder from Monroe, N.C., signed a National Letter Full Story

Car Stolen From Boone Used in Other Crimes

A Car stolen in Boone apparently took a circuitous route and was used in a number of other crimes according to police reports from the High Country to the Piedmont.  A silver Ford Escape was discovered missing June 1st from a Green Street location in Boone, and before it was returned Full Story

App State, Boone Celebrate Sun Belt Day

Appalachian State University and the town of Boone celebrated Appalachian State’s first official day as a member of the Sun Belt Conference with a series of Sun Belt Day events on Tuesday. The day began with the Boone Chamber of Commerce’s Wake Up Watauga breakfast Full Story

Trio Charged in Avery Meth Bust

Then last Thursday, Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office followed up on information about manufacturing methamphetamine on Banner Elk Highway, with officers finding 60-year old Bobby Hinton of Elk Park, 39-year old Tabitha Hinton of Elk Park, and 51-year old Johnny Hughes Full Story

Kentucky Man Charged at Check Station

Saturday, officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office held a traffic checkpoint on Vale Rd outside of Newland.  There, officers say they stopped 38-year old Jeremy Hunter of Lexington, Kentucky.  Officers found that Hunter was wanted in Kentucky on felony Probation Violations.  He was Full Story

Two Charged After Drugs Found in Traffic Check

A week ago, officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic checking station on Hwy 181, and there stopped 24- year old Micah Hornback of Spindale and 23- year old Leslie Williams of Boone.  Officers report that they found illegal drugs Full Story

Armed Felon Charged With Meth, Gun Counts

Monday, patrol officers with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received a call at the Market Basket convenience store on Morganton Blvd. about a suspicious vehicle and person.  The caller said a white male was in the car and was armed with a gun. The caller provided police with Full Story

Expired Inspection Leads to Meth Counts

Last Thursday, June 26th, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with an expired registration plate, a stop that led to meth charges.  The roadside investigation culminated in a K9 search of the vehicle, with detectives locating and seizing Full Story

Unemployment Jumps in Watauga for May

Unemployment rates bumped up in May, increasing in 92 of North Carolina’s counties, decreased in just seven, and remained unchanged in one. But there was evidence of the beginning of the summer travel season, with the some of the lowest unemployment rates at the coast Full Story

Two Year Probe Yields Two Meth Arrests

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation that resulted in 2 arrests for manufacturing methamphetamine. Detectives executed a search warrant at the home of James Ray Arnold and Kesha Marie Lyalls on Peak Full Story

New Dawn for ASU Athletics

Today is the future—the future of Appalachian State University athletics—the day they officially join the Sunbelt Conference, moving up in a number of ways.  The kick-off is 8 this morning with a special edition of Wakin’ Up Watauga to be held at the ASU Athletics Center.  They’re calling the event Full Story

One Man Crime Spree Stopped In Virginia

James Brandon Smith proved himself to again late yesterday to be a menace to society, something he has stated with his actions over much of the month of June over a wide area of the Foothills and High Country, shooting at lawmen in the Hickory area, breaking into properties in Watauga. Full Story

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