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July Gun Theft Nets Another Arrest

Boone Police have arrested another subject in connection to a previously reported incident that occurred on July 17th, 2013, in which Boone Police discovered that a convicted felon had sold a stolen firearm to a local pawnshop.  On December 19th, Boone Police arrested Christina Denise Fox, Full Story

Ponzi: Bogus Boone Company Listed in Counts

A $44 million fraud scheme has led to the indictment of a Statesville man who defrauded more than 100 investors out of more than $20 million from 2007 to July 2013.  One of his schemes involved a supposed investment in a Boone project. A federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte returned the criminal Full Story

Grandfather Home: New Leader for Next Century

A change was officially announced yesterday for Grandfather Home for Children with the pending retirement of Jim Swinkola, CEO for the past 31 years at the Banner Elk ministry.  The Grandfather Home board announced that Dr. Brenda White-Wright would take over Chief Executive duties as interim Full Story

BREMCO: New Scam Warning

Blue Ridge Electric issued a new warning to members about a scam targeting its members.  The release said a commonly reported scenario is for a scam artist to call a member saying they are behind on their electric bill and must make a payment immediately to avoid disconnection Full Story

Caldwell Smoke: Prescribed Burn

There may be reports of a fire today, but it is the U.S. Forest Service doing a prescribed burn in northern Caldwell County on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The forest service said that it will conduct the 200-acre burn today in the Thunderhole Creek area Full Story

Former 5th Grade Teacher Sentenced

Amy Tilley Bower, a former 5th grade teacher at Cove Creek School, entered guilty pleas in Watauga Superior Court at about noon yesterday and has been sentenced.  Bower was 45 when she resigned on the day before students reported for class back in August, then was arrested Full Story

New Faces, Old Issues for Boone Council

At the Boone Town Council meeting, the changing of the guard. After the swearing in of the new Mayor and Council members, the issue of filling the rest of Andy Ball’s council term—two years—was brought before the new council, with five filing for that seat.  In the end, it was ASU professor Full Story

Watauga Commission to Beech Mountain: "NO"

The concerned citizens—concerned over a water intake proposal for the town of Beech Mountain—overflowed the Watauga Commissioner’s meeting room, forcing the move to the large courtroom in the Watauga County Courthouse.  Then the crowd spilled out of that room.  But what really spilled Full Story

Smtih Signs With Pirates

Watauga High senior Meredith Smith made it official on Tuesday afternoon as she signed her National Letter of Intent to play college tennis at East Carolina University, a Division I school in Greenville, N.C., and a member of Conference USA. Full Story

Loretta Clawson: A Day of Goodbyes

A day of goodbye—it began last night, with the last full Boone Town Council meeting Mayor Loretta Clawson would preside over, and ends tonight, as she opens the Town Council meeting, then participates in the swearing in of new Mayor Andy Ball and the new council. Today, it was a reception for Full Story

Unified Development Approved by Boone

It started as a ‘small’ project, the revamping of the Unified Development Ordinance for the Town of Boone, but after three years, including some angst, some controversy and untold hours of meetings, the ‘small’ project was approved—unanimously—by the board that has largely overseen the UDO Full Story

'Shop With a Cop' Treats Avery Kids

Santa arrived early—and with a badge—for some Avery County kids, taken on an excursion to have a little early Christmas. On the evening of December 9th, Officers and Investigators with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office took eleven children from Avery County to the Spruce Pine Walmart Full Story

Linville Break-in Arrest

On December 3rd, twenty five year old Brittany Watson of Asheville was brought to the Avery County Jail after turning herself into the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.  Watson was charged in a break-in and larceny that occurred in Linville.  After her arrest Watson spoke with Investigators Full Story

No ACSO Fault Found in Avery Inmate Death

24th District Attorney Jerry Wilson released the results of their investigation into the death of an Avery jail inmate from last summer, a death that raised protests from friends and family of Walter Earl (Dood) Pritchard. Pritchard died July 10th as he was found deceased in his cell at the Avery Full Story

Cox Named Freshman All-America by 247Sports

Appalachian State University running back Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) earned second-team recognition as an all-purpose back on 247Sports’ true freshman all-America team, which was announced on Monday. Full Story

Two Charged After Lick Log Search

On the evening of December 12th Officers and Investigators with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office searched a residence on Lick Log Rd.  Investigators located methamphetamine and various items of paraphernalia and other drugs  inside the residence.  Thirty four year old Vance Storie

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