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Little Common Ground on Common Core

Some are applauding—many others are in great doubt—as the North Carolina Legislature moves away from The Common Core standards for math and English/language arts for the state’s students.  House Bill 1061, called ‘An Act to Exercise North Carolina’s Constitutional Authority to Replace Full Story

Home Opener Televised On ESPN3

Appalachian State University football’s 2014 home opener versus Campbell on Sept. 6 will air live on ESPN3, the Sun Belt Conference announced on Tuesday. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium. ESPN3, ESPN’s online platform, is available in approximately 85 million Full Story

Boone Tax Increase May Go to Six Cents

While the Town of Boone held the line on the budget in the wake of the change in the county’s distribution of state sales tax revenues last year, Boone Town Manager Greg Young's last budget includes a proposed five-cent property tax increase—and may become a 6-cent increase Full Story

Ready...Set...School Year End at Hand

Today is the last full day of school for students in the Watauga County Schools, with the last day, tomorrow, to be an early release day.  For students in the K-8 schools dismissal comes tomorrow at 12:00 and students at Watauga High School will be dismissed at 1:00. Tomorrow, a bag lunch Full Story

Salmonellosis Alert Update

The Watauga County office of Appalachian District Health Department updated their investigation into reports of illness associated with having eaten at Proper restaurant in Boone since mid May.  As of 1pm on Monday, June 9th, there were 37 individuals with signs and symptoms consistent with Salmonellosis. Full Story

UPDATE: Police Issue Release on Lot Assault

Boone Police issued a release yesterday on the incident Friday that led to charges for one of the parking lot monitors at the King Street parking lot of the Marketplace.  The incident came to a head around 7 Friday night as thousands of locals and tourists were packing downtown, enjoying Full Story

Two Fraud Suspects Arrested by Boone PD

May 7th, Officers with the Boone Police Department were contacted by the Mountain City Tennessee Police Department and requested to assist in investigating a financial transaction card fraud that occurred at multiple locations within the city limits of Boone.  Then Friday, Boone Police Officers Full Story

31 Suspects Charged with 81 Drug Counts

On May 22, 2014, a Narcotics Warrant Roundup was conducted by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office subsequent to numerous investigations conducted by Narcotics Detectives.  Warrants were drawn by Detectives on 31 individuals for an array of narcotics offenses which totaled 81 Full Story

Marketplace Lot Issue Escalates to Assault

The controversial parking situation at the Marketplace lot on West King escalated again over the weekend, this time with the arrest of one of the men watching the lot for parking violators.  The incident came to a head around 7:30 Friday night as thousands of locals and tourists were packing Full Story

Family Escapes Burning Zionville Home

A family escaped their burning house early yesterday as Cove Creek, Zionville, and other agencies responded to the predawn blaze.  The family woke in their 410 Isenhour Road home to smoke, firefighters arrived just after 5:30am to find fire in the attic, but they managed to quickly Full Story

Tragic Hotel Deaths--One Year Later

It was June 8th, 2013 that the real story began to emerge in the tragic deaths from the Boone Best Western Hotel, tragedy that has now led to an arrest with other civil legal action pending.  It was a year ago today that 11-year old Jeffrey Lee Williams was found dead and his mother, Full Story

Salmonellosis Alert Issued by Health Department

The Watauga County office of Appalachian District Health Department is working with the N.C. Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak among patrons of a local restaurant. There are five confirmed cases of salmonellosis and none have been hospitalized. As of Friday, Full Story

Drugs Bound for Boone Net 14+ Year Fed Term

Mauricio Mario Baltazar, 21, of Lake City, Ga. was  sentenced today to 169  months in prison for his role as a supplier of more  than  three  pounds  of methamphetamine—drugs destined for Boone—found at the time of his arrest, according to Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District Full Story

Two WHS Students Charged in Drug Counts

Two Watauga High students were arrested a week ago on drug charges, the arrests made at the school, according to Boone Police activity logs.  The sequence recorded in the police documents show that police investigated both drug and weapons violations on the campus at 10:30 Full Story

Boone Officials Travel to Raleigh, Meet Soucek

Boone Mayor Andy Ball and a contingent from the Boone Town Council are in Raleigh this morning, and this afternoon are scheduled to meet with State Senator Dan Soucek over the issue of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. May 28th, Soucek filed a local bill to end Boone’s extraterritorial zoning, Full Story

90th 'Singing' Dedicated to Arthur Smith

The 90th annual Singing on the Mountain at Grandfather Mountain will pay tribute to the late Arthur Smith, a legendary country, bluegrass and gospel musician and entertainer who died April 3. The free gospel music festival, set for Sunday, June 22 at MacRae Meadows in Linville, Full Story

Rush On For Food Funds by Friday

While Hospitality House missed out—again—in funding from Watauga County with a failed vote of the county commission Tuesday, they have been named to be among 30 food assistance organizations across Northwest North Carolina each selected to receive up to $500 in matching funds Full Story

Lottery Winner From Boone Claims Cash

It was back in January that a lottery ticket was sold in Boone with over a half million won on that ticket.  But months went by with no word of anyone cashing in on the Carolina Cash 5 ticket.  But now, Stephen Clopton of Boone has stepped forward to claim his winnings, according to the North Full Story

Edwards Signs with Bears

Former Appalachian State University football star Armanti Edwards has signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears, the National Football League team announced on Tuesday.

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