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Pilot Identified in Fatal Plane Crash

The Federal Aviation Administration arrived yesterday to investigate a small plane crash in Newton from dusk Sunday.  The crash occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday night, killing one person, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, who said one person was on board, James Thomas, Full Story

Mountain Home Music Opens, Remembers Joe

A musical celebration for the Memorial Day weekend will be presented by Mountain Home Music at Boone United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 25 at 7:30 PM. Music for the evening will be classic country and patriotic.    Featured is David Johnson, a familiar face and great friend of Mountain Home Music. Full Story

Pedestrian Struck, Killed

A pedestrian was struck and killed last night on a dark Caldwell County road, but it appears that the driver will not be charged.  Gary Lunsford, 52, of Granite Falls was the pedestrian who was struck and killed walking at the 321A and Bakers Circle intersection around 9:30 last night. Full Story

Legal Action Suggested in Booting Controversy

After hearing two more reports of threats to people booted on the lot of the Marketplace lot on King Street in downtown Boone, town attorney Sam Furgiuele suggested victims take legal action.  The suggestion came after Boone attorney Charlie Brady and a woman who identified herself only Full Story

Moore Selected for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moorehas been selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced on Thursday. The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014, Full Story

Storms Rake High Country Overnight

Neighborhoods across the High Country are littered with leaves, limbs, some trees and other debris from an intense early morning storm that raked the area with high winds, rain, and some thunder, with some scattered power outages reported and low-lying power lines.  The system, which Full Story

County Budget Hearing Draws Crowd

Money issues for the Watauga County Commissioners to ponder were placed before them in their budget hearing last night, hearing from some agencies who received some county funds and a number of others who not only did not receive county funds, but have had Boone funds cut blamed on county action. Full Story

One Killed, Five Hurt in Cove Creek Crash

A motorcyclist was killed, another airlifted, three others were taken to Watauga Medical Center after the car of a Vilas woman slammed into four motorcycles traveling US 321 in Cove Creek.  The 6:20pm crash occurred as the 2003 Audi of Jennifer Willis went left of center as she traveled toward Full Story

Booting Bashed at Boone Town Council

Two very different views on the issue of booting or wheel locking of vehicles were heard last night at the Boone Town Council meeting in requested appearances, John Tate who operates the parking lot monitoring service using wheel locking as enforcement, gave the history of the Full Story

Displaced Otters In New Grandfather Home

After a two-and-a-half-month closure for renovations, the otter habitat has reopened at Grandfather Mountain. Otters Nottaway and Luna have relocated back into the public eye, allowing their adoring fans to watch their antics from a renovated underwater viewing area. The habitat closed in late Full Story

Two Charged in Child Sex Counts, Intimidation

Ashe County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Joni K Baldwin, 31, of Fleetwood, who was arrested Saturday morning May 17 on Felony Child Abuse and First Degree Sexual Offense of a Child by an Adult in a case in which her husband, James Allen Jordan was arrested in January for Rape of a Full Story

Two Pot Growing Operations on NC 105

Two recently discovered marijuana growing operations have led to busts by the Avery Sheriff’s Office—both off of NC 105. Friday, Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office followed up on information received earlier about a possible marijuana grow on Adams Apple Drive off Hwy 105. Full Story

Seramur Finishes Second At States

Watauga High senior Alison Seramur closed out her prep career in style on Saturday afternoon at the NCHSAA Class 4A State Full Story

Art in the Park Opens in Blowing Rock

Now in its second half-century, Blowing Rock’s Art in the Park, a monthly May through October Saturday event, showcases craftspeople and artisans from all over the Southeast. More than 35,000 people will attend the shows this year, choosing from handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, Full Story

Ashe Man Found Dead During Search

An Ashe County man was found dead shortly after searchers headed out into the woods this morning near his Lansing home.  Sheriff James Williams said that Eddie Adams texted his wife yesterday to say he was taking a walk—in spite of the rainy weather—and said that, due to the rain, he was Full Story

Mary Kent Whitaker is Watauga Teacher of the Year

It has been an interesting year for Watauga High teacher Mary Kent Whitaker, the 30-year veteran English teacher named teacher of the year for the Watauga County Schools.  In a surprise visit early today, Superintendent Dr. David Fonseca Full Story

Art in the Park Founder Funeral Today

As Art in the Park enters its 52nd year, opening tomorrow, there is sadness with the passing of the person the Blowing Rock Chamber credits with spearheading the drive to hold what is now a landmark event in Blowing Rock.  Edith Carter, founder of Art in the Park, passed away on Monday. Full Story

Search Launched for Missing Ashe Man

Ashe County searchers were called out this morning to seek a missing man who walked away from his home sometime yesterday afternoon. Sheriff James Williams said that Eddie Adams texted his wife to say he was taking a walk—in spite of the rainy weather—and said that, due to the rain, he Full Story

Wilkesboro to Lose Lobster; Olive Garden to Stay

Wilkesboro’s Olive Garden-Red Lobster combo is about to lose the Lobster side, that as plans were announced last week to close six Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurants owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. The company announced the move as it continues with a spinoff or sale of its Full Story

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