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Boone Sends Letters to Owners Along Intake Path

A number of residents along the path of the proposed water intake from the New River tying into the Boone Water system passed along copies of their letters from the Town of Boone describing the type of construction they can expect in their area.  A January 29th letter describes survey Full Story

Winkler Square Emerges, Two Others to Follow

Of the three new mixed use projects approved by the Town of Boone in recent months, the first out of the ground is the smallest of the three—the Winkler Organization’s Winkler Square on Blowing Rock Road.  The first notable structure to rise appears to be an elevator shaft, and Full Story

Snyder's Appointment Confirmed by State

N.C. State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Strach late yesterday approved the Watauga Board of Elections decision to name Matthew Snyder as elections director—but took some time to address issues brought up in his selection.  It took two votes of the Watauga County Board of Elections Full Story

Avery Drug Arrests for Early April

Citizen suspicions and traffic stops have led to six arrests—three cases of two arrests each—on drug counts.  The arrests started April 12th when Officers with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report from a resident about a possible methamphetamine lab on Sugar Full Story

McCrary To Sign With Averett

BOONE - Watauga High senior Dakota McCrary will sign his National Letter of Intent with Averett College, a Division III school in Danville, Va., and a member of the USA South Conference, Thursday at the WHS

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Former Hotelier Mallatere in Watauga Court

Former Hotelier Damon Mallatere came to Watauga District Court today as part of the court case against him in connection with three deaths at the Boone Best Western Hotel in April and June of 2013. Mallatere said as he approached the courthouse that there were a number of parties, Full Story

Two Hurt in East King Crash

There were two injuries in a two vehicle crash at about 1 this afternoon on East King Street.  The collision occurred at the New Market intersection with an impact significant enough to deploy airbags in at least one vehicle that showed heavy damage.  Watauga Medics and Boone Fire responded Full Story

Rains Open New Boone Creek Path, Close Roads

Another line of storms crossed the High Country this morning—and more could come today—but as predicted, the collision of the frontal system with the mountains weakened the storms as they pushed in.  But that was not the story yesterday.  Over three inches of rain swept through the High Full Story

Two Apps Promoted To Triple-A

Former Appalachian State University baseball players, pitcher Ryan Arrowood and catcher Jeremy Dowdy, have been promoted to Triple-A by their respective organizations.

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Vilas Traffic Derailed After Truck Wrecks

An overturned tractor trailer snarled traffic much of the day Saturday in Vilas as it overturned making a delivery at the Dollar General store.  The Dollar General tractor trailer apparently cut its curve too sharply, running off of the road at an intersection with a steep drop off.  The truck overturned Full Story

Boone Man Airlifted After Being Ejected From Van

A Boone man was ejected from an overturning van and was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical center after a noon crash Friday just past the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Trooper Hendrix said that Thomas Gokey was driving a 2005 Ford Van belonging to a local carpet service when he ran off Full Story

Two Charged in Connection to Death of Teen

A week after the shooting death of a 15-year old from Lenoir, officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested two people in the death.  The Lenoir Police release says that Dusty Boston and Christy Eanes are both charged in connection Full Story

Boone, ASU Police Charge Vandal Suspect

Boone and Appalachian State University Police Friday morning made an arrest in connection with vandalism by painting graffiti both around downtown and on the ASU campus last weekend.  The 9:00 am arrest was of  Davis Chastain Parker, 20 years of age, of Charlotte, charged with Full Story

Everts Installed; McCrory Brings $70 Million 'Gift'

UNC President Tom Ross introduced the new Chancellor of Appalachian State University, and began a new chapter this morning with the installation of Appalachian's seventh chancellor, Dr. Sheri N. Everts. Everts is the first woman in the Boone university's 116-year history to hold Full Story

New Boone Noise Law Passes 3 to 2

There’s new law today on noise in Boone, that after a second round of debate and angst over Boone Councilman Fred Hay’s proposal to increase noise levels for bands and entertainment to 75 decibels at a distance of 10 feet off of the property where the event is being held.  His proposal brought Full Story

UPDATED: Baseball at FHS Postponed

Watauga High Athletic Director Tom Wright has announced that Saturday's scheduled baseball games between the Pioneers and North Davidson have been cancelled due to poor field conditions. The baseball game scheduled at Freedom this afternoon has been postponed until Monday, April 27. Today's

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New Chapter of ASU History; Everts Installation

History of Appalachian State University will open a new chapter officially today with the installation of Appalachian's seventh chancellor, Dr. Sheri N. Everts, the first woman in the Boone university's 116-year history to hold the post. Everts will be installed by President Tom Ross during Full Story

Bomb Squad Called; Device 'Inert'

The Wilkes County bomb squad was called to a residence at Homespun Hills overnight after what appeared to be a possible explosive device was spotted by neighbors and found at a house where the tenants had been evicted recently.  The residence was taped off with deputy cars around it Full Story

Boone Honored by Department of Commerce

Boone is among 35 North Carolina Communities named Tuesday as N.C. Main Street communities for 2014 by the N.C. Commerce Department. Along with Boone are North Wilkesboro, Elkin, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton and Mount Airy in the west and northwest corner of the state. Full Story

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