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New Watauga Superintendent Announcement

It appears the months of waiting are about to be over in the search for a new superintendent of the Watauga County Schools, that with the news release this afternoon that the Watauga County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting Thursday.  The May 1st meeting will be at Full Story

DA Candidates Get 'Direct' in Watauga Forum

Candidates got right to the point in a forum last night at the Watauga County courthouse, the very setting in which the trio of District Attorney Candidates would like to function.  Burnsville attorney Seth Banks, Watauga Commission Chairman Nathan Miller, and Chief ADA Britt Springer—the three Full Story

Marvelous Music, Weather at Merlefest 2014

MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, has come to a close for another year. Early estimates show that, from its start on Thursday, April 24, to its close on Sunday, April 27, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 76,000 participants, staying comparable with last year’s numbers. Full Story

Gunshot Victim Airlifted to JCMC

A man was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center in the early evening yesterday after suffering what was reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The call came in at a Rush Branch Road residence at about 6:10 last night causing Watauga Deputies to rush to the scene while Full Story

Man Injured in Motorcycle Crash on Parkway

A motorcyclist was injured yesterday afternoon in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The crash occurred at about 2:10 near the Bamboo Gap with first responders and Watauga Medics accessing the victim off of Little Laurel Road.  The man involved in the single-cycle crash was said to have suffered Full Story

Vacation Homes Lead Sales Surge

Local Realtors® sold more than 100 homes last month, the second time since 2008 they’ve surpassed that mark that early in the year, the sales coming despite a month of heavy winter weather. Local realtors speculate sales could have been aided by a growing demand nationally for vacation homes, Full Story

And That's A Winner.....

The Watauga High baseball team pulled off a dramatic comeback Saturday afternoon and defeated Southamnpton Academy from Portland, Va., to win the Tarboro Easter Classic at Municipal Stadium.

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Wife Finds Husband Dead After Caldwell Crash

The wife of a man missing on his way home Thursday was found dead Friday after a crash along Abington Road in Caldwell County.  The deceased man's wife says she searched for hours before finding him about 50-feet off the road. The highway patrol says the driver, David Holden, ran off of the road Full Story

Edwards A Seahawk???

ESPN is reporting that the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks have worked out former Appalachian State University All-America quarterback Armanti Edwards.

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Crimestoppers: Wallet Thief Sought

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: Sometime between the hours of 5:30 pm on April 1, 2014, and 5:30 pm on April 2, 2014, a wallet was reportedly stolen from a parked vehicle at 177 Tulip Tree Lane in Boone.  A fraudulent Full Story

Crimestoppers Reward Now $20,000

It has been missing for 16 months, as of yesterday, the Escher Lithograph stolen on December 23, 2012, and now the reward for finding that was has been increased tenfold, from $2,000 to $20,000. The $20,000 reward is being offered by the victim for the return of the Escher Lithograph with the print Full Story

Early Voting Starts Today

If you’ve heard enough rhetoric, you can express yourself in early voting in the May 6th primary starting today. While there have been candidate forums, if you are a Republican voter in the 24th prosecutorial district, you might want to wait until after an event next Monday centering on the District Attorney’s Full Story

Bank Robbery Suspects Caught in Georgia

The Hickory Police Department says the two suspects in a bank robbery from last Wednesday have been identified and arrested in Georgia. Kevin Mitchell Abrams and Edward Earl Abrams have been charged in the Community One bank robbery from Wednesday, as Hickory Police Department Full Story

Emloyment Up, Unemployment Down in March

New jobs are finally showing up in statistics showing the state's seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate, which continued its downward trend in March. The rate decreased 0.1 to 6.3 percent, down from February's revised rate of 6.4 percent, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. Full Story

La-Z-Boy to Pull 100 Jobs From Wilkes

In Wilkes, there will be fewer jobs by the end of the year, that with La-Z-Boy Inc. announcing the closure of  two North Wilkesboro plants. The move will mean the loss of jobs for 100 employees, and more disturbing for those who want to buy US products, the closure is part of the company's Full Story

Plea Continued in Watauga Court in Hotel Deaths

The case against former manager of the Boone Best Western Hotel, Barry Damon Mallatere, was continued in Watauga County last week, and he will not be there to enter a plea in the deaths of three people at the local hotel last spring.  The NC courts website listed Mallatere as making Full Story

ATV Driver Airlifted After Crash

An ATV driver was seriously hurt—airlifted—after a crash yesterday afternoon in Boone.  Trooper Searcy of the State Patrol said the man had taken the off-road vehicle out on Poplar Grove Road from where he was working on a maintenance contract at the Cottages of Boone property, and after Full Story

Krause To Head Hospitality House

The Hospitality House Board of Directors has selected Tina Krause as its new Executive Director replacing Lynne Mason, who is retiring June 30, 2014 after twelve years with the agency and thirty-one years in the social work field. The search for a new executive director commenced Full Story

Two Charged After Short Chase

A brief Wednesday evening chase led to two arrests and a number of counts.  Boone Police say that, shortly after 6:15 PM, a Boone Police officer responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver on West King Street.  The officer located the suspect vehicle stationary in the parking lot Full Story

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