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Miller Offers ETJ Residents Hearing on Protections

Nathan Miller, chair of the Watauga County Commission weighed in on the issue of Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction being stripped in a bill passed yesterday in the NC House.  Miller’s release promises that residents in the soon Full Story

Soucek ETJ Bill Becomes Law in 66 to 46 Vote

State Senator Dan Soucek’s bill to strip Boone of its powers of extraterritorial jurisdiction, rejected late Monday, was revived and passed in the House Government Committee Tuesday, is now law, passing the NC House this afternoon 66 to 46. Boone Mayor Andy Ball said the reconsideration Full Story

Rape Charge Filed Against ASU Student

Two weeks ago, June 11th, Boone Police received a report of a sexual assault from a 22-year-old Appalachian State University student.  The victim reported she was assaulted by an acquaintance and the incident occurred at an off-campus location. It was last Friday, June 20th Full Story

Reversal Revives Soucek ETJ Bill; House to Vote Today

There was a dramatic reversal in the North Carolina House of Representatives yesterday, as State Senator Dan Soucek’s bill to strip Boone of its powers of extraterritorial jurisdiction, rejected late Monday, was revived and passed in the House Full Story

Buyers Market Fuels Real Estate Sales Surge

Buyers’ market conditions continue to drive High Country real estate sales, according to the May report on sales from local realtors, who say these could extend well into the summer as the number of properties listed surges.  Local Realtors® sold 103 homes worth $24.04 million in May, the Full Story

Early Morning Murder in Lenoir; Suspect Jailed

Early this morning, the Lenoir Police Department received a call that someone had been killed at 1609 Bradford St. in Lenoir.  Responding officers found Sammy William Sturgill and Bobby Dean Sparks at the scene, with Police saying Sturgill was pronounced dead at the scene by Caldwell County EMS. Full Story

Wanted Man Arrested at Boone Motel

Boone Police made the arrest of a wanted suspect last night at a Blowing Rock Road motel, a man wanted by a number of agencies and considered dangerous.  Police say that at approximately 8 PM, Boone Police Officers arrested James “Josh” Brandon Smith, 35, at the Red Carpet Inn Full Story

Soucek ETJ Bill Fails in Committee Vote

State Senator Dan Soucek’s bill to strip Boone of its powers of extraterritorial jurisdiction failed the House Government Committee late yesterday in what WRAL-TV is calling evidence of a split in the Republican party. Senate Bill 865 would have banned Boone from exercising any planning or Full Story

Watauga Jurors Dismissed for June 23rd Term

The Watauga County Clerk of Courts office announced yesterday that jurors summoned for jury duty the week of June 23rd have been released.  This release said that even with the cancellation of service, this constitutes the two year service for that group of jurors, and they thanked jurors called Full Story

Almost Ready...Law Enforcement Memorial

Work is almost complete on Watauga County Law Enforcement Memorial after a month and a half’s work, a collaborative effort  by both maintenance technicians from Town of Boone and County of Watauga, officers and volunteers. The monument itself was yet to be set Friday, when these Full Story

Caldwell Suspects Arrested in Ashe Drug Counts

Ashe Sheriff James Williams announces the arrest of two Caldwell County people on felony drug charges following a month long investigation by the Sheriff’s office and the S.B.I.  in the Warrensville area of Ashe County. The officers executed a traffic stop on the two known large scale Full Story

Ashe Residents Charged After Drug Raid

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams announces the arrest of two Ashe county people on felony drug charges following a raid on June 5, 2014 by the Sheriff’s narcotic division.  The raid was at 186 Bower Calloway Road in Jefferson .  Arrested at the scene were William Duncan age 30, and Full Story

Eggs Targeted in Salmonilla Probe

In a follow-up to the salmonellosis outbreak in May, the owner of Proper Restaurant in Boone sent a letter to the editor, that as we still await a final version of what might have led to the outbreak from the Appalachian District Health Department.  Angela Kelly, owner of Proper, issued Full Story

Man Hospitalized, Suspect Sought in Stabbing

Boone Police are investigating a stabbing incident from late Friday night or early Saturday morning, and as of yesterday, were still seeking a suspect in the case.  Police say there were still a lot of questions to answer, but what we know is that a man was stabbed at a Boone residence, probably Full Story

Boone ETJ Powers On The Line in Raleigh

Town of Boone officials will have a wary eye on a committee meeting in Raleigh, set for 5 this afternoon, with the fate of Boone’s powers to regulate development in the extraterritorial jurisdiction district on the line.  Senator Dan Soucek’s bill S865 has passed the senate and is set for action in Full Story

BBC Radio Show Features App Faculty

We love it when a radio show makes the news, even if it is off our continent. But it is actually very close to home, as well. Faculty from the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University were interviewed on BBC Radio Wales about their participation in an international Full Story

Towering Project Wins Boone Council Approval

After much discussion, modification, giving and taking on a number of issues, the Standard of Boone is set to become a real estate reality, stretching its 5-story footprint between the radio stations and McDonalds, between Blowing Rock Road and Faculty Street.  But even as two Full Story

Boone Scales Back Tax Bump, Not Spending

With the Boone 2014-15 budget on the table, town council members found a six-cent tax rate hike hard to swallow—and scaled back that proposed tax increase—but not the budget.  Council woman Lynn Mason was first to express doubts, “What I would be more comfortable with—and I just Full Story

Winston-Salem Man Charged in Drug Counts

Last Friday, June 13th, Deputies from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense on US Hwy 421 at Toyota of Boone.  A roadside investigation was conducted which culminated in a K9 search of the vehicle. Deputies seized 73 grams of Crack Cocaine, 12 Full Story

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