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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

Cemetary Employee Charged With Theft

Lenoir Police have charged a city employee with stealing funds from the town in the course of her job.  On March 28th, the Lenoir Police Department received a report of an employee stealing money, the report identifying Sherry Nichols, a customer service rep at Blue Ridge Cemetery Full Story

Candidates Forum in Linville Tonight

The Avery Journal-Times, Newland Business Association, WECR-AM Radio/Glory 1130 AM and the Avery County, Banner Elk and Beech Mountain chambers of commerce sponsor the Avery County Meet the Candidates Forum from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the Hugh Chapman Center Full Story

Suspects Sought in Hickory Bank Robbery

The Hickory Police Department released surveillance stills from a bank robbery that occurred at about 10:40am yesterday at the Community One Bank at 2220 12th Avenue NE.  Two subjects, pictured in the stills, are wanted in connection to this incident.  The subjects are described Full Story

No Lane Closures for 321 Project Over Easter

To better accommodate the volume of motorists traveling for the Easter holiday, the N.C. Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending lane closures along U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock. Any construction operations on the U.S. 321 widening project that could potentially impact motorists Full Story

Kostis Signs With App State

Like his older brother before him, Watauga High senior Demetre Kostis will officially sign his national letter with Appalachian State University.

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29 Nabbed in Wilkes Drug Net

The North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro Police Departments have announced the arrests of 29 drug offenders resulting from joint undercover drug investigations between the two towns.  The arrests are the result of both narcotics units working together to investigate the sale and distribution of Full Story

Man Trapped as SUV Strikes Tree

A Blowing Rock man was trapped in his SUV after a crash late yesterday afternoon on Bamboo Road, his vehicle slamming into a tree almost at McNabb Lane.  The 4:40pm crash occurred as 66-year old John Holbrook dropped a wheel off the shoulder of the road and lost control of his 2004 Full Story

Commissioners: 'No' To Sales Tax Change

Boone Mayor Andy Ball addressed the Watauga Commission last night in an attempt to sway the board to change sales tax distribution in the county from ad valorem back to per capita, giving the town of Boone. Ball told of the impact of the $2 million loss in revenue to the town, Full Story

Cure Bowl Added to Sun Belt Bowl Lineup

The Orlando Sports Foundation and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Wednesday the creation of the Cure Bowl, a postseason college football game matching-up the Sun Belt Conference Full Story

Attorney Sentenced For Tax Fraud on Tax Day

U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen sentenced a Spruce Pine attorney, engineer and appraiser,  to  27 months in prison for making false statements on  his  tax  returns,  according to  Anne Tompkins,  U.S.  Attorney  for  the  Western  District  of North  Carolina.  Randy  Alan  Carpenter, Full Story

National 'Sneak Preview' For Ashe Lawmen

Tonight, we get a close-up sneak preview of the day-to-day work of a small county Sheriff’s Office—from the High Country—in their national debut. The National Geographic Channel’s new weekly series, Southern Justice, will officially premiere on National Geographic Channel this fall, Full Story

Warning on High-Pressure Meat Sales

So we’re gone from magazines to meats—the latest round of high-pressure door-to-door sales is being reported in complaints to area law enforcement. Monday, April 14th, the Watauga County Sheriff's Office received information regarding "door to door - high pressure," sales of meat, Full Story

Bolick Headed To App State

In a shocking announcement on Monday, Brittany Bolick informed her team that she was stepping down as head coach of the girls' soccer team at Watauga High at the end of the season. Bolick, who played soccer and basketball for the Pioneers, has accepted an assistant coaching position Full Story

Blowing Rock Water Out Tonight

A reminder to Blowing Rock water customers—that water to be cut off from 10:00pm tonight until 6:00am Wednesday, April 16 as part of utility work connected with the US 321 widening project. Plans are for the work to take no more than 8 hours to complete, so service is expected Full Story

Suspect Sought in String of Armed Robberies

On March 6th, the Market Basket convenience store on the Grace Chapel Rd in Granite Falls was robbed by a white male dressed in a gray sweatshirt, black pants with a bandanna over the bottom half of his face and a toboggan on his head. The suspect walked into the store, pointed a gun Full Story

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