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Foundation of CCC&TI Kicks-Off Fund Drive

The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute held its Annual Fund Campaign kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, March 5 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, and the celebration extended well beyond the usual festivities. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the founding Full Story

Cycle Recovered, Suspect Flees in Chase

Caldwell Sheriff deputies are searching for the rider of a motorcycle who led them on a high speed chase south of Lenoir this morning.  That chase ended up in a wooded area after the rider ditched the motorcycle along a trail near Pinnacle Court.  Deputies say they tried to pull over Full Story

Teen ID'd as Third Church Arson Suspect

A third suspect has been identified from the July 29, 2012  burning of the North Beaver Baptist Church east of West Jefferson. Ashe Sheriff James Williams reported Monday that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office arrested the three in the Arson fire that totaled the church in an attempt to cover Full Story

Hughes to Return to Watauga As DSS Head

Moving one county over—the Watauga County Board of Commissioners after their Tuesday meeting, announced the appointment of Tom Hughes to the position of Department of Social Services Director. Jim Atkinson, current director, announced his retirement to be effective April 1st. Watauga Full Story

Google Joins Students@Work Week

Google is pleased to join Caldwell County schools and other businesses across North Carolina for Students@Work Week. The release says the goal of the week is to raise North Carolina’s graduation rate by offering middle school students a look at future opportunities in the local workplace. Full Story

Major Merger For Child Services Agencies

Major changes coming in a merger of two of North Carolina’s oldest and most respected child welfare agencies, Grandfather Home for Children in Avery County and Barium Springs Home for Children in Iredell.  The release on the move says the merger will better serve the state’s most at-risk children and their families Full Story

12 Hours in the Cold: Man Found in Foscoe

An older man survived a night—all night—out in the cold, found injured early this morning outside a Foscoe area home.  A runner found the man, initially unconscious and suffering some obvious injuries, outside a home on Townsend Trail and called for help.  Unsure of the circumstances, Full Story

Suspect Sought in Pharmacy Break-In

The Watauga County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in identifying the perpetrator who forced entry to the Foscoe Pharmacy last month.  The incident took place on February 14th at about 1:00 AM, with the suspect forcing the back door to the pharmacy.  There was only one item stolen Full Story

Tuesday's Spring Practice Report

Appalachian State University football held the third of 15 NCAA-permitted spring practices on Tuesday evening at Kidd Brewer Stadium. For the first time this spring, Appalachian State strapped on shoulder

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Specialty Dates Set For 2014

Appalachian State University has finalized the dates for its annual Hall of Fame, Family Weekend, Homecoming and Black Saturday football games in 2014. Appalachian State’s 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, in conjunction with the Mountaineers’ home opener versus Campbell. Full Story

Cash Reward for Stolen Lithograph

The Ashe County Sheriff's Office is searching for assistance with a stolen piece of artwork.  The lithograph was stolen on December 23, 2012. A $2000 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers for the return of an Escher Lithograph with the print Serial Number 53/108.  The theft occurred Full Story

Watauga Superintendent: Six Finalists

The Watauga County Board of Education announced yesterday that members have selected six finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools, one to be chosen as the official replacement for former superintendent David Kafitz, who left after several embarrassing verbal exchanges Full Story

Three Charged in Ashe Church Burning

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office has arrested 3 individuals for the Arson of North Beaver Baptist Church.  The arson occurred in the early hours of July 29, 2012 and resulted in a total loss of the establishment. While only a few items were discovered Full Story

Arrest Made in Women's Residence Hall Break-in

The tip line lit up, and University Police at Appalachian State University have arrested an individual in connection with the breaking, entering and larceny that occurred on campus property early Sunday, March 2. Alec Christopher Schemmel, a 20-year-old freshman from Mecklenburg County, Full Story

Boone Man Convicted in Precious Metals Fraud

A Florida jury has convicted a Boone man of operating fraudulent precious metals investment businesses that reportedly fleeced $25 million from investors.  Court records show the jury found 54-year-old Arthur John Schlecht of Boone, guilty Thursday of conspiracy and wire fraud charges. Full Story

Bomb Materials Found Along Ashe Road

There were several tense hours mid afternoon yesterday as an apparent explosive device was found along an Ashe County Road, causing a call for a bomb disposal team.  Ashe Sheriff James Williams said that one of his off-duty deputies was notified just after 3pm by a resident of the Warrensville area Full Story

Info Sought on Break-in, Vehicle Theft

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office is seeking your help in identifying this individual who entered into a local business in the early morning hours of Monday, February 24. The suspect took various electronic items from inside the business. A blue1999 Honda CRV was taken from the Full Story

Primaries to Determine Fall Ballot Slate

It will definitely be an active political year, with multiple candidates for almost every open position, and a primary required for a number of races. Six candidates—four Democrats and two Republicans, including incumbent Virginia Foxx, are seeking her 5th district seat.  Foxx faces fellow Republican Full Story

Probe Underway in Two Deep Gap Deaths

Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman has released the sequence from Friday afternoon that led to the discovery of two people dead in a home near Deep Gap. His synopsis says that : at approximately 2:31 p.m.,  a call from a caretaker sent WCSO Deputies to 447 Wildwood Drive, approximately 2 miles from Full Story

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