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In State LB Picks App State

The Appalachian State University football team picked up a huge in-state selection as outside linebacker Akeen Davis of Thomasville High has made a verbal commitment to join the Mountaineers next fall.

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UPDATED: Cobb Named Director of Athletics at Georgia State

Charlie Cobb, who served as Appalachian State University’s director of athletics since 2005, resigned on Thursday to accept the same position at Georgia State University. Full Story

AEV To Take Gates Building in West Jefferson

Ashe County, the High Country county seeming to suffer most economically in the aftermath of the Great Recession, got a great boost yesterday with the announcement that one of the county’s largest manufacturing facilities will not go vacant as Gates Inc. closes out their operation. Full Story

Police ID Woman Struck, Driver of Vehicle

Boone Police have identified a 77-year old High Point woman as the person hurt when struck by a 2008 Nissan on the lot of the Boone Walmart just before noon Tuesday.  Judith Sara Kobler of High Point was struck as she was walking near the grocery entrance to the store when Robert Full Story

Third Arrest Made in Church Break-In

Wednesday, Boone Police investigators arrested a third person in a break-in to a Boone area church from late July—the mother of the man charged in the initial crime.  Kathy Pulley Toler, 50 years-of-age, of Linda Lane, Vilas, was charged with Full Story

Fall Camp Report: Wednesday, Aug. 13

Wednesday began with a grueling practice and ended with a big surprise for Appalachian State University football. On Wednesday morning, Appalachian State held perhaps its most grueling practice Full Story

Two Trapped, Injured in Mid-day Wreck

Two women were trapped in their vehicle after it ran off Perkinsville Drive just before noon. Arriving Boone Police and Fire found the vehicle off the road suspended against two trees, causing Boone Fire to have to secure the vehicle before reaching the women trapped inside for Full Story

Schools, Colleges Ready for the Rush

That long summer break is coming to an end for staff and students in area schools, starting classes next week.  Teachers are back at work this week, preparing for the school year which, for Avery and Ashe students, starts Monday. The Watauga County Schools’ first day of classes for 2014-15 will be Tuesday Full Story

Fall Camp Report: Tuesday, Aug. 12

For the first time since Saturday, Appalachian State University football strapped on full pads for Tuesday’s practice at Kidd Brewer Stadium. After a 128-play intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and an off day on Sunday, the Mountaineers practiced twice on Monday but did not wear full pads Full Story

Tennessee Fugitive Arrested in Avery

Avery Sheriff’s officers arrested Rachel Lee McCoury, 43, of 538 Barlow Rd, Elk Park, on a fugitive warrant from Tennessee.  McCoury was wanted for Promotion of Methamphetamines and Sale of Schedule III drugs in Carter County, TN. McCoury was transferred to the Carter County Jail after her arrest. Full Story

Fall Camp Report: Monday, Aug. 11

After a grueling first week of fall camp, capped by Saturday’s 128-play scrimmage, Appalachian State University football eased into its second full week of practice with two relatively light sessions on Monday at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Full Story

Newland Woman Sought by Avery SO

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office is seeking 37 year old Newland woman, wanted on outstanding warrants, and are asking for the help of the public through Crimestoppers. Mary Ann Myrock of Newland has outstanding warrants on for Felony Breaking and Entering and Larceny Full Story

Fan Fest Set for Saturday

Appalachian State University football’s annual Fan Fest is set for Saturday, Aug. 16 at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Fan Fest begins at 5 p.m. with an EXCLUSIVE half-hour window for members of the Junior Mountaineer Kids Club and their parents to Full Story

July Assault Leads to Avery Man's Arrest

Sunday, officers of the Avery County Sheriff’s Office arrested Randy Allen Benfield, 23, of 90 Echo Hollow Lane, Newland, on a count of Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Officers charged Benfield after a report was made to the Avery County Sheriff’s Office back on July 21st Full Story

More Missionaries Returning From Liberia

SIM USA, the Charlotte-based mission organization, announced Sunday that some of its missionary staff based in Liberia will be returning to Charlotte. Because the returning staff worked with or around patients infected with the Ebola virus, SIM USA is working closely with the N.C. Full Story

Watauga Residents Seek ETJ-Type Protection

In a press release, the newly formed Watauga Citizens for Local Control announced that they have been accepted as a chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.  The Watauga group is  centering their new effort on a Watauga County Commission meeting August Full Story

Head-on Crash Injures Woman, Snarls Traffic

A head-on crash—the second within 24 hours—injured a Boone woman, tying up Friday mid-morning traffic on US 321 between Blowing Rock and Boone.  The crash occurred right at 10am near the Aho Road intersection with the small Saturn sedan of Crystal Walker and a large tractor Full Story

Fall Camp Report: Saturday, Aug. 9

Appalachian State University football wrapped up the first full week of fall camp with a 128-play intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Appalachian State’s Full Story

Woman Killed, Two Men Injured in Crash

A Vilas woman died in a head-on crash late yesterday afternoon, slamming into the vehicle of another Vilas resident near Meat Camp.  The crash occurred on NC 194 just past Howard’s Creek Road near the NC DOT facility at about 3:50 when the VW Jetta of Shelly Easterday came across the Full Story

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