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Musician Joe Shannon Passes In Florida

There’s sad news today about the founder of the Mountain Home Music series.  Karen James, Interim Director of Mountain Home Music emailed to say that Joe Shannon, who started Mountain Home Music 20 years ago in Boone, passed away this morning after a lengthy illness. Full Story

Women Targeted in Two Saturday Assaults

Two assaults of women were reported to law enforcement in Boone over the weekend, one, a sexual assault.  The first occurred on campus, with ASU Police Department asking the public’s assistance in solving the assault.  Their release says that a non-student female was struck on the Full Story

Citizens Meet Over Boone Water Intake Tonight

Tonight,  a meeting of citizens opposed to the Town of Boone’s water project from the New River in Todd will gather to hear  about the project and what they’re calling it’s adverse affects on farming, tourism, and river recreation.  The Town of Boone proposes to construct an intake to take up Full Story

Local NAMI Chapter Intervenes After Inmate Death

Seven employees of the NC Department of Public Safety—the prison unit in Alexander County—either lost their jobs or resigned after a prisoner was transferred from the facility there to Central Prison in Raleigh—and was dead when he arrived.  The shake-up in the state’s prison Full Story

Boone Office Damaged in Monday Fire

Fire damaged a Furman Road office Monday afternoon in a blaze quickly extinguished by Boone Fire, an incident still being investigated by Boone Fire.  An office worker at the 232 Furman Road address, the Furman Office Building with a medical practice inside, reported that it Full Story

Cars Damaged, Stolen in Crime of the Week

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving two crimes involving motor vehicles.  On the early morning of Monday, April 28, a white 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera with black wheels and hubcaps was stolen from Summer Drive in Boone, NC.  On Monday, Full Story

UPDATED: Pioneers Take On McDowell In Playoff Opener

Watauga High baseball coach Pete Hardee has announced that the Pioneers will play at McDowell Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the

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Woman Trapped in Crashed Van

A Boone woman was trapped in her van after it careened down a steep embankment yesterday afternoon, causing a rescue effort to remove the injured woman from the overturned vehicle.  The crash occurred just before 1pm on as callers reported hearing calls for help from someone Full Story

Fire Flattens Outbuilding, Damages Home

Stewart Simmons, Deep Gap, and other Watauga Departments—even Champion out of Wilkes—were dispatched to a Friday afternoon fire that destroyed an outbuilding and damaged a home.  The fire call came in just before 4pm to a residence at 792 Powder Horn Mountain Road after a neighbor Full Story

Peacock, Washington Sign Free-Agent Deals

Wide receivers Andrew Peacock (Durham, N.C./Northern Durham) and Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) are the latest Appalachian State University alumni to join the National Football

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This One's Special....

Just ask Watauga High baseball coach Pete Hardee and the rest of the Pioneers. Following an inconsistent regular-season, the Pioneers (13-13) were hardly considered a serious threat to win the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference Tournament championship.

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WHS Wins Conference Crown

The Watauga High baseball team won the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference Tournament championship Friday night by knocking off South Caldwell 6-3 at MS Deal Stadium in Granite Falls, N.C.

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Baby Hawks Rescued in Todd

Two baby red tailed hawks and their nest were recently saved, thanks to the sharp eyes of vegetation management workers for Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.
"The crew was de-limbing a pine tree with rot at the base in preparation to cut it to Full Story

Rare azaleas in bloom on Grandfather Mountain

The stunning and rare pink-shell azalea is now in bloom on Grandfather Mountain, offering visitors unparalleled access to the shrub native to only a few western North Carolina counties. The delicate pink blossoms typically appear in late April or early May, arriving even before leaves appear on the hardy branches. Full Story

Ashe Minister Charged in Sex Crimes

An Ashe County minister has been arrested and charged with sex counts that reportedly involved a person under his care. His wife had earlier been charged with embezzlement from the same person. The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday the arrest of Rev. Billy Howard Guy, Full Story

Construction Notes for Weekend, Monday Travel

Two travel notes for this ASU graduation/Mother’s Day weekend.  First, the good news: Lane closures along the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock will be temporarily suspended from Friday morning through Monday at 8am, that due to for the Appalachian State University commencement Full Story

Two Felons Charged with Gun Possession

Following community complaints, a two-year investigation came to a head Monday in Lenoir, with two convicted felons found in possession of firearms, according to Lenoir Police.  The Lenoir release said that, as convicted felons, Julius Daniel “Boone” McGuire and Kristen Michelle Newman Full Story

County Commission Asks for Probe of Todd Fire

The Watauga County Commission, following an executive session last night, voted to ask for an investigation into expenditures at the Todd Volunteer Fire Department, and the Watauga Sheriff’s Department began that probe this morning.  Commission chair Nathan Miller said that audits of all the county’s Full Story

Gas Prices Fall Everywhere But High Country

So the gas companies tell us every spring that we have to pay more for gas as they switch to their warm weather formula, additives to protect the environment as we get into hot weather.  And this year, prices rose from the $3.30 range per gallon of regular to the $3.60’s by Easter, but Full Story

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