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Brisk Morning, Brisk Voting--Note Hours

Brisk morning temperatures came with brisk voting in Watauga County, especially at the Plemmons Student Union on the ASU campus, where a few minutes separated the site from being used for voting or not.  Had a message been delivered to the State Board of Elections just a bit earlier Full Story

Two Charged in Car Thefts, Watauga Chase

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams reported that his department has charged two Tennessee men in the case of the stolen Honda Civic Del Sol, chased through a stretch of Watauga County last week.  Ashe Lt. Anders said that they actually determined two vehicles were Full Story

ASU Voting, Nearly Derailed, Underway

Voting is underway at the Plemmons Student Union on the ASU campus, but had a message been delivered to the State Board of Elections just a bit earlier, it might not have been. It was a case of adjourning a meeting, then finding out that a court decision might have changed the outcome. Full Story

Another Step Forward....

That's about sums up Friday night's football game at Jack Groce Stadium between Watauga High and Morganton-Patton---two teams going in opposite directions. For

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Operation Witches Brew Nabs Meth Suspects

The mess that meth makes of lives was visited upon quite a number of Ashe County residents early this morning, that as an entourage of officers—deputies and SBI agents—woke many residents on the coldest morning of the fall to deliver bad news—and warrants.  Sheriff James Full Story

'Moral March' Begins in Boone

On a cold, blustery morning, the political heat was turned up as early voting is a day away.  Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the North Carolina NAACP and Forward Together Movement leader, made the first stop of their Moral March to the Polls— Forward Together Tour at the Jones Full Story

Order Overturned, Voting Set for ASU

As things stand, there will be voting at a polling place on the ASU campus, that after the Court of Appeals denied the petition for a writ, effectively reinstating the trial court’s order.  State Board of Elections spokesman Josh Lawson emailed late Tuesday that  “We’re going to have an Full Story

SWAT Team Subdues Man After Stand-Off

A SWAT Team from Caldwell County was called in to take a man into custody after he barricaded himself inside a Globe area residence just south of Blowing Rock.  Yesterday  at 2:40 PM, deputies called for assistance at the Upton Rd. property. Deputies were assisting a social Full Story

Teen Injured in Cycle Crash

A 13-year old boy was injured in the crash of a dirt bike on the dirt section of a Crossnore area roadway.  The late afternoon crash occurred when the teen lost control of the cycle and flipped it over—first responders and Avery Deputies reporting that his mother was on the cycle Full Story

Petitioner's Turn in ASU Voting Issue

The Court of Appeals has set a deadline of 5 p.m. today for the petitioners —two local Democrats and a number of  ASU students — to file a response to the state's petition seeking a stay of the court order to hold elections on the ASU campus. The court stayed Judge Donald Full Story

Avery Arrests October 13-17

The Avery Sheriff’s Office reports a number of arrests over the past week, including allegations against a woman arrested on October 17th of stealing from a woman she was taking care of. Deputies took custody of  Novella J. Frasher, 37 of Roan Mountain, TN after she was arrested Full Story

Five Mountaineers Named Midseason All-SBC

Appalachian State University football placed five players on the Phil Steele’s College Football Preview midseason all-Sun Belt Conference team that was announced this weekend. Defensive end Ronald Blair

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Drugs Stolen From Veterinary Practice

A Wilkesboro veterinary practice reported last week that they are missing a box of injectable drugs from their safe, and police there have the apparent theft under investigation.  Animal Hospital of Wilkes reported at noon Thursday that the drugs were logged in back in late Full Story

Two Hurt in Motorcycle-Car Crash

Two injuries were reported in an early afternoon head-on crash between a motorcycle and passenger vehicle at an entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Avery County.  The crash occurred off of US 221 at the parkway ramp near Linville Falls, first responders finding a seriously broken leg Full Story

Wolly Worm Winner: Kwazimodo

The Blue Ridge Parkway was slammed over the weekend with leaf-looking tourists, many parked in odd locations as the overlooks were overflowing with tourists.  But the Parkway may have been one of the better choices for travel around the High Country as traffic on NC 105 Full Story

Mountaineers Earn First Sun Belt Win

The Appalachian State University football team put together a dominating performance and picked up its first-ever Sun Belt Conference victory with a 53-14 rout over five-time Sun Belt champion Troy on Saturday afternoon at Full Story

Making A Statement....

And that's exactly what the Watauga High football did Friday night in a 49-21 win against Hibriten at Storie Stadium in Lenior, N.C. The win also moves WHS (6-2) overall; 3-1 Northwestern 3A-4A Conference) into a second-place tie with South Caldwell in Full Story

Boone Chamber Recognizes Development

Every year the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce reviews building projects which have received a Certificate of Occupancy from Watauga County and the Town of Boone in the previous year (June 1- May 31).  A team of judges reviews the candidates and determines if there Full Story

High Speed Chase with Possibly Stolen Car

Watauga Deputies chased a suspect in a black Honda Civic sedan early this morning, losing the suspect as the suspect’s speed exceeded 90 miles per hour out NC 194—Jefferson Road.  The chase began about 5am when the deputy spotted the black Honda with blacked-out windows Full Story

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