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High Country Housing Sales Strong for 2014

There’s more good economic news to start of the new year for local Realtors®, with home sales hitting a six-year high. There were 163 Realtor®-assisted sales recorded in the first two months of 2014, an increase of 11 percent over  2013, and up 36 percent compared to 2012. Full Story

Watauga Culinary Team Goes to Nationals

Culinary students from Watauga High won the Management part of the N.C. Hospitality Education Foundation and N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association’s inaugural N.C. ProStart Invitational, and will now advance to compete in the 13th annual National ProStart Invitational, May 3-5, in Minneapolis. Full Story

Could Lutz Be A Mountaineer????

Well right now, that's up in the air, but it could soon become reality. There are reports that Bobby Lutz, an associate head basketball coach at North Carolina State and a former coach of the University of Charlotte, has emerged as the leading candidate to become Appalachian State’s next head coach. Full Story

Hikers Rescued After Night in Snow, Wind, Cold

With the cold, snow, and blasting winds we got Tuesday night here, you can imagine the conditions on the western edge of the High Country, on the ridge at the state line where the Appalachian Trail runs.  Well, a couple of trail hikers can give you a first-hand account. Avery searchers Full Story

Watauga Second Healthiest in NC

Watauga County ranks the second healthiest in NC, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at Full Story

Spring Storm Hits Hard in High Country

Yesterday’s early spring snowstorm has been hit head-on by the N.C. Department of Transportation, it’s crews in northwestern North Carolina battling wind gusts and below-freezing temperatures to clear snow and ice from roads in the High Country. The region’s Tennessee border counties of Avery, Full Story

New River Bridge Dedicated to Mast

“My husband would be so honored by the naming of this bridge—as are we.” Paige Mast, widow of Watauga Deputy William Mast Jr., whose last tour of duty started 20 months ago today. Paige Mast said, “I pray that everyone that crosses this bridge and sees his name takes the time Full Story

ASU Finalizes 2015 Non-Conference Schedule

Appalachian State University football has completed its 2015 non-conference schedule with a home game versus Howard and a road contest at Clemson, director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced on Tuesday. For the first time in 14 years, Appalachian State Full Story

First Snow of Spring Closes Schools, Roads

High Country highways became snow covered early today from the storm coming over the mountains, closing schools across the High Country—the wintry weather causing the closing of some area roads. The predicted wintry weather finally found the High Country just after 4 this morning, Full Story

Two Hurt, Traffic Snarled in NC 105 Wreck

A two-vehicle wreck tied up ‘going home’ traffic on NC 105 late this afternoon, with two injuries reported.  The crash occurred just before 5pm  just north of the NC 105 bypass intersection in front of New River Building Supply, a white van and a silver-blue sedan colliding front-to-front.  Watauga Medics Full Story

New Hangar, New Jobs for Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is adding to its disaster relief operations in Wilkes County, and bringing some new jobs to the county in the process.  The Boone-based charity is buying a 19,738-square-foot hangar at the Wilkes County Airport from Raleigh-based Capital Bank, according to their press release, Full Story

More White Weather Predicted for Tuesday

So we sprang forward, then started spring officially last week, but the rollercoaster weather we had all winter seems to still be with us, with another round of cold and snow this week.  After a couple of spring-like days to kick off the season, we’re back to winter over the next three days, starting with Full Story

Bridge Dedication for Mast Moved Indoors

The dedication of the US 421 bridge over the New River at the southeast edge of Boone, to be dedicated to the life of—and life lost—of Watauga Deputy William R. Mast Jr., is being moved.  With the snow predicted, the 10am Tuesday ceremony, originally scheduled for Brookshire Park, Full Story

Spring Practice Report — March 12

Appalachian State University football held a lively and energetic scrimmage on Saturday on a beautiful day at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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Boomerang...Joblessness Jumps in January

Joblessness Jumps in January, up in all the High Country counties and the adjoining Foothills counties.  In fact, unemployment was up in almost all of North Carolina’s 100 counties—96 of them showing more joblessness, with only two counties dropping their rate, two remaining the same. The Department Full Story

Boone Council Votes to Give Theater Space

Detail issues seemed to jump into the way, but in the end, the Boone Town Council started the process of deeding a space of town property to the use of the group developing the old Appalachian Theater to create some critical space inside the historic structure. John Cooper and Frank Mohler Full Story

Theater Operator Honored by Boone Council

While the rebirth of the Appalachian Theater dominated the end of the Boone Town Council meeting Thursday night, the Town Council started their night by adopted a resolution of gratitude for the long-time head of the theater when it operated in downtown Boone, C.J. Hayes.  With family present, Full Story

Rally Surrounds Everts as She Meets ASU

“Sheri Everts, you are in for a wonderful treat.  This is a great family. This is a great group of professionals that  are here—so don’t mess up.” Chancellor Ken Peacock led what seemed very much a pep rally, rallying in approval of the selection of the woman who will be the next chancellor Full Story

Spring Practice Report — March 19

Appalachian State University football returned outside for the first time in two weeks when it held a two-hour practice at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Wednesday

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