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Controversy Escalates in River Intake Issue

The latest in the escalating issues being raised by the citizens group seeking to stop the Boone water intake on the New River led to a near confrontation and police being called.  In a release from New River Advocates, they report that yesterday afternoon went  to the Office Full Story

Long-Time Boone Realtor Found Dead

A Long-time High Country realtor and business owner has died, found dead yesterday at an apartment in Boone. Yesterday, the Boone Police Department received a call of an unattended death at Boone Village Club at 259 Furman Road. There, Mr. Leonard Y. Cosmo, of Boone, age 79, Full Story

ASU Voting Issue Has Friday Hearing

There was a move late Friday that will possibly impact voting for ASU students, that as Wake Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway granted the plaintiffs' motion for expedited review of the State Board of Elections (SBOE) decision to refuse a one-stop early voting location at ASU. Full Story

Pennel Wins U.S. Championship

Tyler Pennel made a huge name for himself on Sunday morning. The Zap Fitness Foundation /Reebok runner and Blowing Rock, N.C., resident won

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Boone PD Now Has Pharm Drop-Off Box

The Boone Police Department has added another service for its citizens and visitors.  A new medication drop box has been placed in the front lobby of the Boone Police Department located at 1500 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC. This is a safe way to dispose of medications. The Police Full Story

Apps Drop Sun Belt Home Opener

Appalachian State University football fell into a 20-0 hole less than 19 minutes into the game and never recovered in a 47-21 loss to South Alabama on Saturday evening at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

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Warning Issued as Imposter Tries Entry

Caution is being urged and a warning issued as the City of Morganton has received reports from a local apartment manager that an unknown man was posing as a City worker Tuesday evening and trying to gain entry into residences, a tactic that could be used in any town. Full Story

UPDATED: Mansure Wins Wendy's Invite

If you thought the Watauga High football team made a loud statement Friday night, well, WHS senior Kathleen Mansure made a defeaning sound on

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Mixed Unemployment for High Country

Unemployment rates—not seasonally adjusted—increased in 74 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 12, and remained unchanged in 14. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.4 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.0 percent. Full Story

The Road To Glory....

That loud noise you heard Friday night was the Watauga High football team making a huge statement. The Pioneers (5-1 overall; 2-0; Northwestern 3A-4A Conference) belted Fred T. Foard 42-13 on Homecoming at Full Story

Is That Really Me????

The Watauga High football team may be looking at a mirror-image of itself Friday night. The Pioneers (4-1 overall; 1-0 Northwestern 3A-4A Conference), riding a three-game winning streak, take on a much-improved Fred T. Foard team, led by veteran coach Tom Harper, at Jack Groce Stadium. And the Tigers (2-3; 0-1), who Full Story

Election Provisions Struck Down by 4th Court

Five weeks from the November election, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a district court’s decision to deny a preliminary injunction of key parts of North Carolina’s H.B. 589, a massive voter suppression law. The three-judge panel, with one judge dissenting, ruled Full Story

Commission Candidates Discuss Rec Issues

The six candidates seeking seats on the Watauga County Commission appeared before a full house of county residents at the auditorium at Watauga Medical Center with the focus of the forum; county recreation.  The event was hosted by the Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Full Story

Deputy's Home Destroyed in Overnight Fire

A quick moving fire destroyed the home of a Caldwell County Sheriff deputy overnight.  Firefighters say smoke detectors alerted deputy John Austin to the fire in the kitchen of his Austin road home.  He escaped without any injuries but the fire destroyed much of what he owned. Full Story

Fears and Frustrations at ETJ Work Session

There were frustrations and fears evident  as citizens of the soon to be former Extraterritorial Jurisdiction District met with the Watauga Planning Board in a meeting last night at the new BREMCO facility.  Probably 60 to 70 residents of the areas east of Boone gathered Full Story

Samaritan's Purse Sending Loaded 747

Supplies are being loaded at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as Samaritan’s Purse is launching a major effort to combat the spread of Ebola, that as more than a million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone alone could become infected with the deadly virus by January. Samaritan’s Full Story

F.A.C.E.S. AT F.A.R.M.

F.A.R.M. (Feed All Regardless of Means) Café will be hosting a new community forum and dinner monthly starting in October. F.A.C.E.S., which stands for Food, Agriculture, Community, Economy, and Spirituality, will be a platform for community members to discuss issues affecting the Full Story

WCSO Investigating Gunshot Injury

Investigators of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office worked late into the night on the scene of an incident reported as an accidental gunshot wound.  The call came in at 9:12 from 1150 Winklers Creek Road, Medics and first responders waiting for deputies to secure the Full Story

Felony Probe Underway in Voting Mailers

Election Day is five weeks from today, early voting starting in just over three weeks, but there are still contested matters surrounding how the election will be held. The Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals Friday heard oral arguments from the NAACP and SCSJ contesting new voting Full Story

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