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Three Charged in Ashe Church Burning

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office has arrested 3 individuals for the Arson of North Beaver Baptist Church.  The arson occurred in the early hours of July 29, 2012 and resulted in a total loss of the establishment. While only a few items were discovered Full Story

Arrest Made in Women's Residence Hall Break-in

The tip line lit up, and University Police at Appalachian State University have arrested an individual in connection with the breaking, entering and larceny that occurred on campus property early Sunday, March 2. Alec Christopher Schemmel, a 20-year-old freshman from Mecklenburg County, Full Story

Boone Man Convicted in Precious Metals Fraud

A Florida jury has convicted a Boone man of operating fraudulent precious metals investment businesses that reportedly fleeced $25 million from investors.  Court records show the jury found 54-year-old Arthur John Schlecht of Boone, guilty Thursday of conspiracy and wire fraud charges. Full Story

Bomb Materials Found Along Ashe Road

There were several tense hours mid afternoon yesterday as an apparent explosive device was found along an Ashe County Road, causing a call for a bomb disposal team.  Ashe Sheriff James Williams said that one of his off-duty deputies was notified just after 3pm by a resident of the Warrensville area Full Story

Info Sought on Break-in, Vehicle Theft

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office is seeking your help in identifying this individual who entered into a local business in the early morning hours of Monday, February 24. The suspect took various electronic items from inside the business. A blue1999 Honda CRV was taken from the Full Story

Primaries to Determine Fall Ballot Slate

It will definitely be an active political year, with multiple candidates for almost every open position, and a primary required for a number of races. Six candidates—four Democrats and two Republicans, including incumbent Virginia Foxx, are seeking her 5th district seat.  Foxx faces fellow Republican Full Story

Probe Underway in Two Deep Gap Deaths

Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman has released the sequence from Friday afternoon that led to the discovery of two people dead in a home near Deep Gap. His synopsis says that : at approximately 2:31 p.m.,  a call from a caretaker sent WCSO Deputies to 447 Wildwood Drive, approximately 2 miles from Full Story

Mountaineers’ Sun Belt Slate is Set

Appalachian State University’s first NCAA Division I FBS football schedule was finalized on Saturday when the Sun Belt Conference announced its 2014 slate. While Appalachian State’s home and away Sun Belt opponents for 2014 have been set since last fall, dates for the Mountaineers’ eight conference games were not known Full Story

ASU Spring Practice Report, February 28

Appalachian State University football officially began on-field preparations for its first NCAA Division I FBS campaign on Friday when it opened spring practice at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Friday’s practice, the first of 15 permitted by the NCAA in the spring, was conducted in helmets and shorts, although many players chose Full Story

Book Challenge Fails in Split BOE Vote of

“I am thrilled for my students, I am thrilled for our teachers, I’m glad that we’ve got the freedom to read, the freedom to think,” That from Watauga High School English teacher  Mary Kent Whitaker reacting to the a split vote as the Watauga Board of Education voted to uphold earlier decisions Full Story

WeCAN Gift to Give Utility Assistance

Just in time for another blast of winter weather, the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network (WeCAN) received a $5000 surprise gift from the High Country United Way. WeCAN will use the funds to help Watauga residents in need of utility assistance during the cold weeks that lie ahead.  United Way Full Story

Rally for the Book

As the Watauga Board of Education prepared to make its decision about use of the controversial book, The House of the Spirits, a rally was held in the ASU Student Union with teacher involved, Mary Kent Whitaker of Watauga High School, even author  Isabel Allende, who commented by video email, Full Story

High Winds, Low Humidity= High Fire Danger

High winds, low humidity equal high fire danger, causing fire officials to ask for extra caution today.  Watauga Fire Marshal Steve Sudderth said that with the winds and humidity below 20% , Watauga County will be in an increased fire danger today—the NC Forest Service reporting a readiness Full Story

Watauga Teachers of the Year

The 2014-15 Teachers of the Year in the Watauga County Schools have been chosen and the list of those selected for the honor includes Melissa Miller of Bethel, Janet Orr of Blowing Rock, Cynthia Townsend of Cove Creek, Kirbi Bell of Green Valley, Erin Selle of Hardin Park, Lauren Dotson of Mabel, Full Story

NC Ready4Work Launched at CCC&TI

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute on Wednesday hosted officials from the North Carolina Community College System for the launch of the statewide NCReady4Work initiative. The first in a series of statewide learning summits was held at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Full Story

Book Challenge Meeting Moved

The Watauga County Board of Education, late yesterday afternoon, moved their meeting regarding the use of The House of the Spirits, a controversial book used in an honors sophomore English class at Watauga High, the meeting moved to courtroom one of the Watauga County Full Story

Woman Killed in Alexander Fire

A fire in Alexander county claimed the life of a woman after her husband discovered that she was trapped inside their burning home.  Investigators say 61-year old Barbara Davis, who was disabled, died in that McClellan Lane fire.  Her husband came home to find their mobile home on fire shortly before five Full Story

Two Charged in Lowes Foods Larcenies

Two Catawba County men were arrested by Boone Police Sunday after a reported theft from Lowes Foods at the New Market Center.  While officers were responding, the suspect vehicle was located and stopped near NC Hwy 105 and US Hwy 321.  With the traffic stop, Derrick Weaver, 48, Full Story

Suspect Arrested in Church Break-Ins

On Sunday morning,  February 23rd, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office received reports of Breaking, Entering and Larceny from two different churches in the Deal Mill Road area of Caldwell County.  The break ins were at Center Grove Baptist Church of 3176 Deal Mill Rd, Hudson and Mt. Carmel Full Story

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