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Best Western Probe: January Decision

The Chief Prosecutor of the 24th District Attorney’s Office says it will be at least a month before a decision is made about criminal charges in the three deaths from the Best Western Hotel in Boone earlier this year.  Britt Springer issued a press release Monday afternoon saying that she, Full Story

Washington in NYC for NFF Awards Dinner

Appalachian State University wide receiver Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) arrived in New York City on Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s Full Story

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LENOIR (WJRI) The Lenoir Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that happened over the weekend. Sunday evening a man was robbed at gunpoint at a residence on Calvary Place. The offender took $200 in cash among other items. Anyone with information about the crime Full Story

State Board to Hear Elections Board Complaint

The State Board of Elections will, once again, have issues from the Watauga Board of Elections on their agenda this month.  There are no details from the December 20th agenda item, one of two listed under “Complaints against County Board Members,” but it comes after a tumultuous fall Full Story

New Theater Proposed for Blowing Rock

The High Country area could soon have another theater—and in very short order, if the Blowing Rock Town Council agrees.  A number of elements would have to fall into place for that to happen, first with the town adopting a long-term agreement with Ensemble Stage, the Blowing Rock theater Full Story

Townsend to File for Sheriff

The political season for 2014 continues to heat up in the cold December weather, that with the announcement that Randy L. Townsend will run for sheriff against incumbent  Sheriff Len Hagaman.  In his release, Townsend said, “I am excited to announce my intention to file for the office Full Story

Crimestoppers: Fraud Suspect Sought

A recent crime is being featured by High Country Crimestoppers, seeking a suspect. On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 a woman’s wallet was reportedly stolen and one of her credit cards was used to make fraudulent financial transactions. The Boone Police Department is seeking Full Story

ASU Football Helps Spread Holiday Cheer

Led by head coach Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State University football student-athletes, coaches and staff spent several hours on Friday preparing shoeboxes full of gifts to be shipped around the world as part of the Samaritan’s Purse

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Wilkes Robbers Charged in Boone Robbery

Boone Police have arrested two suspects in a November 19th attempted robbery, the same two said to have been involved in an armed robbery in Wilkes County. The Boone incident involved a white male approached a female, asking directions as she was walking on East King Street in Boone. Full Story

Suspects Sought in case of Stolen Trailers

Crimestoppers is seeking information in a late November theft of two trailers. Just before Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, two trailers were taken from Blue Ridge Auto Sales at 1958 Old US Hwy 421 South, Boone, NC 28607.  Taken was a white 2014 Homesteader 712PT enclosed tandem axel Full Story

Boone PD: Investigation Information to DA today

In a very short press release this afternoon, Boone Police said that their evidence in the criminal case of the three deaths at the Best Western Hotel in Boone this past spring is being presented to the District Attorney’s office today.  The release said no further release is forthcoming Full Story

Cox Wins Player Of Month Award

After amassing 601 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns in four games, Appalachian State University true freshman running back Marcus Cox (Dacula,

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Report: Firefighter Deaths Blamed on Arizona Forestry Division

The crew of 19 elite Hotshot firefighters led by an Ashe County native died needlessly in June, that according to a report from Arizona safety officials Wednesday, a damning report that accused state forestry officials of valuing land over firefighters' safety. Eric Marsh, 44, native of Full Story

ECR Software Honored Again

Retail Information Systems (RIS) News released its annual Software LeaderBoard this week, with ECR Software Corp. (ECRS) repeating its first place standing among an international group of 87 leading retail software vendors. In addition to its number one rank in the Top 20 Overall Full Story

Florida Shooter Still in Watauga Custody

Jose Martins, the suspect in shooting up a restaurant in a crowded Florida mall, is still in custody in Watauga County after his arrest here Tuesday at dusk.  Martins, 30, had been on the run since an incident last week in the Gulf Coast Town Center  in a restaurant called the House of Brewz Full Story

Injuries Slight, Charges Mount in Crash

There were some injuries—and a man charged with a number of counts after a mid-afternoon crash yesterday in Valle Crucis. Trooper Brad Hyatt said that the single-vehicle wreck occurred just before 3pm on Dutch Creek Extension when Terry Tester ran off of the road to his left, his 2003 Ford Full Story

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