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Commissioners: 'No' To Sales Tax Change

Boone Mayor Andy Ball addressed the Watauga Commission last night in an attempt to sway the board to change sales tax distribution in the county from ad valorem back to per capita, giving the town of Boone. Ball told of the impact of the $2 million loss in revenue to the town, Full Story

Cure Bowl Added to Sun Belt Bowl Lineup

The Orlando Sports Foundation and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced Wednesday the creation of the Cure Bowl, a postseason college football game matching-up the Sun Belt Conference Full Story

Attorney Sentenced For Tax Fraud on Tax Day

U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen sentenced a Spruce Pine attorney, engineer and appraiser,  to  27 months in prison for making false statements on  his  tax  returns,  according to  Anne Tompkins,  U.S.  Attorney  for  the  Western  District  of North  Carolina.  Randy  Alan  Carpenter, Full Story

National 'Sneak Preview' For Ashe Lawmen

Tonight, we get a close-up sneak preview of the day-to-day work of a small county Sheriff’s Office—from the High Country—in their national debut. The National Geographic Channel’s new weekly series, Southern Justice, will officially premiere on National Geographic Channel this fall, Full Story

Warning on High-Pressure Meat Sales

So we’re gone from magazines to meats—the latest round of high-pressure door-to-door sales is being reported in complaints to area law enforcement. Monday, April 14th, the Watauga County Sheriff's Office received information regarding "door to door - high pressure," sales of meat, Full Story

Bolick Headed To App State

In a shocking announcement on Monday, Brittany Bolick informed her team that she was stepping down as head coach of the girls' soccer team at Watauga High at the end of the season. Bolick, who played soccer and basketball for the Pioneers, has accepted an assistant coaching position Full Story

Blowing Rock Water Out Tonight

A reminder to Blowing Rock water customers—that water to be cut off from 10:00pm tonight until 6:00am Wednesday, April 16 as part of utility work connected with the US 321 widening project. Plans are for the work to take no more than 8 hours to complete, so service is expected Full Story

Suspect Sought in String of Armed Robberies

On March 6th, the Market Basket convenience store on the Grace Chapel Rd in Granite Falls was robbed by a white male dressed in a gray sweatshirt, black pants with a bandanna over the bottom half of his face and a toboggan on his head. The suspect walked into the store, pointed a gun Full Story

A Day Dealing With Poverty

It was a day of living a different life for a room full of volunteers, living the life of poverty.  Friday was ‘Poverty Awareness Day’ and ‘The State of the Child’ was explored in an event at Alliance Bible Fellowship as representatives from a number of agencies found the frustrations of living in poverty Full Story

ASU Student Rescued After Rappelling Fall

Avery emergency personnel launched an extensive rescue effort Saturday in the early afternoon after an ASU student fell while rappelling in the Lost Cove Trail area.  The call came in about 1pm, 21-year old Chad Mullins from the Charlotte area, fell some 70-feet while with a group of friends. Full Story

WHS Empty Bowls Fill Hunger Coalition Coffers

The 2014 student volunteers from Watauga High School present of their donation  to the Hunger and Health Coalition Thursday April 10th at Watauga High School. This year 60+ students worked over 260 collective hours on March 29th, the day of this year's Empty Bowls Supper. Full Story

US 19E Closed Down After Tanker Wreck in River

There’s a struggle going on in Avery County where emergency services have scrambled their forces to try to mitigate a fuel spill into the Toe River, that after a tanker truck overturned, landing in the river.  The wreck occurred on US 19 North in the Minneapolis area, the trucker losing Full Story

Man Rescued From Burning Trailer

A woman in Granite Falls is being called a hero after pulling a neighbor from a burning home Friday morning.  Susan Whiteham, neighbor to the burning house, yelled after going into the burning home.  Firefighters are calling this fire accidental, saying they believe it started in Full Story

NC 105 Closed by Nearly Head-On Crash

Two people were injured, one entrapped as one of the two vehicles involved came across the center line on NC 105 this morning, slamming into the side of the other. A white 2006 Ford pickup truck, driven by 56-year old Estel Eugene Norris was struck along the driver’s side, the impact Full Story

Project Lazarus At Work in Watauga, Avery

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office reports that they recently received a prescription drug drop box, now located in the foyer of the Sheriff’s Office and is available twenty four hours a day.  Citizens with unused prescription or even over the counter drugs may drop the drugs in the drop box, Full Story

King Street Nominated as 'Great Place'

Boone and several other area towns have been nominated as North Carolina residents have spoken in a pitch for their favorite Main Streets and Public Places to the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association. Main Streets and Public Places were nominated by the Full Story

Meth Arrest Follows Traffic Stop

A week ago today, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office conducted a vehicle stop that led to the seizure of Methamphetamine from the passenger, according to the department’s release. Derick Shane Canter, 20, was arrested for the drug possession, then Canter was Full Story

Orr Takes Oath, Takes Over as DA

Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr took the oath of office at the Watauga Courthouse this morning after being picked to take the position of interim District Attorney for the 24th Prosecutorial District. Then Judge Phil Ginn swore in the seven ADA’s who will carry Full Story

UPDATE: Teen Assaulted, Struck by Vehicle

There is some information from the Watauga Sheriff’s Office in the assault of a 17 year old male late yesterday afternoon.  The release says the teen was walking near Vannoy Lane when a truck with a black male and 2 Hispanic males drove up behind him and reportedly grabbed his backpack. Full Story

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