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Blowing Rock ARHS Project Gets Federal Grant

With the groundbreaking of Chestnut Ridge a week away, Senator Kay Hagan today announced a $426,945 grant from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to construct water and wastewater infrastructure needed to serve the new post acute care services Full Story

Deep Gap Indoor Pot Operation Busted

A week ago, Narcotics Detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a suspected Marijuana Growing Operation  after information was received of large amounts of Marijuana being cultivated in Deep Gap.  Detectives executed the search warrant on the property Full Story

Beaver Dam Bridge Replacement Starts Monday

A transit headache for folks, starting Monday, June 16th. The N.C. Department of Transportation said will begin replacing a bridge on Beaver Dam Road over Little Beaver Dam Creek in Watauga County, that work beginning Monday. During construction, a portion of Beaver Dam Road Full Story

ATV Rider Impaled, Airlifted in Ashe

An Ashe County man was airlifted after being impaled while riding a four wheeler in the early evening yesterday.  Ashe Sheriff James Williams said the man, in his late 20’s, was riding the ATV in the Helton area of Ashe when he was impaled by the stick, striking the left rib area, passing

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Four Charged in Boone Prostitution Sting

Four men, three from the High Country, one from the Piedmont, have been arrested and charged by Boone Police with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution.  These arrests came as a result of a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels.  On June 12th, Boone Police Full Story

A Ride for the Running Man

It was August 24th, 2013 the life of Jay Erwin almost ended, a tree he was cutting over his neighborhood road got hung, then kicked back, slamming Jay in the chest, pinning him into another tree.  Erwin’s son, Sam, first struggled to free his father, then took on the task—the first of several— Full Story

Suspicious Man Claims Utility Connection

Sheriff Len Hagaman reports a suspicious incident from yesterday, with area law enforcement looking for suspects and their vehicle. The Watauga Sheriff’s Office report said that the caller from Full Story

Multiple Felonies, Meth Oil Lead to Arrest

On June 9, 2014, a search warrant was executed by Narcotics Detectives and Patrol Deputies from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office on a residence at  232 Bluebird Lane, Boone.  The search was obtained after drug paraphernalia was located in the residence during the execution of Full Story

The Earth Shook, Loud Boom--Now Official

The earth shook—many of us felt it—but it took official sources several hours to post that the Boone area did indeed have a minor earthquake yesterday afternoon.  The rumble was heard just moments before 1:30pm, reporting USGS data that the trembler was Full Story

New Boone BREMCO Office Opens Monday

On Monday, June 16, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation will re-open its office at 2491 Hwy 421 South after being renovated for safer operations to serve the cooperative's largest district. Nearly 30,000 members are served from the Watauga district office and the renovated facilities include an Full Story

UPDATE: Sex Offender Charged With Peeping

A Boone man—a convicted sex offender—was arrested and charged with peeping in on a woman and her 2 1/2 year old daughter last weekend, and now faces more charges.  The Boone Police release says that on Sunday, June 8th, the Boone Police Department was called to College Full Story

Flex Package Added to Football Ticket Options

Appalachian State University athletics announced on Thursday that a flex package has been added to the list of options for fans wishing to purchase

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SBC Day Events Set for July 1

Appalachian State University and the Town of Boone have teamed up to host several events in celebration of Appalachian State officially joining the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday, July 1.

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Coastal County Commissioner Arrested in Avery

A New Hanover County Commissioner was arrested yesterday in Avery County and is charged with a number of drug counts and a probation violation. Brian Berger  was arrested on a probation violation, according to Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye, with jail records showing Berger charged Full Story

Little Common Ground on Common Core

Some are applauding—many others are in great doubt—as the North Carolina Legislature moves away from The Common Core standards for math and English/language arts for the state’s students.  House Bill 1061, called ‘An Act to Exercise North Carolina’s Constitutional Authority to Replace Full Story

Home Opener Televised On ESPN3

Appalachian State University football’s 2014 home opener versus Campbell on Sept. 6 will air live on ESPN3, the Sun Belt Conference announced on Tuesday. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium. ESPN3, ESPN’s online platform, is available in approximately 85 million Full Story

Boone Tax Increase May Go to Six Cents

While the Town of Boone held the line on the budget in the wake of the change in the county’s distribution of state sales tax revenues last year, Boone Town Manager Greg Young's last budget includes a proposed five-cent property tax increase—and may become a 6-cent increase Full Story

Ready...Set...School Year End at Hand

Today is the last full day of school for students in the Watauga County Schools, with the last day, tomorrow, to be an early release day.  For students in the K-8 schools dismissal comes tomorrow at 12:00 and students at Watauga High School will be dismissed at 1:00. Tomorrow, a bag lunch Full Story

Salmonellosis Alert Update

The Watauga County office of Appalachian District Health Department updated their investigation into reports of illness associated with having eaten at Proper restaurant in Boone since mid May.  As of 1pm on Monday, June 9th, there were 37 individuals with signs and symptoms consistent with Salmonellosis. Full Story

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