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Tragic Season of Youth Death Continues

This particularly tragic fall has seen yet another student death at Appalachian State University, the university issuing a statement yesterday about the death of student Jeremy A. Sprinkle. The 18-year-old freshman from Kernersville, was found deceased in his campus residence hall Full Story

Citizens Group Officially Asks for Property Protection

Thursday, the Watauga Citizens for Local Control, formed in the wake of Boone being stripped of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction or ETJ powers, officially requested that the Watauga County Board of Commissioners adopt a buffer zone of 1,500 feet between polluting industries and Full Story

UPDATED: Jones Headed To UNC

Watauga High senior Utah Jones of the baseball team made it official on Thursday afternoon as he signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of North Carolina.

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Boone Welcomes New Town Manager

New Boone Town Manager John Amos Ward III has been on the job less than two weeks, but Wednesday afternoon took a little after work time to meet and greet the folks in his new hometown at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center. Ward moved to town and Full Story


Remember that movie with Silvester Stallone way back in 1976. That three-time Academy-Award winning movie made Stallone an overnight star. It featured a small-time club fighter named Rocky Balboa, a small time guy with big-time guts, that gets a shot at the world heavyweight Full Story

Watauga Code Red Test Today

You should get ‘that’ phone call today, ‘that alert’ that comes from The Watauga County Department of Communications & Emergency Services. And if you don’t, there’s a call you need to make.  Watauga County Department of Communications & Emergency Services will be conducting Full Story

Advocates Rally Support for New River Hearing

Calling it possibly the last chance to stop the water intake on the New River for a new water supply for the Town of Boone, New River Advocates are targeting a hearing next Thursday as Boone has moved to extend the time limit on the 2008 Bond Orders on issuing $25 million in Full Story

Warmth to Wither With Cold Blast

We’re on the cusp of the cold, with a weather system that has blasted the plains states marching east, moving this morning toward the High Country.  Morning temps in the High Country were warm with some clouds associated with the blast of cold keeping the temps here in the 50’s overnight.  But Full Story

Watauga Cat Shelter To Reopen

Next Tuesday, the Watauga Humane Society may resume taking in cats, that after a shut-down of their entire cat service area with an outbreak of panleukopenia, an often fatal cat ailment.  Shelter manager Laurie Vierheller said that they may move some 20 cats who were saved from Full Story

Employees Injured in Flash Fire

Three employees of American Emergency Vehicles in were themselves transported by ambulance to Ashe Memorial Hospital yesterday after an explosion and flash fire at the plant.  The call came in just before noon yesterday to the Jefferson plant where an explosion in a paint booth caused Full Story

Times Set for Final Two Games

Kickoff times for Appalachian State University football’s final two games of the 2014 season have been set, Appalachian State athletics and the Sun

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Hunter Shot, Dies After Being Airlifted to JCMC

A man who was airlifted after being seriously injured in an what is reported as an accidental shooting last night in Watauga County has died at the Johnson City Medical Center.  Watauga Medics, Shawneehaw Fire/First Responders raced to the scene on Lee Gwaltney Road near Full Story

Lamb, Critcher Earn SBC Honors

Appalachian State University football quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) and place kicker/punter Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) have been named the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, Full Story

Veterans Day Event at Boone Mall

This Tuesday is Veterans day, and for the 8th year, the High Country Military Officers Association is heading up the commemoration of Veterans in the 8th annual Veterans' Day Program at the Boone Mall.  The event starts shortly after 10am with music from the Watauga County Community Band

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Teen Charged With Sex Exploitation of Minor

On Thursday, November 6th, Boone Police Investigators charged Jesse Colton Grimes, a 17 year old Sugar Grove resident with Felonious First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Felonious Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Felonious Third Degree Sexual Exploitation Full Story

App State Comeback Dooms ULM

Sophomore Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) drilled a 39-yard field goal with 29 seconds to go to lift the Appalachian State University

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Avery Jurors Excused for Week of 11/10

The clerk of court for Avery Superior Court says that jurors scheduled to report November 10th for the session of Avery County Court are released from service for the week.

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Autopsy: Smith Death a Suicide

The full autopsy has not been released, but the State Medical Examiner says that Anna Marie Smith, the 18-year-old ASU freshman whose body was found near campus in September, died as a result of suicide.
The autopsy report said no other injuries were found that would have caused Full Story

UPDATE 3: Pioneers At N. Davidson

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has finalized its playoff  brackets. And the Watauga Higfh football team is seeded 10th in the Class 4A Western Playoffs. The Pioneers (8-3) travel to North Davidson (10-1), the No. 7 seed, next Friday night.

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