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Sex Offender Arrested Near Hardin Park School

A registered sex offender has charged after three people were found at a camp site just off of the grounds of Hardin Park School. On Thursday, September 24th, Boone Police were called at approximately 4 PM to a report of people trespassing on the property of Hardin Park Full Story

Pioneers Win Conference Opener

BOONE - One thing's for sure, never bet against Watauga High football coach Ryan Habich. The guy just has a knack for getting the right answers when he needs them the most. Take Friday night's game against St. Stephens, for intstance. The Pioneers, who were missing three starters (actually six, when you consider they were all two-way starters), found a way to get it done as they defeated St.Stephens

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Hearing, Appeal Dates Set for Asphalt Plants

Hearings on permits to build and operate asphalt plants in the High Country are now slated, that as firms line up to provide asphalt to the new US 221 widening project. The first is a N.C. Division of Air Quality public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 6th, the draft air-quality permit for a proposed asphalt Full Story

Kidnapping Suspect Arrested in Watauga

A man who has been wanted for more than three years on a kidnapping charge from Tennessee was arrested in Watauga County last weekend, according to Elizabethton officials. George Milton Litchfield, 52, Banner Elk, N.C., was arrested at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, taken back to Full Story

Suspects Sought in Another 'Change' Scam

The “change raising scam” or “short changing scam”  has hit another High Country business, and Boone Police through High Country Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in solving the latest crime. On Thursday, September 10th, two black males entered the Kangaroo Express Full Story

Child Drowns in Caldwell Pool

A Caldwell County search for a missing child ended tragically with the body of the two-year old found dead in the murky waters of a pool. Monday, Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a missing 2 year old boy Full Story

Avery Stolen Stash Found in Burke; Arrest Made

Stolen stuff found in Burke County has been identified as stolen from Avery County, and a man is in custody for the string of thefts.  Investigators from the Avery County Sheriff’s Office said they recovered a significant amount of stolen construction and landscaping tools and machinery over Full Story

Car Smashes King Street Antique Mall

A woman backed into the Appalachian Antique Mall on King Street yesterday afternoon, lodging her car—backwards—in the right-side front display.  The crash was at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon, Betty Phillips Jones, 80 years-of-age, of Boone apparently trying to parallel park into a Full Story

Tough Morning for Large Vehicles

It was a tough morning for large vehicles, with a Watauga County School bus involved in an accident, then a Stewart Simmons Fire Department truck careening off of a steep embankment. Neither accident involved any serious injuries, according to those at the scene. The school bus Full Story

One Location for Watauga One-Stop Voting

The N.C. State Board of Elections affirmed Friday the Watauga County one-stop voting plan to take place only at the Watauga County Administration Building.  The now automatic appeal was one of two heard from state-wide boards, the NC Board of Elections now hearing all Full Story

Samaritan's Purse On The Ground at Disasters

Friday, two specially equipped tractor-trailers, stocked with tools and relief supplies, left Samaritan’s Purse facilities in Wilkesboro headed to Northern California where wildfires have already destroyed more than 800 homes. These two units will journey cross-country to serve as Full Story

Two Wataugans Among 3 Named to CCC&TI Board

The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees has added two new members, while another was re-appointed. Boone attorney and former Watauga County Commission Chairman Nathan Miller and The Honorable Bob Brady, retired Chief 25th District Court Judge, Full Story

Gas Going Down? Still WAY Above Gas Near-By

So our gas prices have dropped to $2.15 in Boone.  We try to be grateful for that until you realize that we’re 22 cents per gallon higher than gas in Lenoir, GoBlueRidge.net readers sending signs there with regular gas at $1.93/9. Comparable prices are seen just across the border in Tennessee, Full Story

HB 875 Now Law; One Day Late for Intake

After Sitting idle for 4 1/2 months, the Eminent Domain bill emerged from the committee on Rules and Operation of the Senate Wednesday at the behest of State Senator Dan Soucek, and yesterday was passed by the Senate.  But for the Boone Water Intake project for which it was filed, it was a day late. As the bill was written, Full Story

State Budget Winners, Losers

The State Budget passed the State House just after midnight this morning, the budget including a compromise on sales tax revenues, with mostly smaller counties that have fewer sales tax revenues benefiting from a fund set up in the new budget.  With that, there are winners and Full Story

Suspects Sought After Shots Fired on Junaluska

The vehicle sought after shots were fired Wednesday evening in the 500 block of Junaluska was parked outside the Boone Police Department last night, and the suspect—so far not charged—was being questioned by Boone detectives.  Town Manager John Ward told the council that the gun Full Story

Eminent Domain Bill Passed in Senate, Now Law

After Sitting idle for 4 1/2 months, the Eminent Domain bill emerged from the committee on Rules and Operation of the Senate yesterday at the behest of State Senator Dan Soucek, and today was passed by the Senate.  As the bill is written, it becomes law as of the passage and does not Full Story

Gillin Invited to Speak at IMG Forum

BOONE, N.C. — Director of athletics Doug Gillin has been invited to represent Appalachian State University as a panelist at the 2015 IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum on Dec. 9-10 in New York.

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Injuries in Morning Accidents Wednesday

A young woman was injured yesterday morning when struck by a car near the Holmes Convocation Center at Faculty Street and Holmes Drive.  Jennifer Stephen, 22, of Huntersville was down on the pavement when the 9-1-1 calls came in about the accident, and she was attended to by Full Story

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