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Beech Mountain Home Destroyed in Fire

A Beech Mountain home was destroyed Saturday in a fire that was discovered only a short time after the residents left.  The first call came in around 9:30am, neighbors spotting flames coming from the home on 218 Grassy Gap Loop, first arriving Beech Mountain firemen reporting the structure Full Story

Rollover Wreck Snarls King Street Traffic

Boone Police were investigating what appeared to be a single-vehicle rollover crash on East King Street late Friday afternoon.  That crash involved a Jeep rolling over, landing on its side just off the road across from Earth Fare—and reportedly involved one man fleeing the overturned Jeep heading Full Story

UPDATED: No Surprise....

BOONE - The Appalachian State University football team opened the season in convincing fashion by trouncing Howard University 49-0 on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Apps (1-0) broke the game open with a 21-point second quarter.

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Logger Killed, Crushed by Tree

A logger was killed as a large tree toppled on him as he worked a site in far eastern Watauga County yesterday afternoon.  The accident occurred around 3:45 at an address listed as 1660 Elk Creek Road, the 9-1-1 call causing Stewart Simmons Fire/First Responders, Watauga Medics, Watauga Full Story

Suggs, Pioneers Overpower Vikings

NEWLAND - It was a tale of two halves on Friday night. The Watauga High football team chalked up its third straight win by downing Avery 34-13 at MacDonald Stadium. The Pioneers (3-0), who won their fourth consecutive game against the Vikings (Avery hasn't beaten WHS since 2011), set the tone on their opening drive.

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Labor Day Travels? Don't Buy Gas in Boone

As we’re gassing up to head out for the Labor Day holiday weekend, the good news is that gas prices are the lowest we’ve seen in over a decade, but the price you pay depends greatly on where you are—and Boone is not one of the best places to gas up for your trip.  In fact, our gas is 15 to 16 cents Full Story

Second Carolina West Store Hit; New Market Center

For the second time in just a over a week, a Carolina West Wireless store has been hit in a break-in, this time in Boone.  Early yesterday morning, a maintenance crew spotted the glass Full Story

Pot Shipment Intercepted by Avery Task Force, Boone Police

There’s not a lot of detail at this point, but the Avery Sheriff’s Office passed along information about an intercepted drug shipment, found in an operation of the Avery Municipal Drug Task Force working with Boone Police Department. Full Story

Fallen Tree Puts Area In the Dark, Blocks Road

If you spent a good amount of last evening in the dark, you might be in the area of NC 194 North where a large tree decided yesterday was its’ last.  The large tree fell across Jefferson Road just after dark last night, and that darkened an area with power out to an area near the edge of Boone, Full Story

Watauga Schools: Good Marks, New Targets

The report card is out, and Watauga County Schools report they have ‘made the grade,' exceeding statewide averages on the annual school performance measures used to assess public schools in NC.  The 2014-15 results released yesterday by the State Board of Education show that the Full Story

A Monumental Challenge....

NEWLAND - And that's putting it mildly. The Watauga High football team has been a juggernaut the last two weeks. The Pioneers (2-0) have marched their way to a pair of easy wins to start the season.

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Aho Man Threatened with Arrest Over Septic Tank

An Aho cattle farmer reported being threatened with arrest by the authority of the Appalachian Regional Health Department after his septic system failed in April and he sought a solution to the matter. Coy Miller, represented by attorney Nathan Miller, appeared before the Watauga County Commission, Full Story

Unemployment Up Again in July

A second month in a row of unsettling economic news for North Carolina, with unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increasing in 79 of North Carolina’s counties in July, while decreased in six counties, and remained unchanged in 15. Graham and Scotland Counties each had the highest Full Story

Avery Jurors Excused for Week of September 8th

The Avery County Clerk of Courts office reports that Jurors called for jury duty the week of September 8th do not need to report for jury duty. There are no jury matters for the week.

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A Nobles Choice....

Jawan Nobles, a two-sport athlete from Smyma, Ga., has announced he will play football at Appalachian State University in 2016. Nobles, who is not rated by, is currently a quarterback at

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Standard of Boone: Foundation Laid, Ready to Build

The huge crane is in place, much of the site prep is complete, and now construction activity on the site of The Standard of Boone will pick up substantially over the coming weeks, according to Kyle Moore, Senior Project Manager for Landmark Construction, building out the 5-story structure. Full Story


BOONE, N.C. — With just four days remaining until Appalachian State University football’s highly anticipated 2015 season kicks off versus Howard on Sept. 5 at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Appalachian State

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Cross Country Trek to Jail Cell in Boone

It was a long drive to a small cell, that as an alleged child predator across the country to meet what he thought was child, only to find Boone Police waiting at the end of his trip. The Boone Police release said that last Friday, August 28th, Boone Police arrested J. P. Thrower, 28 years-of-age, Full Story

Former Jailer Charged by SBI

A former Caldwell County detention officer was in court yesterday on assault charges following his arrest by agents from the State Bureau of Investigation on Friday. Derrick Vance Smith, 33, of Lenoir, was charged with one felony count Full Story

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