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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

Coastal Carolina Joining Sun Belt

NEW ORLEANS – Coastal Carolina University has accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference and will begin competing in all sports, with the exception of football, beginning with the 2016-17 season. The Chanticleer football program will begin a transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision with its first year of Full Story

Child Sex Crimes Yield 12 to 19-Year Sentence

A sentence of over a decade to nearly two decades in prison was handed down in late August after conviction in a series of sex crimes for an area man. August 24th, Carlos Romero was convicted in Mitchell County Superior Court on counts of taking indecent liberties with a child as well as three counts Full Story

Changes for Watauga Juries This Week

Jury duty for Watauga County District Civil Court for this week is changed.  Jurors were supposed to report at 1:00pm today but that has been cancelled for the week.  There IS Jury duty for Superior Criminal Court for this week, with those jurors report at 8:30 am (Tuesday) tomorrow Full Story

Young Avery Man Killed in Friday Crash

The NC SHP has now identified the victims of two fatal accidents from Thursday and Friday and provided details of the wrecks.  The investigating trooper in the Avery crash was back at the scene early yesterday still gathering information from the Friday afternoon crash that claimed Full Story

Ashe Man Killed in Motorgrader Accident

In the Thursday accident, a Crumpler man died after the motor grader he was driving overturned.  The accident occurred at around 2:40 Thursday afternoon on Island Ford Road in Crumpler when a bank gave way under the grader as it backed into the road, and the machine overturned Full Story

Too Much!

WEST JEFFERSON - That best describes the Watauga High football team's lopsided win Friday night against Ashe County at Husky Stadium. For the second week in a

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Murder on the Air; Two Virginia TV Journalists Killed

Two Virginia TV journalists were killed, a chamber of commerce employee they were interviewing was shot as dawn broke this morning outside Roanoke.  The shooting took place at about 6:45 this morning at a resort not unlike many such spots here in the High Country. WDBJ photographer Full Story

Two Shot, One Dead in Caldwell Incident

A double shooting left one woman dead and a man in critical condition yesterday morning in Caldwell County, the shooting a day after the alleged shooter was released from an area hospital suffering mental issues. It was 8:31am that Deputies of the Caldwell County Sheriff’ Office responded to the Full Story

Wilkes Four-Wheeler Crash Kills Rowan Man

A Rowan County man died late Friday night in a Wilkes four-wheeler accident, according to the state patrol.  Robert Alex Severt, 65, of China Grove, was killed late Friday night when his four-wheeler wrecked on Big Ivy Road in the Parsonsville community, just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Full Story

Tracy Named Sr. Associate A.D.

BOONE, N.C. — Brian Tracy, a college athletics veteran with 10 years of experience as a lead fundraiser at NCAA Division I institutions, has been named Appalachian State University’s senior associate athletics Full Story

Wilkes Community College Educator Charged

An investigation by the North Carolina SBI has led to a Wilkes County educator’s arrest, that according to a release Friday from North Carolina Crime Control and Public Safety.  William Wesley Poplin, 52, of Ronda, was charged with five felony counts of embezzlement and seven felony counts of Full Story

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