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Burning Ban in North CarolinaOpen burning has been banned indefinitely in North Carolina due to a combination of heat and drought. 
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Newland fire chiefs meeting- progress madeAvery County firefighters are optimistic that a compromise can be reached in a contract debate that has been raging all summer.
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Evangelist in fair conditionNorth Carolina native and evangelist Billy Graham was in fair condition yesterday at an Asheville Hospital- after a second bout of intestinal bleeding.
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ASU: One of the region’s best universities, Report says

Once again, Appalachian State University is ranked highly in rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.

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Space Station makes an appearance

The International Space Station should be visible this week over North Carolina- granted that skies are clear and free of too much light pollution.

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White House tree grown in Ashe

A local Fraser fir has been selected for the George W. Bush White House Blue Room this Christmas.

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Water- Not a crisis… yet

With part of the High Country in severe drought, officials are closely monitoring raw water intake.

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Man with local ties- dies in Iraq

The son-in-law of a local couple was killed in Iraq.

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McDowell deputy pleads no contest in crash

Former McDowell County sheriff’s deputy Brandon Watson pleaded no contest yesterday to misdemeanor charges in connection to a crash that left a 2-year-old dead.

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Catawba County: 4 acre fire

Investigators have still not determined a cause for a fire that began around 1 a.m. yesterday in Catawba County.

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Newton motorcycle recovered by Avery deputiesAvery County deputies had a busy night Sunday. An officer spotted two motorcycles traveling at a high rate of speed. When he attempted to stop the vehicles, they sped away down N.C. Highway 181. 
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Grant to Fall Creek Fire Department10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry announced last week that Fall Creek Fire Department in Avery County has been awarded $71,539 in federal grant money 
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Freshmen: Smooth transition

It was a smooth transition for Appalachian State University on Friday.

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Dole announces FEMA GrantU.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will grant $4,010,000 to the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management 
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Dole to visit CaldwellOn a related note, Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Dole plants to meet with Sheriffs from Caldwell, Catawba, Burke and Alexander counties Full Story
 
Mayor talks Pets

Last week, the Boone Town Council approved the creation of a new action committee, all about responsible pet ownership.


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Website makeover: Town of BooneAlso at last week’s meeting, Boone Mayor Pro-Tem Lynne Mason initiated a discussion on how to communicate better with the community.
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Avery Fire Chiefs to meetIn a closed meeting tonight- Avery County fire chiefs plant to discuss the newest draft of the fire service contract. Full Story
 
Billy Graham hospitalized88-year-old Carolinian evangelist Billy Graham was hospitalized over the weekend.
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