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Mattel CEO apologizes for recallThe CEO of Mattel Inc. said yesterday his company has “rigorous standards,” despite two massive recalls of toys due to magnets and lead paint.
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Mattel announces recall: Barbies, Polly Pockets, Batman

Lead paint and magnet issues led Mattel to recall more than 9 million toys today.

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Police, fire work together to secure area, armed man apprehended

An armed man had both law enforcement and fire and rescue workers out in droves last night in Boone.

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Apartment evacuated; man with a gun

Local law enforcement responded in droves to an incident just before nine p.m. last night in Watauga County.

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Seven Devils: Golf Course still up in the air

The Town of Seven Devils is still considering the possibility of owning a golf course- and last night’s meeting did not end in a decision, one way or the other.

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Congressman McHenry drops in

Congressman McHenry’s in western North Carolina today- and at yesterday’s Town Council meeting in Newland, he said

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Ashe cracks down on drugs

 A Friday drug bust makes Ashe County’s stance on drugs perfectly clear: Drugs will not be tolerated.

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$600,000 lottery ticket: UnclaimedA North Carolina resident may be $600,000 richer- if he or she brings the winning Powerball ticket forward. 
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Cop says he caught him in the actA North Wilkesboro theft suspect was allegedly caught in the act by a police officer.
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Four lane gets help from DOTThe four lane highway that goes past Mountain View Shopping Center in Ashe County is about to get a DOT-funded makeover. 
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Warrensville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept receives grant

 Warrensville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department has been awarded a $6,193.47 grant from the State of North Carolina. 

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41 countries beat U.S. lifespanThe United States is slipping in international life expectancy rankings.  Full Story
 
Bridge closed for 2 weeksThe First Bridge on Bethel Road is closed, according to the Department of Transportation.
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Granite Falls man in shootingA domestic dispute ended in gunfire yesterday morning.
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Grab Our Shorts starts tonight

A series of short play readings starts tonight at the Historic Pinnacle Room at Lees-McRae College. 

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McHenry at Town Hall MeetingAvery County residents have an opportunity to interact with their congressman tonight.
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Grandfather heat records broken- AgainLast week was all about the heat- record breaking heat. Friday marked the fourth day in a row that the daily high temperature record was broken at Grandfather Mountain.  Full Story
 
Land purchased for Art School in AsheProperty purchased last week will be the site of the Paul and Florence Thomas Memorial Art School. Florence Thomas, referred to by some as Ashe County’s greatest artist, died earlier this year- leaving a major provision in a trust for the founding of the school. 
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Seven ASU faculty members receive teaching awards

Seven faculty members of Appalachian State University received teaching awards from the UNC Board of Governors and will be recognized during Convocation September 6.

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