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Injuries, Building Damage in Area Wrecks

A driver was airlifted after a crash on US 221 in Avery late yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred at about 4:30 as the driver apparently suffered some sort of seizure activity, according to first responders at the scene, his vehicle leaving the road at the Crossnore Drug Store, striking Full Story

 
Woods Fires Damage,Threaten Structures

In a day of woods fires, Avery County firefighters battled a wind-driven woods and grass fire in the Frank fire district that damaged a barn and threatened a house.  The fire flared up just before 5pm along a property on US 19E at Goose Neck Road, the fire burning into the barn as firefighters Full Story

 
Mountaineers Release Their Depth Chart

BOONE - The Appalachian State University football team has released its 2015 preseason football depth chart. The Mountaineers, who closed out the 2014 season on a

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Former Ashe Resident Sentenced in Fed Court

A former Creston resident, Kamran Rezapour, 53, was sentenced Wednesday to 108 months in prison for defrauding consumers of nearly $5 million by misbranding erectile dysfunction drugs and selling them as “all natural” herbal supplements—that from Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Full Story

 
Kruger Named ASU Provost and Exec VC

Following a hastily-called special meeting Wednesday, and after a national search, Dr. Darrell P. Kruger was named provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University. The ASU press release said that Kruger comes to Appalachian from the University of New Orleans, where Full Story

 
Crimestoppers: Man Assaulted, Robbed

Boone Police is seeking public help in a robbery and assault from early Sunday, March 29th in Boone.  It was at around 2:00 AM Sunday that a 21 year old Troutman NC man was assaulted and robbed while attending a social event at the Moose Lodge at 607 Deerfield Road in Boone. Police say Full Story

 
Gas Gap, Gas Tax, Road Repairs...

I know it’s hard to complain about gas prices a dollar a gallon less than last year, but it’s hard to miss the gap between prices paid for gas in the High Country and areas just out of the High Country—again.  After a price spike from rebounding oil prices and the switch to more expensive Full Story

 
The Year of the Scam--New Warnings

Scams of every type and description are being reported to area law enforcement, prompting Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman and Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford to report that both have Full Story

 
One Killed, One Airlifted After Sunday Night Crash

The NC State Patrol has identified the Tennessee man, a passenger in a vehicle traveling in Watauga County, who was killed while the driver was airlifted after a rollover crash in the Triplett area just after 8 Sunday night.  The Crash was reported at 8:11pm in the 2400 block of Elk Creek Road, Full Story

 
Two Charged in Caldwell Murder

Two people have been charged after a manhunt for the pair in connection with a Caldwell County homicide discovered late Saturday.  The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found Marcus Alexander Devlin, white male, age 34, deceased in his residence on Free Mason Full Story

 
Samaritan's Purse Help Heads West

We’re getting the near record cold weather on the back side of a storm system that raked the Midwest midweek last week, spawning tornadoes—three deadly tornadoes hitting hard in eastern Oklahoma. The leading edge of the storms lost its punch while crossing the mountains Friday, Full Story

 
Grandfather Home, Barium Springs Under New Name

Two of the Southeast’s most historic and prominent child welfare organizations have teamed up and now fall under a new umbrella name. Last April, Barium Springs and Grandfather Home for Children merged, making the combined agency one of the largest child service providers in Full Story

 
BREMCO Warns of New Round of Scam Calls

The barrage of scams continue, with more warnings given on the latest round, this time from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, warning the public about a telephone scam targeting members. The BREMCO release says that several cooperative members reported Thursday Full Story

 
Beware the Ides...No, END of March

The same March weather system that spawned tornadoes, including a fatal tornado to Oklahoma will march through the High Country overnight tonight, but is expected to lose a good bit of its punch in the process.  First, the mountains tend to offer protection as weather systems Full Story

 
Parking Violation 'Forgiveness' Ends May 1st

As new parking meters are populating the poles in Downtown Boone, the town sent a notice yesterday that in just over a month, exceeding time citations validation stickers will no longer be accepted. The town release asked merchants to continue to validate customers exceeding time Full Story

 
Watauga Issues Opposition to Sales Tax Change

As a number of North Carolina Counties struggle with budget shortfalls—even large counties such as Mecklenburg, Durham and Buncombe—Watauga County is listed with these counties in seeing revenues fall from sales tax in a new distribution scheme under consideration of the Full Story

 
More Drug Complaints Yield More Charges

The request for citizens to report their observations of possible drug activity continues to pay off in Lenoir, where two more arrests were reported yesterday. With new complaints from the community, Officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit conducted Full Story

 
"Bee Aware" Team at White House Science Fair

A group of High Country students was among just 36 teams from across the nation to exhibit their enterprising honeybee project Monday at the White House Science Fair. The Bee Aware NC team, composed of home-schooled students from the High Country, rubbed elbows with Full Story

 
February: Cold Month, Warm Housing Sales

February 2015—a month heavy with snow and days of below zero weather—proved to be a warm environment for High Country home sales,  with February sales hitting an eight-year high for the month. One factor that may have helped are interest rates remain below where they were even Full Story

 
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