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Drowning in Elk River

Divers today are searching fervently for a 16-year-old drowning victim in Avery County.

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Ashe Humane Society to open new facility

The grand opening of the Ashe County Humane Society’s new facility on July 28 will be an exciting time, not just for director Sharon Sweeney, but for the animals as well.


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Deputies nab Avery man for rapeAn Avery County man was arrested over the weekend and charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and two counts of statutory rape.
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Step out for Freedom on July 4th4th of July is coming up- and this year’s parade theme in Boone is “Stepping out for Freedom.”  Full Story
Golf Course discussion continues today

At ten a.m. in the Seven Devils Town Council Chambers, yet another discussion meeting between the Council and property owners, the Cottoms, is scheduled to take place.

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Google gets biggerGoogle’s original construction plans for the Lenoir site have expanded.
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Ronda turns 100The town of Ronda celebrated its centennial over the weekend.
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8-year-old inspires drug chargesAn eight-year-old girl attracted the attention of Wilkesboro police last week.
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N.C. Bar Association elects new presidentThe North Carolina Bar Association elected a Raleigh attorney to lead the group, the first black male attorney to serve as its president.  Full Story
Flames at Shortoff have a benefitNow that nearly 2,000 acres burning on Shortoff Mountain are under control, firefighters and biologists are looking at the bright side.
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Estes lawyer could face sanctionsGary Triggs, defense attorney for Avery County murder suspect Gloria Hughes Estes, is scheduled to appear before the North Carolina Bar Association’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission on August 30 and 31.  Full Story
Bear goes mattress shoppingEarlier this week, a bear went mattress shopping in Boone.  Full Story
Pickup stolen in WilkesEmpire Chrysler in Wilkes County reported a $43,000 Dodge 2500 Quad Cab Pickup stolen this week.  Full Story
3 Avery men face lynching charges

A Rock Hill police report alleges that three men attacked a couple at Rock Hill’s River Park early this month. The charge is lynching.

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Avery Museum acquires Original Tweetsie Depot

The Avery County Museum has recently made a very large and very unique acquisition: The Original Tweetsie Depot.

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McHenry to vote to uphold President Bush’s Stem Cell Research Veto

Avery County Congressman Patrick McHenry has pledged to vote to uphold President Bush’s veto of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which directs taxpayer money to fund, according to McHenry, the destruction of human embryos for research purposes.

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Body found in Lake RhodhissA body found in Lake Rhodhiss has been identified as 22-year-old Timothy Smith of Church Street in Caldwell County. 
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Mountains need more rainWhile statements from Governor Mike Easley says the water supply can handle the drought right now- conservation methods should be employed by citizens in counties classified under a severe drought. 
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No alcohol for Black

A federal judge has ordered 72-year-old former House Speaker Jim Black to abstain from alcohol and to remain in western North Carolina as he awaits his sentencing next month.

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