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Defense rests in Anderson trial

Jurors are deliberating today in the nine-week trial of Sawmills murder suspect Jerry Anderson.

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Harry Potter Conjures up a Crowd!

Wizards and muggles alike flocked Regal Cinemas in Boone last night for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

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Casket found- body missingAvery County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the dumping of a casket in a Montezuma dumpster.
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Playing with a Legend: The Kruger Brothers and Doc Watson

Sugar Grove MusicFest will bring two folk legends together again: The Kruger Brothers and Doc Watson.

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Found soldier’s family recognizedFamily members of World War II soldier Lawrence Burkett were recognized by Cully Tarleton last week at a special presentation in West Jefferson.
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Tarleton Resolution to honor WWII soldier

The following resolution was drafted by Representative Cullie Tarleton in honor of World War II soldier Lawrence Burkett.

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Avery County in the dark for 2 hours

Power is a precious commodity- that’s what Avery County learned yesterday afternoon.

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Bunks joins the race!

Bunk Spann has added his name to the list. Spann filed earlier this week for re-election to the Boone Town Council.

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Missing teen ran away, deputies sayA Wilkes teenager reported missing by his grandmother on July 4 in Purlear appears to be a runaway, deputies allege.
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5-foot tall marijuana plant in yard leads to drug chargesDeputies responded to a home on Congo Road in Wilkes County over the weekend after receiving tips about a possible marijuana growing operation.
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Construction led to computer theftsConstruction at West Wilkes High School is believed to be responsible for security breaches that resulted in the alleged theft of $12,300 worth of computer equipment.
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YMCA looks for community support

YMCA wants to start construction of its indoor pool in Avery County- and is looking for local communities to support the effort.

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Prosecutors say Black received $500,000 from lobbyistAccording to federal prosecutors, former House Speaker Jim Black received $500,000 from an unidentified lobbyist for his 2000 campaign. Full Story
Committee agrees to Medicaid expense planThe Senate Finance Committee has agreed to a plan where the state of North Carolina would take over Medicaid expenses currently covered by individual counties by mid-2009.
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Victims' families plead for Fetal Homicide Bill

A bill that would make it a separate crime to kill an unborn baby met impassioned support from victims’ relatives yesterday in Raleigh.

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Power is BACK ON!

Lights are on in Avery County- after a two hour delay.

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Be patient, Mountain Electric saysSubstations are out in Banner Elk, Cranberry, Linville and Newland according to Mountain Electric spokesmen. Full Story
No progress made in Seven Devils golf course debate

The golf course debate is "to be continued."

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Shortoff fire: Under control

A month after starting from a lightning strike on June 8- the wildfire at Shortoff Mountain is officially under control.

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