Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye has identified a man who died at Elk River Falls over the weekend as 39-year-old Jacques Downing of Newland.

Tuesday evening the Watauga County Commissioners approved a $1,600 grant that promotes the preservation of stream buffers, habitat protection and enhancement along the Middle Fork of the New River to help preserve the area as development continues along the U.S. 321 corridor.

Thursday evening, July 13th, an armed robbery was reported at a residence on Swimming Pool Road in the Hampton Community of Carter County, Tennessee.

Debris from a lost load from a tractor-trailer with brake failure hit several cars Thursday on Highway 321 just south of Blowing Rock.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crimes:

Tuesday, The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of breaking and entering and larceny of a number of firearms.

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announces the hiring of David Jackson to serve as the chamber’s next President and CEO. He replaces Dan Meyer who is retiring from the organization after 12-years as lead executive and over two decades of overall service. Jackson begins his position August 1, 2016.

The High Country Grizzlies professional American Indoor Arena football team hosted a kickoff press conference Thursday at McKethan Brothers Barbecue, and introduced owners, coaches and staff.

Dr. William A Gora, Professor Emeritus of Music at Appalachian State, and former Director of Bands and Professor of Saxophone at the University since 1976, has passed away.

The SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit is investigating multiple thefts at area hospitals along the Interstate 26 corridor.