The Wilkes Sheriff’s Office charged three people in connection with the theft of about $1,000 in change from the home of the priest of St. John’s Catholic Church near North Wilkesboro while the priest was at Easter Sunday mass.

On Tuesday March 29th, 2016, Jennifer Nicole Willis, 38, of Vilas, NC, plead guilty to one count of Felony Death by Vehicle and four counts of Felony Serious Injury by Vehicle.

Favorable weather conditions allowed firefighters to fully contain the North Peak Fire in McDowell County over the weekend. The final size of the fire is approximately 570 acres.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested three individuals following an undercover operation for possession with intent to sell trafficking levels of crystal Methamphetamine.

On Thursday March 24th, Avery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50 year old Jude Dayton Hughes of Elk Park NC.

On March 28, 2016, Appalachian Hospitality Management, Inc., the corporation that owned the Best Western Hotel in Boone, North Carolina, plead guilty to three counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Five candidates filed to run for the Fifth District Congressional seats by the Friday deadline.

As of Saturday, the North Peak Fire in McDowell County had reached 570 acres according to the North Carolina Forest Service.

Local attorney Joshua J. Teague will run for District Court Judge for the 24th Judicial District that covers Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and Madison counties.

Planning & Inspections Director Bill Bailey says he erred in his February 2015 determination that the Mountain View Speedway was a legal use in Boone’s ETJ.