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Accelerated Work Promised on US 321 in BR

Look for an accelerated work schedule on the US 321 project through Blowing Rock. The Blowing Rock Civic Association (BRCA), who held a community forum in July with the NCDOT about the widening of Valley Blvd., US Hwy 321, reports that  Mike Holder, chief engineer of the Full Story

App State TV Media Day on ESPN3

BOONE, N.C. — App State TV’s annual Appalachian State University Football Media Day telecast will be carried exclusively on ESPN3 next Thursday, Aug. 6. The live two-hour Media Day show begins at 9

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Ball's Last Day as Mayor

Today is the last day of Andy Ball serving as Mayor of Boone—his resignation, announced two weeks ago, effective after today.  The announcement of his move to Asheville with his fiancée came just after the filing period for municipal elections closed, and a special filing period Full Story

Jobless Rate Shows 'Shakiness' in Economy

In some shaky economic news for the state—almost the entire state—unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in four counties, and remained unchanged in one county—and  Avery was that one county. In the High Full Story

Crimestoppers Seek Stolen Horse Trailer, Vandals

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving two recent crimes;  The theft of a horse trailer from ASU property and a vandalism to construction equipment . The ASU Police Department needs your help in solving a Theft of a Horse Trailer that took Full Story

Wilkes Woman Dies in Wednesday Crash

A Millers Creek woman died after a crash yesterday morning in Wilkesboro.  The crash occurred as 79-year old Elynn Bryant Pierce pulled out of the Lowes Hardware lot and into the path of Bethany Oller’s Ford, which struck the Pierce Chevrolet at the driver’s door.  Elynn Pierce was pinned Full Story

Overnight Fire Totals Watauga Home

While the investigation is still underway, some details from the late Wednesday night fire that destroyed a large Watauga County house are being released. Watauga Fire Marshal Taylor Marsh said that the three-story house had just been vacated by ASU students—frat brothers—who moved Full Story

Two File for Boone Mayor, One For Pena Seat

There are two candidates for Mayor of Boone, that as the special filing period closed as of noon yesterday, and one candidate for another unexpired term on the Town Council.  Rennie Brantz, of Grand Blvd., who filed as the special filing period opened last week, is joined in the Full Story

App State Unveils New Uniforms

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football unveiled several new uniform combinations for the 2015 season on Wednesday. The uniforms were first revealed to the team’s student-athletes

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Chute Crash Causes Serious Injuries

Tuesday afternoon was filled with emergency calls across the area, including two fall victims having to be retrieved from trails near area waterfalls by rescue units and medics, and was punctuated with a paraglider crashing into a cemetery in Deep Gap, causing serious injury to the chutist. Full Story

TV Arrangements Set for App State-ODU

NORFOLK, Va. — Appalachian State University football’s Sept. 26 contest at Old Dominion will be televised live on the American Sports Network, ODU announced on Tuesday. Kickoff for the first-ever

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Boone Brewery Takes Gold In US Open

Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc., “AMB” brought home three coveted medals, including one gold, from the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, held earlier this month in Ohio. The Business Wire release said that this year, breweries from 13 countries competed, and nearly Full Story

App State, Nike Agree to New 7-Year Deal

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University athletics and Nike have reached a new seven-year agreement to outfit all 20 of Appalachian State’s varsity sports programs in Nike footwear and apparel

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Fonseca Leaves Watauga for Burke

The administrator who stepped in and stepped up when former Watauga Schools superintendant David Kafitz stepped down is moving on, that with the announcement from Burke County Public Schools that Dr. David Fonseca, most recently assistant superintendent for Watauga County Full Story

Home Sales Hit Highest Point Since 2007

High Country Realtors® sold more homes in June than they have in any month in almost eight years, putting 2015 on track to be the busiest year for local real estate since the crash of 2008—that the latest from the High Country Multiple Listing Service or MLS.  Their release said the Full Story

Farmland Board Recommends Against Intake

The Watauga County Agricultural Advisory Board was less than supportive of the town of Boone’s needs for the proposed water intake facility on the South Fork of the New River, that as it released its report on their July 14th hearing on the matter Friday afternoon. The report even suggests Full Story

Meth Suspects Convicted in Avery Court

Thursday, July 23rd, the second of two suspects in arrested in the trafficking of methamphetamine and other counts was sentenced in Avery Superior Court. DA Seth Bank's release said that Levi Hicks, 27, pled guilty to attempted trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent Full Story

False Alarms to Bring Fines in Boone

False burglar alarms have become a measurable problem for the Boone Police Department.  In 2013, Boone Police responded to over 1,300 false alarms.  Efforts taken in 2014, to include warning citations, have resulted in some reduction, however false burglar alarms remain a significant Full Story

Speedway Noise Draws Crowd to BTC

A standing-room only crowd came before the Boone Town Council at the Thursday meeting to speak about living with the noise of Mountain View Speedway or finding a family-friendly activity. Much of the conversation came during the public comment segment of the meeting, neighbors Full Story

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