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

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.

High Country Radio News has confirmed that the town of Boone has dismissed the civil lawsuit filed against the Mountain View Speedway. In a statement, Town Manager John Ward said the move is a temporary one.

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

The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a possible connection between a series of bomb threats in the Hickory area and hoaxes that occurred at the court house in Jefferson several weeks ago and the West Jefferson Walmart in the wee hours of last Tuesday morning.

The driver of the vehicle that threw Avery County High School students Caleb Hicks and Taha Naveed from the back of a pickup truck on June 22 now faces charges of reckless driving with wanton disregard and exceeding the posted speed limit.

Three pleaded guilty to charges related to the January 2015 death of 32-year-old Brandon Lee Byrd of Iredell County.

The Watauga Democrat reports that the Town of Beech Mountain will consider drilling for groundwater before it moves forward with a water intake project.


Battling massive amounts of downed trees and debris to rebuild a large portion of the cooperative’s power system devastated by Friday’s powerful storm, over 100 linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and visiting crews from five cooperatives have outages down from 18,000 at the height of the outage, to 94 as of 3 pm Monday.