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Unemployment Drops in August

Unemployment was down across the board and across the High Country while unemployment rates—not seasonally adjusted—decreased in 86 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in August, while it increased in four and remained unchanged in 10 counties. Scotland County had the highest Full Story

Housing Boom Continues in August

The busiest real estate season in years has yet to stop for a breather.  In August, it hit another high. High Country Realtors® sold 185 listings last month, their busiest month since selling 233 homes in August 2007. It was also the seventh consecutive month sales increased, a streak last Full Story

Rains Bring Floods, Contribute to Wrecks

In the rains that came yesterday, there were two injury traffic accidents—both on US 421, one east, one west of Boone.  The first was a single vehicle crash blamed on the weather, the GMC SUV of Rebecca May hydroplaning as she traveled toward her home in Deep Gap, her car skidding into Full Story

BREMCO; New Round of Scam Calls to Customers

While Blue Ridge Electric readies for the storm, there’s another storm they’re dealing with, the new rash of scam calls to their customers, claiming to be from BREMCO, demanding immediate bill payment.  Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation issued a warning the public about the Full Story

Sky Watch: Hurricane May Bring Wind, Flooding

Watauga Emergency Management issued a bulletin this afternoon urging caution as now Hurricane Joaquin is threatening to bring severe weather to the high country, that depending on the route the storm will take.  The release says weather officials in Blacksburg VA., are monitoring the Full Story

Public Help Sought in Missing Woman Case

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Public Assistance locating a woman, missing over 10 days now.  Keisha Nicole McMahon, age 32, was reported missing from her home Blair’s Fork Road in Lenoir on September 28th by Family Members.  Caldwell authorities said Keisha Nicole Full Story

Flooding Follows Days of Rain

A huge line of heavy rain crossed the High Country during much of the early part of the day and into mid afternoon, followed by a brief visit from the sun.  But with the heavy rain, several roads were swamped as creeks and rivers overflowed.  Boone Police and Watauga Sheriff’s Deputies Full Story

Second 20-Year Old Dies in Three Days

For the second time in three days, Boone Police found themselves investigating the death of another young man. On Friday afternoon, just before 2:30 PM, Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 451 Yosef Drive to the report of an unresponsive male.  First arriving units determined that Full Story

Rains Came; Mud Slides, Felled Trees, Parking Lot Collapse

So the rains came...and came...and came some more, and after a rather dry summer, the rains probably played a part in mud slides, trees downed blocking roads, and the collapse of a section of parking lot in Boone.  A portion of the lot of a commercial building just off NC 105 Full Story

Missing Linville Woman Found OK

A search for a woman missing overnight from her Linville home ended shortly after 9 this morning very near where it started.  The 64-year old woman, said to be suffering some level of dementia, left her Mountain View Apartment  in Linville sometime in the early morning hours, last Full Story

BRCA Holds First Candidate Forum This Evening

We’re still over three weeks away from the start of one-stop voting, our first step to deciding who will lead our towns over the next several years.  But a first official look at one town’s candidates starts late this afternoon with a candidates forum in the town of Blowing Rock. The first of two Full Story

Mountaineers Pound ODU, 49-0

NORFOLK, Va. — Appalachian State University football outgained Old Dominion, 501-175, and handed the Monarchs their first-ever shutout in a 49-0 romp on Saturday afternoon at rainy Foreman Field. The shutout win was Appalachian State’s second in three games this season and its fourth in its last 14 games overall. However, it had been 16 years since the Mountaineers’ last road shutout at The

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Sex Offender Arrested Near Hardin Park School

A registered sex offender has charged after three people were found at a camp site just off of the grounds of Hardin Park School. On Thursday, September 24th, Boone Police were called at approximately 4 PM to a report of people trespassing on the property of Hardin Park Full Story

Pioneers Win Conference Opener

BOONE - One thing's for sure, never bet against Watauga High football coach Ryan Habich. The guy just has a knack for getting the right answers when he needs them the most. Take Friday night's game against St. Stephens, for intstance. The Pioneers, who were missing three starters (actually six, when you consider they were all two-way starters), found a way to get it done as they defeated St.Stephens

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Hearing, Appeal Dates Set for Asphalt Plants

Hearings on permits to build and operate asphalt plants in the High Country are now slated, that as firms line up to provide asphalt to the new US 221 widening project. The first is a N.C. Division of Air Quality public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 6th, the draft air-quality permit for a proposed asphalt Full Story

Kidnapping Suspect Arrested in Watauga

A man who has been wanted for more than three years on a kidnapping charge from Tennessee was arrested in Watauga County last weekend, according to Elizabethton officials. George Milton Litchfield, 52, Banner Elk, N.C., was arrested at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, taken back to Full Story

Suspects Sought in Another 'Change' Scam

The “change raising scam” or “short changing scam”  has hit another High Country business, and Boone Police through High Country Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in solving the latest crime. On Thursday, September 10th, two black males entered the Kangaroo Express Full Story

Child Drowns in Caldwell Pool

A Caldwell County search for a missing child ended tragically with the body of the two-year old found dead in the murky waters of a pool. Monday, Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a missing 2 year old boy Full Story

Avery Stolen Stash Found in Burke; Arrest Made

Stolen stuff found in Burke County has been identified as stolen from Avery County, and a man is in custody for the string of thefts.  Investigators from the Avery County Sheriff’s Office said they recovered a significant amount of stolen construction and landscaping tools and machinery over Full Story

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