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.

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.

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 Town of Boone Public Works Department will provide town residential storm debris pick-up on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis beginning today, July 11, 2016. Storm debris should be placed curbside and free of all other debris. It is NOT necessary to call to schedule a pick-up. Areas that sustained considerable damage will be first priority. The Town of Boone Facilities Maintenance Division may be contacted at (828)268-6230.

The Town of Boone Greenway Trail is closed Monday to clear storm damage. Pending the degree of damage, there may be a possible closure Tuesday, July 12 as well. The Town of Boone apologizes for any inconvenience and will open the trail as soon as possible.

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 Northwestern Regional Housing Authority released details to Ashe County commissioners this week about a plan to revamp the Historic Ashe County Hospital into an affordable housing complex for elderly citizens.

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

Since May 21, businesses and agencies within the 25th Judicial District (Burke, Catawba and Caldwell Counties) have received over 400 bomb threats that were all determined to be hoaxes.