Last week, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina purchased a 30-acre property along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County known as the Elk Mountain tract that shares a quarter-mile boundary with the Parkway. Its close proximity to the Parkway makes the property a high priority acquisition by the National Park Service.

During the Watauga County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, County Attorney Tony DiSanti updated commissioners on the status of the Boone Ready Mix property.

Valle Crucis Principal Preston Clarke has been named Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year. Clarke was presented the award by WCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, representatives from WCS and members of his family in a surprise ceremony Friday morning.

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning and approved amendments to the High Impact Land Use Ordinance.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:

Monday, the High Country United Way presented a check in the amount of 5,500 dollars to the State of the Child Forum to help fund the event planned for May.

An accident Thursday morning at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Tater Hill Road resulted in a passenger being airlifted to Johnson City.

Jane Nicholson of Boone was presented with the College News Association of the Carolinas’ (CNAC) H. Lewis Gaston Award for outstanding service March 6.

A car chase last Sunday February 26th reached speeds of 100 miles an hour, and led officers from Boone into Tennessee.

24-year-old Ryan Neil Hicks of Boone has been charged with murder in the death of a 10-month old baby.

The following is a press release from Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman:

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says flu cases and flu-related deaths have increased in the state.