The Boone Town Council voted 4-1 to approve planned development rezoning for The Marketplace project, in downtown Boone.

The Upper Creek Fire is in the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest in the Brown Mountain area in Burke County, north of Morganton, NC, remains at 170 acres and as of Thurday's report, is 90% contained. 

The Watauga Democrat has reported that the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees held a special meeting Saturday, June 11, but did not provide notice of the meeting to the media as is required by state law.

On June 13, 2016, Allan Lee Coffey, age 32, plead guilty to four counts of felony breaking or entering, four counts of larceny after breaking or entering, and one count of possession of methamphetamine.  He also admitted his status as an habitual felon.  

The Watauga County Board of Education has extended Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott's employment contract.

Most folks in Watauga County received a Code Red call Wednesday from the Boone Police Department as the search continues for James Martin Roberts.

Firefighters made progress on the Upper Creek Fire this weekend. The fire is now at 170 acres and 70% contained.




The North Carolina state prison system is ending the use of solitary confinement for its youngest inmates and introducing a new youthful offender program to focus on the needs of young people serving sentences in the adult prison system.

After a three-month search, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation board of directors has named Shelly Johnston director of development for the nonprofit organization.

As part of North Carolina’s efforts to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, June 15, Watauga County court officials and Dept. of Social Services will host an event at the Watauga County Courthouse.