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One Man Transported After Vilas Crash

A Zionville man was transported to Watauga Medical Center after a crash late yesterday afternoon on US 421.  The 4:30pm crash occurred near Linville Creek Road in Vilas when Tanner Cole Swift turned out of Charlie’s Auto Repair into the highway and into the path of the vehicle of Alan Clay Burchell Full Story

Robbery Reported at Boone Walgreens

Boone Police are investigating a robbery at the local Walgreens Drug from Sunday night after a man reportedly robbed the store, inferring he had a gun and threatened to use it if not given prescription drugs.  The Boone Police release say the man entered Walgreens around 9:30 p.m. Full Story

Watauga Extension Spotlight

Every Monday at 11:45 a.m., the High Country's Heritage Station AM-1450 WATA is visiting with the Watauga Extension for a spotlight on their services, workshops and activities in the area.

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Middle School Tournament Moved To Thursday

Watauga Middle School Athletic Director Jim Godwin has announced that the middle school tournament championships games will be played Thursday,

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Shots Fired into Home Lead to Arrest

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that detectives from the Ashe County Sheriff's Office have charged a West Jefferson man in an incident in which shots were fired into an occupied Crumpler home in the summer of 2012. The incident occurred on August 18th, 2012, reports saying someone Full Story

Court Plea Entry Scheduled in Hotel Deaths

Hotelier Barry Damon Malletere is scheduled to appear in Watauga court tomorrow and enter pleas after three indictments of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault inflicting serious injury were filed against Mallatere January 8th. Malletere was president and in charge Full Story

Game On....

Watauga High Athletic Director Tom Wright has announced that the Pioneers will play a varsity-only game against South Caldwell Monday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The girl's game tips off at 6:30 p.m.; the boy's game will follow. Coverage begins at 6:05 p.m. on Classic Hits 100.7 FM and Full Story

Fatal Fire Reported in Wilkes County

Fire has apparently claimed one life in a blaze in Wilkes County in a Saturday. Details are yet to be released by Wilkes authorities, but reports on CFP alerts indicates that a mobile home in Wilkes County was destroyed in an afternoon fire Saturday, and that one person at the home was killed. Full Story

Watauga Schools Oppose New Salary Plan

The Watauga County Board of Education has joined several other NC school districts in adopting a resolution opposing the state’s plan to eliminate career status and modestly increase compensation for 25% of teachers in local school systems across the state.   The resolution, which was adopted Full Story

Snow Structures; Nature Made, Man Made

Sometimes you take lemons and make lemonade. Sometimes you take snow piles and make, well, a snow fort.  As the warmer than expected Friday temperatures begin to melt the snow from mid-week, there is still a lot of the white stuff to either get in the way, as this snowdrift, Full Story

'No One Goes Cold' Launched by BREMCO

In an editorial by BREMCO Chief Executive Doug Johnson, an effort has been launched and jump-started by a $100,000 contribution from BREMCO and its subsidiaries.  Johnson's editorial: Extreme cold weather this winter has hit local families hard with extremely high electric and fuel bills resulting from record heating demand. Full Story

Fires Damage, Destroy Area Structures

A number of fires across the area, with icy travel on secondary roads causing problems for area fire departments. Late last night, Zionville Firemen responded to a fire possibly caused by a woodstove at 757 Silverleaf Road, a call just before 11pm that caused firemen to spend over three cold hours Full Story

UPDATED: Senior Night Postponed at WHS

Watauga High Athletic Director Tom Wright has announced that tonight's game against South Caldwell has been canceled. No make up date has been announced. The Pioneers travel to Hickory on Saturday. The junior varsity girls play at 2 p.m., the JV boys, the varsity girls, and

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Trio Charged in Ashe Break-In

Ashe Sheriff James Williams reports that the Ashe County Sheriff's Office has completed a larceny investigation that resulted in charges on three Kannapolis men.  On November 15th, 2013 a report was made on a break-in at a residence on Curly Q Road in Crumpler in which numerous guns Full Story

BREMCO Reports No Outages

No outages occurred for members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation overnight and as of 6 a.m. Thursday. Weather predictions continue to call for a wintry mix Thursday, so, as a precaution, members are advised to keep the cooperative’s PowerLine outage reporting number handy Full Story

Theater Moves Forward, Legion On Hold

Moving ahead and putting on the brakes, the Blowing Rock Town Council last night approved moving forward with a lease of the old Blowing Rock Fire station for new life as the Firehouse Theater, but just across the parking lot, the brakes were put on plans for the renovation Full Story

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