The end-of-year real estate report is out for the High Country, and realtors say business never slowed in 2015, and, in fact, it only got busier.

Avery deputies, EMS crews, and first responders rushed to a home on Old Beech Mountain Friday evening after two people were discovered unresponsive in a home there, and were soon declared dead.

For most of us, it’s back to work today, as we, well DIDN’T win the lottery.  

More help is heading to Nepal today as Samaritan’s Purse will load a cargo jet in Charlotte to fly those critical supplies to Nepal to help the people there who managed to survive last year’s killer earthquake but are now facing a new threat with freezing winter conditions that have already begun claiming lives.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for the logger killed a week ago this morning in southeastern Watauga County.  

With hopes for action on the part of the Watauga County Commission in their Tuesday meeting on the matter of the New River Raw Water Intake proposed for the town of Boone, New River Advocates, opposing that plan, yesterday forwarded information to the USDA pointing out  what they’re calling ‘misrepresentations’ on the part of the town in their paperwork with the Federal agency.

When Watauga County Commissioners meet next week, New River Advocates are hoping for receptive ears on what power Watauga County might have over a critical aspect of the Raw Water intake on the New River.

North Carolina’s primary election is under two months away, a ballot with more than hopes of the myriad of presidential hopefuls and local candidates on the ballots.

Icy roadways hit the High Country again as the early Sunday dusting of snow turned into a late Sunday ice-over, with some roads closed for a time due to wrecks and spun-out vehicles. Schools across the area are delayed due to icy roads, so stay tuned for the latest or check our Closings and Cancellations on

The rash of state border break-ins that have hit the area of Tennessee, Virginia, and the High Country led to four arrests Tuesday as Johnson County Deputies caught three people burglarizing the scene of another recent crime, according to the Johnson City Press.

Icy conditions hit at about dawn today with rain arriving just before the sun came up, and before the morning rush was over, there were several traffic accidents reported.