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New Career? Run Remote-Controlled Compactor

Here’s a new career choice—perfect to get all the gamers off the couch.  You can learn to run the remote controlled compactor robot.  This one was spotted roaming the work site for The Standard of Boone on Blowing Rock road, with its ‘master’ on the remote control.  The real news at the site Full Story

Smith Replaces Bolick as Head of NC Lutherans

While there are not a lot of Lutherans in the High Country—this area settled by Scotts-Irish while the German and Nordic farmers—the core of ‘Lutheranism’ in North Carolina, settled the Piedmont—there’s still a couple of bits of ‘Lutheran news’ that are certainly of interest in the High Full Story

App State Unveils Jr. Mountaineer Youth Initiative

BOONE, N.C. — With the goal of engaging young fans and their families while enhancing the Mountaineers’ positive impact on the youth community, Appalachian State University athletics unveiled its new

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DOT Hearing on NC 105, other 'Travel' News

A scaled down version of the four-laning of a section of NC 105 goes before the public today as the N.C. Department of Transportation shows plans for improvements planned for N.C. 105 in Watauga County at a public information session this afternoon. The proposal includes widening 4.5 miles Full Story

Thursday Fire Causes Firemen to Return

Firemen had to return to a house destroyed in a Thursday night fire several times from early Friday morning even into Friday evening, that after a number of area fire departments battled a blaze Thursday night on Beech Mountain. The initial firefighting effort stretched into the night and Full Story

Satterfield Named One of 15 “Coaches on the Rise”

BOONE, N.C. — Athon Sports tabbed Appalachian State University football head coach Scott Satterfield as one of college football’s “Top 15 Coaches Full Story

Funeral Today for Girl Killed in Zip Line Accident at Camp

It was supposed to be the first great adventure of the summer for a 12-year old Wilmington girl, but it ended late last week in tragedy at an Alleghany County YMCA camp.  Now a family will bury their daughter, their sister, and friends will say goodbye at her funeral today in Wilmington. 12-year Full Story

Toy Promoter Dies After Fall at Linville Home

An Avery County man died June 5th at Johnson City Medical Center after suffering injuries in a fall at his Linville Ridge summer home. Alvin Davis, 78, formerly of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, suffered the injuries and was rushed to the Tennessee hospital where he died.  Davis was a businessman Full Story

Asheville Battles for Its Own Water

While Boone seeks access to water from the New River for its future water needs, town officials have been looking over their shoulder at  Asheville, that town embroiled in a fight with the state over control of the city's water system, a fight that has some comparisons to what Boone is Full Story

Jack Roten: They Don't Come Any Better....

As I write this, I'm still in shock. I just can't believe it. Jack Roten, a man in his prime, and a huge friend to the High Country, has passed away. Coach Roten, as I always called him, died at his home Friday night at the age of 67.

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Beech Mountain House Destroyed in Fire

A number of area fire departments battled a blaze last night on Beech Mountain, an effort that stretched into the night and blocked Beech Mountain Parkway for several hours.  The call came in near dusk, a structure fire on Jackalopes Lane, a house on fire adjacent to Archer’s Inn and Jackalopes View Full Story

Mountaineers Land 12 on All-SBC Teams

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football landed 12 representatives on Athlon Sports’ preseason all-Sun Belt Conference teams, which were announced on Friday. A trio of defenders — senior

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Town Prevails in Templeton Property Dispute

In an unusual 3 to 3 split decision of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the Town of Boone has prevailed in the appeal of a property case that has gone on for years between Templeton Properties and the town.  The dispute was over a tract of land on State Farm Road near VFW Drive Full Story

Emmons Decommits

MORGANTON - The Atlanta Journal Constitution and Bleacher Report Team Stream are reporting that four-star running back B.J. Emmons of Freedom High School in Morganton, N.C., has decommitted from

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Chestnut Ridge to be Named for Foley Family

Throughout his successful career in manufacturing, Dennis Foley always had a knack for identifying problems and developing solutions. No one has benefited more from this positive outlook on business and life than his wife of 51 years, Diane. In 2002, while living in Boone, NC, she was Full Story

Football 101/201 Set for July 30

BOONE, N.C. — Football 101/201, Appalachian State University’s ultra-popular football event for ladies, returns for its 12th year on Thursday, July 30 at Kidd Brewer Stadium and the Appalachian Athletics

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Boone Named One of North Carolina’s Safest Cities

The SafeWise Report released its “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina” report this week. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2013 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 4,000 people. “It’s assumed that big cities and high crime go Full Story

Voter ID Law Packs Boone Hearing Space

Boone was the site of one of nine hearings on elements of changes in voting laws for North Carolina, specifically the element of photo ID and specific language of the law, effective with the 2016 presidential primary. Sue Anderson from the League of Women Voters of North Carolina Full Story

Hearing Set for NC 105 Widening

The N.C. Department of Transportation will update residents on improvements planned for N.C. 105 in Watauga County at a public information session Tuesday, June 16. The proposal includes widening 4.5 miles of N.C. 105 from the N.C. 105 Bypass near Boone to Old Shulls Mill Road in Foscoe. Full Story

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