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Tragic Hotel Deaths--One Year Later

It was June 8th, 2013 that the real story began to emerge in the tragic deaths from the Boone Best Western Hotel, tragedy that has now led to an arrest with other civil legal action pending.  It was a year ago today that 11-year old Jeffrey Lee Williams was found dead and his mother, Full Story

Salmonellosis Alert Issued by Health Department

The Watauga County office of Appalachian District Health Department is working with the N.C. Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak among patrons of a local restaurant. There are five confirmed cases of salmonellosis and none have been hospitalized. As of Friday, Full Story

Drugs Bound for Boone Net 14+ Year Fed Term

Mauricio Mario Baltazar, 21, of Lake City, Ga. was  sentenced today to 169  months in prison for his role as a supplier of more  than  three  pounds  of methamphetamine—drugs destined for Boone—found at the time of his arrest, according to Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District Full Story

Two WHS Students Charged in Drug Counts

Two Watauga High students were arrested a week ago on drug charges, the arrests made at the school, according to Boone Police activity logs.  The sequence recorded in the police documents show that police investigated both drug and weapons violations on the campus at 10:30 Full Story

Boone Officials Travel to Raleigh, Meet Soucek

Boone Mayor Andy Ball and a contingent from the Boone Town Council are in Raleigh this morning, and this afternoon are scheduled to meet with State Senator Dan Soucek over the issue of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction. May 28th, Soucek filed a local bill to end Boone’s extraterritorial zoning, Full Story

90th 'Singing' Dedicated to Arthur Smith

The 90th annual Singing on the Mountain at Grandfather Mountain will pay tribute to the late Arthur Smith, a legendary country, bluegrass and gospel musician and entertainer who died April 3. The free gospel music festival, set for Sunday, June 22 at MacRae Meadows in Linville, Full Story

Rush On For Food Funds by Friday

While Hospitality House missed out—again—in funding from Watauga County with a failed vote of the county commission Tuesday, they have been named to be among 30 food assistance organizations across Northwest North Carolina each selected to receive up to $500 in matching funds Full Story

Lottery Winner From Boone Claims Cash

It was back in January that a lottery ticket was sold in Boone with over a half million won on that ticket.  But months went by with no word of anyone cashing in on the Carolina Cash 5 ticket.  But now, Stephen Clopton of Boone has stepped forward to claim his winnings, according to the North Full Story

Edwards Signs with Bears

Former Appalachian State University football star Armanti Edwards has signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears, the National Football League team announced on Tuesday.

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Eight Mountaineers Named Preseason All-SBC

Eight student-athletes represent Appalachian State University football on Phil Steele’s 2014 College Football Preview preseason all-Sun Belt Conference teams, which were announced on Monday.

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Weather Prevents Airlift for Injured Man

It was a frustrating Friday night for Medics and fire/first responders from Meat Camp after a man was pinned under an overturned tractor, a man who needed to be airlifted when weather prevented any such service to the area.  The incident was at about 7:20 Friday night on Houck Full Story

Winkler Hall Disappears into Dust

They said it would take 12 seconds, 12 seconds of carefully timed explosions, and a few more seconds for Winkler Hall on the ASU campus to fall early Sunday morning.  The 40-year old dorm was taken down as renovation costs compared to a number of economic factors made it Full Story

Todd Fire Dept., All Members Cleared in Finance Probe

The report from the investigation conducted by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office into financial matters of the Todd Volunteer Fire Department have been released, and the department and all members have been exonerated of any malfeasance. Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman Full Story

Senate Budget Bill Would Increase Teacher Pay

Senator Dan Soucek, who serves as co-chairman on both the Senate Appropriations on Education/Higher Education committee and Senate Education/Higher Education committees, commented this week on a major overhaul of how classroom teachers Full Story

Soucek Heaps Criticism on Boone ETJ

State Sen. Dan Soucek has responded to criticism and points from the Town of Boone on his introduction of Senate Bill 865, taking the powers of extraterritorial jurisdiction away from the town, saying “Boone’s egregious imposition on people outside the town’s limits is regulation without representation.” Full Story

Sunday Snoozing May End With Blast

There will be no Sunday of sleeping in for residents around downtown Boone and areas near Stadium Drive, with a sequence of loud noises to rouse you.  Your morning snooze will be interrupted as Contract Drilling and Blasting LLC implodes Winkler Hall at Appalachian State University. Full Story

Banks to Take DA's Position June 5th

Governor Pat McCrory’s office has announced that interim District Attorney for the 24th Prosecutorial District Bob Orr has submitted his resignation from the post effective June 5th, and with that, the governor has issued a Commission to Burnsville attorney Seth Banks to take over Full Story

Lees-McRae Looks to China for New Scope

Lees-McRae College is looking a half-world away to expand the scope of the learning experience at the Banner Elk campus, seeking to interact more with China. And in the process, the school is looking at the huge expansion in China to be Full Story

Employees Tackle Would-Be Robber

Authorities in Caldwell County and at Lenoir Police are looking at a suspect tackled by employees at a Morganton restaurant turning the tables on the man now accused of robbing the business at gunpoint.  When Morganton Public Safety officers arrived at Fatz restaurant, employees had Full Story

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