Dr. William A Gora, Professor Emeritus of Music at Appalachian State, and former Director of Bands and Professor of Saxophone at the University since 1976, has passed away.

The driver of the vehicle that threw Avery County High School students Caleb Hicks and Taha Naveed from the back of a pickup truck on June 22 now faces charges of reckless driving with wanton disregard and exceeding the posted speed limit.

Debris from a lost load from a tractor-trailer with brake failure hit several cars Thursday on Highway 321 just south of Blowing Rock.

The Watauga Democrat reports that the Town of Beech Mountain will consider drilling for groundwater before it moves forward with a water intake project.

Tuesday, The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of breaking and entering and larceny of a number of firearms.

The High Country Grizzlies professional American Indoor Arena football team hosted a kickoff press conference Thursday at McKethan Brothers Barbecue, and introduced owners, coaches and staff.

High Country Radio News has confirmed that the town of Boone has dismissed the civil lawsuit filed against the Mountain View Speedway. In a statement, Town Manager John Ward said the move is a temporary one.

The SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit is investigating multiple thefts at area hospitals along the Interstate 26 corridor. 

The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a possible connection between a series of bomb threats in the Hickory area and hoaxes that occurred at the court house in Jefferson several weeks ago and the West Jefferson Walmart in the wee hours of last Tuesday morning.