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No Labor Day Weekend Road Closure in BR

As motorists take to the roads this Labor Day weekend for one last summer trip, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures along the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock. No lane closures will be allowed from today at 6 a.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, Full Story

Panthers Sign Smith To Practice Squad

The Carolina Panthers signed ten players to their practice squad on Sunday, including former Appalachian State University All-American linebacker D.J. Smith. Full Story

App State 7th in "Best Bang for the Buck"

Another magazine is saying it likes what it sees at Appalachian State. Washington Monthly magazine has listed Appalachian State University seventh among the nation’s master’s-degree granting institutions for “Best Bang for the Buck.” The magazine’s college guide and rankings based Full Story

Mountaineers Fall at Michigan, 52-14

Michigan broke open a 14-0 ballgame with three touchdowns in the final four minutes of the first half and went on to avenge its 2007 loss to Appalachian State University football with a 52-14 Full Story

Elon Man Dies in Paving Accident in Wilkes

An Alamance County man died in a Wilkes County accident Tuesday morning while working on a church lot repaving project in the McGrady community. David Eugene Alcon, 38, of Elon was killed when a cinderblock retaining wall on the north side of Pine View Baptist Church collapsed, Full Story

Against All Odds.....

The Ashe County High football team finally ended 12 years of frustration Friday night against Watauga. The Huskies (2-0), off to their best start since 2008, defeated WHS 16-13 at Jack Groce Stadium. Kendall Richardson's 37-yard field goal with 1:36 left to play proved to be the difference. The Huskies snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Pioneers (1-1), and they also won their first game in Boone since the series began in 1999. Full Story

Bears Release Edwards

The Chicago Bears reduced their roster to the National Football League mandatory 53 players on Saturday by releasing 15 players. Chicago kept six wide receivers. Unfortunately, former Appalachian Full Story

Victim Identified in Fatal Crash on US 221

The NC State Patrol blamed high speed in a wreck that took a Marion man’s life Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 221 North of Marion. The crash occurred near Linville Falls Golf Club, with emergency crews dispatched around 3 p.m. for a single-car wreck. The driver was pronounced dead at Full Story

Crime Spree Yields 25+ Year Prison Term

A Raleigh man received a lengthy prison sentence Tuesday morning in Wilkes Superior Court for his part in a 2010 home invasion and robbery spree in Ashe and Wilkes counties and is to serve a Tennessee term of 30-years concurrently with his North Carolina term in the same crime spree. James Full Story

DOT Detour Coordination in Ashe Bridge Projects

The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing to replace a bridge on Roundabout Road over Cabbage Creek in Ashe County and will install an off-site detour during construction. The Roundabout Road project will begin immediately after completion of a nearby bridge replacement project. Full Story

AppStateFridays Begin This Week

Beginning on Friday, the eve of Appalachian State University football’s much-anticipated season opener at Michigan, and continuing for all Fridays prior to App State

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If At First You Don't Succeed.....

Try, try again. Well, the Ashe County High football team has been living by that motto the last 12 years. Afterall, it's been a while since the Huskies have beaten Watauga. Try 2001 to be exact.

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Dobbins Probable For Friday

They say oil and water don't mix. Well, apparantly Watauga High quarterback Aaron Dobbins and the Ashe County Huskies don't blend very well together, either. Dobbins, who sat out last year's game between the Pioneers and the Huskies with a Full Story

Boone Letter to SAHA Released

Boone Mayor Andy Ball released the letter drafted to the Southern Appalachian Historical Association about the Town Council’s decision to end the license of SAHA for the Daniel Boone Amphitheater, home of Horn in the West outdoor drama for over 60 years.  Ball’s letter said Full Story

Caldwell Authorities: Valdese Man Drowns

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office yesterday released the name of a man who died early Sunday in an incident on Lake Rhodhiss.  The Sheriff’s Office release said that on August 24th, at 3:44 am, the Caldwell County Communications Center received a call of a possible drowning from Full Story

Crimestoppers: Four Wheeler Sought

High Country Crimestoppers and the Avery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a blue Honda four wheeler from a location on Bud Ledford Rd off Mount Pleasant Rd.  The four wheeler was taken sometime between August 16th and August 18th.  Anyone with information Full Story

Arrest Order Leads to Drug Discovery

It was an order for arrest that took officers of the Avery Sheriff’s Office to 61 Everett Clark Rd., Newland August 15th where they arrested 41 year old James B. Smith on the outstanding warrant for Failure To Appear.  But executing a search warrant at the residence, drugs Full Story

Out-of-County Suspects Arrested in Avery

Two out-of-county arrests came in Avery on August 18th, Avery Sheriff’s officers arrested Jason A. Hall, 32 of 164 Faith Lane, Ararat, NC on a warrant from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office for Aggravated Assault Inflicting Injury.  While there were no details of the incident, Hall Full Story

SAHA Loses Theater License in 3-2 Vote

In a three to two vote, the Boone Town Council emerged from a long executive session in the early morning hours Friday to end the license with the Southern Appalachian Historical Association for their use of the Daniel Boone Theater, Full Story

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