Battling massive amounts of downed trees and debris to rebuild a large portion of the cooperative’s power system devastated by Friday’s powerful storm, over 100 linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and visiting crews from five cooperatives have outages down from 18,000 at the height of the outage, to 94 as of 3 pm Monday.

A head on crash resulted in two drivers being airlifted to hospital in Caldwell County. The crash occurred in the 2700 Block of Ellerwood Road, Lenoir, NC.

The Town of Boone Public Works Department will provide town residential storm debris pick-up on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis beginning today, July 11, 2016. Storm debris should be placed curbside and free of all other debris. It is NOT necessary to call to schedule a pick-up. Areas that sustained considerable damage will be first priority. The Town of Boone Facilities Maintenance Division may be contacted at (828)268-6230.

The Town of Boone Greenway Trail is closed Monday to clear storm damage. Pending the degree of damage, there may be a possible closure Tuesday, July 12 as well. The Town of Boone apologizes for any inconvenience and will open the trail as soon as possible.

Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman urges folks to be careful about what they post on social media.

The Northwestern Regional Housing Authority released details to Ashe County commissioners this week about a plan to revamp the Historic Ashe County Hospital into an affordable housing complex for elderly citizens.

The Town of Boone Public Works Department has begun construction on the West King Street Sidewalk Enhancement Project.

Since May 21, businesses and agencies within the 25th Judicial District (Burke, Catawba and Caldwell Counties) have received over 400 bomb threats that were all determined to be hoaxes.

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Carlos Hernandez as the new superintendent at Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution in Spruce Pine. Hernandez assumed his new duties this week. 

Ashe County Sheriff James Williams is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the callers that threatened the Ashe County Courthouse last month.

The N.C. Forest Service is encouraging land owners in Western North Carolina to watch for signs of damage in eastern white pines following reports of declining health in some of those trees in Ashe, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Transylvania and Swain counties.