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Cause Still Sought in Riverview Grocery Fire

It was a week ago this morning that a roaring fire leveled Riverview Grocery and killed Shane Davie Scarborough, 31. Fire investigators from the Watauga Sheriff’s Office and SBI sifted through the smoky rubble seeking the cause of the fire, with the only speculation given during the Full Story

New Schedule, Old Issues for Boone Council

The Boone Town Council works its new meeting schedule starting this week, with only one meeting—Thursday—at the council chambers on Blowing Rock Road with, again, a number of contentious issues on its agenda including continued action on the town’s noise ordinance Full Story

Eagles Win State Championship

CHAPEL HILL - It's usually the third time that's considered the charm. At least that's the way the old saying goes. But for Wilkes Central High girls' basketball coach Scott Waugh, he was blessed on his second attempt.

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Bass Lake Petition Gets Nearly 1100 'Signers'

With the support of nearly 1100 of us, the Town of Blowing Rock will proceed with seeking funding for a sidewalk project that would stretch pedestrian access from Main Street in Blowing Rock to Bass Lake.  The Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) could provide as much as 80% Full Story

Fox A Finalist for Joe B. Hall Award

BOSTON – Appalachian State University men’s basketball head coach Jim Fox has been named as one of 10 finalists for the Joe B. Hall Award, given annually to the top

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Robbery Suspect Sought

The Lenoir Police Department is soliciting information on an early morning robbery attempt from last Saturday at a Lenoir convenience store.  It was 1:43 am, Saturday, March 7th  that the suspect entered the Holiday to Go #2 convenience store at 718 SW Morganton Blvd.  The suspect, Full Story

Fire Victim Identified by Watauga Sheriff's Office

Late yesterday, the Watauga County Sheriff’s office released the identity of the man killed in the Sunday morning fire at Riverview Grocery.  The release said that Shane Davie Scarborough, who would have been 32 late this month, died in the fire as his apartment was consumed as Full Story

Transformation For Blowing Rock Park

The Blowing Rock Town Council Tuesday unanimously approved the plans for the new Rotary Gazebo in the town park and some $35,000 in improvements the town will undertake around the new community-funded structure.  The project was put forward a year ago in an idea from Full Story

Blowing Rock Council Tells of Road Woes

Blowing Rock town officials took advantage of their monthly report from the contractor working the US 321 project to pose some pointed questions about the new intersection of Main Street and Valley Blvd., US321.  Complaints about traffic tie-ups and backups—and the prospect Full Story

Survivors Recount Escaping Beaverdam Fire

Watauga Sheriff’s Office Investigators and the SBI were still unable to release the name of the one person who died in a fire Sunday morning that destroyed a community icon in the Beaverdam area of Watauga County, the blaze totaling the Riverview Grocery.  But yesterday, those who Full Story

'Unique' Guns Stolen in Pawn Shop Break-In

The Taylorsville Police Department is looking for help in a Sunday break-in that led to the theft of 13 guns from a local Main Street pawn shop.  Their release says that at 4:30 Sunday morning, officers discovered Mr. G’s Pawn, also known as B&L Pawn, with a window beside the door Full Story

Blowing Rock Woman Dies After Friday Crash

A Blowing Rock woman has died of injuries sustained in a single-car crash Friday afternoon just south of Boone on US 321.  The NC State Patrol says that 90-year old Helen Coffey Triplett Carroll died just before midnight Friday night at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being injured in Full Story

One Dead As Fire Destroys Riverview Grocery

One person has died in a fire Sunday morning that destroyed a community icon in the Beaverdam area of Watauga County, the blaze totaling the Riverview Grocery.  The fire call came in, first for Beaverdam fire, at about 9:15am, soon joined by 11 area fire departments, finding the Full Story

Maiden Man Found Hanging, Dies in Custody

A Watauga inmate died Friday afternoon after being found hanging while in single cell confinement.  The Sheriff’s Office release says that at about  1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon Elbert Lee McClain, 53, of Maiden, attempted to harm himself by strangulation. McLain was jailed Wednesday Full Story

More Arrests in Area Vandalsim

The investigation into the breaking and entering, vandalism, and larceny at the Horn in the West has led Boone Police detectives to locate additional vandalized properties at Brookshire Park, the Town of Boone Winklers Creek Water Intake, and Carroll Companies,  and they have made Full Story

App State Holds Annual Pro Day

A number of National Football League and Canadian Football League teams were represented at Appalachian State University football’s annual Pro Day on Friday morning. Pro Day activities were held in both the Appalachian Athletics Center and the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility.

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Stolen Sleep: Spring Forward This Weekend

The weather of late has not been a good reminder, but this is the weekend to ‘spring forward’ to Daylight Savings Time.  Yes, we lose an hour out of our Sunday morning sleep when 2am suddenly becomes 3am, and DST begins. So, even though the calendar says two more weeks ‘till Full Story

Crimestoppers: Car Break-In, Card Fraud

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police are seeking information in a car break-in from the night of Wednesday, March 4th to early Thursday morning, and the fraudulent use of credit card from the theft.  Police say sometime during the night of March 4/5th, someone broke Full Story

Church Van Crashes into Toe River

It may have been only the wet weather, but a church van skidded down an embankment and overturned into the Toe River in the Riverwalk Park in Newland this morning.  The Pisgah Methodist Church of Linville Falls van came to rest on its side near the bridge and the driver Full Story

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