Dr. Harry Davis, a trusted forecaster and instructor among banking professionals and business leaders across North Carolina, has joined the Board of Directors for LifeStore Financial Group. “We are absolutely delighted to have Dr. Davis join our board,” commented Robert Washburn, President and CEO for LifeStore.

The Watauga County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday, April 10 to appoint Dr. Chris Blanton Principal of Watauga High School.

Work will begin on Monday, April 10, to replace the flat roof of Flat Top Manor at Moses Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Appalachian District Health Department (AppHealthCare) and Appalachian State University are continuing to monitor one case of mumps in an Appalachian State University student, which was confirmed on April 7.

N.C. Republican Senator Deanna Ballard of Blowing Rock has introduced a bill that would outlaw dismemberment abortions in North Carolina.

A North Carolina Highway Patrol officer serving Avery County has died.

Benjamin Draughon Williford, the man convicted in the fatal Valle Landing fire in Valle Crucis, has been taken to prison.

High Country Crime Stoppers and ASU Police Department seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:

The Newland Board of Aldermen has selected former Banner Elk Police Chief Byron Clawson as the new head of the Newland Police Department.

Effective April 10 at 10 p.m., Watauga County Schools will be simplifying its web and email address to The change will simplify the way Watauga County Schools is accessed online, and will bring its domain in line with its social media handle: @wataugaschools.

The swimming pool in Newland will not open for the summer season.