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Skier Airlifted After Slope Accident

A young skier was seriously injured on the slopes of Beech Mountain late yesterday afternoon and was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center.  The accident occurred around 4:30, the 26-year old said to be unconscious and suffering a head injury with labored breathing, according to the Full Story

 
Man Burned in Thursday Dawn House Fire

An Ashe County man suffered burns in an early morning fire yesterday that heavily damaged his home near the Virginia line.  At 6:10 yesterday morning, fire was reported at a house at 1275 Spencer Branch Road above Lansing and Helton.  First arriving fire units reported the fire already well ahead Full Story

 
Anna Smith Investigation: Suicide

On September 13, 2014, the body of Appalachian State University student Anna Smith was found in a wooded area off of Popular Grove Road in Boone. Prior to this discovery, Appalachian State University Police and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations had been investigating Smith's disappearance. Full Story

 
Howard's Knob Tract Gifted to Boone

After a number of discussions in executive session on the part of the Boone Town Council, and at the direction of the Boone Town Council, Mayor Andy Ball has signed a deed for property on Howard's Knob as a gift from Dr. Richard Stahl. Stahl said in the town release, "I want to thank Mayor Full Story

 
BREMCO Asks Customers to Cut Usage

At the request of its wholesale power provider, Duke Energy, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is asking members to voluntarily reduce electricity usage over the next 24 hours—especially this morning—due to extreme cold temperatures causing significant spikes in electricity Full Story

 
Here Comes the COLD

The blast of cold air that has brought below zero conditions to the Great Lakes and plains is making its way into the High Country, with morning temperatures in the low to mid 20’s expected to only drop as the day goes along, eventually approaching zero over the next 24 hours or so.  With overworked Full Story

 
Guilty Plea Yields 5 to 10-Year Sentence

A Watauga County man was sentenced to just under 5 to nearly 11 years in prison yesterday after entering a guilty plea to sex offenses.  Timothy Edward Taylor, 36, entered a guilty plea to one count of First Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and three counts of Third Degree Full Story

 
Ashe Gun Permits Now On Line

As of the First of January, applying for gun permits in Ashe County is now simpler and more convenient.  The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program called Permitium, which allows citizen to apply and pay for handgun purchase permits, and say that in the near future Full Story

 
New Year's Raid Leads to Arrest

Friday, Lenoir Police issued a release telling of officers of the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit serving a search warrant on a residence New Year’s Eve at 1330 SW Underdown Avenue in Lenoir.  During the search, officers said they found 38 grams of powder cocaine, approximately Full Story

 
Avery Woman Charged in Boone Theft, Fraud

On November 8th, Boone Police received a report of a pocketbook taken from an automobile on Watauga Village Drive.  As a result of the investigation, on December 30th, Boone Police Department investigators arrested Patricia Maria Tucker, 48 years-of-age, of Newland, Full Story

 
Methamphetamine Conspiracy Investigations Land 57 Defendants

Methamphetamine Conspiracy investigations land 57 defendants in Federal prison for a total of 304 years. Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, along with many other departments in

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Lamm Selected To Medal of Honor Bowl

Appalachian State University offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) has been selected to participate in next week’s Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston,

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Bumgarner Named AP Male Athlete Of Year

It's been a year to remember for Hickory native Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner finished first in a vote by U.S. editors and news directors. He beat out Dodgers pitcher

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North Carolina's November County and Area Employment Figures Released

Unemployment rates decreased in 72 of North Carolina’s counties in November and increased in 20. According to the area employment figures released yesterday, Graham county had the

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Credit Card Theft in Wilkesboro

Officer Shumate of the Wilkesboro Police Department had his hands full Sunday evening when he received a call from John Schimke in San Diego, CA about a possible identity theft. Mr. Shimke told the officer that he had received an email from Walmart.com

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Boone Wins Round 1 With State over ETJ

The three-panel hearing the case of Boone Verses the State of North Carolina ruled Monday to grant a preliminary injunction in favor of the town of Boone, in effect, leaving the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction or ETJ intact while the panel further considers the town’s suit against the state. Full Story

 
Two Accidents This Afternoon, Minor Injuries in Both

Two minor car accidents result in two trips to Watauga Medical Center this afternoon.  The first, a three-car rear end collision which occurred around 1pm.

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Father of Amber Alert Victim Charged with Murder

According to WTVD, Raleigh police said they have charged the father of a child who was the focus of an Amber Alert search with murder. Two-year-old Tristan Blue was reported missing by 31-year-old Steven Daniel Blue Wednesday at his Raleigh apartment.

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Avery, Caldwell Men Face Drug Counts

December 17th, Lenoir Police arrested an Avery man and a Caldwell man after a tip and a traffic stop. In November of 2013 the Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers received neighbor complaints and an anonymous Crimestoppers tip that Bill Watson was selling drugs from his mobile Full Story

 
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