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59th Grandfather Mountain Games Underway

So what is that sound, and what are thousands of kilt-clad folks doing in Avery County and spilling out across the High Country.  Well, if you’ve missed it in the past, the 59th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games kicked off last night with the Running of the Bear from Linville to the top Full Story

 
Feds, Lenoir Police Arrest Morganton Woman

Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office along with Lenoir Police Department yesterday assisted the United States Marshals Service in serving a warrant for armed robbery, the warrant from an incident that occurred in Burke County several weeks ago.  Information gathered led officers to 107 Forest Full Story

 
BREMCO, Coops, Make Points in Raleigh

Representatives from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, including Chief Executive Officer Doug Johnson, joined more than 160 board members and employees from North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives at the state legislature for the co-ops’ annual ‘Rally in Raleigh.’ Full Story

 
Foxx Bill Gets Ball Rolling on Jobs Training

A bill with 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx’s influence evident  is headed to the President’s desk to become law, according to a release yesterday. The Workforce Investment Act, a law Foxx called ‘overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade,’ received what she called Full Story

 
Dealership Break-In Under Investigation

High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: The Watauga County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in identifying the individual who forced their way into Mack Brown Chevrolet.  The incident took place on June 30, 2014, Full Story

 
Suspects Sought in Car Damage

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On Thursday July 3, at approximately 11:30 p.m., two vehicles in a King Street parking lot were intentionally damaged.  One vehicle was kicked or struck with a blunt object and another’s Full Story

 
SBC to host 2014 Football Media Day

The Sun Belt Conference will host the 2014 Football Media Day on July 22nd at the Bienville Club Lounge in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Media Day availability will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. C.T. on Tuesday, July 22nd. Each of the 11 football playing institutions will have availability from their head Full Story

 
ASU Solar Decathlon Voting Ends Saturday

Building on their success on this side of the Atlantic, Maison Reciprocity, Appalachian State University’s entry in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, has been reassembled on its Versailles, France, location, and voting for the People’s Choice Award is ongoing through this Saturday, July 12th. Full Story

 
Boone Appears Poised to Name New Manager

From the cryptic notices of the Town of Boone, it would appear that the Boone Town Council is ready to select the new town manager, and if all goes as scripted, that may come Wednesday or Thursday.  The town clerk issued two notices of special meeting this week; One for Wednesday, Full Story

 
Avery Charges Mount for Tennessee Woman

Last Monday, June 30th, 27- year old Crystal Marie Arnold of Elizabethton, Tennessee, was arrested on warrants for felony probation violation, then other counts were filed as she was being processed.   After her arrest, Arnold was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and Full Story

 
Avery Man Charged With Meth Counts

Thursday, July 3rd, twenty-five year old Daymon Isaac Pritchard of Newland, was arrested after vehicle stop.   Deputies, assisted by canine, conducted a search of the vehicle and said they found several grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.  Daymon Isaac Pritchard was Full Story

 
Templeton Issues Statement on ETJ Controversy

Continuing the controversy over development issues for Boone, Boone developer Phil Templeton, issued a statement to the press yesterday about the history and issues surrounding the controversial removal of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction for the town, passed last week by the NC general assembly. Full Story

 
Two Teens Charged with July 4th Murder

The 4th of July holiday was marred with the discovery of a Roan Mountain man, dead on the porch of his home, and the arrests of two teens for his murder.  Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said two teenagers are accused of murdering a 56-year-old Danny R. Vance after robbing Full Story

 
Fabulous Fourth For the High Country

After the monsoon weather of the summer of 2013, the July 4th holiday in the High Country more than made up for the downpours and flooding of last year with a picture perfect chamber-of-commerce weekend.  At least it was here.  Down east, the visit of Hurricane Arthur made a Full Story

 
No Lane Closures For the Fourth

To improve traffic flow this holiday weekend, the N.C. Department of Transportation is limiting construction operations along the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock. There will be no lane closures associated with the U.S. 321 widening project from Thursday July 3 Full Story

 
Four Hours of Freedom for Escaped Inmate

About four hours of freedom came for an inmate who escaped custody yesterday in Watauga County, his freedom ending with a swim in Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock. Michael Lee Calloway, 39, of Buncombe County, a Caldwell Correctional Center inmate, was Full Story

 
Arthur May Move Vacationers West

Usually, tourists traveling for the Fourth of July make a choice between escaping the heat in the mountains or facing the sun at their favorite beach.  This Fourth of July, that latter group may find themselves heading for the hills due to what is, as of this morning, hurricane Arthur, is Full Story

 
Mountaineers Add Highly Rated Wide Out

Jaylan Barbour, a true freshman ranked among the nation’s top 100 wide receivers in the high-school class of 2014, has enrolled at Appalachian State University and joined the Mountaineers’ football program. Barbour, a 5-10, 165-pounder from Monroe, N.C., signed a National Letter Full Story

 
Car Stolen From Boone Used in Other Crimes

A Car stolen in Boone apparently took a circuitous route and was used in a number of other crimes according to police reports from the High Country to the Piedmont.  A silver Ford Escape was discovered missing June 1st from a Green Street location in Boone, and before it was returned Full Story

 
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