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Overnight Fire Totals Watauga Home

While the investigation is still underway, some details from the late Wednesday night fire that destroyed a large Watauga County house are being released. Watauga Fire Marshal Taylor Marsh said that the three-story house had just been vacated by ASU students—frat brothers—who moved Full Story

 
Two File for Boone Mayor, One For Pena Seat

There are two candidates for Mayor of Boone, that as the special filing period closed as of noon yesterday, and one candidate for another unexpired term on the Town Council.  Rennie Brantz, of Grand Blvd., who filed as the special filing period opened last week, is joined in the Full Story

 
App State Unveils New Uniforms

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University football unveiled several new uniform combinations for the 2015 season on Wednesday. The uniforms were first revealed to the team’s student-athletes

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Chute Crash Causes Serious Injuries

Tuesday afternoon was filled with emergency calls across the area, including two fall victims having to be retrieved from trails near area waterfalls by rescue units and medics, and was punctuated with a paraglider crashing into a cemetery in Deep Gap, causing serious injury to the chutist. Full Story

 
TV Arrangements Set for App State-ODU

NORFOLK, Va. — Appalachian State University football’s Sept. 26 contest at Old Dominion will be televised live on the American Sports Network, ODU announced on Tuesday. Kickoff for the first-ever

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Boone Brewery Takes Gold In US Open

Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc., “AMB” brought home three coveted medals, including one gold, from the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, held earlier this month in Ohio. The Business Wire release said that this year, breweries from 13 countries competed, and nearly Full Story

 
App State, Nike Agree to New 7-Year Deal

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University athletics and Nike have reached a new seven-year agreement to outfit all 20 of Appalachian State’s varsity sports programs in Nike footwear and apparel

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Fonseca Leaves Watauga for Burke

The administrator who stepped in and stepped up when former Watauga Schools superintendant David Kafitz stepped down is moving on, that with the announcement from Burke County Public Schools that Dr. David Fonseca, most recently assistant superintendent for Watauga County Full Story

 
Home Sales Hit Highest Point Since 2007

High Country Realtors® sold more homes in June than they have in any month in almost eight years, putting 2015 on track to be the busiest year for local real estate since the crash of 2008—that the latest from the High Country Multiple Listing Service or MLS.  Their release said the Full Story

 
Farmland Board Recommends Against Intake

The Watauga County Agricultural Advisory Board was less than supportive of the town of Boone’s needs for the proposed water intake facility on the South Fork of the New River, that as it released its report on their July 14th hearing on the matter Friday afternoon. The report even suggests Full Story

 
Meth Suspects Convicted in Avery Court

Thursday, July 23rd, the second of two suspects in arrested in the trafficking of methamphetamine and other counts was sentenced in Avery Superior Court. DA Seth Bank's release said that Levi Hicks, 27, pled guilty to attempted trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent Full Story

 
False Alarms to Bring Fines in Boone

False burglar alarms have become a measurable problem for the Boone Police Department.  In 2013, Boone Police responded to over 1,300 false alarms.  Efforts taken in 2014, to include warning citations, have resulted in some reduction, however false burglar alarms remain a significant Full Story

 
Speedway Noise Draws Crowd to BTC

A standing-room only crowd came before the Boone Town Council at the Thursday meeting to speak about living with the noise of Mountain View Speedway or finding a family-friendly activity. Much of the conversation came during the public comment segment of the meeting, neighbors Full Story

 
Weeks Named New Principal at Parkway

Stephanie Weeks, now former assistant principal at Parkway School, is in her first day today as the new principal for Parkway.  Her selection was announced at a special called meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education Thursday afternoon.  Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott Full Story

 
Brantz Files for Mayor, Interim Selection Tonight

There were a number of candidates for Boone Town Council—incumbents and newcomers—when the filing opened for both mayor of Boone and for Town Council.  But at the opening bell of a five-day filing period, only one—town councilman Rennie Brantz, was there to file for mayor. The Full Story

 
Two Women Hurt in Morning Crash

Two women were injured in a single-vehicle crash yesterday morning on NC 194 in Valle Crucis.  State Trooper Townsend said that the 2004 Subaru that Aleesha Slomkoski was driving ran off of the road just past the original Mast General Store, slamming into a fence and a BREMCO Full Story

 
Switch: Ashe Commission Endorses Jordan Bill

Members of the New River Advocates inundated the Ashe County Commission meeting this morning, seeking to overturn a 3 to 2 vote that took Ashe out of Representative Jonathan Jordan’s House bill 875 that would cause commissioners in Ashe and Watauga to have to agree on use of Full Story

 
Teen-aged Girl Killed in Friday Night Wreck

A Blowing Rock School middle school student is dead after a traffic accident Friday night in Valle Crucis when her grandmother’s car flipped over.  State Trooper David Searcy said that the 8:40pm accident occurred on Wildwood Road at Daisy Ridge as 13-year old Lauren Jaquays reportedly Full Story

 
Ball Resigns, Asks for Special Filing Period

In a surprise move—coming ironically hours after the filing period for  municipal elections ended Friday—Boone Mayor Andy Ball announced his resignation.  Ball’s letter said that he and his fiancée are moving to Asheville in what he called the next phase of their lives together.  Ball was in Full Story

 
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