Jane Nicholson of Boone was presented with the College News Association of the Carolinas’ (CNAC) H. Lewis Gaston Award for outstanding service March 6.

24-year-old Ryan Neil Hicks of Boone has been charged with murder in the death of a 10-month old baby.

The following is a press release from Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman:

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says flu cases and flu-related deaths have increased in the state.

Valle Crucis Principal Preston Clarke has been named Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year. Clarke was presented the award by WCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott, representatives from WCS and members of his family in a surprise ceremony Friday morning.

Blue Ridge Energy linemen have all outages restored as of 7:30 am Thursday morning after an unusual winter thunderstorm with high winds and lightning left over 1,000 members in the dark primarily in Watauga and Ashe counties.

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

North Carolina House District 93 Representative Jonathan Jordan has introduced a school calendar flex bill in the General Assembly.

An accident Thursday morning at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Tater Hill Road resulted in a passenger being airlifted to Johnson City.

A car chase last Sunday February 26th reached speeds of 100 miles an hour, and led officers from Boone into Tennessee.

The family of a Tennessee child has filed a lawsuit in federal court after they said the young boy was stranded on a chairlift at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort last season, and had to jump down more than 30 feet.