How’s this for an early Christmas present? Members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation will soon receive double the rate reduction for twice the length of time as previously announced due to lower wholesale power cost projections.

Guilty verdicts were returned Thursday afternoon after a short deliberation in Watauga Superior Court, that after a week of testimony in a child sex case filed against a Watauga man.  

Nine methamphetamine traffickers from the High Country and Foothills have been sentenced over a two-day period to prison terms ranging from 1 to 17 1/2 years in Federal Prison, as a result of two related Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigations, that from Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

The Watauga Sheriff’s Office has a number of construction site thefts under investigation—including one reported Thursday, with a construction trailer stolen from the Todd area at a site on Longhope Road, in each,  tools and equipment taken in a number of Watauga communities.

The political year of 2016 appears to have gotten underway with a bang, that with filing opening yesterday for county, state, and federal races.

Meanwhile, Boone Police seek the public’s assistance through High Country Crime Stoppers and in solving an assault from Friday, November 6th, when an unknown, college aged male assaulted a man in the parking lot of the Boone Mall near TJ Maxx.

A pedestrian was rushed to Watauga Medical Center, then was transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical center last night after being struck by a vehicle as the man crossed Blowing Rock Road.  

A disturbance in a Downtown Boone restaurant early Sunday morning led to an armed man being chased down by police.

There has been another break-in at an area cellular store—and mostly Apple products were again targeted.  The latest is a repeat of an earlier crime at the Carolina West Wireless store on US 421 in Wilkesboro, the break-in early this morning.  

Boone Police, in a busy overnight early this past Sunday, made two arrests at a Birch Street apartment after officers reported they detected the odor of marijuana.

The Watauga County Republican Party now has the task of nominating a new member to the Watauga County Board of Elections, that with the resignation—effective at the end of today—of Board of Elections Chair Luke Eggers.