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

There were emergency calls at dawn and just after dark for Cove Creek Fire/First responders on Thanksgiving day, their day starting with a vehicle on fire and ending with a traffic accident scene that stretched over 500 feet.

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 late Tuesday afternoon logging accident has killed a logger, while the man was clearing a path for a power line through Carter County Tennessee.  

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.  

It could have been much worse—the crash of a rock-filled dump truck onto the lot of a Vilas service station Tuesday afternoon.  

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.

Twice over the weekend, Watauga deputies searched the Stony Fork area near the Wilkes line after calls from Lenoir over a man missing, endangered—possibly shot.

Three fire companies were called out to an early Sunday morning fire in Foscoe’s district, with a family renting the home involved escaping the fire that caused heavy damage to the house.

So far, five arrests have been made by the Avery Sheriff’s office after a meth lab was found early yesterday morning, and more arrests may yet come in the probe.