Avery Man Takes Lottery Cash

While no one in the High Country took home any of the Powerball Jackpot last month—the largest amount ever up for grabs—a birthday and anniversary added up to a lucky number for an Avery County man, who might find himself with some new friends—maybe some new relatives he wasn’t aware of.

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Campbell Named ACC Scholar-Athlete Of Year

GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina senior defender Jonathan Campbell has been named the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and leads the sports All-ACC Academic team, as announced Tuesday by Commissioner John Swofford.

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Pet Patrol

Lost: Blue Heeler

On february 4th, a blue heeler named Rusty went missing from the Valle Crucis/ Sugar Grove area. He is wearing a blue reflective collar. If found please call 828-773-9436 or 828-266-3513.

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Community and Business

FAFSA Day Saturday at ASU

Families who would like help completing the FAFSA are invited to attend FAFSA Day on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Appalachian State University in the John E. Thomas Building, Room 265 (Financial Aid Office).

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Obituaries(Funeral Homes)

Virgil L. Morgan

Mr. Virgil Lee Morgan, age 88, of Boone, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

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Closings and Cancellations

Closings and Cancellations


  • Ashe County Schools are closed and no- day for 10 month employees
  • Buckeye Recreation opens at 10am
  • Watauga County Schools will be closed for students Wednesday, February 10th.  Wednesday will be an optional teacher work day and the snow day program at Hardin Park will open at 9:00 a.m.  School personnel may report to work with a two hour delay as needed to ensure safe travel
  • Avery County Schools are closed for Wednesday, staff to report on a two-hour delay
  • Watauga County District Criminal Court will open Wednesday at 11am
  • Avery administrative offices open at 9am
  • Avery Transportation will run no vans
  • Town of Newland opens at 9am


  • Avery County Board of Education meeting scheduled for today has been reset for Tuesday, February 16th, 6pm
  • Avery High School Basketball vs Mitchell County has been postponed until tomorrow, weather permitting.
  • CCC&TI's Watauga Campus has canceled day and evening classes for Tuesday, Feb. 9.
  • Greenway Baptist Pee-Wee Basketball Practices scheduled for today have been cancelled.
  • Lees-McRae College is closed today.
  • The Seven Devils Town Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 5:30PM has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at 5:30PM at Town Hall due to inclement weather. For further updates visit
  • Watauga Community Band has cancelled practice for tonight
  • Watauga County Criminal Courts are cancelled for today; all parties involved in cases need to be in touch with their attorneys for reschedule dates.
  • Watauga County Project on Aging will not have home delivered meals, congregate meals, or transportation. 
  • Watauga County Public Library will close at 3
  • Watauga Opportunities is closed and will not have transportation.
  • Weight Watchers 5:30 meeting at the Paul Broyhill Wellness Center is cancelled tonight



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