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Avery K9 Death; Release from Sheriff Frye

There is considerable sorrow and a bit of anger surrounding the death of a new K9 being trained to serve the Avery County Sheriff’s Office, according to a release from Sheriff Kevin Frye. The sadness was over the attack that killed the puppy, the anger over actions and inquiries Full Story

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Ashe Man Sentenced in Federal Court

A West Jefferson man has been sentenced in Federal Court in Charlotte to 15 years in prison and five years of supervised release after being convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, money laundering conspiracy, and Full Story

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Property Damage Leads to Drug Charges

Land Harbor Police and Avery County Sheriff’s Deputies have charged a Tennessee man in a bizarre incident from last Thursday that soon led to other suspects and more charges.  Officers and deputies were called to the entrance of Land Harbor at about 4:00pm to reports of a person Full Story

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ETJ Round Two Goes to Boone

The Town of Boone still has its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, it’s authority to regulate property development outside the town limit, that as Senator Dan Soucek’s bill to take that away filed in the 2014 legislative session was struck down by a three judge panel.  Round two in the case of Boone Full Story

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Fire Totals Watauga Home, One Hurt

There were injuries in the fire yesterday morning that totaled a home just before the Tennessee line in far western Watauga County.  The 7:40am fire call came in from 2445 Stone Mountain Road, but the first Beaverdam units, arriving right at 8am, reported the occupants were out of the Full Story

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Accelerated Work Promised on US 321 in BR

Look for an accelerated work schedule on the US 321 project through Blowing Rock. The Blowing Rock Civic Association (BRCA), who held a community forum in July with the NCDOT about the widening of Valley Blvd., US Hwy 321, reports that  Mike Holder, chief engineer of the Full Story

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Jobless Rate Shows 'Shakiness' in Economy

In some shaky economic news for the state—almost the entire state—unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in four counties, and remained unchanged in one county—and  Avery was that one county. In the High Full Story

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Ball's Last Day as Mayor

Today is the last day of Andy Ball serving as Mayor of Boone—his resignation, announced two weeks ago, effective after today.  The announcement of his move to Asheville with his fiancée came just after the filing period for municipal elections closed, and a special filing period Full Story

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Crimestoppers Seek Stolen Horse Trailer, Vandals

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving two recent crimes;  The theft of a horse trailer from ASU property and a vandalism to construction equipment . The ASU Police Department needs your help in solving a Theft of a Horse Trailer that took Full Story

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Wilkes Woman Dies in Wednesday Crash

A Millers Creek woman died after a crash yesterday morning in Wilkesboro.  The crash occurred as 79-year old Elynn Bryant Pierce pulled out of the Lowes Hardware lot and into the path of Bethany Oller’s Ford, which struck the Pierce Chevrolet at the driver’s door.  Elynn Pierce was pinned Full Story

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