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Murder on the Air; Two Virginia TV Journalists Killed

Two Virginia TV journalists were killed, a chamber of commerce employee they were interviewing was shot as dawn broke this morning outside Roanoke.  The shooting took place at about 6:45 this morning at a resort not unlike many such spots here in the High Country. WDBJ photographer Full Story

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Two Shot, One Dead in Caldwell Incident

A double shooting left one woman dead and a man in critical condition yesterday morning in Caldwell County, the shooting a day after the alleged shooter was released from an area hospital suffering mental issues. It was 8:31am that Deputies of the Caldwell County Sheriff’ Office responded to the Full Story

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Wilkes Four-Wheeler Crash Kills Rowan Man

A Rowan County man died late Friday night in a Wilkes four-wheeler accident, according to the state patrol.  Robert Alex Severt, 65, of China Grove, was killed late Friday night when his four-wheeler wrecked on Big Ivy Road in the Parsonsville community, just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Full Story

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Wilkes Community College Educator Charged

An investigation by the North Carolina SBI has led to a Wilkes County educator’s arrest, that according to a release Friday from North Carolina Crime Control and Public Safety.  William Wesley Poplin, 52, of Ronda, was charged with five felony counts of embezzlement and seven felony counts of Full Story

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Meth Counts Lead to Jail Term For Watauga Man

A Watauga County man was sentenced last week in Watauga Superior Court to 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 years in prison after his arrest this past spring on meth counts.  The Watauga sheriff’s Office release said Christopher Baird, 28, was given a sentence of fifty-four to seventy-seven months in a plea Full Story

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Speedway Issues Draw Another Crowd

The Boone Town Council, with no agenda items concerning Mountainview Speedway, found themselves in front of a full house representing two sides of the issue of the operation of the speedway.  First comments came from speedway Full Story

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Realtors: Best 12 Months Since 2007

Local Realtors® sold more homes in the past 12 months than in any calendar year since 2007, according to the latest month real estate report compiled by the High Country Association of Realtors®. The brisk activity occurred while interest rates hovered around 4 percent, and are now below where Full Story

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Two Hurt as SUV Flips on Blowing Rock Road

Two injuries came from a crash last night on Blowing Rock Road in Boone—one transported to Watauga Medical Center by Watauga Rescue—that as an SUV flipped over on its top after a collision with a Ford sedan. The 8:55pm crash occurred near the Meadowview Drive intersection, the front Full Story

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Fire Guts Storage Structure

Fire gutted the interior of a Galvalume structure yesterday afternoon, a blaze that caused a number of Watauga departments to respond.  Smoke was spotted coming from the structure off of Clint Lewis Road off of NC 194 North around 3pm, but first arriving fire units from Full Story

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Blowing Rock Roadwork to Close Intersection for 30 Days

Trying to avoid the most negative impact, the N.C. Department of Transportation is working to close a major Blowing Rock intersection for roadwork between the peak of summer tourism and leaf season.  That means that, for a month, starting Monday, Aug. 24th, the U.S. 321 Full Story

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