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Heavy Fire Damage in Avery Fire

A number of Avery Fire departments were called out in the noon hour today after a firefighters spotted a structure on fire in the Frank Community.  The flames were coming from a house on Whitaker Branch Road just off of US 19E, the 12:30pm fire call involving Frank, Green Valley, Elk Park Full Story

IRS Scams: Don't Be Fooled

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminal con men impersonating IRS agents are ramping up as tax season has arrived and remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman Full Story

Campaign for Appalachian Tops Goal

The Campaign for Appalachian has exceeded its $200 million goal, raising $203,593,769 in support of academics, the arts and athletics at Appalachian State University. The Campaign for Appalachian is the university’s largest fundraising effort to date, with the previous campaign, The Campaign Full Story

Motorcyclist Airlifted After Parkway Crash

A Boone man has been identified as the motorcyclist who was airlifted to the Johnson City Medical Center after slamming his moped into a closed gate on the Blue Ridge Parkway just after dark last night.  The accident occurred near Holloway Mountain Road around 6:30 last night, first arriving first responders Full Story

Wanted: Board Members for Boone Committees

The Boone Town Council is looking for more citizen involvement on committees who make recommendations to the Town Council in a number of areas.  The town has released the list of committees that have vacancies, and are soliciting applications from people who would like to serve on the following boards: Full Story

UPDATE: Man Dies in Housefire In Lenoir

Lenoir officials have identified the  man who died in a fire late last night in Lenoir.  Lenoir  Fire Chief Ken Briscoe said firefighters got to the home within minutes after the 11:07pm call, and after learning someone was possibly inside immediately went to work to save him. Lenoir Fire Department and the Lenoir Full Story

NC Man Killed in US 19-E Crash

A North Carolina man was killed Saturday morning in a crash just inside Tennessee as his sedan collided head-on with a tractor trailer rig.  The crash occurred near the state line on US 19E just after 10 Saturday morning when John S. Mann, 37, of Spring Lake NC, crossed the center line in his 2013 Full Story

Polar Plungers at Blowing Rock Winterfest

Quite a few brave--some would say foolish--folks took the plunge into Chetola Lake for the annual Winterfest Polar Plunge Saturday.  Braving not only the cold of the lake but the winds whipping through Blowing Rock as each waited their turn--as well as blowing snow, the gathering celebrated winter and Full Story

Avery Fire Personnel Hurt in Head-on Crash

Avery fire personnel were injured in a head-on crash in Avery County as a tractor trailer, south-bound on US 221, came across the center line, forcing a car travelling north-bound to slam into the truck carrying the two men.  The two in the truck reported they were injured in the 10:50am crash, Full Story

Sex Counts Filed Against Watauga Man

On January 5th, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Watauga County Department of Social Services alleging that a fifteen year old juvenile had been sexually assaulted on January 3rd at a residence in Watauga County. Sheriff Len Hagaman reported that the Watauga County Sheriff’s Full Story

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