'Heartbreaker' Hits Avery Meth Suspects

It has a Valentine theme, but 'Operation Heartbreaker,' conducted by the Avery County Sheriff’s Office and Newland Police department, was well named as officers conducted a round-up of methamphetamine suspects.

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Wrestling Clinches SoCon Title with Win over VMI

BOONE, N.C. — With a share of the Southern Conference title on the line, Appalachian State University wrestling won in dominating fashion over Virginia Military Institute, 27-9. The Mountaineers (11-3, 6-1 SoCon) won seven of ten matches over the Keydets (3-9, 1-6 SoCon).

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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)

Robert (Bob) E. Triplette

Robert (Bob) E. Triplette of Linville, NC and Ft. Myers, FL died peacefully February 7 at Joanne's House At Hope Hospice, Bonita Springs, FL after a long battle with cancer.  Bob was born December 1, 1936.


His memory is cherished by members of his family - spouse, Betty, children: Mrs. Johnny Capps (Gweenda) Rockingham, NC; Mrs. Jimmy Flanagan (Phyllis) Raleigh, NC and Ryan Triplette (Cheryl) Hudson, NC; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bob enjoyed reading and his computer.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

Sincere thanks to Dr. Sobol, Selby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, Boone, NC and Dr. Rubin, Florida Cancer Specialist, Bonita Springs, FL.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs, FL  34135. 

A private service for the family will be at a later date.


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Closings and Cancellations

Closings and Cancellations


  • Ashe County Schools are closing early. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:00, Middle School at 11:15, and High School at 11:30.
  • Avery County Schools are closed for students, optional teachers work day
  • Carter County, TN Schools are closed.
  • Johnson County, TN Schools are closed.
  • Lee's McRae College is closed.
  • Mitchell County Schools are closed.
  • Watauga County Schools are closed to students. It's an optional teacher workday. The Snow Day Program at Hardin Park will open at 9:00 a.m.
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