Sex Offender Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years

A Caldwell County registered sex offender was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Richard Voorhees to serve 235 months in a federal prison on charges of online enticement of a minor, according to U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose, of the Western District of North Carolina.

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Wrestling Comes in at No. 24 on InterMat Poll

MINNEAPOLIS — After its huge Southern Conference win over Chattanooga on Friday, Appalachian State University wrestling re-entered the top 25 of the InterMat Wrestling poll at No. 24.

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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


AppalCART fixed routes are running delayed. Van rural routes will not be operating today. 

  • Avery High School Basketball is postponed until Thursday
  • Avery Senior Center has no meals today, and is closed to the public
  • Farm Bureau Insurance in Newland and Banner Elk are closed today
  • Meat Camp Baptist Church ALL services for tonight have been cancelled
  • Tanger Outlet will open at 12 pm today.
  • Watauga County District Criminal Court has been canceled on Wednesday February 10, 2016. All parties need to be in contact with their attorneys.
  • Watauga County Project on Aging will not have congregate meals, home delivered meals, or transportation.
  • Willow Valley Baptist Church in Vilas will have NO services tonight and will only have an 11 am service on Sunday, Feb. 14th

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