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Fires Damage Structures, Woodlands

Ashe County Fire investigators are probing the cause of morning fire in the Crumpler area, a blaze battled by a number of Ashe Fire departments.  The  call came in at about 7:45 this morning to 5885 Old NC 16 North, with New River and other departments soon on the scene.  Within minutes Full Story

Blowing Rock Celebrates 125 Years

The Town of Blowing Rock celebrated its 125th birthday yesterday with cake and a party at the town hall, shortly followed by a Board of Commissioners meeting, plowing ahead into the next 125 years. On that agenda, Kipp Turner of Maymead Construction, contractor on the US 321 Full Story

Back To Winter; Winds Blast High Country

Yes, the calendar still says its winter, and Mother Nature is letting us know, with a blast of high winds ushering in much colder weather and the possibility of snow. High wind warnings are in effect for late today, with sustained winds of 30mph and gusts twice that—to 65—as a frontal system Full Story

Moore Inducted In SoCon HOF

Former Appalachian State University football coach Jerry Moore was inducted to the Southern Conference Hall of Fame during on Monday during a ceremony at U.S. Cellular Center.

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Injured Climber Plucked From Side of Cliff

A dramatic rescue captured late yesterday afternoon in the Linville Gorge as a young man fell 20 to 40 feet while rappelling on the face of Shortoff mountain, landing precariously on a very small outcropping. The mid afternoon fall led rescuers to call for the National Guard rescue crew out of Salisbury Full Story

Capel Not Renewed as Men’s Basketball Coach

Appalachian State University will not renew the contract of men’s basketball head coach Jason Capel, director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced on Monday. Full Story

Trucks Collide, Three Injured

Three injuries were reported in a nearly head-on crash between a pickup truck and a rollback wrecker on US 421 Monday morning.  The crash occurred at about 8am at the Vanderpool Road intersection, State Trooper Townsend reporting that the crash occurred as Terry Jones of Vilas Full Story

Kidnapper Escapes, Recaptured in Tenn.

A Tennessee state prison inmate who walked away from a work detail near Mountain City Thursday was recaptured in Johnson County several hours later. There was some community uproar over Joshua Baber, 24, being allowed on a work detail despite being convicted for several violent crimes, Full Story

Child Endangerment Filed After Meth Lab Found

A tip about an abandoned methamphetamine dump site led Johnson County Tennessee deputies to arrest the second of two Butler residents on numerous meth counts, then child endangerment charges last Monday. The Johnson City Press said Deputies picked up Charles Curtis Carden, Full Story

S.E.A.M. Seeks to Fund Entrepreneurs

Supporting Economic Alternatives in the Mountains (S.E.A.M.) is now accepting proposals from emerging High Country entrepreneurs until March 21st. Funding of up to $1000 will be allocated to projects at the second S.E.A.M. community investment dinner on May 4. These participatory events seek Full Story

Vikings Fall In Regional Finals

The Avery High boys' basketball team had a magical season. One that resembles a Hollywood script concerning a small-town team rising from the ashes and taking on a powerhouse program in a

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Foster Parent Charged With Sex Counts

On February 25th, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office of Criminal Investigation, received a report alleging an inappropriate sexual relationship between a 17 year old juvenile foster child and a foster parent in Watauga County.  The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, along Full Story

Power Restored, BREMCO Sends Crews

Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are almost finished with power restoration to the final 12 members affected by this morning's heavy, wet snow that pulled tree limbs onto power lines.A high of 609 members were affected today, primarily in southern Caldwell County Full Story

Ashe County Man Convicted in Fed Drug Case

An Ashe County man has been convicted by a Charlotte jury who returned a guilty verdict Friday against  Martin Martinez Saldana,  44,  of  West  Jefferson,  following  a  four  day  trial,  according to Anne  M. Tompkins,  U.S.  Attorney  for  the  Western  District  of  North  Carolina.  Saldana Full Story

Vikings in Final Four against Winston Salem Prep

For the first time in school history, the Avery Viking Basketball team is in the Final Four of the NCHSAA 1A State Playoffs. The Vikings are riding a 20-game winning streak, coming off of a 40-39 victory over the Allegheny Trojans in the Regional Semifinal on Wednesday, March 5. Full Story

March Madness from Mother Nature

Another blast of winter weather, another day off for area schools and maybe more days or hours added to school calendars across the High Country and Foothills. DOT crews worked the highways all night, and most are passable, as are municipal roads, but all are snow covered and any Full Story

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