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ASU Building Evacuated After Smoke Found

Classes were interrupted mid morning as smoke was detected in Garwood Hall, a chemistry hall on the ASU campus.  Boone Fire arrived as the students and staff were evacuated from the building, first arriving firemen finding light smoke in a hallway and class area.  It took some time to track down an Full Story

 
Packed House for Howard Street Forum

It’s been 27 years since the first proposal was put forward for renovations to Howard Street in downtown Boone, and in that time, numerous plans have been put forward—but none of them have led to action.  John Mena, 25-year shop owner in downtown, said “I commend everybody here Full Story

 
DBDA: Let's Try 2 Hours on New Parking Meters

Parking was an issue addressed by the Downtown Boone Development Authority yesterday morning in their regular meeting, with a number of Boone merchants there to express themselves on new smart metered parking.  Anna Roseman, downtown shop owner, said she has seen a definite Full Story

 
Suit Challenges Boone on Intake Property

While a House of Representatives bill filed by Jonathan Jordan to require the counties of Ashe and Watauga to weigh in on eminent domain sought by municipalities in the two counties remains stuck in a Senate committee, a lawsuit has been filed against the Town of Boone in a preemptive action Full Story

 
Howard Street Future Topic of Meeting Tonight

This evening, a number of interested entities, from restaurant owners to business owners to transportation, university and town officials to property owners and interested citizens will gather at The Uptown, a former warehouse facility on Howard Street converted to a multi-use facility.  The gathering Full Story

 
Meth Discovery Leads to Two Avery Arrests

In a busy week for the Avery County Sheriff’s office, deputies responded  to a home on Elk River Rd and report that they spoke to Justin Dean McKinney. Deputies say they told Mr. McKinney that they were there on a tip about drugs in the home and asked to enter the home. McKinney is reported Full Story

 
Pocketed Pot at Prison Yields Arrest

Last Saturday, June 6th, officers with the Avery County Sheriff's Office received a call from Mountain View Correctional Facility in reference to 47 year old Steven Wayne Widner allegedly found in possession of Marijuana as he came to the prison. When officers arrived, they were informed Mr. Widner Full Story

 
Nationally Televised Games to Begin at 7:30 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS — The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN announced on Monday that Appalachian State University football’s nationally televised Thursday night games versus Georgia Southern (Oct. 22) and Arkansas State (Nov. 5) will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Kidd Brewer

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Truck Careens off US 421, Traffic Impaired

A tractor trailer loaded with metal shavings crashed off of US 421 South this morning, and has been a day-long headache for emergency crews and travelers.  The trucker was not hurt, in spite of the damage to the rig, but Watauga Full Story

 
Missing Salisbury Woman Found in Boone

Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther, the missing pregnant woman from Salisbury, has been found apparently OK in Boone, that confirmed by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. Boone Police were notified after the woman’s ATM card was used at a CVS in Boone around 1 this afternoon, officials keeping Full Story

 
Another Injury Wreck at Troubled Intersection

There’s been another wreck at an intersection troubled by collisions since the opening of the multi-lane section of US 421, East King Street.  In this morning’s crash, a woman pulled out of New Market Drive, crossing East King in the path of a large dump truck, which struck the front left side of her Full Story

 
Deputy, Family of Three Hurt in Boone Crash...

Two crashes within minutes of each other blocked traffic coming through the US 321- NC 105 intersection and US 421 North in the 4 ‘o clock hour yesterday afternoon and sent four to the hospital. 
The injuries came as Watauga Deputy William Gilliam was responding to an emergency call, Full Story

 
...US 421 Blocked in Second PM Crash

At almost the same time, two vehicles collided on US 421 just north of the Boone Town Limits, with one vehicle ending on its top.  Boone Police, fire, and Watauga Medics all responded to that crash, finding one of the vehicles on its top in the road, the other smashed in the front.  Boone Police say Full Story

 
Second Suit Filed in Best Western Deaths

It was two years ago today that 11-year old Jeffrey Lee Williams died in room 225 of the Best Western Hotel in Boone, his mother critically injured as fumes from a faulty pool heater seeped into their room.  With the deadline in state law reached today, the second lawsuit in deaths at the hotel Full Story

 
Two Motorcyclists Injured, One Airlifted

Two people were injured—one airlifted after a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon, part of a rally of Tennessee cyclists.  The crash occurred in far western Watauga County at about 2pm on US 321about a tenth of a mile from where the Riverview Grocery stood until a fire this spring Full Story

 
App Theater: 78% Towards Goal

The fundraising is now public, the Appalachian Theater of the High announcing yesterday the public phase of the fundraising for the historic theater.  Drive Chairman John Cooper told the gathering of several hundred inside the shell of the theater last night about where the drive is at the end of Full Story

 
Orchard at Altapass Protected by Land Trusts

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) recently protected the Orchard at Altapass, ensuring that the land will remain a working apple orchard and vibrant Blue Ridge Parkway visitor destination long into the future.  CTNC and the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund purchased Full Story

 
Good April Economic News; Joblessness Down...

High Country employment was up—unemployment down as good economic news came in the first full month of spring on several fronts.   Ashe, Avery, and Watauga all experienced drops in their unemployment of over a half percent, as joblessness dropped in 89 of the state’s 100 counties.  The ESC report Full Story

 
...Home Sales, Listings Up

Local Realtors® report a brisk start to 2015, reporting the busiest April in eight years.  Buyers’ market conditions and low interest rates continue to fuel activity, according to the latest High Country realtor’s report, economic factors that are convincing many sellers to get an early start on the busy Full Story

 
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