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Farmland Board Recommends Against Intake

The Watauga County Agricultural Advisory Board was less than supportive of the town of Boone’s needs for the proposed water intake facility on the South Fork of the New River, that as it released its report on their July 14th hearing on the matter Friday afternoon. The report even suggests Full Story

Meth Suspects Convicted in Avery Court

Thursday, July 23rd, the second of two suspects in arrested in the trafficking of methamphetamine and other counts was sentenced in Avery Superior Court. DA Seth Bank's release said that Levi Hicks, 27, pled guilty to attempted trafficking in methamphetamine, possession with intent Full Story

False Alarms to Bring Fines in Boone

False burglar alarms have become a measurable problem for the Boone Police Department.  In 2013, Boone Police responded to over 1,300 false alarms.  Efforts taken in 2014, to include warning citations, have resulted in some reduction, however false burglar alarms remain a significant Full Story

Speedway Noise Draws Crowd to BTC

A standing-room only crowd came before the Boone Town Council at the Thursday meeting to speak about living with the noise of Mountain View Speedway or finding a family-friendly activity. Much of the conversation came during the public comment segment of the meeting, neighbors Full Story

Weeks Named New Principal at Parkway

Stephanie Weeks, now former assistant principal at Parkway School, is in her first day today as the new principal for Parkway.  Her selection was announced at a special called meeting of the Watauga County Board of Education Thursday afternoon.  Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott Full Story

Brantz Files for Mayor, Interim Selection Tonight

There were a number of candidates for Boone Town Council—incumbents and newcomers—when the filing opened for both mayor of Boone and for Town Council.  But at the opening bell of a five-day filing period, only one—town councilman Rennie Brantz, was there to file for mayor. The Full Story

Two Women Hurt in Morning Crash

Two women were injured in a single-vehicle crash yesterday morning on NC 194 in Valle Crucis.  State Trooper Townsend said that the 2004 Subaru that Aleesha Slomkoski was driving ran off of the road just past the original Mast General Store, slamming into a fence and a BREMCO Full Story

Switch: Ashe Commission Endorses Jordan Bill

Members of the New River Advocates inundated the Ashe County Commission meeting this morning, seeking to overturn a 3 to 2 vote that took Ashe out of Representative Jonathan Jordan’s House bill 875 that would cause commissioners in Ashe and Watauga to have to agree on use of Full Story

Teen-aged Girl Killed in Friday Night Wreck

A Blowing Rock School middle school student is dead after a traffic accident Friday night in Valle Crucis when her grandmother’s car flipped over.  State Trooper David Searcy said that the 8:40pm accident occurred on Wildwood Road at Daisy Ridge as 13-year old Lauren Jaquays reportedly Full Story

Ball Resigns, Asks for Special Filing Period

In a surprise move—coming ironically hours after the filing period for  municipal elections ended Friday—Boone Mayor Andy Ball announced his resignation.  Ball’s letter said that he and his fiancée are moving to Asheville in what he called the next phase of their lives together.  Ball was in Full Story

McGuire, Mims Headline Preseason Team

NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt announced its 2015 All-Conference football teams on Monday, as selected by the league's 11 head football coaches and selected members of the media. All 11 schools

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2 Incumbents Out in Boone, 8 File in Beech Mtn

The noon deadline came and went, and with it two Boone Town Council members became lame ducks, deciding not to file for second terms, that while eight filed for Town Council in Beech Mountain.  In the Boone race, incumbent first term councilman Quint David did not file for a second Full Story

Avery Gets a Good One in Phelps

NEWLAND, NC - Life can be so unfair and funny at times. Take Avery High's new football coach Jason Phelps, for instance. A guy that wears his heart on his sleeve. You can't help but root for the guy,

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Boone, Wake, SBI Join to Make Predator Arrest

Boone Police, working with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and SBI, have made another arrest on counts involving sexual rendezvous with children. Police Wednesday arrested Ralph David Dennis, 60, of 2905 Stone Gap Court, Raleigh, the arrest comes after another recent joint Full Story

So Long, Pete....

And thanks for all the memories. Yes, believe it or not, Pete Hardee is no longer the baseball coach at Watauga High. A 20-year run officially came to a close Tuesday night, when he was introduced as

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Eagles Favored To Win SBC

NEW ORLEANS – Georgia Southern was picked as the favorite to repeat and win the conference championship in the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Football Preseason Poll, voted on by the league’s 11

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'Distraction Con' Suspects Sought

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On July 12, 2015, two men entered the Chipotle Restaurant located at 1787 Blowing Rock Rd. in Boone and placed an order.  One of the men presented money to the cashier and Full Story

Farmland Board Hears Intake Arguments

The crowd that gathered at the Watauga Courtroom was overwhelmingly there to seek to stop the Boone Water intake on the New River, asking the Watauga County Farmland Advisory Board for their help in stopping the project.  First, the Town of Boone made their case through town attorney Full Story

Head-on Crash Causes Injuries, Snarls Traffic

Two injuries were reported, one transported after a head-on crash this morning on Bamboo Road.  The crash occurred right at 8am at the intersection with Milton Brown Heirs Road near Samaritan’s Purse, but those in one car, a blue Honda, were ambulatory at the scene while Watauga Medics Full Story

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