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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

Broyhill Homestead Destroyed in Fire

The 120 year old house that was originally the home of the founding family of Broyhill Furniture burned almost entirely in a Tuesday fire.  The fire at the house at 3024 Broyhill Lake Road in Kings Creek, may have been started by the line of thunderstorms that hit the area just after dawn Full Story

Blair on Lombardi Watch List

HOUSTON — Appalachian State University senior defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) is one of 145 student-athletes on the official watch list for the 46th-annual Rotary

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Waves of Storms Slam High Country

After a couple of lines of strong to severe storms crossed the mountains in the early evening and again late last night, power has mostly been restored to areas where lightning strikes and downed trees took out power.  But that work is nearing completion as another line of severe weather Full Story

SBI Identifies Two Deputies in Shooting Probe

The State Bureau of Investigation has released the names of two Ashe County Sheriff deputies who responded to a disturbance call late the night of July 8th when Dallas Arthur Shatley of Shatley Road, Jefferson, was shot and killed.  The SBI identified deputies Christopher Lee Roten, a Full Story

Contentious Land Issues Have Hearing Tonight

Contention over land issues continue for both Boone and Watauga County, with more public comment set this week in one of these issues.  While the Town of Boone is seeking to start the New River water intake project by next year, a group seeking to stop that project will be making public Full Story

Middleton on Thorpe Watch List

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Appalachian State University senior defensive back Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) is one of only 42 student-athletes on the official watch list for the

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60th Grandfather Highland Games 'In The Books'

The 60th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are in the books, with first-time competitors Jordan Lake and Amanda Gregory offered standout performances Saturday at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, earning the title of Track and Field Athletes of the Games. Lake, 35, of Asheville, Full Story

Saturday Motorcycle Wrecks Injure Three

Three motorcyclists were injured in two afternoon wrecks Saturday in Watauga County.  The first was around 3pm on NC 105 in front of the Smoketree Lodge where a single motorcyclist crashed, and appeared to have struck the guardrail on the long downhill heading into the Full Story

GMHG Marathon winners hail from Boone, Glasgow

A reigning champion from Boone and a first-time competitor from Scotland were crowned men and women’s champs Saturday in the Grandfather Mountain Marathon. The gritty 26.2-mile race drew 327 runners to the starting line, but it was 34-year-old Caleb Masland of Boone Full Story

Yosef Club Sets All-Time Record for Annual Donations

BOONE, N.C. — The Yosef Club, Appalachian State University athletics’ fundraising arm, generated an all-time record of $3,006,864 in annual giving during the 2014-15 fiscal year, director of athletics Doug

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Filings Mount, Races Heat Up

Friday marked the end of the first of two weeks for filing for municipal election, those seeking positions for town offices, and with that half-way point demarcation, there have been several candidates filing since the rush on July 6th as the filing window opened.  As of Friday, there are six Full Story

SBI Probe Still Underway in Fatal Shooting

There are no additional details from the SBI in the case of a shooting from late Wednesday night involving an Ashe Deputy who fatally shot a Shatley area man.  The initial disturbance call  led to Ashe deputies being called at around 10:00 PM Wednesday night  to Shatley Road off of NC 16 Full Story

Lenoir Man Faces Life Term in Meth Convictions

A Statesville Federal jury Wednesday convicted a Lenoir man in numerous Federal methamphetamine counts, and he faces possible life in prison.   Roger Dale Franklin, 54, of Lenoir, was convicted in nine charges involving methamphetamine and weapons,  including conspiracy to distribute Full Story

Boone Resident Wins First Event of 60th GMHG

The games are underway—the 60th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, with a Boone resident victorious in the first athletic event. Andrew Vandenberg emerged victorious Thursday in the running of The Bear, a grueling five-mile hill climb that kicked off the games.  Vandenberg, Full Story

Deputies Fire Shots, Ashe Man Dead

A disturbance that caused Ashe deputies to be called led to gunfire and a man killed in an Ashe County incident from late last night.  Sheriff James Williams’ release said that, at around 10:00 PM Wednesday night, deputies were called to a disturbance on Shatley Road off of NC 16 north Full Story

New Traffic Pattern THURSDAY on 321 in BR

New Traffic Pattern Begins July 9, 2015 on the US 321 construction project in Blowing Rock. The new traffic pattern is scheduled for activation for northbound traffic from Norwood Circle to Skyland View Drive.  Construction operations for this traffic shift are currently scheduled to begin Full Story

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