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Bomb Squad Called; Device 'Inert'

The Wilkes County bomb squad was called to a residence at Homespun Hills overnight after what appeared to be a possible explosive device was spotted by neighbors and found at a house where the tenants had been evicted recently.  The residence was taped off with deputy cars around it Full Story

 
Boone Honored by Department of Commerce

Boone is among 35 North Carolina Communities named Tuesday as N.C. Main Street communities for 2014 by the N.C. Commerce Department. Along with Boone are North Wilkesboro, Elkin, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton and Mount Airy in the west and northwest corner of the state. Full Story

 
Watauga Man Nominated for State Board of Ed

Gov. Pat McCrory nominated a Watauga County man to one of two seats on the State Board of Education. J. Todd Chasteen of Watauga County is vice president of administration, human resources, and general counsel for the Samaritan’s Purse, the international nonprofit Full Story

 
Two Hurt, One Airlifted in Ashe Crash

One driver was airlifted after two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Frank Dillard Road and N.C. 163 in West Jefferson shortly before noon Tuesday. State Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Brown said a PT Cruiser was headed south on N.C. 163 and was waiting to Full Story

 
Watauga Civil Superior Jurors Excused Next Week

Jurors notified to report for jury duty for next week, April 20th, 2015 for Superior Civil Court for Watauga County not need to appear. The Clerk of Courts office says these jurors  have been released for the week.

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Wellness District Concept Goes to Public

A nearly full house of folks faced the Boone Planning Board and Boone Town Council at a joint meeting called for last night to deal with initial confusion from a plan for a Wellness District in the area of Watauga Medical Center and unaddressed issues in the roll-out of the proposed Full Story

 
'Gold Paint' Vandals Sought by ASU, Boone PDs

On Monday, Boone Police received reports that, sometime over the weekend, parking meters, trashcans, and street signs on West King Street had been vandalized with the word “Draba” written on these items in gold paint.  One street sign damaged with what appears to be an "A" with Full Story

 
Apps Kicks Off “Year of the Fan”

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University athletics has officially kicked off its “Year of the Fan.” The Year of the Fan will run through the 2015-16 academic year as a way for Appalachian State athletics to

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Woman Found Dead in Avery Waterway ID'd

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a woman, said to have been found face down in the waters of the Toe River or Plumtree Creek yesterday afternoon.  Details are still sketchy, but the Sheriff’s Office reports that 45-year old Sarah Faye Triplett, of Connelly Springs, Full Story

 
Wilcox Joins IMG Crew

ATLANTA — Former Appalachian State University football student-athlete and eight-year National Football League veteran Daniel Wilcox will join the Appalachian IMG Sports Network broadcast crew as the color commentator for Mountaineer football broadcasts in 2015, associate athletics director for

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Shooting Death Probed as Homicide

Investigators in Lenoir are still being tight lipped over a shooting from late Friday night that claimed the life of a teen, and incident they are calling a homicide.  What they are saying is that on Friday night at 11:19 PM, Lenoir Police Officers responded to a 911 call from Atwood Drive in Lenoir Full Story

 
Hopes For Rain to Put out Pisgah Fire

A wildfire in the Pisgah National Forest is still being dealt with this morning, with hopes that rain moving in over the next several days will completely put out the fire.  The Blue Gravel wildfire is burning in a remote area east of Shortoff Mountain outside of Linville Gorge Wilderness Full Story

 
Rash of Weekend Wrecks Cause Injuries

The weekend saw a number of traffic accidents with injuries, starting with a rash of wrecks Friday afternoon across the High Country.  The injury wrecks stretched from a single-vehicle wreck on US 221 about a mile past the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass to NC 105 in Foscoe near Shull’s Mill to Full Story

 
Unemployment Dips in February

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 89 of North Carolina’s counties in February, increased in five, and remained unchanged in six. Graham County and Hyde County both had the highest unemployment rate at 14.2 percent while Orange County had the lowest Full Story

 
Ashe Teacher is NC Teacher of the Year

Ashe County High School English teacher Keana Triplett today was named the 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The Ashe County Public Schools’ teacher succeeds James E. Ford, a World History teacher at Garinger High School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools). Full Story

 
Crimestoppers: Info Sought in Bomb Threat

Last Saturday morning, the Boone Police Department responded to bomb threat at Melanie’s Food Fantasy at 664 W. King Street in Boone. The threat was called around 8am in by an unknown person to the Boone Police Department’s Communication Division.  The Boone Police Department Full Story

 
Woman Shot, Critically Injured, Neighbor Charged

Ashe County deputies rushed to a Clifton area home just before midnight Saturday, after the Ashe County Communications Center received a life line call-in—the lifeline was from a 77-year old reporting she had been shot. Ashe deputies rushed to the residence of Viola and Dean Turnmire on Jones Full Story

 
Beware of Large Creek Critters...

Generally speaking, the Army Corps of Engineers is very protective of waterways across the country, and when asked about moving a creek or other waterway, they take a long, hard look at the impact.  But the corps and NC DENR finally gave its approval to move Boone Creek—also Full Story

 
Caution Urged: Spring Fire Season

After several days of woods fires in which Avery County firefighters battled a wind-driven woods and grass fire in the Frank fire district, the N.C. Forest Service is urging residents across the state to exercise caution when burning debris during spring fire season.  The spring Full Story

 
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