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Five Busted in Prostitution Sting

Boone Police say five men have been arrested and charged by the department with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution after a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels. The police release says that on July 2nd, Boone Police utilized online advertisements offering prostitution Full Story

Land Use, Water Intake Set For Tuesday Hearings

Controversial land use issues will gear up again over the next two weeks, with the issue of High Impact Land Use—and specifically of late, asphalt plants—will take center stage at Tuesday morning’s Watauga Commission meeting while the Boone Water intake project will be front and center at Full Story

Unemployment Jumps in Most of NC Counties

We may not be out of the woods economically, that showing up in not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates that increased in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in May, decreased in two counties, and remained unchanged in one county while all fifteen the state’s metro areas experienced Full Story

Strickland Names Bolick Assistant Coach

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland announced the hiring of assistant coach Brittany Bolick on Thursday. Bolick served as a volunteer assistant coach on

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'Burlaped Bandit' Busted in Break-In

Stealing the camera was not enough to cover the crime of an Avery County break-in suspect, and he now has an infamous moniker—the ‘Burlap Bandit,’ one of several Avery arrests of note.  Last Saturday, Investigators with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at a business Full Story

Woman Charged with Indecent Liberties

A woman found hiding in a closet of an Avery County house has been arrested for Indecent Liberties with a Child.  On June 9th, Crystal Michelle Ducheneau was arrested for on the child sex count and was taken to the Avery County Jail.  Ducheneau was released on a $25,000.00 secured bond, and was set a Full Story

Mack Brown Incorporated Sold

The deal is apparently done, and a long-time family business in the High Country has changed hands with the sale of Mack Brown Incorporated to a vehicle sales operation with a regional footprint.  New banners are up, soon to be followed by signs, flying the name of Discovery Chevrolet, Buick, Full Story

Blowing Rock Gets Promise on 321 Project

The question as to whether a civic organization can get the attention of and action from an agency like the NC Department of Transportation was answered yesterday in Blowing Rock with a rather resounding ‘yes.” The Blowing Rock community came together, represented by over 150 folks at the Full Story

Avery Traffic Stop Yields Felony Arrest

A June 6th traffic stop by the North Carolina Highway Patrol for a traffic violation in Avery County led to the discovery that driver Ricardo Raul Elizondo Jr., was driving on a revoked license, and had outstanding felony warrants from the state of Virginia. Mr. Elizondo was taken to the Avery County Jail Full Story

Ready, Set... July Celebrations!

Don’t look now, but with the arrival of July, probably the busiest month in the High Country kicks off as locals, seasonal residents, visitors from short distances and long take advantage of the High Country’s lower temps and humidity to celebrate their midsummer.  First up;  the Fourth of July. Full Story

Shooting Victim Airlifted to JCMC

The Watauga Sheriff’s office is investigating a shooting that caused a man to be flown to the Johnson City Medical Center early Friday morning where sources say he was in critical condition early in the weekend.  It was just after midnight Friday morning—12:02am—that the 911 call Full Story

Avery Jurors Dismissed for Week of July 13

Jurors called to serve the week of July 13th in Avery Court do not need to appear for jury duty. There are no jury trials scheduled for that week. Full Story

Second Friday Fire; Seven Devils Road

A second Friday fire blackened the interior of a Seven Devils area home, with four departments dispatched to the 10am call.  The first arriving Foscoe Fire unit reported some smoke emanating from the Seven Devils Road home, but the elderly resident was apparently not at the home at the time.  Foscoe was joined at the scene by Full Story

64th Season of Horn in the West Kicks off Tonight

Another summer High Country tradition kicks off its season tonight with the opening of Horn in the West, the outdoor drama presented in the Daniel Boone Theater since 1952.  The 64th season kicks off with the production hitting the stage at 8.  The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum and grounds Full Story

Maymead Permit Revoked By Watauga County

In a victory for opponents to a Maymead asphalt plant in Deep Gap, the permit for a new asphalt-cement operation, granted originally in 2011to the rock crusher operation, was revoked by Watauga County Thursday, according to county planner Joe Furman. Furman said in a letter to the Full Story

Vilas House Totaled in Early Morning Fire

Four fire companies spent much of the night battling a blaze in Vilas, a fire that destroyed a residence there.  The call came in at 2:22 this morning to 123 Beulah Land Lane, first arriving Cove Creek Fire units finding the residents had safely escaped, but the structure was fully involved in fire, causing Full Story

Meeting Tuesday Hopes to Speed US 321 Project

The newly-formed Blowing Rock Civic Association has arranged for a meeting next Tuesday at the Blowing Rock Country Club to express their concerns directly to the NC Department of Transportation about the status of the new US 321 project through town. Retired North Carolina Superior Full Story

This Weekend: Fireworks Concert, Singing on the Mountain

We’ve gotten used to checking the calendar for July each summer, and then finding out the schedule for An Appalachian Summer Festival—especially for the fireworks concert—but if you’re not careful, that event could come and be gone before you’re Full Story

2015 Mini-Season Ticket Package on Sale Now

BOONE, N.C. — New mini-season ticket package for Appalachian State University's 2015 football season is now available for purchase, Appalachian State athletics announced Thursday The Saturdays ticket

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