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Banner Elk Man Charged With Causing Crash

A Banner Elk, man was charged Sunday with police saying he caused a vehicle crash by intentionally slamming on his brakes several times, according to the Johnson City Police.  22-year old William Clinton Railing of 2415 Kellersville Road, was charged with four counts of felony reckless endangerment Full Story

Avery High Goes on Lockdown

Near the end of the school day yesterday, Avery County High School was put under a "preventative lockdown" for about 30 minutes after a suspicious person was spotted in the school. Superintendant David Burleson said a young lady at the high school reported seeing a person Full Story

Counterfeit Cash Probes Heating Up

More and more counterfeit money is being discovered in the area, with a major passage of bills reported in the Charlotte area this week, leading to three arrests. In our area, Wilkes continues to see bogus bills in deposits of businesses, the latest at the Wilkesboro Food Lion, where police were called Full Story

Relay For Life Kicks Off 2014

The 2014 Watauga County Relay For Life held their kickoff party last night, building excitement for the sequence that will lead to the main event June 20th at Watauga High. Relay leaders, team captains and their team members joined newcomers at Deerfield United Methodist for the Full Story

Janet Purcell is WATA's Teacher of the Month

Boone's heritage radio station AM-1450 WATA and Clark Tire New Market Center are proud to present the Teacher of the Month award to Parkway Elementary's Janet Purcell. Purcell will be presented with a Clark Tire gift card and a free pizza party for her class. Purcell is the Full Story

"Ring and Run" Scam Hitting Your Wallet

There’s yet another scam that will take your cash just by raising your curiosity. Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman passed along a bulletin on the new trick criminals are using, simply by calling their victims. Intended victims receive a call Full Story

Unemployment 'Mixed Bag' for Area

Not seasonally adjusted Unemployment rates decreased in 86 of North Carolina’s counties in December, increased in 11 and remained the same in three, with the state rate dropping to 6.6%. Decreases in the unemployment rate were seen in most counties in our area with the Watauga rate dropping Full Story

App State’s First FBS Class Includes 27 Signees

Appalachian State University football’s inaugural NCAA Division I FBS recruiting class is officially comprised of 27 student-athletes following Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The class of 27 includes five

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Break-in, Tool Theft Under Investigation

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving a break-in and tool theft from a Boone site.  The Boone Police release says sometime between January 31st  and February 3rd, a breaking and entering occurred to an enclosed trailer at the old Library Restaurant Full Story

Incubator Hot Topic at Avery Commission

A Public Hearing was held in Monday’s Avery Commission meeting to authorize expenditure of public funds to install heating systems in Unit 5 and 6 in the economic development project known as AC PRIDE in the former Banner Elk Elementary School. The issue is a budget amendment spending Full Story

Boyer Food and Agriculture Grants Available

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) is calling for proposals for the 2014 Mary Boyer Sustainable Food and Agriculture Grant program. The purpose of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Grant is to strengthen our local food system by supporting female farmers, ranchers, and processors Full Story

Two Hurt in Early Morning Watauga Wreck

There were two injuries—a man and woman—from an overnight crash near the Wilkes County line in Watauga County. The call on the crash came in just before 1 this morning on Sampson Road near the parkway, Trooper Hiatt of the State Patrol saying that Jerry Painter was the listed owner and Full Story

Commissioners Vote to Buy Land for EMS Base

Coming out of a closed session yesterday morning, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to purchase land near the intersection of US 321 and 421 in Vilas, land to be used to build an ambulance station in hopes to decrease the response time to emergencies in western Watauga. Full Story

Hospitality House Teaches Cooking Matters

On Feb. 6, 2014 Hospitality House will begin offering a six-week course that will empower families to cook healthy on a budget. Cooking Matters is open to adults with families at risk of hunger. “I am thrilled to be offering Cooking Matters again because it gives us all an opportunity to become Full Story

App State, Charlotte Agree to Football Series

Appalachian State University and Charlotte have agreed to a two-year football series beginning in 2018, the schools announced on Monday. The series begins on Sept. 8, 2018 at Jerry Richardson Stadium in

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Missing Forsyth Woman Found in High Country

A woman listed in a silver alert early this morning has been found in Watauga County, that after a caller reported a man and woman walking, suitcase in hand, along US 321 north near the Cove Creek store. Area authorities were notified to be on the lookout for the missing Winston-Salem woman, said to be

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