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Nationally Televised Games to Begin at 7:30 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS — The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN announced on Monday that Appalachian State University football’s nationally televised Thursday night games versus Georgia Southern (Oct. 22) and Arkansas State (Nov. 5) will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Kidd Brewer

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Truck Careens off US 421, Traffic Impaired

A tractor trailer loaded with metal shavings crashed off of US 421 South this morning, and has been a day-long headache for emergency crews and travelers.  The trucker was not hurt, in spite of the damage to the rig, but Watauga Full Story

Missing Salisbury Woman Found in Boone

Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther, the missing pregnant woman from Salisbury, has been found apparently OK in Boone, that confirmed by the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. Boone Police were notified after the woman’s ATM card was used at a CVS in Boone around 1 this afternoon, officials keeping Full Story

Another Injury Wreck at Troubled Intersection

There’s been another wreck at an intersection troubled by collisions since the opening of the multi-lane section of US 421, East King Street.  In this morning’s crash, a woman pulled out of New Market Drive, crossing East King in the path of a large dump truck, which struck the front left side of her Full Story

Deputy, Family of Three Hurt in Boone Crash...

Two crashes within minutes of each other blocked traffic coming through the US 321- NC 105 intersection and US 421 North in the 4 ‘o clock hour yesterday afternoon and sent four to the hospital. 
The injuries came as Watauga Deputy William Gilliam was responding to an emergency call, Full Story

...US 421 Blocked in Second PM Crash

At almost the same time, two vehicles collided on US 421 just north of the Boone Town Limits, with one vehicle ending on its top.  Boone Police, fire, and Watauga Medics all responded to that crash, finding one of the vehicles on its top in the road, the other smashed in the front.  Boone Police say Full Story

Second Suit Filed in Best Western Deaths

It was two years ago today that 11-year old Jeffrey Lee Williams died in room 225 of the Best Western Hotel in Boone, his mother critically injured as fumes from a faulty pool heater seeped into their room.  With the deadline in state law reached today, the second lawsuit in deaths at the hotel Full Story

Two Motorcyclists Injured, One Airlifted

Two people were injured—one airlifted after a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon, part of a rally of Tennessee cyclists.  The crash occurred in far western Watauga County at about 2pm on US 321about a tenth of a mile from where the Riverview Grocery stood until a fire this spring Full Story

App Theater: 78% Towards Goal

The fundraising is now public, the Appalachian Theater of the High announcing yesterday the public phase of the fundraising for the historic theater.  Drive Chairman John Cooper told the gathering of several hundred inside the shell of the theater last night about where the drive is at the end of Full Story

Orchard at Altapass Protected by Land Trusts

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) recently protected the Orchard at Altapass, ensuring that the land will remain a working apple orchard and vibrant Blue Ridge Parkway visitor destination long into the future.  CTNC and the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund purchased Full Story

Good April Economic News; Joblessness Down...

High Country employment was up—unemployment down as good economic news came in the first full month of spring on several fronts.   Ashe, Avery, and Watauga all experienced drops in their unemployment of over a half percent, as joblessness dropped in 89 of the state’s 100 counties.  The ESC report Full Story

...Home Sales, Listings Up

Local Realtors® report a brisk start to 2015, reporting the busiest April in eight years.  Buyers’ market conditions and low interest rates continue to fuel activity, according to the latest High Country realtor’s report, economic factors that are convincing many sellers to get an early start on the busy Full Story

Fire Totals Zionville Trailer, Resident Hurt

A Zionville man was injured just as his mobile home was destroyed in what is being called a suspicious fire yesterday afternoon.  The fire call came in just after 4pm to 1201 Tater Hill Road, first arriving Zionville Fire Department units reporting the single-wide mobile home fully involved in flames.  Zionville Full Story

Star-Studded Class Selected for HOF

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University athletics unveiled perhaps the most star-studded Hall of Fame class in school history on Wednesday when it announced that legendary football coach Jerry Moore (1989-2012), football stars Armanti Edwards (2006-09), Chip Hooks (1991-94) and Daniel Wilcox

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Fatal Wreck Suspect Appears in Tennessee Court

An Avery man, charged in a deadly high speed chase that started in Avery County and ended in a fatal crash in Tennessee, appeared in a Carter County courtroom Tuesday. Robert Cook, 23, of Elk Park, was charged with vehicular homicide, evading arrest, theft and reckless endangerment in Full Story

Sporting News, ESPN Put Apps Atop Sun Belt

BOONE, N.C. — Various media outlets have begun to release their 2015 college football predictions and two of the nation’s most respected news sources — Sporting News and ESPN — have Appalachian

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Residents Concerned Over 421 Asphalt Plant

We’re two weeks away from Watauga Commissioners hearing from the public on issues of land development for the county, an issue that surfaced with the stripping of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction from the town of Boone and the loss of protections for residents surrounding Boone.  But even before Full Story

Notable Watauga Passing: Richard Eddy Watson

Funeral arrangements have been published for Richard Eddy Watson, son of the late Merle Watson and grandson of the late Doc Watson. Richard Eddy Watson died Monday at his Holly Hills Boone home. The death came three years and two days after the death of his famous grandfather. Richard Eddy Watson Full Story

Watauga Commission Pushed More on Intake

In the Legislature, House Bill 875 remains in a Senate Rules committee, the bill that would put Watauga and Ashe Counties alone in a category that would require county approval for a town’s move to acquire property in eminent domain.  The bill has been dormant over a month now, ever since Full Story

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