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Boone Wins Round 1 With State over ETJ

The three-panel hearing the case of Boone Verses the State of North Carolina ruled Monday to grant a preliminary injunction in favor of the town of Boone, in effect, leaving the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction or ETJ intact while the panel further considers the town’s suit against the state. Full Story

Two Accidents This Afternoon, Minor Injuries in Both

Two minor car accidents result in two trips to Watauga Medical Center this afternoon.  The first, a three-car rear end collision which occurred around 1pm.

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Father of Amber Alert Victim Charged with Murder

According to WTVD, Raleigh police said they have charged the father of a child who was the focus of an Amber Alert search with murder. Two-year-old Tristan Blue was reported missing by 31-year-old Steven Daniel Blue Wednesday at his Raleigh apartment.

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Avery, Caldwell Men Face Drug Counts

December 17th, Lenoir Police arrested an Avery man and a Caldwell man after a tip and a traffic stop. In November of 2013 the Lenoir/Caldwell County Crime Stoppers received neighbor complaints and an anonymous Crimestoppers tip that Bill Watson was selling drugs from his mobile Full Story

Embezzlement Arrest Made by Boone PD

On December 19, 2014, Boone Police Investigators arrested Micah Drake Fowler, 21 years-of-age, of Boone, NC, charging him with three counts of Felony Embezzlement from his prior employer, Lowes Foods Stores, Inc.  Mr. Fowler was given a $3,000 secured bond pending a February 5th, 2015, Full Story

Father to Appear in Court in Son's Murder

An Ashe County father is jailed without bond pending first court appearance set for this week after being charged with murder early Friday morning after his son died from a gunshot wound Thursday night.  Ashe Sheriff James Williams reported that the call came in about 7:25 Thursday night to Full Story

Limited Work on US 321 for Holiday

Whether you're spending Christmas vacation in the High Country or just passing through Blowing Rock, the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to make your travel a little easier this holiday season by limiting construction along the U.S. 321 widening project.  Lane were suspended Full Story

Second Victim, More Charges Possible

With a possible second victim identified, Boone police are ramping up the intensity of the search for possible other victims of a teen arrested last weekend in the kidnapping of a 5-year old girl right out from under her parent’s supervision in a local store.  At the time, they indicated that Full Story

Better Jobs Report For November

The state’s seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate was down a half percent, landing at 5.8 percent, as compared to October’s revised rate of 6.3 percent. The national rate remained unchanged at 5.8 percent. North Carolina’s November 2014 unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage Full Story

Father Charged with Murder in Death of Son

An Ashe County father was charged with murder early this morning after his son died from a gunshot wound.  Ashe Sheriff James Williams reported that the call came in about 7:25 last night to 2859 Ripshin Road in the Lansing / Horse Creek area where responding deputies found 20-year Full Story

'Tis the Season; Scams All Around

How can I scam thee—let me count the ways.  That seems to be the theme for the final months of 2014, with scammers in overdrive and staying a step ahead—or an ocean away—from those who would stop them. Last week, the IRS got the word out on taxpayers being scammed by collection Full Story

High Country Voting: Best and Worst Numbers

As newly-elected officials are taking their oaths of office, a look back at the November election has some interesting statistics, as reported by Democracy North Carolina.  Their analysis of the voting shows that Democrats, seniors, women and African Americans all increased their rate of participation in Full Story

Two Wrecks: One Fatal, One Slight Injury

An elderly man was hit and killed by a vehicle in Caldwell County last  night, according to State Patrol officials. The incident happened just after dark, around 6 p.m. on Hartland Road near Lenoir. Troopers say 88-year-old Ceivel Greene was crossing the road to check his mailbox after looking Full Story

Steakhouse Damaged in Early AM Blaze

The fire that damaged the Boone Sagebrush Steakhouse early yesterday morning would have been much worse save the help of a person staying at a motel next door.  Boone Fire were called to the scene of the fire discovered on the back side of the Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone at about  5:20 Full Story

High Impact Permit Moratorium Enacted

Residents of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction areas surrounding Boone gathered before the Watauga Commission last night to express themselves on the possibility of county protection once the ETJ issue is closed for the town of Boone.  Some 20 residents commented on the issue, all but one seeking Full Story

Burnsville Man Gets 21 Years for Child Porn

A Yancey County man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 21 years in Federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced 28-year old  Brian Wayne Moore to 262 months in prison on federal production of child Full Story

Shrine Bowl To Air on 1130 AM

Curtis Media-Boone General Manager Robin Wohlbrouk has announced that WECR 1130 AM will air the Shrine Bowl of the Carolina Saturday, beginning with coverage at 12 noon from Gibbs Stadium in

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Search on For Escaped Prisoner

The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement are searching for an inmate from Wilkes Correctional Center, a minimum security prison in Wilkes County, who has walked away from an outside work assignment in Ashe County. At approximately 2:15 this afternoon, correctional staff Full Story

Watauga Jurors Excused For This Week

"Jurors summoned for the December 15, 2014 session of Watauga County Civil Superior Court do not need report for the remainder of the week.  This counts as your 2 year service.  Thank you for serving as a Juror in Watauga County."

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