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New Boone Noise Law Moves Forward

The talk about noise was heard loudly by the Boone Town Council last night, that as councilman Fred Hay asked to revisit the three-year old controversial ordinance.  The issues centered on complaints about loud music mostly from Boone Saloon, and owner Skip Sinanian told the council the 30-plus Full Story

Two Homes Heavily Damaged in Fires

Two fires did extensive damage to homes in Watauga County over the weekend, but no injuries were reported.  The first call was at dusk Saturday in Blowing Rock, a Green Street home discovered on fire as a father and son were home.  Blowing Rock Fire officials said that the father Full Story

Many Issues at Reset Boone Council Meeting

Quite a number of recent issues that have faced the Boone Town Council will come to the front in their rescheduled meeting tonight, reset after record cold and snow forced the cancellation of the meeting from last Thursday.  Items to be dealt with by the town board include the License Full Story

Hamilton, Sheppard Both Finish Second

It was a tough way to go out, but as the late Teddy Roosevelt once said, "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;

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Disoriented Man Saved From Cold

Alert Courthouse Security Deputy may have saved the life of a man early Wednesday, according to the Avery Sheriff’s Office.  The release said Courthouse security deputy Bob Bauer, manning his post at the front of the courthouse, noticed a person wandering aimlessly near the Full Story

Two Slightly Hurt in School Bus Crash

Two children were slightly hurt in the collision of a Caldwell County school bus and car yesterday morning.  It was at about 10:17 am that a silver passenger car struck the bus in the intersection of Fairview Drive and Morganton Blvd—NC 18— in Lenoir.  Lenoir Police say the accident Full Story

App State Spring Practice Report

Despite a blast of Arctic weather in the High Country this week, Appalachian State University football got productive practices in on Tuesday and Wednesday, thanks to

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Dangerous Cold Leads to Warnings, Closings

Certainly the issue today is cold—extreme and even dangerous cold.  And just the below zero cold caused a slew of cancellations.  Notable closings for this storm include the Town of Boone, which closed offices early yesterday and will not open today—even canceling the February Town Council meeting. Full Story

BREMCO Asks Customers to Conserve

The predicted arctic blast with historic low temperatures is leading Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation to ask members to voluntarily reduce electricity usage through Friday. Renee Whitener of BREMCO said the cooperative is coordinating with its wholesale power supplier, Duke Energy, Full Story

NW3A-4A Tournament Cancelled

Lavell Hall, the Executive Secretary of the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference has announced that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has decided to keep the basketball seeding process as originally scheduled. Therefore, the 2015 Northwestern 3A-4A boys' and girls' Full Story

Push On For Dicus Facility at WHS

While the Watauga High School is still nearly new, one aspect continues to lag much of the rest of the facility—it’s baseball/softball facilities, plagued by drainage issues on the field and without an indoor practice facility especially for the start of the season’s practice. Last night, bringing some $70,000 Full Story

Crimestoppers: Night Thefts From Night Secrets

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the assistance of the public in solving a weekend break-in at Night Secrets.  At about 3:40 Sunday morning, an unknown subject entered Night Secrets by bypassing the locking mechanism on the front door, then stole over $2,500 in cash Full Story

Now Fourth Fire in Four Days

And now a fourth fire in four days—another outbuilding very close to the main house of a family.  This time, it was just off NC 194 North at 872 Clint Norris Road, arriving Boone Firemen finding the outbuilding heavily involved in fire and very close to the main house.  Just about as quickly, Full Story

Start The Recovery...

The winter weather hit and most everything that could be shut down in the High Country did just that.  The snow hit Boone about 1 yesterday afternoon, and within two hours, most every activity that could be curtailed was—and schedules are a mix today as we dig out.  Road crews have done a great job Full Story

Third Fire in 3 Days; Caution Urged

A family of four escaped as fire totaled their mobile home early Monday morning and became the third such fire in three days blamed on attempts to keep animals warm in outbuildings.  Monday’s fire started at about 1am with a lamp-type heater being used in an outbuilding to keep livestock warm at the Full Story

Firemen Battle Fires in Bitter Cold Weather

In the dangerous weather conditions that developed over the weekend, area firemen battled a number of fires. Early yesterday morning in the near zero temperatures, Ashe County departments responded to two calls as Lansing firefighters, assisted by Warrensville and Pond Mountain, first battled Full Story

BREMCO Prepares for Storm

Employees of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are on high alert, monitoring weather and prepared to respond at any time of the day or night if severe weather causes outages. Members are advised to keep the cooperative’s PowerLine number handy and report outages Full Story

Storm Strands Motorists; Dangerous Winds

Today is the calm before storm #2 of what could be several storms this week,  a number of schools systems already closed from yesterday’s dose of snow and wild winds. Wind gusts peaked over 60 miles per hour early yesterday morning in Boone, 100 on Grandfather Mountain.  Areas around Linville Full Story

Man Hospitalized, Another Charged in Assault

Thursday evening, February 12th, at approximately 8:30 PM, Boone Police were notified of an assault that occurred in the wooded area between Deck Hill Road and Greenway Road.  As a result of the investigation, David Levi Crews, 49, of Boone, was arrested and charged with Full Story

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