A Sugar Grove man has been charged in the fire that destroyed the home of legendary story teller Ray Hicks.
The Ashe Post and Times reports the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office arrested Shon Dante Ramseur, 25, of Old Watauga River Road, and charged him with two counts of second-degree arson and two counts of burning personal property, both are felony charges
. According to the report, Ramseur allegedly set fire to multiple buildings and two vehicles at 218 Old Mountain Road, Banner Elk on May 25.
Ramseur was taken to the Watauga County Detention Center and issued a $40,000 secured bond and has a court date of August 3.
The house was previously the longtime home of storyteller Ray Hicks, who received a 1983 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.