The Blue Ridge Parkway is closing a long section of the scenic highway as a result of the winds and rains associated with the remnants of Hurricane Irma.

While the potential for damage has significantly improved since Friday, severe weather is still expected to impact the Blue Ridge Energy service area, according to cooperative officials.

Due to the possibility of flooding in low lying areas as a result of the forecasted heavy rains from the remnants of Irma, the U.S. Forest Service is closing some areas, including all of the campgrounds and recreation areas in the Natahala, Pisgah and Uwharrie National Forests.

Several Town and County meetings are scheduled soon.

A Warrensville man was released on bond last week after allegedly strangling and inflicting serious bodily injury to a handicapped person.

Wind Advisories are posted for the High Country, and heavy rains are possible Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Blue Ridge Energy is closely monitoring the evolving path of Hurricane Irma and crews and all employees are ready to respond to any outages that may occur. Because electric cooperatives like Blue Ridge Energy are based in the communities they serve, they can quickly address any impacts and begin restoration efforts quickly.

The Do-It-Yourself Skate Park at the old Watauga High School location will be closed down beginning Monday September 11th.

A Watauga Country Superior Court judge has upheld the denial of an asphalt plant permit off Rainbow Trail in Boone.