Blue Ridge Energy is prepared and ready to respond should the severe weather predicted for this weekend lead to power outages in the cooperative’s service area of Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Wilkes and Alexander counties.

Ashe County Board of Commissioners recently approved accepting a grant of $14,000 from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to prepare a farmland preservation plan for Ashe County.

Banner Elk Police Chief Kevin Hodges requested the Banner Elk Town Council add an alarm ordinance in an effort to reduce the number of false alarms his police department has to respond to.

A North Carolina-based company is recalling certain models of smoke alarms.

Watauga County Schools announced adjustments to the school calendar in order to make up days missed because of snow and ice, and those adjustments include using some of the days of spring break.

Sample ballots are now available for viewing for Watauga County residents.