The NC State House has passed bills that would allow local school systems to begin the school year earlier.

Appalachian State has been chosen to launch the Worldwatch Institute’s 2017 EarthEd State of the World report Thursday.

The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce recently presented a check to Local Charities as a result of monies raised during Winterfest.

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your feedback on its Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which identifies the construction funding and scheduling for transportation projects. 

The Boone Town Council will meet Thursday evening at 5:30 at Council Chambers, 1500 Blowing Rock Road in Boone.

A gas leak at Sorrento's in downtown Banner Elk on Friday forced the closure of a main intersection in the town for several hours.

During the Ashe County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday morning, Sheriff Terry Buchanan gave additional details of the settlement reached with the family of Walter Mark Houck, who died in an officer involved shooting at his Laurel Springs home in November 2012.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will begin a bridge replacement construction project on State Road 1114 (Big Plumtree Creek Road) beginning Monday April 17, that will affect residents and commuters in the Big Plumtree Creek Road and Licklog Road areas of Avery County.

The N. C. Forest Service's Harvell Type 2 Incident Management Team handed fire suppression over to Incident Commander Wicker's Type 4 Team from the Asheville District. The Dobson Knob Fire remains at 1,760 acres and containment has increased to 96 percent. 

AppalCART, the public transportation authority serving Watauga County, will be changing its schedule for the Easter Holiday.