The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the popular Linville, N.C., nature preserve and travel attraction, received a 2016 grant of $3,000 from the High Country Charitable Foundation, a fellow nonprofit striving to help the Avery County community by providing for neighbors and animals in need.

Lees-McRae College Athletic Director Craig McPhail says the fire at Williams Gymnasium February 26th caused more than $2 million dollars in damages.

During the Watauga County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, County Attorney Tony DiSanti updated commissioners on the status of the Boone Ready Mix property.

Newland Police Chief Jason Brown has resigned from the department and will join the Beech Mountain Police Department.

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning and approved amendments to the High Impact Land Use Ordinance.

A multi-vehicle accident Wednesday on Highway 105 South of Boone sent one person to Watauga Medical Center with a head injury.

Monday, the High Country United Way presented a check in the amount of 5,500 dollars to the State of the Child Forum to help fund the event planned for May.

A routine audit has resulted in a real estate license suspension that is affecting property owners and renters at Chetola Resort.

Jane Nicholson of Boone was presented with the College News Association of the Carolinas’ (CNAC) H. Lewis Gaston Award for outstanding service March 6.

Last week, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina purchased a 30-acre property along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County known as the Elk Mountain tract that shares a quarter-mile boundary with the Parkway. Its close proximity to the Parkway makes the property a high priority acquisition by the National Park Service.

24-year-old Ryan Neil Hicks of Boone has been charged with murder in the death of a 10-month old baby.

The following is a press release from Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman: