To ensure adequate, reliable power resources for Ashe and Watauga counties, Blue Ridge Energy is beginning a major system improvement project for a 17-mile transmission line between the two counties.

A candidate for Ashe County Sheriff is currently under investigation by the North Carolina SBI.

Preparations for the installation of the Watauga County Veteran’s Memorial are underway in downtown Boone.

The State Bureau of Investigation delivered 32,247 pounds of unused prescription medications to a state-approved incinerator May 2 to be destroyed.

The Watauga County Commissioners are working on the upcoming 2018-2019 fiscal year budget.

JBS USA, Inc. of Lenoir is recalling approximately 35,464 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic.

The Coffee, Cake and Candidates Forum last week, sponsored by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and held at FARM Cafe, also featured candidates in the republican primary for Watauga County Sheriff.