On Christmas day the Avery County Sheriff’s Office began investigating several crimes that would soon be linked together.

A fire destroyed a doublewide trailer in the Stoney Fork community last Thursday night.

The N.C. Education Lottery is issuing a new warning to players to buy lottery tickets only from authorized lottery retailers after receiving additional reports of a scam involving scratch-off tickets altered to appear as a “winning ticket.”

Local Realtors distributed more than $14,000 to more than a dozen area organizations in 2018, continuing a tradition of community philanthropy.

The North Carolina Rate Bureau has requested the N.C. Department of Insurance increase homeowners' insurance rates 17.4 percent effective Oct. 1, 2019. The N.C. Rate Bureau represents the state's insurance companies and is a separate entity from the N.C. Department of Insurance.

Two people were injured in a car rollover accident last Thursday.

Several High Country counties are on a flood watch from 7 p.m. tonight to 7 a.m. Saturday.

New River State Park expanded about 270 acres after receiving a $1.8 million Christmas gift from New River Conservancy.