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Blowing Rock to Close Laurel Lane Monday

The Town of Blowing Rock is taking on a task that will necessitate the closure of the westbound portion of Laurel Lane from Main Street to Wallingford Road during the daylight hours on Monday October 12th. This closure is necessary to allow contractors working on behalf of the Town Full Story

Promises Made? Monument at Issue in Avery

Eyebrows are raised in Avery over promises allegedly made by County Commission Chair Robert ‘Reo’ Griffith on the contract for a veterans memorial monument for Newland.  An Elizabethton, Tenn., company is saying they were misled into believing that their firm would get the contract Full Story

Woman Dies of Gunshot Wound in Crossnore

A woman was airlifted from a field near Crossnore School last night after she suffered a gunshot wound to the chest—a wound that claimed her life. The early indication from the Avery Sheriff’s Office is that the woman shot herself in the chest at a family cemetery near the horse barn behind Full Story

Samaritan's Purse Sends Help to S.C.

It’s a disaster that just missed us—the flooding seen across much of South Carolina from last weekend’s storms, and now, Samaritan’s Purse is deploying two tractor-trailers fully stocked with relief supplies to help South Carolinians recover from flooding caused by record-breaking rainfall. The Boone, Full Story

Voter Registration Deadline Friday

For towns with an over abundance of candidates filing for the November municipal elections, their slates are now pared down to the final slate with yesterday’s run-off elections, and now all towns are ready for the fall voting—unless you’re not registered—but you’ve got a little time to fix Full Story

App State-ULM Game Time Set....

NEW ORLEANS - The Sun Belt Conference has announced that the Appalachian State University football team will play at UL-Monroe at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 17. The air time comes your way at 5 p.m.,

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Third Young Man Dies in Under Two Weeks

A third young man has died under mysterious circumstances in under two weeks in Boone.  The latest was Saturday, October 3rd, just before 11:45 AM, that Boone Police responded with Watauga Medics to 105 Assembly Drive, a call in reference to a male suffering a medical emergency. Full Story

Band Competition Cancelled After Disaster

Twenty-one people—mostly students— were seeking shelter from the rains Saturday, getting ready to unload an equipment truck for a band competition at North Iredell High School, when the truck hit the awning at the driveway, causing the section back to collapse on the group from a number Full Story

Storm Shifts South

Today, we can sympathize with South Carolinians, many under water after the weather system that clobbered the Old North State and canceled many of our weekend activities has inundated the central part of South Carolina with significant flooding reported.  Here, for the weekend, there were Full Story

Suspect Arrested After Fleeing in New River

There were concerns yesterday for a man who might have been swept away in the waters of the South Fork of the New River, that after officers were dispatched on a complaint about the man and his activities at Radford Quarries, just off US 421.  First arriving Watauga deputies spotted the man, Full Story

Mountaineers Whip Cowboys, 31-13

BOONE - Appalachian State University running back Marcus Cox ran for 178 yards and a touchdown as the Mountaineers won their first Homecoming game since 2012 with a 31-13 win over Wyoming at Kidd Brewer Stadium in their final non-conference tuneup of the season.

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Flooded Roadways Update

The band of rain that came through the High Country finally pushed streams beyond their capacity, with low water bridges overflowing on the Linville River and streams around Boone.  At noon, Boone Police said that the Bamboo Road crossing at the airport was closed off, and there was Full Story

Shear Domination....

NEWTON, NC - That's the best way to describe Friday night's game. The Watauga High football team put its foot on the gas and never let up in a 54-0 win over Fred T. Foard in a Northwestern 3A-4A Conference game at rainy Tiger Stadium.

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Beech Mountain Mayor Declares Emergency

The Mayor of Beech Mountain, following suit with Governor Pat McCrory in declaring a state of emergency in the town in the wake of the weather hitting the High Country.  Mayor Richard Owen cited the high wind and flash flood bulletins issued for the area, on top of the 5 to 7 inches of rain Full Story

BREMCO Preparing for Weekend Rain, Wind

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is closely monitoring conditions and the potential for outages as a result of continued sustained heavy rain affecting our region from Hurricane Joaquin. Linemen and all cooperative employees are on high alert status.  Days of heavy, Full Story

ADHD: Septic & Well Permits To Be Delayed

The Appalachian District Health Department, serving Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga Counties, would like to inform the community of delays with Environmental Health permits, specifically permits needed for water protection: septic and well permits. The Appalachian District Health Full Story

Low Pressure + Hurricane Joaquin= Wet Weekend

The good news is that Hurricane Joaquin is now expected to miss the entire east coast of the US.  The bad news is that it is still adding to the mass of moisture that has inundated us for over a week now.  While Joaquin is expected to take a trek well off the coast, the moisture it is Full Story

Seven New Arrests in 3-State Meth Ring

Friday, September 25th, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, joined by three other regional and Federal law enforcement agencies, arrested seven people in connection with manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.  Agencies involved in the arrests included the Full Story

Avery Humane Society Struggles With Ringworm

The Avery County Humane Society is asking for the public’s help while the Shelter staff members work to manage an outbreak of ringworm among its cat population. The Avery Humane Society release said that, as of Thursday, three cats have been diagnosed positively with ringworm, Full Story

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