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Video, Photos of Annual Downtown Boone Christmas Parade, Nice Turnout for Chilly Saturday Morning

Published Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm
Hundreds of folks lined King Street in downtown Boone, withstanding the chilly temperatures during the annual Downtown Boone Christmas Parade held on Saturday. The festivities were presented by the Town of Boone and the Downtown Boone Development Association. See more photos and read more…
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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 9, 2013

Published Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm
Recent obituaries in Watauga County compiled on Dec. 9, 2013. Read more...
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Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 9, 2013

Published Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm
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CNN Heroes Honors Hendley, Wine to Water Dec. 15

Published Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

by Madison V. Fisler 

Dec. 9, 2013. Millions of people die each year as a result of the absence of clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities, while the most vulnerable population are kids under the age of 5.… Continue reading

County Unemployment Rates for NC Released

Published Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:42 am
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Recently released unemployment rates for counties in North Carolina in October show that Watauga, Avery and Ashe counties all had month-over-month drops between .1 to .2 percent.

 

  • Watauga: 6.3 percent unemployment rate, drop of 1.2 percent over the year
  • Avery: 7.8 percent unemployment rate, drop of 1.9 percent over the year
  • Ashe: 8.7 percent unemployment rate, drop of 3.3 percent over the year
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Ice Storm Not Quite as Severe as Predicted, BREMCO Responds to 70-plus Outages in Coverage Area

Published Monday, December 9, 2013 at 9:01 am
The talk of the town seemed to be the looming ice storm heading into the weekend, and BREMCO was on high alert, preparing for a storm that was forecasted to possibly bring up to a half an inch of ice in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read more...
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Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators Hold Sessions at Watauga Library To Assist Enrollment Process

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Eric Schneider, an outreach and eligibility specialist with High Country Community Health, and certified enrollment specialist Dick VanEecke have several upcoming sessions on Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21, at the Watauga County Public Library to help interested citizens navigate the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Read more...
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Application Deadline for Mayor-Elect Andy Ball’s Soon-To-Be Vacant Council Seat Ends at 5 p.m. Today

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm
The deadline to apply for Mayor-Elect Andy Ball’s soon-to-be vacant Boone Town Council seat is Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. So far five - as of lunchtime on Friday - people have submitted the required letter of interest, resume and application: Diane Blanks, Bryan Martin, Virginia Roseman, Jesse McNiel and Fred Hay, according to town clerk Kim Brown. Read more...
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Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp. Prepared for Weekend Winter Storm, Ice Event Predicted for Sunday

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is on high alert and preparing for this weekend's storm which could bring up to half an inch of ice in the Blue Ridge mountains and possible light icing in the foothills. Blue Ridge Electric members are advised to report all outages to the cooperative's PowerLine: 1-800-448-2383. Read more... Continue reading

App State Athletics Announces Logo Changes

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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Nov. 29, 2013. Appalachian State University has announced changes to its library of athletics logos, effective December 1.

The biggest change is that due to its significant historical meaning and great response from students, alumni and fans since it… Continue reading

Photos & Video Blowing Rock Christmas Parade

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

by Madison V. Fisler

Dec. 2, 2013. The annual Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town took place, as always, in Downtown Blowing Rock. The festivities began in Memorial Park off of Main Street with a visit… Continue reading

Watauga Commissioners Vote 3-2 To Retain Eggers Firm

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

By Jesse Wood

Dec. 3, 2013.  Along with hearing a presentation highlighting the county’s audit at its Dec. 3 meeting, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners dealt with organizational matters.

eggers law verticalThe board reappointed County Manager Deron Geouque and clerk… Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child Collections End Dec. 31

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:56 am

by Madison V. Fisler

Nov. 26, 2013. Though the final numbers for box collection will not officially be available until mid-December, Samaritan’s Purse is looking forward to totaling what could be a record breaking number of boxes this year… Continue reading

Wholesale Christmas Tree Glut, Choose & Cut Doing Fine

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:49 am
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A family takes home a tree for the holidays. Photo by Ken Ketchie

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Nov. 27, 2013. Last weekend, vehicles lined Wards Branch Road off of U.S. 321 in Western Watauga as families hiked up the hillside of… Continue reading

Table Rock Wildfire 100 Percent Contained in Gorge

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:47 am
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Damage from the Table Rock Fire from above. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service

Dec. 4, 2013. U.S. Forest Service fire managers say the Table Rock wildfire in the Linville Gorge is 100 percent contained. Recent precipitation helped suppress the wildfire.… Continue reading

Know Someone Visiting the High Country? Check This Out

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

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By Jesse Wood

Nov. 27, 2013. The Sugar Mountain Tourism Development hired Randy Johnson, a nationally-known travel writer, to promote winter lodging at Sugar Mountain with a video that focuses on Sugar Mountain as a premiere skiing destination on… Continue reading

Boone Board of Adjustment Grants Old Southern States Site Variance Request, Zaxby’s Request Continued

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:27 am
The Boone Board of Adjustment met last night. While three cases were on the agenda, the board only heard one of the cases Thursday evening. Read more...
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Photos of Heated Education Forum Headlined by State Sen. Dan Soucek, In Deep Gap Thursday Evening

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:15 am
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Photos of the event inside show Watauga County Republican Chair Anne-Marie Yates blocking Ian O'Keefe, who is a field director for the Watauga County Democratic Party, from capturing the event with a smartphone. The photos also depict engaged sheriff's deputies. Read more...
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High Country Crime Stoppers, Boone PD Seek Individual Accused of Stealing Wallet, Using Credit Cards

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:04 am
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High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police Department seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On Wednesday, Oct. 23, a woman’s wallet was reportedly stolen and one of her credit cards was used to make fraudulent financial transactions. Please see the attached photos of the suspect. The Boone Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this man. Read more… Continue reading

One Month After Trailer Theft, Two More Trailers Stolen From Blue Ridge Auto Sales on Old U.S. 421

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:57 am
One month after a trailer was taken from Blue Ridge Auto Sales in the middle of the night in late October, High Country Crime Stoppers and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office is yet again seeking information about the theft of two more trailers that occurred at the same dealership “sometime before Thanksgiving Day,” according to a release from the Boone Police Department. Read more...
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After Armed Robbery in Wilkes, Suspect Confesses To Attempting To Kidnap, Rob Female in Boone

Published Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:39 am
On Nov. 19, a white male approached a female victim for directions as she was walking on East King Street. A second suspect got out of their vehicle and briefly detained the victim while attempting to rob her. The victim was able to escape without harm and the suspects fled in their vehicle. Read more... Continue reading

Appalachian Ski Mtn. Harks Back to the ’60s With $5 Day Ticket Prices Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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As it does during the first full weekend in December every year, Appalachian Ski Mtn. is rolling back the clock to 1962, the year that the Blowing Rock Ski Lodge, now known as App Ski Mtn., opened to the public. Now in its 52nd year, App Ski Mtn. is selling ski tickets for day sessions on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, for $5, which is how much it cost to ski decades ago. Read more…
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