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F.A.R.M. Cafe To Enact Changes To Sustain Model, Continue Its Hunger Mission For Years To Come

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm
To ensure that F.A.R.M. Café is around for years to come, the nonprofit pay-what-you-can community kitchen is tweaking the current structure while remaining steadfast to the mission of feeding those of less means. Read more…
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NCDOT Crews Preparing for Winter Weather in N.C. Mountains

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Parts of western North Carolina could see snow tonight, and N.C. Department of Transportation crews are prepared if winter weather hits the region. Read more… Continue reading

A.J. Fletcher Foundation Awards $150,000 To Sustain Rural Primary Care Center in Linville

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation recently received a generous gift commitment of $150,000 from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. Read more… Continue reading

Unemployment Rates Decline

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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Dec. 26, 2013. The state’s seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, decreasing 0.6 of a percentage point from October’s revised rate of 8.0 percent. The national rate decreased to 7.0 percent from October’s 7.3 percent.

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ASU Announces Elimination, Consolidation of Programs

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

by Madison V. Fisler

Dec. 18, 2013. On Dec. 16, Appalachian State University released the final report on Academic Program Review and Prioritization, announcing decisions to eliminate and consolidate certain programs within the university.  

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More Establishments Fail ABC Compliance Checks

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Dec. 19, 2013. Boone Police and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) teamed up with the Watauga Youth Network to conduct compliance checks on establishments in Boone that are licensed to sell alcohol. The purpose of compliance checks… Continue reading

Appalachian Mountain Brewery Acquires NCNE

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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Photo by Ken Ketchie

by Madison V. Fisler

Update: As of Dec. 19, Appalachian Mountain Brewery has officially closed the acquisition of North Carolina Natural Energy. Appalachian Mountain Brewery will be traded under OTC:NCNE until the name and symbol change… Continue reading

Cracker Barrel Armed Robbery Solved

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Dec. 28, 2013. On Aug. 8, at about 9 p.m. a person wearing a mask entered the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, located at 1601 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, and robbed the cashiers at gunpoint. The cashiers complied and gave the… Continue reading

SBOE Slams Local Elections Board, Throws Out Dems Complaint

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm

By Jesse Wood

Dec. 20, 2013. The State Board of Elections rejected the petition to oust Republicans Bill Aceto and Luke Eggers from the Watauga County Board of Elections at a meeting on Friday, according to the complainants and WRAL.com.… Continue reading

Cleveland Browns Waive Armanti Edwards

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm

By Jesse Wood

Dec. 23, 2013. Armanti Edwards is now a free agent after the Cleveland Browns waived the former Appalachian State star last week off of injured reserve, according to Akron Beacon Journal.

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Boone Police Arrests Man After Assault at Grocery Store, Also Charged With Eluding Arrest

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm
On Tuesday, Dec. 31, Boone Police officers were dispatched to Ingle’s after receiving a call for an assault that had just taken place. During the investigation of the assault, the officers learned that the alleged assailant was Dustin Ryan Guy. Read more… Continue reading

After Thursday/Friday Winter Storm, High Country To Experience Temps Not Felt in Nearly Two Decades

Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 11:44 am
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning, which calls for snow and bitter wind chills in the High Country from Thursday evening to Friday morning, yet perhaps more daunting will be the arctic chill that arrives Monday night with temperatures not felt in more than 15 years. Read more...
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Second Victim Dies in Sunday’s Newland Assault

Published Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm
A second victim has died from the assault at 200 Summer Haven Street that the Newland Police Department responded to in the wee hours of Sunday morning, according to Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye on Tuesday morning.Read more...
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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 30, 2013

Published Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:51 am
Recent obituaries in Watauga County compiled on Dec. 30, 2013. Read more...
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Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 30, 2013

Published Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:33 am
Recent obituaries in Avery County compiled on Dec. 30, 2013. Read more...
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Boone Police Solves August Armed Robbery of Cracker Barrel, Arrests 28-Year-Old Boone Male

Published Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm
On Aug. 8, at about 9 p.m. a person wearing a mask entered the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, located at 1601 Blowing Rock Road in Boone, and robbed the cashiers at gunpoint. The cashiers complied and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect ran out of the store and was last seen running in the direction of the Harris Teeter Store. No one was hurt during the incident. Read more... Continue reading

To Comply with New Tax Law, Employees Must Fill Out Withholding Allowance Certificate by Dec. 31

Published Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:43 am
Employees must fill out new withholding allowance certificates by the end of the year to comply with state law. The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted the Tax Simplification and Reduction Act which becomes effective for taxable years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014. Read more... Continue reading

No Lane Closures for U.S. 321 Widening Project in Blowing Rock Until After New Year’s Holiday

Published Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:38 am
The N.C. Department of Transportation is helping holiday traffic flow smoother along U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock by temporarily suspending lane closures and avoiding construction that could impact motorists. There will be no lane closures along the U.S. 321 widening project starting Friday, Dec. 20 at 6 a.m. through Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 6 p.m. Read more… Continue reading

‘Fantastic’ Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing Conditions at Resorts for Extended Holiday Weekend

Published Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 11:12 am
The current weather couldn’t be better for hitting the slopes and tubing lanes after Christmas. It’s cold and sunny, and as Kim Jochl of Sugar Mountain Resort said , referring to the blue skies, “You can see forever.” Read more...
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NC’s November Employment Figures Released, Drops to 7.4 Percent, Above National Rate

Published Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:37 am
The state’s seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, decreasing 0.6 of a percentage point from October’s revised rate of 8.0 percent. The national rate decreased to 7.0 percent from October’s 7.3 percent. Read more... Continue reading

Former WCS Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sexual Conduct

Published Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

By Jesse Wood

Dec. 18, 2013. Amy Tilley Bower, the former fifth-grade teacher at Cove Creek Elementary School who was charged with two counts of “sexual activity with a student” and two counts of “indecent liberties with a child”… Continue reading

Beech Mountain Intake Rejected by Commissioners

Published Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm
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Folks wore red to show their disapproval for the proposed project. Photos by Lonnie Webster

By Jesse Wood

Dec. 17, 2013. It seemed like as many people who lived atop Beech Mountain year round attended the Watauga County Board of… Continue reading

Photos: Clawson Recognized at Retirement Celebration

Published Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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After 16 years of combined service on the Boone Town Council and as Mayor, Loretta Clawson celebrated her retirement last Tuesday at the Boone United Methodist Church as she was surrounded by colleagues, friends and citizens. Read more… Photo by Lonnie Webster Continue reading

‘Festive Dusting’ Likely To Occur Before Santa Lands, Christmas Forecasted To Be Cold and Sunny

Published Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm
Although seasonal temps return to the High Country on Monday, the likelihood of a white Christmas is bleak, according to Patrick Wilson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Read more…
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Cleveland Browns Waive Armanti Edwards

Published Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:01 am
Armanti Edwards is now a free agent after the Cleveland Browns waived the former Appalachian State star last week off of injured reserve, according to Akron Beacon Journal. The Browns signed Edwards on Oct. 29 following his release from the Charlotte Panthers. Read more…
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Charlotte Observer: 7,000-Word Report on Tragedies at Best Western in Boone

Published Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:25 am
Published on Dec. 15, five Charlotte Observer reporters and a researcher contributed to a 7,000-word piece that explores, in perhaps the most in-depth manner to date, the tragedies at the Best Western hotel in Boone earlier this year. Read more… Continue reading

SBOE Chairman Slams Watauga Board of Elections Friday, Rejects Democrats’ Petition To Oust Eggers, Aceto

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm
The State Board of Elections rejected the petition to oust Republicans Bill Aceto and Luke Eggers from the Watauga County Board of Elections at a meeting on Friday, according to the complainants and WRAL.com. Read more…
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NCWRC Urges Public Comment for 2014-15 Fishing, Hunting & Other Management Regulations

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission urges the public to participate in the public hearings and to submit comments about the proposed 2014-2015 fishing, hunting and other wildlife resource management regulations. Feel free to comment on multiple regulations. Read more... Continue reading

Dec. 23 Deadline For ObamaCare Coverage To Kick In at First of the Year Almost Here

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm
For coverage that starts at the first of the year, Dec. 23 is the last day to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. However, the fine for not having health insurance in 2014 kicks in if an eligible individual doesn’t enroll by March 31, 2014. Click here for a timeline of key dates of ObamaCare. Read more…
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First Lady Ann McCrory, Alice Forest Announce Operation Homefront Results

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm
First Lady Ann McCrory and Alice Forest, wife of Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, have been working together to show support to families of deployed soldiers during the Christmas season. Over the past week, they have been collecting checks, Target and Walmart gift cards, and notes of encouragement for a group of families through the nonprofit Operation Homefront. Read more… Continue reading

Watauga Commissioners Pass Resolution Encouraging N.C. General Assembly Support of Cooperative Extension

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm
With the public hearing for the Beech Mountain water intake proposal still resonating, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution requesting the N.C. General Assembly support extension services at the county level on Tuesday. Read more...
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App State Football Adds Six for Spring Semester

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:50 am
Head coach Scott Satterfield announced on Thursday that six newcomers — two junior-college transfers and four early high-school graduates — will join Appalachian State University’s football program next month. Read more… Continue reading

November High Country Association of Realtors Report: Monthly Homes Sales Remain at Six-Year High

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:43 am
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Sales remain up as prices continue to attract buyers, according to the latest real estate report by the High Country Association of Realtors. November marked the third consecutive month Realtor-assisted home sales hit a six-year high, both in units sold and total value. Read more... Continue reading

Watauga Commissioners Agree To Spend $7,000 To Fix Drainage Issues at Historic Cove Creek School

Published Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:24 am
Jack Simpson, one of few original surviving board members of the Cove Creek Preservation & Development, appeared before the Watauga County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday to request the use of county personnel, equipment and funds to repair drainage issues behind the historic Cove Creek School, which the county leases to the CCP&D. Read more...
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Smoke from U.S. Forest Service Prescribed Burn in Caldwell County Floats Through Boone

Published Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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The U.S. Forest Service announced yesterday it planned to conduct a prescribed burn in northern Caldwell County in the Pisgah National Forest on Thursday, and this afternoon a smoky haze floats over the High Country. “It’s very smoky,” Canyons owner Bart Conway said, adding that the fire has pretty much “obscured” the fantastic view that Canyons is famous for this afternoon. Read more…
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