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%Mate_Title% Multiple Departments Response To Early Friday Morning Fire On Camp Joy Road

Crews with multiple emergency agencies responded to an early morning fire at 796 Camp Joy Road. Taylor Marsh, Watauga County Fire Marshal, tells that the structure was a detached garage … Read more

%Mate_Title% SBI’s Bomb Squad Using New Robots That Expand Capabilities

RALEIGH – A recent delivery of three new, light-weight robots for the state’s Bomb Squad arrived just in time for the Fourth of July, often a busy time for the … Read more

%Mate_Title% Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Return July 12-15 2018

Scotland returns to Grandfather Mountain July 12-15 for the 63rd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Boasting bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and tons of tartans, the … Read more

%Mate_Title% Banner Elk’s Woolly Worm Festival Named Official State Woolly Worm Festival

Raleigh, N.C. – N.C. House Bill 425, State Woolly Worm Festival, was signed into law on Monday, June 25, 2018. The bill to designate Banner Elk’s Woolly Worm Festival as … Read more

%Mate_Title% Watauga County Veterans Memorial Unveiled On Independence Day

The Watauga County Veterans Memorial was unveiled on Wednesday morning to kick off Independence Day festivities in Boone. March 17, 2018 marked the two-year anniversary of the project, which was … Read more

The Boone Police Department is warning of a scam they have been made aware of. According to a social media post, “Public Service Announcement: One of our officers just received … Read more

BOONE, N.C. — Thanks to a $98,599 grant from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS), a team of professors in Appalachian State University’s Department of Sustainable Technology and … Read more

%Mate_Title% Chief Justice Mark Martin Proclaims July 2018 as Juror Appreciation Month

RALEIGH —  Chief Justice Mark Martin has proclaimed the month of July as Juror Appreciation Month in the state of North Carolina. A ceremonial proclamation signed by Chief Justice Martin states that … Read more

%Mate_Title% Recreational Water Advisory Continues For Watauga River In Foscoe Area

BOONE – Watauga County officials continue to advise people to avoid recreational activities at the Watauga River in the vicinity of Foscoe due to a gasoline leak that appears to be … Read more

%Mate_Title% Watauga County Sanitation Department Goes To New Holiday Schedule

The Watauga County Sanitation Department recently adopted a new holiday schedule for the 2018-19 year. Each convenience site, the transfer station and office will now be closed during the holidays … Read more


%Mate_Title% NC Wildlife Commission: July 4, 2018 Free Fishing Day

 On July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing — for free. From 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in … Read more


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 2, 2018) – At $2.65 in North Carolina and $2.52 in South Carolina, gas prices are at their highest point for an Independence Day holiday in four … Read more

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%Mate_Title% Gov. Cooper Kicks Off Statewide “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign

GREENSBORO – Governor Roy Cooper today marked the beginning of the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program “Booze It & Lose It” campaign at a kick-off event for Operation Firecracker at the … Read more

RALEIGH – To assist drivers during the busy July 4 holiday this week, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities that can cause lane closures on … Read more

%Mate_Title% Avery Sheriff: Drowning Occurs At Elk River Falls Over The Weekend

On Sunday, July 1, 2018, Avery County Emergency Personnel responded to a possible drowning at Elk River Falls at 5:05pm, according to Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye.  Witnesses say that … Read more

%Mate_Title% N.C. Forest Service Seedling Sales Begin July 2, 2018

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery Program will be accepting orders for seedlings on July 2. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for nearly 50 species … Read more

BOONE, NC — The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Inc. (ATHC) announced today that arts management professional Laura Kratt of Charlotte has been hired as the organization’s first Executive … Read more

%Mate_Description% %Mate_Title% Kim Shepherd Named New SkyLine CEO

WEST JEFFERSON, N.C.–SkyLine Chief Management Officer (CMO) Kim Shepherd has been named the new CEO of SkyLine following the June 30 retirement of CEO Jimmy Blevins.  Shepherd has been serving … Read more

%Mate_Title% SkyLine CEO Jimmy Blevins Retires And Is Honored With Building Dedication

WEST JEFFERSON, N.C.–After 32 years of service and 10 years as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), SkyLine’s Jimmy Blevins is retiring from the company, effective June 30.  Following the cooperative’s … Read more

%Mate_Title% Updated Charges in the Death of Trooper Samuel Bullard

Yadkin County- As part of a continued investigation involving the May 21st, 2018 death of North Carolina Trooper Samuel N. Bullard during a vehicle pursuit in Yadkin County, additional charges … Read more

%Mate_Title% Recall: Wish Bone Salad Dressing, Undeclared Milk and Egg in 15 oz

Pinnacle Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Wish Bone House Italian Salad Dressing 15 oz. The recall was initiated after learning from a retail customer that a limited … Read more

%Mate_Title% State Fire Marshal Mike Causey Urges Firework Safety As The Holiday Approaches

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey today warned North Carolinians about the dangers of fireworks as they celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. “Firecrackers and sparklers … Read more

%Mate_Title% Confirmed Rabies Cases in Creston Community, Ashe County

[Jefferson, NC] – The public health staff, in partnership with Ashe County Animal Control, and Ashe County Emergency Management, are working together to notify the community in and around the … Read more

Due to a natural gas leak in the area, the transfer station and scale house located at the Watauga County Sanitation Department on Landfill Road is closed on Friday, June … Read more

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5:22pm Final 421 Update – It appears the work to fix the gas line has worked and the road is back open totally and without any more issues. UPDATE 2:42pm- … Read more

%Mate_Title% July 4th 2018 Local Events In The High Country

Below is a list of events happening in the High Country for July 4th, 2018. Take note that not all events are happening on Wednesday July 4th.  June 30 – … Read more


It’s gonna feel like summer over the next several days, as the High Country will experience hot and humid conditions once again in recent weeks. The National Weather Service (NWS) … Read more

%Mate_Title% App State Police Seek Help In Locating Man Wanted On Sexual Battery and Attempted Assault Charges

UPDATE – The suspect sought by Appalachian State University Police has been taken into custody. Thirty-eight year old Mickael G. Murphy, no known address, was arrested in Johnson County, Tennessee, earlier … Read more

%Mate_Title% AAA: Carolinians Begin To Feel Relief At The Pump As Independence Day Approaches

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 27, 2018) – At $2.85, the national gas price average is five cents cheaper than a week ago, 12-cents less than a month ago, but 58-cents more … Read more

%Mate_Title% Recovery Continues from Triad Tornado, Western Mudslides

RALEIGH Jun 28, 2018 – State efforts continue to help North Carolina recover from a tornado that hit Guilford and Rockingham counties in April and from heavy rains and mudslides … Read more

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced today the N.C. Department of Insurance has ended its legal dispute with the North Carolina Rate Bureau on its proposal for an 18.9 percent … Read more

%Mate_Title% Boone Police Charge Man With Attempting To Use A Counterfeit $100 Bill

Boone Police has charged a local man with two charges related to counterfeit $100 bill. On June 26, Charles Wayne Bolick, 55 years-of-age, Brook Hollow Road, Boone, NC, was charged … Read more

%Mate_Title% Early Wednesday Morning Power Outages In Phillips Branch Road Area

UPDATE 12pm – 5 power poles were broken and full restoration is expected to be complete in the noon hour. Crews with Blue Ridge Energy are continuing to work on … Read more

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on June 29, 2018 in honor of Rocky Mount Senior Police Officer … Read more


%Mate_Title% North Carolina 2018 Peach Season Under Way

RALEIGH – Good news for peach lovers. Growers are reporting fair to good crops for the 2018 peach season, which runs through Labor Day. “Growers are reporting an average crop … Read more

%Mate_Title% Gov. Cooper Signs Build NC into Law to Improve Transportation Infrastructure

GREENSBORO – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper this week signed into law the Build NC Bond Act of 2018, a new financing tool to help expedite critical highway projects. “For … Read more

%Article_Title% %Mate_Title% Tractor-Trailer Accident On 321 In Caldwell County Early Thursday Morning Leaves Two Florida Men Dead

An early Thursday morning accident just down the mountain from the Watauga/Caldwell line has claimed the life of two Florida men. The accident, around 4am, occurred on 321 near Kirby … Read more

%Mate_Title% AppalCART Proposed Fixed Route Changes For August 13, 2018

AppalCART gives notice of a Public Hearing regarding proposed route changes to begin August 13, 2018 The changes are for fixed route service only. The routes proposed are designed to … Read more

%Mate_Title% Town of Boone Water Intake Project Update #16

*Town of Boone Press Release* On Feb. 13, 2017 the Harper Corporation and Garney Construction Company, Inc. were provided with the Notice to Proceed on the Boone Water Line, Water … Read more

%Mate_Title% AAA: Carolinians Will Set New Independence Day Holiday Travel Records

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 21, 2018) – This Independence Day holiday, a record-breaking 1,312,500 North Carolinians, and more than 661,500 South Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more away from home – … Read more

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%Mate_Title% Judicial Branch Launches New Public Website –

The North Carolina Judicial Branch has launched the new public website for the unified court system, The new site is mobile-friendly, accessible, and user-focused. went live on Tuesday, June … Read more

%Mate_Title% Watauga Students Awarded Scholarships from Blue Ridge Energy

Boone, North Carolina – (June 20, 2018) Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $33,000 in college scholarships to 12 students across its service area seeking to further their academic goals. The … Read more

%Mate_Title% Section Of Highway 194 Closed For A Time On Wednesday After Accident Involving Pedestrian Being Struck

UPDATE – According to a Boone Police report, Terra Marie Roberts, age 32 of Boone, was crossing the road from the Three Forks Baptist Association parking lot when an Elite … Read more

Boone, NC – Swimmers, paddlers and anglers heading out for a day on the river have a new resource for checking water safety, the – a website that provides … Read more

A fight caught on video between fans of two North Carolina softball teams has gone viral leading to both teams being disqualified. The fight occurred on Saturday at the Brickyard … Read more

%Mate_Title% Town Of Boone Wednesday July 4, 2018 Parade & Event Schedule

The Town of Boone will celebrate the July 4th holiday with a full day of activities, including a parade, fireworks, live music and more. Events begin at 11:00 a.m. on … Read more

High Country motorists should be alert for increased vehicle and bike traffic as the 20th annual Blood Sweat and Gears (BSG) takes place on Saturday June 23. Motorists are advised … Read more


The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are reminding the public to beware of private online sites that appear to sell state fishing licenses. The Commission’s … Read more

%Mate_Title% State Health Officials Urge Caution As Temperatures Rise

Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are urging people to take steps to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses with sweltering heat expected to … Read more

%Mate_Title% Appalachian District Health Department and Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Among State Opioid Grant Recipients

Two local agencies are among the $1.5 million in grant awards to implement projects that combat the opioid crisis by advancing the goals of the NC Opioid Action Plan,. The announcement was … Read more