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Sheriff's reports

The following information is courtesy of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a… Read more


Popular Blowing Rock breakfast spot to close Dec. 10

BLOWING ROCK — Popular Blowing Rock breakfast spot Sunny Rock Eggs and Things will close its doors on Dec. 10. Read more


App State professor named to The Explorers Club 50 for pushing the boundaries of exploration

BOONE — Dr. Sarah Carmichael, a geochemist and professor at Appalachian State University, is at the forefront of geomicrobiology and mass e… Read more


Banner Elk rings in the season with annual tree lighting

BANNER ELK — At precisely 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, the town Christmas Tree was lit to officially kick off the Small Town Christmas acti… Read more


Blowing Rock seeks applicants for various boards

BLOWING ROCK — The town of Blowing Rock is seeking interested community members to apply for various boards.  Read more


Watauga's new State Senate Represenative Sen. Hise (R) re-elected as Senate Deputy President Pro Tempore

RALEIGH — The Senate Republican Caucus voted to re-elect Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Mitchell) as Senate Deputy President Pro Tempore. Read more

Land transfers

The following information is courtesy of the Watauga County Register of Deeds Office website and is public record. A grantee indicates the … Read more


WHS gets new high-tech table for Health Science classes, clubs

BOONE — Watauga High School Health Science classes are learning with some new technology — a 3D anatomy and dissection table. Read more


SBI agent, son of WCSO sheriff honored for actions during April 28 standoff

WATAUGA — On April 28, 2021, when his fellow law enforcement officers were wounded and trapped inside with an armed subject, SBI Special Ag… Read more


Southern Appalachian Historical Association seeks artistic director for Horn in the West

BOONE — The Southern Appalachian Historical Association, producer of the classic drama “Horn in the West,” is seeking an artistic director … Read more


Boone Police seeking assistance after Zaxby's display stolen

BOONE — The Boone Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying two suspects who allegedly stole the blow-up chicken … Read more


Birdies Coffee and Treats raises money for WCS student lunch debt

BLOWING ROCK — Birdies Coffee and Treats’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised $2,500 to help pay off school lunch debt. Read more



Boone to host multiple art markets this weekend with unique gift buying opportunities

One of the best aspects of living in this mountain oasis we call Boone and the surrounding High Country is the existence of a strong arts c… Read more

The Quiet Corner: Giving back

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs 19:17 Read more


Watauga County Community Foundation awards Spirit of Philanthropy, Community Inspiration Awards

WATAUGA — The Watauga County Community Foundation recently presented two awards honoring members of the community for their philanthropy an… Read more


Tanger Outlets hosting The Elf on the Shelf Magical Scavenger Hunt

BLOWING ROCK — Tanger Outlets Blowing Rock is once again partnering with The Lumistella Company, makers of the globally-recognized iconic b… Read more


Blowing Rock Holiday Stroll to take over downtown Dec. 9

BLOWING ROCK — The Holiday Stroll in Blowing Rock will take over the downtown area on Dec. 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. Read more

Main Street


A new business is planting its roots in the High Country

BOONE — Community members may see a white bus that is strikingly similar to a food truck roaming around Boone. But once they step inside th… Read more


'The Muppet Christmas Carol' to show at The Appalachian Theatre on Dec. 17

BOONE — Muppet favorites Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, and all their lovable friends join forces for a unique … Read more


In its 90th year, Barter Theatre finally comes to Boone

BOONE — Richard Rose was the producing director of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia for 27 years, retiring on Dec. 31, 2019 with mo… Read more



Greenhalgh tabbed to oversee App State Football strength and conditioning

BOONE — Matt Greenhalgh has returned home to App State as Director of Athletic Performance to oversee the football program's strength and c… Read more


Pioneer ladies nab third win in a row as Watauga takes down A.C. Reynolds 72-47

BOONE — On Tuesday, Dec. 6 the Watauga girl's varsity basketball team downed the visiting A.C. Reynolds Rockets by a count of 72-47.  Read more


Pioneers boys and girls JV snag wins over A.C. Reynolds, continue undefeated seasons

BOONE — On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Watauga High School junior varsity boys and girls basketball squads took on teams from A.C. Reynolds. The J… Read more


Sports In Brief: Dec. 7

The following are highlights from teams across Watauga County for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5. Read more


After best season in 44 years, App State field hockey program sees head coach resign

BOONE — Meghan Dawson has resigned as App State's head field hockey coach to spend time with her family, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin … Read more


Letter to the editor: A heartwarming experience

First off, we are huge ASU fans! We have enjoyed games at the Rock, championship games in Chattanooga, and New Orleans. During this past se… Read more

Letter to the editor: With electricity costs rising, local utilities should tap into federal clean energy funds

High Country residents are facing higher electric bills than in previous years, and this likely will continue beyond 2023. The war in Ukrai… Read more

Martin: The lottery — still bad for North Carolina

I was firmly opposed to the state of North Carolina getting into the lottery business back in 2005. Read more

Hood: Economic freedom is a shock absorber

In a normal market, creditors demand higher interest from borrowers to whom they lend money for longer periods of time. That’s because thes… Read more



Janice Leigh Simmons Carroll

Janice Leigh Simmons Carroll, 76, of Boone, NC, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at Watauga Medical Center. Read more


Billy "Waldo" Watson

Our beloved dad, papa, brother, husband and friend, Billy "Waldo" Watson passed peacefully from this world to the next in the early morning… Read more

Weather Today



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UV Index:1 Low
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