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Mar 03, 2011




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Motorcycle collides with car; passenger taken to hospital

A motorcycle passenger was taken to Watauga Medical Center on Wednesday after the bike collided with a car waiting to turn.


Storm snaps trees

Pockets of Watauga County are still dealing with damage from Monday's storm, which uprooted trees, totaled a minivan and caused a rock slide on U.S. 321 North. An area near the Grandfather Campground in Foscoe suffered what residents believe was a brief tornado at about 2 p.m.


Woman hit by car

A 64-year-old woman was hit by a car Monday evening near the intersection of N.C. 105 and Wilson Drive in Boone.


Two fugitives, larceny suspect arrested in Boone

Boone police arrested two Tennessee fugitives and a man suspected of breaking into two residences on Monday.


Sales tax increase, job cuts for county?

The county will consider budget cuts, pulling from the fund balance and a possible quarter-cent sales tax increase to build the 2011-12 budget, commissioners indicated at the end of a budget planning retreat Saturday. Any budget reductions will probably come from cutting jobs and employee benefits, as all other avenues have been tapped out, county manager Rocky Nelson said.


Fueling frustrations

When something is on the up and up, that's usually considered a positive sign.
Gas prices are an exception. Prices climbed rapidly last week, fueled by turmoil in Libya and concerns that the unrest could spread farther in the Middle East to other primary oil-supplying countries.


OASIS renovates shelter

For more than 30 years, OASIS has helped victims of domestic violence and sexual assault remake and restore their lives. The organization has now received its own revitalization in the form of a renovated emergency shelter. OASIS, or Opposing Abuse with Services, Information and Shelter, celebrated the renovation Friday with a small group of guests, keeping the event low-profile to ensure that the shelter location remained secret.


Roby Greene Road resident finds explosive chemical device in mailbox

A potentially dangerous device found in a Boone mailbox led authorities to seek help from a Wilkes County explosives team and close Roby Greene Road for more than two hours Sunday evening.


Man dies after being run over by truck

An Avery County man died early Saturday morning after he was run over by a pickup truck at the Maymead site on N.C. 105 in Boone on Friday.


Site determined for Solar Decathlon

A new site was named Wednesday afternoon for the Solar Decathlon. The international competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy challenges 20 teams, including one from Appalachian State University, to design and build a solar-powered house.


ASU: Cultural museum will not reopen

After five years without a home, the Appalachian Cultural Museum's fate is final. Despite efforts to find a new location for its collection of historical artifacts, Appalachian State University announced Monday that it will not reopen.


Taking homeless to find new homes

All the world is a system of supply and demand - even when it comes to stray and unwanted animals. For more than a year, High Country Friends for Life has been shuttling puppies and dogs from Watauga County and the surrounding area to animal rescues in the northeast.


Driver flees Foscoe wreck

A driver fled after wrecking a blue Ford Mustang off N.C. 105 South in Foscoe on Thursday.


Bethel Elementary locked down after gunshot wound reported nearby

Bethel Elementary School was locked down for about 20 minutes Thursday afternoon as a precaution after a self-inflicted gunshot wound was reported nearby to county 911 dispatchers.




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