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Banner Elk man charged with six counts of sexual activity by a substitute parent
On Feb. 25 the Watauga County Sheriff's Office of Criminal Investigation, received a report of an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between a 17-year-old juvenile foster child and a foster parent in Watauga County.
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Thu Mar 06, 2014
The Mountain Times
The Face of Poverty
Since the onset of the national recession in 2008, economic conditions in Western North Carolina have been labeled unstable at best, but recent comparisons by poverty awareness officials indicate Watauga County is faring much worse than expected.
Board of Elections votes 2-1 on early voting sites
Early voting will not take place on the campus of Appalachian State University during the upcoming primary elections on May 6. Board secretary Bill Aceto submitted the approved plan, which will now have to go before the State Board of Elections because it was not a unanimous vote.
Tue Mar 04, 2014
Boone council mulls revenue challenges, possible tax increase
The Boone Town Council and staff on Tuesday discussed revenue challenges at its annual budget retreat, held to receive information and set priorities for the next fiscal year.
Marketplace assistance available before deadline
The March 31 deadline for Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment is one month away, and several events are scheduled locally to provide information and enrollment assistance.
Election filing sets up busy primary
Dozens of candidates filed last month in hopes of being elected as Watauga County's local, state and federal representatives in November, but to get there, many will have to make it past the May 6 primary.
Mon Mar 03, 2014
Editor's Note: Don't ban books. Ever.
The Watauga County Board of Education narrowly defeated a motion to ban a book from its classrooms on Thursday.
Media Matters for America
Fox Backs Book Ban In Latest False Attack On Common Core
Fox News promoted an effort to ban Isabel Allende's award-winning novel The House of The Spirits , thanking a North Carolina mother for a "keeping up the good fight" and using her campaign to lob yet another off-base attack at the Common Core educational standards.
Blood donations needed; winter storms affected many drives
Boone Mayor Andy Ball declared March as Red Cross Month on Friday, signing his first proclamation.
WeCAN receives $5,000 gift; more funds needed to help area families
The Watauga Crisis Assistance Network has received a $5,000 surprise gift from the High Country United Way.
Edwin Greene: Still chasing smoke at 72
Edwin Greene, a lifetime resident of Watauga County's Beaver Dam community, has been chasing smoke for nearly 40 years.
WCSO: Help needed in locating stolen vehicle
The Watauga County Sheriff's Office is seeking your help in identifying this individual who entered into a local business in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 24. The suspect took various electronic items from inside the business.
Sat Mar 01, 2014
Sheriff: Two dead in Deep Gap
The Watauga County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of two people at 447 Wildwood Drive in Deep Gap.
Fri Feb 28, 2014
The Charlotte Observer
By 3-2 vote, Watauga Board keeps controversial book
BOONE A divided Watauga School Board decided Thursday night to keep a controversial novel in the curriculum for the 10th-grade Honors English class.
The Mountain Times
Let's Get Crafty
Area artist Lexie Danner will host a workshop on creative journal making in April at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace.
Thu Feb 27, 2014
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute on Wednesday hosted officials from the North Carolina Community College System for the launch of the statewide NCReady4Work initiative.
Challenged book upheld in split decision
The Watauga County Board of Education has denied the curriculum challenge to the book "The House of the Spirits."
WeCan receives $5,000 High Country United Way donation
Just in time for another blast of winter weather, the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network received a $5,000 surprise gift from the High Country United Way.
The Mountain Times
'The Last Great Climb' chronicles a group of climbers in an attempt to scale Ulvetanna Peak, a remote spire in Antarctica.
Jefferson Post Online Edition
Coffee House Live returns Saturday to W.J.
Hardytimes Bluegrass will be among the artists performing at Coffee House Live, March 1, at the West Jefferson Methodist Church.