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Richard “Dick” Lee Bradford

Richard “Dick” Lee Bradford, age 81, Erwin, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 20, 2022. He was born and raised in the Spivey Mountain Community and is a son of the late Lyde and Gladys Brinkley Bradford. Richard retired as a Chemical Operator...
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Johnson City Press

Unicoi's Wayne Scott Strawberry Festival returns

The annual Wayne Scott Strawberry Festival made its return to Unicoi on Saturday. This year’s festival included a strawberry recipe contest, a car show, an inflatable kid’s zone, several bands playing live music and more than 110 vendors. Unicoi Mayor Kathy Bullen said she believed this year’s festival...

53-year-old drowns in apparent accident at Elk River Falls

AVERY COUNTY, N.C. (WJHL) – A man has drowned in a popular regional swimming hole, police say. According to Avery County Sheriff Danny Phillips, his agency was one of several that responded to a call of a missing swimmer at Elk River Falls on Friday morning. A post from the Linville Volunteer Fire Department said […]
Watauga Democrat

Body recovered by divers at Elk River Falls

ELK PARK – Local attraction Elk River Falls claimed another drowning victim on Friday, May 20. Avery County Sheriff’s Office identified the body as 53–year-old Philip Williams. Williams was with the outdoor group Frontier Health Recovery Services when the incident occurred. ACSO reported that the group was...
Statesville Record & Landmark

Statesville, Troutman men complete electrical line workers class

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute celebrated a new class of electrical line workers with a completion ceremony on May 19 at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Front row, from left are, Joseph Barnwell of Kirkville, N.Y., Cody Barnes of Lenoir, Adam Thomas of Forked River, N.J., Thomas Pannell of Durango, Colo., James Little of Taylorsville, Nicholas Pearson of Morganton and Colin Greene of Maple Shade, N.J.; second row, from left, Quentin Gage Isaac of Maiden, Shamari Ventura of the Virgin Islands, Zachary Herman of Taylorsville, Jack Gibson of Statesville, Hunter Barnette of Troutman, Robert Hinton of Lenoir, Jacob Smith of Wilber, Neb., and Warner Mull of Canton. The next electrical line worker class with available seats begins June 6. To register or for more information, call 828-726-2242.
Troy Messenger

Troy closes regular season with Sun Belt series win

The Troy Trojans baseball team picked up a Sun Belt Conference series win over the Appalachian State Mountaineers on the road this weekend to finish off the regular season. After starting off the series with a win on Thursday, Troy followed up with a dominant 9-2 win over the Mountaineers on Friday. Kyle Mack went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs, while William Sullivan also went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Are police consent decrees an asset? Depends on who you ask

ST. LOUIS — The Minneapolis Police Department will face the intense scrutiny of a federal program after a state investigation spurred by the killing of George Floyd concluded that the city's officers stop and arrest Black people more than white people, use force more often on people of color and maintain a culture in which racist language is tolerated.

Boone Dam recreational area set to reopen after dam repairs

The repairs to Boone Dam are complete after years of studies and reconstruction. Now, it’s time to celebrate. The Boone Dam Public Recreation Area will reopen this week in time for Memorial Day weekend as the seven-year Boone Dam Remediation Project draws to a close. Jeff Lyash, president and...

Man drowns in apparent accident at Elk River Falls Friday morning

AVERY COUNTY, N.C. — Officials say a man has drowned in a popular North Carolina swimming hole. According to Avery County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a call of a missing swimmer at Elk River Falls on Friday morning. A post from the Linville Volunteer Fire Department said that...
Kingsport Times-News

SAHC is providing another reason to go up to the Roan this June

Most local folks knows that the most beautiful time, if also the most crowded time, to visit Roan Mountain is around the third week of June, when the Cloudland Rhododendron Gardens are usually in peak bloom. But in recent Junes, and again this year, there is another reason to make the trip up to the highest mountain and the most scenic highlands in the region.