Seven Devils, NC


Boone man charged with trafficking methamphetamine

JEFFERSON - Ashe County Sheriff B. Phil Howell announces the arrest of Jonathon Tyrone Tatum II, 24, of Boone on Jan. 10. This arrest was a result of a narcotics investigation conducted by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Boone Police Department and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. This joint investigation started in early 2022 and continued through December 2022, leading to an arrest...
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Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 1/22 – 1/29/23

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) William Michael Dryer, 43 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Dryer for misdemeanor failure to appear in court on unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was issued $3,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 2/8/2023.

Auntie Anne’s, Jamba to open location in Boone

Auntie Anne’s and co-brand Jamba Juice will open a location between February and March located at 819 Blowing Rock Road. Auntie Anne’s, known for their hand-baked pretzels, and Jamba Juice for their smoothies, plan to bring with them “phenomenal service and a great quality product by coming into our location and experiencing our high energy atmosphere,” wrote Brent Sheena, president of Spider Development.

People of the plunge

Hundreds of onlookers greeted the sunny 39 degree Saturday morning at Chetola Resort as they waited on the banks of the Chetola Lake. The air was filled with laughter, merry conversations and ice themed music, such as “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice playing loudly over the speakers.
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Yet another Local Dollar General has been fined for overcharges

Residents of Vilas, North Carolina were recently shocked to learn that the local Dollar General store was one of 52 businesses fined for extensive price-scanner errors by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Standards Division. According to the report, the store located at 4546 U.S. Hwy...

Knights men’s volleyball falls to Lees-McRae in first match of 2023 season

BANNER ELK — The Knights men’s volleyball team officially embarked on their 2023 regular season campaign on Saturday afternoon A trip to Banner Elk would lead to a difficult test against the Lees-McRae Bobcats, as the Knights fell by a final scoreline of 3-0. It’s the first match action for the Knights this season, so there will be much to take away as a team from this one, as they will look to make steady improvements throughout the season.

CCC&TI Announces New Watauga Campus Director

For the first time in more than 10 years, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Watauga Campus has a new executive director. For employees, students and the community, the new director is a familiar face with a desire for growth and to connect the campus to the community it serves.
Kingsport Times-News

Watauga Lake Cleanup

BUTLER — The kickoff event of this year’s Cherokee National Forest River Cleanup Series will take place with the annual Watauga Lake Cleanup this Saturday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Little Milligan Boat Ramp on Lakeview Drive.


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Boone Town Council passes ordinance protecting LGBTQ+, natural hair

Boone Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday protecting Boone’s residents from discrimination. The ordinance aims to protect citizens on the basis of:. Natural hair or hairstyles. Ethnicity. Sex and sexual orientation. Religious belief or lack thereof. Veteran status. Pregnancy and marital or familial status. The goal of the...

Special Weather Statement for Watauga & Ashe – Sunday January 29, 2023

NCZ001-002-018-VAZ007-009>020-022>024-WVZ042>044-507-508-291530- Ashe-Alleghany NC-Watauga-Tazewell-Smyth-Bland-Giles-Wythe- Pulaski-Montgomery-Grayson-Carroll-Floyd-Craig-Alleghany VA-Bath- Roanoke-Botetourt-Rockbridge-Mercer-Summers-Monroe- Eastern Greenbrier-Western Greenbrier- Including the cities of West Jefferson, Sparta, Boone, Tazewell,. Marion, Bland, Pearisburg, Wytheville, Radford, Pulaski,. Blacksburg, Independence, Whitetop, Troutdale, Volney, Galax,. Floyd, New Castle, Clifton Forge, Covington, Hot Springs,. Roanoke, Salem, Fincastle, Lexington, Buena Vista, Bluefield,. Flat Top, Hinton, Hix, Union,...

OPINION: Delivery drivers deserve free parking

Anyone that has spent even a few days in Boone knows that the parking situation here is less than ideal. However, something that is not discussed as often is the parking situation for delivery drivers and other food service workers in the area. In the eyes of delivery drivers who spend a large portion of their time searching for places to park on King Street and other busy areas, this is a big issue. A majority of restaurants on King Street do not have designated curbside pickup spaces for parking and running inside. This results in many delivery drivers having to park in spaces that are not safe or allowed.

Blue Ridge Honor Flight meeting set for Feb. 15 in Jefferson

JEFFERSON — Military veterans in Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Watauga and Wilkes counties are invited to attend an information session on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 1-3 p.m. at the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. Meeting will take place in the training room, located at 140 Law Enforcement Drive in Jefferson. Eligible veterans able to take part in the next Blue Ridge Honor Flight include veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, veterans of any other conflict and Gold Star families. ...
Johnson City Press

Blackwell, Miller bound over to grand jury in Oakmont shooting death

ELIZABETHTON — Two men were bound over to a grand jury on first-degree murder charges following a preliminary hearing in Carter County General Sessions Court on Monday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. ruled sufficient probable cause had been presented in the shooting death of Phillip Glass to advance the case against Brandon Lee Blackwell, 34, and Cody Alan Miller, 23. Glass was found dead in his Honda Accord early on the morning of Dec. 1 with several gunshot wounds. The car had crashed into a Chevrolet Tahoe.
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Feeding Families Together is getting a new Facility

Avery County is about to get a state-of-the-art facility for its community as Feeding Avery Families (FAF), Inc. is moving into a new headquarters in late winter or early spring of this year. The new $1.2 million Feeding Avery Families Operations Center will be located at 189 Vale Road in...