High Country

  Local man with traumatic brain injury disappears at NC beach

Paul Milton Simms, 23, went missing while visiting Sunset Beach, NC, with family. Officials say he could possibly be trying to make his way back to Hiddenite in Alexander County, or he could be heading to Oak Island, NC, or Myrtle Beach, SC.

  Investigators: Massive fire at old factory in Lenoir was sparked by torch

Energy company working to restore power to hundreds in NC mountains

NCDOT crews are salting roads on 12-hour shifts ahead of expected icy conditions

People claiming to see red-eyed Bigfoot at night in NC woods weren’t imagining things, county says

Finally feels like winter in the NC mountains, will look like winter this weekend

Residents pack up and leave sinkhole threatened condo complex

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Man steals over $3,000 in Nicorette gum from Boone Walmart

Multiple people hospitalized after crash on I-40

NC ski industry needs cold weather, and they’re about to get it

Evacuation underway after sinkhole forms under Marion apartment complex

Woman pleads guilty to helping man who shot deputy, receives 32-51 month sentence

Man stabbed multiple times in Catawba County

Man arrested for shooting man after argument in Burke County

The victim, according to officials, was seriously hurt but is still alive. The shooter was taken into custody.

Mount Mitchell ends 2018 with unofficial NC rain record and wettest year in the Eastern USA

In 2018, the unofficial rain total topped 139.1 inches. That eclipses the previous state record set in 1963 by more than 10 inches.

Man accused of breaking into NC church arrested at Walmart

The break-in happened around 9 a.m. at the South Lenoir Church of God on Hickory Boulevard.

Bathrooms closed, now garbage building up, potholes remain unfilled on Blue Ridge Parkway due to government shutdown

Bathrooms and visitor centers have been shut down since the beginning and now trash is starting to overflow some of the garbage cans along the highway.

  New District Attorney facing more than 60 pending murder cases

Hickory murder suspect spent more than 3 decades in prison for previous murder

Person flown to hospital after stabbing in Maiden

Catawba residents deal with rising water levels, flooding after rain

Woman connected to several crimes, high speed chase arrested on Christmas Day

Blue Ridge Parkway is open but all facilities closed due to partial Government shutdown

Gas prices holding low..for now

Not much pain at the pump this holiday season for drivers. Gasoline prices in the foothills are close to $2.10 a gallon in many places. At one intersection near Newton, two stations are competing for the lowest price and it is down to $1.97 there.

Ground shakes as quake hits Catawba County

Carolyn Leonhardt had just gotten back into bed to nap a few minutes on Sunday morning when right at 7:15 it happened.

Plenty of snow on the ground in some mountain towns mean a White Christmas for them

Forecasters are not predicting any snowfall in North Carolina for Christmas but in many places there has been snow on the ground already for a couple of weeks.

Morganton man charged with statutory rape

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office arrested an individual on Dec. 20 and charged him with first degree statutory rape following suspicion of a crime involving a minor.

Catawba County Sheriff’s Office arrest man for sex offense after fleeing to Arkansas

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for a man believed to have committed a sex crime and then fleeing the scene before police arrived.

Alleged porch pirates arrested in Burke County

According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, 49-year-old Eric Lee Watson and 40-year-old Melisa Diana Triplett were charged with larceny, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy to commit larceny.

  NC Mountains have three highest rainfall totals in eastern US so far in 2018

NOAA statistics for 2018 until December 19 put Mount Mitchell with 131 inches of rain as holding the top spot for the Eastern United States.

Driver killed in Newton crash involving tractor trailer identified

The accident happened near Southwest Boulevard and Pinehurst Lane in Newton.

Law Enforcement converges on homes in Burke County..with Christmas gifts

It looked like a police raid at several homes in Burke County on Wednesday morning but the officers were not there to arrest anyone. They were there to spread Christmas joy.

Dog tortured with BB gun, shot dozens of times at close range

A family dog was shot at close range with a BB fun as many as one hundred times by a stranger. That person is still at large.

Woman facing child abuse charges, DWI after school bus crash

13 students and their bus driver were transported to the hospital after a rollover bus crash on Icard Ridge Rd near Hwy 127 near West Alexander Middle School.

Alleged porch package thief suspected of crimes in two counties

A Caldwell County woman has been charged with stealing delivered packages from the front porches of homes in Caldwell and Catawba Counties.

Snow days adding up for students in Avery and Watauga Counties

Snowstorm Diego will take another school day from students in Avery and Watauga Counties on Wednesday.

Let the cleanup (and melting) begin in the foothills

With temperatures above freezing the melting and clearing process was well underway in the foothills after the storm named Diego dumped more than a foot of snow in the area on Sunday.

NC National Guard pulls ambulance out of snowy ditch in Morganton

According to Chesterfield Fire Rescue, the incident happened on Piney Road in Morganton.

Boone residents, crews brave 16 inches of snow

The snow in Boone started falling around 8 p.m. Saturday and it continued through Sunday.

Winter storm puts NC under State of Emergency

Snow and sleet accumulations of 3 to 11 inches with a light glaze of ice are possible, according to the NWS. WBTV’s team of meteorologists are forecasting very similar numbers across the viewing area as of Thursday afternoon.

Watauga County, business owners prepare for winter storm

The town of Boone is no stranger to winter weather, but even for them 20 inches is a big storm.

Rabies case confirmed in Watauga County

If you see a stray, sick, or aggressive raccoon or other animal in your area, immediately contact the Watauga County Animal Control office at 828-262-1672.

NC Mountains prepare for back-to-back snow storms

Some drivers struggled to make it to their destination as the roads were too slick at one point as temperatures stayed below freezing.

High Country police looking for man wanted for Virginia child abduction

The High Country Crimestoppers, in association with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshall’s, are actively seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a man wanted for abducting a minor in Washington County, VA.

App State to play Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl

The game will take place in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and will begin at 9 p.m.

  Big financial impact expected from Sunbelt Conference Championship game in Boone

Appalachian State University Mountaineers will host the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at noon. Chamber of Commerce officials say the impact from the game could be $3 million to the economy.

Abducted NC teen found ‘safe and alive' 900 miles from home, suspect arrested

The FBI says 13-year-old Aubrey Joelle Acree was found in Checotak, Oklahoma just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Jacob Gardea of New Mexico is facing charges of child abduction in Acree’s disappearance.

Fresh Christmas trees need care to prevent fires, say officials

Christmas Tree fires do not happen often, say officials, but can burn rapidly and extremely hot when they do.

January-like weather hits the NC Mountains

Dempsey Clark has lived in Avery County for a long time. He has seen what the weather has to offer over the years but this time around is just shaking his head.

Schools close over frigid conditions in the High Country

In the Charlotte area, we woke up to readings in the teens and 20s, making this the coldest morning so far this Autumn. In the mountain areas, temperatures dipped even lower with snowfall.

Arrest made after bomb threats made against 3 Alexander Co. schools

An arrest was made after authorities conducted an investigation into a letter that threatened to blow up three schools near a state prison in Alexander County, deputies say.

Energy companies working to restore power to thousands in the High Country

Thousands were left without power late Friday and early Saturday after an overnight ice storm impacted the residents in the North Carolina High Country.

Usage restrictions put in place due to major water shortage in Beech Mountain

Town officials say only the minimum use of water is permitted and water rationing is required.

Black Friday-like crowds at NC mountain Christmas tree lots

Christmas tree grower Sam Poore expected Wednesday to be busy at his choose and cut tree lot in Pineola but it was much more than he expected.

Dad shoots son, charged with murder, says he didn’t mean to

49 year old Tony Odum says what happened Tuesday night at his home in Morganton stemmed from “Just an argument.”

Morganton man killed, father charged after Tuesday evening shooting

Morganton police are investigating a shooting death that occurred at the Ross Mobile Home Part off of Ross Rd. around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night.

Local soybean harvest underway, farmers see prices down due to trade war

Farmer Van Proctor put a lot of work into his soybean fields this year and it shows.

Investigation continues into bomb threats made against Alexander Co. schools from prison

Even though the threat was likely made by someone already incarcerated, officials are monitoring the investigation closely.

Missing Burke County man may be near eastern Tennessee

Matthew James Smith, 34, was reported missing on November 11. Investigators say he may be traveling in or around the eastern Tennessee area.

Missing Gaston County man found dead off road in Blowing Rock, vehicle located

According to the Blowing Rock Police Department, officers, along with fire, rescue and emergency officials, found an elderly white man dead off an embankment of Greenhill Road in Blowing Rock.

Icy roads shouldn’t be your only concern as temperatures drop

Winter weather conditions have come and gone in the foothills, but the temperature is expected to drop once more as we head into Friday. This means crews with North Carolina Department of Transportation will be keeping a watchful eye on road conditions.

Man killed in hit and run in Caldwell County

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the incident happened on Clarks Chapel Road near the cross street of Crump Road near Lenoir.

Ice storm hits NC mountains, power outages mounting

As much as half an inch of ice coated tree limbs, causing many to break. Some roads were blocked by falling trees or branches. In many places the limbs came down on power lines, and thousands were out of power by the afternoon.

Wet and chilly weather moves into the High Country Wednesday night

Parts of the High Country could receive ice and freezing rain as precipitation continues to fall Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Person wanted for multiple armed robberies in Catawba County area

Since Sept. 4, 2018, the Hickory Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office have responded to four separate incidents of armed robbery, believed to be committed by the same person.

Those in the foothills prepare as Old Man Winter comes sooner than expected

With the threat of ice, freezing rain and sleet, folks in the foothills are stocking up on ice melt, shovels and even sleds.

Mountains prepare for possible ice storm

Across the North Carolina mountains people prepared as best they could for what some forecasters say could be a major ice storm.

Giant NC Fraser Fir cut and heading to the White House

The cutting took only seconds, but loading and wrapping the tree took a lot longer. The grower says it was an exciting day and he looks forward to everything that’s ahead of him at the White House.

Early winter storm expected in Mountains and Foothills, preps underway

It doesn’t happen often in the foothills before Thanksgiving but forecasters are saying ice may be coming to the foothills on Thursday.

Ski season opens, rain, cold, and more snow possible in Mountains this week

Freezing temperatures over the weekend allowed ski resorts to start making snow.

Man who shot man in Florida, broke into cars in Avery County, arrested in Indiana

Avery County officials say a man who was on a dangerous crime run, traveled through and broke into vehicles at an Avery County hospital while trying evade law enforcement before DNA was able to lead to his eventual arrest.

Arrests made in robbery where pregnant clerk was wrapped in tape

Four people are now behind bars and two more being sought in connection with an armed robbery last week at the Tobacco to Go store in Granite Falls where crooks zip tied a store clerk’s hands and then wrapped her in tape.

Skeletal remains found in TN, officials doubt it is murdered Burke Co. man

The beating was captured on cell phone video. The body of the victim, Lamaar Lovii Edmondson, has not been found.

Non-profit animal shelter in Burke County has license suspended, county shelter expects to feel major effects

The Friends for Animals animal shelter in Morganton has lost it’s license to operate, for now.

Caldwell County voters to decide if sales tax should go up

The ballot question is at the end. Officials are hoping Caldwell County voters on Tuesday won’t overlook it. It asks voters if they would agree to an increase in the sales tax by .25%. In effect, that is one fourth of one penny per dollar. On a $100 sales, it would increase the current tax by 25 ce

Sheriff: Burke Co. death investigation now a murder investigation

Investigators began looking into the death of Robert Biggerstaff after his body was found in his mobile home on Sugarloaf Road Tuesday evening.

Trio wanted after pregnant clerk zip-tied, wrapped in duct tape during robbery

She was alone on the late shift at the Tobacco to Go store on Highway 321-A when she saw three people wearing masks come in. One pointed a gun at her.

Woman arrested, accused of having dead man’s stolen vehicle

At approximately 6 p.m, officials arrested 52-year-old Cathy Michelle Chapman for felony possession of Robert Biggerstaff’s stolen vehicle.

Jewish groups at App State planning anti-hate rally

Following the murders in Pittsburgh at a synagogue over the weekend, two jewish organizations on the campus of Appalachian State university have stepped up their efforts to hold what they call a “Two Days against Hate” rally next month.

Christmas tree cutting underway in NC Mountains

Christmas tree cutting season begins in NC mountains

Job fair held as major layoffs loom

Some people were hired on the spot, including positions at local furniture factories.