High Country

  Some N.C. mountains choose-and-cut lots running out of Christmas trees

It’s early in December but some Christmas tree choose-and-cut lots in the North Carolina mountains may close for the season after this weekend.

  Snow Days are now school days in Avery Co. thanks to virtual learning

  N.C. mountain county schools learning remotely Tuesday due to inclement weather

Former Hickory Motor Speedway champ to take over for injured driver in Kannapolis-based Haas Formula One team

  Avery County Schools dismissing early over anticipated snowfall

  Avery County manager: Mask mandate is ‘only defense right now’ in fighting coronavirus

N.C. man arrested, accused of pointing gun inside Surfside Beach Piggly Wiggly during mask dispute

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  Alexander County road damage estimate from flooding grows, still no total tally

3 arrested, more than $195K worth of fentanyl seized during traffic stop in Caldwell Co.

  N.C. Ski Season begins with one resort opening, with COVID-19 rules for visitors

  Baby, four adults killed in floodwaters at NC campground identified

  30-foot long sinkhole opens up outside post office in North Carolina

  Some flooding in the foothills, more rain expected

  N.C. man facing 35 charges in child pornography case

The investigation and subsequent arrest stemmed from a tip sent to the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC) about a person in Alexander County who was allegedly uploading child pornography.

  Trail of damage left behind as remnants of Zeta rolls through WBTV viewing area

The Carolinas got the brunt of what was left of the 27th named tropical cyclone of the historic 2020 hurricane season on Thursday.

  Zeta takes aim for the Carolinas, watches and warnings posted

Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings have been posted for the North Carolina Mountains and Foothills as Hurricane Zeta approaches the gulf coast.

  Coronavirus cases declining at Appalachian State University

Officials are hoping the downward trend in cases continues.

21-year-old woman killed in Caldwell County crash

  North Carolina ski areas preparing to open with COVID-19 protocols

Caldwell County nursing home has second COVID-19 outbreak

  Rescue members to adopt dog they saved from 30-foot hole in Burke County, N.C.

  COVID-19 cluster forces elementary school to go remote in Burke County

1 arrested, 2 wanted and considered 'armed and dangerous’ after hotel shooting in Hickory, N.C.

$1,000 reward offered after giant Trump banner stolen from side of trailer in Boone

The 40′ x 8′ banner, promoting the re-election of President Donald Trump, was fixed to the side of a trailer on NC Hwy 105.

  Son arrested after mother fatally shot at home in Alexander County

The incident happened Wednesday morning on Harbert Mountain Road, which is off of Mt. Olive Church Road in Little River.

  Second football game in a row postponed for Appalachian State University due to COVID-19

Appalachian State University football players haven’t been on the field for a game in two weeks and it may be another two weeks before they do.

  Restaurants hoping to save outdoor dining as colder weather approaches

Outdoor dining has become a staple at restaurants in downtown Morganton. Even with restrictions lifted to where 50 percent capacity is allowed inside, the outdoor setup has been working.

  Memorial service set for Appalachian State University student who died from COVID-19 complications

A memorial service has been set for a 19-year-old Appalachian State University student who died from complications related to COVID-19 last week.

  14 COVID-19 clusters reported at Appalachian State University

A week and a half after an Appalachian State University student died from complications of COVID-19, officials confirmed on Monday that there are currently 14 COVID-19 clusters on campus.

App State vs. Louisiana football game postponed due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing

Appalachian State University is postponing its scheduled football game against Louisiana due to COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing.

  19-year-old App State student described as ‘super healthy’ dies from COVID-19 complications

A 19-year-old student at Appalachian State University who was described by his mother as “super healthy,” has died from complications related to COVID-19, according to the university.

College student charged with felony death by vehicle after two fatally hit by car in Boone

Mahagan turned herself in and was formally charged with two counts of felony death by vehicle.

10 dogs, 1 cat surrendered during parole violation arrest in Burke Co., animal cruelty investigation underway

Officials say 10 dogs and one cat were surrendered during a parole violation arrest and an investigation into possible animal cruelty/neglect is underway in Burke County.

Man charged with indecent liberties with a child, gets $25,000 bond in Burke Co.

The man was issued a $25,000 secured bond and placed in Burke County Jail on a charge of felony indecent liberties with a child

App State to allow family members at sporting events, more fans allowed soon

For this Saturday’s game against Campbell at Kidd Brewer Stadium, App State is inviting up to 300 family members of App State student-athletes and up to 50 Campbell student-athlete family members.

  Two accused in N.C. ‘mass murder’ served murder indictments

Two people accused in a mass murder in North Carolina have been served with more murder indictments.

Woman charged with human trafficking in Lenoir, gets $50,000 bond

The Lenoir Police Department reportedly got evidence to believe a home on Ridge Street was being used for human trafficking on Sept. 17 while investigating recent reports by community members of suspicious activity.

  COVID-19 cluster identified at Caldwell County courthouse

Health officials have identified what they call a “cluster of COVID-19 cases” at the Caldwell County courthouse.

  Major COVID-19 outbreak reported at state prison in Avery County

A total of 70 inmates and three staffers have tested positive in recent days at the Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution.

Firefighters rescue woman, 3 children trapped in river in Hickory

Firefighters rescued a woman and three children who were trapped in a river in Hickory over the weekend.

  Woman charged after two pedestrians struck, killed by car in Boone

The accident occurred around 11 p.m. Friday.

  Teacher unexpectedly dies in classroom in Burke County, N.C.

A teacher unexpectedly died in her classroom Wednesday in Burke County.

  Playgrounds and museums soon to open under N.C. governor’s Phase 2.5 reopening

The city of Hickory says it will reopen all the playgrounds at city parks starting Friday at 5 p.m, meanwhile the reopening for some museums will be delayed.

  Caldwell County enters 3rd week of in-person school ’going well,’ says superintendent

“It’s working out so far,” said Superintendent Dr. Don Phipps.

  State won’t pay woman’s claim after car damaged on highway

The N.C. Department of Justice has refused to pay for damage to a couple's car after they hit an open manhole on HWY 321 in Lenoir.

  Community supports Lowe’s employee not allowed to wear pro-police mask meant to honor late father

People in Marion are standing behind a Lowe’s employee who said he was told he couldn’t wear a pro-police mask that is meant to honor his father, a fallen officer.

  Help from N.C. already in Laura’s wake in the Gulf states, more on the way

Just hours after Hurricane Laura passed through the Gulf states Thursday morning, collections were already underway to send needed supplies to families hit by the storm.

  Samaritan’s Purse says it is ready to respond to Hurricane Laura

Disaster units in North Wilkesboro, though, are on standby if needed. Officials said they would not be surprised if they are.

  Prisoners continued being sent to laundry job after co-workers tested positive for COVID-19

A North Carolina prison facility is on ‘red status’ after a spike in COVID-19 cases that prison officials have traced back to inmates who work in a laundry facility operated by Correction Enterprises.

Missing 13-year-old in Burke County found safe

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office says a missing 13-year-old boy has been found safe.

Alpine Coaster closes, says N.C. is “shutting us down”

The Coaster claimed state officials told them they were an “amusement park and outdoor entertainment” business and can’t operate.

N.C. man still missing weeks after vehicle found at abandoned house

Elgin Ray Houston was initially reported missing to the Union County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday evening, Aug. 1.

Man charged days after elderly woman sexually assaulted in Lenoir

Officers with the Lenoir Police responded to an address in the Joyceton area inside the city limits of Lenoir to investigate the sexual assault of an elderly woman, on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 9:35 p.m.

  Confirmed COVID-19 cluster tied to App State football team, practice suspended

A COVID-19 cluster has been confirmed in association with the Appalachian State University football team.

Reward offered for return of N.C. teen missing for more than a month

Amanda Nevaeh Brown, 15, was last seen on Triton Way in Old Fort at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7.

  COVID-19 concerns on the minds of parents, students during move-in day at Appalachian State University

Monday was the first official move-in day for thousands of students at Appalachian State University in Boone, but this time it’s very different than in past years.

  Heavy rain washes out N.C. road to seven families

The rain filled up Bear Branch that passes under the road to his home and six others. The culvert though, could not handle it.

  Morganton mayor hospitalized with COVID-19 encouraging others to wear face masks

Morganton Mayor Ronnie Thompson is sharing his message after being hospitalized with coronavirus.

No charges in Burke County shooting that killed man, injured brother

A Burke County shooting that left a man dead and his brother seriously injured Wednesday has been ruled self defense by the District Attorney’s Office. No charges will be filed.

  App State spending millions to prepare for students in the age of coronavirus

While some colleges and universities across the country have gone totally online for the fall, App State will have a mixture of online and in-person classes.

  Burke ambulances add new device to increase sanitizing

It costs $2,000 per device, paid for with COVID-19 relief money. 13 ambulances in Burke County have them installed so far. More will be getting the devices, say officials.

Man killed, brother seriously injured in shooting in Burke County

A man was killed and his brother was seriously injured in a shooting n Burke County Wednesday.

  Burke County Schools opt to start school year with no students in classrooms

The Burke County Board of Education has voted for Burke County Public Schools to operate under remote learning between Aug. 17 and Sept. 11.

  At least 6 people taken to hospital after lightning strike near Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk, N.C.

Several people were taken to the hospital after a lightning strike near the Alpine Coaster in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

76-year-old man sentenced to 20 years for transporting, possessing child porn in N.C.

A 76-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for possessing and transporting child porn in North Carolina.

  Woman seriously injured in I-40 wreck that blocked traffic for hours

A wreck on the Catawba River bridge on Interstate 40 Thursday morning left a woman hurt and backed up eastbound traffic for miles.

  Burke County changing door locks to key card systems to help fight coronavirus

As many as 140 door locks will be converted to a card-key system to minimize touching.

Man jailed under $500K bond on attempted murder, strangulation charges in Watauga Co.

A man is in jail under a $500,000 bond on charges including attempted murder and assault by strangulation related to a domestic incident in Watauga County.

  16-story prison imploded in Morganton

The Western Youth Institution, more commonly known as the High-Rise Prison was imploded Saturday morning. Government workers can be heard saying “Oh no” during the implosion as the building actually tilted forward.

  Anson County commissioners vote to remove Confederate monuments from county property

The decision came during a county commission meeting Tuesday evening.

  Petition drive aims to take down Confederate monument in Morganton, N.C.

More than 100 people were on the square with some guarding the statue, others counter protesting. Police came in to break it up and sent everyone home.

One man dead, another man wanted after shooting in Caldwell County

According to deputies, the victim died while in the car on the way to a Burke County home from the Caldwell County shooting scene.

Fugitive wanted for attempted murder by NYPD arrested in Lenoir, N.C.

Police have arrested a man who was wanted for attempted murder by the NYPD in Lenoir, North Carolina.

  Boone face mask mandate into fifth day as governor orders it statewide

As Governor Cooper orders face masks be word in any public setting where social distancing cannot happen, the Town of Boone had it’s fifth day of living under a similar mandate.

Deputies charge man with murder months after missing man’s remains found

Deputies arrested Benjamin Joseph Minton on Wednesday and charged him with second degree murder in the death of Danny James Garvin, 61.

  Nursing home celebrates survivors of COVID-19

Things are better now and he and others at the facility felt it would be good to honor the survivors.

Four years later, still no arrests made in deadly Catawba County hit-and-run

Four years later, there still have been no arrests made after a Hickory man died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run in Nov. 2016.

  Tabernacle stolen from church altar in Boone, N.C.

Some time between June 16-17, an unknown suspect(s) went into the Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church on Pilgrims Way in Boone, and stole the tabernacle from the altar.

Woman accused of spraying disinfectant in man’s face for not wearing mask at N.C. grocery store

A woman is accused of spraying disinfectant in a man’s face for not wearing a mask at a North Carolina grocery store.

Missing Salisbury woman returns home after camping in N.C.’s Uwharrie National Forest

Amber Nicole Torrence, 34, was reported missing on June 11, by her grandmother, after she went camping at the Uwharrie National Forest, in Montgomery County.

  A year after floods, some roads still not fixed because of covid 19 shutdown

DOT officials say they will get to the repairs when they can but don’t believe that will happen anytime soon.