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  Grandfather shoots mask-wearing grandson in home invasion in N.C., officials say

The home invasion happened before 9 a.m. at a home on 38th Street NW, near Cape Hickory Road, in Long View.

  Person dies as flames engulf, destroy mobile home in Alexander County

  COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the spotlight, literally, in Ashe County

Police: Two charged with child abuse in Boone

Swan named interim superintendent of Burke Co. Public Schools

Inmates gifted with pizza after saving detention officer from attack in N.C.

  Man facing 27 charges involving alleged sexual exploitation of a minor

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Alexander County deputies arrest man wanted for sex crimes in Rowan County

  Farmworkers in Avery County get a mobile clinic visit for vaccinations

Counties work together to arrest two suspected meth traffickers

  How the health divide impacts the infant mortality rate in North Carolina's rural areas

  39 children, 9 adults get out safely after fire severely damages daycare in Alexander County

  Man accused of secret peeping facing more charges involving student in Alexander Co.

Silver Alert issued for missing Lenoir man

Anyone with information should call Sgt. Dupree at the Caldwell County Sheriffs Office at 828-758-2324.

Sheriff: Bystander shoots and kills person who stabbed woman, assaulted elderly man in Avery Co.

Deputies say a bystander shot and killed a person who had stabbed a woman and assaulted an elderly man in Avery County,

  Man charged with 50+ counts of secret peeping, 9 counts of indecent liberties with minor in Alexander Co.

Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and Taylorsville Police Department officers arrested 32-year-old Michael Justin Childers at his home on Thursday at 4 p .m.

  Two-alarm fire destroys house on Lake Norman, 3 people displaced

The fire happened on Summit Ridge Drive and the first crews who responded were dispatched around 9:45 p.m.

  Fire damages historic general store in Ashe County

  Avery Co. mobile health Clinics take vaccines to the teachers

  Legendary N.C. high school football coach Tom Brown dies at age 77

  Mountain county schools delay class, opt for remote learning because of wintry weather

  Avery County second dose catchup clinic held, plans for teachers announced

Ice totals lower than expected, no major issues in Avery County

  Three arrested after 36,000 fentanyl pills, more than 30 guns seized in Caldwell County drug bust

Jermaine Douglas Grandy, 39, Nevaeh Douglas Grandy, 18 and Khyran Rasaan Littlejohn, 25, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of trafficking in opioids.

  Freezing rain kicks off Presidents’ Day weekend in N.C. mountains, more to come

While most areas of the Carolinas got rain overnight, many sections of the mountains were coated with freezing rain at daybreak.

Caldwell Co. Schools adding dinner, snacks to meal distribution

The official start date for the food box distribution is Feb. 17. All families with children 18 years or younger can participate.

Caldwell Co. Health Department gets Pfizer vaccine

Through a partnership with Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, Caldwell County Health Department now has Pfizer vaccine and will give second doses on Friday.

Man sentenced to at least 50 years in prison for 2016 double homicide at McDonald’s in Catawba Co.

Eric Terril Yount, 27, was sentenced to serve 50-62 years in prison for the March 2, 2016, shooting deaths of 22-year-old Richelle Scott Lail and 28-year-old Cody William Watts.

Missing 29-year-old Alexander County found safe

Officials in Alexander County say a woman who was reported missing Tuesday night has been found safe.

  Injured bear spotted at a dumpster near Boone

Some think the bear may have been the victim of poachers trying to catch it with a steel bear trap.

  N.C. foothills prepare for possible snow

Drivers are urged to use caution from Saturday afternoon until Sunday afternoon and pay attention to forecasts and current conditions.

  Maintenance supervisor at Hickory High School dies after battle with COVID-19

A spokesperson for Hickory Public Schools says Larry Conger got sick over the holidays, and by Jan. 1, he was admitted to Catawba Hospital.

Burke County Board of education votes to send students back to the classroom

The governor had asked for a five-day schedule but Burke County Officials decided having Wednesdays to clean facilities would also give teachers a chance to help any student that needs extra help.

School bus involved in head-on accident in Caldwell Co.

None of the children were injured.

  Drone helps find missing 78-year-old man, saving his life in Alexander County

The area was so thick, rescuers who were just feet away walked right past the 78-year-old man. But thanks to a drone, the man is back home recovering.

  Study concludes that schools can reopen safely, with precautions taken

A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics in conjunction with Duke University and other institutions has concluded that the reopening of schools to in-person learning can be done safely.

Man charged with DWI, felony death by vehicle after woman killed in Hickory crash

Aaron Lee Walker, 26, was arrested by police on charges of felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, possession of drug paraphernalia and careless and reckless driving.

  Hospital CEO apologizes for phone system issues in scheduling vaccinations in Burke County, says things will get better

More than 7,000 people in Burke County have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far.

  1 arrested, 1 still being sought after equipment theft worth $30K from rescue squad

Morganton Public Safety officers have charged a man with felony larceny after more than $30,000 worth of equipment was stolen from the Burke County Search & Rescue Team last Friday night.

Sixth inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution

Officials say the inmate was a man in his early-50s who had underlying health conditions.

Boone to consider LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections

The Town of Boone is considering passing LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections now that House Bill 142 has come to an end.

  MLK weekend in the mountains ushered in with snow and cold temperatures

What began as rain, turned to snow, and then clear skies with bright sunshine. It’s expected to turn again to cloudy skies and more snow Friday night.

  Ashe County community stunned after teacher dies from COVID-19

Crystal Bennett described as a special person who meant a lot to many. Bennett was an EC Teacher at Ashe County High School.

Fifth inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution

The inmate was a male in his mid-70s who had underlying health conditions.

Virginia man dead following Jefferson wreck

North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the accident about 8:30 a.m.

  Schools, businesses close due to winter storm coming through WBTV viewing area

Several school districts and businesses in the WBTV viewing area are reporting closings due to a winter storm expected to hit the area Friday.

  Foothill communities hopeful for their first chance of snow this season

We’ve seen snow in the mountains this winter but this could be the first chance for the foothills to see some.

  30-bed emergency field hospital ready to open in Lenoir for COVID-19 care support

A 30-bed emergency field hospital is scheduled to open Thursday to provide COVID-19 care support for western North Carolina as the pandemic has worsened this winter.

18-year-old shot, killed at convenience store in Caldwell County

The incident happened before 1 p.m. at the Market Basket store on 321 A in Sawmills.

Watauga County Schools delays class Monday due to wintry weather

Watauga County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Monday due to snow-covered roads.

1 dead in Ashe Co. homicide

Officers responded to a call for a gunshot wound at 7:39 p.m. Saturday off of Little Gap Road.

  Samaritan’s Purse starts building field hospital in Lenoir to help with COVID-19

A 30-bed emergency field hospital is being built to provide COVID-19 care support for western North Carolina as the pandemic has worsened this winter.

Third inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution

A third inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution.

Homeowner charged for shooting at teens accused of breaking in after trying to buy drugs

Officials say the father chased the teens out of the home and into a vehicle parked in the driveway, then fired at them as they drove away.

  Tourists pack the N.C. mountains, some locals fear surge in COVID-19 coming

There are traffic jams, ski areas sold out, lodging booked solid and restaurants at COVID-19 capacity with dozens of people waiting outside.

Another inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution

Another inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution.

K-9 officer with City of Lenoir passes away after battle with cancer

Police K9 Axel served the department and City for six years, “providing his handler and family six years of love and companionship.”

  Alexander County prepares to move to phase 1b in COVID-19 vaccinations

Health Department officials in Alexander County say they wasted no time after 1200 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived last week.

Teens accused of breaking in home after trying to buy drugs, shot at by homeowner

Two teens are jailed under $100,000 bonds each for allegedly breaking into a home where they were looking to buy drugs from another teen.

  Rainy, windy, day in N.C. mountains, white Christmas next

Some sections could get half a foot or more of the snow. For visitors and locals alike, it’s welcome, they said.

Inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution

Officials say the inmate was a 68-year-old man who had underlying health conditions.

Skier dies after incident at Beech Mountain Resort in N.C.

One person has died after a skiing incident at Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina.

  Mountains prepping for possible White Christmas

With forecasts pointing to a White Christmas for many parts of the North Carolina mountains, visitors are excited.

  8-year-old boy dies from pellet gun after accidental shooting in Alexander County

The incident happened on Dec. 20 at a home in the Stony Point community of Alexander County.

Inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19 at Anson Correctional Institution

A female inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 at the Anson Correctional Institution.

Sun Belt Conference Championship Game canceled due to COVID-19 issues

The announcement was made late Thursday night.

  Vaccinations underway at Caldwell County hospital as emergency department has COVID-19 cluster

Frontline healthcare workers at UNC Healthcare Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir began to be vaccinated on Wednesday just as officials identified a cluster of coronavirus cases in the Emergency Department there.

  North Carolina foothills preparing for ice

Officials say they are trying to stay ahead of the storm that was expected overnight. Sleet and freezing rain could begin early Wednesday morning.

Burke County Schools moving to remote learning due to COVID-19

Burke County Schools will be moving to fully remote learning after the holiday break due to COVID-19.

  Family raising money for scholarship in honor of App State student who died from COVID-19 complications

Chad Dorrill died in late September. He was a sophomore and studying exercise science to become a physical therapist.

  Some NC mountain county schools to operate remotely, on a delay over anticipation of wintry weather

Schools in two of North Carolina’s mountain counties will either learn remotely or operate on a delay Monday as wintry mix is expected.

  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.

  Appalachian Ski Mountain opens for the season with COVID-19 precautions

Because of COVID-19, the resort is requiring people to register online and make a reservation.

  Custodian arrested after camera found in staff restroom at N.C. elementary school

Investigators say the school campus was searched and that “there is no indication that this camera was placed in any student restroom.”

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

The experience of online learning due to the coronavirus crisis has given an extra option for snow days, say officials.

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

Ashe, Avery and Watauga County Schools will learn remotely Tuesday.

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

Brazil’s Pietro Fittipaldi will make his Formula 1 debut with Haas F1 Team in the Sakhir Grand Prix, Sunday 6 December, subbing for the injured Romain Grosjean.

  Avery County Schools dismissing early over anticipated snowfall

Avery County Schools will dismiss early due to forecasted snow Monday.

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

Avery County Manager Phillip Barrier says people need to work together and fight the coronavirus and that mask wearing is “the only defense right now that we know of.”

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

Surfside Beach police identified the man who is accused of pointing a gun at another customer during a mask dispute inside a Piggly Wiggly.

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

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is still assessing road damage in Alexander County after flooding shut down more than a dozen roads.