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2 accidents impacting travel: 421 is closed at Hilltop Drive & Old 421 near Food Lion

Fire Marshal Reminds Residents Of Safe Heating Habits As Temperatures Turn Colder 

Watauga Sheriff: Another Successful Operation Medicine Cabinet Completed

Lowering of United States and North Carolina Flags in Honor of North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner 

First Frost Of 2018 Fall Season Likely This Week

Tropical Storm Michael Brings Over 10 Inches Of Rain To Portions Of The High Country

Governor Roy Cooper Visits Valle Crucis School On Friday

Flood Warning for Watauga County until 10pm – Thursday Oct 11, 2018

1:18pm – 194 in Valle Crucis near Valle Crucis School is back open per scanner transmission.

Hunting Hills now open

Boone Docks St now open

Meadowview drive near Bavarian Village/College Place now opening, according to Boone PD.

194 near Valle Crucis School is closed, also Linville Creek Road lower side is closed.

Shelter Update: Alliance Bible Fellowship will be opened as a shelter for Watauga County at 12pm. Alliance is located at 1035 North Carolina Hwy 105 Bypass, Boone, NC 28607

High Wind Warning for Ashe, NC, Watauga, NC Until 11am Friday – Oct 11-12, 2018

Flash Flood Warning For Watauga County Until 4:30pm Thursday Oct 11, 2018

SCHOOL ALERT – Watauga County Schools will dismiss early. K-8 Schools will dismiss at 10:30 a.m., Watauga High School at 11:00 a.m. Buses will run “Limited A Routes.”

Flood Prone Areas of Watauga County

Flash Flood Warning For Watauga County Until 10:45am – Thursday Oct 11, 2018

Flood Warning for Urban Areas and Small Streams In Watauga County Until 3:45am Thursday Oct 11

Traffic Alert 3:27pm Wed Oct 10 – Wreck – 321 near the trash container site in Blowing Rock. Expect delays in the area.

1:45pm – Per incoming social media reports water is over Dewitt Barnet Road bridge in Valle Crucis, Boone Mall parking lot 321 side flooding, flooding in Bamboo.

Flood Advisory for Minor Flooding in Poor Drainage Areas Until 6:15pm – Wed Oct 10, 2018

UPDATE – Flash Flood Watch now in effect from 8am this morning through Thursday evening.

Traffic Alert: Wreck – 105 in Foscoe near fire dept. Expect delays in the area.

Flash Flood Watch For Wednesday Afternoon Through Thursday Evening – October 10-11, 2018

Traffic Alert 3:55pm Monday Oct 8 – truck stuck on Wilson’s Ridge Road. Expect delays in that area.

Public Meeting For Proposed Improvements To NC 105 From Blowing Rock Road To NC 105 Bypass To Be Held Oct 9th.

Stabbing Occurs In Publix Parking Lot On Sunday

WataugaOnline.com Tropical Storm Michael Updates

September 2018 Weather Recap: Hottest September Since 1980, 3rd Hottest In History

Goodnight Brothers Issues Statement Regarding Ham Recall

Certain Produced Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Among Over 89,000 Pounds Of Ham Products Being Recalled

8:42am Thursday October 4 – Traffic Alert – Boone Fire on the scene of a reported structure fire at 344 Faculty Street. That portion of the road is closed for now.

5:22pm Tuesday Oct 2, 2018 – Traffic Alert – Wreck – in the area of NCDOT offices on 194 North. Expect delays in that area.

National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Wednesday October 3, 2018

Public Meeting For Proposed Improvements To NC 105 From Blowing Rock Road To NC 105 Bypass To Be Held Oct 9th.

App State Has Program-Best 34 Voting Points in Coaches Poll

Traffic Alert – 5:12pm – 105 in Avery County is back open after being closed due to morning accident.

Traffic Alert – 105 in Avery County between the Invershield red light and the red light in Linville is closed due to a wreck. Multiple poles and power lines down according to a social media report.

App State Surges to Big Win in Sun Belt Opener

Traffic Alert 9:38am Friday Sept 28 – Wreck – 421 North on Boone Mountain near Linville Creek intersection. Expect delays.

Flash Flood Watch In Effect From 5am Until Midnight – Thursday Sept 27, 2018

Flood Prone Areas of Watauga County

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until Midnight – Wednesday Sept 26, 2018 

Man Charged With Carrying Weapon On CCC&TI Watauga Campus Wednesday Morning

Wednesday Sept 26, 2018 – Construction going on near Tynecastle causing traffic backups on 105 this morning.

2018 White House Christmas Tree Selected From Avery County

Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences Building Ribbon Cutting, Largest Classroom Building Appalachian Has Built To Date

App State Rolls to 72-7 Win in Home Opener 

App State 72 Gardner Webb 7 – Final from Boone. 3rd most points scored by an App State team.

NCDOT: Avoid Traveling in Southeastern N.C.

REMINDER – Allow PLENTY of extra travel time in and around Boone on Saturday as the first home AppState game takes place. Kickoff 3:30pm

TRAFFIC ALERT – Road work taking place on 105 extension heading southbound. Drops to one lane near the traffic light.

TRAFFIC ALERT – Paving taking place in the area of State Farm Road and Boone Heights Drive. Lane shift in place.

Watauga County Telecommunicators Assist In Baby Emergencies

Wilkes County Woman Wins $1 Million, ‘I started screaming and hollering’ 

UPDATE 7:21pm – Mast Gap Road is back open fully.

UPDATE – Mast Gap Road at Jonathan Way is closed for DOT to fix a sinkhole. Will reopen when repairs are complete.

TRAFFIC ALERT 3:39m – Use caution in the area of Mast Gap Road and Jonathan Way. A sinkhole has developed in that area per scanner dispatch. Fire and NCDOT heading to the scene.

TRAFFIC ALERT 2:40pm Wed Sept 19 – The light at New Market is just blinking yellow according to scanner dispatches and incoming social media reports. Boone PD is in the area, use caution.

National Forests in North Carolina Assesses Damage from Hurricane Florence

Western NCDOT Crews Head to Coast to Help, Employees Volunteer To Assist Repairing Hurricane Damage 

Blue Ridge Parkway Reopens Sections Along the 469-Mile Route

Flood Warning Until 7:45pm

TRAFFIC ALERT 1:11pm – Standing water in the area of Poplar Grove Road and Coffey Knob Road. Officials are on the scene, use caution in that area.

TRAFFIC ALERT 10am – The area around the airport is back open.

TRAFFIC ALERT 9:41am Monday Sept 17 – Deerfield Road at Moose Lodge is back open per scanner dispatch.

TRAFFIC ALERT  9:32am Monday Sept 17 – old 421 at Day Drive in Deep Gap will be closed for about an hour for tree removal per scanner dispatch.

Flash Flood Warning until 1:30am

Appalachian State Emergency Management Saturday Update On Florence 

SHELTER INFORMATION FOR WATAUGA COUNTY: Alliance Bible Fellowship will be opened as a shelter for Watauga County starting tomorrow Saturday 9/15 at 5:00pm, per Emergency Management

Entire Blue Ridge Parkway To Close Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Flash Flood Watch Issued Saturday Morning Through Monday Evening – September 14-September 18, 2018

North Carolina Price Gouging Law In Effect

UPDATE – Blowing Rock bank robbery suspect shot and killed in Kentucky Tuesday night

App State-Southern Miss Football Game Will Not Be Played Saturday

UPDATE from NWS about the possible local and regional impacts from Hurricane Florence 

New event. Flash Flood Warning from 9/12/2018 2:53 AM to 5:45 AM EDT for Watauga County. https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/a/a.php?i=25780916

Update from the National Weather Service at 6pm regarding possible impacts to western North Carolina – WataugaOnline.com Hurricane Florence Updates 

Flash Flood Watch Until Midnight Tonight – Tuesday Sept 11, 2018

11:56am Tues Sept 11 – Wreck – Old 421 in the area of Moretz Hollow Road in Zionville – Expect delays in that area.

Tuesday Morning Robbery At Blowing Rock Bank

WataugaOnline.com Hurricane Florence Updates 

Blue Ridge Energy Prepares for Potential Impacts of Hurricane Florence

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until Midnight Tonight – Monday Sept 10, 2018

UPDATE 5:18pm – The person has been located and is safe, according to an official with ARHS. Police Seek Public’s Assistance with Missing Man

Confirmed Case of Meningococcemia at Appalachian State University 

NC Governor Cooper: North Carolina Monitoring Florence Closely, Preparing for Any Impacts

Gov. Cooper Issues Emergency Orders in Advance of Storm to Help Farmers 

Procession and Final Dispatch Call For Long Time Local EMS Official Randy Collins As Seen Via Social Media

UPDATE – Funeral Procession Details for Randy Collins Celebration of Life for this Thursday

Check out the latest Fall Color Report update

Boone Makes Forbes.com 25 Best Places To Retire List

Food and Drug Administration Reminds Consumers Not To Buy Honey Smack Cereal

Monday Sept 3, 2018 – FYI – If you see heavy smoke in the area close to Dove Acres in Vilas it is a controlled burn per scanner dispatch.

Social Media Reaction To App State & Penn State Football Game

App State Roars Back, Falls in OT at No. 9 Penn State

TRAFFIC ALERT – Friday Aug 31 4:14pm – Getting report of big wreck on 321 below Watauga/Caldwell line. Multi car wreck with major delays.

11:14am Friday Aug 31, 2018 – TRAFFIC ALERT – Wreck- Park Road & 105 in Foscoe. Expect delays.

10:56am Friday Aug 31, 2018 – A tree has fell on power line(s) in the Poplar Grove/Poplar Grove Connector area of Boone. There are power outages in and around that area.

TRAFFIC ALERT Friday Aug 31, 2018 – Paving on Dewitt Barnett Road is leading to flagging taking place on Broadstone Road through Valle Crucis. Expect delays and allow extra travel time.

Long Time EMS Official Randy Collins Passes Away On Thursday 

Freedom Farm Ministries Co-Founder & Local Preacher Passes After Bulldozer Accident

Watauga & Avery Football Teams To Meet For Last Time On Friday Night, 50th Meeting

UPDATED: Photos of the fire. Multiple Fire Crews Respond To Tuesday Night Fire In Zionville, Building Total Loss

Multiple Fire Crews Respond To Tuesday Night Fire In Zionville, Building Total Loss

Pfizer, Inc. Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of One Lot Of Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle

TRAFFIC ALERT Tuesday Aug 28 – 4:45pm – Wreck – 321 at Parkway bridge. Expect delays in that area.

TRAFFIC ALERT Tuesday Aug 28 – 4:40pm – Wreck – 321 & Payne Branch Road intersection. Expect delays in that area.

North Carolina Licenses are Back in Print Production with New Safeguards in Place 

TRAFFIC ALERT – 5am – Wreck on the Parkway near Goshen Bridge. Parkway at Aho north bound is shut down. Fire EMS on the scene.

State Citations Issued After Party With Estimated 1000 People Impacts Travel On 105 Saturday Night, Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies Response

NCDMV Taking Steps to Reprint Licenses

TRAFFIC ALERT 4:40pm Friday Aug 24, 2018 – Multi-car accident on 105 just past Seven Devils on the Avery side. Big delays in that area.

Tractor Rollover Accident Claims Life Of Watauga County Native On Wednesday

TRAFFIC ALERT – State Farm Road will be closed from Deerfield to Hunting Hills tonight from 7 to 7:30 to install a light pole. Avoid the area if possible and expect delays.

Watauga County Schools Adds Additional School Resource Officers, Counselors, School Nurses 

4pm TRAFFIC ALERT = 4 car wreck in the area of Boone Public Works, expect possible delays in that area.

3;39pm TRAFFIC ALERT – Wreck in the area of New Market Blvd & Perkinsville Drive. Expect detours and some delays.

Boone Police Expose Statewide Credit Card Fraud Operation

Vehicle Crashes Into Building After Wrecking County Deputy On Highway 105 Monday Afternoon

TRAFFIC ALERT 5:21pm – An accident on 105 in Boone, near the old WHS entrance, has caused traffic backups. No other details at this time.

Flash Flood Watch Until Tuesday Morning For Watauga & Ashe – Aug 20 to Aug 21, 2018

TRAFFIC ALERT Monday Aug 20 10:06am – Wreck in the area of the big light in Boone. Expect delays.

REMINDER – Tomorrow (Monday Aug 20) is the first day back to school for the local school systems in the High Country. Allow for plenty of extra travel time in school zones and be aware of buses on the roads.

Areal Flood Advisory For for Watauga & Ashe Until 7:30pm – Friday August 17, 2018 

TRAFFIC ALERT 2:07pm Thursday Aug 16 – scanner reports of a power line, maybe other lines down, on 105 on Rock Crusher Hill after a dump truck hooked it. Expect possible delays in that area.

Boone Among Locations For New NC Emergency Management Low-Cost Flood Gauges

Traffic Alert Wednesday Aug 15, 2018  – Paving on 105 in Foscoe, down to one lane, expect delays.

Deceased Female Found In An Apartment On Terrace Lane, Boone Police Investigating

2.4 Magnitude Earthquake Measured Between Blowing Rock & Lenoir On Sunday Morning

TBI Top Ten Most Wanted Man Arrested In Avery County

TRAFFIC ALERT Friday Aug 10 – Paving and concrete work around the new Health Sciences building. Delays on Deerfield and State Farm roads.

Road Closed: Portion of Tracy Circle At The Intersection of Buena Vista Drive 

Long Time Local Lawyer & Civic Leader Stacy C. Eggers, Jr. Passes 

Mountain City TN Man Sought, Added To TBI Top Ten Most Wanted 

TRAFFIC ALERT 2:32pm Wednesday Aug 8 – Wreck – in the area of D&B Mini Mart on 421 in Zionville. Expect delays.

TRAFFIC ALERT 2:14pm Wednesday Aug 8 – 421 northbound at the bottom of Wilkes Mountain is closed due to a heavy equipment wreck. Expect major delays in that area.

alert map

Radar valid at 808 pm EDT, Aug 7th 2018

alert legend
NCZ001-018-080045-
Ashe-Watauga-
804 PM EDT TUE AUG 7 2018…A STRONG THUNDERSTORM WILL AFFECT
WATAUGA AND SOUTH CENTRAL ASHE COUNTIES…Until 845 PM EDT.At 803 PM EDT, a strong thunderstorm was located over Sugar Grove,
moving southeast at 20 mph.Winds in excess of 30 mph and pea size hail are possible with this
storm.Locations impacted include…
Boone…
Blowing Rock…
Beech Mountain…
Foscoe…
and Sugar Grove.This includes The following Location Appalachian State University.Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause
localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded
roadways.This storm may intensify, so be certain to monitor local radio
stations and available television stations for additional information
and possible warnings from the National Weather Service.

TRAFFIC ALERT – Major congestion on King Street in the area of Bill’s Garage, road down to one lane. Not sure currently how long it will be that way.

Wreck on 105 in Foscoe at Clubhouse Drive. Expect delays.

Wreck – area of Earl Lyons Road and 105bypass – rollover – Expect possible delays in that area.

ROAD CLOSURE ALERT – Poplar Grove Road 105 Side To Be Closed Aug 6-10, 2018

Boone Police Investigating Death of a Man in Brookshire Park

Record Number of Children Attend Back 2 School Festival: 1150 Receive Backpacks, 900 Pairs of Shoes

TRAFFIC ALERT Friday Aug 3 – 9:20am – Wreck – rollover – 4000 block of 421 in Deep Gap. Expect delays in that area.

Flood WarningExtended Until 5:45pm Today – Friday August 3, 2018

Funeral Services Announced For Allen Trivette, Long Time Business Owner & Former County Commissioner 

ROAD CLOSURE ALERT – Poplar Grove Road 105 Side To Be Closed Aug 6-10, 2018

Update – Boone Police announce arrest in weekend chase