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Rural Transportation Meeting May 16th

The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) and Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) of the High Country RPO will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the High Country Council of Governments building located at 468 New Market Blvd., Boone, NC 28607. The RTCC will meet at 10:00 AM and the RTAC will meet at 2:00 PM. A public hearing for the RPO Prioritization 5.0 ...(more)

Kayaker Drowned on Linville River

A man drowned Saturday night in a kayaking accident on the Linville River in the Burke County area of Pisgah National Forest. It was the second fatality on a Western North Carolina river this year.

Fire Closes Part of Appalachian Trail

A fire on Monday, April 30th closed down a portion of the Appalachian Trail.  A seven acre fire in the Deer Park area, southwest of Hot Springs, led to the temporary closing of the trail from Garenflo Gap to Hot Springs. The fire is moving down slope toward Highway 209. The only structure  currently threatened is the Deer Park Shelter on the Appalachian Trail. Approximately 20 firefighters ...(more)

Spruce Pine System Pressure Advisory Rescinded

CANCELLATION ID NO. 01-61-010   System Pressure Advisory Rescinded 04/28/2018 Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected from Town Of Spruce Pine Water System on 04/27/2018, water users are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water used for human consumption. We appreciate your cooperation during this period.  If you have any questions, please feel free ...(more)

System Pressure Advisory for Spruce Pine Water Customers

System Pressure Advisory Rescinded – 4/30/18 A system pressure advisory has been issued for Spruce Pine water customers due to a broken water line. This is affecting customers from along Highway 226 from Grassy Creek Fire Department to Burger King. The official release from the Town of Spruce Pine follows: ...(more)

McDowell County House Fire Claims One Life

Investigators are searching for the cause of a house fire in McDowell County where one woman died. Fire Crews were called to a home along Old Linville Road around 10:45 a.m Thursday after a friend called 911. Neighbors say those responding had to travel an extra 5 miles to detour a bridge that is currently under construction. When rescuers arrived they had to cut open the side of the house ...(more)

Arrest Made in Animal Cruelty Case

Deputy Frank Holder of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has charged Charles Travis Hollifield, age 40, of 1559 Hankins Road in Marion, with felony cruelty to animals. On Wednesday, March 28, two fishermen located a pink camouflage drawstring bag floating in the waters of the Catawba River at the Yancey Bridge. Inside was the body of a dead Chihuahua mix dog. Tips and a thorough ...(more)