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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Crime makes up 30% of local news at any time

Just as reported in the book.


5 of 15 top stories here locally are about crime.

Lenoir men charged in five larcenies
Two Lenoir men were arrested Wednesday after police found them with items stolen from five area stores.

Boone man charged with felony identity theft
A Boone man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to check fraud.

Meeting mix of routine, tense moments
Two students have officially joined the ranks of the Watauga County Board of Education.Watauga High School senior Kevin Logan and junior Julia Roberts participated in their first official meeting Monday, marking the culmination of a lengthy process that sought to add student voices to the board.

US 321 widening ready for Phase III
One mile per year. That's going to be the final progress report on the second phase of the U.S. 321 widening between Caldwell and Watauga counties. The project is still a few months away from completion, but crews are expected to add the final pavement and safety features when winter eases its grip.

County tables farmers' market's $1 lease request
The future of the Watauga County Farmers' Market will have to hang on the vine a bit longer after the county commissioners took no action on a lease request Tuesday night.

Parents to brainstorm on filling the gap
As of Tuesday, Watauga County students had attended only 11 days of school since Dec. 1. Although the situation is nothing new for the High Country, some parents are meeting tonight to formulate ways to compensate for the gaps in education that the snowy weather causes. Denise Lovin, PTA president at Hardin Park Elementary School, set up tonight's meeting and a Facebook page, "Watauga County Snow Day Solutions," at which concerned residents are already chiming in with ideas.

Court upholds murder conviction of L.C. Underwood
One of Watauga County's most prominent murder cases recently went through the court system to address a technicality, and a federal appeals court last week upheld the conviction. L.C. Underwood, convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping in a sensational 1993 event, had appealed his conviction by saying his defense attorneys offered, "ineffective assistance," by not presenting eyewitnesses and the confession of someone whom prosecutors said "got drunk" and then later recanted.

Three charged after officers find four 'shake and bake' meth labs
Three Watauga County residents were charged last week after officers discovered four "shake and bake" methamphetamine labs at a Boone home.

Jordan to be sworn Sunday
N.C. Rep. will have Ashe ceremony

Bare Essentials growing organically
Ben Henderson took something he was passionate about and built it into a successful small business whose best investment is in his customers' overall well-being. Henderson, who owns Bare Essentials Natural market with his wife Mary Underwood, switched sides of the counter in 1988, when he was a customer of the store in its downtown location.

Piecing together a home
Derek Scism's dream of owning a home is so close, yet still miles away. Scism, a young local carpenter, is trying to put together pieces of a puzzle and setting up his first house. That's not a small dream for someone who spent much of the last four years homeless. Scism has put a purchase option on a piece of land on White Oak Road and hopes the other pieces fall into place.

Mail theft: Easy targets
Boone resident Libby Hollis started to wonder in mid-December why her bank statement and bills had not arrived. She left a note for the mail carrier, asking whether her envelopes might have been placed in the wrong box. When he replied on the back of the note that day, her suspicions were confirmed: Someone was stealing her mail.

Farmer's Market seeking $1 lease from the county
The Watauga County Farmer's Market is making its pitch to the county commissioners Tuesday night, seeking a $1 lease for county property near downtown Boone.

Fire destroys outbuilding Saturday
A fire destroyed an already-fallen outbuilding Saturday afternoon off N.C. 194 North.

K-9 officer retiring after years of service
One of the sheriff's office's strongest, fiercest and furriest officers is retiring after years of service. Boco, the German shepherd handled by Tim Wilson, has developed health and training issues in the last year and is now transitioning to civilian life.

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