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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Local stories lack context

Check it out. In today's local news from the Watauga Democrat, there are NO stories about street crime, other than a tax refund scam (which is a form of fraud but not like that committed by elites!).

But in these stories, there is no context provided. For example, how widespread is the crime? And what is the risk of being a victim?

Further, with regard to one of the other stories, why are gas prices going up? And what can be done about it, if anything? Silence on this issue.

As for ... SIGH!

The crime of the week is a hit and run by one car against another car in a parking lot!

And there are missing kids?

And another man was arrested?

And a bunch of sports.

So that is pretty much all that happens in Boone.

As for that polluted water story, there is also no context provided. Why? And what can be done about it?


Crime of the Week from ARH PoliceWatauga County Crimestoppers and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime: On the afternoon of Tuesday February 21st at around 3:30 p.m., a silver Toyota Avalon was struck by an unknown vehicle in the parking lot of the Watauga Medical Center. Full Story
Missing Children Found OKThere were moments of panic for a Zionville mother just as dark approached last night, realizing that her two children were missing. Emergency crews from Watauga Emergency Management, Watauga Rescue, Zionville Fire, and the Watauga Search and Rescue Team were called in around 6 last evening Full Story
Input Asked as Impaired Waters List ReleasedNorth Carolina Division of Water Quality has released its biannual list of “impaired” waterways as mandated in the federal Clean Water Act of 1972. While the lists of impaired creeks and rivers is long the further east you go in the state, there are a number of waterways listed as impaired in the High Country. Full Story
Blowing Rock Construction UpdateAn update on the construction on US 321 through Blowing Rock: Crews continue to clear along  the path as part of the widening project. The majority of work is taking place along “Area I,” which is the U.S. 321 business corridor from the U.S. 321/North Main Street intersection at Shoppes on the Parkway Full Story
Mountain City Man Arrested on NC CountsA Mountain City man was arrested while visiting someone in a Johnson City hospital, charged with being a fugitive from justice on North Carolina warrants.  According to reports from the Johnson City Police Department, their officers caught up with Joshua Pate, 35, of 611 South Church Street, Mountain City Saturday night Full Story
Ivey Joins ASU Coaching, the premier source for coaching jobs, is reporting that head coach Jerry Moore has added another assistant coach to his staff. Mike Ivey will coach the outside linebackers and special teams. Ivey is the head coach at Barron Collier High School in Florida. and is an
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Gas Goin' Higher...It’s all too reminiscent—gas prices crossing $3.70.  It was last spring—April and May—that regular gas pushed across that threshold, finally peaking at about  $3.85 in early May before falling back.  Want some good news? Crude is down a buck in early trading today. Full Story
UPDATED: ASU Takes Series from No. 7 LSU with 11-1 Rout  Appalachian State University sent shockwaves through the college-baseball world on Sunday with a series-clinching 11-1 rout over No. 7 LSU at Alex Box Stadium. With the blowout victory, Appalachian (4-2) took 2-of-3 games from the seventh-ranked Tigers, marking the program’s first-ever three-game series win
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Wineberg Wins State TitleJosh Wineberg, who signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Western Carolina University on February 1, closed out his high school career in a big way Saturday night. The Ashe County High senior
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Arrowood, Hyatt Blank No. 7 LSU, 1-0Ryan Arrowood (Rutherfordton, N.C./R-S Central) and Nathan Hyatt (Brevard, N.C./Brevard) combined on a three-hit shutout and Daniel Kassouf’s (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) solo home run in the fourth inning proved to be the only scoring Appalachian State University baseball needed in a
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