NEWS & SPORTS

December 7, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Philadelphia at Detroit 7:00 p.m. Denver at Charlotte 7:00 p.m. Indiana at Orlando 7:00 p.m. Sacramento at Cleveland 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Chicago 8:00 p.m. Memphis at New Orleans 8:00 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio 8:30 p.m. Miami at Phoenix 9:00 p.m. Golden State at Milwaukee 9:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE St. Louis at Winnipeg 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Dallas 8:00 p.m. Minnesota at Edmonton 9:00 p.m. Carolina at Anaheim 10:00 p.m.     AP-WF-12-07-18 1716GMT
December 7, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EST   ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS N Carolina GOP candidate owes $34K to scrutinized consultant RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A new filing shows the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s unresolved congressional race owes $34,000 to a consultant that’s been subpoenaed in a ballot fraud probe. The Mark Harris campaign listed a debt of $34,310 owed to the Red Dome Group in a filing Federal Election Commission filing late Thursday. The form says the nature of the debt included “Reimbursement Payment for Bladen Absentee.” The filing lists two other debts totaling nearly $20,000 to Red Dome for digital advertising, robocalls and mailings for Harris, whose slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready is now in question. Red Dome hired a Bladen County contractor being scrutinized by the North Carolina Elections Board. The state has refused to certify the results while it investigates allegations the contractor fraudulently delivered absentee votes for Harris.     WINTER WEATHER-NORTH CAROLINA Parts of North Carolina told to brace for major winter storm RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The National Weather Service is telling parts of North Carolina to expect a major winter storm during the weekend and last into next week. Forecasters at the weather service office in Raleigh say the storm moving across the Southeast brings a high likelihood of wintry precipitation and significant impacts to central North Carolina. According to the weather […]
December 7, 2018
Financial News
        Stocks fall…Hiring slows to 155K jobs…OPEC agrees to cut oil production   NEW YORK (AP) – Stock indexes are falling in morning trading on Wall Street, as losses in technology and health care stocks outweigh gains elsewhere in the market. Energy companies are leading the gainers as crude oil prices rose on news that OPEC members will cut production. The government said job growth in November fell short of economists’ expectations.   WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That’s below this year’s average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 3.7 percent, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average hourly pay rose 3.1 percent from a year ago, matching the previous month’s figure, which was the best since 2009.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Black Americans, adult men and those with just a high school diploma made notable gains in the job market in November. The jobless rate for black Americans fell to 5.9 percent, matching a record low hit earlier this year. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for adult men came in at 3.3 percent, the lowest level since October 2000. With the jobless rate so low, employers have complained this year about the difficulty of finding workers to fill jobs. That’s […]
December 7, 2018
AP Entertainment
      AM Prep-Segue   KEVIN HART BOWS OUT OF OSCARS NEW YORK (AP) – So much for the “dream.” Two days after he had landed the job, Kevin Hart is out of his gig as Oscars host. The comedian says he is stepping down after an outcry over some of his comments about gays. In a tweet early this morning, he said he is stepping aside so he doesn’t become a distraction to the Oscars – when the night should be used to celebrate the artists and the movies they make.     GOLDEN GLOBES: “VEEP” LEADS GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINEES WITH SIX NEW YORK (AP) – Adam McKay spent part of his career poking fun at politicians as a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” Now, a movie he has done about a politician is in the running to win a Golden Globes Award. McKay’s big-screen portrayal of the life and times of former vice-president Dick Cheney has earned six nominations, most of any project at the Golden Globes this year. In doing so, McKay’s movie upstaged three other films considered to be favorites to pick up the most Golden Globe nods. Those three films, “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “The Favourite,” all got five nods.     GOLDEN GLOBES – DIVERSITY LOS ANGELES (AP) – This year’s Golden Globes nominations have it going on when it comes to racial diversity – to a point. For the […]
December 7, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Boston 128 N-Y Knicks 100 Final Portland 108 Phoenix 86 Final Utah 118 Houston 91   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final OT Detroit 5 Toronto 4 Final Pittsburgh 6 N-Y Islanders 2 Final Colorado 5 Florida 2 Final OT Columbus 4 Philadelphia 3 Final Montreal 5 Ottawa 2 Final Tampa Bay 3 Boston 2 Final Washington 4 Arizona 2 Final Calgary 2 Minnesota 0 Final Vancouver 5 Nashville 3 Final Vegas 4 Chicago 3 Final New Jersey 6 L.A. Kings 3   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final Tennessee 30 Jacksonville 9   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (18) Iowa 98 Iowa St. 84 Final Purdue 62 (23) Maryland 60 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Philadelphia at Detroit 7:00 p.m. Denver at Charlotte 7:00 p.m. Indiana at Orlando 7:00 p.m. Sacramento at Cleveland 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Brooklyn 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Chicago 8:00 p.m. Memphis at New Orleans 8:00 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio 8:30 p.m. Miami at Phoenix 9:00 p.m. Golden State at Milwaukee 9:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE St. Louis at Winnipeg 8:00 p.m. San Jose at Dallas 8:00 p.m. Minnesota at Edmonton 9:00 p.m. Carolina at Anaheim 10:00 p.m.   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final Tennessee 30 Jacksonville 9
December 7, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST   ELECTION 2018-NORTH CAROLINA-CONGRESS-THE LATEST North Carolina congressional candidate withdraws concession RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Democratic candidate trailing in a North Carolina congressional race marked by an absentee fraud investigation has withdrawn his concession to the Republican. Dan McCready made his announcement late Thursday in a video posted on social media. Unofficial results showed Republican Mark Harris leading McCready by 905 votes in the south-central 9th Congressional District. But state election officials have refused to certify the results while looking at potential absentee ballot irregularities in at least two counties. McCready called the reports of potential wrongdoing “shameful criminal activity, bankrolled by my opponent” to take away the right of North Carolina resident to vote. Harris’ chief political strategist had hired a Bladen County man who has become the focus of many allegations. The state elections board plans to hold a hearing later this month and could order a new election.     HARASSMENT FROM JAIL Man pleads guilty to beating woman, harassing her from jail (Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com) ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man charged with beating a woman and then harassing her from jail has pleaded guilty. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Lewie Robinson was charged in May with assaulting a woman who had taken out a protective order on him. From the Buncombe County Detention […]
December 7, 2018
Financial News
        World shares gain…OPEC ministers meet…Nissan discloses more dubious inspections   TOKYO (AP) – Shares rebounded in Europe and Asia on Friday as worries over U.S.-China trade friction were calmed by conciliatory comments from Beijing. Futures point to a glum start on Wall Street. U.S. benchmark crude fell below $51.50 a barrel. The dollar rose against the yen and weakened against the euro.   VIENNA (AP) – OPEC countries are mulling a possible cut to oil production in an attempt to stabilize prices as they meet for a second straight day. Heavyweight Saudi Arabia has been pushing a cut of about 1 million barrels a day, but the oil cartel was not able to make a decision on Thursday. Analysts say they’re likely waiting to hear from non-OPEC Russia to better coordinate the cut. Oil prices have fallen about 25 percent in recent months.   TOKYO (AP) – Nissan, the Japanese automaker under scrutiny after its former chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on suspicion of financial misconduct, is recalling 150,000 vehicles spanning 11 models in Japan for dubious inspections for brakes and steering. Nissan Motor Co. Corporate Vice President Seiji Honda told reporters Friday that a recall will be issued next week, and measures will be taken to prevent a recurrence. The latest recall comes on top of earlier recalls over faulty testing, which had resulted in more than 1.1 million vehicles sold in Japan being recalled […]
December 6, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION N-Y Knicks at Boston 8:00 p.m. Phoenix at Portland 10:00 p.m. Houston at Utah 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Detroit at Toronto 7:00 p.m. N-Y Islanders at Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m. Colorado at Florida 7:00 p.m. Columbus at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Montreal at Ottawa 7:30 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. Washington at Arizona 9:00 p.m. Minnesota at Calgary 9:00 p.m. Nashville at Vancouver 10:00 p.m. Chicago at Vegas 10:00 p.m. New Jersey at L.A. Kings 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Jacksonville at Tennessee 8:20 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Iowa St. at (18) Iowa 8:00 p.m. (23) Maryland at Purdue 7:00 p.m.     AP-WF-12-06-18 1946GMT
December 6, 2018
Financial News
        Stocks sink…Mortgage rates dip…No decision from OPEC on production cuts   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are sharply lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street, though off their lows of the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had been down more than 600 points. Traders continue to shovel money into bonds, a signal that they see weakness in the economy ahead. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.86 percent from 2.92 percent on Tuesday, which is a large move.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term mortgage rates are lower this week amid a steep decline in stock prices. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dipped to 4.75 percent from 4.81 percent last week. The key rate stood at 3.94 percent a year ago. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate loans declined this week to 4.21 percent from 4.25 percent last week.   VIENNA (AP) – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says OPEC nations have not yet been able to decide upon a possible production cut, and he is expressing skepticism about when an agreement will be reached. As he left a day-long meeting in Vienna where an agreement was expected to have been reached, Khalid al-Falih told reporters “we’re still deliberating.” OPEC countries will meet tomorrow with Russia to negotiate its contribution to the overall cuts.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to roll […]
December 6, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION N-Y Knicks at Boston 8:00 p.m. Phoenix at Portland 10:00 p.m. Houston at Utah 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Detroit at Toronto 7:00 p.m. N-Y Islanders at Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m. Colorado at Florida 7:00 p.m. Columbus at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Montreal at Ottawa 7:30 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. Washington at Arizona 9:00 p.m. Minnesota at Calgary 9:00 p.m. Nashville at Vancouver 10:00 p.m. Chicago at Vegas 10:00 p.m. New Jersey at L.A. Kings 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Jacksonville at Tennessee 8:20 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Iowa St. at (18) Iowa 8:00 p.m. (23) Maryland at Purdue 7:00 p.m.     AP-WF-12-06-18 1705GMT
December 6, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EST   SCENIC INN-WORKER KILLED Prosecutors: Sex assault was motive for scenic inn killing ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A new indictment alleges sexual assault was the motive for the killing of a cook at a scenic North Carolina mountain inn last summer. Federal prosecutors announced Thursday they filed a superseding indictment adding two counts of aggravated sexual abuse resulting in death against Derek Shawn Pendergraft. The new indictment also upgrades a murder charge against him to first degree. Prosecutors say the charges carry a maximum sentence of death. The indictment says Sara Ellis was killed July 24 in the course of sexual assault by Pendergraft. A defense lawyer didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Pendergraft had initially told authorities the two went for a hike near the Pisgah Inn where both worked, and that he lost track of Ellis after she turned back during rain.     AP-US-MISSING-GIRL-NORTH-CAROLINA Family of North Carolina teen found dead gets new home (Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com) LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – The family of a North Carolina teen who was kidnapped and killed has been given a new home. Mitchell Hunt with Time Out Communities tells the Fayetteville Observer the property management company wanted to give Hania Aguilar’s family a new start. They got keys Tuesday to a new, double-wide mobile home about a mile from […]
December 6, 2018
Financial News
        Stocks plunge again…Survey: US businesses add 179,000 jobs…Record imports push up trade gap   NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are plunging in early trading on Wall Street following a sell-off in overseas markets. The Dow Jones Industrials Average has been down more than 500 points. The broad market decline came as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive overshadowed some positive comments on trade from Beijing, threatening to worsen trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Oil prices fell sharply as traders appeared to doubt that an expected production cut by OPEC will be enough to boost the price of crude.   WASHINGTON (AP) – A private survey finds that U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs. Payroll processor ADP says last month’s job gains slowed from October’s strong showing of 225,000. Still, November’s hiring is enough to lower the unemployment rate over time. The government releases its official jobs numbers tomorrow.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Record imports in October drove the U.S. trade deficit to the highest level in a decade. The Commerce Department says the gap between what the United States sells and what it buys from foreign countries rose to $55.5 billion in October, the fifth straight increase and the highest since October 2008. The politically sensitive deficit in the trade of goods with China rose 7.1 percent to a record $43.1 billion. The goods […]
December 6, 2018
AP Entertainment
      AM Prep-Segue   GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS COMING OUT TODAY NEW YORK (AP) – And here we go! The Hollywood awards season begins in earnest today when the nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards are announced. Among the movies expected to get nods from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are “A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns.” The nominations will be announced starting at 8:15 a.m. EST – and will be live-streamed on the Globes’ official Facebook page and website. Presenters will include Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater. Winners will be announced at an event set for Jan. 6.   GOLDEN GLOBES HOSTS ANNOUNCED LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg have been named hosts of the Golden Globes Awards. Oh won a 2006 Golden Globe for “Grey’s Anatomy” and earlier this year, she became the first actress of Asian descent to get an Emmy nomination. Samberg is a former “Saturday Night Live” star who has won two Golden Globes for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The three-hour ceremony airs live on NBC on Jan. 6.   GEORGE H.W. BUSH FUNERAL WASHINGTON (AP) – If there was a video dictionary entry for “awkward” – chances are it would have to include some of the clips from yesterday’s encounter at George H.W. Bush’s funeral, as President Donald Trump arrived to join former White House occupants Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton […]
December 6, 2018
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final OT Denver 124 Orlando 118 Final Golden State 129 Cleveland 105 Final Washington 131 Atlanta 117 Final Oklahoma City 114 Brooklyn 112 Final Toronto 113 Philadelphia 102 Final New Orleans 132 Dallas 106 Final Minnesota 121 Charlotte 104 Final Memphis 96 L.A. Clippers 86 Final Milwaukee 115 Detroit 92 Final L.A. Lakers 121 San Antonio 113   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final SO Edmonton 3 St. Louis 2 Final Anaheim 4 Chicago 2 Final San Jose 5 Carolina 1   — NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Jacksonville at Tennessee 8:20 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (1) Gonzaga 81 Washington 79 Final (3) Duke 84 Hartford 54 Final (13) Texas Tech 65 Ark.-Pine Bluff 47 Final (14) North Carolina 97 UNC-Wilmington 69 Final (15) Virginia Tech 89 VMI 68 Final (17) Buffalo 89 Le Moyne 55 Final (19) Ohio St. 77 Illinois 67 Final (21) Villanova 69 Temple 59 Final Minnesota 85 (24) Nebraska 78 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION N-Y Knicks at Boston 8:00 p.m. Phoenix at Portland 10:00 p.m. Houston at Utah 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Detroit at Toronto 7:00 p.m. N-Y Islanders at Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m. Colorado at Florida 7:00 p.m. Columbus at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Montreal at Ottawa 7:30 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. Washington at Arizona 9:00 p.m. Minnesota at […]
December 6, 2018
AP-NC Newswatch
        Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EST   NORTH CAROLINA-GOVERNOR North Carolina governor wins again in balance-of-power case RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina court has struck down more legislation Republicans approved for their lame-duck governor’s signature to erode the powers of an incoming Democrat. A Wake County judge ruled that the General Assembly unconstitutionally allowed outgoing GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, not Roy Cooper, to pick the leadership of the Industrial Commission, which rules in workers’ compensation cases. The lawmakers also let McCrory’s appointment to a commission vacancy be extended until 2025. McCrory appointed his chief of staff’s wife, Yolanda Stith, and named her vice chairman. The judge’s Monday ruling ends her appointment next year instead. Cooper’s office named a new chairman and vice chairman Tuesday from the board’s membership. Many of the moves Republicans made in 2016 to limit the next governor’s powers are still being challenged in court. This story has been corrected to reflect that McCrory, not Cooper, appointed Stith.     VOTER ID Latest voter ID bill tries to address absentee ballots RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A key North Carolina legislator says a voter identification bill given House approval also would take a step toward improving mail-in absentee ballot security in light of fraud allegations in a congressional district. The House voted Wednesday for legislation detailing how a new constitutional amendment mandating photo ID to vote […]
December 10, 2018
MerleFest announces WCC Service Area Customer Appreciation Night
  Wilkesboro, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2018) MerleFest, presented by Window World, is pleased to announce that Thursday, April 25, 2019 is Customer Appreciation Night for all residents in the WCC service area of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties. From December 10 through December 21, Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany County residents can purchase up to two Thursday tickets for $35.00 each (plus tax and service fees).   You don’t want to miss the line-up that includes Wynonna and the Big Noise, Dailey and Vincent, Chatham County Line, Donna the Buffalo, Rodney Foster, Junior Brown, Pete Wernick, Roy Book Binder, The Banknotes, and many more!  To purchase tickets, call 800-343-7858 or visit merlefest.org.   About MerleFest MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.   About Window World Window World®, headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., is America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, with more than 200 locally owned […]
December 10, 2018
MerleFest Adds Brandi Carlile, Dailey & Vincent, and The Brother Brothers to 2019 Lineup
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   MerleFest Adds Brandi Carlile, Dailey & Vincent, and The Brother Brothers to 2019 Lineup Tickets on Sale Now   WILKESBORO, N.C. (Dec. 10, 2018) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: Brandi Carlile, Dailey & Vincent, and The Brother Brothers. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, April 25-28.   Brandi Carlile: GRAMMY-nominated Brandi Carlile is currently celebrating her breakthrough new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, which debuted earlier this year at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, Rock Albums chart and Americana/Folk Albums chart and Number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart—a career high for the Seattle-based group. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings, the album continues to receive overwhelming acclaim, including recent “Best Albums of 2018” coverage at Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, NPR Music and more.   Most recently, Carlile joined forces with Sam Smith on a new duet version of “Party Of One.” Recorded at L.A.’s Capitol Studios, a portion of the profits from this recording will be donated to Children in Conflict via Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation as part of its ongoing campaign to raise $1 million for children impacted by war.   Beloved by fans and critics alike, Carlile has performed sold-out […]
December 10, 2018
FB: App State Offering 200 Free Bowl Tickets To Students
  BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State faces Middle Tennessee in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 15, and a free game ticket will be available to the first 200 App State students who reserve one by contacting the ticket office at the Holmes Center.   To reserve a ticket, students must visit the ticket office or call the ticket office at 828-262-2079 and reference this special offer continuing next week on Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Once reserved, the ticket can be picked up on game day, Dec. 15, at Gate H of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 90 minutes prior to the 8 p.m. CT kickoff. If inclement weather leads to campus being closed Monday or any other day next week, the ticket office will not be open/answering calls that day.   For students who already have purchased a game ticket, they can visit or call the ticket office to receive a refund and reserve a free ticket in New Orleans.   The Mountaineers will be playing a postseason game in New Orleans for the first time after making FBS history by winning their first three bowl games, all of which were played in Alabama.   BOWL TICKETS: Tickets to the general public are available by visiting the Bowl Ticket page. For additional information or help with purchasing tickets, contact the App State athletics ticket office at 828-262-2079. If you cannot attend the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, please […]
December 10, 2018
MBB: Bench Play Powers Mountaineers Past North Carolina Central
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State men’s basketball held a 47-19 edge in bench scoring en route to a 82-73 victory over North Carolina Central on Saturday afternoon. The victory improves the Mountaineers (4-5) to a perfect 4-0 at home this season and extends their home non-conference winning streak to 11 games. The 47 points from the bench are the second most the bench has scored this season for App State, trailing only a 68-point output in a season opening victory over Mars Hill. Joseph Battle led the way for the Black and Gold with a career-high 18 points off the bench on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting and a 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) clip from the charity stripe. He also added three rebounds, all of which offensive. O’Showen Williams chipped in with a season-high 13 points, going 3-of-4 (75.0 percent) from deep, to go along with a season-best four assists. Also off the bench, Adrian Delph had 10 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting. Ronshad Shabazz and Tyrell Johnson each reached double figures for App State. Shabazz finished with 12 points and three assists, while Johnson tallied 11 points on 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) and six rebounds. The first half was tight and featured six ties and three lead changes. After trailing for the majority of the half, the Black and Gold jumped in front 32-31 on a basket from Battle with just over three minutes left. App State pushed its lead to four points on three-pointer from Breki Gylfason, but […]
December 10, 2018
Ashe County HS Athletic Schedule – Week of Dec 10th
  Ashe County HS Athletics – Week of December 10, 2018**** ***Subject to Change due to Winter Storm***   Monday – December 10 No Events   Tuesday – December 11 Swimming – Away @ Yadkin YMCA – 4:00pm Wrestling – Away – E. Wilkes, Alexander Central @ East Wilkes @ 5:00pm Basketball – Home – Alleghany – 4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00   Wednesday – December 12 Basketball – Away – Watauga – 4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00   Thursday – December 13  No Events   Friday – December 14 Basketball – Home – Elkin – 4:00/5:15/6:30/8:00   Saturday – December 15 Wrestling – Away @ Tiger Land Classic Tournament @ Fred T Foard HS – 9:00am            
December 10, 2018
6 am Monday OUTAGE UPDATE: Crews Continue Working To Restore Power
  Lenoir, North Carolina (6 am Outage Update December 10, 2018—OUTAGE UPDATE) – Blue Ridge Energy line technicians continue power restoration work Monday for 169 members without power as of 6 am. The number of members affected jumped up slightly overnight as snow continued to fall in the mountain counties of the cooperative’s service area, causing additional issues. Currently affected are 55 members in Ashe County, 68 in Wilkes County and 46 in Caldwell County. Over a foot of snow fell in the cooperative’s service area, but the effects were most damaging in Caldwell and Wilkes counties where temperatures were slightly warmer, causing a heavier, wet snow that brought down trees and limbs. Approximately 150 locations of the electric system were damaged from the storm. Line crews began power restoration after outages started at 2:47 am Sunday. The height of the outages was 2,269 members impacted at noon Sunday. Crews faced the challenge of working their way into impassable areas, driving on dangerous road conditions with snow up to line truck bumpers and often walking long distances with snow above knee level to reach system damage causing the outages. Blue Ridge Energy reminds members to report all outages by calling 1-800-448-2383 or by using the Blue Ridge Energy mobile app. Outage updates are available on the cooperative’s live outage map at www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com or on the mobile app. The cooperative reminds the public to stay far away from downed power lines as they can still be […]
December 10, 2018
Hardee’s Snowbird Report
  Tuesday, Dec. 11th) Ashe County Schools will be closed. Annual Leave day for 10 month employees Alleghany County Schools closed Tuesday for students and staff Ashe Day School closed Tuesday Ashe County Transportation Authority (ACTA) will not operate Tuesday     (Monday, Dec. 10th) Ashe County Transportation Vans are not running today Mt. Jefferson Child Development is closed today Ashe Day School is closed today Town of Boone offices closed today Ashe County offices closed today AEV & REV remount center closed today Ashe County Schools are closed for everyone. Annual leave day Ashe Services for Aging announces no home delivered meals & no congregate meals today Ashe Opportunities closed today Ashe Chamber of Commerce closed today      
December 7, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   FORMER MLB PLAYERS KILLED   Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela   CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a car crash following a winter league game in Venezuela.   The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late Thursday, according to Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan league.   The team said their vehicle overturned as they were heading to the city of Barquisimeto after a game in the capital, Caracas.   Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit .199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on Aug. 7. He hit .226 with 114 home runs over 11 big league seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.   Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. He had a .254 average with 39 home runs.   COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA TECH-COLLINS   Georgia Tech hires Temple’s Geoff Collins to replace Johnson   ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Tech has hired Temple coach Geoff Collins to replace Paul Johnson as the Yellow Jackets coach.   Collins, a Conyers, Georgia native, is a former Florida and Mississippi State defensive coordinator who was 15-10 in two seasons at Temple.   Georgia Tech announced the hire on Friday and planned a news conference for […]
December 7, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NFL-TITANS/JAGUARS   Henry’s 4 TDs lead Titans   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Derrick Henry helped the Tennessee Titans improve their chances for an AFC wild-card berth in a convincing 30-9 win over Jacksonville.   Henry tied an NFL record with a 99-yard touchdown run, matching Tony Dorsett’s run for Dallas against Minnesota in 1983. He set a franchise record with 238 yards on just 17 carries, topping the previous mark of 228 yards set by Chris Johnson in 2009.   Henry matched another Titans franchise record with four touchdowns to help Tennessee move to 7-6.   The Titans outgained the Jaguars 426-255, and they also had four sacks.   NFL-NEWS   Redskins want privacy for injured QB   UNDATED (AP) – The Washington Redskins are asking for privacy for Alex Smith and his family amid reports he is dealing with complications from surgery to repair a broken leg.   A team spokesman declined to say whether the 34-year-old quarterback is still in the hospital, more than two weeks after surgery to repair a broken right tibia and fibula.   NFL Network and Washington’s FM-106.7 are reporting that Smith is still battling infection in his right leg and being tended to by doctors.   In other NFL news:   -Reuben Foster’s ex-girlfriend tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he slapped her and pushed her during an incident in Tampa, Florida, that […]
December 6, 2018
WREST: App State’s Diabe Named SoCon Wrestler of the Month
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State senior Randall Diabe has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for November. Before he posted a win against top-20 opponent Malik McDonald of No. 7 NC State on Tuesday, Diabe went 10-3 at 197 pounds in November with two other dual meet wins against teams with a top-15 national ranking: Rutgers and North Carolina. Diabe’s 3-1 mark at the Hokie Open in mid-November included a 6-4 decision against The Citadel’s Sawyer Root, a returning NCAA qualifier who was ranked 15th nationally, and a 10-2 major decision against Campbell starter Austin McNeill. Diabe had a 6-5 decision against Rutgers’ Matthew Correnti at the Northeast Duals, and he capped a third-place finish at the Keystone Classic with a 5-2 decision in the Tiebreaker-2 period against Rider’s Ethan Laird. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Diabe closed November with dual wins against North Carolina’s Hunter Queen (10-2 major decision) and Ohio’s Nathan Hall (12-4 major decision). With four wins by major decision in November and the recent victory against NC State, Diabe will take a 56-39 career record into a home dual against Oklahoma in Varsity Gym on Dec. 16. Tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for youth can be purchased by clicking HERE, contacting the ticket office at 828-262-2079 or by going to the App State athletics ticket office located at the Holmes Center.     
December 6, 2018
MSOC: Chasteen Selected to CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team
  All-American Teams BOONE, N.C.  – The awards keep coming in for Appalachian State University men’s soccer senior, Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga), as he was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-American Team. Chasteen was voted to the second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Chasteen is one of three Sun Belt players to earn the prestigious honor, while he is named Academic All-American for the first time in his career. The Blowing Rock, N.C. native is the first Mountaineer since Stephen Chapman in 2016 to be recognized for his efforts on and off the field. Chasteen boasted an impressive 3.91 GPA in Exercise Science.  “We are very happy for Jake to receive this recognition,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “He has always made his academics a top priority. He is a great example for our team moving forward with his achievements. Jake had a stellar senior year for us with him being named First-Team All-Sun Belt, Sun Belt Co-Player of the Year and now Academic All-American.”  After receiving the All-District honor, Chasteen joins 32 other players from such schools as Syracuse, Michigan, Notre Dame, Marquette, North Carolina, Stanford, and Duke. Chasteen registered the most shutouts in the Sun Belt with seven, which is also tied for the second most in a single season in program history and is tied for 21st in the country. His .844 goals against average were the highest in the Sun […]
December 6, 2018
FB: App State’s Howell Named a Freshman All-American
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State punter Clayton Howell has been named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic.   A redshirt freshman from High Point, N.C., Howell ranks ninth nationally and first among FBS freshmen with a net punting average of 41.5 yards.   He averages 43.2 yards per punt with just one touchback, and opponents have been limited to a combined 61 return yards on his 46 punts. Only 15 of his punts have been returned, as there’s been 11 attempts forcing a team to start a drive inside its 20-yard line and 20 attempts that have been fair caught.   From the snaps by senior Elias McMurry to downfield coverage from the likes of Austin Exford, Steven Jones, Desmond Franklin and Akeem Davis-Gaither, it’s been a team effort.­­ Howell was one of only two players from a Group of Five conference team among the 25 freshmen recognized.   Howell’s nine punts of 50-plus yards include a season-long kick of 62 yards that was delivered from his own end zone and downed at the Arkansas State 29. He’s also had punts of 56 and 54 yards from his own end zone this season to go along with a 53-yard punt that was downed at the Penn State 4, a 53-yard punt that was downed at the Louisiana 1 and a 49-yard punt that was downed at the Coastal Carolina 2.   Removing Penn State’s 29-yard return on Howell’s first […]
December 6, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest sports   NFL-JAGUARS-TITANS PREVIEW   Titans desperate to keep playoff hopes alive against Jaguars   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Thursday night NFL game.   The 4-8 Jaguars have fallen quickly, from being a win away from their first Super Bowl berth in January to last in the AFC South in December. The 6-6 Titans desperately want to avoid joining Jacksonville as a one-and-done playoff team, especially after sweeping the Jaguars last season.   Tennessee likely needs to win out and get some help, with four teams between the Titans and the second AFC wild-card berth they earned last season.   The Jaguars may not be mathematically finished just yet after snapping a seven-game skid with a 6-0 win over Andrew Luck and the Colts last weekend. But the Jaguars have lost three straight and five of the last six to Tennessee.   The Titans have won 14 of their last 17 at home.   NFL-MAN OF THE YEAR   Peppers, Miller, Davis among 32 NFL Man of Year finalists   NEW YORK (AP) – Julius Peppers, Von Miller and Vernon Davis are among the 32 nominees announced Thursday for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award.   Unlike in the past, when three finalists were selected before a recipient was chosen, one player from every NFL team is a finalist. All […]
December 6, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA-SCHEDULE   Curry’s 42 lead Warriors   UNDATED (AP) – Stephen Curry was his old self on Wednesday in his third game since missing 11 straight with a strained groin.   Curry nailed nine 3-pointers and poured in 42 points as the Golden State Warriors won a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals, 129-105 at Cleveland. The two-time MVP put the game out of reach by scoring nine points in less than a minute midway through the fourth quarter. He also finished with nine rebounds and seven assists.   Curry is averaging 33 points since his return, going 18-for-33 from 3-point range.   Kevin Durant added 25 points, 10 boards and nine assists in the Warriors’ first visit to Cleveland since completing a four-game sweep of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in June.   Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:   – The Raptors improved their league-best record to 21-5 as Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard shot 13 of 24 while providing 36 points to Toronto’s 113-102 victory against the 76ers. Serge Ibaka added 18 points as the Raptors bounced back from Monday’s loss to Denver to beat the Sixers for the 13th straight time in Canada.   – The Nuggets won their seventh in a row as Jamal Murray’s 31 points led a 124-118 victory in overtime at Orlando. Paul Millsap added 18 points for Denver, which opened the extra […]
December 5, 2018
AP Sports
        Update on the latest in sports:   NBA-SCHEDULE-MAGIC-HEAT   Gordon scores 20, Magic run away to top Heat 105-90   UNDATED (AP) – Aaron Gordon scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic (NEE’-koh-lah VOOCH’-uh-vihch) finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat 105-90 on Tuesday night.   Terrence Ross added 19 off the bench for the Magic, who were 14 for 28 from 3-point range. Evan Fournier scored 13 and DJ Augustin had 11 for Orlando.   Justise Winslow scored 14 for Miami, which had won two straight – and still hasn’t had a three-game winning streak this season. Kelly Olynyk scored 13, Hassan Whiteside had 12 and Dwyane Wade and James Johnson each added 11 for the Heat.   In other NBA action:   – Myles Turner matched his season high with 18 points and added 11 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Indiana Pacers defeated Chicago 96-90 on Tuesday night and spoiled the debut of new Bulls coach Jim Boylen. Darren Collison had 23 points and eight rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points and Tyreke Evans finished with 10 for Indiana. Domantis Sabonis added nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Pacers.   – Luka Doncic scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 17 as the Dallas Mavericks won for the ninth time in 11 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers […]

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