NEWS & SPORTS

March 22, 2019
WREST: Mountaineers Wrap Up Competition at NCAA Championships
  PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Appalachian State Wrestling concluded its 2018-19 season with appearances by sophomore Codi Russell and junior Cary Miller on the second day of the NCAA Championships.   Russell dropped a 6-1 decision against Lock Haven’s DJ Fehlman at 133 pounds, and Miller lost a 3-0 decision to Northwestern’s Conan Jennings in the heavyweight division. Making their first NCAA appearances, they were joined in Pittsburgh by two-time NCAA qualifiers Randall Diabe and Matt Zovistoski.   Russell’s 22-12 record included a Southern Conference title that automatically earned him his first NCAA berth, and he advanced to Friday’s second day of competition at PPG Paints Arena thanks to a second-period pin of Ohio’s Mario Guillen on Thursday night. It was the Mountaineers’ first win by fall at the NCAA Championships since Mike Longo (141 pounds) had one in 4:08 against Arizona State’s Matthew Kraus in 2016. Fehlman led 2-1 after one period before using an escape and takedown in the second period to take control.   Miller, who also qualified automatically as a SoCon Champion, went 24-13 this season to improve his career record to 64-34. He advanced to Day 2 with a 3-2 decision against Virginia Tech’s Billy Miller and faced a difficult challenge against Jennings, who had a big size advantage.   Miller chose the neutral position instead of attempting to escape from the down position after a scoreless first period, and Jennings’ escape to open the third […]
March 22, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Tampa Bay 1 Pittsburgh 0 (Bot 1st) Texas at Chi Cubs 4:05 p.m. Detroit at Atlanta 6:05 p.m. N-Y Mets at Houston 6:05 p.m. Philadelphia at N-Y Yankees 6:35 p.m. Chi Cubs at Cleveland 9:05 p.m. San Francisco at Kansas City 9:05 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Chi White Sox at L-A Angels 4:10 p.m. Boston at Minnesota 6:05 p.m. Baltimore at Toronto 6:07 p.m. L-A Angels at Seattle 9:40 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE N-Y Mets 1 St. Louis 0 (Top 2nd) Arizona at L-A Dodgers 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee 4:05 p.m. Washington at Miami 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Colorado 9:40 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco 10:05 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Memphis at Orlando 7:00 p.m. Denver at N-Y Knicks 7:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Cleveland 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Toronto 7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Houston 8:00 p.m. Miami at Milwaukee 8:30 p.m. Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Minnesota at Washington 7:00 p.m. San Jose at Anaheim 10:00 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL N. Dakota St. at (1) Duke 7:10 p.m. Gardner-Webb at (2) Virginia 3:10 p.m. Iona at (3) North Carolina 9:20 p.m. Colgate at (6) Tennessee 2:45 p.m. In 1st (9) Texas Tech 6 N. Kentucky 2 Georgia St. at (11) Houston 7:20 p.m. Arizona St. at (15) […]
March 22, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
          Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     NORTH CAROLINA-DISPUTED ELECTION N Carolina picks elections board members in tainted county RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina county at the heart of a ballot-collection scandal that forced a new congressional election is getting a clean slate of elections overseers. The State Board of Elections picked three new members to Bladen County’s elections board. They opted against picking a fourth member because the Democrats and Republicans refused to nominate additional candidates untouched by last year’s election turmoil. The governor appoints the chair of the five-member board. The two Democrats and one Republican named to the Bladen County board Thursday will consider early voting sites before the new primary election in the 9th Congressional District scheduled for May 14. The new contest was ordered after the state elections board heard evidence that a Bladen operative working for Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris illegally collected mail-in ballots.     SCHOOL SAFETY CAMPAIGN North Carolina school system launches gun awareness campaign CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s second largest school system is launching a social media campaign to bring awareness to the danger of guns and their impact on students. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says the campaign is meant to increase participation in and awareness of the increased effort to keep schools safe. The Guns Can’t campaign launched Thursday with a series of posters contrasting […]
March 22, 2019
Financial News
          Stocks lower…GM to add jobs…Existing homes sales soar     NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are sharply lower in morning trading on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and industrial companies. Citigroup dropped in early trading, and Boeing fell after Indonesia’s flag carrier said it would seek to cancel an order of 49 of the company’s 737 Max 8 jets. Despite several down days this week the S&P 500 is still on track to close out its second weekly gain in a row.   ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from President Donald Trump over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a Michigan factory. The company announced it will spend $300 million in Orion Township to build a Chevrolet vehicle based on the battery-powered Bolt. GM also announced plans to spend another $1.4 billion at U.S. factories with 300 more jobs.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal. The USDA say the products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and have a best if used by date of Nov. 30, 2019. The products have the establishment number “P-7221” on the back of their packages. The USDA says there are no confirmed […]
March 22, 2019
Ashe County HS Athletics – Week of March 25
  Monday – March 25 Men’s Golf – Non-Conference Match – Mtn Aire GC – 4:00 Softball – Home – Hibriten – 5:00   Tuesday – March 26 Baseball – Away – W. Wilkes – JV @4:00/Varsity  @7:00 Men’s Tennis – Away – W. Wilkes – 4:00 Softball – Away – W. Wilkes – 4:30 Women’s Soccer – Away – W. Wilkes – 5:15   Wednesday – March 27 Track & Field – Away – Watauga – 4:00 Baseball – Away – Mitchell – 4:30 (Varsity Only)   Thursday – March 28 Men’s Tennis – Away – Alleghany – 4:00 Men’s Golf – Conference Match – Oakwoods CC – 4:00 Softball – Away – Alleghany –  4:30   Friday – March 29 Baseball – Away – Alleghany – JV @4:00/Varsity  @7:00 Women’s Soccer – Away – Alleghany – 5:15            
March 22, 2019
Blood Drives
      American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood & Platelet Donors Especially in need of Blood Type “O”…….To schedule an appointment, use the FREE Red Cross Blood Donor App, Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767…….donation appointments & completion of a “RapidPass” online health questionaire can reduce the time it takes to donate…….   American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood & Platelet Donors of ALL Types To Schedule Appointments: Contact the Red Cross Website @ www.redcrossblood.org   IN DESPARATE NEED OF ALL TYPES OF BLOOD & PLATELETS   Blood Drives: Alleghany County:   March 25th @ Sparta UMC, Main Street from 9:30 am – 2 pm. Walk-Ins welcome, may make an appointment by calling……………………………………………………….336-372-2557  
March 22, 2019
AP Entertainment
        Entertainment:     LORI LAUGHLIN – COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM BOSTON (AP) – It isn’t the delay they wanted. But actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin) and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have gotten a slight push-back in the day they’re to make a court appearance in connection with a college admissions bribery case. A judge agreed to postpone their hearing until April 3. The couple had asked the judge to delay the hearing until April 15. The original appearance had been set for a week from today – but Loughlin’s lawyers said they had a scheduling conflict. The couple is charged with paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.   MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SENDING BOMBS TO CNN, TRUMP CRITICS NEW YORK (AP) – The man who helped spread fear of political violence in the days before last year’s midterm elections has pleaded guilty to sending a series of bombs. Cesar Sayoc acknowledged in a New York City courtroom yesterday that he sent pipe bombs to CNN and other prominent critics of President Donald Trump. A sobbing Sayoc told the court he was “extremely sorry” – and while he said he never meant for the devices to explode, he acknowledged that he knew they could. Sayoc is to be sentenced Sept. 12. He could get life in prison.   DAVID LETTERMAN – HANGING ON? NEW YORK (AP) – David Letterman […]
March 22, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final St. Louis 11 N-Y Yankees 3 Final Pittsburgh 7 Baltimore 5 Final Philadelphia 13 Toronto 6 Final Tampa Bay 8 Atlanta 1 Final Kansas City 14 Cincinnati 6 Final L-A Angels 2 Arizona 1 Final Seattle 6 Cincinnati 3   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Seattle 5 Oakland 4, 12 Innings Final Detroit 5 Houston 3 Final Chi White Sox 12 Texas 2 Final Texas 7 Cleveland 3 Final Boston 8 Tampa Bay 0   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final N-Y Mets 6 Miami 0 Final San Francisco 5 Chi Cubs 5 Final Milwaukee 11 L-A Dodgers 5 Final Washington 7 St. Louis 1   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Denver 113 Washington 108 Final Charlotte 113 Minnesota 106 Final Atlanta 117 Utah 114 Final Sacramento 116 Dallas 100 Final Detroit 118 Phoenix 98 Final Golden State 112 Indiana 89   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final Tampa Bay 6 Carolina 3 Final Boston 5 New Jersey 1 Final Florida 4 Arizona 2 Final Montreal 4 N-Y Islanders 0 Final St. Louis 5 Detroit 2 Final SO Pittsburgh 2 Nashville 1 Final Colorado 3 Dallas 1 Final Philadelphia 3 Chicago 1 Final Edmonton 4 Columbus 1 Final Calgary 5 Ottawa 1 Final Vegas 5 Winnipeg 0 Final L.A. Kings 4 San Jose 2   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final (4) Gonzaga 87 Fairleigh Dickinson 49 Final (5) […]
March 22, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
          Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 6:20 a.m. EDT     SCHOOL SAFETY CAMPAIGN North Carolina school system launches gun awareness campaign CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s second largest school system is launching a social media campaign to bring awareness to the danger of guns and their impact on students. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says the campaign is meant to increase participation in and awareness of the increased effort to keep schools safe. The Guns Can’t campaign launched Thursday with a series of posters contrasting what guns can’t do with what students can. The new campaign is one of several safety and security measures contained in a districtwide initiative which identifies what schools, students, families and the community can do to keep schools safe. The initiative comes four months after a fatal shooting at Butler High School. Another student at the school was charged in the case.     CHARLOTTE AIRPORT-RUNWAY RECONSTRUCTION Work on taxiway to close runway at North Carolina airport CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Upcoming reconstruction on a taxiway is leading to changes at a North Carolina airport. Officials say reconstruction to portions of Taxiway M at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will necessitate temporary closure of Runway 5/23. A statement from the airport authority says the repair work will take approximately seven months and is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving. The authority also says the construction project will require intermittent […]
March 22, 2019
Financial News
          Global stocks mixed…Trump hosts Caribbean leaders…Boeing cancellation     SINGAPORE (AP) – Shares in Europe slipped on Friday after preliminary surveys showed that manufacturing in Germany, France and the wider eurozone had slowed in March. News that the European Union offered to only briefly extend the Brexit deadline added to uncertainty. Asian shares reversed early losses. Futures point to a lower opening on Wall Strett. Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell to just above $59.50 per barrel. The dollar eased against the yen and strengthened against the euro.   WASHINGTON (AP) – The political and economic crisis in Venezuela tops the agenda of President Donald Trump’s meeting Friday with leaders from the Caribbean, a region that has been far from united in joining the U.S. call for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro. Trump is hosting the leaders of Jamaica, Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic and St. Lucia at his affluent Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, to show his support for Caribbean countries that back democratic transition in Venezuela.   JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesia’s flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes in the past six months. It is the first announcement of a cancellation since Boeing’s new model aircraft were grounded following fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. PT Garuda Indonesia’s spokesman Ikhsan Rosan said Friday […]
March 21, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the latest scores from today’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE N-Y Yankees 0 St. Louis 0 (Top 1st) Baltimore 0 Pittsburgh 0 (Top 1st) Toronto 0 Philadelphia 0 (Top 1st) Atlanta 0 Tampa Bay 0 (Top 1st) Kansas City at Cincinnati 4:05 p.m. L-A Angels at Arizona 4:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Seattle 9:40 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Seattle 5 Oakland 4, 12 Innings Houston 0 Detroit 0 (Bot 1st) Texas at Chi White Sox 4:05 p.m. Cleveland at Texas 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Boston 6:05 p.m.   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Miami 0 N-Y Mets 0 (Top 1st) San Francisco at Chi Cubs 4:05 p.m. L-A Dodgers at Milwaukee 4:05 p.m. St. Louis at Washington 6:35 p.m.   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Denver at Washington 7:00 p.m. Minnesota at Charlotte 7:00 p.m. Utah at Atlanta 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Sacramento 10:00 p.m. Detroit at Phoenix 10:00 p.m. Indiana at Golden State 10:30 p.m.   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Tampa Bay at Carolina 7:00 p.m. Boston at New Jersey 7:00 p.m. Arizona at Florida 7:00 p.m. N-Y Islanders at Montreal 7:30 p.m. Detroit at St. Louis 8:00 p.m. Pittsburgh at Nashville 8:00 p.m. Colorado at Dallas 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago 8:30 p.m. Columbus at Edmonton 9:00 p.m. Ottawa at Calgary 9:00 p.m. Winnipeg at Vegas 10:00 p.m. San Jose at L.A. Kings 10:30 p.m.   — TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Fairleigh Dickinson at […]
March 21, 2019
AP-NC Newswatch
          Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment at 11:20 a.m. EDT     EVERS-NCAA TOURNAMENT Evers picks Wisconsin to defeat Duke for NCAA championship MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers says Wisconsin will somehow beat Duke to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Evers, a Wisconsin alumnus, issued a news release Thursday predicting Wisconsin, Duke, Texas Tech and North Carolina will reach the Final Four. He predicts Badgers big man Ethan Happ will draw so much defensive attention that other Wisconsin shooters will get open shots. Wisconsin is 23-10 and faces Oregon in the first round Friday. Duke, a perennial college basketball powerhouse, is 29-5 and boasts freshman phenom Zion Williamson, a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft in June. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes has picked Wisconsin, Marquette, Kansas and Maryland to advance to the Final Four. He thinks Kansas will beat Maryland in the championship.     CADBURY BUNNY IS A BULLDOG N. Carolina bulldog named Henri is new Cadbury bunny WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The new Cadbury bunny is an English Bulldog named Henri. The North Carolina dog competed against thousands of other animals in the chocolate company’s first-ever “Bunny Tryouts” and was announced as the winner on Wednesday. He will star as the bunny in a commercial next month. The company launched the competition this year to revamp a 1994 commercial about its creme eggs that showed a […]
March 21, 2019
Financial News
          Stocks rise…Mortgage rates dip…Artificial intelligence creates Google Doodle     NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks are moving broadly higher in morning trading on Wall Street as technology stocks offset declines in the banking sector. Apple rose 2.8 percent as it continues to announce new products. Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants soared 6.4 percent after reporting earnings that were far better than analysts were expecting. Biogen, a major biotechnology company, took a 29 percent nosedive after stopping a trial for an Alzheimer’s drug. Other health care stocks also fell. JPMorgan led a decline in banks with a loss of 1.8 percent.   WASHINGTON (AP) – Long-term mortgage rates have fallen this week, giving an incentive to potential buyers as the spring home-buying season opens. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4.28 percent from 4.31 percent last week. The average rate this week for 15-year, fixed-rate loans slipped to 3.71 percent from 3.76 percent. Mortgage rates have fallen substantially since the beginning of the year, after climbing for much of 2018 and peaking at nearly 5 percent in early November.   BRUSSELS (AP) – The Bank of England says firms have ratcheted up preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit over the past couple of months. The minutes of the bank’s latest policy meeting show that a special survey indicates that around 80 percent of companies “judged themselves ready” for […]
March 21, 2019
AP Entertainment
        Entertainment:     “EMPIRE” CO-CREATOR LEE DANIELS SPEAKS ON SMOLLETT LOS ANGELES (AP) – The co-creator and executive producer of “Empire” is speaking about the crisis that has been surrounding the show the past two months. Lee Daniels says those associated with the show have been experiencing “a freakin’ rollercoaster.” Cast member Jussie Smollett is charged with concocting a story about being beaten by racists who also hurled anti-gay slurs at him. News of the beating prompted statements of support from Daniels and others on the show. But now authorities in Chicago have charged Smollett with lying about the attack. In an Instagram video, Daniels says “the incident,” as he calls it, caused “pain and anger and frustration” among the Empire cast and crew. In the clip, Daniels didn’t mention Smollett by name.   R. KELLY – TRAVEL CHICAGO (AP) – Can he really fly? R. Kelly says he believes he should be allowed to. The R&B star wants the judge in his sexual assault case to let him travel to the Middle East for some shows. In his plea, Kelly says he’s hurting for cash since his arrest last month – and has been unable to work in the U.S. because of the allegations against him. While Kelly didn’t say how much he could earn from the shows, he says the deals were signed before his arrest. As part of his bond deal, Kelly had […]
March 21, 2019
AP Scorecard
        Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   — INTERLEAGUE Final Detroit 3 Philadelphia 1 Final Pittsburgh 6 Minnesota 5 Final Atlanta 8 Toronto 7 Final Arizona 11 Chi White Sox 2 Final Cincinnati 6 Texas 1 Final Kansas City 8 Colorado 7 Final San Francisco 13 Cleveland 0   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Seattle 9 Oakland 7 Final Houston 2 N-Y Yankees 1 Final Boston 6 Baltimore 4 Final Cleveland 4 L-A Angels 2   — NATIONAL LEAGUE Final Miami 6 St. Louis 0 Final Milwaukee 10 San Diego 7 Final L-A Dodgers 4 Chi Cubs 4   — NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final Philadelphia 118 Boston 115 Final Orlando 119 New Orleans 96 Final Cleveland 107 Milwaukee 102 Final Utah 137 N-Y Knicks 116 Final OT Memphis 126 Houston 125 Final OT Chicago 126 Washington 120 Final Miami 110 San Antonio 105 Final OT Toronto 123 Oklahoma City 114 Final Portland 126 Dallas 118   — NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final Toronto 4 Buffalo 2 Final OT Tampa Bay 5 Washington 4 Final Vancouver 7 Ottawa 4 Final Winnipeg 3 Anaheim 0 TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE   — INTERLEAGUE N-Y Yankees at St. Louis 1:05 p.m. Baltimore at Pittsburgh 1:05 p.m. Toronto at Philadelphia 1:05 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:05 p.m. Kansas City at Cincinnati 4:05 p.m. L-A Angels at Arizona 4:10 p.m. Cincinnati at Seattle 9:40 p.m.   — AMERICAN LEAGUE Seattle 4 Oakland […]
March 22, 2019
AP Sports
          Update on the latest in sports:     NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT   Spotlight on Duke’s Williamson as first round continues   UNDATED (AP) – The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to No. 1 overall seed Duke today, along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games.   But there won’t be more attention on anybody than on Blue Devils’ star freshman Zion Williamson. Duke opens against 16th-seeded North Dakota State in his home state of South Carolina.   COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WAKE FOREST KEEPS MANNING   Manning to return to Wake Forest despite 3rd 20-loss season   WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Danny Manning will return for a sixth season at Wake Forest despite his third 20-loss season in five years.   Retiring athletic director Ron Wellman announced the decision 10 days after the Demon Deacons ended an 11-20 season with a loss to Miami in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.   Wellman says they had “extensive” meetings, and he expects Manning to “take the steps needed to show improvement on the court.”   The 52-year-old former Kansas star and No. 1 NBA draft pick is 65-93 at Wake Forest with one NCAA Tournament appearance in five seasons with the Demon Deacons.   COLLEGE BASKETBALL-VANDERBILT-DREW FIRED   Vanderbilt fires coach Bryce Drew after 9-23 year, winless in SEC   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The worst season in the history of Vanderbilt […]
March 22, 2019
AP Sports
          Update on the latest in sports:     NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT   First round begins   UNDATED (AP) – The madness has begun in earnest as 32 men’s basketball teams battled Thursday to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.   No. 12 Murray State was among three double-digit seeds to win. Ja Morant recorded the ninth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history, delivering 19 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds in the Racers’ 83-66 win over No. 5 Marquette. Markus Howard scored 26 points for the Golden Eagles but shot 9 of 27 as Murray State moved into the next round against No. 4 Florida State.   The Seminoles withstood a barrage of 3-pointers from 13th-seeded Vermont as Mfiondu Kabengele (kab-ehn-GAY’-lee) scored a team-high 21 points in FSU’s 76-69 victory. The Catamounts went 16 for 32 from 3-point range but cooled in the second half just enough for the Seminoles to take over.   Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 11 rebounds while No. 4 Kansas shot 56 percent in an 87-73 drubbing of Northeastern. The Jayhawks outscored the Huskies 50-16 in the paint while grabbing 17 more rebounds to advance to face Auburn.   Jared Harper made all four of his 3-pointers in the second half and had a team-high 17 points to help fifth-seeded Auburn survive a wild finish in a 78-77 triumph over New Mexico State. The Aggies had […]
March 22, 2019
WREST: Russell, Miller Advance at NCAA Championships
  PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Appalachian State wrestlers Codi Russell (133 pounds) and Cary Miller (heavyweight) won matches Thursday night to advance to Day 2 of the NCAA Championships.   Russell, who recorded a second-period pin of Ohio’s Mario Guillen, and Miller, whose tiebreaking takedown with 40 seconds left against Virginia Tech’s Billy Miller led to a 3-2 decision, both went 1-1 on the opening day of the double-elimination event at PPG Paints Arena.   Randall Diabe completed a 77-48 career that included a 26-7 mark as a senior with a pair of one-point losses in Pittsburgh, and Matt Zovistoski finished a 27-15 junior season with two matches. They were both making their second NCAA appearances.   The NCAA Championships resume Friday at 11 a.m., and Russell (23-10) will face 24th-seeded DJ Fehlman of Lock Haven a month after Fehlman (35-7) won a close decision between them in a nonconference dual. Their rematch should occur in the opening hour of the 11 a.m. session.   App State’s Miller (24-12) will take on 12th-seeded Conan Jennings, a Northwestern senior with a 19-11 record this season.   After dropping a first-round match against Iowa’s Austin DeSanto, Russell trailed 3-1 in the second period against Guillen, who had managed to erase a third-period deficit and take advantage of a Russell misstep to record a pin when Ohio faced Appalachian State in late November.   Russell returned the favor in the final minute of the […]
March 22, 2019
High Country Crime Stoppers-Missing Person
  High Country Crime Stoppers and Watauga Sheriff’s Office seek the public’s assistance in locating the following individual;   ************* The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Timothy John “TJ” Trivette. Mr. Trivette is a 36 year old white male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 6’0” tall and weighs approximately 185lbs. Mr. Trivette was last seen by his family on Wednesday March 13th 2019 and was wearing black or dark colored pants, a dark colored shirt, and had a beard. Mr. Trivette’s vehicle was located unoccupied near the Guy Ford bridge. If you have spoken with, or seen Mr. Trivette since March 13th 2019, please contact the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (828)-264-3761. ************* Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Watauga Sheriff’s Office at 828-264-3761.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.   High Country Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer community board of directors serving Avery and Watauga Counties. High Country Crime Stoppers encourages the reporting of information or leads which […]
March 21, 2019
WBB: Mountaineers to Host Marshall in WBI Second Round
  BOONE, N.C. – The Mountaineers are back to #DefendHolmes! Appalachian State University women’s basketball will host Marshall in the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center.    You can view the interactive 2019 WBI bracket by clicking here.  Tickets are general admission seating and are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12) for the Apps’  first home postseason tournament game since the 2010 WBI championship. Tickets are free for App State students, while there will also be free food available on site for App State students in attendance. Fans wishing to purchase tickets can do so by clicking HERE or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at 828-262-2079.  It’s the 10th postseason appearance in program history for the Mountaineers and their second time participating in the WBI. App State is 5-0 all-time in the WBI highlighted by capturing the inaugural WBI title in 2009-10.  Appalachian edged UNCA 57-55 in a gritty performance in the first round on Monday, while Marshall defeated Davidson, 67-64.  App State defeated Marshall, 74-52, earlier this season in the Holmes Center. The Mountaineers enjoyed success on their home floor this season with an 11-3 mark, which is their best home record since 2011-12 when they finished 11-1. The Mountaineers are having their best season in recent history, boasting a 19-14 record and winners of seven of their last nine games.   App State is just one victory away from reaching […]
March 21, 2019
Details of March 30 Mountaineer Day
  BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State is excited to welcome fans, friends and alums to Boone for Mountaineer Day on Saturday, March 30.   The day will get started early with a 10 a.m. football scrimmage at Kidd Brewer Stadium, open to the public. With heavy construction in and around the stadium, fans are encouraged to park at the Rivers Street Parking Deck or Peacock Lot. The Shelco East Gate will open at 9:15 a.m. West gates, clubs and suites will not be available for the scrimmage.   Limited concessions will be available on the east side of the stadium, as well as restrooms.   Fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet with the football team – winners of three straight Sun Belt Conference Championships and four straight bowl games – at the conclusion of the approximately two-hour-long scrimmage.   In the event of inclement weather, the scrimmage will be closed to the public as the team moves indoors. App State Athletics will communicate any cancelations at least 24 hours prior to the event.   The Mountaineers host Sun Belt rival Texas State in baseball at 1 p.m. that day, as well as league foe South Alabama in softball at 2 p.m. If the women’s basketball team defeats Marshall in their second-round WBI matchup Monday, there is a chance of hosting a third-round WBI game on the evening of Saturday, March 30.   For the latest news and information, […]
March 21, 2019
Chili Cook Off to Benefit the Double Up Food Bucks Program
  Join us at the Boone Winter Farmers’ Market for a Chili Cook Off benefitting the Double Up Food Bucks program. Sign up to enter your best crock pot of chili by emailing us at farmersmarkets@brwia.org for a chance to win a local prize gift basket. Come taste all of the delicious chili’s and submit your votes! Date: Saturday March 30th 9am-12pm   Address: 971 West King Street Boone NC 28607    
March 21, 2019
AP Sports
          Update on the latest in sports:     MLB-MARINERS-ATHLETICS   Ichiro walks off to loud cheers, Mariners beat A’s 5-4 in 12   TOKYO (AP) – Ichiro Suzuki (EE’-cheer-oh soo-ZOO’-kee) was showered with cheers and chants while taking what appeared to be his final bow in a magnificent career that lasted nearly three decades Thursday when the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in 12 innings.   The 45-year-old Ichiro went 0 for 4 in the second game of the Major League Baseball season. He got a chance at a storybook ending at the jammed Tokyo Dome when he came up with two outs, a runner on second base and a tie score in the eighth inning, but grounded out.   He drew a huge ovation from fans and teammates when he was pulled from right field in the bottom of the eighth. The buzz from the sellout crowd of 45,000 diminished after his exit.   Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star in the majors. He made 3,089 hits over a 19-year career in the big leagues after getting 1,278 in Japan. His combined total of 4,367 is a professional record.   Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle’s 9-7 win in the opener Wednesday, beat out a double-play relay with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in the 12th.   Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, […]
March 21, 2019
Hospitality House Launches Food Pantry Challenge
  BOONE, N.C. March 20, 2019: Hospitality House, the regional nonprofit housing and hunger relief agency serving Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Avery, Alleghany, Mitchell and Yancey counties, recently launched an ambitious campaign to more than double the size of its existing food pantry. Having fed nearly 61,000 people from food boxes and served over 1.1 million meals in the dining room since opening in 2011, the need has long since outgrown the current 126 square foot pantry.   “This project has been a goal of ours for several years now,” stated Hospitality House executive director Tina B. Krause. “Each time that Second Harvest Food Bank does a site visit, they are in disbelief at the number of people that we are able to feed out of such a small space.”   Launched with an initial $15,500 capital improvements grant from the Cannon Foundation, the complete VPC Builders construction project totals just over $62,000. This week, Capital Bank pledged to match all donations up to $10,000 for the expansion.   “The Capital Bank Foundation is proud to support the work of Hospitality House,” stated Jason Triplett, Capital Bank – Northwest NC President. “The critical programs they provide, like hunger relief, are essential to the well-being of our homeless and hungry community members. We wish them the best of luck raising all $10,000 of the matching challenge.”   “After taking the WinterFest Polar Plunge, raising almost $4,000, we’d been hoping to find a […]
March 21, 2019
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Receives Grant
  STATESVILLE, NC – Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (Watauga County) was recently awarded a grant through Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund. Grant funds will help the group buy a large glass front refrigerator, two stainless steel tables, and organizing bins, which will allow farmers to store and sell their products through the Food Hub’s online market. Last year marked the fourth year Carolina Farm Credit awarded Corporate Mission Fund grants. Nearly 100 grant applications were received for the 2018 program, and awards were granted in the last quarter. $152,100 was awarded to 28 local organizations and 12 college students. “Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit, “These grants help provide funding for many great organizations across our territory.” The Corporate Mission Fund operates on an application-based grant system. Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per year to help in their endeavors to promote agriculture, as well as stimulate the local agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. Grant applications will be accepted from January 1 to July 31, 2019. Project proposals will be reviewed and grants will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2019. To qualify for a grant, organizations must be located within the 54 counties and geographic area where Carolina Farm Credit conducts business. For more information and to apply, […]
March 21, 2019
High Country Crime Stoppers
  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:   On March 8th, 2019, a white male, wearing jeans, a black jacket, a white hoodie and a blue and white baseball cap entered Publix and made a purchase in the amount of $216.17 using a stolen credit card.  On this same date, the same suspect used the same stolen credit card to make a purchase at Ingles in the amount of $214.33.   It was also reported that the suspect made fraudulent purchases with the credit card at Dollar General in Foscoe and at Rite Aid in Seven Devils prior to coming to Boone.   Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.   High Country Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer community board of directors serving Avery and Watauga Counties. High Country Crime Stoppers encourages the reporting of information or leads which can assist law enforcement with solving crimes. Its goal is to […]
March 21, 2019
High Country Crime Stoppers
  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:   ***********   On Saturday February 16th, a pair of boots and a sweatshirt was stolen from Mo’s Boots on 421. The boots, valued at $189.99, were brown leather Georgia Boot brand work boots. The sweatshirt, valued at $54.99, was a blue Carhartt “force” model sweatshirt, with a silver “Carhartt” logo across the front. The subject was wearing blue jeans, a brown jacket, black ball cap with a grey “Nike” logo on the front, glasses, and an earring in his left ear. In store video footage, he can be seen concealing the merchandise in his jacket, before leaving the store.   ************   Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.   High Country Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer community board of directors serving Avery and Watauga Counties. High Country Crime Stoppers encourages the reporting of information or leads which can assist law enforcement […]
March 21, 2019
High Country Crime Stoppers
    High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:   **********   On Friday March 15th, a bottle of wine was stolen from the Gastown (formerly Phil’s Citgo) convenience store near Legends and the incident was captured on surveillance video.  A white male and white female couple entered the store, and the female put the bottle of wine under her coat before leaving.  The male had long brown hair held back by a green bandana and was wearing a button down shirt, khaki pants, and work boots.  The female had long brown hair and was wearing shorts, combat style boots, and possibly the male’s sport coat.   **********   Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.   High Country Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer community board of directors serving Avery and Watauga Counties. High Country Crime Stoppers encourages the reporting of information or leads which can assist law enforcement with solving […]
March 21, 2019
High Country Crime Stoppers
  High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:   On Saturday, March 9th, 2019, Boone Police responded to 191 Cecil Miller Road, Apartment 203 in reference to a Breaking and Entering.  The victim reported that sometime between the hours of 10am and 11:30pm, someone entered his unsecured, unoccupied apartment and stole several items. The following is a list of those items:   A pair of Paul George basketball shoes, Kobe Bryant basketball shoes, Allen Iverson basketball shoes, Jordan slippers, a pair of Nike running shoes, a pair of Timberland Boots, and possibly 2 pairs of Vans   Several random items of clothing to include various jerseys   A 17 inch flat screen TV (unknown make, model, or serial number)   A white and beige Ugg brand comforter   A silver Macbook Pro covered in different brewery stickers, a gold “jump man” Jordan logo sticker and an Appalachian State sticker   A gray North Face book bag with green trim containing an exercise physiology text book and blue TI 84 calculator with a name inscribed on the back in black Sharpie marker.   Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).  […]
March 21, 2019
WBB: App State 57, UNCA 55 – WBI First Round (Final Stats/Recap)
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (19-14) advances to the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational with a nail-biting 57-55 win over UNCA (17-15) on Wednesday evening in Kimmel Arena.    The Mountaineers will play Marshall inside the Holmes Center on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the second round after the Thundering Herd defeated Davidson, 67-64, on Monday. Appalachian State dealt Marshall a 74-52 defeat earlier this season at home.    Three players led the team in double figures with Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) pouring in a team-high 18 points on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting, while Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) tallied 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) rounded out the leading scorers with her fourth straight game with 15 points and a personal-high three trifectas. The trio scored 49 of the 57 points including the final 15 points of the game.    Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was a defensive anchor in the paint, snagging a game-high 13 rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. The junior is now three boards away from moving into fourth place all-time with 930 rebounds, which would surpass Shannon Thomas (1988-92).    It was an all-around effort on defense, limiting UNCA to 33.9 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent shooting from the field. The stingy defense held an opponent to 60 points or less for the sixth time in the past nine games and improves […]

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