Dillon Christopher Baldridge was born July 18, 1994, in Youngsville, N.C. From an early age, he told his family he wanted to be a soldier. Wha…

What a difference a year has made. With many public July 4 festivities canceled in 2020 due to the global pandemic, fireworks finales are agai…

In our ever-increasingly fractured nation, it is important today to recall a time when High Country communities linked arms and hearts to join…

Words of memorial rang across the High Country during the Memorial Day weekend — tributes that have been ongoing annually for more than half a…

After the past year, we’re all hungry for change. But some of us are more hungry than others — and these people face insecurities most of us d…

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If you live in the High Country you didn’t need to meet Chris Ward or Logan Fox to be shocked at the news of their deaths. And even if you don…

Thumbs-up: to a more typical school year. Ashe County Schools is current operating under Plan B for grades 6-12, a hybrid of in-person and rem…

Stimulus checks, tax refunds and other immediate financial assets are welcome news for many Watauga County families right now. But, they’re al…

Despite the pandemic, with a decrease in vehicular traffic, new data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation shows that traffic d…

It may be a new year, but the High Country and the rest of our nation is only yet creeping toward the levels of COVID-19 vaccination that will…