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Fibrowatt may bring jobs to Wilkes

Pennsylvania-based Fibrowatt LLC may build plants in Wilkes and Surry counties, officials say.

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800 jobs to HickoryGovernor Mike Easley announced over 800 jobs may be coming to Catawba County. 
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HayesGrass continues with Quarterfinals

Diana & Sarvis Ridge and Blood Bought battle it out in HayesGrass’ Quarter Finals tonight at the Hayes Performance Arts Center in Blowing Rock.

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Tax filing deadline: TodayIt’s April 15- and that means it’s the last day to file your taxes. 
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Assault at Boone bar investigatedBoone Police officers have issued an alert to students at Appalachian State University in hopes of finding information about a sexual assault.
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Spring Snow hits: Inch on BeechParts of the High Country are seeing snow flurries today. 
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Man lured to Bird Ridge Road, robbed, assaulted

Three men face common law robbery charges after luring a man to a secluded road and stealing his wallet early Sunday.


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Sargeant trial: Jurors seated

The final jurors were seated Friday in the capital murder trial of 26-year-old Neil Matthew Sargeant. The presentation of evidence begins today.

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Sweatshop protest leads to six arrests

A sit-in protest at Appalachian State University ended Friday evening in six arrests.

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Meadowbrook pulls winning rabbit out of hatThe areas best chefs battled Iron Chef style over the weekend during the “Fire on the Rock” Chef’s Challenge to benefit the Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Departments. 
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Boone Saloon to rise againLike a “Phoenix,” employees at King Street bar Boone Saloon expect the local hang out to rise again. 
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Dogs seized, agencies ask for help

Eighty-five dogs and three dead puppies were seized from a home located on Highway 194 north Near Todd last week, the result of a joint investigation between Watauga County Animal Control and Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

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Parkway seeks inputBlue Ridge Parkway officials are taking comments from the public on whether the scenic highway should stay as it is or whether it should be changed.
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Celebrity Serve a SuccessWECR's Tom Lanier (middle) poses with fellow celebrities.Tuesday’s Celebrity Serve event earned over $45,000 for the High Country Soccer Association. 
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Neal takes 10th District Straw Poll

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal won North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District’s Democratic Straw Poll Saturday with 54 percent of the vote.

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Carter, Hamby to debateThe Carter camp announced debate plans Friday. 5 Full Story
Pioneer Baseball Wins Big On The Road

Watauga improves to 11-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play.



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Many new voters are unaffiliated, officials say

Watauga County Board of Elections is slammed with last-minute registrations.

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85 dogs recovered, you can help, agencies say

According to the Watauga County Humane Society, the number of dogs seized in a Thursday animal cruelty investigation is 85.

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