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Annexation hearing in Raleigh

A House committee heard dozens of residents bring their opposition to the table at a public hearing yesterday on North Carolina’s involuntary annexation law.

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Voter registration surgesVoter registration is surging in North Carolina, the Associated Press reports.  Full Story
Local Church hosts CMT's Strong Man

    Country Music Television's Steve McGranahan, aka "The World's Strongest Redneck," will be a guest speaker Saturday, April 12, at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

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Easley says keep up the conservationGovernor Mike Easley sent a letter to local officials today urging them to continue their aggressive water conservation efforts. 
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WHS Principal accepts State Job

Watauga High School principal Angela Quick announced she has accepted a position of deputy chief academic officer with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. 

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Graham says he deserves High Country Vote

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Graham was in the High Country yesterday, telling reporters and voters in Boone why he deserved their support.


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37 dogs taken into custody

Caldwell authorities seized evidence yesterday that they say is “indicative of illegal dog-fighting activity.” They have not released specific details about the evidence.


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Poll puts Neal and Hagan in dead heatA new poll puts democratic candidates Jim Neal and Kay Hagan in a dead heat in the primary race for the Democratic nomination for Elizabeth Dole’s U.S. Senate seat.  Full Story
Hagan releases TV adsOn a related note, Democratic candidate Kay Hagan plans to run television ads starting today. 
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Easley release energy grant recipientsGovernor Mike Easley released the recipients of the state’s first Energy Efficiency Reserve Fund grants yesterday.  Full Story
Avery day of ServiceLees McRae officials announced the Mountain Day of Service will be held on Thrusday, April 17, with students, faculty and staff of the college donating their time to be in service to both the college and greater community. 
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Graham says he'll visit western NC 'once a month'

Salisbury Republican candidate for governor Bill Graham was in Boone today fielding questions from reporters and concerned citizens at Boone Drug Store on King Street.


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Restaurants serve Celebrities for Donations

15 area restaurants have agreed to donate at least ten percent of their daily earnings, plus tips from volunteer servers today for the 3rd Annual Celebrity Serve.

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Johnson County fugitive caught in Watauga

A Johnson County fugitive faces additional charges this week after being apprehended in Watauga County.

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Lexington man accused of raping 12-year-old
A Lexington man stopped for speeding in Watauga Friday has been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl.
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Jury Selection continues in Sargeant trial
Jury selection continues today in the murder trial of 26-year-old Neil Matthew Sargeant. Sargeant is accused of the 2005 murder of Stephen William Harrington.
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Man says he was assaulted, robbed
Wilkes authorities are still investigating a possible assault and robbery case.
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Foxx hosts Tax day Town Hall:
Fifth district Congresswoman Virginia Foxx is hosting a telephone town hall on tax day to discuss federal taxes and the federal government's budget and spending.
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April named N.C. Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate Month
In recognition of the program's twenty-fifth anniversary, Governor Mike Easley has proclaimed April to be N.C. Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate Month.
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