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'Acorn' Fire contained, 8 structures saved

A Wilkes fire the forest service has dubbed the “Acorn Fire” has been contained at 32 acres.

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Updated: Saturday armed robbery: 2 charged, 1 sought







Two people have been charged and a third is being sought in connection with a home invasion and attempted armed robbery at an apartment on Wood Circle in Boone.

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Ashe: 3 filed so far

Three people have filed for election in Ashe County, including two incumbent commissioners:  Judy Porter Poe and Marty Gambill.

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Two more join Board of Ed Race: Wilkes

With the addition of Board of Education incumbents Colleen Bush and Judith M. Walsh, a total of five people have filed for candidacy so far in Wilkes County.

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Power Restoration nearly Complete

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation’s power restoration efforts are nearly complete.

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Update: 108 acres, 36 fires in Wilkes


Firefighters are busy trying to contain a brushfire northwest of Wilkesboro- and high winds are complicating their efforts.


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Baker faces competition: Avery Register of DeedsFive Avery residents joined Bill Close in the list of candidates filed for election in Avery County. Full Story
Two more file: Deal, Kinsey

As of two p.m., two more Watauga residents have thrown their hat into the campaign ring.

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Ashe: One files so farOne person had filed for local candidacy in Ashe County, as of 1 p.m. 
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Randleman vies for Walker’s seatAs of one p.m., three people had filed for candidacy in Wilkes County, including Republican Shirley Randleman for state house representative, a position currently occupied by Republican Tracy Walker.
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EDC Chair files for Avery Commission Spot

Economic Development Chair Bill Close was the first to register for candidacy in Avery County today.

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Tarleton: First to file, Goss faces competitionCurrent state house representative Cullie Tarleton was the first to file for candidacy in Watauga County today. 
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Updated: Morning Brush fire at Wilkes/Watauga lineA morning brushfire kept firefighters busy near Highway 421 South at the Wilkes/Watauga Line. Full Story
Wilkes Brushfire threatens Homes

A brushfire northwest of Wilkesboro is keeping fire crews busy today.

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Saturday crash injures McDonald’s ownerA minor plane crash injured 72-year-old Ralph Lerch, owner of the Boone McDonald’s restaurant Saturday. Full Story
Sugar Grove Meth Lab: Man in custodyrayfield.jpgWatauga County Special Operations Division discovered a methamphetamine laboratory on Bryant Combs Road in Sugar Grove. 
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Filing begins today

Called to serve? It may be your chance.

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Wind gusts reach 60 miles per hour

Heavy winds of up to sixty miles per hour battered the High Country yesterday.

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32 Volunteer Organizations Showcase Helping“Helping is Heart Work:” That was the theme of Saturday’s Volunteer Fest. 
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