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Governor continues conservation plea

Governor Mike Easley continues his conservation plea this week as he calls for homeowners to stop using lawn sprinklers.

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Unemployment rate for disabled 10 times more than national rateThe Charlotte Observer released a report yesterday that shows the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 44.2 percent, almost 10 times as much as the overall national unemployment rate. 
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Education Building Debate to continue at Hearing

Appalachian State University and the Boone Town Council are still at odds over the location of a proposed College of Education building.

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Hudson family without a home for Christmas

A Hudson family lost their home late Saturday in a fire.

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Shoppers to hit the storesThe day after Thanksgiving may start the holiday shopping season- but that doesn’t mean the day after Christmas won’t pack a punch.
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Burning ban means no burning treesOfficials don’t know when a statewide burn ban will be lifted- but don’t think it will be in time to burn leftover Christmas trees. Full Story
321 widening project continues, slowly

The 321 widening project is progressing, but slower than officials had hoped.

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Bridge plans progressConstruction on the Gunpowder Creek bridge in Caldwell County should pick up now that Christmas is over, officials say. Full Story
Easley: picky about pardonsSince taking office in 2001, North Carolina governor Mike Easley has pardoned five people. 
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Santa to Hit High Country after 10 p.m.

Santa Clause himself arrives in the High Country tonight.

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Blanks is Defeated
img_2211_small.jpg It’s official, Aisling’s own Dave Blanks was SQRAMBLED Thursday when MAC FM’s 4-peat competitor Jon Freeman solved both puzzles.
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Ban on "Flying" Reindeer lifted for Christmas Eve

A press release from Governor Mike Easley’s office says the governor has temporarily lifted the importation ban on reindeer coming into North Carolina.

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Give love for Christmas

While a pet may be the perfect holiday addition to your family, Avery County Humane Society Director Alice Sudderth warns that it’s not a responsibility to take lightly.


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Saturday Cigarette Arrests

Two Hickory teens face felony charges after two robbery attempts Saturday morning.

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Caldwell deputies nab food, gun thievesCaldwell authorities say they know who is responsible for two breaking and enterings at the Double C Acres Ranch off Packs Hill Road in Gamewell.  Full Story
Watauga Arts Council galleries to feature teacher artThe month of January will bring the artwork of Watauga County art teachers to the center stage. 
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State unemployment rate dropsNorth Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped for the second consecutive month to 4.7 percent in November. 
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Junaluska materials NOT explosive


Materials found earlier this month at an abandoned house on Junaluska Road are not explosives, police say.


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Skyline outage affects Internet Service, PhonesA fiber optic cable cut in the Sugar Grove section of Watauga County has several Skyline Membership Corporation customers without voice or Internet service.
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