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Duke energy offers coupons for compact fluorescentsDuke Energy Corporation has partnered with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and General Electric Co. to begin handing out coupons to encourage customers to use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
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Council of State will not reconsider execution processThe Council of State met yesterday and decided not to revisit North Carolina’s method of executing death row inmates. 
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Charges filed in Motorcycle AccidentA motorcycle collided with an SUV just after 5 p.m. yesterday near Casa Rustica on Highway 105 in Boone.
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Armed Robbery at ASU

An armed robbery has Appalachian University Police on extra alert- in fact, it’s the first armed robbery reported on campus since 2002.

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Concrete Truck overturns in Frank CommunityA Frank accident last night kept Avery County rescue workers busy. 
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J’s Market break-in- Case Closed

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office says they know who’s responsible for a July break-in at J’s Market on Highway 19E in Elk Park.

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Women’s forum to Break Through

In cooperation with OASIS, the Boone Service League is presenting its 3rd Annual Women’s Forum, entitled Breaking through… protecting our community from violence against women tonight.

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Motorcycle accident blocks traffic yesterdayA motorcycle accident just after 5 p.m. yesterday blocked traffic on Highway 105.  Full Story
Speedway group optimistic

When approached by potential North Wilkesboro Speedway purchaser Worth Mitchell, representatives from Save the Speedway were ecstatic according to public information officer Steven Wilson.

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Principal honoredWatauga High School’s Angela Quick has been named Watauga County Schools Principal of the Year for 2007-08. 
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Developer’s wake tonight

Local developer and philanthropist Harry C. Robbins will be laid to rest tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock.

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Mayor presents proclamations for Mental Health Awareness

Last Wednesday, Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson presented two proclamations regarding mental illness awareness to Steve Moeller.

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Clawson honors StorytellerStoryteller Orville Hicks was honored in Boone yesterday with his own holiday. 
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Survey shows NC on top in National Guard support programs

 Governor Mike Easley announced yesterday that North Carolina has some of the nation’s most comprehensive support programs for National Guard and Reserve family members. 

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Grover C. Robbins' son dies

Local developer and philanthropist Harry C. Robbins died Sunday at Blowing Rock Hospital.

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Retired theatre professor struck by car: Doing okay

Retired performance professor Ed Pilkington was injured Friday afternoon when his bicycle was struck by a Ford Ranger.

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Storyteller honored in Boone

In honor of his achievements, including the N.C. Heritage Award that will be presented to him later this month, local story teller Orville Hicks is being honored today in Boone.

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Leaf month begins

Leaves are starting to changeIt’s October, considered by many to be the “leaf month” of the High Country-

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North Wilkesboro Speedway on its way?

North Wilkesboro Speedway Winston Salem-based developer Worth Mitchell, son of the president of Piedmont Federal Savings and Loan Association, says he has more than enough investors to purchase North Wilkesboro Speedway.

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