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West Jefferson ABC Store Up and Running

The voters approved it in March- but it wasn’t until yesterday that West Jefferson’s first ever ABC store opened its doors.

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One-stop off and running- but turnout sparse

One-stop voting is going on through tomorrow- and, in Watauga, the turnout has been steady, Board of Elections director Jane Hodges says.

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Farm City Award Winners named

Watauga County’s Farm City Banquet was a place for winners last night, and here are some of the highlights.

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Easley says again, Conserve

Governor Mike Easley called on all citizens yesterday, including those who rely on private wells, to continue to conserve water.

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Noel not expected to soothe droughtOn a related note, Tropical Storm Noel is forecasted to pass well offshore of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. 
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Rainfall is up at GrandfatherDespite the statewide drought, rainfall at Grandfather Mountain was high for the month of October.
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Casa Rustica serves Spaghetti for StudentsBoone’s Casa Rustica Restaurant is opening its doors early this Sunday for a Spaghetti Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Investigation led to Durham, deputies sayDeputies say an October murder just outside North Wilkesboro was a consequence of a bad business transaction. Full Story
Alleged armed pizza thief caught in Watauga

Watauga deputies caught a man Tennessee authorities believe robbed a Mountain City pizza store at gunpoint.

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Whitmore murder: Suspect apprehended

Wilkes authorities say they know who’s responsible for the shooting death of North Wilkesboro’s Jonathan Whitmore.

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Lodges at Elkmont: Still no comment

The Lodges at Elkmont still has no official comment about an incident that left a 16-year-old seriously injured Monday.

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Lenoir mayor may have competition

Initially, incumbent Lenoir mayor David Barlow had it in the bag.

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NC Department of Transportation gets back report

A $2.5 million consultant’s report says projects at the state Transportation Department proceed slowly because of alack of prioritization, accountability and coordination.

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Burt’s Bees sold to CloroxA High Country favorite, North Carolina-based company Burt’s Bees is being sold to household goods giant Clorox for $925 million. 
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A Boone Mall HauntingElvis!This just in: Photographic evidence of some spooky activity at Boone Mall today... High Country residents reported seeing ghouls, vampires- even Elvis! Full Story
Deputies catch armed robbery suspect

Just before 4 p.m. today, the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Johnson County that a Red Mitsubishi Eclipse was headed towards the state line.

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Fugitive caught on 421

An unidentified fugitive has been apprehended on 421 near the Tennessee state line.

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Elkmont roofer: 16 years old

New details in a Monday construction accident at the Lodges of Elkmont  in Banner Elk have been released today.

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Governor keeps pushing water conservation

Despite last week’s rainfall, Governor Mike Easley is still pushing for statewide water conservation.

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