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Senate passes public records bills

The Senate agreed to pass two public records bills this week. One would close outside access to certain public hospital documents and another would clarify that all government employee compensation packages are accessible.

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Grandkids of slain officer read poem in Avery

The mood was solemn at today’s Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony in Avery County as citizens gathered to remember and appreciate sacrifices law enforcement officers have made in the High Country.

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McHenry campaign worker indicted for voter fraud

One of Congressman Patrick McHenry’s former campaign workers has been indicted by a Gaston County grand jury for felony voter fraud. The charge dates back to the 2004 Republican primary.

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$5,000 reward for missing Ashe man

41-year-old Jimmy Lee Blevins of Crumpler has been missing since late February, according to Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies found a cooking crockpot and nothing out of the ordinary at Blevins’ residence.

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Beech Creek Bog could be a ‘unique wetland’

Beech Creek Bog is now on the state’s list for consideration as “unique wetlands.”

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Watauga Board of Education recognizes superior students, reviews Rainbow Center

Last night’s Watauga County Board of Education meeting was all about awards. Watauga County Schools commended several students and faculty members for achievements in a variety of levels. More students than you might think from Watauga have been recognized on regional, state, and national levels, in everything from math competitions to poetry readings.

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N.C. Attorney General appeals to MySpace

Attorney General Roy Cooper joined 7 attorney generals from other states in signing a letter asking MySpace to provide information on how many registered sex offenders are using the site.

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Gun bill heard in House

A bill being considered in a House committee would require gun owners to report to authorities when the gun is lost or stolen. Anyone who failed to do so, could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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Bishops oppose sex education measureNorth Carolina's Roman Catholic bishops made their opinions on abstinence education known in the General Assembly yesterday.  Full Story
 
Pickup suspects allegedly used to attack officers was stolen, police say

Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye and Banner Elk Police Chief Bill Burleson held a press conference this afternoon to clarify what went on Saturday when Banner Elk Police Officer Fred Shrader fired on two suspects near Pappy’s Barbeque.

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Shooting near Pappy’s Barbeque

A shooting just after 2 a.m. near Pappy’s Barbeque in Banner Elk left two in the hospital.

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Avery County Honors Fallen Peace Officers TuesdayFebruary 20, 2003, Avery County Deputy Glen Hicks was shot to death answering a call in the Old Beech Mountain Community.   Full Story
 
Lenoir Police Department seeks armed robbery suspects

Lenoir police officers are searching for two ski-masked suspects who they say held up a convenience store in Whitnel Thursday night.

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Anderson trial to begin today

One of the most publicized murder cases in Caldwell County history starts its trial today.

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5th Annual Adult Expo Tuesday

It’s time for the 5th Annual Adult Expo, and this year it’s definitely worth a visit, according to Adult Services Coalition volunteer Dick Hearne.

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West King Street closes in front of Mast Store

Starting today, the Public Utilities Department will be closing West King Street/Highway 421 in front of the Mast General Store in Boone for water and sewer repairs.

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