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U.S. Forest Service reopens hiking trails

The entire western side of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is now open to hikers. This includes the Table Rock picnic area.


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Catawba Man dies in Iraq

A Catawba County man has died from wounds suffered from a roadside bomb that exploded in Iraq.

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Yo-yoer Yo-yos his way to the top

12-year-old Fred Siegmund of Valle Crucis is not your average yo-yoer.

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Red Cross Blood Drive nets 64 pints

A blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross of Watauga County at the Agricultural Conference Center produced 64 pints of blood according to a statement released yesterday.

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Cruise for Critters this weekend

The 3rd Annual Cruisin’ for Critters Poker Run kicks off June 23, and Heather Lawson promises you’ll have a good time.

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Trade Days Festival hits Tennessee

Set up begins at noon today for the 2007 Trade Days Festival, which will be held June 22 to 24.

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Same-day voter registration bill gets Senate approvalYesterday, the state Senate agreed to permit residents to register to vote and cast a ballot immediately before an election.  Full Story
 
Global Warming may cost North Carolina billionsIn the coming decades, North Carolina may have to pay billions of dollars as global warming leads to property damage, land erosion, and losses in tourism and recreation business.  Full Story
 
Kindergarten cutoff bill to go to Senate

A Senate education committee agreed yesterday to a House bill that would push back the cutoff birth date to enter school by several weeks.

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Stem cell research bill wins committee supportA bill that would set aside $10 million in grant money for embryonic stem cell research in North Carolina won support yesterday from a House committee. 
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Banner Elk Man faces rape charge

A Banner Elk Man faces rape and incest charges.

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Village of Sugar Mountain to appeal annexation decision

Last month, Judge James Downs decided the Village of Sugar Mountain’s annexation of surrounding properties was illegal. This month, the village council has decided to file an appeal. 

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Sugar Mountain Clubhouse to be named for former mayor

Village Council member Gunther Jochl made a suggestion that was unanimously approved at last night’s Sugar Mountain Village Council meeting.

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Cause of Banner Elk Fire still undetermined


According to Avery County Fire Marshal David Charles Vance, a fire that destroyed a home off of Old Turnpike Road in Banner Elk Thursday is still being investigated.

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FDA warns against Chinese toothpasteThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found a poisonous chemical in certain toothpastes imported from China. Full Story
 
Waistline circumference could predict pelvic dysfunction in menNew research suggests an expanding waistline in older men could be associated with worsening lower urinary tract symptoms.
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More than 50% of asthma patients cannot control their diseaseA recent survey of U.S. asthma patients suggests that more than half have uncontrolled asthma.
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Vatican urges against road rageYesterday, the Vatican addressed pastoral needs of motorists, telling motorists to be charitable to others on the highways and refrain from road rage.
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New River Zoo can reopen, Commissioners say

Ashe County Commissioners have decided to allow the New River Zoo to reopen after two animal attack incidents forced it to close.

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