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Get ready to ‘Crank’ it up tonightThe 28th Annual High Country CRANK-UP is tonight through Saturday off U.S. Highway 421 in Deep Gap across from the New Laurel Springs Church.
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10,000 more kids could get government-sponsored health insuranceA state audit suggests 10,000 more children could get government-sponsored health insurance- if the state changed the way it processes medical claims.
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N.C. rethinking Electoral VotesNorth Carolina may eliminate its winner-take-all method of electoral vote distribution. 
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A second chance for felon minorsMinors convicted of non-violent felonies could be given a second chance in a measure tentatively approved by the House this week.
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Lawsuit against NC regarding Google, Inc.

Below is a copy of the lawsuit filed today against the state of North Carolina regarding incentives used to lure Google, Inc. to Lenoir.




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Lawsuit filed on Google incentives

The millions of dollars in state incentives used to get Google Incorporated to build a facility in Lenoir are being challenged today.

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ASU student faces drug chargesNew information is available on a marijuana bust that happened late last week in Watauga County. Full Story
Golden Boy Recall: Contaminated fish found in Burke

Imported fish tainted by a potentially dangerous antibiotic was discovered at a store in Morganton.

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Playing for a Presidential Hopeful

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Blowing Rock this weekend- and a local band plans to show her what the High Country is all about.

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2nd 105 Controlled Burn

Flames shot out of the windows of a white house at the end of the 105 Extension in Boone last night- but passers-by had little to fear.

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4th Wednesdays kick off in Ashe

A new group hits the High Country tonight: 4th Wednesdays. Tonight’s get-together starts at 5:30 at T. Gray’s Restaurant in West Jefferson and will be the first of many, according to Carol Dodson.

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‘Perfect Christmas Tree’ Author visits ASU

 Award-winning children’s book author Gloria Houston shared writing tips with students and fans during the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecture last week at Appalachian State University.

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Banner Elk Fire Department gets a makeover

Thanks to the budget, Banner Elk Volunteer Fire Department boasts a new coat of paint.

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‘Support our Troops’ with new license plate

For just $30 more, the ‘Support our Troops’ license plate is now available in North Carolina.

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Parsons attorney seeks change of venue

Former Wilkesboro police chief Gary Parsons’ attorney submitted a request this week to move the trial to Yadkin County.

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Pressure washer thief in Wilkes?

Two Wilkes County residents reported missing pressure washers this week- and deputies wonder if there is a pressure washer thief on the loose.

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Tot Lot open for business!

The Tot Lot in Boone opened yesterday- and even in the rain, kids were able to enjoy the new equipment.

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Banner Elk cleaning sewers- thanks to Beech

In accordance with state guidelines, Banner Elk Public Works is busy cleaning sewer lines this week- with a little help from the town of Beech Mountain.

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On-line predators solicit photographs

A new study suggests four percent of American youths online have been asked to send a sexually explicit photo of themselves over the internet.

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