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Warrensville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept receives grant

 Warrensville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department has been awarded a $6,193.47 grant from the State of North Carolina. 

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41 countries beat U.S. lifespanThe United States is slipping in international life expectancy rankings.  Full Story
Bridge closed for 2 weeksThe First Bridge on Bethel Road is closed, according to the Department of Transportation.
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Granite Falls man in shootingA domestic dispute ended in gunfire yesterday morning.
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Grab Our Shorts starts tonight

A series of short play readings starts tonight at the Historic Pinnacle Room at Lees-McRae College. 

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McHenry at Town Hall MeetingAvery County residents have an opportunity to interact with their congressman tonight.
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Grandfather heat records broken- AgainLast week was all about the heat- record breaking heat. Friday marked the fourth day in a row that the daily high temperature record was broken at Grandfather Mountain.  Full Story
Land purchased for Art School in AsheProperty purchased last week will be the site of the Paul and Florence Thomas Memorial Art School. Florence Thomas, referred to by some as Ashe County’s greatest artist, died earlier this year- leaving a major provision in a trust for the founding of the school. 
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Seven ASU faculty members receive teaching awards

Seven faculty members of Appalachian State University received teaching awards from the UNC Board of Governors and will be recognized during Convocation September 6.

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Last freshman-free week in BooneThere are four more days until freshmen move-in day at Appalachian State University. 
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Local representative: perfect vote attendanceA study conducted by the Greensboro News & Record to look at who missed the most votes in the General Assembly found three House members had spotless records, including the 84th District’s Phillip Frye. 
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Special meeting to review landscaping proposalA Hickory regulation to improve landscaping and buffering will be reviewed at a special meeting today. 
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Car accident on Flint HillA car accident on Flint Hill Road last night kept emergency personnel busy for awhile this evening. 
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Friend Frye on MySpace

Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye is getting high tech in his efforts to prevent crime.

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"Bee burning" leads to wild fire

Firefighters in Wilkes responded to a fire in the Wilbar area yesterday evening- and, according to N.C. Forest Ranger Jody Brady, the blaze started in a unique way.

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Heat to close schools early again

Schools in Watauga County will close early today- the elementary schools at 12:30 and the high school at 1:00, due to the heat wave.

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McCall could face 23 years

44-year-old David Kenneth McCall of Spruce Pine could face a maximum sentence of 23 years if convicted of the nine felonies hes charged with.

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McHenry campaign worker: prosecution deferred

26-year-old Michael Aaron Lay of Raleigh, a former campaign worker for 10th District Representative Patrick McHenry, has been granted a deferred prosecution in Gaston County Superior Court.

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A&H Fair Tractor: Take two

Newland residents may see a new tractor where the Avery County Agriculture & Horticulture Fair tractor sat- and this one is chained to a telephone pole.

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