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Man shot in head over argumentAn argument between two men on Austin-Traphill Road ended in a gunshot.
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Mailbox vandal strikes 13 Wilkes homesLate Sunday night or early Monday, 13 homes fell victim to mailbox vandalism.
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Unknown suspect drives away with balerPolice say a thief hooked a truck up to a hay bailer at Blue Ridge Tractor in Wilkes County and towed it away, possibly in plain sight.
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Wire theft at Ferguson Community CenterCopper thieves hit the Ferguson Community Center over the weekend. 
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1 fire down: 2 to go near Linville Gorge Wilderness

While rain still had not hit the 800-acre fire at Shortoff, the 67-acre fire near Cold Mountain is 100 percent contained.

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Mountain House Assisted Living Facility arrests

Owners of Mountain House Assisted Living Facility are “heartbroken” over the actions of several former employees.

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Horn in the West: a family tradition for director

Horn in the West director Sherry Elledge-Grapes’ first appearance in the show was when she was two-years-old.

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Take an artsy stroll in Blowing Rock

Tonight marks a relaxing cultural event in Blowing Rock: The Blowing Rock Thursday Gallery Stroll.

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Rain hits 2 of the 3 Linville fires

Good news for the approximately 300 firefighters in Linville- both the 500-acre Dobson Knob wildfire and the third blaze, 70 acres located near Cold Mountain in Avery County, had rain overnight.

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World War II private to be buried

The body of 28-year-old Lawrence Burkett, a World War II soldier killed in Germany in 1944, is returning to Jefferson.

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Nearly 300 firefighters continue to battle Linville blazesAs of yesterday evening, almost 300 federal and state firefighters were continuing the fight on a blaze that started Friday from lightning strikes. 
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9-time Horn actor comes back because he likes the people

The Horn in the West amphitheatre is a busy place these days. Just ask Mark Woodard who plays Dr. Jeffrey Stewart in the upcoming production.

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Ashe entrepreneur faces assault charges47-year-old entrepreneur Eric Hunter of Jefferson was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill last week.
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Bank robber suspects rented West Jefferson carAlleged bank thieves drove a getaway vehicle from Virginia to Ashe County, according to reports.
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Lenoir man killed in fallIn what police are calling an accident, a Lenoir man died in a fall over the weekend.  Full Story
14-year-old and 31-year-old charged in fightA fight that took both Elkin police officers and Wilkes County sheriff’s deputies to mediate led to the arrest of a man and a teenager.
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Puppy incites crimeSheriff’s deputies in Wilkes County have arrested a Thurmond teenager after a disagreement over a puppy.
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Family members sob as jurors see photographs

Family members of murder victim Emily Anderson sobbed as jurors saw pictures of Emily’s body inside and outside of the toolbox in which she was found.

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Proposed bill would benefit migrant workers

A new law that has the support of farm and labor groups would guarantee migrant farm workers a mattress at labor camps in North Carolina.

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