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SBI completes investigation into January shooting

An Avery County deputy has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with the fatal shooting of Harry Lowman Jr. of Pilot Road.

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Sugar Mountain Annexation on the agenda

Today at 5 in Sugar Mountain, last month’s decision by Judge James Downs is on the agenda.

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Relay for Life totals- won’t be finalized until AugustWhile totals from Friday’s Relay for Life will not officially be in until August, over $250,000 has already been deposited in the bank.  Full Story
The Little Mermaid makes a splash in Boone

Hailed as a fresh look at an age-old favorite, The Little Mermaid will be presented at Watauga High School’s Ross Auditorium on June 22 and 23.

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Face the Giants at First Baptist Church of Boone

First Baptist Church of Boone is hosting the Facing the Giants Rally today at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

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Governor, Homeland Security chief urge residents to prepare for hurricanes

Governor Mike Easley and Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff are urging North Carolinians to prepare themselves for this year’s hurricane season by stocking emergency supplies and making disaster plans with their families.

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Cemetery bills pass General AssemblyThe General Assembly gave its final approval to bills that would toughen penalties for grave vandals and define abandoned burial sites.
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High school parent bill awaits Easley’s approvalA bill that would provide material annually to high school students statewide about the state law that allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby with a responsible person and not face criminal charges passed the General Assembly today.
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Domestic violence victims protection bill passesA bill that would make it easier for a domestic violence victim to change her name and to provide more information to applicants of protective orders about legal aid, victims’ compensation and other services floated through the General Assembly.
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Body at campsite identified

A body found in a camper at Frank Mast Road Sunday has been identified as an Avery County resident.

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Golf course compromise reached? Groups hope so.

A meeting this morning on the possible eminent domain action by the town of Seven Devils ended on a positive note.

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Bush's statement on Ruth Bell Graham's death

The following is a statement from President George W. Bush on the passing of Ruth Bell Graham.

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Body found at Valle Crucis campsite

Early Sunday, a body was found at a campsite on Frank Mast Road in Valle Crucis.


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Rains continue to aid firefightersWeekend rains brought significant relief for the Linville fires.
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Newland PD to get in-car cameras

Newland Police Department is one of the proud recipients of the Governor’s Crime Commission grant.

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Seven Devils debate resumes at 10 a.m.Debate on proposed eminent domain action on the Seven Devils golf course will continue today at 10 a.m. Public comment is welcome at the Seven Devils town hall. Full Story
Tot Lot: set for renovations

The Tot Lot is still closed this week for renovations.

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State bill meets ACADA approval

A bill going through the General Assembly right now meets the approval of ACADA director Susie Smith. ACADA, Avery Citizens Against Domestic Abuse, is a referral agency that helps local families affected by domestic violence by providing shelter and other resources.

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Sports Hall of Fame seeks nominations

The Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame is seeking the next Rube Walker.

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