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Jurors Excused

Jurors summoned to report to Watauga County District civil court on Tuesday

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Vehicle break-ins continueThree vehicles were broken into on August 17- and Boone Police Department and Crimestoppers need your help to catch the culprit.
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Racecar driver visits Boone

Head over to K-mart in Boone before 2 p.m. and you may have the opportunity to meet racecar driver Eric McClure. Full Story
Dole meets with local sheriffs

In a meeting yesterday with local sheriffs, Senator Elizabeth Dole discussed the relationship between illegal immigration and drug crimes- and how to stop it- once and for all.

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ASU student charged in motorcycle deathsThe driver of an SUV that struck a motorcycle head-on has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle.
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Motorcycle chase led through Morganton- no suspectsAvery County deputies still have no suspects in a Sunday night chase that led to the discovery of a stolen motorcycle.
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UPS truck hits Lansing homeAn Ashe County got a surprise Monday evening. 
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Burning Ban in North CarolinaOpen burning has been banned indefinitely in North Carolina due to a combination of heat and drought. 
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Newland fire chiefs meeting- progress madeAvery County firefighters are optimistic that a compromise can be reached in a contract debate that has been raging all summer.
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Evangelist in fair conditionNorth Carolina native and evangelist Billy Graham was in fair condition yesterday at an Asheville Hospital- after a second bout of intestinal bleeding.
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ASU: One of the region’s best universities, Report says

Once again, Appalachian State University is ranked highly in rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.

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Space Station makes an appearance

The International Space Station should be visible this week over North Carolina- granted that skies are clear and free of too much light pollution.

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White House tree grown in Ashe

A local Fraser fir has been selected for the George W. Bush White House Blue Room this Christmas.

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Water- Not a crisis… yet

With part of the High Country in severe drought, officials are closely monitoring raw water intake.

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Man with local ties- dies in Iraq

The son-in-law of a local couple was killed in Iraq.

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McDowell deputy pleads no contest in crash

Former McDowell County sheriff’s deputy Brandon Watson pleaded no contest yesterday to misdemeanor charges in connection to a crash that left a 2-year-old dead.

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Catawba County: 4 acre fire

Investigators have still not determined a cause for a fire that began around 1 a.m. yesterday in Catawba County.

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Newton motorcycle recovered by Avery deputiesAvery County deputies had a busy night Sunday. An officer spotted two motorcycles traveling at a high rate of speed. When he attempted to stop the vehicles, they sped away down N.C. Highway 181. 
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Grant to Fall Creek Fire Department10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry announced last week that Fall Creek Fire Department in Avery County has been awarded $71,539 in federal grant money 
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