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Heartland Publications buys Jefferson newspaper

Heartland Publications LLC announced its intention to buy four daily newspapers and other properties in four southern states.

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Wanted bank robber strikes again

The Bank of America on N.C. 127 in Viewmont was robbed Friday.

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Former Ashe Sheriff to be buried

Former Ashe County Sheriff “Corkey” Miller passed away last week in Florida at the age of 77.

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Caldwell holds hearing on Wilson Creek’s fate

A public hearing is being held today at 10 a.m. in the City-County chambers in Lenoir to consider a temporary development moratorium for the Wilson Creek area.

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One more juror needed in Anderson trial

Today begins week four of the Jerry Anderson murder trial.

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Woodlands: Food fit for a president? Try 3!

When three former U.S. Presidents visit North Carolina, it’s only appropriate to feed them barbeque.

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Three presidents praise Rev. Billy Graham

It was an afternoon of praise and fellowship in Charlotte yesterday, as the Billy Graham Library was dedicated. Three former U.S. presidents were present for the occasion: Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton.

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New WHS plans have opposition: residents concerned over street closures

Possible street closures to make way for construction of a new Watauga High School met opposition from neighborhood residents at last night’s meeting in the current Watauga High School’s auditorium.

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Boone Chamber awards businessesThe Boone Chamber of Commerce presented awards to area businesses yesterday.
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‘Ptilopod’ a worthy foe for Ashe boyAshe County’s Josiah Wright competed at the National Spelling Bee.  Full Story
Kitty Adopt-a-thon Saturday

Now’s the perfect time to adopt a kitten. The Watauga County Humane Society is having a Kitty Adopt-a-thon Saturday.

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Depression could be linked to concussionsA study of over 2,500 retired NFL players suggested those who had at least three concussions during their football careers had tripled their risk of clinical depression, compared to athletes who had concussion free careers. 
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Senate approves budget- againThe Senate approved for the second time a $20 billion spending plan for the next year.
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Capital punishment under scrutinyTwo bills calling for the study of capital punishment in North Carolina were heard yesterday in committee.  Full Story
Tuesday accident shouldn’t have happened, sergeant says

More details are emerging in the accident that claimed 14-year-old Christina Renee Royal Tuesday morning.

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Sugar Mountain Annexation decision ‘baffles’ village manager

Last week’s decision by Judge James Downs, that the forced annexation of several areas around the Village of Sugar Mountain was unlawful, left many wondering whether the Village of Sugar Mountain would seek an appeal.

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Vision Award license awarded to Avery facility

Sloop-CAP Avery Home Care Services received a special Vision Award license this week.

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Old Smiths plant to expand

GE Aviation is planning a massive expansion of the old Smiths plant in West Jefferson. This is great news for West Jefferson according to Town Planner Matt Levi.

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Police look for bank robber

Tuesday afternoon, the Bank of Granite on N.C. Highway 127 in Hickory was robbed, police say.

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