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Spruce Pine: State of Emergency, Arson suspectedA massive weekend blaze destroyed at least ten downtown businesses in Spruce Pine.
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Truck Brakes Burn Behind Post Office

A tractor trailor’s brakes ignited behind the post office in Boone at 7:40 Sunday morning.

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Tennessee two face cocaine charges in Watauga

Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit has arrested two individuals for possible cocaine possession.

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Monday Night Concert Series: Last chance

It’s the eighth year of the Monday Night Concert Series in Blowing Rock- and tonight at seven is your last chance to catch the event until next year.

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600 jobs to Hickory?600 jobs could be coming to Hickory- if an unidentified company decides to move to Catawba County. 
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Sawmills fire claims pet bird

An accidental fire Friday morning destroyed the home of a Sawmills woman.

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North Carolina: a hot zoneAccording to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to climb this week- with little chance of a cool down.  Full Story
Earthquake rocks Western N.C.An earthquake centered just southeast of Asheville shook residents awake early Saturday morning. 
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Teens extradited to OhioTeen murder suspects 18-year-old Tabitha Messina and 19-year-old Carlos Christopher have been extradited back to South Euclid Ohio, sources say. Full Story
Teens charged with felony larceny

Two Boone teenagers have been charged with felony larceny in reference to three vehicles taken from the Meat Camp area of Watauga County. 

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Downtown makeover: starts tonight!

Changes are coming to downtown Boone- and they start tonight.

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Teen murder suspects still waiting

Teen murder suspects 18-year-old Tabitha Messina and 19-year-old Carlos Christopher still await extradition in an Avery County detention center.

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Boone could be a film locale

Last night was the big night for Boone-based producer Gary Wheeler.

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Shooting suspect faces more charges

Saturday shooting suspect Randall Whitley has been arrested again- and could be investigated for possible arson.

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2 High Country Teams, 2 days, 2 films

The 48-hour Film Project in Greensboro starts this evening- and the High Country has two teams competing.

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Java Joes property destroyed

 Java Joe’s Coffee House in Lenoir was closed yesterday due to an incident involving a 20-year-old Boomer woman.

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Landfill legislation clears General AssemblyHours after a yearlong moratorium on new landfill permits expired, the General Assembly approved a measure that would create a $2-per-ton surcharge on trash. 
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Energy Efficiency Bill passes!By a vote of 47-1, the Senate gave its final approval to a measure that will require the state’s utilities to provide 12.5 percent of their retail electricity from renewable fuel and efficiency measures by 2017. 
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Campaign finance bill passes

A measure approved this week by the General Assembly will expand the state’s voluntary public campaign financing program to cover three more statewide races next year.

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