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Last day of exams, ASU, Lees-McRae

Boone is about to get a lot less crowded. Today is the last day of exams for Appalachian State University students.

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State considers creating health insurance pool for chronically ill

A bill up for house approval would require the state to create a special health insurance pool for thousands of chronically ill people who are uninsured or can’t afford coverage.

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Turchin to host Shooting Stars Exhibit

A new exhibit is coming to ASU’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. The same gallery that has featured Picasso will host Watauga schools’ student work as part of the Shooting Stars exhibit.

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Student team from ASU wins $75,000 EPA award

A team of students from Appalachian State University has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's P3 award, for the second consecutive year.

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Woman pulls gun on Avery deputy A 911 call near Banner Elk resulted in a close call for Avery County sheriff's sergeant Mike Ellenburg last week. Full Story
 
Newland traffic stop yields drug charges Also in Avery County, a traffic stop in Newland resulted in drug possession charges. Full Story
 
Gorge fire acreage less than anticipated

Firefighters from the Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team took over control of operations yesterday on a fire that has been raging since Wednesday near Linville Gorge.

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WAMY helps community get healthy

WAMY, or Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey, has expanded its home gardening project.

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Daniel Boone Gardens open today

It’s time to enjoy the sunshine, and Daniel Boone Native Gardens is the perfect location for a picnic.

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South Caldwell High School has Disco Fever

If you're a fan of Disco, there's one show you shouldn't miss! Head to South Caldwell High School this week for the premiere of Disco Fever.

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Boone joins 450 cities to fight global warming

More than a dozen cities across North Carolina have pledged to an anti-global warming campaign- including Boone.

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Children’s Fair comes to Hardin Park Elementary School Saturday

Rain or shine, the Children’s Council is sponsoring the Children’s Fair at Hardin Park Elementary School Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it’s all free!

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750 acres burned near Linville Gorge

A wildfire near Linville Gorge continued to burn over the weekend. Sunday afternoon estimates showed over 750 burned acres.

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Senator Joe Sam Queen and Representative Cully Tarleton visit ASUAppalachian State University had two special visitors Friday: N.C. State Senator Joe Sam Queen and Representative Cully Tarleton.   Full Story
 
Avery Board of Education news

The southern end of Avery County may get an ambulance unit- if the commissioners give the okay.

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Incentives may be offered to science and math teachers

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would increase the number of highly qualified math and science teachers in schools by authorizing over 600 million dollars through 2012 for scholarships for students studying math and science education.

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Watauga County Farmer’s Market is back

The Watauga County Farmer’s Market returns to Horn in the West in Boone on Saturday.

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Amber alerts to appear on lottery terminals

When a child is abducted, the first few hours are the most critical, according to Bryan Beatty of the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

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Smoking ban in nursing homes proposed

A bill to ban smoking in all nursing and adult-care facilities won approval of the House Aging Committee last week.

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