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Tree Farms And Lawncare A $8.5 Billion Industry in N.C.

A new report shows that the green industry contributes over $8.5 billion dollars annually to the state’s economy. The green industry is comprised of any business devoted to growing and selling trees and flowers including greenhouses, landscapers, sod producers, and, of course, Christmas Trees growers.

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Beware False IRS Websites

As tax day gets closer, more and more people are turning to the web for help. The IRS has issued a caution about Internet websites that resemble the IRS site, but are not.

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Public Attends Meeting On Highway 421 Widening

Folks turned out to the Broyhill Inn yesterday afternoon and evening to learn more about the Department of Transportation’s plans to widen Highway 421 between Newmarket Center and the Daniel Boone Inn.

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Ashe County Wildfire Caused By Wood Fire Ashe Disposal

Firefighters from the Creston and Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments and the US Forestry service fought a blaze for 6-7 hours Monday near the Pond Mountain Township area of Creston.

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Blowing Rock Hospital Receives Gold Seal Of Approval

Blowing Rock Hospital has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. The hospital earned the approval by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety.

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Tornado Drills

Governor Mike Easley has declared this Severe Weather Awareness Week. That includes tornado drills at some area public schools and state offices today. And tonight, celebrate the

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Boone Fire A Training Exercise

Smoke rose from a lot behind the Watauga County Recreation Center and National Guard Armory in Boone last night. The fire was under control, however, safe in the hands of local firefighters.

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Samaritan’s Purse Leader’s Son Injured In Iraq

In a presentation Saturday, Samaritan’s Purse leader Franklin Graham revealed that his youngest son, Edward, has been injured while fighting in Iraq. According to a Samaritan’s Purse spokesperson,

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DOT Respects Amantha Neighbors’ Wishes

Residents in Amantha have won their fight to preserve the character of their community. Earlier this year the Dept. of Transportation proposed four options to replace two aging bridges in the community just west of Valle Crucis.

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FAFSA Deadline Fast Approaching

High School Seniors and College Students have just a few more days to submit their free application for Federal Student Aide, which determines their eligibility for college financial aide.

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ASU Denied a Ticket to the DanceThis article in USA Today is the first of several national sports comments expressing disbelief that ASU is not invited to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Full Story
Daylight Saving Time Underway – Don’t Forget Work Clocks

Daylight Saving time is underway. A Congressional mandate required clocks to spring forward one hour yesterday

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North Carolina Unemployment Drops To Ten-Month Low

North Carolina has reached its lowest unemployment rate since April, 2006. The state’s Employment Security Commission reports that the statewide rate dropped to 4.6% in January.

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Boone Man Charged For Writing And Presenting Stolen Checks

A Boone man has been arrested on charges related to writing and presenting stolen checks. 33-year-old Sean Jamason Arnold of Boone has been charged with three counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense and three counts of uttering forged instruments.

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Credit Card Scam

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning regarding a new credit card scam. This scam involves a telephone caller representing themselves as being from the Visa or Mastercard Security investigation division.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week

While this week’s weather may be quite mild in the High Country, today marks the beginning of Severe Weather Awareness week in North Carolina. As hurricane and storm season loom on the horizon, and news of tornados flash through the country, Governor Mike Easley is urging citizens to be prepared with safety plans for their home, office and school.

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$500,000 Anonymous Gift To Turchin Center And Two Professor Honored

Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has just received a major donation. Two alumni, who wish to remain anonymous, have made a gift of $500,000 in honor of Dr. Peter Petschauer, one of their professors, who recently retired from the school’s Dept. of History.

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Watauga High Jazz Students Swing With The Pros

The  Watauga High Jazz Band performed along side the John Brown Quintet last night at the Haye’s Performing Arts Center. The event culminated a weeklong residency where the professional musicians worked with the students.

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Town Of Boone Meetings Tonight On Water And ZoningSeveral meetings tonight involving the Town of Boone: The Boone Town Council and Water Study Committee will meet at 5pm tonight to discuss secondary water pressure zones. Those zones include land situated at 3,476 feet above sea level and higher, which require extra pumping stations to receive town water. Full Story
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