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Sugar Annexation ruled illegal

Superior Court Judge James Downs has made his decision on Sugar Mountain annexation. The Norwood family tract was among the properties forcibly annexed.

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Thief steals wedding, engagement rings

A week ago yesterday, someone entered a residence at Dovick Drive in Banner Elk and stole $350 in cash, and engagement ring and wedding ring. The rings were valued at approximately $2,750. The suspect gained entry by moving a fan that was against a window.

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Weedeating Crimes in Watauga

A weedeater was stolen between May 6 and May 16 from Ralph Wilson Road.

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Carwash theft in Vilas

Tuesday, two change machines were damaged at Vilas Carwash.

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Optimist club ‘Officer of the Year’

Watauga County Sheriff’s Office’s Sgt. James Wesley Hawkins is this year’s recipient of the Boone Optimist Club’s coveted Officer of the Year award.

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Disabled American Veterans out this weekend

Today, Saturday and Monday, Watauga County’s  Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 90 will be out en force- just in time for Memorial Day.

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Shelters react to kitten season

It’s the season for kittens and puppies.

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Rubbery Ducky Race

Calling all duckies!

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Saturday- a great day for pets

Saturday is a great day to have pets in Watauga County. Not only has the “Spring Fling” Pet Show at the Dog Park been rescheduled for this weekend, but a valuable class for pet-owners kicks off.

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Bullying in the General Assembly

A measure that would require administrators to develop bullying policies for schools is going through the General Assembly this week.

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Senate takes on Speeders

The Senate approved a measure that would limit how many times speeders could plead to a particular lesser charge.

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Blue Scholars named

Brianna Fleming and Kinsey Spencer, seniors at Watauga High School, were the recipients of the first ever John & Ruth Blue Scholarship Endowment.

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New WHS hearing addresses sewage stench issue

Optimism was contagious at the hearing for the new Watauga High School, held last night in the current high school’s auditorium.

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Banner Elk substation breaks ground

A substation of Banner Elk Fire and Rescue Department in Sugar Mountain broke ground last night.

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Grave robbers in Caldwell

Brass grave markers at the Mars Hill A.M.E. Church cemetery off Playmore Beach Road in Caldwell County are missing.

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Chicken Fest to hit North Wilkesboro

May 25 and 26, Chicken Fest clucks its way back to North Wilkesboro.

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Murder suspect housed in Gaston County for $40 a day

Jerry Anderson is being housed in the Gaston County Jail while his first-degree murder trial is taking place.

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New Catawba township gets liquor by the drink

The Mountain Creek Township, made up of the Sherrills Ford, Terrell and Denver communities in Catawba County approved a measure to sell liquor by the drink this week.

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Convenience store robbed at gunpoint

Earlier this week in Catawba County, a Hickory convenience store was robbed at gunpoint.

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