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Charges Made in Boone Restaurant Robbery

Two Boone residents have been charged with armed robbery of the Hunan Chinese Restaurant at the Southgate Shopping Center.

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Can’t Even Get a Thank You

Only 4 out of 10 businesses in the High Country expressed any appreciation for customers coming in, such as: “Thank you.” or “Have a nice day.”

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Town Council Joint Meeting On High School

The Boone Town Council unanimously agreed to join the Watauga County commissioners and Board of Education in a joint public hearing on issues concerning the new Watauga High School.

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Unemployent Holds Steady

Unemployment is holding at a 12 month low in North Carolina. The state Employment Security Commission reports the March jobless rate at 4.5 percent.

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Parts of High Country Declared Disaster Areas

Governor Mike Easley has requested the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate 56 counties across North Carolina as

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Free Clinic Open House Tuesday

Ashe County Free Medical Clinic is one of 69 free clinics taking part in a Statewide Open House sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics

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Authorities search for girls who fled

Authorities are searching for two young girls who may have fled a house fire in a pickup truck early Saturday morning.

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The VT Murders: A Son Reflects

JP Mason, a son of The High Country and a senior at Virginia Tech, sent this email home to parents Lynne and Andy, who shared this with

 I know this e-mail is a long time in coming.  I want to first thank each of you for your concern about my personal safety and wellbeing - as well as that of the larger Virginia Tech community.  Many of you I haven’t talked with in quite a while

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Two Sexual Assaults at ASUA student reported to the University Police Department that she was sexually
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Governor Easley and ASU Reaction to VA Tech

In light of the Virginia Tech tragedy...Governor Mike Easley says he would like to see a clearinghouse of ideas dedicated to improving security on college campuses.

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Wildfire in Globe

A wildfire that started from a downed power line in the Globe community just off N.C. 90 finally was contained, but burned more acres of land than originally thought. By the time Tuesday's fire was totally contained around 7 p.m., it had burned 120 acres of private and federal forest land in northwestern Caldwell

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New Community South of Blowing Rock

A new arrival hopes to join northern Caldwell County's residential building boom. A Lenoir-based partnership is planning River Ridge.

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State-wide Litter Clean-up in EffectA state-wide campaign to clean up roadways and enforce litter laws on North Carolina's highways began this past Saturday.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Highway Patrol have teamed up for the Spring Litter Sweep.

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Cold Mountain Review Celebrates it’s 35th Aniversary

The Cold Mountain Review is celebrating it’s 35th anniversary.

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Injuries spike among home improvement novices

The number of do-it-yourselfers showing up in hospital emergency rooms with nail gun injuries is skyrocketing. A Duke University researcher says choosing carefully at your local hardware store can keep you from being a statistic.

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Crossnore VFD Receives Grant Money

The Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department in Avery County was visited by 10th district Congressman Patrick McHenry Wednesday.

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Merlefest fan favorites The Avett Brothers will headline the inaugural Mountain Times Appalachian Roots Revival, scheduled for next Saturday, April 21, at the High Country Fairgrounds in Boone, NC.

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Women’s Studies Program Fundraiser Held

Women’s Studies Program at Appalachian State University will host a fundraiser tomorrow to bring an international scholar to campus to serve as a visiting professor in the program.

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Easter Weekend Crop Damage Nearly $112 Million

The Easter weekend cold snap could end up costing North Carolina as much as $112 million in crop losses according to the State Agriculture Department. Preliminary estimates show the hardest hit were nursery crops, such as ornamental trees, bushes and sod.

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