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Cause of Banner Elk Fire still undetermined

According to Avery County Fire Marshal David Charles Vance, a fire that destroyed a home off of Old Turnpike Road in Banner Elk Thursday is still being investigated.

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FDA warns against Chinese toothpasteThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found a poisonous chemical in certain toothpastes imported from China. Full Story
Waistline circumference could predict pelvic dysfunction in menNew research suggests an expanding waistline in older men could be associated with worsening lower urinary tract symptoms.
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More than 50% of asthma patients cannot control their diseaseA recent survey of U.S. asthma patients suggests that more than half have uncontrolled asthma.
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Vatican urges against road rageYesterday, the Vatican addressed pastoral needs of motorists, telling motorists to be charitable to others on the highways and refrain from road rage.
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New River Zoo can reopen, Commissioners say

Ashe County Commissioners have decided to allow the New River Zoo to reopen after two animal attack incidents forced it to close.

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‘Suspected embezzlement’ at Mayland Community College

Mayland Community College has found discrepancies in receipted monies for some Continuing Education classes.

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Year-long burglary string ends in nine arrestsAccording to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams, nine men are responsible for 25 separate larcenies from March 16, 2006 to May 2 of this year.
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Kid hits car- Benefit Saturday

An update on a story we brought you in May: 10-year-old Tyler, the child who ran into a car in the parking lot of a local restaurant on May 3, faces a long road to full recovery.

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SBI completes investigation into January shooting

An Avery County deputy has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with the fatal shooting of Harry Lowman Jr. of Pilot Road.

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Sugar Mountain Annexation on the agenda

Today at 5 in Sugar Mountain, last month’s decision by Judge James Downs is on the agenda.

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Relay for Life totals- won’t be finalized until AugustWhile totals from Friday’s Relay for Life will not officially be in until August, over $250,000 has already been deposited in the bank.  Full Story
The Little Mermaid makes a splash in Boone

Hailed as a fresh look at an age-old favorite, The Little Mermaid will be presented at Watauga High School’s Ross Auditorium on June 22 and 23.

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Face the Giants at First Baptist Church of Boone

First Baptist Church of Boone is hosting the Facing the Giants Rally today at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

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Governor, Homeland Security chief urge residents to prepare for hurricanes

Governor Mike Easley and Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff are urging North Carolinians to prepare themselves for this year’s hurricane season by stocking emergency supplies and making disaster plans with their families.

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Cemetery bills pass General AssemblyThe General Assembly gave its final approval to bills that would toughen penalties for grave vandals and define abandoned burial sites.
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High school parent bill awaits Easley’s approvalA bill that would provide material annually to high school students statewide about the state law that allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby with a responsible person and not face criminal charges passed the General Assembly today.
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Domestic violence victims protection bill passesA bill that would make it easier for a domestic violence victim to change her name and to provide more information to applicants of protective orders about legal aid, victims’ compensation and other services floated through the General Assembly.
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Body at campsite identified

A body found in a camper at Frank Mast Road Sunday has been identified as an Avery County resident.

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