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Lightning strike adds a third fire

Two fires that started from lightning strikes are still going strong in the Linville Gorge area.

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Suspect prompts police chaseA traffic check over the weekend resulted in a police chase on highway 321. Full Story
Alleged coin thief strikes in Wilkes

Deputies were called to a Wilkes home over the weekend after $4,350 worth of coins were allegedly stolen.

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Arsonist almost starts a fire

Suspicious materials were found near a Wilkes home over the weekend.

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Tot Lot closes- will reopen with new equipment

Renovation of the Tot Lot Park is finally about to happen.

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Waste management: a statewide issue

Yesterday state officials told the Environmental Review Commission citizens and businesses need to help accommodate the state’s growing need for safe solid waste disposal by recycling more.

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Apparent murder-suicide on Apalossa Trail

An update on a story we brought you earlier today: The two bodies discovered yesterday were apparently the result of a murder suicide.

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Update on lightning fires

Two fires near the Linville Gorge have been blamed on Friday lightning strikes.

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Bodies found on Apalossa Trail

Two bodies were discovered yesterday morning, according to sheriff's reports. 

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Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation elects directors

The Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation had its Annual Membership Meeting over the weekend at Ashe County High School.

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Public hearing tonight: Eminent domain of golf course

A public hearing on the Town of Seven Devil’s possible eminent domain action on the former golf course at Hawksnest is scheduled for 5:30 this evening.

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Animal escapes from zoo- attacks boy

A coatimundi escaped from the New River Zoo and bit a 5-year-old boy.

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Teen may face charges in fatal accident

The Watauga district attorney’s office will be considering charges against an Ashe County teenage driver.

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Horn in the West kicks off June 15

An important High Country summer event kicks off June 15. Horn in the West returns to Boone.

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Lightning strike sparks Linville Gorge fires

Friday afternoon, lightning started two new fires in the Linville Gorge area of the Pisgah National Forest.

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Blue Ridge Musical Hall of Fame plans First Induction

It’s a year away, but the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame is already planning its first induction for June 13, 2008.

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State departments grant temporary passport leniency

The United States Departments of State and Homeland Security are allowing temporary travel flexibility with regard to passports.

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Police departments: relaxing the standards

A nationwide trend reported this week is police departments relaxing age and fitness standards and forgiving minor criminal convictions when recruiting.

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Survivors come together

Last night cancer survivors joined together at Greenway Baptist Church for the second annual Survivor’s Dinner.

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