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Lenoir man sentenced in fraudulent permits caseFormer Caldwell County Health Department environmental health specialist Michael Gerald Beane, 54, pleaded guilty yesterday in Caldwell County Superior Court.  Full Story
Kruger Brothers to benefit Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation

The renowned Kruger Brothers will be playing May 12 at 6 p.m., an event not to be missed according to Susan Annas.

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NC pushes for presidential popular vote

Yesterday, a North Carolina Senate committee approved a bill in favor of abandoning the Electoral College system.

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Be a part of Be Kind to Animals Week

Both Boone and Blowing Rock have declared this week Be Kind to Animals Week, and the Watauga County Humane Society knows there are many ways to celebrate.

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Short Course for Private Land Owners Offered

Landowners interested in learning more about land management in Western North Carolina are invited to participate in the second annual High Country Woodland Owner Short Course.

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Geddings Sentenced to 4 Years

Former lottery commissioner Kevin Geddings was sentenced to four years in prison Monday on charges he hid his financial ties to a company expected to bid for the U.S. state’s lottery business.

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Community college’s popularity increasing

According to admission statistics, the number of students who transferred from state community colleges to campuses in the University of North Carolina system increased by more than 34 percent between 2000 and 2005.

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Newland man faces drug charge

Yesterday, Avery County deputies discovered 5 marijuana plants in a home, according to Sheriff Kevin Frye.

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Possible assault at Kangaroo Express

At approximately 4:40 this morning, Boone police officers responded to the Kangaroo Express on West King Street in reference to a possible assault. Three customers had entered the store and did not see the clerk. According to Captain William Greene, the clerk was outside the building near the dumpster with her clothes in disarray, very disoriented.

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Update on rehabilitation at Gorge Fire


Today firefighters will switch from fighting fire tactics to rehabilitation efforts in the wildfire that has claimed 2,404 acres near Linville Gorge since April 25.  


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1451st welcomed home


Tears and smiles greeted the North Carolina Army National Guard 1451st Transportation Company as they returned to the High Country.



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Ashe County plans new jailAshe County Sheriff J. Williams is excited. The plans for the new jail initially include room for over 100 prisoners.
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95 percent containment on Gorge fire

Cooler temperatures and rainy weather brought much-needed backup to firefighters in Burke County this weekend. As of Sunday night, 95 percent of the wildfire was contained.

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Lane closed on Blowing Rock Road

Starting today the lane in front of Staples and Carolina Petro on U.S. 321, Blowing Rock Road, will be closed for drainage improvements.
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Watauga High School Spa Day

Get pampered just in time for Mother’s Day! Watauga High School Spa Day returns for its 10th consecutive year, offering facials and manicures for $15.

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Clabough Foundation gives ASU a gift

If you enjoyed last year's Visiting Writers Series at ASU, this year should be even better. A $15,650 award from the Helen M. Clabough Charitable Foundation will support programming and outreach offered by Appalachian State University's Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

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Brenda Mauney Councill to create ASU library mural

In other ASU news, internationally renown artist Brenda Mauney Council will begin painting a series of murals in the atrium of the university library on May 10.
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Black's sentence delayed

Sentencing for former House Speaker Jim Black has been delayed after Black's attorney said the judge should step down. Full Story
Weekend update on Linville Gorge Fire

      Major progress has been made with a fire near Linville Gorge due to the assistance of the recent rains and cooler weather.

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