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Ghost Town: Back to haunt Western N.C.

Looking for somewhere to take the kids? Ghost Town returns to Maggie Valley this week after its five-year hiatus.

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N.C. unemployment rate rose in April

According to information released Friday by the state Employment Security Commission, North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose for the first time in seven months in April.

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Unregistered firm audits N.C. lottery security

Information uncovered by the Charlotte Observer this week shows a company hired to audit the security systems of the North Carolina lottery was not checked by state officials.  

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K-9 cop nabs heroin in Avery County

Thanks to drug dog Miki, a Boone man was caught with heroin in Avery County.

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State hearing for Avery Quarry planned A proposed Rock Quarry in Avery County is causing quite a stir among citizens like Jason Warner.  Full Story
Boone adds to the trash talk

At last night’s Boone Town Council meeting, trash was on the agenda.

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Newland Police say ‘Click it or ticket’

May 21-June 3 is the ‘Click it or ticket’ campaign, part of the Governor’s Highway Safety program. It is a campaign Newland Police Department takes seriously, according to Police Chief Jason Brown.

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Music man is ‘a-coming’

If you’re looking for a treat for your “someone,” look no farther than Watauga High School.

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45th season of Art in the Park starts Saturday

Susan Gragg, coordinator for Art in the Park, is excited to announce the first juried art show is tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Ashe County Heart Walk Saturday

A relaxing stroll in Jefferson tomorrow can help support the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease and stroke.

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Mountain Valley Fest hits Boone Saturday

Mountain Valley Fest comes to Boone tomorrow- absolutely free! Mountain Pathways School director Glenn Grizzard knows it’s an event for the whole family, complete with food and kids activities.

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Caldwell County Special Olympics today!

The Caldwell County Special Olympics come to Hibriten High School in Lenoir today. Full Story
Hard-to-find plants? No problem at sale

Daniel Boone Native Gardens is having a plant sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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Sunday concert in the park

Bring a lawn chair!

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Jury selection continues in Anderson trial

Jury selection continues today in one of Caldwell County’s most publicized murder trials. Jerry Anderson is charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, Emily Griffith Anderson.

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Giving minor alcohol could cost your license

Adults providing alcohol to minors could face a new penalty under a measure that won initial approval of the House.

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Details surface in Monday drowning

A nice day on Ashe Lake near West Jefferson turned deadly for two men on Monday. Five men went boating. Only three returned home.

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Torch arrived in Lenoir!The first leg of the Special Olympics torch is over, according to Caldwell County Communications. According to Communications, the torch arrived in Lenoir at around 1:40. Watauga officers handed the torch to Caldwell officers at the Green Park Inn. Today marked the first day of the torch run- which will eventually bring the torch to Raleigh in time for the opening ceremonies of the Summer Special Olympics Games, June 1, 2, and 3. Full Story
And they're off!Watauga law enforcement officers have started their trek, Special Olympics torch in tow, to the Green Park Inn, where waiting Caldwell officers will take over around noon. Full Story
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