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Senate approves motorcycle helmet changes

A new bill approved by the state Senate would require motorcyclists to wear safety helmets that meet federal standards.

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Avery two face cocaine charges

An Elk Park man and Cranberry woman face cocaine charges.

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Elk Motel on Commissioners’ Agenda

In closed session tonight, Watauga County Commissioners plan to discuss whether or not to assist Elk Motel owner Floyd Garrison finance a connection to Boone’s sewer system.

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Tuesday Candidate Lineup

Here's an updated list of who has filed for candidacy in the High Country. Names not on yesterday's list appear in italics.

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Ashe County Wind Turbine Ordinance Passed

Ashe County commissioners unanimously adopted an ordinance limiting the height and placement of energy generating wind turbines at a public hearing yesterday.

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Filing one-by-one

The race to public office is beginning- but it’s off to a slow start.

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Anderson trial: Deadlocked

The first-degree murder trial of Jerry Anderson may result in a hung jury.

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Jefferson intersection to get a makeoverWhere Mt. Jefferson Road intersects with U.S. 221 Bypass in West Jefferson is about to get a lot safer.
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Boy Wizard to hit High Country

Harry Potter mania is not over- not by a long shot. Just ask the millions of fans eagerly awaiting the final book’s release on July 21.

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Park Cleanup

Barbeque and sunshine: Just the ticket for a perfect Saturday. Barbeque, courtesy of the Lansing Fire Department will be available in the Lansing Town Park- at no cost to your wallet.

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Own a Henderson guitar!Nationally recognized Wayne Henderson of Rugby, Virginia, has built guitars for Eric Clapton, Doc Watson and others.  Full Story
Wilkes boy Makes-A-Wish

A Wilkes boy gets to meet Mickey this fall, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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A look at who's filedWith filing deadlines coming up- here's a look at High Country candidates who have made it official. Full Story
Names released in fatal accident

The identity of a man killed in a head-on collision last night has been released.

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Late night collision proves fatal

A local man died at approximately 11 p.m. last night when his car collided with an SUV on N.C. Hwy 105 in Foscoe.

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The spirit of Scotland lives

      The 52nd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games may have concluded on Sunday, but the spirit of Scotland still lives here in the High Country.


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First the Bear- then the Grizzly: A "brutal" race to the finishAfter finishing eleventh in last Thursday night’s Bear footrace, 29-year-old Andy Micheltree of Blowing Rock placed first in Friday’s Grizzly bike race. 
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Google providing jobs

Since announcing plans to build a 220-acre site in Lenoir six months ago, Google has already provided work for eleven businesses, including six based in North Carolina.

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Golf Academy focuses on Junior GolfersThe Sam Adams Golf Academy is open for business at RedTail Mountain.
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