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Police still investigating Kangaroo Express incident

Boone police are still trying to find out what happened early yesterday morning at the Kangaroo Express.

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Rehabilitation at Gorge continues

 Rehabilitation efforts by firefighters assigned to the Pisgah wildfire will continue today.

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ABC store site announced in West Jefferson

The ABC Board has asked the West Jefferson Town Council for the old Centura bank building to be the site for the highly anticipated ABC store.

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Open auditions for Miracle on the Mountain

Calling all actors! Open auditions for the premiere of the outdoor drama Miracle on the Mountain are tonight at 6 p.m. at the Sloop Chapel on the Crossnore School campus.

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Western NC hit by furniture manufacturing drop

As cheap foreign imports have flooded the market, the number of furniture manufacturing jobs in western North Carolina has dropped by nearly two-thirds this decade.

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KADA kids do last show of the school year

KADA kids are performing their last show of the school year at Banner Elk Elementary School today.

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Boards to Review New High School

Want to know what is going on with Watauga’s proposed new high school?

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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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