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Sugar Mountain Annexation decision ‘baffles’ village manager

Last week’s decision by Judge James Downs, that the forced annexation of several areas around the Village of Sugar Mountain was unlawful, left many wondering whether the Village of Sugar Mountain would seek an appeal.

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Vision Award license awarded to Avery facility

Sloop-CAP Avery Home Care Services received a special Vision Award license this week.

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Old Smiths plant to expand

GE Aviation is planning a massive expansion of the old Smiths plant in West Jefferson. This is great news for West Jefferson according to Town Planner Matt Levi.

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Police look for bank robber

Tuesday afternoon, the Bank of Granite on N.C. Highway 127 in Hickory was robbed, police say.

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Bear sighting causes lockdown

School officials in Hickory put Jenkins Elementary School on lockdown when police received word of a nearby bear sighting earlier this week.

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Mayland Grad gets full-ride to ASU

2007 Mayland Community College graduate Ashley Hudgins has been awarded a full scholarship to Appalachian State University.

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Man fires at Caldwell deputy

A man is in Caldwell County custody after opening fire on a Caldwell County sheriff’s deputy. 58-year-old Dewey George Rawls of Hickory was arrested after allegedly firing multiple rounds at Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office’s Lora Cobb following an apparent domestic dispute at his home.

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Early morning accident claims 14-year-old

14-year-old Christina Renee Royal of Ronda died early yesterday morning when a car she was riding in lost control on U.S. 321 approximately 10 miles northwest of Boone.

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Artists wanted!

The first annual Fine Arts Festival hosted by White Hart Woods in West Jefferson is looking for entries.

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Blowing Rock Hospital to join Appalachian Regional Healthcare

Blowing Rock Hospital announced today it is joining Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system.

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10-year-old joker cries fire

Crying wolf is no joke- especially when you’re crying fire. Prank calls are not new to firefighters in Avery County. 

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High Country resort a ‘five-paw level of hospitality’

Critically acclaimed Dog Fancy magazine awarded a Jefferson establishment a “five-paw level of hospitality” in its July issue.

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The benefits of Community Pride Week

 It’s Community Pride Week through June 2.

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Otter dies after 10 years in habitat

 Grandfather Mountain’s Nola the otter died last week, the day after a vet visit.

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Boone native earns government internship

Angela Shook of Boone is one of the 98 North Carolina college, graduate and law students selected for a ten week summer internship with a state agency.

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Moses Cone: The Denim King premieres tonight

Playwright Janet Barton Speer’s musical Moses Cone: The Denim King celebrates the man whose name is identified with Blowing Rock.

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Senate proposes budget

Senate Democrats finished their proposed state budget yesterday, a couple weeks after the House approved its spending plan.  

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Bill to make it easier to sue over defective products

Legislation pending in the Senate would make it easier to sue over defective products in North Carolina.

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Drug dogs continue to impress Avery law enforcement

Avery County’s drug dogs have yet to disappoint. Two separate incidents resulted in arrests that would not have been possible without K-9 units, said Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye.

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