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Woman stabs roommate, police say

smallerpic.jpgA woman is in custody today after allegedly stabbing her roommate in Boone early Saturday.

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Tyson closes: 400 jobs lost

Tyson Foods officials released plans Friday to close their Wilkesboro Cooked Products Plant. The closure will eliminate over 400 jobs. 

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Wildcat Lake: Could return this summer

Grandfather Home director Jim Swinkola is among those who miss Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk.


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Dole visits Ashe Hospital

Senator Elizabeth Dole visited Ashe County Memorial Hospital Saturday to meet hospital employees and discuss healthcare issues. 

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Boone Service League Grant Deadline

Local nonprofits have until midnight tonight to apply for a Boone Service League grant.

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Severe weather awareness week

Governor Mike Easley has declared today through Sunday Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina.

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Applications increaseHigh school seniors are sending out more applications than ever- to even more schools, even those they are not likely to attend, the Associated Press reports.

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Another win for Lady Vikings

The Lady Vikings of Avery County High School scored another victory Friday. 

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Burning Ban to Lift at Noon Saturday

A statewide burning ban ends Saturday at noon.


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23 lbs meth, 1 kg Cocaine: 9 accused

A federal grand jury in Charlotte has indicted nine people alleged to have distributed drugs in the High Country.

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Elections: Last Day to File

It’s the last day to file for candidacy in the 2008 elections. 

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Wildcat Lake: Permits Granted

All permits necessary to replace the dam at Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk have been granted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 

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Jonas Ridge suspect to appear in court

The suspect in a Tuesday murder in Jonas Ridge is still in custody at the Burke-Catawba Detention Confinement Facility.

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Flu still on the rise

North Carolina public health officials urged residents yesterday to take simple steps to limit the spread of flu.

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Cocaine arrests: Ashe

Thanks to Ashe County’s new drug dogs, Ashe County Sheriff’s Office nabbed four suspects believed to be in possession of cocaine. 

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Entrepreneurship Goes Extreme

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour comes to Appalachian State University tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Valborg Theatre. 

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Ashe Chamber Singers Sunday

Blue Ridge Chamber Players return to the Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center Sunday. 

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Tree trucks allowed on highway system

Christmas tree farmers are no longer risking a ticket when they pickup trees. 

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Mental Health Patients Struggle for Care

Mental-health patients in North Carolina are struggling to find serious care after reforms moved the focus of treatment from institutions to community programs, the Associated Press reports. 

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