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North Carolina still in Drought

A report released yesterday by the U.S. Drought Monitor puts all of North Carolina under severe drought or worse.

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Two convicted of federal cocaine charges

Two Lenoir men have been convicted of cocaine charges by a federal jury.

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Roadside trashcan= meth lab

A smoking methamphetamine lab was discovered on the side of Big Flatts Church Road near Tod in Ashe County last week.

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December child abuse victim found dead

A baby found dead this week was involved in a December felony child abuse case, Ashe County Sheriff James Williams says.

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Jazz fest continues: Taj Mahal Trio

Appalachian State University’s Jazz Fest continues tonight with the Taj Mahal Trio.

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Audit calls for review on Gifted funding

A new audit says state education regulators are not monitoring whether school districts use North Carolina tax dollars wisely in reference to gifted students.

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Rape kit cap removed

The Associated Press reports a state fund that helps rape victims pay for emergency room examinations has eliminated its $1,000 reimbursement cap.

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Edwards: Still no endorsement

Despite intense lobbying from the camps of Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

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Third home invasion suspect turns self in

The third suspect in a Saturday home invasion has been apprehended.

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V is for…

Vagina Monologues premieres tonight at 8 p.m. in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom..

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Fitness goes ‘Extreme’

Extreme Fitness on Highway 105 just got a makeover.

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Barbecue’s on Smith

Monday, barbecue’s on gubernatorial candidate Senator Fred Smith.

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Unidentified Thieves hit Caldwell CVS Stores

Deputies say two suspects stole almost $2,000 worth of CVS products during at least four larcenies and they’re asking for your help in identifying the couple.

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Gas Chambers will not be outlawed

New rules approved by the North Carolina Board of Agriculture yesterday will allow animal shelters to continue using gas chambers for euthanasia, but with guidelines, the Associated Press Reports.

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Burning Ban Back OnA Statewide Burning Ban goes into effect at noon tomorrow. 
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Deputies find ‘rooms of stolen property’

A Wilkes family faces multiple charges after a Monday search warrant yielded what deputies are calling a “massive” amount of stolen property.


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General Assembly up and running, no explanation given

General Assembly announced its Beaver Creek Plant is operational again, but offered no explanation for why it closed last week.


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Beaver Creek Plant closes, 45 people look for jobsIt’s the talk of Ashe County: 45 High Country residents are looking for new careers after General Assembly’s Beaver Creek plant shut down last week.
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Heart Breakfast: Better than breakfast in bed

Instead of breakfast in bed, treat your spouse to a Heart Breakfast this Valentine’s Day.

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