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Warner charged again in dog cruelty case

18-year-old Anna Mae Warner of Todd has been charged with 70 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the seizure of dozens of dogs from her Todd residence last week.

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One Stop off to a "great" start

Watauga Board of Elections’ Jane Ann Hodges says the first day of One-stop voting is “going great.”

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Alert: Escaped Wilkes Inmate



Authorities are still trying to determine how an inmate escaped from the Wilkes Correctional Center last night.  Eric Burns was discovered missing just before 9 p.m. and is still at large.


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Golden Ridge Road Home Destroyed

An early morning fire claimed a Blowing Rock home today. The house was on Golden Ridge Road on Appalachian Ski Mountain and was fully involved by the time firefighters received the call, just before 4 a.m.

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Seven Devils Shooting: Waiting on Autopsy

Seven Devils Police Chief Chuck Davis spoke with SBI officials yesterday who say an inquiry into a January 9th officer-involved shooting is awaiting autopsy results.

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Catalytic Converter Caper

 Four trucks parked at Charter Communications on George Wilson Road fell victim to catalytic converter theft this week.

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One stop voting starts Today

One stop voting starts today- and in Watauga County, it has never been easier to vote in a primary.

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Baseball bat, shotgun robbery: Four arrestsFour men are in custody in connection with a March 25 armed robbery at an apartment on Park Street in Boone.  Full Story
$1,280 and counting: Aisling encourages public donations

Aisling Broadcasting is still accepting donations on behalf of both the Watauga County Humane Society and Animal Control.

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Watauga students to clown around

Mime Dan Kamin is still in the High Country- and today his targets are Watauga elementary school students.

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Watauga County Schools get High Tech

Watauga County Schools have been selected by the North Carolina Virtual Public School as one of nine pilot districts to help develop a model for planning and implementing online learning in schools.

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Fibrowatt still thinking about Wilkes

Pennsylvania-based Fibrowatt made an announcement this week- but it wasn’t what Wilkes residents had hoped for- at least not yet.

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Wilkes says no to smokingWilkes Board of Health adopted a no smoking rule for all buildings and vehicles used by the public that are owned or leased by the county and municipalities within Wilkes County. 
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Wilkes agricultural protection act passesAn ordinance that supporters hope will protect Wilkes County farms from non-agricultural development was unanimously passed this week by county commissioners. 
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ASU student employee wins award, scholarship

Mary Grace Loftin has been named Appalachian State University’s Student Employee of the Year.

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Dole cosponsors journalist protection actU.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole joined a bipartisan group of senators this week by cosponsoring Senate Bill 2035, the Free Flow of Information Act.
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Taxpayers Union presents Congresswoman with awardThe National Taxpayers Union presented 5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx with its “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” yesterday. 
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NC death penalty moratorium still on

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court approved a widely used method of lethal injection, North Carolina’s unofficial death penalty moratorium hasn’t ended yet.

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Aging Americans increase Happiness

A new University of Chicago study shows Americans become happier as they age. 

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