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Man lured to Bird Ridge Road, robbed, assaulted

Three men face common law robbery charges after luring a man to a secluded road and stealing his wallet early Sunday.


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Sargeant trial: Jurors seated

The final jurors were seated Friday in the capital murder trial of 26-year-old Neil Matthew Sargeant. The presentation of evidence begins today.

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Sweatshop protest leads to six arrests

A sit-in protest at Appalachian State University ended Friday evening in six arrests.

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Meadowbrook pulls winning rabbit out of hatThe areas best chefs battled Iron Chef style over the weekend during the “Fire on the Rock” Chef’s Challenge to benefit the Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue Departments. 
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Boone Saloon to rise againLike a “Phoenix,” employees at King Street bar Boone Saloon expect the local hang out to rise again. 
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Dogs seized, agencies ask for help

Eighty-five dogs and three dead puppies were seized from a home located on Highway 194 north Near Todd last week, the result of a joint investigation between Watauga County Animal Control and Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

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Parkway seeks inputBlue Ridge Parkway officials are taking comments from the public on whether the scenic highway should stay as it is or whether it should be changed.
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Celebrity Serve a SuccessWECR's Tom Lanier (middle) poses with fellow celebrities.Tuesday’s Celebrity Serve event earned over $45,000 for the High Country Soccer Association. 
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Neal takes 10th District Straw Poll

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal won North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District’s Democratic Straw Poll Saturday with 54 percent of the vote.

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Carter, Hamby to debateThe Carter camp announced debate plans Friday. 5 Full Story
Pioneer Baseball Wins Big On The Road

Watauga improves to 11-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play.



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Many new voters are unaffiliated, officials say

Watauga County Board of Elections is slammed with last-minute registrations.

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85 dogs recovered, you can help, agencies say

According to the Watauga County Humane Society, the number of dogs seized in a Thursday animal cruelty investigation is 85.

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77 dogs seized in cruelty investigation

A collaborative investigation between Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Watauga County Animal Control led to the seizure of 77 dogs.

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Deputies locate lost man

Watauga deputies and dispatchers used what they called “old fashioned know-how” to assist a county resident in danger last night.

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Updated: Local bar up in flames, arson not suspected

Local King Street bar Boone Saloon caught fire last night just before midnight.


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Updated: Captain Nick's Ablaze

Lenoir firefighters were called to Captain Nick's Seafood in Lenoir just before 2 a.m. this morning. 

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Last day to register for May 6 primariesIt’s the last day to register for the May 6 primaries, and the Watauga Board of Elections is expected to be a busy place today. 
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Salute chefs and taste buds Saturday

High Country chefs give your taste buds a reason to salute Saturday: It’s the High Country Chef and Cooks Association’s annual Salute to High Country Chefs.

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