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Tax collections up

Despite shortfalls in other states, North Carolina officials say the state government collected $140 million more than projected in tax revenues during the first seven months of the fiscal year. 

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Update, murder suspect speaks- claims self-defense

Gunshot wounds sustained by murder suspect Darrell Buchanan may have been caused by the eleven-year-old son of his victim.

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Jonas Ridge Suspect CaughtAuthorities in Jonas Ridge have captured Darrell Buchanan. 
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Suspect is an ex-Marine sniper

buch.jpg Deputies are still combing the woods for an ex-Marine sniper accused of killing his ex-wife’s boyfriend.


Teams from both Burke and Avery county sheriff’s offices have set up a command post at Jonas Ridge Tubing and are using every available resource in their search for Newland’s 47-year-old Darrell Wayne Buchanan.

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Suspect may have kidnapped ex-wife, authorities say

It’s been a long night for law enforcement in Jonas Ridge.

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Expect a snowy, blustery day

Overnight snowfall has created inclement driving conditions this morning, and officials warn you to use caution on your morning commutes.

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AppalSEED Academy for High Country's home schooledAppalachian State University officials have announced a new free after-school science enrichment program is coming to High Country home school students and Hickory minority students this fall. Full Story
Snow pelts the High CountrySnow is pelting the mountains, causing inclement conditions on highways, and authorities say it's only going to get worse. Full Story
Suspect used "high-powered rifle," still at large

A suspect in a Jonas Ridge shooting is still at large. Deputies are looking for a 6’1" white male wearing brown coveralls.

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Shooting: Info comingAisling Broadcasting has received information on a shooting in Burke County near the Avery County  line. Full Story
Conditions already 'sketchy'(9 p.m.) While most places are only reporting light snow, authorities are calling current highway conditions "sketchy." Full Story
DOT: Ready for a battle

Heavy snow could be on its way to the High Country and Watauga DOT officials are on standby.

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Heavy snow on horizon

It may be time to get your bread and milk. National Weather Service Officials warn heavy snow could be on the way.

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Seven Devils Shooting: Still waiting on labs

Seven Devils Police Chief Chuck Davis says SBI officials hope to complete their investigation into a January 9th officer-involved shooting by the end of this month.

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Flu runs rampant

While she hasn’t seen many cases at the Health Department, Nurse Debbie Garrett can testify that the flu has hit the High Country en force.

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Exoneree speaks

Former death row inmate Delbert Tibbs takes the lectern today.

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Charges filed in Aug. 28th infant death

Autopsy results lead to charges against the parents of a 4-month-old boy dead after allegedly falling from a bed on August 28th.

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Former ASU player gets Chapel Hill job

Former Appalachian State University football player Everett Withers has been named UNC Chapel Hill’s newest defensive coordinator and defensive back coach.

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Dole gets 37 percent of vote, poll says

A new Elon University Poll shows Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole faring well in approval ratings, but only nabbing 37 percent of the projected vote.

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