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High Country to celebrate MLK

The third Monday of January marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the High Country plans to remember the activist in a variety of ways.


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Easley to speak at MLK Program todayGovernor Mike Easley is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day a bit early.  Full Story
A night for theatre lovers

Theatre connoisseurs will be in Ashe tonight for the premier of a new genre- well, new at least to Ashe County.

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Foxx is True BlueCongresswoman Virginia Foxx has been issued a “True Blue” award from the Family Research Council.
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Wilkes Central Graduation honored by ACLUA man who practiced law in Wilkesboro is being honored by the American Civil Liberties Union next month.
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Dole writes to Treasury Secretary on Economy

Senator Elizabeth Dole wrote to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson this week, calling for immediate steps to help stimulate the economy.


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Conditions ImproveThere’s been a dramatic improvement in road conditions since this morning.   Full Story
Stay home, dispatch says

Newsflash: it’s been snowing- and with the addition of freezing rain, conditions are getting icy. Local law enforcement hopes you’ll enjoy your snow day: at home. 



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Winter Wonderland: Not Wondrous on the Roads  Snow pelted the High Country last night- and the winter weather may not stop there. Full Story
$5,000 worth of tools missing: Crimestoppers Alerts

Watauga County Crimestoppers needs your help.

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Called to serve?Filing for candidacy begins soon, and Watauga County Board of Elections director Jane Ann Hodges released a list of available offices up for election in Watauga County in 2008.
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Teen pleads guilty to sex chargesA 17-year-old pled guilty to sex charges this week in Caldwell County Superior Court. 
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Want to be a Master Gardener?Now’s your chance to be a Master Gardener. 
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Governor establishes pesticide panelGovernor Mike Easley set up a panel this week to discuss how to better protect farm workers and others exposed to pesticides. 
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Committee considers changing insurance rate methodsA panel met this week to discuss North Carolina’s automobile insurance rates. 
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Graduation project: New requirement for the class of 2010Starting with the class of 2010, all high school seniors will be required to complete a performance-based graduation project. 
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Forecasters call for snow, ice: High Country prepares

Ellie May Ohnesorge is prepared for the weather. With much of the High Country under a Winter Weather Advisory, residents are preparing for the worst.


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Two responsible for a series of vehicle break-ins

Banner Elk Police Department and Avery County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a series of Monday night vehicle break-ins- and two men have been arrested and charged:  22-year-olds Joshua Kaufman and Peter Evan Nash. 

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Officials fear summer drought

Boone Public Utilities director Rick Miller attended the Emergency Drought Management Workshop with Governor Mike Easley this week and left fearing the Town might have to up its conservation measures.

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