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McDowell County Fire 50 percent contained

Sources yesterday told Aisling Broadcasting that a fire in the North Cove area of McDowell County was fifty percent contained.

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Officials still investigating Jefferson Landing BlazeAshe County fire officials are still investigating a town home fire at Jefferson Landing Friday night. 
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McHenry steamed over ad

10th District Congressman Patrick McHenry is threatening to sue over a video advertisement produced by challenger Lance Sigmon’s campaign.

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Students investigate Noose Incident

A group of well-wishing students have compiled all the data they could find on a February noose incident on the Appalachian State University campus and published a website.

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Grandfather Home Trustee receives AwardGrandfather Home Trustee Brenda White Wright has been named this year’s recipient of the YWCA Racial Justice/One Imperative Award. 
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Merlefest campers already setting up

Campers are already flocking to the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in preparation for this weekend’s MerleFest.

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Ashe Arts wants your stuffAshe County Arts Council is having its ARTifacts Yard Sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Dems give up on NC debateNorth Carolina Democrats abandoned their effort yesterday to host a presidential debate this weekend, citing time constraints and logistical issues, the Associated Press Reports. 
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NC adults say it’s all about the economyA poll released yesterday says North Carolinians believe the most important issue facing the state is the economy. 
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Investigation into crash could be lengthy

Highway patrol officials say it could take several weeks to determine if alcohol was a factor in a fatal Friday accident.

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"From my cold, dead hands," Tarleton says. Nearly 200 gather for convention

Watauga’s Democrats gathered in droves to celebrate and promote their candidates Saturday at the Watauga County Democratic Convention.


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Dems lead 1451st donation effort                    

On a related note, area Democrats joined local boy scouts in jumpstarting the donation effort for a 1451st Memorial Garden.

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Inmate caught in North Wilkesboro

An inmate who escaped from the Wilkes Correctional Center Wednesday night is back in custody.

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Head-on crash kills one Friday

North Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating a deadly Friday accident.

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Watauga kids "battle" it out, take home second

Watauga's Champs Hardin Park’s team of eight conquered the Regional Battle of the Books competition in Statesville Friday.

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Foxx, McHenry present Beech Mountain VFD with LoanRepublican Congressmen Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry were in the High Country Friday.
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Wildfires keep firefighters busy all weekend

A series of wildfires in western North Carolina have already consumed over 1,000 acres.

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Sargeant trial continuesThe murder trial of suspect 26-year-old Neil Matthew Sargeant continues today. 
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Free Health Fair hits NewlandA Spring Health Fair hits Avery County tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
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