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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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Blue Ridge Food and Wine Festival Happening NowAnother culinary event is hitting the High Country right now: The Blue Ridge Food and Wine Festival in Blowing Rock.  Full Story
BANFF Film Festival starts Tonight

The Banff Mountain film Festival celebrates its 12th year in Boone tonight.

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ASU participates in 2nd UNC Festival of the Arts

Appalachian State University is slated to participate in Saturday’s second annual University of North Carolina Festival of the Arts.

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Representative points to connection between illegals and drunk driving

9th District Representative Sue Myrick sent a letter to a House Homeland Security Subcommittee regarding an issue she says affects all North Carolinians: a connection between drunk driving and illegal aliens.

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