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Mardi Gras: How will you celebrate?Mardi Gras isn’t just a holiday in New Orleans. 
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Watauga for collisions, Avery for Tractor-Trailer Deaths: Dangerous N.C. Counties

AAA Carolinas released a report naming the most dangerous counties for drivers. Both Watauga and Avery counties made the cut.

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Social Security Scam ReportedA new scam involving Social Security cards has been reported in Wilkes County and elderly residents should be on alert.
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Wilkes Express YMCA Ribbon Cutting FridayThe New Wilkes Express YMCA in North Wilkesboro is already exceeding expectations. 
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Low cost online tax filing options come to NCTaxpayers in North Carolina will have more options this year for filing their tax returns online for free or at a minimal charge through the state Department of Revenue’s expanded electronic services program.  Full Story
U.S. 321: Not wide enoughConstruction on U.S. 321 is still going on- and it looks like it’s going to continue past its scheduled August completion date. 
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Warm spell breaks records January 7 and 8Grandfather Mountain released weather data for the month of January yesterday.  Full Story
$300K for foreclosure counselors

Two state agencies have announced they will pay reputable nonprofit foreclosure councilors to help North Carolinians keep their homes.

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Steinem comes to ASU

Gloria Steinem: Library of Congress

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

Those are the words of feminist activist Gloria Steinem.

Tonight the High Country can hear the icon in person.

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Giants stomp the PatriotsThe New York Giants broke the New England Patriot winning streak in last night’s Super Bowl contest- and the High Country was out en force.  Full Story
Sir Walter Wally says Weeks of Winter Ahead

An ice storm that hit the High Country last week may be just the beginning- at least that’s what Sir Walter Wally says. 

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Towers meet OppositionA plan that would help rescue personnel respond more quickly to calls is meeting strong opposition from some High Country residents, the Charlotte Observer reports. 
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Carter: A top three Grassroots candidate

Democratic Congressional candidate Roy Carter isn’t just competing for Virginia Foxx’s seat- he’s also a front runner in Democracy for America’s Grassroots All-Star Competition.

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Hamby opens headquartersOn a related note, Carter’s Democratic challenger, Diane Hamby opened her headquarters Saturday.  Full Story
Tru teen sought: Nonsmokers only

12 North Carolina teenagers will have the chance, not only to star in a TV commercial, but also to educate their peers on the dangers of tobacco use.

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Pioneers Fall Hard in Marion.The Pioneer women and men had to feel much like the Bill Murray character in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’. The same events kept happening over and over no matter how hard they tried. Full Story
‘Power fully restored’ Blue Ridge saysSubmitted by Calvin Wilson Power is fully restored to members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, officials say.  Full Story
Ice coats everythingice_coats_everything_in_boone_area_small.jpgThe High Country glistens today. Here are a few pictures sent in by our faithful listeners. Full Story
When Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Don’t slip

Slick conditions continue today after an overnight ice storm that coated the High Country, causing school cancellations and downed trees in highways.

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