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Randleman vies for Walker’s seatAs of one p.m., three people had filed for candidacy in Wilkes County, including Republican Shirley Randleman for state house representative, a position currently occupied by Republican Tracy Walker.
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EDC Chair files for Avery Commission Spot

Economic Development Chair Bill Close was the first to register for candidacy in Avery County today.

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Tarleton: First to file, Goss faces competitionCurrent state house representative Cullie Tarleton was the first to file for candidacy in Watauga County today. 
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Updated: Morning Brush fire at Wilkes/Watauga lineA morning brushfire kept firefighters busy near Highway 421 South at the Wilkes/Watauga Line. Full Story
Wilkes Brushfire threatens Homes

A brushfire northwest of Wilkesboro is keeping fire crews busy today.

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Saturday crash injures McDonald’s ownerA minor plane crash injured 72-year-old Ralph Lerch, owner of the Boone McDonald’s restaurant Saturday. Full Story
Sugar Grove Meth Lab: Man in custodyrayfield.jpgWatauga County Special Operations Division discovered a methamphetamine laboratory on Bryant Combs Road in Sugar Grove. 
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Filing begins today

Called to serve? It may be your chance.

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Wind gusts reach 60 miles per hour

Heavy winds of up to sixty miles per hour battered the High Country yesterday.

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32 Volunteer Organizations Showcase Helping“Helping is Heart Work:” That was the theme of Saturday’s Volunteer Fest. 
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Caldwell Correctional Officer resigns after Drug ChargesA Caldwell County Correctional Officer has resigned after methamphetamine was found in his vehicle. 
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10th District Republican Candidates Meet

North Carolina Republican candidates were in Shelby Saturday for the 10th District Executive Committee meeting.

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Carter endorsed by Democracy for America

5th District Democratic Congressional Candidate Roy Carter plans to make his candidacy official today by filing for candidacy.

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DENR helps 11 communities find water supplies

Governor Mike Easley announced Friday that the state has identified alternate water supplies for the 11 North Carolina communities facing the most severe water shortages due to the drought, including Boone.

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Avery County Splits Night With Madison

The Lady Vikings improve to 16-6 overall and 9-1 in conference play with a win over Madison on Friday night 77-58.

Vikings were lead by 21 from Kimberly Gragg, Hayley Pyatt with 17

and 14 points from Katie Ellis.


In the second game of the night Madison gets the win 92-50 over the Avery men.

Kyle Cable with 14 points and Michael Pittman with 13 points.


2 games are left in the regular season for the Vikings.

Tuesday Feb.12 at Mountain Heritage and Friday Feb.15 hosting Mitchell on Senior Night. Full Story
Split Night For Pioneers

Lady Pioneers beat East Burke for first time since 1998, men fall on Senior Night

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Mountaineers, LSU face-off in 2008 Opener

Two national champions are set to battle in the 2008 college football season opener.  


    Three-time defending FCS National Champion, Appalachian State Mountaineers, will open their 2008 season against defending FBS National Champion LSU Aug. 30, 2008.

    Appalachian State's 2008 football schedule was released Friday by Athletics Director Charlie Cobb.

    The contest replaces a previously scheduled meeting between the two teams that was set to be played in 2009.

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Taylorsville man charged in break-insWilkes deputies say a Taylorsville man may be responsible for a series of break-ins and attempted break-ins over the past few weeks. 
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Hammer camper turns up empty for Ashe investigators

f_hammer_small.jpg Ashe County deputies conducted a search this week at murder suspect Frederick Phillip Hammer’s Wythe County, Virginia camper, in hopes of discovering what happened to a missing Ashe County man.

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