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Another birthday for Tom Lanier

Tom Lanier, pre-dance moves.Aisling General Manager and WECR 102.3 FM morning host Tom Lanier turns 62 today.


Inside sources say he's been in the radio business awhile-


Share your favorite Tom Lanier moment! 

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Easley in town for Google

 Governor Mike Easley will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Google Data Center in Lenoir today. 

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Watauga residents want the whistle to stay 

Cowboys and cloggers were among the packed crowd at the commissioner’s boardroom last night for a hearing on a proposed Tweetsie-Watauga partnership.

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Billboard hearing in JuneCommissioners also discussed the possibility of enacting a moratorium on billboards. 
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New information in Sunday stabbing

Court documents indicate 19-year-old murder victim Benjamin Seth Pickett accused a man of owing him money minutes before he was stabbed.

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Council owes Elk Motel an apology, Garrison says

Elk Motel owner Floyd Garrison met with motel residents last night to discuss the future of the property- now that the town council appears to have nixed the sewer connection project.


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Retired Sox pitcher dies, son in High CountryA former Red Sox pitcher with ties to the High Country has died.  Full Story
Dole cosponsors food price bill

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole and ten of her colleagues have cosponsored legislation to freeze the corn-based ethanol mandate at this year’s level.

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Tarleton introduces Military aid bill

Local Representative Cullie Tarleton introduced a bill this week aimed at helping North Carolina’s military members and their families.

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Ill inmates released under new billA measure approved by a House judicial committee would release dozens of medically ill prison inmates in North Carolina.
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Republicans promote annexation moratoriumRepublicans continue to talk up an annexation moratorium approved Monday by a special state House committee. 
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Law could stop teens from riding in the back of a pickupA measure introduced in both the state House and Senate this week would prevent children under 16 from riding in the back of a pickup truck.
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Cafeteria workers lobby in RaleighSchool cafeteria officials lobbied legislators yesterday for $20 million to pay for the more nutritious meals mandated by lawmakers. 
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Farmers cost-share program introducedA bill introduced in the state House this week would establish a cost-share program to help North Carolina farmers recover from last year’s drought.
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"Drama going down" led to stabbing

Dispatch: "Nine one one."

Male voice: "Some drama was going down and this kid got cut."


So begins an early Sunday 911 call.



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Tweetsie and Watauga discuss 3.5 million dollar partnership

Watauga Commissioners could take part in the tourist attraction business- at least indirectly.

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Commissioners talk signs

In light of citizen complaints, Watauga Commissioners plan to discuss electronic billboards at their regular meeting today.

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Authorities still seek Virginia bank robber

graysonsuspect.jpg Authorities in Grayson County, Virginia are still on the lookout for an alleged bank robber.

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North Carolina drought response plan backed by panelAn environmental panel backed Governor Mike Easley’s plan to help North Carolina better respond to future droughts yesterday, the Associated Press reports.
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