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Easley to make Drought Legislation AnnouncementGovernor Mike Easley is expected to make an announcement about his legislative proposals on the statewide drought today at 10:30 a.m.  Full Story
DMV Director Retires

The director of DMV’s license and theft bureau in North Carolina is retiring. 

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Mental Health investigator to Retire

The Associated Press reports the director of the state division that investigates patient safety at mental hospitals and other facilities will retire May 1. 

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Second place for the cheering Pioneers

The Watauga High School Pioneer Cheerleaders competed at Athletic’s National Championship Cheerleading Competition in Knoxville over the weekend and added another honor to their list of accomplishments

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Fugitive found Sunday

Watauga deputies apprehended a Tennessee fugitive yesterday during a routine traffic stop.

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Circle of Courage: Helping to Heal

Once a month the public has the opportunity to witness something extraordinary at the Grandfather Home for Children in Banner Elk: The Circle of Courage.

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Mountaineer Basketball Over, 68-46Appalachian State University’s Mountaineer Basketball Team was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament over the weekend. 
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Hoaxer could face disciplinary action

Confessed hoaxer Matthew Whitney Haney, the man responsible for Appalachian State University’s first-ever lockdown, was officially charged with one count of filing a false police report Friday.

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OASIS support group looks for members

OASIS is looking for survivors.

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Injured Deputy up for All-Star Contest

Burke County Detective Martin Lawing was shot in the neck during a December 11 standoff.

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Daylight Savings Time: Change your clocks

Daylight Savings Time starts tomorrow.

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Hoaxer officially charged

Confessed hoaxer Matthew Whitney Haney was officially charged with one count of filing a false police report today.

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Pioneers to Cheer at Nationals

Watauga High School has something to be excited about.

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Chapel Hill Grieves

Students and community members gathered together for a candlelight vigil last night in Chapel Hill to mourn slain UNC Student Body President Eve Carson.

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Queen and Presnell Prep for a Rematch

Democratic State Senator Joe Sam Queen is defending his seat against longtime rival Republican Keith Presnell in the upcoming election.

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Newton man charged in child’s death

A Newton man has been charged with murdering a 2-year-old left in his care. 

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OASIS launches free support group

OASIS is about to launch a free support group for female survivors of sexual abuse and assault.


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Blood Drive: Urgent need for all types

The Watauga High School HOSA Club is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at Watauga High School’s Auxiliary Gym.

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Two local writers honored

This week’s Watauga Democrat recognizes two of its own writers.

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