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Obama wins Watauga Straw PollWatauga’s Democrats held their convention today. 
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Hardin Park Battles it Out: 2nd at RegionalsHardin Park Elementary School’s team of eight competed at the Regional Battle of the Books Friday. 
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Pioneers On Fire Friday NightIt appeared to be the start of a long night for the Pioneers, and then it was their turn to bat. Full Story
Wreck Kills 21-year-old Boone Woman

A two-vehicle wreck just after midnight injured two and claimed the life of a 21-year-old Boone woman.

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Martin Lawing: Time to Vote

Former Burke deputy Martin Lawing could be the next America’s Most Wanted All Star.

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"Everything’s going to turn on its head:" Kamin to perform

What happens when a clown conducts an orchestra?

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Warner charged in dog cruelty case

18-year-old Anna Mae Warner of Todd was served additional animal cruelty warrants yesterday.

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Wilkes escaped inmate: Still at largeWilkes authorities are still looking for inmate Eric Burns who escaped from the Wilkes Correctional Center Wednesday night.
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One Stop Voting ContinuesOne Stop voting continues today. Board of Elections officials from both Watauga and Avery counties reported “great” opening days.  Full Story
Convention, straw poll SaturdayWatauga County’s annual Democratic Convention happens Saturday at noon at the county courthouse. Full Story
Carter, Hamby to debate in Boone

5th District Congressional Democratic candidates Roy Carter and Diane Hamby are planning a High Country debate.

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Carter scores endorsements

5th District Democratic contender Roy Carter scored an important endorsement yesterday: that of the Winston Salem Journal.

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Plant Poachers Beware

Plant poachers beware: Blue Ridge Parkway rangers are cracking down on the practice.

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Operation Litter Sweep Kicks off Saturday

A two-week campaign to keep highways clean starts Saturday.

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Warner charged again in dog cruelty case

18-year-old Anna Mae Warner of Todd has been charged with 70 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the seizure of dozens of dogs from her Todd residence last week.

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One Stop off to a "great" start

Watauga Board of Elections’ Jane Ann Hodges says the first day of One-stop voting is “going great.”

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Alert: Escaped Wilkes Inmate



Authorities are still trying to determine how an inmate escaped from the Wilkes Correctional Center last night.  Eric Burns was discovered missing just before 9 p.m. and is still at large.


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Golden Ridge Road Home Destroyed

An early morning fire claimed a Blowing Rock home today. The house was on Golden Ridge Road on Appalachian Ski Mountain and was fully involved by the time firefighters received the call, just before 4 a.m.

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Seven Devils Shooting: Waiting on Autopsy

Seven Devils Police Chief Chuck Davis spoke with SBI officials yesterday who say an inquiry into a January 9th officer-involved shooting is awaiting autopsy results.

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