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National report finds North Carolina lacks transparency

A nationwide report released this week finds North Carolina lacks transparency in its budgeting process, making it difficult for the public to follow and participate in how the state spends its tax dollars. 

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Gunman: Still no sightings- Lock your doors

Boone Police tell us that, as of 10:30 p.m., there have still been no sightings of an alleged gunman thought to be on campus.

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ASU Lockdown Over

The emergency alert announced by Appalachian State University at 5:10 Monday, in response to reports of an armed man at large Monday afternoon, was lifted at 6:32 pm,

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ASU Campus On Lock-Down.


Emergency Crime Alert: Update ASU Campus On Lock-Down.

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Woman stabs roommate, police say

smallerpic.jpgA woman is in custody today after allegedly stabbing her roommate in Boone early Saturday.

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Tyson closes: 400 jobs lost

Tyson Foods officials released plans Friday to close their Wilkesboro Cooked Products Plant. The closure will eliminate over 400 jobs. 

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Wildcat Lake: Could return this summer

Grandfather Home director Jim Swinkola is among those who miss Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk.


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Dole visits Ashe Hospital

Senator Elizabeth Dole visited Ashe County Memorial Hospital Saturday to meet hospital employees and discuss healthcare issues. 

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Boone Service League Grant Deadline

Local nonprofits have until midnight tonight to apply for a Boone Service League grant.

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Severe weather awareness week

Governor Mike Easley has declared today through Sunday Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina.

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Applications increaseHigh school seniors are sending out more applications than ever- to even more schools, even those they are not likely to attend, the Associated Press reports.

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Another win for Lady Vikings

The Lady Vikings of Avery County High School scored another victory Friday. 

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Burning Ban to Lift at Noon Saturday

A statewide burning ban ends Saturday at noon.


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23 lbs meth, 1 kg Cocaine: 9 accused

A federal grand jury in Charlotte has indicted nine people alleged to have distributed drugs in the High Country.

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Elections: Last Day to File

It’s the last day to file for candidacy in the 2008 elections. 

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Wildcat Lake: Permits Granted

All permits necessary to replace the dam at Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk have been granted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 

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Jonas Ridge suspect to appear in court

The suspect in a Tuesday murder in Jonas Ridge is still in custody at the Burke-Catawba Detention Confinement Facility.

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Flu still on the rise

North Carolina public health officials urged residents yesterday to take simple steps to limit the spread of flu.

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Cocaine arrests: Ashe

Thanks to Ashe County’s new drug dogs, Ashe County Sheriff’s Office nabbed four suspects believed to be in possession of cocaine. 

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