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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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Entrepreneurship Goes Extreme

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour comes to Appalachian State University tomorrow from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Valborg Theatre. 

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Ashe Chamber Singers Sunday

Blue Ridge Chamber Players return to the Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center Sunday. 

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Tree trucks allowed on highway system

Christmas tree farmers are no longer risking a ticket when they pickup trees. 

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Mental Health Patients Struggle for Care

Mental-health patients in North Carolina are struggling to find serious care after reforms moved the focus of treatment from institutions to community programs, the Associated Press reports. 

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Divorce then murder, deputies say: Jonas Ridge Shooting

Murder suspect Darrell Buchanan’s divorce to Lola Mae Carpenter Buchanan was finalized Tuesday. Tuesday night just before ten, deputies say he shot her boyfriend to death at her residence in Jonas Ridge.

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Victim dies in Zionville AccidentThe victim of a Tuesday night crash has died from his injuries. Full Story
Trooper honored with Samaritan Award

A local highway patrol officer has been honored with the prestigious North Carolina Highway Patrol’s Samaritan Award.


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Pulitzer Prize Nominated Poet comes to ASU

The Visiting Writer’s Series returns to Appalachian State University tonight with a reading at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room.


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Cash, jewelry thefts: Crimestoppers alert

Watauga County Crimestoppers is looking for whoever’s responsible for a series of break-ins over the past two months.


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Jury selection begins for ’45-shot’ suspect

Jury selection began this week in the first-degree murder trial of 22-year-old Freddie Lawrence McDowell.

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