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Wait increases for Driver’s License

Thanks to a federal law meant to ensure that illegal immigrants don’t receive driver’s licenses, the wait to get a driver’s license will increase.

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Despite Law, Retirement Benefits Kept PublicDespite the wording of a new state law, details of retirement benefits of state workers should be publicly available through the State Treasurer's Office, North Carolina's Attorney General Roy Cooper said yesterday.
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Avery Vikings Get Wins On The Road.Avery County Vikings bring home a pair of wins. On the road again this Wednesday to face Ashe County. Full Story
Pioneer Men and Women Make History On Home Court.

History set at Lentz-Eggers Gym in Boone, as one mark takes 10 years to reach again.

New team and school records set by Pioneer men in route to a blowout win.



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$20,000 worth of Cocaine seized

8_oz_2_small.jpg Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division and Special Tactics and Response (STAR) teamed up to take down a vehicle alleged to be involved in cocaine trafficking on February 2.

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Property damage up, vehicle break-ins down

Watauga County Sheriff’s Office released new crime statistics for 2007.

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Full House to hear Steinem speak

It was standing room only last night in the 1735 seat-Farthing Auditorium in Boone thanks to visiting lecturer and feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

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Mardi Gras: How will you celebrate?Mardi Gras isn’t just a holiday in New Orleans. 
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Watauga for collisions, Avery for Tractor-Trailer Deaths: Dangerous N.C. Counties

AAA Carolinas released a report naming the most dangerous counties for drivers. Both Watauga and Avery counties made the cut.

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Social Security Scam ReportedA new scam involving Social Security cards has been reported in Wilkes County and elderly residents should be on alert.
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Wilkes Express YMCA Ribbon Cutting FridayThe New Wilkes Express YMCA in North Wilkesboro is already exceeding expectations. 
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Low cost online tax filing options come to NCTaxpayers in North Carolina will have more options this year for filing their tax returns online for free or at a minimal charge through the state Department of Revenue’s expanded electronic services program.  Full Story
U.S. 321: Not wide enoughConstruction on U.S. 321 is still going on- and it looks like it’s going to continue past its scheduled August completion date. 
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Warm spell breaks records January 7 and 8Grandfather Mountain released weather data for the month of January yesterday.  Full Story
$300K for foreclosure counselors

Two state agencies have announced they will pay reputable nonprofit foreclosure councilors to help North Carolinians keep their homes.

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Steinem comes to ASU

Gloria Steinem: Library of Congress

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”

Those are the words of feminist activist Gloria Steinem.

Tonight the High Country can hear the icon in person.

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Giants stomp the PatriotsThe New York Giants broke the New England Patriot winning streak in last night’s Super Bowl contest- and the High Country was out en force.  Full Story
Sir Walter Wally says Weeks of Winter Ahead

An ice storm that hit the High Country last week may be just the beginning- at least that’s what Sir Walter Wally says. 

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Towers meet OppositionA plan that would help rescue personnel respond more quickly to calls is meeting strong opposition from some High Country residents, the Charlotte Observer reports. 
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