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Sprinkler proposal declined

A policy that would require sprinkler systems in large or multistory homes failed to meet the approval of the state Building Code Council.

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MOUNTAINEERS TO SHIP OUT NOW (6 p.m. to approximately 7 p.m.): Tune into to WATA AM 1450's LIVE coverage of the Mountaineers' departure. Full Story
Bomb squad seizes possible explosives in Boone

Boone Police officers searched an abandoned house on Junaluska Road, believed to contain explosives.

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Black and Gold Ships Out

Appalachian State University’s own Mountaineer Football Team ships out to Chattanooga this evening to take on the Delaware Blue Hens in the National Championship.

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Officials continue to investigate Blowing Rock deathInvestigators are still trying to piece together what happened to Blowing Rock’s 50-year-old Sharon Yates.
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ASU implements water-saving measures

While officials continue to say the campus water system remains “robust,” Appalachian State University has implemented water-saving measures due to the state’s drought.

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Trees for Troops in Camp LeJeune

Friday’s shipment of Trees for Troops was a success.

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Imagination Library print to benefit Ashe Library

Local artist Stephen Shoemaker is supporting Ashe County’s  Dolly Parton Imagination Library in a unique way.

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Ashe Extension secretary honoredAn Ashe Extension office secretary was honored at a North Carolina Cooperative Extension Secretaries’ Association in Kill Devil Hills. 
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Appalachian Geologist warns Southern California is overdue for major earthquake

An Appalachian State University geologist is searching for evidence of earthquakes that have occurred over time.

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Wood stove could be to blame in Avery fire

A fire that reduced an Avery County landmark to wreckage Friday could have started in a wood stove, investigators say.

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Trooper in fatal chase won’t be charged

The state trooper involved in a chase that ended in the death of a Hickory teenager last week will not be charged.

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Area kids have Christmas- on the Community

Mast's Debra admires the donated toys.Optimist Club’s Santa’s Toy Box was a resounding success Friday.

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West Caldwell High School, Ashe County High School, West Wilkes High School nationally recognizedThree local high schools were named among the top high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. 
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Two Granite Falls men struck by cars

Two pedestrians were hit by cars in separate incidents Friday in Granite Falls.

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Thanksgiving sex offender indicted

A man charged with raping a child in the first-degree on Thanksgiving has received a true bill of indictment from a Caldwell County grand jury.

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Trapp Sculpture on DisplayLocal sculptor Wayne Trapp’s “Gravitational Pull” has been installed on the Jones House Lawn. 
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Holiday Pet Tips

The holiday season can be a dangerous time for dogs and cats.

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Armanti Leads Apps over Richmond, 55-35; Showdown For the Crown Vs. DelawareQuarterback Armanti Edwards, with an NCAA record-setting 313 rushing yards, lead the Appalachian State Mountaineers to a 55-35 win over the University of Richmond Spiders Friday evening in front of over 24,000 fans at Kidd Brewer Stadium.  The Mountaineers will face the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware in the title game next Friday evening in Chattanooga. Full Story
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