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Trailer burns in WilkesFirefighters were called to a fire in Wilkes County yesterday evening around 8:06.
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Avery firefighter assists Oregon wildfire

Avery County’s North Carolina Forest Ranger Joe Shoupe is battling a forest fire- but not in Pisgah. In fact, it’s much farther away, in Warm Springs, Oregon.

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Sheriffs attend conference

Avery County sheriff Kevin Frye was among the 80 sheriffs in attendance last week at the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference.

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Man hit by train in HickoryA Catawba man was hit by a train yesterday around noon- and is in critical condition at Frye Regional Medical Center.  Full Story
North Carolina- closer to passing energy billNorth Carolina could become the first Southeastern state 
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Jim Black- serving timeFormer House Speaker Jim Black is currently serving his five-year sentence- after turning himself in yesterday. 
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Budget passed in General AssemblyFinal approval was given yesterday to a $20.7 billion state budget- the most expensive legislation of the year. 
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Daughter and boyfriend charged in double homicide- apprehended in Avery18-year-old Tabitha Messina, suspected of killing her father and his girlfriend, has been apprehended in Avery County. Full Story
Democrats’ statement in response to Hugh Sturgill essay

The following does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Aisling Broadcasting.

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Vehicle wanted in Double Homicide found in Avery County

Rescue workers in Avery County may have found two murder suspects, according to Chief Deputy Dallas Pate.

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Assault suspect could be the 'Pantser'The suspect in a Thursday assault on the campus of Appalachian State University could be the same “Pantser” allegedly responsible for pulling girls’ pants down last semester. Full Story
Patrol car sustains 'light damage' in chaseA police chase in North Wilkesboro Saturday night left a patrol car with "light damage," a source from North Wilkesboro Police Department said. Full Story
ASU seeks another assault suspect

Appalachian State University police are looking for a man they believe assaulted a female student last Thursday. evening.

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Hillary hits the High Country

Hillary Clinton Lands at Burke AirportPresidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made her way to Blowing Rock- via Foothills Regional Airport in Burke County. Photo by Lauren K. Ohnsesorge

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Argument leads to shootingTwo days after a murder-suicide rocked Wilkes County- a second shooting was reported in Traphill.
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Patrol car wrecks in chaseA police chase on Saturday evening in Wilkes ended in a patrol car wreck. 
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Kraut Creek body: No foul play

Boone Police Department is not calling its inquiry into a body found in Kraut Creek on Friday a criminal investigation.

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Windmills still a possibility- just not right now

The dismissal of Northwest Wind Developers’ application to build a commercial wind farm in Ashe County does not necessarily mean windmills aren’t in Ashe’s future.


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Baptist Hospital Helicopter: Out of ServiceWake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s helicopter is awaiting repair- and not taking off anytime soon.
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