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Billboard bill clears Senate Committee

A bill that would allow outdoor advertisers to cut vegetation from a larger area near their billboards cleared a hurdle yesterday when it cleared a Senate committee.

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Land prices going up- conservationists urge actionConservation groups urged lawmakers yesterday to protect undeveloped areas. 
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Bill would make it harder to light up at NC universitiesA measure approved by the House Health Committee would allow University of North Carolina system campuses to expand their no-smoking areas to include 100-foot buffer zones around university buildings. The bill’s next stop is the full House. Full Story
 
Domestic violence victims protectedA bill that would make it easier for a domestic violence victim to change her name coasted unopposed through the House.
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Petition to save golf course in Seven Devils

The following is a copy of the petition submitted by the citizens’ group for the proposed eminent domain action by the town regarding the golf course at Seven Devils.

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Grimes' full statement to Seven Devils Town Council

The following is the statement read by Justin Grimes, representative for Hawksnest Resort, at the Seven Devils Public Hearing on June 11.

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Citizens duke it out in Public Forum over Golf Course fate

Arguments got heated last night at Seven Devils Town Hall as citizens gathered to argue for and against proposed eminent domain action on the former Hawksnest Golf Course.

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New Watauga HS Tennis Courts may be moved

New plans indicate tennis courts may be moved from their proposed location of 2.6 acres between Delmar and Spruce streets to the southern portion of the property.

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Wilkes County Community College earns ‘Superior Rating’

The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges has awarded Wilkes Community College a “Superior Rating.”

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Lightning strike adds a third fire

Two fires that started from lightning strikes are still going strong in the Linville Gorge area.

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Suspect prompts police chaseA traffic check over the weekend resulted in a police chase on highway 321. Full Story
 
Alleged coin thief strikes in Wilkes

Deputies were called to a Wilkes home over the weekend after $4,350 worth of coins were allegedly stolen.

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Arsonist almost starts a fire

Suspicious materials were found near a Wilkes home over the weekend.

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Tot Lot closes- will reopen with new equipment

Renovation of the Tot Lot Park is finally about to happen.

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Waste management: a statewide issue

Yesterday state officials told the Environmental Review Commission citizens and businesses need to help accommodate the state’s growing need for safe solid waste disposal by recycling more.

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Apparent murder-suicide on Apalossa Trail

An update on a story we brought you earlier today: The two bodies discovered yesterday were apparently the result of a murder suicide.

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Update on lightning fires

Two fires near the Linville Gorge have been blamed on Friday lightning strikes.

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Bodies found on Apalossa Trail

Two bodies were discovered yesterday morning, according to sheriff's reports. 

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Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation elects directors

The Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation had its Annual Membership Meeting over the weekend at Ashe County High School.

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