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Spruce Pine fires still under investigation

Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are still investigating a series of fires that gutted downtown Spruce Pine Saturday. 

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High Country Newcomers Club: Not just for newcomers

You don’t necessarily have to be a newcomer to the High Country to benefit from the High Country Newcomers club.

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Sugar Grove woman faces trafficking chargesA Friday traffic stop left a Sugar Grove woman facing drug trafficking charges. 
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Cement Truck blocks 221

An overturned cement truck will have traffic blocked for 6 to 8 hours, according to Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

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School Supply Fundraiser today!From 4-7 p.m. today, Backyard Burgers of Boone is using a percentage of its sales to buy school supplies for under-privileged kids in the High Country.
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Electric Heater causes Deep Gap fireA small fire in Deep Gap last night attracted the attention of Deep Gap Volunteer Fire Department. 
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Avery Fire Marshal reflects on Spruce Pine BlazeAvery County Fire Marshal David Charles Vance is glad he’s not in Mitchell County Fire Marshal Eric Wiseman’s shoes.
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Quarry Moratorium Extended

Avery County Commissioners have extended a moratorium on High Impact Industries for another 90 days.

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Brushy Fork Accident UpdateHighway Patrol has confirmed that, while there were injuries in an accident near Brushy Fork Baptist Church, there were no fatalities. Full Story
Spruce Pine blaze devastates downtownTwo weekend fires all but destroyed two buildings in downtown Spruce Pine Saturday.  Full Story
Accident with injuries near BooneAn accident near Brushy Fork Baptist Church outside Boone stalled traffic last night around 9:30.  Full Story
Counterfeit warning in Wilkes

Counterfeit twenties have been discovered in Wilkes- and law enforcement all over the High Country warn both consumers and businessmen to beware.

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Man attempts to attack ParamedicsA sheriff’s deputy allegedly had to resort to Taser action over the weekend in Wilkes County.
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Carolina West Wireless gives to Ashe County Humane SocietyLast week Carolina West Wireless presented Ashe County Humane Society with a check for over $250.
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New River Committee names new Board membersTwo new members have been named to the National Committee for the New River (NCNR).  Full Story
North Carolina Wildlife Director resigns

Richard Hamilton, the executive director of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission resigned yesterday after panel members told him they no longer had confidence in his leadership.

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Attorney General still at odds over MySpace

Yesterday North Carolina’s attorney general, Roy Cooper, vowed to keep pressuring lawmakers to approve legislation that would require minors to get parental permission before using social networking websites like

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Air quality alert: Stay in the High CountryDue to poor air quality in North Carolina’s metro areas today- it may be a good idea to stay in the High Country.
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Accident near Brushy Fork Baptist ChurchRescue personnel are currently on the scene of an accident near Brushy Fork Baptist Church just outside of Boone.
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