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Bear sighting causes lockdown

School officials in Hickory put Jenkins Elementary School on lockdown when police received word of a nearby bear sighting earlier this week.

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Mayland Grad gets full-ride to ASU

2007 Mayland Community College graduate Ashley Hudgins has been awarded a full scholarship to Appalachian State University.

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Man fires at Caldwell deputy

A man is in Caldwell County custody after opening fire on a Caldwell County sheriff’s deputy. 58-year-old Dewey George Rawls of Hickory was arrested after allegedly firing multiple rounds at Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office’s Lora Cobb following an apparent domestic dispute at his home.

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Early morning accident claims 14-year-old

14-year-old Christina Renee Royal of Ronda died early yesterday morning when a car she was riding in lost control on U.S. 321 approximately 10 miles northwest of Boone.

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Artists wanted!

The first annual Fine Arts Festival hosted by White Hart Woods in West Jefferson is looking for entries.

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Blowing Rock Hospital to join Appalachian Regional Healthcare

Blowing Rock Hospital announced today it is joining Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system.

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10-year-old joker cries fire

Crying wolf is no joke- especially when you’re crying fire. Prank calls are not new to firefighters in Avery County. 

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High Country resort a ‘five-paw level of hospitality’

Critically acclaimed Dog Fancy magazine awarded a Jefferson establishment a “five-paw level of hospitality” in its July issue.

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The benefits of Community Pride Week

 It’s Community Pride Week through June 2.

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Otter dies after 10 years in habitat

 Grandfather Mountain’s Nola the otter died last week, the day after a vet visit.

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Boone native earns government internship

Angela Shook of Boone is one of the 98 North Carolina college, graduate and law students selected for a ten week summer internship with a state agency.

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Moses Cone: The Denim King premieres tonight

Playwright Janet Barton Speer’s musical Moses Cone: The Denim King celebrates the man whose name is identified with Blowing Rock.

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Senate proposes budget

Senate Democrats finished their proposed state budget yesterday, a couple weeks after the House approved its spending plan.  

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Bill to make it easier to sue over defective products

Legislation pending in the Senate would make it easier to sue over defective products in North Carolina.

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Drug dogs continue to impress Avery law enforcement

Avery County’s drug dogs have yet to disappoint. Two separate incidents resulted in arrests that would not have been possible without K-9 units, said Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye.

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Trafficking charge in Avery County

The Avery Sheriff/Municipal Drug Task Force made another substantial arrest in the sale and distribution of prescription medication. charge was added.

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Fundraising campaign for local scholarships

16 volunteers from the Watauga County branch of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute are soliciting money for a scholarship program.

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Vitamin use may be linked to prostate cancer

A new study suggests heavy multivitamin users are more likely to get advanced prostate cancer.

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‘Thomas’ comes to Tweetsie

‘Thomas’ the Tank Engine visits the high country Friday through June 10 as part of the 45-city Day Out With Thomas 2007: All Aboard Tour.

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