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Shelters react to kitten season

It’s the season for kittens and puppies.

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Rubbery Ducky Race

Calling all duckies!

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Saturday- a great day for pets

Saturday is a great day to have pets in Watauga County. Not only has the “Spring Fling” Pet Show at the Dog Park been rescheduled for this weekend, but a valuable class for pet-owners kicks off.

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Bullying in the General Assembly

A measure that would require administrators to develop bullying policies for schools is going through the General Assembly this week.

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Senate takes on Speeders

The Senate approved a measure that would limit how many times speeders could plead to a particular lesser charge.

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Blue Scholars named

Brianna Fleming and Kinsey Spencer, seniors at Watauga High School, were the recipients of the first ever John & Ruth Blue Scholarship Endowment.

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New WHS hearing addresses sewage stench issue

Optimism was contagious at the hearing for the new Watauga High School, held last night in the current high school’s auditorium.

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Banner Elk substation breaks ground

A substation of Banner Elk Fire and Rescue Department in Sugar Mountain broke ground last night.

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Grave robbers in Caldwell

Brass grave markers at the Mars Hill A.M.E. Church cemetery off Playmore Beach Road in Caldwell County are missing.

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Chicken Fest to hit North Wilkesboro

May 25 and 26, Chicken Fest clucks its way back to North Wilkesboro.

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Murder suspect housed in Gaston County for $40 a day

Jerry Anderson is being housed in the Gaston County Jail while his first-degree murder trial is taking place.

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New Catawba township gets liquor by the drink

The Mountain Creek Township, made up of the Sherrills Ford, Terrell and Denver communities in Catawba County approved a measure to sell liquor by the drink this week.

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Convenience store robbed at gunpoint

Earlier this week in Catawba County, a Hickory convenience store was robbed at gunpoint.

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Senate approves new elector system

The Senate gave initial approval of a bill that would replace the winner-take-all system of choosing presidential electors with a more proportional method.

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Warnings may be issued on parents of unattended kids

A bill that cleared the House this week would give parents a warning if they left a child 8-years-old or younger in an unattended car.

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Newspaper distribution protected

A bill that met Senate approval this week would bar local governments from passing ordinances that restrict distribution

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Letter from Templeton attorney to Boone Board of Adjustment

Templeton’s attorney, Tony di Santi, drafted a letter to the Boone Board of Adjustment earlier this week. The letter, as well as correspondence leading up to it, is below.

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Templeton to challenge permit decision in court

Just when you thought it was over: Developer Phil Templeton is back.

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Avery citizens unite against quarry

It was a full courthouse at last night’s state Department of Environmental and Natural Resources hearing on the proposed rock quarry on Hanging Rock Road in the Green Valley Community of Avery County. 

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