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High Country Counties See Unemployment Rise

The Employment Security Commission has released County unemployment rates for January. High Country Counties followed the increase in statewide unemployment rates during that period.

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Tanger Outlet Center Has New Leader

The Tanger Outlet Stores in Blowing Rock have a new Manager. Heidi Ellis comes to her new position after having been Manager and Marketing Director for Boone Mall for eight years.

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New Nationwide Wetlands and Water Work Permits Take Effect

Those who are planning construction or work that involves wetlands or water take note: The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that new nationwide permits regulating work in wetlands and other areas of water, including rivers and streams took effect March 19th throughout the United States.

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ASU Creating Ties To And Awareness Of Life In Uganda

ASU students and faculty have two trips to Uganda scheduled for this summer. ASU Professor Dr. Jacob Matovu is planning a 5-week study trip for students and others that departs July 2nd.

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Missing Greensboro Child Found!!

 

Michael Aubrey Weary, Thirsty--and OK

The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that Search and Rescue teams have found a missing 12-year-old boy scout who was lost in the woods off the Blue Ridge Parkway. After four days of searching, rescue workers found Michael Auberry a little after 11am this morning. His father was there when the rescue call came in. Michael was reunited with his family, who believed all along that Michael’s Boy Scout survival skills and his heavy parka would provide protection and help keep him alive. The Greensboro Boy Scout disappeared from a scout camp Saturday in Doughton Park just off the Parkway in Wilkes County. Search crews included volunteers and family members conducted a massive 24-hour search that included bloodhounds and a helicopter with thermal imaging. Temperatures dropped low in the thirties during the early part of the search, but warming temperatures also gave the rescuers some hope.

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Watauga County Entertains Idea of Zero Waste Plan

Last night, The Watauga County Commissioners entertained a resolution to support a countywide Zero Waste Plan. Jasmine Shoshona, on behalf of the Zero Waste Task Force, presented the resolution.

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Commissioners To Urge DOT To Move Ahead On 421 Widening

In other actions, the Watauga County Commissioners will send a resolution to the Dept. of Transportation to urge that they move up their schedule for widening Highway 421 between Highways 194 and 321.

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Child Missing From Wilkes County

Twelve-year-old Boy Scout, Michael Auberry, was rescued yesterday morning around 11am after a 4-day search. A rescue dog picked up his scent a little over a mile from his Boy Scout Troop' campsite.

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“Ole Broads” Win Adult Spelling Bee

The Boone Chamber of Commerce’s Adult Spelling Bee opened last night at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. Thirty-Two teams made up of four members each vied to show off their spelling skills and take home the big prize.

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Ski Resorts Face The End Of The Season

The warming weather marks the end of ski season at Ski Beech and Hawksnest. Both of those resorts have closed for the season. Sugar Mountain and Appalachian Ski resorts remain committed to staying open through March.

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Education Efforts Target Teen Drivers

Traffic collisions are the number one cause of death for teens. That is prompting the Highway Patrol to conduct Operation Drive To Live this week.

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ASU Honors Teacher With Brantz Award

ASU teacher Beth Marsh has received the Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching. The Assistant Director of Appalachian’s Freshman Seminar was chosen out of 31 nominees.

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13 Local Teachers Win Continuing Education Funds

Thirteen Watauga County teachers have received funds to help support their continuing education. They are recipients of the Price Deverick Scholarships for Professional Development sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and the Watauga Education Foundation.

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Pet Food Recall Affects Dogs And CatsA recent rash of food recalls has now reached pets. Menu Foods, a private label supplier of pet foods for over 40 dog and cat food brands, has issued a precautionary recall on dog and cat food manufactured between December third, 2006th and March 6th, 2007th. Full Story
 
Missing Elderly Couple Found In Avery County

An elderly couple from Columbus, Ohio who’d been missing since early last week were found late Thursday here in the High Country.

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Local Pharmacist Arrested On Drug Charges

The Boone Police Department Narcotics Unit has charged a pharmacist with the theft of narcotics from a local pharmacy.

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Three In Boone Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges

The Boone Police and Watauga County Sheriff Narcotics Units have arrested three people in Boone on a variety of drug charges.

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MeetingsThe Boone Chamber is holding a Lunch ‘N Learn today on Low Impact Development Strategies. It takes place at 12 noon at the Agricultural Conference Center.   Full Story
 
Avery County Task Force Finds Drugs At Traffic Stop

In Avery County, a new canine unit revealed controlled substances and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop. That led to the arrest of Tim Smith last week at a traffic check in Elk Park. The stop and arrest were the work of Avery County’s new Drug Task Force.

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