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Panther Cheerleader Auditions TomorrowArea cheerleaders will have a chance to try out for the big leagues tomorrow. The Carolina Panthers are holding auditions for the 2007 Panthers cheerleading team tomorrow.   Full Story
Watauga County Republicans Elect New Officers

Watauga County Republicans held their annual meeting this past weekend and, with the memory of recent defeat fresh in their minds, elected a new slate of officers and shaped a new strategy.

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Oasis Seeks Crisis Line Volunteers

Oasis is a local nonprofit organization devoted to providing assistance to those in situations of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization was founded entirely on volunteer manpower and though they’ve grown to incorporate some paid positions, much of the work continues to be done by volunteers, especially the Crisis Telephone Line.

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Today in the High Country….

On today’s calendar around town, the Boone Town Council holds their monthly meeting tonight at council chambers. On the agenda are creating a Boone Historic Preservation Commission and a motion to reconsider the Conditional Use Zoning Issue.

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Tree Farms And Lawncare A $8.5 Billion Industry in N.C.

A new report shows that the green industry contributes over $8.5 billion dollars annually to the state’s economy. The green industry is comprised of any business devoted to growing and selling trees and flowers including greenhouses, landscapers, sod producers, and, of course, Christmas Trees growers.

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Beware False IRS Websites

As tax day gets closer, more and more people are turning to the web for help. The IRS has issued a caution about Internet websites that resemble the IRS site, but are not.

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Public Attends Meeting On Highway 421 Widening

Folks turned out to the Broyhill Inn yesterday afternoon and evening to learn more about the Department of Transportation’s plans to widen Highway 421 between Newmarket Center and the Daniel Boone Inn.

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Ashe County Wildfire Caused By Wood Fire Ashe Disposal

Firefighters from the Creston and Pond Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments and the US Forestry service fought a blaze for 6-7 hours Monday near the Pond Mountain Township area of Creston.

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Blowing Rock Hospital Receives Gold Seal Of Approval

Blowing Rock Hospital has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. The hospital earned the approval by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety.

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Tornado Drills

Governor Mike Easley has declared this Severe Weather Awareness Week. That includes tornado drills at some area public schools and state offices today. And tonight, celebrate the

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Boone Fire A Training Exercise

Smoke rose from a lot behind the Watauga County Recreation Center and National Guard Armory in Boone last night. The fire was under control, however, safe in the hands of local firefighters.

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Samaritan’s Purse Leader’s Son Injured In Iraq

In a presentation Saturday, Samaritan’s Purse leader Franklin Graham revealed that his youngest son, Edward, has been injured while fighting in Iraq. According to a Samaritan’s Purse spokesperson,

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DOT Respects Amantha Neighbors’ Wishes

Residents in Amantha have won their fight to preserve the character of their community. Earlier this year the Dept. of Transportation proposed four options to replace two aging bridges in the community just west of Valle Crucis.

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FAFSA Deadline Fast Approaching

High School Seniors and College Students have just a few more days to submit their free application for Federal Student Aide, which determines their eligibility for college financial aide.

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ASU Denied a Ticket to the DanceThis article in USA Today is the first of several national sports comments expressing disbelief that ASU is not invited to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Full Story
Daylight Saving Time Underway – Don’t Forget Work Clocks

Daylight Saving time is underway. A Congressional mandate required clocks to spring forward one hour yesterday

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North Carolina Unemployment Drops To Ten-Month Low

North Carolina has reached its lowest unemployment rate since April, 2006. The state’s Employment Security Commission reports that the statewide rate dropped to 4.6% in January.

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Boone Man Charged For Writing And Presenting Stolen Checks

A Boone man has been arrested on charges related to writing and presenting stolen checks. 33-year-old Sean Jamason Arnold of Boone has been charged with three counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense and three counts of uttering forged instruments.

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Credit Card Scam

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning regarding a new credit card scam. This scam involves a telephone caller representing themselves as being from the Visa or Mastercard Security investigation division.

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