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Alleged drug dealer Arrested in Grassy CreekA Grassy Creek man faces charges of dealing drugs, following his arrest April 20.   Full Story
Tainted Hogs

The tainted pet food scare has now worked its way to one North Carolina hog farm -- but state agriculture officials say that it is not affecting the food supply.

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Recent ASU Assaults Believed to Be LinkedOver the Past two months three Appalachian State University students have been grabbed by an unknown male while walking on or near campus.  Full Story
Virginia Men Found Dead Off Parkway

A Lincoln Town Car rolled few hundred feet down a hill off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the early morning hours Monday.

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Avery County Arrests

Two Arrests have been reported in Avery County. Seventeen year old

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Tougher Penalties for Gang Crime

A national organization has come to North Carolina to argue against what it calls harsh penalties in a bill in the General Assembly designed to crack down on street gangs.

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Second Chance for Young Offenders

Adults convicted of nonviolent felonies at ages 16 and 17 could have those crimes removed from their records in a bill recommended Tuesday by a state Senate committee.

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Pet Food Possibly Contaminated

   Salvaged pet food contaminated with an industrial chemical was fed to hogs in as many as six states, including North Carolina.

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Official Salute to the State Flag

Flying North Carolina's flag on state property has been required for 100 years. Now the flag is about to get its own salute.

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Town Council adopts Zoning AmendmentThe Boone Town Council adopted a measure Thursday night that would prohibit medical facilities in excess of 10,000 square feet from being developed in single-family neighborhoods.


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Authorities Find Missing Johnson County Girls

Authorities have found two young girls who went missing after a fire early Saturday morning. Ten-year-old Shania Marie Osborne, was staying at the home of 13-year-old Tabitha Ashley Price. 

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State Troopers Cracking Down on Dangerous Drivers

State troopers will be keeping a close eye on speeders and aggressive drivers in eight North Carolina work zones beginning this week.

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Online Sex-Offender Registry Upgraded

North Carolina now has an updated sex offender registry Web site for citizens who want more specific information about where child molesters, rapists and other criminals live.

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Charges Made in Boone Restaurant Robbery

Two Boone residents have been charged with armed robbery of the Hunan Chinese Restaurant at the Southgate Shopping Center.

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Can’t Even Get a Thank You

Only 4 out of 10 businesses in the High Country expressed any appreciation for customers coming in, such as: “Thank you.” or “Have a nice day.”

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Town Council Joint Meeting On High School

The Boone Town Council unanimously agreed to join the Watauga County commissioners and Board of Education in a joint public hearing on issues concerning the new Watauga High School.

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Unemployent Holds Steady

Unemployment is holding at a 12 month low in North Carolina. The state Employment Security Commission reports the March jobless rate at 4.5 percent.

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Parts of High Country Declared Disaster Areas

Governor Mike Easley has requested the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate 56 counties across North Carolina as

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Free Clinic Open House Tuesday

Ashe County Free Medical Clinic is one of 69 free clinics taking part in a Statewide Open House sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics

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