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Watauga Storm needs money to "fulfill the goal"

Basketball has brought a group of girls in Watauga County together, according to Watauga Storm parent and coach Bobby Dunnigan.

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In the mood for barbeque?

Hope you are hungry- Saturday at 1 p.m. at American Legacy Real Estate, come have your fill of Texas Style Brisket Barbeque.

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Watauga County Schools to destroy non-current records

Watauga County Schools announced this week it is destroying non-current records of exceptional children.

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Long Time Coming: Ashe native comes home for book signingAshe County native Joanne Vannoy Goetz has come a long way since graduating from Fleetwood High School.  Full Story
Music Series at Cook Memorial ParkThe 2007 Todd Summer Music Series will present Wayne Henderson and Helen White Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cook Memorial Park. Full Story
Study finds terrible traffic in North Carolina

A study released yesterday found that, not only have traffic congestion and highway fatalities increased, but North Carolina is among the worst states for traffic.

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Renewable energy bill clears first Senate voteA measure that would require utility companies in North Carolina to provide 12.5 percent of their retail electricity from renewable energy and power-saving measures cleared its first Senate vote. 
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Table Rock Picnic Area adds to closure list

A 50-acre spot fire at Shortoff Mountain had firefighters distracted yesterday- and today firefighters are getting back on track, according to U.S. Forest Service’s Dennis Wahlers.

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Sheriff says don’t swim at Elk River FallsThe drowning of a 16-year-old boy in the basin below Elk River Falls has given Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye a mission: to enact a swimming ban on that area of the river.


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Spot fire distracts firefighters at Shortoff

Firefighters at the Shortoff Mountain fire hit a small snag yesterday.

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Soldier returns homeA soldier killed last week in Iraq arrived in his hometown of Hickory yesterday.
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Jewel thief strikes WilkesSometime between June 17 and last Friday, someone opened a window and entered the home of Samuel Wagner, stealing several pieces of jewelry. 
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Ruritan Club Sign Vandalized in WilkesThe Roaring River Ruritan Club reported vandalism on their property over the weekend. 
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Mountain City Independence Day: Not to be missedNext Wednesday, Mountain City celebrates Independence day. 
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Democrats to keep "temporary" tax one more monthDemocrats in the Senate have agreed to keep a “temporary” sales tax for at least another month. 
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General Assembly works towards Medicaid dealHouse and Senate Democratic leaders hope to finalize a Medicaid deal.
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Milk rights argued in RaleighRaw milk advocates pleaded their case before a House committee yesterday.
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Mental Illness equity bill clears committeeThe Senate Health Committee cleared a bill yesterday that would require equity in health insurance coverage for mental illness. 
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Drowning circumstances unknown

Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye still does not know the circumstances surrounding the Sunday drowning of 16-year-old  Nicholas “Chad” Hicks near Elk River Falls.

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