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Damn Yankees come to Lees-McRaeWhen middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees, hilarity ensues. Full Story
Red Cross issues plea for donorsThe current blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast, and the American Red Cross is urging individuals to donate blood as soon as possible.  Full Story
Body found in Elk River

Unconfirmed reports say a body was found this afternoon in Elk River.

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ASU names Interim Dean

Appalachian State University Provost Stan Aeschleman announced today that Dr. Glenda Treadaway has been named interim dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

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Rescue effort 'rough'

Rescue workers are still searching for 16-year-old Nicholas Hicks, believed to have drowned Sunday near Elk Falls.

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Rescue teams need supplies

According to Linville Central Rescue Squad’s Derek Calloway, the 13 agencies currently searching for 16-year-old Nicholas Hicks at Elk River need supplies to keep them going.

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Shortoff smoke stirs suspicion

Drift smoke from the Shortoff fire is causing trouble in Watauga and surrounding areas, says Blowing Rock Fire Department’s Captain Aaron Miller.

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"We really had a mess," Fire Marshal says

Insurance investigators are on the scene today of a fire that destroyed the home of Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga on Saturday.

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Burnout operations good to go

Yesterday, Incident Information Officer Gil Knight said today’s burnout operation on a wildfire at Shortoff Mountain depended on the weather.

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Asheville dive team adds to the search

Specialized dive teams are joining the search for 16-year-old Nicholas Hicks of Roan Mountain, believed to have drowned Sunday near Elk Falls.

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Huizenga blaze: Investigators search for a cause

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga’s Linville Ridge home to catch fire Saturday evening.

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Bad news for firefighters in gorge: Shortoff fire spreads

It’s been over a week since measurable rain has hit the Linville Gorge area and the Shortoff wildfire, the blaze firefighters hope might be contained by now, has spread.

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Search for drowning victim continues todayThe search for 16-year-old Nicholas Hicks of Roan Mountain, believed to have drowned Sunday near Elk Falls, continues today.  Full Story
Avery County has one year to find new superintendent

Avery County Schools superintendent Grace Calhoun announced her retirement last week.

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Google hires facility managerE-business Google announced its selection of 41-year-old Tom Jacobik as site manager for the Lenoir facility.
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Granite Falls man accepts plea

23-year-old Christopher Douglas McLean of Granite Falls, indicted on charges of first-degree statutory rape of a child and other sex offenses, was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison during Caldwell County Superior Court.

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Morganton man sentenced in Lenoir wreckA Morganton man involved in a highway fatality in Lenoir almost two years ago has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Caldwell County.
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State prisoners get poisoned toothpasteTrace amounts of a poisonous chemical was found in Chinese-made toothpaste distributed to state prisoners.  Full Story
Miami Dolphins owner’s house ablaze

Businessman and owner of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins H. Wayne Huizenga’s Linville Ridge home was destroyed in a fire Saturday night.

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