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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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Authorities search for girls who fled

Authorities are searching for two young girls who may have fled a house fire in a pickup truck early Saturday morning.

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The VT Murders: A Son Reflects

JP Mason, a son of The High Country and a senior at Virginia Tech, sent this email home to parents Lynne and Andy, who shared this with

 I know this e-mail is a long time in coming.  I want to first thank each of you for your concern about my personal safety and wellbeing - as well as that of the larger Virginia Tech community.  Many of you I haven’t talked with in quite a while

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Two Sexual Assaults at ASUA student reported to the University Police Department that she was sexually
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Governor Easley and ASU Reaction to VA Tech

In light of the Virginia Tech tragedy...Governor Mike Easley says he would like to see a clearinghouse of ideas dedicated to improving security on college campuses.

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Wildfire in Globe

A wildfire that started from a downed power line in the Globe community just off N.C. 90 finally was contained, but burned more acres of land than originally thought. By the time Tuesday's fire was totally contained around 7 p.m., it had burned 120 acres of private and federal forest land in northwestern Caldwell

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New Community South of Blowing Rock

A new arrival hopes to join northern Caldwell County's residential building boom. A Lenoir-based partnership is planning River Ridge.

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