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Assault investigation leads to growing operationAvery County sheriff’s deputies got more than they bargained for last week when responding to a possible assault at a residence on Highway 105 near Watauga County.
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Social Security check theft?A Wilkes woman has misplaced her social security check- and foul play is not being ruled out. Full Story
7 local fire departments refuse contracts

Budgets are in- and the deadline for fire department contracts passed earlier this week- without signatures from chiefs of seven Avery County Fire Departments.

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Linville fires contained- but fight isn’t over

While incident information officer Dennis Whalers says the fires in the Linville Gorge Area are 100 percent contained, 130 personnel are currently on scene.

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Beech Mountain to light up the night- finally!

Fireworks didn’t go as planned on Beech Mountain.

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Highway 194 to partially closeThe North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to close North Carolina Highway 194 North from Tuesday, July 10 at 7 a.m. to Thursday, July 12, at 7 a.m.
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Jewel thief strikes while family on vacationWhile a Wilkes family was on vacation, their home was broken into and several items stolen- including diamond rings.  Full Story
Notary arrested- Wilkesboro PD find car

Wilkesboro Police believe they know what happened to a vehicle reported missing last month from a local dealer.

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Caldwell Pickup found in WilkesA pickup reported stolen in Caldwell County was found in Wilkes.
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Independence Day Festival at Eagles Nest- A big deal to firefighters

While the likes of Edwin McCain and Jackson Crossing are set to take the stage at Saturday’s Independence Day Festival at Eagles Nest, the firefighters are the real stars.

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Safety Fest- Seven DevilsJuly 7 marks Safety Fest in Seven Devils- and that means barbeque.
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Christmas in July comes to West JeffersonThis evening from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in West Jefferson- Christmas comes once again.  Full Story
Boone Tot Lot: “Things are going well”

According to Stephen Poulos of Parks and Recreation, renovations of the Boone Tot Lot are going better than expected.

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Minneapolis Parade Saturday!If you missed seeing an Independence Day parade- visit Avery County on Saturday.
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Fourth landowner workshop July 20

Landowners interested in learning more about managing their western North Carolina land are encouraged to attend the Introduction to Native Landscaping and Homes in the Forest workshop, to be held at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center on July 20.

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Sheriff takes steps to close falls to swimmers

Elk River Falls Basin is one step closer to being off-limits to swimmers, Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye hopes.

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TeamWorks- First in National CompetitionCaldwell County Schools’ TeamWorks team has placed first in the Skills USA National Competition.
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Eye Solution linked to InfectionAn ongoing investigation confirms a “strong association” between the use of a particular contact lens solution and increased risk of a serious eye infection. 
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Tainted Chinese Seasoning found on Snack Foods

A seasoning made from imported Chinese ingredients may be the culprit in salmonella found on recalled snack foods.

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