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5-foot tall marijuana plant in yard leads to drug chargesDeputies responded to a home on Congo Road in Wilkes County over the weekend after receiving tips about a possible marijuana growing operation.
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Construction led to computer theftsConstruction at West Wilkes High School is believed to be responsible for security breaches that resulted in the alleged theft of $12,300 worth of computer equipment.
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YMCA looks for community support

YMCA wants to start construction of its indoor pool in Avery County- and is looking for local communities to support the effort.

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Prosecutors say Black received $500,000 from lobbyistAccording to federal prosecutors, former House Speaker Jim Black received $500,000 from an unidentified lobbyist for his 2000 campaign. Full Story
Committee agrees to Medicaid expense planThe Senate Finance Committee has agreed to a plan where the state of North Carolina would take over Medicaid expenses currently covered by individual counties by mid-2009.
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Victims' families plead for Fetal Homicide Bill

A bill that would make it a separate crime to kill an unborn baby met impassioned support from victims’ relatives yesterday in Raleigh.

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Power is BACK ON!

Lights are on in Avery County- after a two hour delay.

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Be patient, Mountain Electric saysSubstations are out in Banner Elk, Cranberry, Linville and Newland according to Mountain Electric spokesmen. Full Story
No progress made in Seven Devils golf course debate

The golf course debate is "to be continued."

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Shortoff fire: Under control

A month after starting from a lightning strike on June 8- the wildfire at Shortoff Mountain is officially under control.

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194 partially closed TODAY

Due to drainage improvements, N.C. Highway 194 is closed today south of the Hopewell Church Road intersection. The closure is expected to last until Thursday at 7 a.m.

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ASU police look for sexual assault suspectAppalachian State University police are still on the lookout for an unknown black male believed to have assaulted a student in Trivette Hall last week. 
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Cookout ends in double stabbingA family cookout ended in a knife fight in Wilkesboro.
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Wilkes mother investigated- may have let kids drink, do drugsAllegations against a Wilkes mother have inspired an investigation by both the Department of Social Services and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. 
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Hold onto your broomsticks- Harry Potter comes to town

Midnight marks the highly anticipated opening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in select theatres- including Boone’s Regal Cinemas.

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Blazing Saddles wants you to win ASU Football season ticketsTickets for Blazing Saddles’ raffle are selling quickly- and with great prizes like a package of season tickets for ASU Football and Tweetsie Railroad tickets- it’s not surprising. 
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Book donations accepted at Horn in the West office

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association is more than the parent organization for acclaimed outdoor drama Horn in the West. I

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ATV rider arrested in chase that injured state trooper

A Wilkes ATV rider was arrested over the weekend- and deputies believe the man to be responsible in an ATV-related incident that left a state trooper injured.

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Avery Fire Commission: Letter in defense of contract

The following letter from Fire Commission member Danny Clark addresses contract conflicts with fire departments in Avery County.

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