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Ronda turns 100The town of Ronda celebrated its centennial over the weekend.
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8-year-old inspires drug chargesAn eight-year-old girl attracted the attention of Wilkesboro police last week.
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N.C. Bar Association elects new presidentThe North Carolina Bar Association elected a Raleigh attorney to lead the group, the first black male attorney to serve as its president.  Full Story
Flames at Shortoff have a benefitNow that nearly 2,000 acres burning on Shortoff Mountain are under control, firefighters and biologists are looking at the bright side.
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Estes lawyer could face sanctionsGary Triggs, defense attorney for Avery County murder suspect Gloria Hughes Estes, is scheduled to appear before the North Carolina Bar Association’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission on August 30 and 31.  Full Story
Bear goes mattress shoppingEarlier this week, a bear went mattress shopping in Boone.  Full Story
Pickup stolen in WilkesEmpire Chrysler in Wilkes County reported a $43,000 Dodge 2500 Quad Cab Pickup stolen this week.  Full Story
3 Avery men face lynching charges

A Rock Hill police report alleges that three men attacked a couple at Rock Hill’s River Park early this month. The charge is lynching.

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Avery Museum acquires Original Tweetsie Depot

The Avery County Museum has recently made a very large and very unique acquisition: The Original Tweetsie Depot.

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McHenry to vote to uphold President Bush’s Stem Cell Research Veto

Avery County Congressman Patrick McHenry has pledged to vote to uphold President Bush’s veto of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which directs taxpayer money to fund, according to McHenry, the destruction of human embryos for research purposes.

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Body found in Lake RhodhissA body found in Lake Rhodhiss has been identified as 22-year-old Timothy Smith of Church Street in Caldwell County. 
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Mountains need more rainWhile statements from Governor Mike Easley says the water supply can handle the drought right now- conservation methods should be employed by citizens in counties classified under a severe drought. 
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No alcohol for Black

A federal judge has ordered 72-year-old former House Speaker Jim Black to abstain from alcohol and to remain in western North Carolina as he awaits his sentencing next month.

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Bill inspired by Black case passes HouseA bill inspired by the scandal surrounding former House speaker Jim Black passed the House by a vote of 107 to 0. 
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Seven Devils to go forward with lease plan

Seven Devils met with the Cottom family, owners of the former golf course, and community members today to discuss the possibility of leasing part of the ski property during the summer months for a golf course.

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Avery man in custody under $35,000 bondAn update on a story we introduced yesterday- An Avery County man has been charged with 2nd degree rape and incest. Full Story
U.S. Forest Service reopens hiking trails

The entire western side of the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area is now open to hikers. This includes the Table Rock picnic area.

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Catawba Man dies in Iraq

A Catawba County man has died from wounds suffered from a roadside bomb that exploded in Iraq.

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Yo-yoer Yo-yos his way to the top

12-year-old Fred Siegmund of Valle Crucis is not your average yo-yoer.

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