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Watauga County Entertains Idea of Zero Waste Plan

Last night, The Watauga County Commissioners entertained a resolution to support a countywide Zero Waste Plan. Jasmine Shoshona, on behalf of the Zero Waste Task Force, presented the resolution.

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Commissioners To Urge DOT To Move Ahead On 421 Widening

In other actions, the Watauga County Commissioners will send a resolution to the Dept. of Transportation to urge that they move up their schedule for widening Highway 421 between Highways 194 and 321.

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Child Missing From Wilkes County

Twelve-year-old Boy Scout, Michael Auberry, was rescued yesterday morning around 11am after a 4-day search. A rescue dog picked up his scent a little over a mile from his Boy Scout Troop' campsite.

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“Ole Broads” Win Adult Spelling Bee

The Boone Chamber of Commerce’s Adult Spelling Bee opened last night at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. Thirty-Two teams made up of four members each vied to show off their spelling skills and take home the big prize.

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Ski Resorts Face The End Of The Season

The warming weather marks the end of ski season at Ski Beech and Hawksnest. Both of those resorts have closed for the season. Sugar Mountain and Appalachian Ski resorts remain committed to staying open through March.

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Education Efforts Target Teen Drivers

Traffic collisions are the number one cause of death for teens. That is prompting the Highway Patrol to conduct Operation Drive To Live this week.

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ASU Honors Teacher With Brantz Award

ASU teacher Beth Marsh has received the Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching. The Assistant Director of Appalachian’s Freshman Seminar was chosen out of 31 nominees.

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13 Local Teachers Win Continuing Education Funds

Thirteen Watauga County teachers have received funds to help support their continuing education. They are recipients of the Price Deverick Scholarships for Professional Development sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and the Watauga Education Foundation.

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Pet Food Recall Affects Dogs And CatsA recent rash of food recalls has now reached pets. Menu Foods, a private label supplier of pet foods for over 40 dog and cat food brands, has issued a precautionary recall on dog and cat food manufactured between December third, 2006th and March 6th, 2007th. Full Story
Missing Elderly Couple Found In Avery County

An elderly couple from Columbus, Ohio who’d been missing since early last week were found late Thursday here in the High Country.

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Local Pharmacist Arrested On Drug Charges

The Boone Police Department Narcotics Unit has charged a pharmacist with the theft of narcotics from a local pharmacy.

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Three In Boone Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges

The Boone Police and Watauga County Sheriff Narcotics Units have arrested three people in Boone on a variety of drug charges.

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MeetingsThe Boone Chamber is holding a Lunch ‘N Learn today on Low Impact Development Strategies. It takes place at 12 noon at the Agricultural Conference Center.   Full Story
Avery County Task Force Finds Drugs At Traffic Stop

In Avery County, a new canine unit revealed controlled substances and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop. That led to the arrest of Tim Smith last week at a traffic check in Elk Park. The stop and arrest were the work of Avery County’s new Drug Task Force.

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North Carolina To Get Immigration Court

N.C. State Senator Elizabeth Dole and Rep. Sue Myrick announced Friday that the US Department of Justice is establishing a new immigration court in North Carolina.

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Fire Closes Down 321

Firefighters fought a blaze along a road construction site on Highway 321 yesterday between Waterfall and Blackberry Roads south of Blowing Rock. The fire caused Highway 321 to be shut down through rush hour.

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Ashe Sheriff Still Seeks Leads In Blevins Disappearance

Last week we reported that the Ashe County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information into the disappearance of 41-year-old Jimmy Lee Blevins. This week, the Allegheny County Dive Team, Ashe County Rescue Squad and Sheriff’s office conducted an underwater search in the New River.

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Ashe County Man Faces Charges In Ashe County And Florida

A high-speed chase Sunday in Ashe County came to a conclusion in Florida Wednesday. Deputies spotted 20-year-old Matthew Alexander of Allegheny County driving on NC16 this past Sunday. When the deputies tried to stop Alexander due to several outstanding misdemeanor warrants he engaged them in a high-speed chase.

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Highway Patrol Out En Force This Weekend

March madness settles in this weekend.  Some folks will travel to friends’ homes or sports bars to watch.

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