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Trooper says increase your following distance

Sgt. David Searcy with Highway Patrol has some tips drivers need to think about when driving in inclement weather.


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Still time for a flu shot!

It’s still flu season.


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Burn ban lifted: Permits available

A quick reminder: Despite a statewide drought, the burn ban was lifted at 5 p.m. yesterday.

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DMV tightens antique car policy

Custom-built and antique cars must be inspected and photographed before receiving a title, DMV officials said yesterday.

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New Year’s Assault Hospitalizes One

Watauga deputies had a busy New Year’s Day.

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Winter wonderland complicates commuteA winter storm that rang in the New Year has made commuting difficult today.
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Burning Ban to lift todayDespite a statewide drought, the burning ban will be lifted at 5 p.m. today. Full Story
New Year starts off WhiteThe High Country started its New Year white. 
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New Year- New life: Watauga, Wilkes New Year's babiesThe official Watauga County New Year’s baby came into the world just after 7 a.m. yesterday morning.
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Not too late to resolve to quit

While New Year’s Day is over- it’s not too late to make quitting smoking your New Year’s resolution.

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Sleep disruptions could boost diabetes riskA new study may encourage you to make sleeping better a New Year’s resolution.
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January is National Mentoring Month: Get involvedJanuary marks National Mentoring Month, and Ashe County Cooperative Extension wants you to get involved.
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Statewide drought updateDespite wintry precipitation, 78 of the state’s 100 counties remain in the most intense category of drought: exceptional. 
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New state laws, effective yesterday, smoking, immigration checksThe New Year brings about 40 new laws to North Carolina. 
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Maiden Water Tower shotOfficials in Maiden tell Aisling Broadcasting that hundreds of thousands of gallons of water may be lost due to bullet holes discovered Monday. 
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Use care on highwaysWhile no weather-related accidents have been reported (as of 10 p.m.), Watauga deputies urge you to use care on the highways.
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Drug Bust case goes federal

The investigation into a drug bust near the Food Lion on Highway 421 in Boone has been adopted by the U.S. Attorney’s District Office in Charlotte, Boone Police Captain William Greene says.

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Man travels 93 in a 45 mph zone, deputies say

A man faces severe speeding charges after allegedly traveling at speeds of up to 93 mph in a 45 mph zone.

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South Carolina Fugitive Apprehended in Watauga

Watauga County Sheriff’s Office has released information regarding a South Carolina fugitive apprehended in the High Country last week.

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