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The spirit of Scotland lives

      The 52nd annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games may have concluded on Sunday, but the spirit of Scotland still lives here in the High Country.

     

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First the Bear- then the Grizzly: A ‘brutal’ race to the finishAfter finishing eleventh in last Thursday night’s Bear footrace, 29-year-old Andy Micheltree of Blowing Rock placed first in Friday’s Grizzly bike race. 
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Google providing jobs

Since announcing plans to build a 220-acre site in Lenoir six months ago, Google has already provided work for eleven businesses, including six based in North Carolina.

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Golf Academy focuses on Junior GolfersThe Sam Adams Golf Academy is open for business at RedTail Mountain.
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Avery County needs a plan to prevent forest fires, Shoupe says

 

N.C. Forest Service’s Joe Shoupe has closely monitored wildfires in other areas- and fears Avery County’s continued growth may complicate firefighters’ efforts to fight a potential wildfire.


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Anderson jury continues deliberationsDeliberations continue when the murder trial of Caldwell County’s Jerry Anderson continues today in Gaston County. 
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Laptop stolen while family at churchLast week, a Wilkes family was the victim of an alleged theft while at church. 
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Caldwell Deputy Honored

Sgt. Chris Hatton of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has received a statewide honor: Narcotics Officer of the Year.

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Clans gather for Games

Sounds of bagpipes cut through the highlands of Grandfather Mountain yesterday, marking the 52nd annual gathering of Scottish clans in the High Country.

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First-timers beat the Bear785 runners participated in the 13th annual running of the Bear on Grandfather Mountain.
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ASU at odds with town over Education Building

While funding for Appalachian State University’s new college of education building is not official- the debate for the structure’s location is on.

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ASU still looking for predator

Appalachian State University Police are still looking for information on a sexual battery that happened near Trivette Hall last week.

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Tot Lot: Could open next week!

Mulch and border timbers are being put in place at the Boone Tot Lot- well ahead of schedule, according to Parks and Recreation’s Stephen Poulos.

 

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Ashe may change its Wind Ordinance

  Monday marks a public hearing regarding Ashe County’s wind ordinance.

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Play ‘fore’ Relay for Life

Relay for Life is on its way to Mountain City- and the Positive Thinkers club is helping it along with their 5th annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament at Red Tail Mountain.

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Veteran sentenced in murder of Ashe woman

Johnson County native Steven Douglas Cochran pled guilty this week to the murder of Leona Blythe “Lee” Schilling, a West Jefferson woman murdered in 2005.

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Jurors deliberate Anderson’s fateAfter a day of closing statements, the jury began deliberations yesterday in the first-degree murder trial of Sawmills farmer Jerry Anderson.  Full Story
 
Hope After Dope

Local evangelist Curtis Presnell hopes he has found a new way to make a difference.

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Fire Commission chair defends budget- says no contract debate tonight

Avery Fire Commission chair Daryl Smith said accusations that the Fire Commission mismanaged fire tax money are unfounded.


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