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Speed enforcement increases in November

Highway patrol is giving drivers a new reason to slow down this month.


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Grant may mean more jobsA Granite Falls company will receive a 1.8 million dollar grant to build “Smart Containers”- and that’s good news for the area economy. 
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Ring that bell

It takes a special person to be a Salvation Army bell ringer. Just ask Jerry Walker who’s heading up the volunteer effort in Watauga.


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Boone police still looking for Veterans’ Day VandalsBoone Police are still looking for the person or persons responsible for a Veterans’ Day break in at V.F.W. Post 7031. Full Story
Police question Hickory woman’s injuries

An update on a story we brought you yesterday- Hickory police are trying to determine what happened to a woman found beaten in her apartment on Third Avenue.

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Blue Ridge Parkway forms college chapterFriends of the Blue Ridge Parkway announced the formation of its first college chapter at Appalachian State University.
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Hand count decides Beech Mountain: 65-64

Director Jane Hodges feeds ballots into the machine during canvassing.It took a hand count to determine the third seat on the Beech Mountain Town Council.

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Election Canvassing Today

Today’s the day election results become official.

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Wait no longer for The Waiting RoomDark comedy The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer premieres tonight in the Valborg Theatre.  Full Story
Woman attacked in HickoryA water meter checker discovered a woman, bruised and bloody in an apartment building on Third Avenue in Hickory yesterday morning.
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Salmonella outbreak containedHealth officials in Catawba County say a salmonella outbreak that may have resulted in 176 ill people has been contained.
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New sales tax in CatawbaA new sales tax goes into effect April 1 in Catawba County.
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Highway hearing set

N.C. Highway 88 between Jefferson and Smethport will soon see much needed improvements.

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West Jefferson starts thinking about Christmas… in JulyWith just over a month until Christmas, the town of West Jefferson has already started thinking about Christmas in July 2008. 
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Coach candidate makes Veteran’s Day stop

Coach Carter talks to veterans Sunday.Coach Roy Carter, Democratic challenger to Republican Representative Virginia Foxx, paid a visit to Boone for Veteran’s Day.

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Veterans Day comes to the High Country

Veterans Day is an important tradition in the High Country Sheriff Len Hagaman says.

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Election Canvassing Tuesday will decide Beech Mountain

Election canvassing is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow. Thursday’s sample recount once again proved the efficiency of Watauga’s voting machines.

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Peabody’s Charity Wine Tasting Expo a Success

Newly elected Boone Town Council members Stephen Phillips and Liz Aycock enjoy the festivities. Some of the High Country’s finest gathered Saturday at the Broyhill for good food and wine- and it was all for charity.



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Grant will help history come aliveNeva Specht, an associate professor in the department of history at Appalachian State University, has a new way to get students excited about history. 
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