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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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Watauga, Ashe Advance; Avery Falls Short

Watauga 42, Alexander Central 14

Watauga routed Alexander Central Friday  on the ground and in the air. Adam Chiarolanzio tossed three touchdowns, and Watauga, led by Eric Breitenstein's 140 yards, ran for 213 yards in this first round of the playoffs. Chiarolanzio also returned a fumble recovery.

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Fourth accident victim diesAn accident that took three lives last month has claimed a fourth.
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Boone hires new police officerbrackenridge_11.8.07_small.jpgBoone Police Department swore in a new officer this week. 32-year-old Katrina "Kat" Joy Brackenridge is the newest member of the team. A graduate of Radford University, Brackenridge is originally from Alleghany County, Virginia. Full Story
Blue Ridge Electric awards Bright Ideas GrantsBlue Ridge Electric awarded area teachers more than $6,000 in Bright Idea grant money yesterday. Full Story
Optimists recognize Outstanding Youths

As part of Youth Appreciation week, Boone Optimists Club recognized eight Watauga students last night.

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Sugar still pumping snow

Sugar Mountain Ski Resort’s still pumping snow and expects a busy ski weekend.

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7th Annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony at Avery County High SchoolThe 7th Annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony convenes at the gym of Avery County High School at 10 a.m.
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Ashe Woodworking wins Small Business AwardThe Ashe County Chamber of Commerce has awarded its Small Business of the Year award to Ashe Woodworking of Lansing.
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Senate approves Dole veterans resolutionSenator Elizabeth Dole’s most recent piece of legislation met Senate approval this week. 
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Water use decreased by 30 percentAs we reported yesterday, Governor Mike Easley’s challenge to North Carolinians was heard. Full Story
Toys destroyed in blazeA fire at an unoccupied home on Celia Creek Road in Gamewell yesterday destroyed several antique toys.
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Wear orange in the woods

 The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wishes to remind hunters that in North Carolina they are required to wear blaze orange in the woods. 

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State still analyzing water conservation results

Last month, Governor Mike Easley asked North Carolinians to try to cut their water use by as much as 50 percent by Halloween.  

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