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Bowles visit prompts more UNC Hickory talk

A visit from University of North Carolina System President Erskine Bowles this week had more Hickory residents talking about a possible UNC Hickory. 

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Leaf peepers, festivals, draw them to Avery

The Avery/Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for leaf tourists.

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Chemical Spill on Old Mabel School Road: Not realSirens and rescue workers may have caught your attention near Old Mabel School Road in Watauga County yesterday. 
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Bless your petIt’s time for the annual “Blessing of the Animals.”
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Golf Tournament TodayThe 4th Annual Elk Shoals Camp Classic Golf Tournament is today.  Full Story
Watauga Lake TriathlonThere’s still time to prepare for the Watauga Lake Triathlon.  Full Story
Ashe County Harvest RunA 5k run as well as a 1-Mile Fun Run also kicks off Saturday.
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MOCK Chemical Spill on Old Mabel School RoadWatauga County Emergency Management personnel are conducting an emergency drill on Old Mabel School Road. Full Story
Cocaine Bust at Ingles Food

Lora Elizabeth WalkerWatauga County Sheriff’s Office deputies say they have another drug dealer in custody.

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Mr. Yates goes to Washington

Local tree grower and former President of the North Carolina Association of Christmas Tree Farmers Harry Yates is in Washington today, and he’s a man with a mission.

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Not a Pipe Dream premieres tonightAppalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is premiering its latest production tonight: This is Not a Pipe Dream by Barry Kornhauser.  Full Story
Police still seek suspect

Appalachian State University Police are still looking for a man they believe is responsible for the armed theft of three wallets Monday.

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Grandfather Mountain: Hot SeptemberAverage highs for the month of September broke records on Grandfather Mountain.  Full Story
Watauga gears up for Boone Election

One stop voting is going on right now at the Watauga County Board of Elections and the Agricultural Conference Center, and, according to Director Jane Hodges, everything’s going well.


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Dancing for charities

Need some yard work done? Western Youth Network director Jennifer Grubb has some ideas of how you can get it done cheaply- and help a good cause.

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McCoy named Human Resource Services directorChancellor Kenneth Peacock announced yesterday that Patrick McCoy has been named new director of Human Resources Services at Appalachian State University, 
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ASU helps Burke foreign languages

A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will soon allow public school students in Burke County to expand their foreign language options.

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Duke energy offers coupons for compact fluorescentsDuke Energy Corporation has partnered with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and General Electric Co. to begin handing out coupons to encourage customers to use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
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Council of State will not reconsider execution processThe Council of State met yesterday and decided not to revisit North Carolina’s method of executing death row inmates. 
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