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Pisgah Fire Contained

A fire that started near Pinnacle Trail and has burned more than 2,400 acres in Pisgah National Forest since April 25 is now fully contained according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Happy Arbor Day!

It’s Arbor Day, and Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson was excited to see second graders from Parkway Elementary and Appalachian Christian School at this morning’s celebration. She believes it's important to teach kids at an early age to love trees. She's not the only one.

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Bush to recognize military wife

 Today, President George Bush recognized six volunteers to commemorate Military Spouse Day. Among those he presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to was North Carolina’s Shannon Maxwell.

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Lower level will be commercial, Boone Town Council says

At last night’s Boone Town Council and Boone Area Planning Commission’s Quarterly meeting, the Council and Commission took steps to preserve the downtown business district. 

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Deer Dilemma in Lenoir

Lenoir Police Department got a call this week about a deer causing a traffic hazard on Creekway Drive. According to Lt. Rodney Jordan, it appeared the deer had been raised as a pet.

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West King Street to close May 14

Starting Monday, May 14, the Public Utilities Department will be closing West King Street/Highway 421 in front of the Mast General Store for water and sewer repairs.

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Butterfly Festival in Hudson

Hudson celebrates spring tomorrow with its Butterfly Festival. It’s an event not to be missed, according to co-coordinator Bill Warren.

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Wilson Creek Cleanup Saturday

Wilson Creek Faithful encourages you to come out to Wilson Creek Saturday for a day of outdoor fun- and don’t worry, garbage bags will be provided.

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Hambro buys Broyhill Plant in Caldwell

Hambro Forest Products of Crescent City, California, has agreed to purchase the Broyhill particleboard manufacturing facility in Lenoir.

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Landowner workshop in Boone

Landowners in Western North Carolina are in for a treat on Friday, June 1.

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Stamp price increase

If you have snail-mail correspondence- do it today.

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Appalachian Community Music School Recital

Students in the Community Music School program at Appalachian State University will present their spring recital on Sunday.

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Commission talks trash

The Litter Reduction Act of 2007 has met the approval of Watauga County Commissioners.

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Boone Town Council and Boone Area Planning Commission host spring hearing

The Boone Town Council and Boone Area Planning Commission will host the spring quarterly hearing tonight at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.

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Caldwell murder suspect denied bond for the second time

A Caldwell County Superior Court judge refused to set a bond for 20-year-old murder suspect Rashad Donte Jordan of Lenoir.

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Electric saw causes fire, Marshal says

A fire that resulted in $85,000 worth of property damage at Discover Advertising in North Wilkesboro earlier this week started when an electric saw on charge overheated, according to Wilkes Fire Marshal Nick Hamby.

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ID your pet!

The Watauga County Humane Society is sponsoring a microchip clinic on Saturday from 11:30 to noon at Animal Medical Center in Boone.

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Red meat may increase breast cancer risk

Bad news for women who like their barbeque- a University of South Carolina study found postmenopausal women who consumed the most grilled, barbecued or smoked red meat over their lifetime have a 47 percent increased risk of breast cancer.

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North Carolina to track emissions

North Carolina has teamed up with a volunteer climate registry for reporting emissions. The registry helps states track their progress in release reduction.

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