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Memorial Day in the High Country

It’s the last Monday in May, and that means Memorial Day.

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Lenoir man drowns in Lake Rhodhiss

A Lenoir man died yesterday afternoon while attempting to swim across a 100 ft cove on Lake Rhodhiss, according to statements from Caldwell Sheriff’s Office.

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Missing Ashe Soldier found after 63 years

Ashe County’s Lawrence Burkett left for war in 1944. His remains were not found until last year in a forgotten trench in Germany.

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Local artist to exhibit at Turchin

Starting June 1, the ASU Turchin Center for the Visual Arts will highlight a local artist whose influence in Boone has been legendary.

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Congratulations WHS class of 2007 

At 7:30 in the Holmes Convocation Center, Watauga High School’s senior class will celebrate graduation.

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Sugar Mountain Annexation a no-go

Last week, Judge James Downs ruled the forced annexation of several areas around the Village of Sugar Mountain was unlawful.

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Sugar Annexation ruled illegal

Superior Court Judge James Downs has made his decision on Sugar Mountain annexation. The Norwood family tract was among the properties forcibly annexed.

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Thief steals wedding, engagement rings

A week ago yesterday, someone entered a residence at Dovick Drive in Banner Elk and stole $350 in cash, and engagement ring and wedding ring. The rings were valued at approximately $2,750. The suspect gained entry by moving a fan that was against a window.

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Weedeating Crimes in Watauga

A weedeater was stolen between May 6 and May 16 from Ralph Wilson Road.

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Carwash theft in Vilas

Tuesday, two change machines were damaged at Vilas Carwash.

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Optimist club ‘Officer of the Year’

Watauga County Sheriff’s Office’s Sgt. James Wesley Hawkins is this year’s recipient of the Boone Optimist Club’s coveted Officer of the Year award.

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Disabled American Veterans out this weekend

Today, Saturday and Monday, Watauga County’s  Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 90 will be out en force- just in time for Memorial Day.

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Shelters react to kitten season

It’s the season for kittens and puppies.

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Rubbery Ducky Race

Calling all duckies!

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Saturday- a great day for pets

Saturday is a great day to have pets in Watauga County. Not only has the “Spring Fling” Pet Show at the Dog Park been rescheduled for this weekend, but a valuable class for pet-owners kicks off.

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Bullying in the General Assembly

A measure that would require administrators to develop bullying policies for schools is going through the General Assembly this week.

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Senate takes on Speeders

The Senate approved a measure that would limit how many times speeders could plead to a particular lesser charge.

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Blue Scholars named

Brianna Fleming and Kinsey Spencer, seniors at Watauga High School, were the recipients of the first ever John & Ruth Blue Scholarship Endowment.

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New WHS hearing addresses sewage stench issue

Optimism was contagious at the hearing for the new Watauga High School, held last night in the current high school’s auditorium.

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