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Astrophysicist Looks For New Planets

This week’s full moon and mostly clear skies has had folks out in yards and along the parkway observing the beautiful spring sky. ASU Professor Richard Gray is looking for something a little more than beauty.

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Appalcart Goes On Holiday Schedule

Local mass transit is going on holiday schedule for Easter. Appalcart will reduce its schedule starting tomorrow.

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First 2007 Hurricane Season Predictions Say Active Year

The advent of spring means that hurricane season is just around the corner. William Gray of Colorado State University has predicted a very active hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.

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May 28th Named Community Pride Week

If all this talk about cooler temperatures has you putting spring cleaning on hold, you might consider waiting until the week of May 28th. That has officially been named Community Pride Week in Watauga County.

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Eleven Watauga County Students Going To Governor’s School

Watauga High School is sending eleven students to Governor’s School this summer. The students were selected base on their performance for the state’s program for the academically gifted.

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Celebrity Serve Raises Over $47,000 Dollars

Last week’s Celebrity Serve is really setting records.

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West Jefferson Postmaster In Washington

The times, they are a’changing for the US Postal Service with the advent of email, instant messaging, and competitive overnight mail services. Last month, over 1,000 US Postmasters gathered in Washington, DC to discuss with lawmakers changes and improvements they believe will mean better service for anyone using the nation’s mail. 

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Blowing Rock Stage Company Students Will Keep Appalachian Cultural Museum Stories Alive

The Blowing Rock Stage Company’s Summer Theatre Camp is taking enrollment. The camp plans a production each year and this one proves to be special. Students at the camp will bring to life stories from the Appalachian Cultural Museum, which is currently closed due to lack of space.

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Rep. Tarleton Offers Clarification On Real Estate Flyers

State Rep. Cullie Tarleton visited our offices to respond to claims about new taxes made in flyers being distributed by the NC Association of Realtors.  The flyers claim that the legislature is considering a new home transfer tax.

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ASU Board Of Trustees Elects Deal Board Chair

The Appalachian State University Board of Trustees gathered for their quarterly meeting last Thursday and Friday. Board Committees met Thursday, and the Board met as a whole on Friday for committee reports and to conduct general board business.

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Watauga And Ashe Commissioners Meet Today

The Watauga County Commissioners will meet this morning in their first regularly scheduled meeting of the month. That meeting will take place at 9am at the County Administration Building on King Street in Boone.

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February Unemployment Report Generally Positive

The State Employment Security Commission has released State and County unemployment figures for February. The state rate dropped to 4.5%, the lowest level in six years. Employment Security Commission Director, Larry Parker, said that 69 of the state’s 100 counties saw their unemployment levels drop in February.

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Gas Prices Driving Cost of Driving Up

Gas prices continue to rise across the nation. Gas prices here  in the High Country are reaching almost $2.60 per gallon and are expected to continue to drift upward during the spring and summer travel seasons.

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Ashe County Youth Goes To Spelling Bee Nationals

A High Country youth is on his way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.  After four years of intense local and regional competition, 12-year-old Josiah Wright of Ashe County won this year’s Regionals in Winston-Salem to gain a chance at the national competition May 30th.

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Another Scam In Watauga

Another scam to report in Watauga County. The Sheriff’s Office reports a scam involving a white man in his mid 30’s who goes to a residence and requests work doing roofing, vinyl siding and window replacement. He asks the homeowner for payment in advance.

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ASU Board Of Trustees Meet Today

Appalachian State University’s Board Of Trustees gathers today for their quarterly meeting. Committees have been meeting since yesterday. The full board meets today at 10:30 at the Broyhill Inn.

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Celebrity Serve Results In

The results are still coming in, but early indicators show that this year’s Celebrity Serve was a tremendous success. With a few participating restaurants still to report their totals, this year’s event has raised over $43,000 dollars to benefit Watauga County Make A Wish Foundation.

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Help Fill Empty Bowls Two Ways Tomorrow

If you missed the Celebrity Serve, you still have a chance to dine out for a good cause. Tomorrow brings the Watauga High School Empty Bowls Supper to fight hunger.

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Donald Trump Visits North Carolina

The Donald has been visiting North Carolina this week.

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