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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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DOT plans Caldwell highway project

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has proposed a plan for Caldwell County roads that has met little opposition from citizens.

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Carefree Companies is 2007 Business of the Year

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce presented Scott Porter and The Carefree Companies with its 2007 Business of the Year Award yesterday.

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Boards review new Watauga High School plans

It’s been years in the making, but Watauga may be one step closer to a new high school.

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Watauga approves “Tot Lot”

After a lengthy debate, Watauga County Commissioners approved the purchase of playground equipment for the “Tot Lot,”

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Sugar Grove man charged in break-in

Watauga County sheriff’s detectives say they know who broke into Stone Mountain Grocery in the Bethel Community on Sunday.

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Ham Shoppe and Four Seasons Décor broken into

Sunday, a break-in at the Ham Shoppe and Four Seasons Décor in Valle Crucis was discovered.

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No tax increase for Ashe County

There may be good news for Ashe County taxpayers.

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AppalCart reported largest ridership in April

AppalCART, the Boone public transportation authority, reported the largest ridership ever

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Last day of school for Watauga

School’s out for the summer- soon.

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Contest to design N.C. plates

“First in Flight” may disappear from North Carolina license plates.

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Police still investigating Kangaroo Express incident

Boone police are still trying to find out what happened early yesterday morning at the Kangaroo Express.

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Rehabilitation at Gorge continues

 Rehabilitation efforts by firefighters assigned to the Pisgah wildfire will continue today.

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ABC store site announced in West Jefferson

The ABC Board has asked the West Jefferson Town Council for the old Centura bank building to be the site for the highly anticipated ABC store.

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Open auditions for Miracle on the Mountain

Calling all actors! Open auditions for the premiere of the outdoor drama Miracle on the Mountain are tonight at 6 p.m. at the Sloop Chapel on the Crossnore School campus.

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Western NC hit by furniture manufacturing drop

As cheap foreign imports have flooded the market, the number of furniture manufacturing jobs in western North Carolina has dropped by nearly two-thirds this decade.

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