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Pets strut stuff on Saturday

A unique event hits the High Country Saturday. The Watauga Humane Society is having a pet show!

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Former State House Speaker Jim Black to be sentenced

A federal judge is considering a hefty sentence for former state House speaker Jim Black.

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ASU's Greene receives UNC Board of Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award

ASU's own Melanie Greene has received the 2007 UNC Board of Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award.

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State-wide smoking ban flops in House

House members voted 61-55 against a measure that would ban smoking in many public areas across North Carolina.

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Too much work, not enough weekendLet's toss out the five-day workweek and replace it with a five-day weekend. That's the campaign message of a group calling itself Friends of the Five Day Weekend.   Full Story
Gorge fire spreads

Firefighters Wednesday are reassessing their containment plan for a wildfire near Linville Gorge after it spread overnight.

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Board rejects Templeton's Request

Last night marked the end of Boone's hottest controversy this year as Board of Adjustment members voted down developer Phil Templeton's proposal 5-3.

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Economic impact of MerleFest sets record


The numbers are in and total participation at this year’s MerleFest reached 76,558.

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Fire continues to char Linville Gorge area


A wildfire that began last Wednesday near Linville Gorge is still hanging on, according to U.S. Forest Service Information officer Dyan Bone.

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6 people arrested for break-ins

Watauga County Sheriff's Office has arrested 6 individuals in connection with breaking and enterings that occurred in the Heavenly Mountain section of Watauga County.

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Last day of exams, ASU, Lees-McRae

Boone is about to get a lot less crowded. Today is the last day of exams for Appalachian State University students.

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State considers creating health insurance pool for chronically ill

A bill up for house approval would require the state to create a special health insurance pool for thousands of chronically ill people who are uninsured or can’t afford coverage.

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Turchin to host Shooting Stars Exhibit

A new exhibit is coming to ASU’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. The same gallery that has featured Picasso will host Watauga schools’ student work as part of the Shooting Stars exhibit.

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Student team from ASU wins $75,000 EPA award

A team of students from Appalachian State University has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's P3 award, for the second consecutive year.

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Woman pulls gun on Avery deputy A 911 call near Banner Elk resulted in a close call for Avery County sheriff's sergeant Mike Ellenburg last week. Full Story
Newland traffic stop yields drug charges Also in Avery County, a traffic stop in Newland resulted in drug possession charges. Full Story
Gorge fire acreage less than anticipated

Firefighters from the Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team took over control of operations yesterday on a fire that has been raging since Wednesday near Linville Gorge.

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WAMY helps community get healthy

WAMY, or Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey, has expanded its home gardening project.

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Daniel Boone Gardens open today

It’s time to enjoy the sunshine, and Daniel Boone Native Gardens is the perfect location for a picnic.

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