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Power is BACK ON!

Lights are on in Avery County- after a two hour delay.

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Be patient, Mountain Electric saysSubstations are out in Banner Elk, Cranberry, Linville and Newland according to Mountain Electric spokesmen. Full Story
No progress made in Seven Devils golf course debate

The golf course debate is "to be continued."

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Shortoff fire: Under control

A month after starting from a lightning strike on June 8- the wildfire at Shortoff Mountain is officially under control.

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194 partially closed TODAY

Due to drainage improvements, N.C. Highway 194 is closed today south of the Hopewell Church Road intersection. The closure is expected to last until Thursday at 7 a.m.

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ASU police look for sexual assault suspectAppalachian State University police are still on the lookout for an unknown black male believed to have assaulted a student in Trivette Hall last week. 
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Cookout ends in double stabbingA family cookout ended in a knife fight in Wilkesboro.
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Wilkes mother investigated- may have let kids drink, do drugsAllegations against a Wilkes mother have inspired an investigation by both the Department of Social Services and Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. 
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Hold onto your broomsticks- Harry Potter comes to town

Midnight marks the highly anticipated opening of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in select theatres- including Boone’s Regal Cinemas.

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Blazing Saddles wants you to win ASU Football season ticketsTickets for Blazing Saddles’ raffle are selling quickly- and with great prizes like a package of season tickets for ASU Football and Tweetsie Railroad tickets- it’s not surprising. 
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Book donations accepted at Horn in the West office

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association is more than the parent organization for acclaimed outdoor drama Horn in the West. I

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ATV rider arrested in chase that injured state trooper

A Wilkes ATV rider was arrested over the weekend- and deputies believe the man to be responsible in an ATV-related incident that left a state trooper injured.

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Avery Fire Commission: Letter in defense of contract

The following letter from Fire Commission member Danny Clark addresses contract conflicts with fire departments in Avery County.

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Reminder- Highway 194 partially closes

A quick reminder- due to drainage improvements- N.C. Highway 194 will close tomorrow at 7 a.m. just south of the intersection of Hopewell Church Road. The closure is expected to last until Thursday at 7 a.m.

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Doc Watson visits Cove Creek

Cove Creek had a couple guitar-wielding visitors today- flat picking virtuoso Doc Watson among them.

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Boone Police- Tips on avoiding identity theft

“We all are aware of the fact that identity theft exists,” Captain William Greene of the Boone Police Department said.

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Seven Devils Town Council- Golf Course on the Agenda

The Town of Seven Devils plans to hold its regular town council meeting this evening at 5:30, and the golf course will be on the agenda.

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Cleaning Service may have obtained personal information- identity theft suspected

Boone police officers say they know who used a San Diego woman’s personal information to obtain a credit card- and the suspect is from the High Country.

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Commission Chair says situation "blown out of proportion"

Fire Commission Chair Daryl Smith says he knows why fire departments have taken issue with this year’s contracts in Avery County.


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