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Opera Debuts At Hayes Center Tonight

According to Hayes Center Director, Jeff Clark, the Hayes Center will continue to bring in other performances and performers from outside the region. For example, tonight opens a weekend of opera that results from a partnership between the Hayes Center, Blowing Rock Stage Company, and ASU’s Schools of Music, and Theatre and Dance.

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Scammer in the AreaThe Watauga County Sheriff’s office has received a report of  a scam that is occurring in Watauga, Wilkes and Iredell Counties. The scam involves a black male, approximately 55 years old driving a White Honda Civic. Full Story
Construction Accident Endangers Life

A worker fell about 35 feet yesterday at a construction site in the Bishop’s Ridge Development between Boone and Blowing Rock.

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Avery County Adds Charges To Boone Drug Case

Three people arrested in Boone last week for selling drugs were charged this week with opium sales in Avery County. The Avery County Drug Task Force has charged Heidi Hayes and Charles Sailors of Boone and James Walker of North Wilkesboro with Opium trafficking.

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Tourism Continues To Grow

Gov. Easley’s office reported yesterday that 2006 brought North Carolina the biggest increase in tourism revenue since 1990.

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High Country Pets And Owners Feel Effects Of Tainted Pet Food

The recently discovered tainted pet food is affecting High Country pets and their owners. Wayne Cannon’s four-year-old dog, Oreo used to accompanying him on walks, ride his shoulders on strolls through the farmer’s market, even play basketball.

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Celebrity Serve Draws

Folks dined out all day yesterday to help raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation. They were thanked for their trouble with a little celebrity service. 

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Watauga County To Sell Two Historic Houses and To Buy Property For High School

Watauga County may sell two houses with long histories in the high country. The Commissioners have discussed plans to sell the house commonly referred to as the Brookshire house currently located on the Brookshire Park property.

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Survey Reveals Possible Graves At New High School Site

A recent Archeologist’s survey is suggesting that 19 gravesites rest on the new Watauga High School property. While the survey has not shown bones or confirmed the presence of bodies, geologist Keith Seramur says that radar imaging is revealing grave features, including grave shapes with settled and sunken dirt.

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Unseasonably High Temps Break Records on Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain reported record daily high temperatures March 23rd, 24th and 25th according to the official US Weather Service Reporting Station. Located on the Mile High Bridge, the reporting stations’ recorded highs of 65 degrees March 23 broke a previous record of 63 degrees in 1971.

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ASU Announces Graduation Date

Appalachian State University has announced that this year’s spring graduation will take place May 5th and 6th. Each degree-granting college or school will hold their own ceremony.

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Blowing Rock Hosts Trout Derby and Wine Festival

Blowing Rock will bring folks in during April. Trout fishing season opens April 7th…and that means the 28th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby. The weekend begins with their famous fish fry Friday Night April 6th at the Blowing Rock Emergency Services complex downtown.

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Watauga County Revenues Higher Than Expected

Watauga County’s revenues for this fiscal year are turning out to be higher than expected. The Commissioners have learned that sales tax revenues could be $180,000 more than originally estimated.

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ASU Campus and Boone Police Urge Citizens to Take Caution

Someone has been scaring women on the ASU campus and in downtown Boone. A perpetrator described to be a white male about 5 feet 5 inches wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood on has surprised women on two occasions on the ASU campus and one occasion in downtown Boone by pulling their pants down.

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Senator Dole Representative To Hold Office Hours In High Country

US Senator Elizabeth Dole is holding constituent days in both Avery and Watauga Counties this week. A representative from her western office will hold traveling office hours in Watauga County from 11am to 12 noon on Wednesday, March 28th in the Boone Town Hall at 567 West King Street.

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A reminder for pet owners, the Watauga County Humane Society still has funds left to help those who’

A reminder for pet owners, the Watauga County Humane Society still has funds left to help those who’d like to have their pet spay neutered.

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Small Farms Week Starts Today

Don’t forget, today launches Small Farms Appreciation Week. According to Watauga County Agricultural Extension Director, Sue Counts, North Carolina boasts one of the largest concentrations of small farms in the nation, and the numbers of small farms are growing, particularly in the High Country.

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Local Law Enforcement Promoting Anti-Gang Steps

Local Law Enforcement is working together to fight the growth of gangs and vandalism in the area. And they are enlisting the aide of local businesses owners in the effort. According to Capt. Main of the Boone Police and Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman, The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and Boone Police have joined together over the last several months to document and investigate gang tagging and other markings on and around private and public buildings.

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ASU is offering SAT Prep Course

High School students looking for instruction on taking the SAT College Entrance Exam can look to ASU for help. The University is offering an SAT exam prep course for students planning to take the test in May.

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