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Duke rate increase could affect Blue Ridge Electric customers

Last week, Duke Energy Corporation announced plans to spend $1.8 billion to build a single coal-fired power unit at its Cliffside plant.

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More rain needed in High Country

While water conservation methods and weekend rain have helped, the drought is still on for several counties in North Carolina, including Avery.

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McHenry honors future and past soldiers

Congressman Patrick McHenry honored his military academy nominees at a special reception on Friday.

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Charlotte woman reelected to GOP chair

North Carolina Republicans reelected chairwoman Linda Daves of Charlotte as party leader on Saturday.

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Heartland Publications buys Jefferson newspaper

Heartland Publications LLC announced its intention to buy four daily newspapers and other properties in four southern states.

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Wanted bank robber strikes again

The Bank of America on N.C. 127 in Viewmont was robbed Friday.

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Former Ashe Sheriff to be buried

Former Ashe County Sheriff “Corkey” Miller passed away last week in Florida at the age of 77.

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Caldwell holds hearing on Wilson Creek’s fate

A public hearing is being held today at 10 a.m. in the City-County chambers in Lenoir to consider a temporary development moratorium for the Wilson Creek area.

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One more juror needed in Anderson trial

Today begins week four of the Jerry Anderson murder trial.

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Woodlands: Food fit for a president? Try 3!

When three former U.S. Presidents visit North Carolina, it’s only appropriate to feed them barbeque.

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Three presidents praise Rev. Billy Graham

It was an afternoon of praise and fellowship in Charlotte yesterday, as the Billy Graham Library was dedicated. Three former U.S. presidents were present for the occasion: Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton.

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New WHS plans have opposition: residents concerned over street closures

Possible street closures to make way for construction of a new Watauga High School met opposition from neighborhood residents at last night’s meeting in the current Watauga High School’s auditorium.

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Boone Chamber awards businessesThe Boone Chamber of Commerce presented awards to area businesses yesterday.
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‘Ptilopod’ a worthy foe for Ashe boyAshe County’s Josiah Wright competed at the National Spelling Bee.  Full Story
Kitty Adopt-a-thon Saturday

Now’s the perfect time to adopt a kitten. The Watauga County Humane Society is having a Kitty Adopt-a-thon Saturday.

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Depression could be linked to concussionsA study of over 2,500 retired NFL players suggested those who had at least three concussions during their football careers had tripled their risk of clinical depression, compared to athletes who had concussion free careers. 
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Senate approves budget- againThe Senate approved for the second time a $20 billion spending plan for the next year.
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Capital punishment under scrutinyTwo bills calling for the study of capital punishment in North Carolina were heard yesterday in committee.  Full Story
Tuesday accident shouldn’t have happened, sergeant says

More details are emerging in the accident that claimed 14-year-old Christina Renee Royal Tuesday morning.

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