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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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Sugar Mountain Annexation decision ‘baffles’ village manager

Last week’s decision by Judge James Downs, that the forced annexation of several areas around the Village of Sugar Mountain was unlawful, left many wondering whether the Village of Sugar Mountain would seek an appeal.

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Vision Award license awarded to Avery facility

Sloop-CAP Avery Home Care Services received a special Vision Award license this week.

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Old Smiths plant to expand

GE Aviation is planning a massive expansion of the old Smiths plant in West Jefferson. This is great news for West Jefferson according to Town Planner Matt Levi.

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Police look for bank robber

Tuesday afternoon, the Bank of Granite on N.C. Highway 127 in Hickory was robbed, police say.

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Bear sighting causes lockdown

School officials in Hickory put Jenkins Elementary School on lockdown when police received word of a nearby bear sighting earlier this week.

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Mayland Grad gets full-ride to ASU

2007 Mayland Community College graduate Ashley Hudgins has been awarded a full scholarship to Appalachian State University.

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Man fires at Caldwell deputy

A man is in Caldwell County custody after opening fire on a Caldwell County sheriff’s deputy. 58-year-old Dewey George Rawls of Hickory was arrested after allegedly firing multiple rounds at Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office’s Lora Cobb following an apparent domestic dispute at his home.

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Early morning accident claims 14-year-old

14-year-old Christina Renee Royal of Ronda died early yesterday morning when a car she was riding in lost control on U.S. 321 approximately 10 miles northwest of Boone.

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Artists wanted!

The first annual Fine Arts Festival hosted by White Hart Woods in West Jefferson is looking for entries.

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Blowing Rock Hospital to join Appalachian Regional Healthcare

Blowing Rock Hospital announced today it is joining Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system.

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10-year-old joker cries fire

Crying wolf is no joke- especially when you’re crying fire. Prank calls are not new to firefighters in Avery County. 

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High Country resort a ‘five-paw level of hospitality’

Critically acclaimed Dog Fancy magazine awarded a Jefferson establishment a “five-paw level of hospitality” in its July issue.

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