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Limited Work on US 321 for Holiday

Whether you're spending Christmas vacation in the High Country or just passing through Blowing Rock, the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to make your travel a little easier this holiday season by limiting construction along the U.S. 321 widening project.  Lane were suspended Full Story

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Father to Appear in Court in Son's Murder

An Ashe County father is jailed without bond pending first court appearance set for this week after being charged with murder early Friday morning after his son died from a gunshot wound Thursday night.  Ashe Sheriff James Williams reported that the call came in about 7:25 Thursday night to Full Story

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Second Victim, More Charges Possible

With a possible second victim identified, Boone police are ramping up the intensity of the search for possible other victims of a teen arrested last weekend in the kidnapping of a 5-year old girl right out from under her parent’s supervision in a local store.  At the time, they indicated that Full Story

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Better Jobs Report For November

The state’s seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate was down a half percent, landing at 5.8 percent, as compared to October’s revised rate of 6.3 percent. The national rate remained unchanged at 5.8 percent. North Carolina’s November 2014 unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage Full Story

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Father Charged with Murder in Death of Son

An Ashe County father was charged with murder early this morning after his son died from a gunshot wound.  Ashe Sheriff James Williams reported that the call came in about 7:25 last night to 2859 Ripshin Road in the Lansing / Horse Creek area where responding deputies found 20-year Full Story

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'Tis the Season; Scams All Around

How can I scam thee—let me count the ways.  That seems to be the theme for the final months of 2014, with scammers in overdrive and staying a step ahead—or an ocean away—from those who would stop them. Last week, the IRS got the word out on taxpayers being scammed by collection Full Story

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High Country Voting: Best and Worst Numbers

As newly-elected officials are taking their oaths of office, a look back at the November election has some interesting statistics, as reported by Democracy North Carolina.  Their analysis of the voting shows that Democrats, seniors, women and African Americans all increased their rate of participation in Full Story

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Two Wrecks: One Fatal, One Slight Injury

An elderly man was hit and killed by a vehicle in Caldwell County last  night, according to State Patrol officials. The incident happened just after dark, around 6 p.m. on Hartland Road near Lenoir. Troopers say 88-year-old Ceivel Greene was crossing the road to check his mailbox after looking Full Story

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Steakhouse Damaged in Early AM Blaze

The fire that damaged the Boone Sagebrush Steakhouse early yesterday morning would have been much worse save the help of a person staying at a motel next door.  Boone Fire were called to the scene of the fire discovered on the back side of the Sagebrush Restaurant in Boone at about  5:20 Full Story

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High Impact Permit Moratorium Enacted

Residents of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction areas surrounding Boone gathered before the Watauga Commission last night to express themselves on the possibility of county protection once the ETJ issue is closed for the town of Boone.  Some 20 residents commented on the issue, all but one seeking Full Story

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