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Felony Counts Filed in Two High Speed Pursuits

Friday was a wild day on Caldwell County roads, with two high speed pursuits reported by Lenoir Police and the Caldwell Sheriff’s Office, one ending in a wreck, the other with the suspect fleeing on foot.  The first was at 9:21am, when officer M. Foust spotted a red Nissan traveling at a Full Story

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No Labor Day Weekend Road Closure in BR

As motorists take to the roads this Labor Day weekend for one last summer trip, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending lane closures along the U.S. 321 widening project in Blowing Rock. No lane closures will be allowed from today at 6 a.m. through Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, Full Story

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App State 7th in "Best Bang for the Buck"

Another magazine is saying it likes what it sees at Appalachian State. Washington Monthly magazine has listed Appalachian State University seventh among the nation’s master’s-degree granting institutions for “Best Bang for the Buck.” The magazine’s college guide and rankings based Full Story

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Elon Man Dies in Paving Accident in Wilkes

An Alamance County man died in a Wilkes County accident Tuesday morning while working on a church lot repaving project in the McGrady community. David Eugene Alcon, 38, of Elon was killed when a cinderblock retaining wall on the north side of Pine View Baptist Church collapsed, Full Story

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Victim Identified in Fatal Crash on US 221

The NC State Patrol blamed high speed in a wreck that took a Marion man’s life Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 221 North of Marion. The crash occurred near Linville Falls Golf Club, with emergency crews dispatched around 3 p.m. for a single-car wreck. The driver was pronounced dead at Full Story

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Crime Spree Yields 25+ Year Prison Term

A Raleigh man received a lengthy prison sentence Tuesday morning in Wilkes Superior Court for his part in a 2010 home invasion and robbery spree in Ashe and Wilkes counties and is to serve a Tennessee term of 30-years concurrently with his North Carolina term in the same crime spree. James Full Story

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DOT Detour Coordination in Ashe Bridge Projects

The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing to replace a bridge on Roundabout Road over Cabbage Creek in Ashe County and will install an off-site detour during construction. The Roundabout Road project will begin immediately after completion of a nearby bridge replacement project. Full Story

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Boone Letter to SAHA Released

Boone Mayor Andy Ball released the letter drafted to the Southern Appalachian Historical Association about the Town Council’s decision to end the license of SAHA for the Daniel Boone Amphitheater, home of Horn in the West outdoor drama for over 60 years.  Ball’s letter said Full Story

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Caldwell Authorities: Valdese Man Drowns

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office yesterday released the name of a man who died early Sunday in an incident on Lake Rhodhiss.  The Sheriff’s Office release said that on August 24th, at 3:44 am, the Caldwell County Communications Center received a call of a possible drowning from Full Story

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Crimestoppers: Four Wheeler Sought

High Country Crimestoppers and the Avery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a blue Honda four wheeler from a location on Bud Ledford Rd off Mount Pleasant Rd.  The four wheeler was taken sometime between August 16th and August 18th.  Anyone with information Full Story

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