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ETJ Residents Overflow Watauga Commission

The Watauga Commission meeting room was full to overflowing with those wanting to express themselves on property protections about to be stripped by the passage of Senate Bill 865, ending Boone’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction as of January 1st.  Many spoke of their fears for Full Story

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New River Associates Point to Paperwork Flaw

The New River Advocates met last night at the Riverside Restaurant in Todd across from proposed site of the new water intake for the town of Boone with the promise of new information that might stand in the way of the construction. Just over twenty people came to the 6:00 pm meeting, Full Story

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Fire Destroys Pickup in Avery

There was the fire yesterday afternoon that destroyed a truck in Avery County and snarled traffic on NC 105. The Invershield fire occurred just below Tynecastle at about 3pm, and Linville Fire responded to put out the blaze,but no injuries were reported.  Full Story

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Vehicle Careens Across Cracker Barrel Porch

In an update on the crash at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant yesterday, two Ashe women were hurt—but it indeed could have been much worse—as the 2004 Suzuki station wagon Mary Eldreth Pennington was driving spun out of control across the front porch of the restaurant, then Full Story

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School Bus Safety Urged

As Watauga schools prepare to welcome back students August 19th, school officials are urging motorists to exercise extra caution around school buses.  Jeff Lyons, transportation director for the Watauga County Schools, says that too many drivers can leave child safety behind as Full Story

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State July Jobless Rate Up

The state’s July unemployment rate jumped a tenth of a percent from June to July, landing at 6.5 over June’s revised rate of 6.4 percent. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.2  percent. But the State Commerce report notes that North Carolina’s July Full Story

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Suspect Sought in Fatal Hit-And-Run

Area law enforcement is on the lookout for a car involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident from early yesterday morning on US 321 just south of Hickory.  Around 6:40am, a trucker spotted a man lying beside the road about a mile south of Interstate 40, according to the State Patrol, who Full Story

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New Scam From Offshore Targets Rentals

Renter beware—we’ve heard about housing scams from as close as Charlotte—someone rented out houses that were either being foreclosed on or is listed for sale.  There was a similar incident in the High Country, a listing targeted in Full Story

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Teen Slams Into Car, Airlifted to JCMC

A teen was seriously injured—airlifted after a head-on crash last night just south of Boone.  The crash occurred just before 9pm in the curves on US 321 near the Elk Motel as 18-year old Owen A. Giannini, listing a Weehawkin New Jersey address, went left of center north-bound into Full Story

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Trio Charged with Meth Manufacturing

A trio of Boone area residents have been charged after a search of a residence just outside the town limits. Wednesday August 13th, detectives from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit ended a two week investigation with the arrests of three individuals said Full Story

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