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Bank Robbery Suspects Caught in Georgia

The Hickory Police Department says the two suspects in a bank robbery from last Wednesday have been identified and arrested in Georgia. Kevin Mitchell Abrams and Edward Earl Abrams have been charged in the Community One bank robbery from Wednesday, as Hickory Police Department Full Story

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Emloyment Up, Unemployment Down in March

New jobs are finally showing up in statistics showing the state's seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate, which continued its downward trend in March. The rate decreased 0.1 to 6.3 percent, down from February's revised rate of 6.4 percent, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce. Full Story

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La-Z-Boy to Pull 100 Jobs From Wilkes

In Wilkes, there will be fewer jobs by the end of the year, that with La-Z-Boy Inc. announcing the closure of  two North Wilkesboro plants. The move will mean the loss of jobs for 100 employees, and more disturbing for those who want to buy US products, the closure is part of the company's Full Story

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Watauga Jurors DO NOT Report This Week

Watauga jurors scheduled to report this afternoon at 1 for Watauga Superior Civil Court DO NOT NEED TO REPORT.  Court officials say that all cases for the week’s term in Watauga Superior Civil Court have been settled. Full Story

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Plea Continued in Watauga Court in Hotel Deaths

The case against former manager of the Boone Best Western Hotel, Barry Damon Mallatere, was continued in Watauga County last week, and he will not be there to enter a plea in the deaths of three people at the local hotel last spring.  The NC courts website listed Mallatere as making Full Story

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ATV Driver Airlifted After Crash

An ATV driver was seriously hurt—airlifted—after a crash yesterday afternoon in Boone.  Trooper Searcy of the State Patrol said the man had taken the off-road vehicle out on Poplar Grove Road from where he was working on a maintenance contract at the Cottages of Boone property, and after Full Story

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Krause To Head Hospitality House

The Hospitality House Board of Directors has selected Tina Krause as its new Executive Director replacing Lynne Mason, who is retiring June 30, 2014 after twelve years with the agency and thirty-one years in the social work field. The search for a new executive director commenced Full Story

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Two Charged After Short Chase

A brief Wednesday evening chase led to two arrests and a number of counts.  Boone Police say that, shortly after 6:15 PM, a Boone Police officer responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver on West King Street.  The officer located the suspect vehicle stationary in the parking lot Full Story

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Cemetary Employee Charged With Theft

Lenoir Police have charged a city employee with stealing funds from the town in the course of her job.  On March 28th, the Lenoir Police Department received a report of an employee stealing money, the report identifying Sherry Nichols, a customer service rep at Blue Ridge Cemetery Full Story

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Candidates Forum in Linville Tonight

The Avery Journal-Times, Newland Business Association, WECR-AM Radio/Glory 1130 AM and the Avery County, Banner Elk and Beech Mountain chambers of commerce sponsor the Avery County Meet the Candidates Forum from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the Hugh Chapman Center Full Story

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