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Packed House On High Impact Land Use

Both sides brought out the children factor—either in photos or in person— in their arguments for and against a Maymead asphalt plant and the issues surrounding more stringent High Impact Land Use definitions.  Even Maymead representative Ann Ward told of raising her small children in Full Story

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First Day Filings: Contested Races Abound

There will be a number of contested races in the 2015 municipal vote in November, that evident after only the first day of filing, including a race for Mayor of Blowing Rock. There was a good mix of new and incumbent candidates filing for office at the Watauga Board of Elections Full Story

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High Country W.A.T.C.H. Gets Hearing Time

Not to be outdone, the members of High Country W.A.T.C.H., Susie Winters, David Sental, and Elaine Gray, have asked and received more time to rebut points expected to be made by a representative of Maymead at this morning’s Watauga Commission meeting. Full Story

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Suspect Sought in Theft, Sale of Stolen Goods

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek public assistance in a June 18th a Breaking and Entering that occurred at an apartment located on Farthing Street.  On June 19th, an unidentified black male sold an item taken during the Breaking and Entering to A&S Trade Full Story

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Crimestoppers: Church Vandalism, Cemetery Theft

High Country Crime Stoppers and Boone Police seek public assistance in a theft from a cemetery and vandalism to a church.  On the evening of Wednesday, July 1st or the early morning hours of Thursday, July 2nd, someone entered into the equipment shed at Mt. Lawn Cemetery. Full Story

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Crowd Gathers for Municipal Candidates Filing

There was a good mix of new and incumbent candidates filing for office at the Watauga Board of Elections Office as the filing period opened at 8 this morning. Former Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson and incumbent Council member Lynne Mason were first in line, followed by challengers Jennifer Teague Full Story

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Five Busted in Prostitution Sting

Boone Police say five men have been arrested and charged by the department with Misdemeanor Solicitation of Prostitution after a sting operation targeting the commercial sex trade utilizing local hotels. The police release says that on July 2nd, Boone Police utilized online advertisements offering prostitution Full Story

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Land Use, Water Intake Set For Tuesday Hearings

Controversial land use issues will gear up again over the next two weeks, with the issue of High Impact Land Use—and specifically of late, asphalt plants—will take center stage at Tuesday morning’s Watauga Commission meeting while the Boone Water intake project will be front and center at Full Story

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Unemployment Jumps in Most of NC Counties

We may not be out of the woods economically, that showing up in not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates that increased in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in May, decreased in two counties, and remained unchanged in one county while all fifteen the state’s metro areas experienced Full Story

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'Burlaped Bandit' Busted in Break-In

Stealing the camera was not enough to cover the crime of an Avery County break-in suspect, and he now has an infamous moniker—the ‘Burlap Bandit,’ one of several Avery arrests of note.  Last Saturday, Investigators with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at a business Full Story

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