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BREMCO Warns of New Round of Scam Calls

The barrage of scams continue, with more warnings given on the latest round, this time from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, warning the public about a telephone scam targeting members. The BREMCO release says that several cooperative members reported Thursday Full Story

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Beware the Ides...No, END of March

The same March weather system that spawned tornadoes, including a fatal tornado to Oklahoma will march through the High Country overnight tonight, but is expected to lose a good bit of its punch in the process.  First, the mountains tend to offer protection as weather systems Full Story

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Parking Violation 'Forgiveness' Ends May 1st

As new parking meters are populating the poles in Downtown Boone, the town sent a notice yesterday that in just over a month, exceeding time citations validation stickers will no longer be accepted. The town release asked merchants to continue to validate customers exceeding time Full Story

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Watauga Issues Opposition to Sales Tax Change

As a number of North Carolina Counties struggle with budget shortfalls—even large counties such as Mecklenburg, Durham and Buncombe—Watauga County is listed with these counties in seeing revenues fall from sales tax in a new distribution scheme under consideration of the Full Story

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More Drug Complaints Yield More Charges

The request for citizens to report their observations of possible drug activity continues to pay off in Lenoir, where two more arrests were reported yesterday. With new complaints from the community, Officers from the Lenoir Police Department’s Narcotics Unit conducted Full Story

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‘Bee Aware’ Team at White House Science Fair

A group of High Country students was among just 36 teams from across the nation to exhibit their enterprising honeybee project Monday at the White House Science Fair. The Bee Aware NC team, composed of home-schooled students from the High Country, rubbed elbows with Full Story

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February: Cold Month, Warm Housing Sales

February 2015—a month heavy with snow and days of below zero weather—proved to be a warm environment for High Country home sales,  with February sales hitting an eight-year high for the month. One factor that may have helped are interest rates remain below where they were even Full Story

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Times--and Meters--are 'A Changin'

The times are a’changin in Downtown Boone, that as Town of Boone staff and IPS Group Parking & Telecommunications began the installation of  new smart parking meters for on-street parking in downtown Boone just after noon today. The Town of Boone release says that the installation Full Story

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Mitchell County Cousins Plead in Officer Assault

Two Mitchell County cousins arrested last summer in an assault of an Avery County Deputy and escape from custody pleaded guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a law enforcement officer and robbery and have been sentenced to some at least 14 years in prison.  Calvin Metcalf, Full Story

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Meth Found, 5 Charged in Search for Wanted Man

The Avery County Sheriff’s Office, after  received information from members of the community about a wanted person hiding at a residence on Clarks Creek Rd., with the information also including that methamphetamine was being manufactured at the location.  Deputies responded to the Full Story

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