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New Hunting OpportunitiesOver 29,000 acres have been added to pre-existing or new game lands in the Tar, Chowan and Roanoke River Basins, thanks to the North Carolina Wildlife Foundation.  Full Story
Free Health ScreeningThe Watauga County Project on Aging and the Watauga Medical Center is offering another free health screening clinic to Watauga seniors.  Full Story
New IRS Rules for small OrganizationsA new electronic filing requirement, if not complied with, could result in the loss of an organization’s tax exempt status.  Full Story
Mountaineers Come Home

Mountaineer fans flocked once again last night- awaiting the arrival of the victorious Appalachian State University football team.

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ASU WINS 34-32!

introguy.jpgThe Appalachian State Mountaineers have defeated the Michigan  Wolverines, 34-32! With 26 seconds left in the game, Julian Rauch's 24-yard field goal pushed ASU ahead. Michigan, hailed as the nation's "winningest" team, was defeated. 

The upset may have surprised sportscasters, but not the Boone community. Students, alumni and supporters have literally been dancing in the streets.

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Second Shook lawsuit- District court rules in favor of former Sheriff

Former communications chief Patricia E. Shook’s lawsuit against Watauga County and its former sheriff, Mark William Shook has been rejected by a federal court.

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Construction contract approved: WHSThe new Watauga County High School is moving along. 
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Water Talk Gets Heated

A series of political advertisements put on by Citizens for Change caught the attention of Town of Boone officials- so much so that Mayor Loretta Clawson discussed the issue on this morning’s edition of Watauga Talks.

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‘There are predators out there,’ Sheriff says be vigilant

An incident earlier this week should serve as a warning to parents.

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Highway Patrol says be safe Labor Day

Highway Patrol will be out and about this Labor Day weekend.

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Boat safe on Labor DayNorth Carolina Wildlife Officers want to remind the public to be safe when boating Labor Day weekend.  Full Story
Burke fugitive caught in AshevilleEarlier this week we warned drivers to be on the lookout for a Burke County fugitive.
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Festival: It’s OFF THE GRIDA Labor Day Weekend Music Festival in Butler, Tennessee promises to draw a crowd.  Full Story
‘Eyes in the Night’Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Price Park Amphitheatre, visitors will have the opportunity to touch some “night stalkers.” 
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Billy Graham: Out of the hospital

North Carolina evangelist Billy Graham has been discharged from Mission Hospital in Asheville. 

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Florida runaway found, Internet friend chargedWatauga County Sheriff’s deputies found a runaway on Tuesday- and the man who brought her to North Carolina. 
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Water Shortages: A tune Blowing Rock knows all too well

Blowing Rock is not new to mandatory water restrictions-

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Boone still watching water

While rainfall over the past few days has helped the shortage situation in Boone- it’s still time for conservation, public utilities director Rick Millers says.

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Easley eases truck regulationsYesterday, Governor Mike Easley suspended regulations on the size and weight of trucks hauling drought relief supplies.
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