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Laptop stolen while family at churchLast week, a Wilkes family was the victim of an alleged theft while at church. 
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Caldwell Deputy Honored

Sgt. Chris Hatton of the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office has received a statewide honor: Narcotics Officer of the Year.

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Clans gather for Games

Sounds of bagpipes cut through the highlands of Grandfather Mountain yesterday, marking the 52nd annual gathering of Scottish clans in the High Country.

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First-timers beat the Bear785 runners participated in the 13th annual running of the Bear on Grandfather Mountain.
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ASU at odds with town over Education Building

While funding for Appalachian State University’s new college of education building is not official- the debate for the structure’s location is on.

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ASU still looking for predator

Appalachian State University Police are still looking for information on a sexual battery that happened near Trivette Hall last week.

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Tot Lot: Could open next week!

Mulch and border timbers are being put in place at the Boone Tot Lot- well ahead of schedule, according to Parks and Recreation’s Stephen Poulos.


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Ashe may change its Wind Ordinance

  Monday marks a public hearing regarding Ashe County’s wind ordinance.

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Play "fore" Relay for Life

Relay for Life is on its way to Mountain City- and the Positive Thinkers club is helping it along with their 5th annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament at Red Tail Mountain.

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Veteran sentenced in murder of Ashe woman

Johnson County native Steven Douglas Cochran pled guilty this week to the murder of Leona Blythe “Lee” Schilling, a West Jefferson woman murdered in 2005.

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Jurors deliberate Anderson’s fateAfter a day of closing statements, the jury began deliberations yesterday in the first-degree murder trial of Sawmills farmer Jerry Anderson.  Full Story
Hope After Dope

Local evangelist Curtis Presnell hopes he has found a new way to make a difference.

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Fire Commission chair defends budget- says no contract debate tonight

Avery Fire Commission chair Daryl Smith said accusations that the Fire Commission mismanaged fire tax money are unfounded.

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Ready your bagpipes- the Highland games are here!The 52nd Highland Games start today at Grandfather Mountain.  Full Story
Dumpster casket- family had a permit

An update on a story we brought you yesterday- Avery County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a dumpster over the weekend after a casket was allegedly dropped off, according to Chief Deputy Dallas Pate.

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Whisper in the dark!What better way to spend Friday the 13th than by telling ghost stories?  Full Story
Whistle with the Whistler Woman

International whistling sensation Phyllis Heil is making an appearance in the High Country Saturday- an event not to miss according to Eunice Luttrell.

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630th comes home

Caldwell County’s National Guard 630th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is coming home.

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"They’ve got on a fur coat"- How to keep your pet healthy in the heat!

With summer temperatures rising- pet owners need to take a few extra precautions.

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