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Firework shows: No place for man’s best friend

Firework Displays are no place to bring your pets, according to Avery County Humane Society’s Charlene Calhoun.


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4th of July in Newland: "You're not going to get bored"Fourth of July festivities in Newland begin early. There’s a lot to do. Full Story
Banner Elk claims to have "best parade"

Independence Day in Banner Elk is not to be missed. 

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WHS grad signs with N.C. Central

Paris Brown, a 2007 graduate and former Watauga High School athlete, has signed with North Carolina Central University, a Division Two school, in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. 


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Weekend thunderstorms do damage

While not as extensive as last week, weekend thunderstorms pounded the High Country, toppling branches and spreading brush on roadways. 

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Boone gears up for July 4 parade

Months of planning has gone into this year’s July 4th parade in Boone- and it’s almost here.

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Linville fires 95 percent contained

As of yesterday, the fires in the Linville Gorge Wilderness are 95 percent contained.

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Downtown gets Artsy

According to Downtown Boone Development Association head Tuesdae Rice, changes are coming.


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Hays man faces kidnapping chargeA Hays man faces a kidnapping charge after an early Friday morning incident. 
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Police say burglars removed the windows to get in restaurantUnknown thieves removed two front door windows to enter a family restaurant, according to police.  Full Story
Elkin Hospital seeks expansion

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin has asked the state’s permission for a $41 million expansion of its emergency department.

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Charity Golf Tournament a Hit

The totals are in. Last week’s Golf Tournament, sponsored by Casa Rustica to raise money for the Watauga County Humane Society and Rescue Squad earned between $6,500 and $7,000.

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Banner House Museum open to the public

Ever wanted to see what the High Country was like before streetlights? What about before tourists and strip malls?

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321 Detour

Blasting on 321 that began at 1pm today will end at 3am saturday morning

Detour route below:


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Golf Course lease a no go for Seven DevilsAfter reviewing the findings of a finance committee, the Town of Seven Devils rejected, once and for all, the idea of leasing the golf course property from the Cottoms.Full Story
Happy Joe Buchanan Day!

Happy Joe Buchanan Day! In honor of the retirement of its police chief, the Town of Seven Devils has proclaimed it Joe Buchanan Day, and is celebrating with a party.

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7 Devils and Committee to talk lease today

A committee formed to discuss the Golf Course property’s possible lease to the Town of Seven Devils is to present its findings today at 9 a.m. in the town chambers.

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Businessmen gear up for a busy weekend- thanks to Uncle Sam

July 4th is coming up, and people in the tourism industry are gearing up for what promises to be a busy weekend.


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Start your Independence Day Saturday

The High Country has plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day Saturday.

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