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Bad news for firefighters in gorge: Shortoff fire spreads

It’s been over a week since measurable rain has hit the Linville Gorge area and the Shortoff wildfire, the blaze firefighters hope might be contained by now, has spread.

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Search for drowning victim continues todayThe search for 16-year-old Nicholas Hicks of Roan Mountain, believed to have drowned Sunday near Elk Falls, continues today.  Full Story
Avery County has one year to find new superintendent

Avery County Schools superintendent Grace Calhoun announced her retirement last week.

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Google hires facility managerE-business Google announced its selection of 41-year-old Tom Jacobik as site manager for the Lenoir facility.
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Granite Falls man accepts plea

23-year-old Christopher Douglas McLean of Granite Falls, indicted on charges of first-degree statutory rape of a child and other sex offenses, was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison during Caldwell County Superior Court.

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Morganton man sentenced in Lenoir wreckA Morganton man involved in a highway fatality in Lenoir almost two years ago has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Caldwell County.
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State prisoners get poisoned toothpasteTrace amounts of a poisonous chemical was found in Chinese-made toothpaste distributed to state prisoners.  Full Story
Miami Dolphins owner’s house ablaze

Businessman and owner of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins H. Wayne Huizenga’s Linville Ridge home was destroyed in a fire Saturday night.

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Weekend storms cause flooding

More than two inches of rainfall fell in Watauga over the weekend, causing flooding.

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Cottom "not optimistic" lease terms will work

A meeting to further discuss a possible lease agreement between golf course property owners, the Cottoms, and the Town of Seven Devils did not end as optimistically as previous meetings.

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Drowning in Elk River

Divers today are searching fervently for a 16-year-old drowning victim in Avery County.

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Ashe Humane Society to open new facility

The grand opening of the Ashe County Humane Society’s new facility on July 28 will be an exciting time, not just for director Sharon Sweeney, but for the animals as well.


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Deputies nab Avery man for rapeAn Avery County man was arrested over the weekend and charged with two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and two counts of statutory rape.
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Step out for Freedom on July 4th4th of July is coming up- and this year’s parade theme in Boone is “Stepping out for Freedom.”  Full Story
Golf Course discussion continues today

At ten a.m. in the Seven Devils Town Council Chambers, yet another discussion meeting between the Council and property owners, the Cottoms, is scheduled to take place.

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Google gets biggerGoogle’s original construction plans for the Lenoir site have expanded.
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Ronda turns 100The town of Ronda celebrated its centennial over the weekend.
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8-year-old inspires drug chargesAn eight-year-old girl attracted the attention of Wilkesboro police last week.
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N.C. Bar Association elects new presidentThe North Carolina Bar Association elected a Raleigh attorney to lead the group, the first black male attorney to serve as its president.  Full Story
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