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16 hrs ago | Watauga Democrat

Regional Library receives planning grant

The libraries of the Appalachian Regional Library -- Ashe County Public Library, Watauga County Public Library, Western Watauga Branch Library, Wilkes County Public Library and Traphill Branch library -- have been awarded a $34,000 Library Services and Technology Act planning grant for 2014-15.

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Related Topix: Libraries, Ashe County, NC, Wilkes County, NC, Traphill, NC

Tue Jul 08, 2014

Watauga Democrat

ETJ hearing set

A public hearing regarding the passing of N.C. Senate Bill 865 has been set for the Watauga County Board of Commissioners' second meeting in August.

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Related Topix: Boone, NC

Mon Jul 07, 2014

Watauga Democrat

AppalCART records 1,756,161 passenger trips during fiscal year

AppalCART announced a record annual ridership figure of 1,756,161 passenger trips for the fiscal year completed June 30 in 870,013 miles of service.

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Watauga Democrat

Watauga unemployment up in May

The Watauga County unemployment rate rose in May after a series of declines, up to 6.3 percent from 5.6 percent in April, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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Related Topix: Scotland County, NC

Watauga Democrat

Quilting for a cause

Quilting has been an important part of life in the High Country area for several generations and is a rich tradition being kept alive by women of all ages.

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Related Topix: Life, Quilting, Hobbies, Boone, NC, Blowing Rock, NC

Sat Jul 05, 2014

Watauga Democrat

School supplies now accepted; festival...

Pack-the-Bus is back in the Yadkin Bank parking lot and will remain until Aug. 4. Similar to last year, organizers of Watauga's Back 2 School Festival will park a big yellow school bus at Yadkin Bank to collect school supplies for this year's festival.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids

Thu Jul 03, 2014

Watauga Democrat

NCWorks Career Center opens in...

The new NCWorks Watauga Career Center opened this week, and staff are ready to help put county residents to work.

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Related Topix: Boone, NC, Interior Design, Arts, Appalachian State University

Watauga Democrat

Escaped inmate last seen on Old Turnpike Road

Another inmate has escaped custody in Watauga County. The inmate, Michael Calloway, 39, of Buncombe County was last seen around noon on Thursday when he left his work detail paving crew on Old Turnpike Road according to local law enforcement.

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Related Topix: Buncombe County, NC, State Prisons, Caldwell Correctional Center, Prison

Wed Jul 02, 2014

Jefferson Post Online Edition

Ashe unemployment increases .2 percent in May

The unemployment rate in Ashe County increased by 0.2 percent between April 2014 and May 2014, according to data released Tuesday, July 1, by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

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Related Topix: Ashe County, NC, North Carolina, Mitchell County, NC, Wilkes County, NC, Currituck, NC

The Mountain Times

The Blues Porch

This summer, the Blue Ridge ArtSpace's front porch will become The Blues Porch, featuring live, interactive, blues-centric jams each Saturday.

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Related Topix: Music, Entertainment

The Mountain Times

Valle Crucis Community Park Wetland: A Case for Mucking it Up

This intentional lowering of Valle Crucis Community Park's pond's water level marks the beginning of a two-year project to convert the manmade pond into a natural wetland habitat.

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Related Topix: Valle Crucis, NC

The Mountain Times

Jones House jams on the Fourth

Fat Face Band, an avant-garde jazz trio, featuring Matthew Postle, Molly Brown and Troy Conn, will perform Friday at the Jones House in Boone.

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Related Topix: Boone, NC, Music, Entertainment

The Mountain Times

Watauga County unemployment rate sees increase in May

Unemployment rates increased in 92 of North Carolina's counties in May, decreased in seven and remained unchanged in one.

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Related Topix: Ashe County, NC, Avery County, NC, Scotland County, NC, Currituck County, NC

Watauga Democrat

Space still available in Pre-K program in several schools

Spaces remain available in local pre-kindergarten classes for 4 year olds who meet state eligibility requirements and parents are being encouraged to apply for the open slots.

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Related Topix: Valle Crucis, NC

Watauga Democrat

County election board prepares for second primary

The second primary is held to decide runoffs for certain races as a result of the May 6 primary election.

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Related Topix: Boone, NC

Tue Jul 01, 2014

Lenoir News-Topic

Lenoir puts spotlight on musical heritage

TOPIC Bob Kogut, left, performs alongside Pop Ferguson, right, at this year's sixth annual Pop Ferguson Blues Festival in downtown Lenoir square June 14. NEWS-TOPIC Small groups of musicians like this one gather to pick and sing for fun during the ninth year of the Historic Happy Valley Old-time Fiddlers Convention along NC 268 in 2013.

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Related Topix: Lenoir, NC, Ferguson, NC, Blues

Mon Jun 30, 2014

Watauga Democrat

Escaped inmate in custody in Washington County, VA

UPDATE 9:05: According to Washington County Sheriff's Office, Smith crashed the 1998 brown Toyota runner a little after 8:00 p.m. during a police chase in Washington County, VA.

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Related Topix: Caldwell County, NC, Blowing Rock, NC, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Thu Jun 26, 2014

Jefferson Post Online Edition

Planning Board updated on STIP rankings

The Ashe County Planning Board was updated on the State Transportation Improvement Program Rural Planning Organization's list of the road needs the High Country.

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Related Topix: Ashe County, NC, Boone, NC, Wilkes County, NC

Wed Jun 25, 2014

Watauga Democrat

Former NC attorney general invests in Watauga education

Former North Carolina Attorney General and Secretary of State Rufus Edmisten has donated $5,000 to help families at Mabel Elementary School attend the afterschool program at Mabel.

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Watauga Democrat

Boone loses ETJ with bill passage

Republican Sen. Dan Soucek of Boone has succeeded in a two-year effort to revoke the Democratic-controlled Boone Town Council's authority to apply zoning regulations outside of town limits.

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Related Topix: Boone, NC, Rutherford County, NC

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