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• Baker Dismisses Chemical Weapons Charges
North Carolina Superior Court Judge James Baker ruled last week that certain provisions of the state’s chemical weapons statute are unconstitutional and unconstitutionally applied to those charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

• State Board of Education Meets In
Blowing Rock
Reception honors Watauga, Caldwell Schools.

• Crafting A Wetland In Valle Crucis
N.C. State Project completes conservation of Valley Of The Cross.

• Parkway Lands $4.94 Million Appropriation
If approved by the president, a U.S. Interior Department appropriations package approved by Congress last Monday would send almost $5 million dollars toward the Blue Ridge Parkway.

• Board Upholds Occupancy Violation
Francis “Googy” and Clarinda Gress argued an unsuccessful appeal in front of the Boone Board of Adjustment last Thursday night.

• School Enrollment Will Decrease Over Next 10 Years
Dr. Jerry McKibben of Gann-McKibben Demographic Consulting presented a detailed report on county demographics and enrollment projections to the Watauga County Board of Education Monday night.

• State Issues Notice Of Violations To Blowing Rock For Spill
Fines, amount still under consideration; town requests leniency.

• The Bear Necessities
Food shortage may make encounters more likely.


• Proposed Lowes Shopping Center Sets Off Opposition In Banner Elk
Company, community, prepare for Board Of Adjustment decision.

• AppalCART Gets New Buses
AppalCART, the public transportation authority serving Boone and all of Watauga County, introduced two new buses which began service in September 2003.

• Democrat Announces Candidacy for 5th District Seat

• Purdue Visits Boone
Lieutenant Gov attends to Business, Politicking



• Farm City Honors The Best Of Watauga Agriculture
Annual event wins Chamber’s Quality Of Life Award.


• It’s Shoe Box Time!
November 17-24: Collection week for Operation Christmas Child.

• Wax & Facts
Blowing Rock 8th graders host living history museum.



Rising Star
First Certified Energy Star Efficient home built in High Country.


Lunar Eclipse
Saturday evening from just after sunset till around 10:30 a total lunar eclipse was visible from the eastern United States. This montage of 10 moon photos blended with photo of Jeff McSwain shows stages of the eclipse. Note first image was yellow as it came on scene near enough to sunset to have some color. Then the famous orange shades during totality also
were a site. Photo by Todd Bush

Mountaineers Face Catamounts with Playoff Hopes on Hold
ASU 75th Anniversary Team unveiled.


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Elmer and Dixon are seven-week-old terrier/sheltie mixes.