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April 9, 2009 EDITION
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bullet Project Lifesaver issues first bracelet in Watauga County to help local family

The Jackson family of Boone became the first participants in Project Lifesaver Watauga County on March 18 at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

bullet On the Run
Staying fit is only a few thousand steps away


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Toyota of Boone goes Modern
Winston-Salem company purchases Norman Cheek dealership



News Round-Up



General Assembly looks at ‘green’ bill
The North Carolina General Assembly is considering a bill that would
force electricity users to pay for investments in “green energy.”



County stops all new billboards for six months
The Watauga County Board of Commissioners put all new billboards on hold for six months to give the county more time to review possible changes to the county sign ordinance.



School board passes $13.7 million budget
The Watauga County Board of Education approved a recommended local budget of $13.7 million for the next fiscal year, a slight decrease from the previous year.



Watauga County remains in moderate state drought zone despite recent rain
Though Western North Carolina has moved out of the most severe drought category, the extended dry spell continues as the traditional growing season begins.



School officials look to stimulus to bolster bleak budget
With North Carolina schools expected to get up to $2 billion in funding through the federal stimulus package over the next two years, local school officials hope the additional spending will offset state budget cuts.



Local jobless rate edged upward in February


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Caregivers sponsor Trivia Challenge

The High Country Caregiver Foundation (HCCF) will host its semiannual Trivia Night Challenge on April 25 at the La Quinta Inn in Boone.



Fashion show, gala will benefit hospital
For years people have looked forward to attending the annual Blowing Rock Hospital Fashion Show Luncheon and Patron’s Gala.

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun
High Country Women’s Fund hosts ’80s party


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Trout season is open
It’s time to untangle the fishing lines and sharpen the hooks



Skaters respond to potential county park closing
Local skateboarders have mixed feelings about a recommendation to close the county-operated skate park, believing the sport has been misunderstood.

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