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July 16, 2009 EDITION
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bullet Health officials advise calm amid swine-flu outbreak

While swine flu is dominating headlines, the disease still seems to be a long way from the Boone area.

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


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Green Park Inn goes on the auction block
Historic hotel to be sold on July 31




Swine flu virus cases confirmed at Valle Crucis camp
Several students at an Appalachian State camp in Valle Crucis have tested positive for H1N1 flu virus.




State may take Medicaid cost burden off N.C. counties
With all the grim state budget news floating around, there has been one long-anticipated case of local tax relief that has been lost in the face of mounting budget deficits.



Some bus routes to be dropped
The Watauga County school system is dropping three buses and eliminating
hundreds of miles of bus routes in response to state budget cuts



News Roundup
Benefit bike ride and car show to aid Mark Wellborn



County renews ambulance service contract
The Watauga County Board of Commissioners gave the go-ahead for an ambulance contract renewal and supported wind-energy development.



Business News
Babb opens satellite office in Blowing Rock



State plan could tax attractions
Tourism officials say hike would be ‘problematic’



High-school dropout rate decreases
WHS campus is 27 days ahead of schedule

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Area businesses take ‘The Natural Step’
To many businesses, the challenge of becoming a powerful force to stop planetary degradation may seem like an impossible task.




Waiting for the Sun
Sunset Celebration, cooking classes at Crestwood




What’s blooming in local farming?
In the heart of the growing season, local agriculture activities offer growers the chance to learn more about crops and markets.




Young Professionals launch mixer
Social networking has come to mean online chatting and posting photos.



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Mom groups keep growing

Mothers, especially new mothers, can be challenged or elated by everyday occurrences as their child grows.


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