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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.

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Driven to distraction?
County continues discussing safety of electronic billboards




More candidates emerge as election filing closes
Three hopefuls seek Boone mayoral seat




High Country homelessness is on the rise
According to the 2009 point-in-time report conducted by the
N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness (NCCEH)




News Roundup
Rummage sale to benefit Humane Society




Local housing starts tick upward
With the national housing-construction market picking up, Watauga County
is seeing an increase in residential building permits




Sweeting appointed to health commission
After more than three decades of helping folks in the High Country with their health issues




County hopes to retain contract for state license-plate office
Watauga County now has two years’ experience on its resume, which it hopes
will help it keep the state contract to issue license plates.




Forum will allow Watauga residents to share healthcare access stories
Watauga County residents will have an opportunity to tell their personal
stories about insurance affordability and access



DOT launches two projects
Two significant road projects will soon get under way that will affect
most local motorists at one time or another.



Area exceeds enrollment for summer jobs program
While unemployment levels remain high, federal stimulus funds are opening up job opportunities




More job cuts for school system
23 full-time teaching assistant positions axed




Ex-chief deputy files second discrimination suit against Shook
Former Watauga County Sheriff’s chief deputy Paula Townsend filed a lawsuit in district civil court on Tuesday against former sheriff Mark Shook and Western Surety Company




Region receives $1.75 million in stimulus funds
The High Country Workforce Development Board provided the following
report concerning stimulus funds in the High Country.



Controversial water bill dries up for this year
A bill granting the state jurisdiction over most public waters will likely not be
heard in the legislature until next year.



Goshen Creek Bridge expected to reopen by fall leaf season
While not as lengthy as the 2,178-mile Tour de France, the High Country’s “Detour le Parkway,” just seems as long for people forced to take its circuitous route on a regular basis.










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Kids can get crafty at Playhouse sale
Local kids are invited sell their work in the Kids’ Craft Market at the Playhouse Family Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8



OASIS launces ‘Don’t Miss the Bus’ benefit
OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) is hosting its
fifth annual “Don’t Miss the Bus”



Cocktail event will benefit Hospitality House
The first-ever Seersucker and Sundress Cocktail, an event benefiting
Hospitality House, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8

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Area family competes on ‘Family Feud’


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Adventures in Television
New program highlights area sports

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