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August 20, 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

bulletReport: Obesity-busting programs show success
Obesity-prevention efforts led to more physical activity among school-aged children last year

Blood supplies sinking lower; several types needed
A critical drop in blood supplies across the Southeast has ramped up the local call for donations.


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Less @ Landfills
New law bans recyclable items from waste stream



Hayes Center suspends operations
Performing arts venue hopes to re-open next summer




Local schools score high on state ABCs standards
Seven of eight elementary schools reach ‘Distinction’ class




Safety project affects Deep Gap portion of 421
With the widening of King Street in Boone soon to get underway, a connecting
route will also see some safety improvements.




What the new state budget means for Watauga County
With Gov. Beverly Perdue signing a $19 billion budget into law




Fire plan will clear 7-mile border in Pisgah
Woodlands around Blowing Rock will see some fire-suppression work as part
of a national-forest management plan.




Hammer demanded $15,000 for body’s location
Ashe County Sheriff James Williams officially announced that the remains found buried in the Clifton community on Tuesday, Aug. 4, have been positively identified as Jimmy Lee Blevins.




Coupon packet comes to hometown newspapers
Local consumers looking for substantial retail discounts in a sluggish economy
no longer have to wait for a Sunday newspaper.




Make a Difference
WHS students lead panel discussion on tobacco use

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From landfill to hopes fulfilled
Habitat opens reclamation center



Rominger accepted to FBI program
Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dee Dee Rominger has been accepted to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA) in January of next year.



The cause is green, the wine is Red Wood
AIRE hosts fundraiser for Music on the Mountain, Friday

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35 Years of Hope

Federal grant will help Watauga Opportunities grow its medical manufacturing operation


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Blue Ridge Brutal Turns 20 with this Saturday's Ride
Hundreds of bicyclists will fill the parking lot of the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson early on Saturday morning, all ready to tackle the challenge of 50, 75 or 100-mile rides over the hills of Ashe County

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