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Alan Bulluck

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E-Mail Address: abulluck@civitasmedia.com
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About Alan Bulluck

Alan Bulluck was born and raised in Summerfield, N.C., right outside of Greensboro. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004 with a BA in History and later earned a MA in late 19th, early 20th century U.S. and British Social/Political History from High Point University. He taught U.S. History for five years at Oak Ridge Military Academy and previously wrote for The Rhinoceros Times in Greensboro.

Latest Stories by Alan Bulluck

LANSING — An early morning structure fire badly damaged a home in the Helton community and displaced the residents on Sunday, March 29.
The fire began around 2 a.m. at a home located at 570 Jerd Branch Road.
According to Jack Reedy, assistant fire chief with Lansing Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the fire originated around the chimney area of t

Fire badly damages home in Lansing

LANSING — An early morning structure fire badly damaged a home in the Helton community and displaced the residents on Sunday, March 29. The fire began around 2 a.m. at a home located at 570 Jerd Branch Road. According to Jack Reedy, assistant fire chief with Lansing Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the fire originated around the chimney area of t

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 98 of North Carolina's counties, including Ashe, in January and decreased in two.
Ashe County's unemployment rate increased by .9 percent to 7.0 in January, up from 6.1 percent in December 2014.
Graham County had the highest unemploym

Unemployment rises in Ashe County

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 98 of North Carolina's counties, including Ashe, in January and decreased in two. Ashe County's unemployment rate increased by .9 percent to 7.0 in January, up from 6.1 percent in December 2014. Graham County had the highest unemploym

RALEIGH — Downtown West Jefferson's main drive, Jefferson Avenue, was recently recognized as a “Great Main Street” in the 2015 Great Places in North Carolina awards program, sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC).
Last week, West Jefferson's Town Planner Matthew Levi (left) and Town

Town of WJ accepts award

RALEIGH — Downtown West Jefferson's main drive, Jefferson Avenue, was recently recognized as a “Great Main Street” in the 2015 Great Places in North Carolina awards program, sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC). Last week, West Jefferson's Town Planner Matthew Levi (left) and Town

JEFFERSON — The highly anticipated Ore Knob Mine exhibit at the Museum of Ashe County History will open to the public on April 25. A private opening will be held April 10.
Lonnie Jones, president of the Museum of Ashe County's Board of Directors, informed the board of commissioners of the exhibit's debut at the board's regular meeting held M

Ore Knob exhibit to open April 25 at museum

JEFFERSON — The highly anticipated Ore Knob Mine exhibit at the Museum of Ashe County History will open to the public on April 25. A private opening will be held April 10. Lonnie Jones, president of the Museum of Ashe County's Board of Directors, informed the board of commissioners of the exhibit's debut at the board's regular meeting held M

A proposed law in the General Assembly would allow distilleries in North Carolina to sell liquor outside the ABC system, but it's generating stiff opposition from local ABC and government boards.
Senate Bill 24 (House Bill 107) would allow distilleries to sell a single container of liquor once a year to visitors to their distilleries. Sen. Rick Gu

Bill would allow sales at distilleries

A proposed law in the General Assembly would allow distilleries in North Carolina to sell liquor outside the ABC system, but it's generating stiff opposition from local ABC and government boards. Senate Bill 24 (House Bill 107) would allow distilleries to sell a single container of liquor once a year to visitors to their distilleries. Sen. Rick Gu

WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen will conduct a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Town Hall in West Jefferson.
According to Town Clerk Wesley Barker, the purpose of the meeting is to begin discussion on the Town's budget for FY 2015-2016. The board will also consider two resolutions at the meeting:
•

WJ Aldermen to hold special meeting Monday, March 23

WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen will conduct a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Town Hall in West Jefferson. According to Town Clerk Wesley Barker, the purpose of the meeting is to begin discussion on the Town's budget for FY 2015-2016. The board will also consider two resolutions at the meeting: •

Update, March 25, 2015: Arrest warrants for Danny Harmon, 33, of West Jefferson, provided the incorrect age of the victim. The victim was identified as being 13 years of age when in fact she's 6. According to Carolyn Gentry with the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, the warrants will be amended according to law.
A West Jefferson man has been charged w

WJ man charged with four counts of statutory rape

Update, March 25, 2015: Arrest warrants for Danny Harmon, 33, of West Jefferson, provided the incorrect age of the victim. The victim was identified as being 13 years of age when in fact she's 6. According to Carolyn Gentry with the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, the warrants will be amended according to law. A West Jefferson man has been charged w

It was May 1996.
I was on the verge of turning 16 and all I could think about was my proverbial entrance through the gates that would lead me into the world of adulthood, and all the selfish stuff that came along with it - a driver's license, a boost in allowance (hopefully) and with a bit of luck, a car to call my own.
Fast forward nearly two de

A young girl's 16th birthday wish

It was May 1996. I was on the verge of turning 16 and all I could think about was my proverbial entrance through the gates that would lead me into the world of adulthood, and all the selfish stuff that came along with it - a driver's license, a boost in allowance (hopefully) and with a bit of luck, a car to call my own. Fast forward nearly two de

WEST JEFFERSON — Quilt Square Girls, the downtown West Jefferson business owned by Syndi and Renee Brooks, well-known for their handcrafted barn quilts and daily messages/affirmations posted on a chalkboard that rests outside of their store, is now known for another distinction - Ashe County's Small Business of the Year for 2015.
Quilt Squar

Big win for the Quilt Square Girls

WEST JEFFERSON — Quilt Square Girls, the downtown West Jefferson business owned by Syndi and Renee Brooks, well-known for their handcrafted barn quilts and daily messages/affirmations posted on a chalkboard that rests outside of their store, is now known for another distinction - Ashe County's Small Business of the Year for 2015. Quilt Squar

This is the first installment in a bi-weekly series of photos and news of Ashe County yesteryear.
Hugh Morton, the “dean” of North Carolina photography and statewide environmental conservation, captured this picture of Bluff Mountain many years ago.
The photo became a postcard used by Colourpicture Publishers and was titled “On

Looking Back: 'On Top of Bluff Mountain'

This is the first installment in a bi-weekly series of photos and news of Ashe County yesteryear. Hugh Morton, the “dean” of North Carolina photography and statewide environmental conservation, captured this picture of Bluff Mountain many years ago. The photo became a postcard used by Colourpicture Publishers and was titled “On

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently released a draft of its 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and now they're seeking feedback from the public.
The NCDOT is hosting a series of 10 information sessions across the state in March and April where individuals can stop in, ask questions and provide fee

NCDOT seeks feedback on local road projects

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently released a draft of its 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and now they're seeking feedback from the public. The NCDOT is hosting a series of 10 information sessions across the state in March and April where individuals can stop in, ask questions and provide fee

ASHE COUNTY — A group of 26 students from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa. recently spent their spring break in Ashe County as part of the school's Appalachian Experience program. This was the second year in a row Ashe County has been included in the Appalachian Experience (APEX).
APEX, which is in its 22nd year, is a program tha

Philadelphia college students give back…to Ashe County

ASHE COUNTY — A group of 26 students from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa. recently spent their spring break in Ashe County as part of the school's Appalachian Experience program. This was the second year in a row Ashe County has been included in the Appalachian Experience (APEX). APEX, which is in its 22nd year, is a program tha

Dollar General is already anticipating stiffer competition this year once Dollar Tree completes its purchase of Matthews-based Family Dollar.
In an earnings release Thursday, the Tennessee-based discount retailer said it expects income and sales for the year ending next January to fall below Wall Street estimates as it ramps up spending to open mo

Dollar General: Stiff competition in 2015 once Family Dollar deal complete

Dollar General is already anticipating stiffer competition this year once Dollar Tree completes its purchase of Matthews-based Family Dollar. In an earnings release Thursday, the Tennessee-based discount retailer said it expects income and sales for the year ending next January to fall below Wall Street estimates as it ramps up spending to open mo

Two nearby state parks, Stone Mountain (Roaring Gap, N.C.) and Grayson Highlands (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), are among two of the 20 nominees for Best State Park.
Hiking enthusiasts and park supporters from across the region have the opportunity to compete on the national level in the USA Today sponsored competition. According to the organization's we

Stone Mtn., Grayson Highlands ranked among nations best

Two nearby state parks, Stone Mountain (Roaring Gap, N.C.) and Grayson Highlands (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), are among two of the 20 nominees for Best State Park. Hiking enthusiasts and park supporters from across the region have the opportunity to compete on the national level in the USA Today sponsored competition. According to the organization's we

JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting with the Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden, beginning at noon on Monday, March 16.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss future needs of Ashe County Schools.
The meeting will be held in the Central Office Annex in Jefferson. The meeting is

Ashe Commissioners to meet with Board of Education, Superintendent

JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting with the Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden, beginning at noon on Monday, March 16. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss future needs of Ashe County Schools. The meeting will be held in the Central Office Annex in Jefferson. The meeting is

LAUREL SPRINGS — A single car accident that occurred late Tuesday afternoon in Laurel Springs sent one man to the hospital and caused serious damage to his car.
According to collision information from the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Ethan J. Swiney of Lansing was traveling west on N.C. 88 around 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 when he traveled acros

Single car accident sends one to hospital

LAUREL SPRINGS — A single car accident that occurred late Tuesday afternoon in Laurel Springs sent one man to the hospital and caused serious damage to his car. According to collision information from the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Ethan J. Swiney of Lansing was traveling west on N.C. 88 around 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 when he traveled acros

ASHE COUNTY — The following individuals were arrested and booked in the Ashe County Detention Center between March 3 - 9.
• Crystal Lynn Maxwell, 35, of West Jefferson, was charged with misdemeanor larceny on March 3. Maxwell was released March 4 ($600 secured bond).
• Kendra Nicole Pearson, 25, of Boomer, was charged in Ashe Co

Ashe County Crime Report

ASHE COUNTY — The following individuals were arrested and booked in the Ashe County Detention Center between March 3 - 9. • Crystal Lynn Maxwell, 35, of West Jefferson, was charged with misdemeanor larceny on March 3. Maxwell was released March 4 ($600 secured bond). • Kendra Nicole Pearson, 25, of Boomer, was charged in Ashe Co

An outbreak of drug-resistant “superbug” infections may have sent officials at Virginia Mason Medical Center scrambling for solutions, but hospitals across Seattle, Wash. — and in North Carolina and beyond — say they're stepping up surveillance and safety practices too.
No infections tied to contaminated medical scopes have

'Superbug' outbreak sparks changes at hospitals

An outbreak of drug-resistant “superbug” infections may have sent officials at Virginia Mason Medical Center scrambling for solutions, but hospitals across Seattle, Wash. — and in North Carolina and beyond — say they're stepping up surveillance and safety practices too. No infections tied to contaminated medical scopes have

Two area youth baseball players - one from Lansing, another from Avery County - are featured in the 2014 edition of “The Best Players in Babe Ruth League.”
Both Austin Poe of Lansing and Ty Smith of Linville were featured in the book's 2014 edition.
The book, which is published annually, features all-star athletes from across the Unit

Two local athletes featured in baseball book

Two area youth baseball players - one from Lansing, another from Avery County - are featured in the 2014 edition of “The Best Players in Babe Ruth League.” Both Austin Poe of Lansing and Ty Smith of Linville were featured in the book's 2014 edition. The book, which is published annually, features all-star athletes from across the Unit

JEFFERSON — In a 3-2 vote, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners denied a request by Wilkes Community College for $6.5 million to construct or renovate a new facility for the Ashe Campus at the board's regular meeting Monday, March 2.
WCC Associate Vice President said the funding would have increased the school's chances of receiving $750,0

Ashe BOC deny one funding request, approve another

JEFFERSON — In a 3-2 vote, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners denied a request by Wilkes Community College for $6.5 million to construct or renovate a new facility for the Ashe Campus at the board's regular meeting Monday, March 2. WCC Associate Vice President said the funding would have increased the school's chances of receiving $750,0





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