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Arts Council holds ARTifacts Yard Sale fundraiser

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A temporary, deluxe thrift store popped up for a few hours in West Jefferson this past Saturday.The Ashe County Arts Council held its 20th annual ARTifacts Yard Sale Saturday, April 19 at the Early Learning Center in West Jefferson.Jane Lonon, executive director of the arts council, said the arts council was fortunate to have so many high-quality items donated for this year’s yard sale.“We were fortunate to have a lot of really nice items this year because a lot of people are downsizing or moving,” Lonon said.


Economic impact of tourism here doubles over 15 years

Tourism-related spending in Ashe County has doubled over the last 15 years, according to a presentation made by the Ashe Chamber of Commerce to the Ashe Board of Commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 21.In 2012, tourism contributed $46.55 million to the county economy, compared to $23.68 million in 1998, said Scott Ballard, chairman of the Ashe Chamber Board of Directors.“It doesn’t seem that long ago, but tourism in (Ashe) Cou...

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Walmart supports Museum’s reference library

The Walmart Foundation and the Ashe County Walmart Facility #3289 have awarded a grant through the Local Facility Giving Program in the amount of $1,500.The grant will enable the Museum of Ashe County History to continue the employment of a library specialist.Darlene Van Dyke is organizing and cataloging the museum’s collection of over 1,000 books, magazines, school yearbooks and genealogical references. Once completed, the materials will be easy to access, and wil...

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ACHBA’s Gun and Sports Show is this weekend

The Ashe County Home Builders Association will be hosting its Fourth Annual Gun and Sports Show at the Shatley Farms Distribution Center in Jefferson.“We’ll have everything,” said Tammie Pruitt-Coffey, executive officer of the ACHBA. “We’ll have antique firearms, assault rifles…really just guns of all kinds. We have gun boxes and safes, knives, military surplus, tactical gear and survival gear.”In addition, coins will also be for...

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Our Variety Literatureland

“Variety Vacationland.” Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past?I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.”In the next few weeks I plan to provide support for my suggestion in the form of books and their authors who will be appearing on North Carolina Bookwatch.First is Krista Bremer, associate publisher of The Sun, a successful national magazine, headquartered in Chapel Hill. Bremer’s essays have been published...

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ACS art teachers engaging all students via new instructional method

Art teachers in Ashe County Schools are incorporating a new method of instruction into their curriculum, and it’s connecting well with their students.At the April 7 meeting of the Ashe County Board of Education, held at the Ashe Arts Council, in West Jefferson, several art teachers addressed the board about some of the exciting things happening in their classrooms.Each year, the board holds one regular meeting at the Arts Council as a means of expressing their appr...

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Volunteer opportunities abound for teens

Summer is on the horizon and that means come mid-June, over 3,000 elementary, middle and high school students in Ashe County will have a lot of spare time on their hands.Ashe County Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Luther said there are plenty of opportunities available for kids and teenagers to volunteer in the county during the summer months and beyond.According to Luther, lots of students enjoy volunteering with Ashe County Parks and Recreation and places like Ashe Memori...

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Men’s tennis splits pair

Ashe County wrapped up its tennis regular season last week with a victory over Starmount and a tough loss to Wilkes Central.Ashe 9, Starmount 0The Huskies made easy work of Starmount on Wednesday, sweeping all nine matches.“I think it was probably some of the best tennis we have played this season,” said Ashe’s Head Coach Larry Dix.All of this came in spite of the team not being able to practice outdoors on Monday ...

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Earth Day celebration taking place at Ashe County Library

The Ashe County Public Library will be hosting an Earth Day celebration starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.At 4 p.m., the library will host a story walk outside, allowing children to walk and look at signs which consist of the story book’s pages. Following that, Jo and Scott Wohlfeld from the Wild Crafters will teach attendees how to build their own potato towers, helping grow food in a small space.“This is an efficient way to grow potatoes and if you ha...

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Lady Huskies top Starmount, 6-1

The Lady Huskies kept its dominant conference performances going last Thursday with a 6-1 victory over Starmount.Bekah Bowers had a tremendous first half, scoring both of the team’s goals in the opening 40 minutes. Her first strike came in the seventh minute and she quickly followed that up with another tally in the 12th minute.After the halftime stoppage, the Ashe offense really came to life early. Senior striker Candi Sanchez scored in the 49th minute and Bowers ...

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County crime report

April 7 Dennis Arlie Miller, 48, of Creston was charged with simple assault and assault on a female. Bond information is unavailable. Miller was released later that day.Michael Lee Jones, 35, of Lansing was charged with non-support of a child and fraud disposal of mortgage property. Bond was set at $5,263.25. Jones has not been released.Randall Allan Phipps, 27, of Crumpler was charged with non-support of a child. Bond was set at $1,000. Phipp...

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Elkin tosses one-hitter against Ashe

Will Altemueller was simply dominant on the mound for his Elkin squad, allowing just one Ashe hit and striking out 12 Husky hitters on the way to a 9-2 victory.Ashe was held hitless until the sixth inning when Michael Elliott blooped a single to center.In spite of the great pitching, it was Ashe that got on the scoreboard first in the opening frame.Joe Richardson walked and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice grounder by Bradley Richie.Ne...

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Repairing election process, a debate worth watching

I don’t blame Thom Tillis for refusing to attend one of the three televised GOP Senate primary debates. The only mystery is why he (or any candidate) is bothering with any of them.Many of us have idyllic notions of yesteryear’s Lincoln-Douglas debates. Some of us even have remembrances of the Kennedy-Nixon debates when, discounting Nixon’s sweaty TV appearance, substance mattered and we got a chance to learn their positions on the issues. We conceptually support t...

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Geno’s restaurant closing after 37 years

Geno’s restaurant will close its doors once and for all after dinner on Sunday, April 27, after its building was bought by Boondocks Brewing.”We were getting tired,” said Janet Waln who owns the restaurant with her husband Ronnie and Michael and Terry Hodges. “We have been running it for 21 and a half years and business has changed a lot.”Geno’s began serving the people of Ashe County in 1976 when the original owner, Geno Carbosano ope...

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Hagel Memorial Golf Tournament tees off April 26

Area golfers all know the arrival of spring means it’s time for the Carl and Pearl Hagel Memorial Golf Tournament at Mountain Aire Golf Club.This year’s event, the 19th annual tournament, is scheduled for Saturday, April 26. All proceeds will go to directly benefit the Ashe County Free Medical Clinic.The format is captain’s choice with two shotgun starts scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A $75 entry fee covers green and cart fees plus a fabulous mea...

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JV baseball update

The junior varsity baseball team has won two of its last four games, including a pair of conference victories.In a non-conference game at Watauga, the Pioneers came away with a 7-3 victory.Ashe bounced back in a big way with a 13-2 victory at Elkin and a 10-2 win over visiting Alleghany.Most recently, Ashe squared off against Starmount at home but came away on the losing end, 10-4.This week, the JV squad will be at home for three games. The Huskies ...

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Board of Commissioners honors local volunteers

Hard-working, dedicated volunteers from around the county were honored at the 29th annual Ashe County Commissioner’s Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony on Thursday, April 10 at the Ashe County High School auditorium.In addition to commissioners, in attendance were County Manager Sam Yearick, County Volunteer Coordinator Glenda Luther, members of the Chamber of Commerce and other members of the community.“I want to thank all the volunteers within our county...

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Steve Wilson promoted at McFarland & Company

Stephen C. Wilson has been promoted to the position of Vice President and Editorial Director of McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, of Jefferson.Wilson joined the company as Assistant Editor in 1991, shortly after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill summa cum laude with a degree in English. He steadily took on more responsibility in the editorial department, being promoted to editor in 1993, senior editor in 1998, Executive Editor in 2004, and Editori...

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