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Garden Buddies aims to tackle food insecurity in Ashe County

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There’s a new program to help Ashe County families struggling with food insecurity.“Garden Buddies: Growing in Christ’s Likeness” is a new collaborative effort aimed at tackling the issue of food insecurity and creating skilled gardeners in Ashe County. It’s a partnership between West Jefferson First Baptist Church, the Ashe Sharing Center and the following cooperating agencies: Ashe County Health Department, ACHS Agriculture Department and the N.C. Cooperative Extension.The project was the idea of West Jefferson Baptist Church parishioners Kelly Vannoy and Jane and Rick Gardner.


Annual Spring Fest is Saturday

For 29 years, the Ashe County Arts Council has hosted Spring Fest, a tradition which has entertained, inspired and enriched many local children.This year, Spring Fest will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Early Learning Center, also known as the old West Jefferson School gymnasium. This event is free for both young and old.Spring Fest will feature over two dozen hands-on art activities for children of all ages. The theme for Spring Fest is “li...

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Thirteen year-old banjo player keeping busy

A 13 year-old banjo player from Laurel Springs is continuing to hone her pickin’ skills in the world of old time and bluegrass music.Since first being featured in the Jefferson Post in October 2013, Madison Shepherd has been hard at work recording and performing with the “Close Kin” music project.Shepherd and the other Close Kin musicians will be performing this weekend, April 11 and 12, at the Second Annual Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising (BRAU), in Wythe...

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Commissioners updated on Ashe homeless

The Ashe County Board of Commissioners, at it’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 7, was updated on the state of homelessness in Ashe County and the rest of the High Country.Talking to the Board about the problem was Todd Carter of the Hospitality House in Boone and Michael Lea, the vice chair of the Ashe County Coalition for the Homeless and pastor of West Jefferson First Baptist Church.According to a “point-in-time” survey done by the state...

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ACHS Band will be sporting new uniforms in the fall

Ashe County High School Band Boosters President Tamara Shepherd (left) and ACHS Band Director Carrie Mitchell (center), accept a check for $10,000 from Ashe County Board of Education Member Terry Williams toward the purchase of new marching band uniforms.Williams presented the check at the ACHS Band Boosters monthly meeting on April 1. The ACHS Band Boosters raised $10,000 and the Board of Education matched that amount.The current band uniforms are 15 years old and liter...

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Brouhaha offers lively discussion of books over drinks

Each month, a lively discussion called a brouhaha is hosted by the Ashe County Public Library at Boondocks, as a way to discuss literature in an environment away from work.“The meaning of brouhaha is German for lively discussion,” said Suzanne Moore, county librarian. “So we have our discussions at a brewery over books.”The discussions start at 5:30 p.m. on the last Monday of every month, and the discussions are not limited to one book or genre....

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Helton’s woolen mill operated for over 50 years

One highlight of my teenage years was visiting John Littlewood’s woolen mill. It still stands across Helton Creek from N.C. 194 N in “downtown” Helton.As Mr. Littlewood showed me around one day in 1954, several things caught my attention. One was the power systems. The mill could be operated by a steam engine, water power or electricity. The steam engine was favored in winter for the heat also warmed the building. Helton Creek was dammed upstream and a sluice carr...

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Vannoys announce engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Vannoy, of Jefferson are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica, to Matthew Carson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Carson of Crumpler.Erica earned a master’s degree in speech language pathology and a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders with a minor in business from Appalachian State University. She is currently employed as a Speech Language Pathologist at Genesis Health Care.Matthew earned an associate degree in busin...

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