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Mountaineers picked seventh in Sun Belt

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In its upcoming inaugural season in the Sun Belt Conference, the coaches have picked Appalachian State to finish seventh out of 11 conference teams.The preseason poll was released on Saturday.The Mountaineers are one spot ahead of former Southern Conference rival Georgia Southern. The Mountaineers finished with 47 voting points while GSU had 44.Louisiana-Lafayette picked up every first place vote and is the big favorite to win the conference title.Arkansas State was picked to finish second, followed by South Alabama, Troy and Louisiana-Monroe. Texas State was tabbed to finish sixth, followed by ASU, GSU, Idaho, Georgia State and New Mexico State.It is just over a month until the 2014 campaign begins.

 

So many new voters, where did they come from?

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in the state’s election process, DataNet gives us a sh...

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Future stars enjoy softball camp

Nathan Ham | Jefferson PostSeveral young softball players took part in the Diamond Stars Softball Camp last week at Ashe County High School. Front row, left to right: Lydia Edmonson, Becca Wonsick, Madi Roland, Brooke Vannoy, Skyler Vannoy, Kirklyn Hudler and Kenadie Hudler. Middle row, left to right: Caroline Chambers, Ashley Barnes, Jadon Jones, Jordan Jones, Tori Prichard, Rebecca Yakel, Lora Jones, Ashley Braswell, Savannah Vannoy and Caroline Wainwright. Back row, left to righ...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Jefferson Post is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.jeffersonpost.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to ...

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Backstreet Concert Series continues Friday, July 25

The Backstreet Park is the place to be for fun and entertainment at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25, when the Crooked Road Ramblers, appear for a 90-minute concert of toe-tapping, old-time, good old music, sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council.The Ramblers have appeared in the area several times, always to appreciative crowds and are rapidly gaining new followers.

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You Decide: What are the gains and gaps in our economy?

Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.Any economic forecast must begin with the national economy for the simple reason that, regardless of where you live in the country, roughly two-thirds of what happens to commerce is determined by the ups and downs of the national economy. He...

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Ashe County Wreck Report

The following are collision reports posted by the N.C. Highway Patrol in Ashe County the week of July 7.The reports are public record.July 7A two-car crash occurred on U.S. 221 near the intersection of N.C. 16 east of Jefferson at 8:30 a.m. on July 7.According to the narrative, James Wyatt, of West Jefferson, was traveling west on U.S. 221 while Herbert Wilcox, of Crumpler, was traveling east. Wilcox was attempting to turn left onto...

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Blue Ridge Brutal set for Aug. 9

Bikers from all parts of the country will be in Ashe County on Aug. 9 for the annual Blue Ridge Brutal 100 race.Each year, bikers show up to challenge the grueling elevation changes to try and complete the 100-mile ride. There are 75 and 57-mile rides for those that are not sure they can handle the longest event.As if that is not enough, a limited group of riders that want to push themselves even more can take part in the Assault on Mount Jefferson, a three-mile climb fr...

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Ashe District Court decisions

The weekly session of the Ashe County District Court was held Thursday, July 10 with the honorable David V. Byrd presiding.The following decisions were handed down by the court:Jamie Lee Adams: (T) failure to stop for stopped bus (P) guilty (J) guilty. $50 plus CC.Jennifer Kay Barker: (F) aid and abet to larceny— 2 counts. (J) guilty. 45 days, 18 months probation. $3,400 in restitution. CC.Zackery A. Claycomb: (M) in...

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Ashe County Board of Education race set for November

November is over three months away, but the results of this year’s Ashe County Board of Education election is already a foregone conclusion.Filing for the 2014 Board of Education race ended on July 7.Three seats are up for grabs in this year’s election and it appears those seats will remain in the hands of the current occupants, barring some overly miraculous write-in campaign by a well-known candidate.Incumbents Polly Jones, Charles King and Terry...

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Second annual New River Paddle-A-Thon raises friends, funds and awareness to the river

On Saturday, July 12, the New River Conservancy (formerly National Committee for the New River) hosted its 2nd annual New River Paddle-A-Thon in partnership with the New River State Park, Riverside Canoe and Tube Rental, RiverCamp USA, New River Outfitters and the REGEAR Store.The goal of the Paddle-A-Thon was to encourage New River constituents to not only join the staff and Board of the New River Conservancy on the river for the day but to give paddlers a vehicle to raise awarene...

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App State’s Marcus Cox named to preseason award list

It did not take long for an Appalachian State player to appear on an award watch list in the Football Bowl Subdivision.Sophomore tailback Marcus Cox was named to the 2014 Doak Walker Award preseason watch list. The award is given annually to the nation’s top running back.Cox, a 5-10, 200-pound running back from Georgia, was outstanding as a true freshman last season. He set a pair of freshman rushing records with total rushing yards (1,250) and total touchdowns (21...

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N.C. Wildlife Commission sets migratory game bird seasons

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.Seasons and bag limits for most species are similar to last year with the notable exception of the dove hunting season. This year, 20 additional days were allowed and the Commission added a portion of those extra days to the early October segment of the season and added the remaining extra days to late November ...

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Twilight League update

Week 9 results:W.J. Chevrolet (-2) ties Day’s Body Shop (-2)Mountain Aire (1) defeated Cardinals Lanes (-12)Furches Evergreens (16) defeated Scott Brothers (-2)Mt. Jefferson Motors (6) defeated Ashe County Builders (-1)Bureaucrats (24) defeated Peak Farms (2)AEV (-8) defeated Badger Funeral Home (-18)Week 10 results:W.J Chevrolet (7) defeated Cardinal Lanes (-2)...

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Lansing Aldermen discuss uses of Powell Bill funds

The Lansing Board of Aldermen held a discussion regarding how to use Powell Bill funds during its monthly meeting Monday, July 14.“There are a lot of different funds and items that the Powell Bill money can be used for that I don’t think have been taken advantage of,” said Marcy Little, town clerk for Lansing. “It seems like there have been some things that could be covered by Powell Bill funds that haven’t been.”Powell Bill funds are ...

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Perfect weather for baseball camp

Nathan Ham | Jefferson PostThe annual Diamond Stars Baseball Camp saw plenty of bright sunshine but cooler temperatures last week as 15 young baseball players in the county came to learn and improve their skills. Campers this year were: Landon Jordan, Samuel Tibbs, Jordan Tibbs, Jackson Krider, Caleb Scott, Kaden Burgess, Brodie Burgess, Wyatt Taylor, Colby Lewis, William Howell, Dalton Eller, Carson Pope, Tyler Harmon, Luke Osborne and Max Pruitt. Camp instructors included coach R...

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County crime report

June 23Clarence William Myers Jr., 46, of Warrensville was charged with probation violation. Bond was set at $1,500. Myers has not been released.Joseph Paul Meyer, 25, of Crumpler was charged with communicating threats. Bond information is unavailable. Meyer was released later that day.June 24William Franklin Johnson Jr., 24, of Creston was charged with eight counts of statutory rape of someone six years of age or o...

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The Kruger Brothers headline weekend of live music in Todd

A weekend of live music featuring some of the best area musicians and an internationally renowned Americana trio hits Todd this weekend.It all begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, when Eric Ellis and the Caldwell Line perform at Cook Memorial Park.Ellis’s performance is a part of the Todd Community Preservation Organization’s (TCPO) Summer Music Series.Admission is free of charge and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chair to enjo...

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