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2,800 DWI arrests during statewide Labor Day campaign

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The Labor Day holiday ushers in the start of school, the NFL and college football seasons and signals the end of summer – marking a time many people decide to celebrate with alcohol.The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program worked closely with law enforcement officers statewide to keep drunk drivers off the road during the Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign. On Tuesday, Sept. 16 they announced that approximately 2,757 people were arrested across North Carolina from Aug. 15 - Sept. 1 for DWI.

 

We may never know how much our children are learning

The headlines sounded great. 56 percent of our students passed their end of grade tests, compared to just 44 percent last year. A more thorough reading reveals the 11-point gain was a result of educators relaxing the scoring scale, making the tests easier to pass. It left us questioning whether we will ever know how well our students are performing.

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WJCC checkers tournament scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20

The inaugural West Jefferson Centennial Checkers Tournament is scheduled to take place this weekend.The tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Friendly Shoe Store at 13 N. Jefferson Ave. in West Jefferson. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend. The cost of competing in the tournament is only $1.Each player will play every other player twice, according to Lynn Rees-Jones, event coordinator for the West Jefferson Centennial Commission. A win...

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Rush to war

A shadowy terrorist group with Dark Ages savagery and Digital Age media savvy beheads two journalists and posts a video. So – 13 years to the day after 9/11 – we’re off to war!Talking TV heads spin us into a frenzy. Democratic and Republican politicians race to the cameras to out-hawk each other. John McCain and Lindsay Graham talk tough. Old Reliable Dick Cheney warns us that we’d better get back to his war that worked so well over the last decade. Rick Per...

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Huskies humble Rams, 7-2

Miguel Ramos scored three goals and Cesar Ruiz scored twice as Ashe County sped past Starmount, 7-2, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference game Monday night.“It’s easy to coach when you have as many fast weapons as we have,” Ashe County Coach Wes Rousseau said. “It’s hard to contain us. We finished the opportunities we had.”“I knew how fast they were,” Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said. “I thought I knew how good M...

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Day’s Body Shop wins Twilight League

Congratulations to the 2014 Mountain Aire Twilight League Tournament Champions, Day’s Body Shop.They defeated Furches Evergreens in the final match on Monday, Sept 15Day’s Body Shop team members were Jeff Day, Brandon Day, Shawn Day, Jock Gilley, Josh Shell, Mark Little, John Shaw, and Rock Vannoy.Ashe County Builders won the regular season title earlier this year.Mountain Aire would like to thank everyone who participated in the twiligh...

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Fall offerings at the Ashe Senior Center

Ashe Services for Aging is hosting a number of events in the coming months that will benefit both the Senior Center and area seniors.Events include a Social Security seminar, free health clinic and yard sale.SSA Public Outreach Seminar“The Social Security Administration out of Wilkes is coming to do an outreach seminar to the public,” Ashe Senior Center Assistant Glenda Luther said. “We’ve not had them here in quite a w...

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Initial autopsy results on Smith death released

The Boone Police Department has received the preliminary results of an autopsy on the body of Anna M. Smith.Boone Police received the results late Tuesday, Sept. 16 and released the information to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 17.Smith, an 18-year-old freshman at Appalachian State University and High Point native, was reported missing by her roommate on Sept. 3. After an extensive county-wide search by multiple law enforcement agencies that stretched from the university...

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Absentee voting underway for this year’s election

Voting has officially begun in North Carolina for the 2014 general election.At least it has for voters planning to cast their votes using a mail-in absentee ballot. Those wishing to vote in person will have to either wait until early voting starts on Oct. 23 or until Election Day on Nov. 4.For those wishing to vote by mail though, you can now request an absentee ballot from your county board of elections. And for those who have voted mail-in absentee in the past, it̵...

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Volleyball scores first win

The Lady Husky volleyball team notched its first victory of the season on Saturday during a tri-match at Mount Airy High School.Ashe split its two matches, getting a win over North Forsyth but falling to Mount Airy.Ashe 3, North Forsyth 1The Lady Huskies stormed out to take a 25-12 win in the first game between the two squads. North Forsyth battled back to take the second set, 25-22. Ashe was able to hold strong and win the third and fourth se...

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Watauga edges Ashe at Mountain Aire

The women’s golf team took on Watauga in the final non-conference tune-up for the upcoming slate of Mountain Valley Conference matches.Watauga finished with a team total of 133, 10 shots better than the Lady Huskies.Sarah Hardin tied the best score of her career with a 39 to finish in second place. Watauga’s Mary Seramur won the match with a score of 38. Her teammate Katie Alexander was third with a 47.Ashe’s Olivia Barr finished with a 48. S...

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Consensus requires solid data

North Carolina’s public schools have just released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in the share of students who test at or above grade level.It’s a good example of why you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.

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Ashe County wreck report

The following accident reports between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6 are from the N.C. Highway Patrol and are considered public record.Sept. 5West JeffersonA single-vehicle accident occurred at 1:34 a.m. approximately 5.5 miles from West Jefferson on Dick Phillips Road. According to the narrative, a vehicle driven by Christopher Church of West Jefferson was traveling west when the vehicle traveled off the roadway, overturned and came to rest on its top....

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Economic development director selected for Ashe County

Ashe County has a new economic development director.County Manager Sam Yearick announced he extended an offer to Cathy Barr on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The announcement came at the end of the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.“We had some really good applicants, a number of highly qualified applicants,” Yearick said. “Cathy is originally from the Lansing area. She spent a number of years here, moved to Texas and spen...

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9/11: A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

By Alan Bulluckabulluck@civitasmedia.comLast Thursday, the nation took time to pause and remember those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.In Ashe County, countless American flags lined most streets and adorned homes and businesses. Faith Fellowship hosted an awards ceremony and parade that evening.At the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, song, prayer, ceremony and occasional tears marked th...

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Pathetic reactions to startling injustice

The release from prison this week of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, two Robeson County half-brothers wrongly incarcerated for 30 years for a rape and murder they did not commit, has made national and international news and reignited the debate over the tragically flawed capital punishment system in North Carolina.It has also prompted curious reactions from top state officials.McCollum spent his 30 years behind bars on death row, awaiting his execution for the rape and mu...

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Football game ruled no contest

By Nathan Hamnham@civitasmedia.comA strong line of thunderstorms put an end to Friday night’s football game between Ashe County and Hibriten.The game will be ruled a no contest, meaning it will not count for or against either squad.The game was shaping up to be a back-and-forth offensive slug fest with both teams combining for seven touchdowns in the first two quarters before the game was called off at halftime.Hibriten leading rush...

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Courting History: Ashe County’s first hospital (Jones Memorial Infirmary)

By Sam ShumateAshe County’s first hospital was located in Lansing.In fact, if you’re traveling north on N.C. 194 just past the old Lansing School and look to your right, you can still see the building. Slow down enough and look closely, you can still read “Jones Memorial Infirmary.”Thomas Jefferson Jones studied at the Medical College of Baltimore. He completed post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee. He was licensed to practi...

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