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Largest drug bust in Ashe County history underway

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The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation are in the process of carrying out the largest drug round-up in Ashe County history.“Operation Witches Brew” began early this morning and is the culmination of an undercover narcotics sting that began in February 2012.“This is the largest drug round-up in the history of the county,” Sheriff James Williams said. “This has been an undercover narcotics sting since February of 2012.”Several suspects have been taken into custody over the past several months, however, Williams expects over 50 arrests to be made during the course of today.“We expect to arrest anywhere from 54-55 people today,” Williams said.

 

Questions about Islamic academies raise more red flags about vouchers

The more details you hear about the state’s startlingly unaccountable private school voucher scheme and the questionable schools now receiving taxpayer money, the more troubling it all seems.In an election year dominated by a back and forth over education issues, it’s baffling why the problems with the voucher program that diverts public money to private schools hasn’t received more attention.The latest revelation comes from a story this week by NC Poli...

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Ashe County wreck report

The following accidents that occurred between Oct. 5 and Oct. 11 were reported by the N.C. Highway Patrol and are considered public record.Oct. 5Highway 221A single-vehicle accident occurred at 12:25 p.m. on Highway 221 in Fleetwood. According to the accident report, an unknown driver in a 2000 Ford was traveling north and ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle overturned and came to a rest on its left side. The drive...

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North Carolina’s three-legged stool

Time was political candidates didn’t spend all their money and energies telling us what a contemptuous scoundrel their opponent was. Instead, they shared their vision for how we could be better and how they proposed to make it so. I know it is a fantasyland excursion but can we imagine a modern-day campaign based on this approach? Let’s call it North Carolina’s three-legged stool of education, jobs and health.

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County agrees to settle lawsuit over landfill expansion

JEFFERSON — Ashe County has agreed to the terms of a settlement regarding a pending lawsuit with Mooresville-based Hunter Construction Group, Inc.The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the terms of a legal settlement between the County and Hunter Construction, the firm contracted to expand the Ashe County Landfill in 2009, at the conclusion of the board’s regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 20.According to County Attorney John Kilby, all that rema...

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New wildlife t-shirts debut at state fair

For the third year in a row, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with Neuse Sport Shop to create a wildlife diversity t-shirt that will debut at the agency’s State Fair exhibit in Raleigh, Oct. 16-26.This year’s t-shirt initially will be available only in the Commission’s State Fair tent. The shirt’s front features a tundra swan flying across the agency’s wildlife logo and the back features a large rendition of the tundra swan art. The...

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Commissioners updated on new ambulance service

JEFFERSON — Almost four months have passed since Ashe Medics became the county’s ambulance service provider and judging from Director Craig Sullivan’s presentation to the Ashe County Board of Commissioners and board members subsequent comments, the transition couldn’t have gone any smoother.Sullivan delivered an ambulance service progress report to the board at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 20.Ashe Medics became the county’s ambulance ser...

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Tugfest scheduled for this weekend

Live music, games and food are just a few of the offerings that will be available at the first annual Tugfest, which is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25 at Ashe Services for Aging in West Jefferson.Tugfest is named in honor of former Jefferson Mayor and Chair of the Ashe Services for Aging Board Dana Tugman, who passed away on Dec. 6, 2013.Tugman served on the Ashe Services for Aging Board from 1995 to 2013.All proceeds raised d...

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NOAA: Warm winter likely for western U.S.; South may see colder weather

Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England, according to the U.S. Winter Outlook, issued Thursday, Oct. 16 by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

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Spending has diminishing returns

One of my favorite modern historians, the late Rufus Fears at the University of Oklahoma, was fond of saying that “ideas make history.” University of Chicago professor and North Carolina native Richard Weaver expressed a similar view in his famous 1948 book Ideas Have Consequences.Sounds obvious, I know, but both men were challenging the orthodoxy of scholars, usually but not always Marxists, who believed that inexorable social forces determined the outcome of history. ...

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Sheriff provides update on several meth cases

On the heels of an early morning meth lab bust in Warrensville on Wednesday, Oct. 15, Ashe County Sheriff James Williams updated the media on several other cases involving methamphetamine, which were reported in the Jefferson Post over the past several months.Last Wednesday, Samuel Omar Hunt, 46, of Warrensville, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of meth precursor chemicals. His next court appearance on those charges is scheduled for Oct. 30...

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Libby’s encourages women to have their mammograms done

How many people does it take to make a difference? ONE.ONE hope will raise our spirits. ONE touch can show you care. ONE heart can know what’s true. ONE life can make a difference.What will you do this year to help bring an end to breast cancer?It takes doing something personal to make a big difference and save lives. Have your annual mammogram done. Do it for those who love you.In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month LibbyR...

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Ashe rolls over East Wilkes, 48-14

WEST JEFFERSON – Connor Bowers tossed four touchdown passes and the Huskies added three more scores on the ground to remain undefeated, topping East Wilkes 48-14.Ashe out-gained East Wilkes 340 to 204 and did most of its damage in the first half of Friday night’s Homecoming game.It took the Huskies just three plays and 39 seconds to score on its first drive. Sophomore running back Skye Sullivan powered ahead for a 16-yard touchdown. Kendall Richardson’s...

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Museum’s annual meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 21 in WJ

The annual meeting of the Museum of Ashe County History will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 in Hensley Hall at West Jefferson United Methodist Church.Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.Jeff Futch, Western Regional Supervisor of the North Carolina Department of Archives and History, is this year’s special guest. He will be on hand to discuss the many resources available through the Western Office as well as Museums in Partne...

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We simply must do better

Officials from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will present an alarming report on the educational performance of students with disabilities at today’s State Board of Education meeting that calls into question the quality of education the state’s most vulnerable children receive.Only 9.9% of high school students with disabilities scored proficient on the state’s end-of-grade math assessments during the 2012-13 school year – compared to 45%...

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ACHS Homecoming Queen crowned

Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post - Maggie Witherspoon (right) was named the 2014 Ashe County High School Homecoming Queen on Friday night. She was presented her crown, flowers and sash by last year’s queen, Hailey Richardson.

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Huskies top Cardinals, 9-0

WEST JEFFERSON – The Huskies continued the charge to an undefeated Mountain Valley Athletic Conference season and most assuredly a high seed in the 2A state playoffs with a 9-0 win at home against East Wilkes on Thursday.It was a wet and damp evening in the High Country, but that did not keep the Huskies from overpowering yet another opponent with a mercy rule victory.Miguel Ramos got his first goal of the night in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead.Cesa...

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Controlled burn planned in Ashe County

DURHAM – The Nature Conservancy plans a controlled burn at its Bluff Mountain Preserve.Because controlled burns are largely weather-dependent, the burn could occur any time between November and early December when the weather is appropriate.The 85-acre burn will take place near the peak of Bluff Mountain.The goal is to restore high elevation red oak trees.Young oak trees aren’t growing well at Bluff Mountain. That’s a problem, beca...

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