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Lansing Aldermen visited by High Country Council of Governments

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Members of the Lansing Board of Aldermen were visited by a representative from the High Country Council of Governments during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 14.Phil Trew, the director of planning and development from the organization gave an update on what the High Country Council of Governments does and wanted to discuss the plans the town has underway for the Lansing Creeper Trail Park.“We’re governed by a board of directors made up of one elected official from each of the 19 towns and seven counties,” he said.

 

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and with one in 58 children in the state diagnosed with the disorder, better awareness and understanding is urgently needed.“In NC, which was one of 11 states monitored through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, the prevalence rate is one in 58 children,” Director of Marketing and Communications for the Autism Society of NC (ASNC) David Laxton said. “This is an increase of 17 percent from the 2012 report.&...

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Violence down, alcohol/drug offenses up in schools

Violent acts such as physical and sexual assaults are down in Ashe County Schools, but drug and alcohol-related crimes increased from 2011-12 through last year.The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (N.C. DPI) released its 2012-13 Report of School Crime and Violence, earlier this month. The report documents the incidents of reportable acts of crime and violence in all 115 school districts across the state.According to a press release published by the N.C. DPI, “...

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Youth wrestlers attend ACMS camp

Young wrestlers from different parts of the High Country came to Ashe County Middle School last Saturday for a one-day wrestling seminar hosted by professional MMA and wrestling coach, Jeff Bedard.Kids from elementary school up through middle school and even a few high school wrestlers from Wilkes County made the trip up the mountain to be coached up by one of the best known wrestling coaches in the United States.“I was blessed to have Coach Bedard, a good friend o...

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‘Southern Justice’ offers one aspect of county reality

Let’s be honest; when it was announced several months ago that a film crew representing the National Geographic Channel was in Ashe County filming the daily interactions between the public and the sheriff’s department, did you really think the scenes recorded would be a rosy portrayal of traditional life here? Of course not.Did you imagine the scenes of law enforcement officers performing their daily, and occasionally dangerous, duties in keeping the citizenry safe woul...

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Ashe District Court decisions

The weekly session of the Ashe County District Court was held April 10, with the Honorable David V. Byrd presiding.These decisions were handed down by the court:James Eric Bennett: (M) assault with a deadly weapon (P) not guilty (J) guilty. 150 days suspended sentence, 24 months unsupervised probation, 72 hours CWS $100 plus CC. No contact whatsoever with victim, not be within 500 feet of victim. (M) communicating threats (P) not guilty (J) guilty. 120 days susp...

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Ashe golfers take fifth in two tourneys

In a pair of very competitive conference matches, the men’s golf team has finished in fifth place each time on the links.On April 10 at Mountain Aire Golf Course, Alleghany came away with the win. The Trojans shot 164 as a team, good enough for a three-shot victory over Wilkes Central. Elkin took third place with a score of 170. Starmount was fourth with a 171 and Ashe was fifth with a team total of 183. East Wilkes (191), West Wilkes (201) and North Wilkes (208) rounded out ...

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Choice program deserves defense

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be defending school ch...

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Softball drops two MVAC games

The Lady Husky softball team lost a pair of home games last week, first to West Wilkes and then to Alleghany.West Wilkes 17, Ashe 0Blackhawk ace Courtney Lackey allowed just one hit in four innings and retired nine Ashe batters on strikes to record the win on the mound. Lackey had a good night at the plate as well with three RBI’s and two runs scored.Caitlin Shepherd added two hits, two RBI’s and three runs scored. Lakyn Rutledge h...

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Industrial League champs

Submitted photo | Jefferson Post - The annual Industrial League hosted by Ashe County Parks and Recreation came to an end two weeks ago with the Mastercraft team winning the championship. Team members were: Kevin Nichols, Jordan Nichols, Matt Nichols, Daniel Waln, Brandon Lucas, Bradley Lucas, Dustin Hamm, John Spagnolo, Tavin Holman, Tatum Lemly and Tucker Clay. All but two of the team members played at Ashe County High School at some point during their basketball careers.

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UPDATE: Three sent to Ashe Memorial Hospital following wreck on Mt. Jefferson Road

A wreck involving an Ashe County Transport shuttle and late model GMC Yukon occurred just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.The wreck happened at the intersection of Mt. Jefferson Road and Mt. Jefferson State Park Road. Also impacted was a stop sign at the intersection on Mt. Jefferson State Park Road.According to West Jefferson Police Officer Randy Bundy, the driver of the Yukon, Andrea Hicks, was traveling west on Mt. Jefferson State Park Road when she failed to stop at the inters...

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Saying thanks is not enough

We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans.They can be forgiven if they think “Thanks for your service” is an incomplete thank you, an insincere and hollow expression, showing a lack of understanding and real appreciation of what these men and women had been through.So how can we appreciate what they have done, if we have no idea about their real experiences?There is help. In 12 b...

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Garden Buddies aims to tackle food insecurity in Ashe County

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. Co...

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Track team competes in Porter Relays

Ashe County traveled to Lenoir for the annual Porter Relays with both the men’s and women’s track teams finishing in fourth place overall out of nine teams.The meet started with field events. Brandon Wingler finished 12th overall in the shot put. Luis Ramos finished 17th and Mitchell Brown was 23rd. Wingler ended up 10th in the discus throw while Brown was 17th and Ramos was 23rd.Ashe had four men compete in the long jump. Ronald Goodlander had the best finis...

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Commissioners approve resolution for Todd water study

In a 4-0 vote by the Ashe County Board of Commissioners, a resolution requesting a technical assistance grant for a study for Todd water and waste-water facilities was approved.The technical assistance grant will be used to fund a preliminary engineering report.If approved by the state, the county would receive a $50,000 grant for the study from the N.C. Department of the Environment and Natural Resources. Of that money, $45,000 would go to an engineering report while $5...

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Ashe tennis beats Oak Hill, falls to Elkin

Ashe County split a pair of tennis matches late last week. The Huskies easily handled non-conference foe Oak Hill Academy, 6-0, but came up on the losing end at Elkin, 9-0.Oak Hill brought only four players so the teams played four singles matches and two doubles matches.“Although we only played six matches, it provided more match experience for those that played. The more they play, the most consistent they become,” said Ashe County Head Coach Larry Dix....

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It appears winter is finally over

At last, the long winter seems to be behind us.With several days of clear skies and warming temperatures, folks have ventured out in significant numbers over the last week.This past weekend was a perfect example of the so-called “pent-up demand” for a break in the weather.In nearly every corner of the county, folks were out and about enjoying the excellent conditions.

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Ashe schools asking county for $4.8 million for 2014-15

At the April 7 regular meeting of the Ashe County Board of Education, the board unanimously approved requesting approximately $5 million from the county government for the 2014-15 fiscal year.The funding, if received, will be for operational expenses and capital improvements.Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden and Associate Superintendent Phyllis Yates met with County Manager Sam Yearick last week to discuss the details of the request. According to Holden, the meeting lasted ...

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